Kentucky Not Among National Germ Lab Finalists

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kentucky didn't make the cut for a 450 million dollar national lab where killer germs like anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease will be studied.

Congressmen say Texas and four other states are finalists for the facility. A plan had been submitted that would have placed the lab on 150 acres about ten miles north of Somerset in south-central Kentucky.

A group including the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee had pitched the proposal. Texas Research Park in northwest San Antonio is one of the possible hosts for the 520-thousand-acre National Bio- and Agro-Defense Lab.

The finalists were chosen by a team from the Homeland Security Department, the Agriculture Department and Health and Human Services.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Hmmmm Location: Lexington on Jul 13, 2007 at 06:45 AM
    What will sustain life in the long run; a bio lab or an agricultural area where food and livestock can be raised? It's not a matter of safety; the bio lab would have been safe and had security second to none. It's about wanting to give up precious agricultural land space for something like this. There are industrial parks sitting vacant all over the state. Why build on something when the land exists already developed in other areas? That is my only problem with the bio lab.
  • by b Location: lexington on Jul 12, 2007 at 10:22 PM
    Wow am I not surprised! I am from Somerset and this blows me away due to all of the stupid people in the county. Get some info before you make a decision that could effect your childrens lives and your grandchildrens lives. Where is there to work in Somerset now except a factory for 6.50 an hour. In-bred's is the truth get a clue! Did everybody that voted go to the county school or what. All I want to know is who told you that would be a good idea to vote no?
  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:34 PM
    It's true! Wal-Mart and McDonald's are far safer for the economy.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:58 PM
    Such anger...can't we all just get along?
  • by Rutyh Location: Somerset on Jul 12, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    T Larry: Wake UP!!!, In-bred as you put it is going on everywhere, even in your own backyard. Hey why dont you lobby to get this bio lab in your front yard, then lets see how you well you like it.
  • by BA Location: WOODSTOCK on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    THIS IS A WONDERFUL DAY!!!! FOR THE RECORD I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED A WELFARE CHECK IN THE 32 YEARS OF BEING A WORKING TAXPAYER WITH A VOICE AND A RIGHT TO PROTEST AGIANST WHAT I DO NOT WANT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD,(NEITHER AM I IN-BRED).
  • by Kendra Location: Bobtown on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:38 AM
    Great, we get to keep our farm land and not have to move. Thank God,
  • by NOT IN-BRED Location: BOBTOWN on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    MY MOTHER AND FATHER WAS NOT RELATED, BUT THEY WERE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO TEACH ME TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. THIS IS THE BEST DECISION FOR EVERYONE CONCERNED. I DO BELEIVE THAT WE NEED A BIO LAB, BUT NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, BECAUSE ACCORDING TO LARRY FROM MILLER I WOULDN'T WANT A BUNCH OF IN-BRED CRO-MAGNON ROCKET SCIENTISTS RUNNING A BIO LAB. AND YES WE DO STAND A CHANCE!!
  • by Larry Location: Miller on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    Good Job, you lazy in-bred bunch of ignorant rubes. Anything to improve your lives and have a prosperous future for your children and grand-children are gone. By the way, these are the same people who are against Interstate 66 and against development in the energy industry. Cro-magnon idiots is what rules southern and eastern Kentucky. We don't stand a chance.
  • by Ruth Location: Somerset on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    To bjjnelson:winchester - You would think differently if this were to be in your own front or back yard. Yes, we ARE thinking of our childern and the future of Pulaski Co. Until you get this threat close to your home, dont judge the good people of Pulaski Co for fighting for the good of the community and the people.
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