There’s a missing fortune out there…
NPR reports that about $41 billion have been lost since 2005 in unused gift cards.
Kentucky ~ Graves County blaze displaces two families. Grant applications sought for recycling projects. Racers break into Top 20 in basketball poll.
Winter weather makes appearance in region.
The Show Must Go On…
NPR reports that Iowa residents saw no reprieve in political ads over the holiday weekend
Kentucky ~ Deputy judge-executive makes bid for Paducah mayor. Chemical spill shuts down the junction of the I-24/Purchase Parkway junction. Police notified of toys missing from Southside store.
Illinois ~ State to create independent tax appeal tribunal.
Tennessee ~ Fort Campbell Solider shot, seriously wounded, in California hometown.
“It’s sort of the exact opposite of getting two references when you’re applying for a job; rather than vouching for you as an upstanding, law-abiding citizen, you’re getting people to attest to your deviousness.”
NPR reports on an online megamall for stolen credit cards.
Kentucky- Senator Mitch McConnell is meeting in Bowling Green today to discuss his call to send two men facing terrorism charges to Guantanamo Bay. Governor Beshear is selling off surplus land to create state revenue.
Illinois- Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is urging the state’s food producers to apply for federal grants to promote farmers markets.
Tennessee- The Montgomery County, Tennessee Redistricting Committee has begun the process of examining and re-drawing new county commission district lines. US Representative Stephen Fincher’s corrected personal financial disclosure was released.
Most of the races have been declared in Kentucky for the 2011 primary election.
Seven state races are on the ballot this year. State races on the Democratic side include Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Agriculture. Races on the GOP side include Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner, Governor, and Secretary of State.
WKMS will have more coverage during Morning Edition.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS REPORTED AS OF 9:00 PM CST:
David Williams is the GOP nominee for Kentucky governor. With nearly all precincts reporting, Williams had a near ten point lead ahead of main opposition Phil Moffet. Williams has 47 and a half percent, with Moffett taking 38 percent of the vote. Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw took 14 percent of the vote. According to KET analysts, Moffett won small victories in populated areas, including Owensboro, Paducah, and Lexington. But Williams won the majority of rural areas. Williams and incumbent Governor Steve Beshear will face off in November. Republican Governors Association Executive Director Phil Cox issued a statement after the results. Cox said, “David Williams’ victory is an important first step towards putting Kentucky back on the right track.”
The candidates for Agriculture Commissioner are James Comer on the Republican side and Bob Farmer on the Democratic side. The seat is vacant this time around. Former Commissioner Richie Farmer is on the ticket as David Williams’ running mate.
Incumbent Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach has won the Democratic primary over western Kentucky businessman Steve Hamrick. Hollenbach received around seventy-one percent of the vote. Hollenbach faces K. C. Crosbie in the fall.
Another set of candidates vying over a vacant office. Current Auditor Crit Luallen is term-limited. On the GOP side, John Kemper III won the nomination over Addia Wuchner. Kemper faces Adam Edelen, who was unopposed on the Democratic side.
Alison Lundergan Grimes has won the democratic Secretary of State nomination over incumbent Elaine Walker on the democratic side. Walker has been in the post only a few months. She took over when Trey Grayson left the post to take a job at Harvard. Grimes took around 55 percent of the vote.
The Associated Press unofficially called Bill Johnson the GOP candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State. With nearly all votes counted statewide, Johnson led with just over 50 percent of the vote, ahead of Hilda Legg by less than a percent. Johnson was ahead by just over 1,100 votes as of 9 PM Tuesday. In Johnson’s home of Todd County, he took 83 percent of the vote. It’s unclear if Legg will request a re-canvass.
Turnout is expected to be low. Angela Hatton spoke with some likely voters in Murray earlier Tuesday. Unofficial reports as of 9:00 tonight show turnout was 9.28 percent.
KPR’s Stu Johnson is in Lexington with the GOP.
Nortonville Voters say No to Alcohol
A wet-dry referendum for the Hopkins County city of Nortonville got an overwhelming “No” vote in tonight’s primary election. As a 5th class city, Nortonville is eligible for moist status. Moist means some restaurants which also sell food could offer alcoholic beverages by the drink. The unofficial result, with 100 percent of votes counted, shows that more than 78 percent voted not to allow liquor by the drink.
