Louisville, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says a tight budget is making it difficult, but his administration wants to increase the percentage of women and minorities in state government positions. Beshear spoke today (Thursday) at the Governor's Equal Employment Opportunity Conference in Louisville. He says much work has been done to increase diversity in state government, but there is more to do.
Wickliffe, KY – In just 5 days Kentucky State Police seized 330 marijuana plants in 4 western Kentucky counties. The eradication effort took place last week. Officers seized the majority of the plants in Ballard County, but also found marijuana on plots in McCracken, Marshall and Graves counties. Marion resident Tony Maxfield was also arrested for his role in the cultivation of marijuana. Arrests of individuals in Graves and Ballard counties are pending.
Cadiz, KY – A Trigg County Circuit Judge has set the trial date for five of the men charged with raping a sixteen-year-old girl last Memorial Day weekend. The young men appeared in a Cadiz courtroom yesterday afternoon. All five are charged with raping the teen girl while she was heavily intoxicated. Judge CA "Woody" Woodall set the men's court date for April 19th 2010. During last year's preliminary hearing, the group said the sex was consensual. Two others involved in the case have not yet been indicted.
Henderson, KY – A longtime horse training facility in Henderson has been shut down. Riverside Downs trainer John Hancock says uncertainty surrounding the closure of neighboring Ellis Park is a factor in his decision to close the facility. Ellis Park is set to close its doors for good following this year's meet.