Midday Live New Report for March 14, 2007

Motorcycle Crash Leaves Two Injured

Two people recover from serious injuries after a motorcycle accident involving DUI charges.

Timothy Settle, 45, of Elkton, Ky., lost control of his motorcycle on Kentucky-507 on the night of March 13, 2007.

Settle ran off the road throwing himself and his passenger, 41-year-old Sue Scott of Hopkinsville, Ky., from the motorcycle. Scott was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and Settle was transported to the Jennie Stewart Medical Center, where he was cited and released to the ER.

Settle faces charges of aggravated DUI and no motorcycle operators license.

Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

Cumberland River Drowning

Authorities are puzzled as to how an elderly man drowned in the Cumberland River.

The body of 81-year-old Jesse Grizzle of Jamestown, Ky., was recovered from the Cumberland River on March 13, 2007.
A security guard found Grizzle's car and notified authorities.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said two men drowned in separate incidents in Kentucky this week. The other drowning was in Anderson County.

Governor Fletcher Makes an Announcement

Governor Fletcher said he will call a special session if necessary. The announcement comes after the 2007 general assembly adjourned for a two-week break.

Fletcher also said there is still a lot of work left to do. He says he will likely sign the speed limit, mine safety. minimum wage and a few other bills.

Fletcher also said he wants to see the House approve money set aside for the World Equestrian Games, but he wouldn't go so far as to say they would be canceled if the funding isn't passed.

"We made certain commitments. And I feel certain the state will keep those commitments. Has anyone ever threatened to pull the games? From my standpoint we are going to meet those commitments so i don't think that's going to be an issue at all," Fletcher said.

The games have been pulled in the past, but Fletcher said he hopes the House doesn't allow politics to get in the way of the state's progress.

Fletcher also said he wants to see the House pass the Boni Bill aimed at protecting social workers. It was expected to pass on March 12, 2007, but it did not go through.

The general assembly is scheduled to return for two days on March 26, 2007. By law the legislature may not work beyond March 30, 2007. However, Fletcher has threatened to call lawmakers back for a special session later this year.

House Bill 549

Could minor league baseball come to Bowling Green after all?

A bill passed by both the state House and Senate takes major economic projects in Bowling Green one step closer to a reality. House Bill 549 would allow tax increment financing TIF for projects that would boost economic development in the area.

Bowling Green's mayor, Elaine Walker, explains that TIF would allow a project development to be established as the land is developed. A percentage of the increased tax revenue is used to pay off the bonds.

Mary Cohron with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce said this bill would greatly benefit Bowling Green.

"Where things are in poor repair where there are needs infrastructure work done, that will encourage a developer to come in and have the infrastructure in place to develop downtown," Cohron said.l

Walker told WBKO this type of funding could be used for projects like the Boulevards Project and a possible baseball park.

Democrats Call to Get Rid of Attorney General

Politics in Washington are messy again. The clamor is growing among Capitol Hill Democrats to get rid of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

At issue is how closely the White House is tied to a Justice Department decision to fire eight federal prosecutors.

There is new evidence that suggests the White House may have been involved in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys and that Gonzales kept that information from Congress.

"There has been unprecedented breach of trust, abuse of power and misuse of the justice department," Senator Charles Schumer said. "Attorney General Gonzales should step down."

E-mails between then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers and the Attorney General's Chief of Staff, Karl Sampson, show the two discussed firing U.S. attorneys two years ago. But were the terminations an abuse of power or a simple personal matter?

Gonzales admits mistakes were made and takes full responsibility, but leaves himself some leeway.

"I'm not aware of every bit of information that passes through the halls of justice or in on all decisions," Gonzales said.

Sampson resigned on March 13, 2007, after admitting he withheld information about his communications with the White House. That only incensed democrats.

"Resignation by his chief of staff does not take the heat off the attorney general. It raises the temperature," Schumer said.

Republicans have done little to lower the heat.

"Appearances are troubling. In Texas, we have a fair trial and then the hanging," Cornyn said.

A White House spokesperson defended Gonzales as quote, "stand up guy". The president has not spoken publicly about this issue. Democrats said they'll hold hearings, and want top members of the administration, including the president's top adviser, Karl Rove, to testify under oath.

