Originally created 06/04/06

Across the southeast



Kentucky governor picks running mate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Moving quickly after being spurned by his lieutenant governor, Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Saturday announced a new running mate for his re-election campaign next year.

He introduced state Finance Secretary Robbie Rudolph at a meeting of the state Republican Central Committee.

Mr. Fletcher, Kentucky's first Republican governor since 1971, was recently indicted on misdemeanor charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination. He is accused of rewarding political supporters with protected state jobs after he took office in 2003.

Police say inmates wanted children dead

TAVARES, FLA. - Two Florida jail inmates each face charges of conspiring to kill children who are set to testify against them in separate abuse cases.

One inmate, Daniel King, 25, offered someone $5,000 to kidnap and kill a 5-year-old girl who accused him of forcing her to engage in a sex act, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The other inmate, Jeffrey Roden, 36, wrote a letter to his father asking for $1,000 so he could hire a hit man to kill his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son, deputies said. The boy had accused Mr. Roden of beating him with a belt.