Midday Live News Report - March 21, 2007

Little Legislative Progress

According to the Senate president, Kentucky lawmakers have made little progress in resolving issues that separated them when they were in session.

Burkesville, Ky., Republican David Williams said the problem is House members don't want to talk. House Speaker Jody Richards said the House and Senate have made little progress in working out problems concerning the state pension system and a gubernatorial primary runoff.

The Bowling Green Democrat said he doesn't believe House members want to return to the capital before the session resumes for its final two days on March 26, 2007.

The Bowling Green City Commission votes to not terminate its current agreement with the inter-modal Transpark authority.

Commission Keeps Contract

The commission reviewed a proposal by Commissioner Brian Strow to break the current deal and work to create a new inter-local agreement with the ITA later.

Strow said the city should get rid of the current contract because it would have to be changed anyway if the city agrees to refinance bonds for the Transpark.

However, the talk about how a move like that would negatively affect the city's bond rating prevailed.

"They determine whether the city has exercised all of its agreements in good faith and if it we were to pull out of an inter-local agreement before we have another one in place, we could actually have our bond rating suffer," Mayor Elaine Walker said.

Walker also said the city will still look at revising the inter-local agreement to make it compatible with possible changes to the Transpark bonds.

Smoking Ban Poll

If a smoking poll by the American Cancer Society and a public health organization has anything to do with it Bowling Green will become smoke free.

In Bowling Green, 402 randomly chosen residents were polled by an outside survey company in January 2007. The results were released yesterday at the BGMU annex.

Seventy-three percent of those surveyed are in favor of a law making Bowling Green workplaces smoke free. Eighty-four percent of the respondents see second-hand smoke as some level of a health hazard.

Eighty-one percent of Bowling Green respondents strongly agree that no one should be exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace. And eighty-eight percent of respondents feel it's the government's responsibility to promote and protect public health.

Henderson Couple Could be Facing Charges

Charges are expected to be filed for a Kentucky couple who recently moved and left a tragic scene behind.

About 100 cats were found in and around a home in Henderson, Ky. The couple moved to Louisville, Ky., about a month ago but left behind the cats, empty beer cans, furniture and pictures on the wall. Several dead cats were found and some of them were feeding on the carcasses.

"They're in the ceilings, in the back barn, in the walls running up and down the walls. There are about 15 newborns out front. It's nothing but feces in there, we got hurt cats, some look like they have broken legs, it's tough in there," said Mark Oakley of Henderson Animal Control.

All of the cats are being taken to the county shelter to be checked out. The ones that are well enough will be given shots and put up for adoption.

The names of the man and woman who lived there are not being released until the investigation is wrapped up.

Franklin County Shooting

Franklin Police are investigating a shooting death from over the weekend.

Simpson County Coroner, Gary Crafton, said 48-year-old Robert "Spanky" Partinger was shot March 17, 2007, and died in the Medical Center in Franklin, Ky., a couple of hours later.

The autopsy shows Partinger was shot once in the face at his home at 607 Brevard Street. Crafton said Partinger's wife, Delores, was with him when he was shot and made the 911 call to report the shooting.

Franklin Police continue to investigate.

Missing Teen

Authorities are searching for an area teen who's been missing for more than a week.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office said 17-year-old Dakota Morgan has been missing since March, 12, 2007. Morgan was last seen at his home on Louisville Road.

If anyone has any information on Dakota Morgan you're asked to call the sheriff's office at (270) 842-16-33.

Boy Scout Rescued

The boy scout who was rescued after four days in the North Carolina wilderness had been homesick before wandering away from the campsite.

After he was found on March 20, 2007, the 12-year-old's father said his son told him he was trying to find a road to hitchhike home. A fellow boy scout said Michael Auberry had told his tent mate that he didn't want to go on camping trips anymore.

A search dog named Gandalf caught Michael's scent less than a mile from where he left. The dog's trainer said the boy was tired, hungry and dehydrated but calm.

New Anti-Abortion Law

A new anti-abortion law in South Carolina could soon force women and girls to see an image of the fetus before deciding to end their pregnancy.

It's controversial to say the least.

The bill is not only expected to pass the House and Senate, but South Carolina’s governor has already said he'll sign it into law.

New Miss USA to be Crowned Soon

The Miss USA pageant gears up to name a new queen this week in a live televised competition.

Organizers said the show will spotlight how reigning titleholder Tara Conner nearly lost her crown and ended up in rehab. The executive producer said they will not shy away from referring to what happened.

Conner endured intense scrutiny after reports she was frequenting New York bars. The Russell Springs, Ky., native held on to her crown after Donald Trump decided to give her a second chance. She underwent a stint in rehab in Pennsylvania.

The behavior of other Miss USA contestants over the last few months also drew unwanted public scrutiny.

Warren Central Dragons Head to State Again

The Warren Central Dragons begin their journey to the state tournament for the sixth time in a row.

The stand-out team beat Greenwood in both the district and region finals. They will take on June Buchanon in the first round on March 22, 2007.

June Buchanon only has 70 students in the entire student body, while Warren Central has more than 1,100.

Central is no stranger to the Sweet 16. They were the 2004 state champs and made it to the finals in 2005.

Coach Tim Riley is the KABC fourth region coach of the year.

Clay County's Richie Farmer, who's the current agricultural commissioner, wrote a letter to senior Central player Jeremy Anderson congratulating him on his fifth Sweet 16.

Farmer was the only other Kentucky player to go to state five times.

Million Dollar Winners

A Central Kentucky couple is one million dollars richer this afternoon.

Rita and Billy Matherly traveled to the Kentucky lottery headquarters on March 20, 2007, to claim their check after winning a new game.

The Matherly's said they will invest the money and spend it toward their retirement.