Cave City Battle Comes to a Conclusion

The battle in Cave City is finally settled.

It all began when the Cave City City Council took away police cell phones and stopped allowing police to take home police cars. The city attorney, council members and the mayor came up with a new policy regarding the use of cell phones and police vehicles.

The policy was presented to Cave City residents at a council meeting on March 12, 2007, and everyone seems to agree that it is a win-win situation.

Report Shows Low-Income Families Less Likely to Have Insurance

A report raises concerns about insurance coverage for low-income parents and for children.

The report says about 47 percent of parents in families earning less than $40,000 a year are offered health insurance through their employers. That's a nine percent drop during the past decade.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research, said the figure highlights concern that low-income parents are experiencing a dramatic loss of employee benefits.

The research also indicated that about nine million children are still uninsured, even though about two-thirds of them potentially could participate in existing government programs if only their parents would enroll them.

The states with the highest percentage of uninsured children were Texas, Florida and New Mexico. The states with the lowest rates were Vermont, New Hampshire and Michigan.

Groundbreaking for New Saint Jude Dream Home

Work on the Saint Jude Dream Home is officially underway.

Patients from Saint Jude Children's Hospital along with Doug Martens and Stewart-Richey Construction companies took part in the ground-breaking this morning at Olde Stone.

The house will value at about $400,000 with four bedrooms, four full-baths and a two-car garage.

You can get tickets for the dream home beginning May 16, 2007, at Houchens Markets, IGA and Hancock Fabrics. The money raised goes to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital to help find cures and save children with cancer and other illnesses.

For more information on the Saint Jude Dream Home giveaway call 1-800-834-5461.

A New Drug in the Breast Cancer Fight

Some good news in the fight against breast cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in women.

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat the advanced form of the disease. The drug called Tykerb often works when other conventional treatments have failed.

Here is more on the targeted approach to cancer.

Marsha Brekke said she knows all she needs to about the new drug. It is saving her life.

"This drug was a godsend. That's the only way I can explain it," said Brekke who is a breast cancer patient.

Brekke, like 25 percent of breast cancer patients, had a form of the disease called her-2 positive. She tried different kinds of chemotherapy as well as the the popular drug Herceptin, but the cancer still spread to her liver. Then doctors gave her then gave her Tykerb.

"It was my last chance. It's very scary when you're sitting in your doctor' s office and you know you are terminal," Brekke said.

After six months on Tykerb her tumors had all disappeared. Today, a year-and-a-half later, she is cancer free.

"This probably ranks as one of the three big developments in breast cancer treatment in my career of taking care of breast cancer patients," said Dr. Kimberly Blackwell with Duke University Medical Center.

Tykerb is easier to take: A daily pill instead of a weekly IV drip. In clinical trials it was safer and there were fewer cases of heart failure than those taking Herceptin.

Tykerb is the latest so-called targeted therapy. There are now half a dozen of targeted therapy drugs for breast cancer. These drugs work more effectively and with fewer side effects.

"Targeting really reflects the fact we're unlocking the secret of cancer growth and we're developing treatments that exploit specific weaknesses in the cancer," said Dr. Clifford Hudis, Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Researchers predict the next step is to combine different targeted therapies, allowing even more breast cancer patients to beat this disease.

Girl Scouts Celebrate Their Birthday

The girl scouts are celebrating their 95th birthday by giving back to the community.

Bowling Green Girl Scouts gave baskets full of baby items to the first girls born on March 13, 2007, at TJ Sampson in Glasgow, Ky., and at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

Felicia Bland with the girl scouts said they're giving back in honor of the organization's mission: Making the world a better place.

"Because our girls take pride and we do help our community, we just wanted to do something a extra special," Bland said.

The girls are also preparing birthday boxes that will be given to area shelters. Shelters plan on using the boxes to celebrate the birthdays of those living in shelters.

The week-long celebration ends March 16, 2007, with a pool party at the TC Cherry Pool.

If you are interested in attending you can pre-register by calling 842-8138 by March, 15, 2007.

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