2:22 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Murray State Regents Chair Claims Partisan Politics Kept Him from Nominating List

Murray, KY – Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Sid Easley says
partisan politics kept him from being considered for an education
post. Easley says that is why he was left off a list of regents
candidates nominated by Governor Fletcher's Postsecondary
Education Nominating Committee.

Fletcher, who is a Republican, is expected to name replacements
soon for Easley and Wells Lovett of Owensboro, another veteran
member of the board. Lovett did not seek reappointment.

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1:12 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Prosecutors Say Carneal Lacks Valid Grounds for New Trial

Paducah, KY – Prosecutors have filed a motion, saying school shooter
Michael Carneal doesn't have valid grounds to extend
the deadline to ask for a new trial. McCracken County
Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says Carneal
waited too long to argue that defense experts have changed
their minds about his mental state.

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2:52 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Tobacco Buy-out Vote Expected by Week's End

Washington, D.C./Bowling Green,KY – A ten billion dollar tobacco buyout plan is expected to
go before the full U-S House of Representatives before
Friday's adjournment. The provision was approved
Monday night by the powerful House Ways and Means

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12:47 pm
Tue June 15, 2004

Fletcher Says Special Session Could be Called After June 30th

Frankfort, KY – If Kentucky lawmakers would agree to the approach, Governor
Ernie Fletcher says a special legislative session could
be called----even after the end of the fiscal year.
The current state budget expires at the end of June, and
the new fiscal year begins July first.

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1:13 pm
Mon June 14, 2004

Murder Trial Set to Start in September

Louisville, KY – The murder trial for a former Louisville police officer
is now expected to start on September 20th. Mc Kenzie
Mattingly appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court
this morning for a pretrial hearing. Mattingly is charged
with murder in the January shooting death of 19 year
old Michael Newby outside a Louisville liquor store.

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12:54 pm
Wed June 9, 2004

Governor Fletcher Calls for Review of Cell Phone Usage

Frankfort, KY – The Fletcher Administration says the state spent 1.9
million dollars last year, on nearly 53 hundred cell
phones. Fletcher Chief of Staff Daniel Groves says
that's one phone for about every seven state

In a release issued by the Governor's office, officials
said about 200 phones that were not being used have
been located. The state was still paying for the unused
cell phones, according to Fletcher spokesman
Daniel Groves.

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10:52 am
Tue June 8, 2004

Fletcher Asks for Federal Disaster Assistance

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is asking for federal
funding for Kentucky counties hit hard by five days of
heavy storms. Fletcher is asking President Bush to
declare a "major disaster" in Kentucky. The Governor
sent a letter, stating that storm damages pose an
immediate and long term threat to the well-being of
thousands of residents of Kentucky.

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11:33 am
Mon June 7, 2004

State Democratic Party Leadership Could Change

Frankfort,KY – The man elected Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic
Party less than five months ago may have to fight to keep
the job at the Democratic Party's state convention, which will
be held June 19th. Bill Garmer says he's been the object of
a telephone survey of convention delegates. The party's
executive director, Eddie Jacobs, says one of the questions
being posed is whether the delegates would prefer
Garmer or the man he defeated for the Chairmanship in

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12:44 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

House Republicans Agree on Tobacco Buy Out

Washington, D.C. – House Republicans have agreed on a bill to buy out
tobacco farmers. The government would put about
ten billion dollars into the five year buy out program.
In return, tobacco producers would give up a depression
era system that has propped up the price of leaf
through quotas.

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9:54 am
Fri June 4, 2004

Homeland Security Director Wants More Exemptions to Open Records Act

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's Homeland Security Director says he would like to
have more exemptions to the state's Open Records Act.
Erwin Roberts, who heads the Office of Homeland Security,
says documents such as vulnerability assessments
shouldn't be accessible to the public. Roberts made the
statements to an Interim Legislative Committee in Frankfort.

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