Frankfort, KY – A bill that will go before the Kentucky General Assembly this year would allow Independents a vote in the state's primaries. Republican Representative Jimmy Higdon has pre-filed the measure, which would let Independents cast ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primary without having to change their registration. Higdon says some of his constituents couldn't vote in the 2008 presidential primaries, and they've asked him to sponsor the bill.
Springfield, IL – Drivers convicted of DUI's in Illinois now have a new sentencing option. Judges may choose to give Illinois drivers who have fewer than three DUI convictions a car equipped with a breathalyzer device instead of completely suspending their license. David Baker is an Illinois State Police Master Sergeant.
Madisonville – A 28-year-old Evansville, Indiana man committed suicide during a traffic stop early this morning in Hopkins County. Around 4:40 AM, Kentucky State Trooper Mitch Hampton pulled over a vehicle on the Pennyrile Parkway, suspecting DUI. As Trooper Hampton attempted to establish communication with the driver, he heard what he believed to be a gunshot. The Hopkins County Coroner's Office pronounced the victim, Michael D. Black, dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.