Midday Live News Report - Feb. 28, 2007

UPDATE: Baby John Doe
A baby found abandoned on a doorstep in Franklin, Ky., is reported to be in great condition.

Capt. Mike Rigg with the Simpson County Sheriff's Department said the baby is expected to be released from the hospital today or tomorrow.
The child was found in a shoebox on the doorstep of an empty duplex apartment at 1038 Bowling Green Road. The sheriff's department said two children who live in the adjoining apartments found the baby and told their parents.

Bowling Green Police Department Victim Advocate, April Fulcher said abandoners do have other options.

"The law provides for the abadoner of an infant within 72 hours of birth a designated safe location with Kentucky having four

Fulcher said abandoners can also fill out an anonymous medical information form when they drop the child off in one of the designated safe places. She added that there are also community resources available, ranging from pregnancy care to financial assistance. Franklin district court ordered that social services has the authority to place the baby in foster care.

Deputies have collected DNA evidence from the baby for future testing.

If you know anything about the abandonment of baby, John Doe, please call Franklin's crime stoppers tip line at (270) 586-4900.

Tobacco Regulation
Health groups are trying to generate momentum for legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.

The FDA can't ban nicotine, but this legislation would give it the power to reduce nicotine levels and require more informative health warnings.

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning said regulating tobacco is not the FDA's job, but predicts the measure would likely pass because of the sentiment to do something about smoking.

The legislation would prohibit terms such as light, mild and low-tar because officials say those terms mislead consumers into believing that certain cigarettes are safer than others.

Fletcher's Wish List
Much of Governor Ernie Fletcher's spending wish list was left out of an approximately $67 million supplemental budget plan endorsed by a house panel.

Money was not included for additional projects at the Kentucky Horse Park in preparation for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, but lawmakers included funding for a runway project at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, operating funds for veterans nursing homes and money to shore up the state's retirement funds.

Impaired Driving
A bill aimed at bolstering the fight against drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs won easy approval from the Kentucky Senate.

The measure would make it easier to convict people who are caught driving with illegal drugs in their system. It also would lower the blood-alcohol level needed for prosecutors to seek harsher penalties against drunken drivers.

The proposal cleared the senate on a 29-to-1 vote Feb. 27, 2007, and goes to the House. The bill would create a presumption of guilt if motorists are found with illegal drugs in their system.

Currently prosecutors must prove the drivers were impaired.

School Activity
Reading, writing and jumping jacks?

All three could be a daily routine for schoolchildren under a bill to make physical activity a requirement for public elementary and middle schools. The legislation sailed through the Kentucky Senate on a 31-to-0 vote Feb. 27, 2007, and heads to the House.

Economy Latest
On wall street they're trying to recover from the China Syndrome.

A downturn in the Chinese stock market on Feb. 27, 2007, sent a financial tsunami across the pacific and triggered a huge sell-off in New York.

At one point the Dow Jones industrial average was off more than 500 points.

Stocks recovered a bit before the close and traders are hoping to keep that trend going today.

From Singapore to Sydney, all eyes were on Wall Street Wednesday morning, Feb. 28, 2007. The major United States indices were down less than one percent and there were signs that the market is stabilizing.

"If wall street steadies then markets should start to show some recovery," said Howard Gorges, market analyst.

Asian markets fell early but also seemed to rebound in mid-day trading. The Shanghai index rose nearly four percent.

"There were massive selling; in fact we were thinking that the whole morning selling will continue but the bargain hunters," said Alejandro Yu a Philippine stock exchange trader.

Most market analysts, including the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, agreed that the sudden drop was temporary.

"The national people's congress meets next week, and fearing regulation, Chinese investors may have wanted to cash in their chips early. The U.S. markets followed, although the real reason behind the three-minute nosedive the Dow took appears to be a computer glitch," Bernanke said.

Five Minute Networking
The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is trying something new.

Feb. 27, 2007, marked the first of six events this year called Five Minute Networking. It's a place where business men and women come together and network by meeting one on one for five minutes at a time. These meetings are designed to introduce people in the same field of business that normally wouldn't get a chance to meet.

Event Coordinator Dana Matukas said this event is a fast and more efficient way for businesses to get connected.

"So many times we have large events and people get mixed into the shuffle not getting to meet those certain key people that they want to have that one on one time with, and this actually gives them that few minutes to say this is my business and this is what we do."

For more information about future networking events log on to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce website at www.bgchamber.com.


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