Frankfort, Kentucky – As many as 500 state inmates being held in local jails will probably get an early release. Governor Paul Patton says the measure is necessary as the state tries to cope with its budget problems. The releases could come "pretty soon". Patton asked the Corrections Department to give him a list by Friday of inmates targeted for release.
Elizabethtown, Kentucky – Architects have unveiled plans for a 9.4 million dollar Elizabethtown Police Department building. Councilman Ron Thomas says the figure startled him. The figure includes 5.1 million dollars in construction costs for a 6,600 square-foot building and 1.2 million for development costs including parking lots and landscaping. The firm making the estimate says some of the costs could be trimmed -- maybe 100,000 dollars from the renovation costs of the building's garage.
Campbellsville, Kentucky – A donation made by a Richmond, Virginia couple will help fund a new student center at Campbellsville University. The new facility will be named the E. Bruce Heilman Student Center Complex. Both Dr. Heilman and his wife, Betty, are alumni of the Baptist University.
Four years ago, a new president's home was dedicated and named after Betty Heilman. It is known as the Betty Dobbins Heilman House. A completion date and cost for the student center has not been announced.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards has officially announced his candidacy for Governor. The Bowling Green Democrat says the people of Kentucky deserve a "world class" educational system and government leaders who will maintain integrity.
Richards has selected Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk Tony Miller as his running mate. Miller says his extensive experience in local and state government will be an asset to the ticket.
Versailles, KY – One-time rivals for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky Governor are teaming up.
Attorney General Ben Chandler and Louisville Businessman Charlie Owen have announced they will run together.
Chandler leads the slate as the candidate for Governor. Owen is running for Lieutenant Governor. They are the first to officially enter the Democratic primary, and they began the campaign at a rally yesterday in Versailles, Chandler's hometown.