Midday Live News Report - March 19, 2007

The Fourth Anniversary of the Iraq War

As the Iraq war enters its fifth year Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, is defending the mission and urging patience.

Still, the question remains - Is the Iraq mission any closer to success?
A group of protesters here in Kentucky are voicing their concerns on the war. One group held a peace walk in downtown Lexington, Ky., over the weekend.

The protesters planned to walk 15.9 miles all the way to the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky. Protesters said the three day walk is an effort to promote talks of peace. They said they want to raise awareness to end the war and bring U.S. troops home.

Child Abuse Arrest in Butler County

Another Butler County infant is hospitalized after suffering from child abuse.

Kentucky State Police said a 10 month old baby boy was taken to the hospital last week for swelling of the head and facial area.

Police arrested 32-year-old Gary Cox of Morgantown, Ky., in connection with the baby's injuries. Cox is charged with first degree criminal abuse. He's lodged in the butler county jail.

The baby is listed in stable condition at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Another Butler County Child Abuse Case

Just last week a two month old baby from Butler County was also taken to Kosair's.

Police said the baby was assaulted by Abraham Gaspar of Rochester, Ky.

Gaspar is still on the run.

Miller for Governor

Jonathan Miller said there is one obvious distinction between him and the other candidates for Kentucky governor, and he sees it every time he looks in the mirror.

At 39-years-old Miller is more than 10 years younger than each of his rivals. The two-term state treasurer is seeking the Democratic nomination.

During his tenure as treasurer Miller has pushed for a prepaid college tuition program and has helped return millions of dollars worth of unclaimed property. He's also urged legislation to protect people from predatory lending and worked to promote financial literacy.

The race for governor is a crowded one. There will be 10 candidates on the ballot in the May 22, 2007, primary.

Smoking Ban

Talk of a smoking ban has circulated Bowling Green for months now.
The American Cancer Society and a public health organization are aiming to protect workers by eliminating smoking in all workplaces. Now the question is what do Bowling Green residents want?

A poll was recently conducted to figure out if residents were in favor of the ban or not. The results will be released tomorrow morning.

The Nation's Homosexuality Debate is Hot Again

In our nation's culture wars the following question has emerged as the great debate over homosexuality: Is it a lifestyle choice, or are people born gay?

A fresh hypothetical is stirring up the argument again.

Pet Food Recall

A major pet food recall has animal owners worried and scrambling to find substitutes.

The recall involves Menu Foods' wet pet food and covers the company's Cuts and Gravy style food.

The company said an undetermined number of cats and dogs have suffered kidney failure after eating the food and at least ten have died.

The pet food is widely sold under several brands throughout North America and distributed through major retailers like Walmart and Kroger. Two other pet food companies, Purina and Hill's Pet Nutrition are voluntarily recalling some of their products made by Menu Foods.

The Food and Drug Administration doesn't know yet what's wrong with the food but Menu Foods said the recalled products were made from a new supplier. That supplier has been replaced.