Louisville – Acting University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey is the unanimous choice of a Presidential Search Committee at U of L. Dr. Ramsey currently serves as the State Budget Director, in addition to his duties as Acting President at Louisville. The Western Kentucky University graduate is a former Economics professor and Vice-President at WKU.
Frankfort – For the first time, more than 67 thousand students have enrolled for part-time or full-time programs. For the Fall semester, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is reporting an increase of more than seven percent over last year's levels. The total enrollment includes increases in each of the 16 districts of KCTCS across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Owensboro – A statewide coalition of health organizations is encouraing women of child-bearing age to take vitamins containing folic acid. Jaime Rafferty of the Owensboro-based Green River District Health Department says too many women in Kentucky do not realize that folic acid should be taken before and after becoming pregnant. Health experts say adequate levels of folic acid can help to reduce birth defects.
Wartburg – There are now 16 people known dead in weekend storms that ripped Tennessee in two waves. Cumberland County authorities confirmed four deaths shortly before dawn -- two in Lake Tansi and two others about two miles away.
Seven of the weekend deaths came in Mossy Grove, which is about forty miles west of Knoxville. There are at least 55 people unaccounted for.
Horse Cave – Kentucky State Police are investigating a weekend murder in Hart County. The body of 57 year old James Perkins of Horse Cave was discovered Saturday by family members and neighbors. Autopsy results are pending. No arrests have been made.
Lexington – Allegations made by the woman suing Governor Paul Patton suggest some government staffers remained helpful at the same time that she says Patton was retaliating against her. Tina Conner says she believes the Governor's staff provided her with small favors after the affair ended to keep her quiet.
Louisville – Mitch McConnell says he is headed for a leadership position in the new Senate majority. The Louisville Republican said he thinks he has lined up more than enough commitments from GOP colleagues to be selected as the party's whip. That would make him the second-ranking member of the Senate's new Republican majority.
McConnell says Larry Craig of Idaho is the only other Senator to have expressed an interest in the job. McConnell beat Democrat Lois Combs Weinberg by 322 thousand votes in Tuesday's election.
Louisville – A US Attorney has announced plans to file a lawsuit accusing Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry of defrauding the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Henry has told a Louisville TV station that he plans to fight the suit and will have more to say about it later today. The Federal lawsuit is to be based on the "False Claims Act" and will cite several dozen instances in which Henry billed government health programs for surgeries that he allegedly did not supervise.
Owensboro – A Daviess County Sheriff's deputy has been indicted on sex charges in connection with two teenage girls at Apollo High School where he worked for three years as an on-site officer. A Daviess County Grand Jury has charged 53 year old Mike Chilton with two counts each if first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. The girls have told the Jury the acts were against their will, and took place at Chilton's home.