Fort Campbell, Kentucky – The suspect in last weekend's grenade attack against members of the 101st Airborne has been moved to Mannheim, Germany. Military officials say Asan Akbar has spoken with a defense attorney and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial investigation will be conducted under the provisions of Article 32, the Code of Military Justice. The deadly grenade attack took place on March 23rd.
Louisville, Kentucky – Hunter Bates has decided not to appeal a court decision that he did not meet the residency requirements to run for Lieutenant Governor. As a result, gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher will be naming another running mate. In an emotional statement issued at Republican headquarters in Louisville, Bates said he was leaving the ticket with his head held high. Bates worked for several years in Washington as a legal counsel and staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Governor Patton has signed legislation which encourages the development of a self-determination model for people with disabilities. House Bill 501 directs the Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities to make recommendations for such a model. The recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Medicaid Services.
Frankfort, Kentucky – A public ceremony will be held on April 24 to induct Joe Survant as Kentucky's Poet Laureate for 2003 and 2004. The ceremony will be held in the Capital Rotunda in Frankfort, starting at 10:00 AM, ET. The induction ceremony for Survant will be followed by a reception in the State Capital.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The budget package approved by Kentucky's General Assembly calls for cuts of 2.6% in the current fiscal year. The budget cut amounts to about 1.4 million dollars at Western Kentucky University. University President Gary Ransdell says that cut is "unpleasant", but manageable.
The General Assembly is continuing to provide full funding for the "Bucks for Brains" program, which has been used by Western in the past to help encourage private giving. The program provides endowment matching money.