Southern Illinois – The embattled governor's announcement of his pick of Roland Burris, the 71-year-old Southern Illinois native, to fill the U.S. senate seat vacated by President-Elect Barack Obama, left many slack-jawed. This includes Dr. Pamella Gronemeyer, a member of the branch of Progressive Democrats of America from Burris' home turf in the Illinois 19th Congressional District.
Frankfort, KY – A Kentucky lawmaker wants to require adult supervision of children under the age of 14 who collect money for civic or other groups along roadsides. Democratic Representative Jeff Greer says he got the idea to draft the legislation when he saw unsupervised minors conducting a roadside fundraiser in his community.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reports the state jobless rate increased two percent from November 2007 to November 2008. 116 Kentucky counties saw increases. In Western Kentucky, Calloway County's rate rose from four-point-seven to almost six percent. Christian County saw one of the most dramatic increases, shooting up from six-point-five to eight and a half percent by the end of last month.
Frankfort, KY – State officials now offer disaster preparedness materials for individuals with chronic disease. The materials benefit those with, among other things, hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes. Public health commissioner William Hacker says a resource guide will help chronically ill patients take necessary steps to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Janet Lutrell (LUH-trull) manages the chronic disease prevention branch.
Paktika, Afghanistan – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died last week in Afghanistan. Corporal Charles Gaffney Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona died when his combat post received enemy rocket fire. The Governor will order flags to half-staff on the day of Gaffney's funeral. Arrangements are pending.