2:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Speaker Richards Files for Re-election

Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House of
Representatives has filed his formal papers
to run for another term in the General Assembly.
Richards, who is a Democrat from Warren
County, is the longest serving Speaker of
the House in Kentucky history.

Richards has been in the Kentucky House since
1976. The Speaker says he will continue to
stress education issues and to work for senior
citizens in nursing homes. He also pledged today
to fight for lower taxes.

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12:12 pm
Tue January 13, 2004

Medical Malpractice Bill Clears Senate Committee

Frankfort, KY – A proposed constitutional amendment that deals
with medical malpractice cases has cleared its
first legislative hurdle. The measure was approved
by a Senate Committee today in Frankfort.

If it is passed by the General Assembly and ratified
by the state's voters, the measure would allow
lawmakers to rein in medical malpractice cases.
The proposal is sponsored by Senate President
David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville.

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11:27 am
Mon January 12, 2004

Fletcher Administration Defends Education Cuts

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is defending his
decision to take money from schools and universities
to shore up the state budget. The Republican who
left Congress to become Kentucky's Governor says
education was spared until the last possible minute.

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2:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2004

WKU President Says Some Programs to be Eliminated

Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell
says some programs at the university will have to be
eliminated to meet significant budget cuts ordered by
the Fletcher Administration. Speaking with members
of the university's governing board today, Ransdell
indicated that no decisions have been made at this
point about what to eliminate. He stressed that
one of his priorities will be to preserve funding for
programs which excell at the institution.

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2:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2004

Senator Bunning Reports on Congressional Mission

Bowling Green, KY – U-S Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) believes the
American military presence in Iraq can be significantly
reduced by the end of June. Speaking with reporters
by phone from Kuwait today, Bunning said
U-S officials in Iraq believe progress is being made
in several aspects of the re-building effort, including
work on refineries and utilities. He says "the general
consensus" is that U-S manpower can be reduced
to about one hundred thousand by that point.

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1:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2004

Governor Fletcher Endorses "Fetal Homicide" Bill

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has endorsed
a "fetal homicide" bill that would declare that life
begins at conception. The legislation he is backing
would apply homicide statutes to a fetus, from the
time of conception.

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12:17 pm
Wed January 7, 2004

Education Committee Calls for Full KEES Funding

Frankfort, KY –
A bill directing lawmakers to fully fund Kentucky's state
sponsored merit-based scholarship program has been
approved by the House Education Committee. The bill
deals with the KEES scholarship program, which is
funded by proceeds from the Kentucky Lottery.

Funding for the program is expected to run three to
five million dollars short in fiscal year 2006. The bill
directs the General Assembly to make use of general
fund dollars to make up for shortfalls in the funding.

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3:22 pm
Tue January 6, 2004

Governor's Sister-in-Law Hired by State Agency

Frankfort, KY – Rachel Fletcher, the Sister-in-law of Kentucky
Governor Ernie Fletcher, has been hired by
the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection
Cabinet. She will be working as an executive
secretary, starting Wednesday.

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11:25 am
Tue January 6, 2004

Ex-Labor Liason to Work for Attorney General

Frankfort, KY – Former Governor Patton's ex-labor liason is going
to work for new Kentucky Attorney General Greg
Stumbo. Danny Ross was unsuccessfully prosecuted by
previous Attorney General Ben Chandler, after he
and three other individuals were indicted. They were
accused of steering labor union funds to Patton's
1995 gubernatorial campaign, in violation of
fund-raising limits.

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1:02 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Senator Bunning Heading to Iraq

Washington, D.C. – U-S Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) will be visiting
Iraq this week to visit with members of the
101st Airborne Division and to get a first hand report
on progress in the rebuilding effort in that country.
The Senator from Northern Kentucky is leading a
congressional delegation that includes Senator
Zell Miller of Georgia.

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