Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has returned to Capitol Hill, following coronary artery by-pass surgery. The Louisville Republican has been recovering at his Washington, D.C. home since he underwent the surgery on February third. Surgeons at the National Naval Medical Center indicated after the operation that they were pleased with McConnell's recovery.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House of Representatives have approved House Bill 27, which would require the General Assembly to stay in session until a state budget in enacted. The proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would extend the legislative session in even-numbered years beyond 60 days if no budget had been passed by that point.
The measure passed 97 to 1, and now moves to the Senate. A three-fifths majority is required in each chamber before a constitutional amendment is submitted to the voters.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Residents in northern Warren County are no longer under a water shortage emergency. Workers have been able to make headway on fixing a 16 inch water main on the Barren River that was damaged by a barge accident Sunday. The broken main caused the area's water storage level to plummet, resulting in calls for water conservation. The Warren County Water District says repairs on the broken main will continue, but don't have any time estimates on when the final repairs will be complete.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – An explosion at a Knox County plant this morning has left two workers unaccounted for and at least 22 others injured. The blast at C.T A Acoustics occurred shortly after 8:00 AM eastern time. A spokesman with the state's Division of Emergency Management says the fire at the plastics factory has released an unknown chemical. Knox, Whitley, and Laurel county firefighters are battling the blaze.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House has passed a budget bill that protects funding for public schools. But, the measure calls for 2.6% cuts for other state agencies. The 2.6% cuts would apply to both 2003 and 2004. The measure approved by the House would protect funding for elementary and secondary education, justice programs, jails, prisons, and human service programs.