Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a fetus is a person as long as it is "viable" or capable of surviving outside the womb. The Court ruled that the wrongful killing of such a fetus can be prosecuted as a homicide.
The Court discards its longheld rule that a fetus was not a person, and its death was not a homicide, until a live birth occurred.
Williamsburg, KY – Kentucky authorities are warning motorists to use caution around interstate rest stops in the Commonwealth, after a rape at a Kentucky Welcome Center. The assault reportedly took place at the Welcome Center on Interstate 75, just north of the Tennessee border.
Murray, KY – Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Sid Easley says partisan politics kept him from being considered for an education post. Easley says that is why he was left off a list of regents candidates nominated by Governor Fletcher's Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.
Fletcher, who is a Republican, is expected to name replacements soon for Easley and Wells Lovett of Owensboro, another veteran member of the board. Lovett did not seek reappointment.
Paducah, KY – Prosecutors have filed a motion, saying school shooter Michael Carneal doesn't have valid grounds to extend the deadline to ask for a new trial. McCracken County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says Carneal waited too long to argue that defense experts have changed their minds about his mental state.
Washington, D.C./Bowling Green,KY – A ten billion dollar tobacco buyout plan is expected to go before the full U-S House of Representatives before Friday's adjournment. The provision was approved Monday night by the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.