These results are incomplete
Andrew Holt (R) – 8263
Mark Maddox (D) – 6603
Eddie Joe McKelvy (I) – 538
Jimmy Witherspoon – 341
Danny Forrester (I) – 860
Joyce Hurt- 801
Randy Brundige (I) – uncontested – 1451
Monroe Ary – 317
1st District (Ballard, Hickman, Fulton, West McCracken)
Steven Rudy (R) – 3984
Mike Lawrence (D) – 2901
4th District: (Livingston, Crittenden, Caldwell)
Lynn Bechler (R) – 4373
Mike Cherry (D) – 7785
5th District (Calloway, Trigg)
Melvin Henley (D) – 3013
Corey McBee (R) – 1957
6th District (Marshall, Lyon)
Monti Collins (R) – 6834
Willie Coursey (D) – 8542
10th District (Hopkins County)
Mike Duncan (D) – 5284
Ben Waide (R) – 6887
2nd District (Graves, Southern McCracken)
Uncontested: Fred Nesler (D) – 10486
3rd District (Paducah)
Uncontested: Brent Housman (R) – 8158
12th District State Representative (Webster, McLean, Hopkins [part])
Uncontested: Jim Gooch, Jr., D – 7682
15th District State Representative (Muhlenberg, Christian [part], Hopkins [part])
Uncontested: Brent Yonts, D – 8288
2nd District: (Ballard, McCracken, Marshall)
Mike East (R) – 3390
Bob Leeper (I) – 17606
Rex Smith (D) – 16657
6th District (Hopkins, Muhlenburg, Ohio)
Jerry Rhoads (D) – 17344
Jack Whitfield, Jr. (R) – 15580
4th District Senator (Livingston, Caldwell, Crittenden, Union, Webster, Henderson)
Uncontested: J. Dorsey Ridley, D – 26304
4th Judicial District, 2nd Division (Hopkins)
Bill Whitledge – 7068
Chris Oglesby – 6385
4th Judicial District, 1st Division (Hopkins)
Uncontested: Logan Calvert – 10907
42nd District Judge (Calloway)
Randall Hutchens (I) – 5411
Jeanne Carroll – 3822
56th District Judge, 2nd Division (Trigg, Lyon, Caldwell)
Uncontested: Jill Clarks – 8978
56th District Judge, 1st Division (Trigg, Lyon, Caldwell)
Uncontested: James R. Redd III – 10018
Commonwealth’s Attorney 42nd Judicial District (Calloway, Marshall)
Uncontested: Mark Blankenship, D – 16706
J. Dorsey Ridley- uncontested – 3406
C. Lynn Bechler- 1506
Mike Cherry – 3250
Brock Thomas (I) – uncontested – 3810
Elbert Bennett (I) – 773
Ty Englebright – 260
Rodney Heaton- 642
Shirley Boyd Gray – 349
Bobby Lewis Sr. (I) – uncontested – 813
George Kilgore (I) – uncontested – 1029
James Miller (I) – uncontested – 3732
Property Valuation Administrator
Ronald Wood (I) – uncontested – 3795
Toni Watson (I) – uncontested – 3997
Dennis Hughes- uncontested – 676
James Kevin Poindexter- uncontested – 782
Don Armstrong- uncontested – 749
Steven Tays- uncontested – 1012
Dewayne Trafford- uncontested – 3642
Stan Hudson (I) – uncontested – 3883
James Redd III- uncontested – 3392
Gale Cherry (I) – 1438
James Ward Jr.- 744
Mike Board (I) – uncontested – 120
Jim Joiner (I) – 1773
Carroll Boyd (I) – 1780
Richard Blackburn (I) – 1419
Pat George (I) – 1325
Denny Sewell- 492
Fred Walker Jr.- 1170
Iris Brantley (I) – 1468
Edward Schmidt- 694
Wayne Glover Yates- 983
Amer Tooley- 278
Jerry Chatman- 489