Clarksville, KY – Clarksville mayor Piper is defending an e-mail he forwarded to city officials and employees. The Leaf Chronicle reports the email urges readers to boycott a stamp honoring two Muslim holidays, and asks readers to remember a number of "Muslim" terrorist attacks. Piper says the e-mail wasn't anti-Muslim but gave information for others to draw their own conclusions. Clarksville Islamic center president Ahmed Joudah (JO-dah) says the e-mails contents represent "appalling ignorance of what Islam is, and who Muslims are."
Louisville, KY – The University of Louisville's campuses will be completely smoke-free by June first of next year. The university is phasing in a smoking ban, starting November 19th. Provost Shirley Willihnganz says the Belknap campus was smoke-free indoors, and the Health Sciences campus is already completely smoke-free, but they wanted to make a statement against smoking campus-wide.
Murray,KY – Kentucky First District State Senator Ken Winters now sits on Governor Beshear's Executive Task Force on Biomass and Biofuels Development. The twenty-one member group will facilitate the development of an alternative energy industry. Winters says because of the Commonwealth's agriculture Biomass and Biofuels make the most sense as an alternative energy source. The task-force had its first meeting Wednesday and will continue to meet until November to develop recommendations for the Governor.