9:01 am
Wed December 10, 2003

State Supreme Court Blocks Smoking Ban

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has stepped in to
stop enforcement of a smoking ban in Lexington.
Otherwise, a new smoking ban ordinance would
have taken effect at midnight.

Without comment, the Justices ordered a halt to
enforcement while an opposition group appeals
a trial judge's ruling that the ordinance is

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3:46 pm
Tue December 9, 2003

Five Million Spent on Successful Gubernatorial Race

Frankfort, KY – Newly inaugurated Governor Ernie Fletcher spent a
record 5.6 million dollars to win this year's gubernatorial
election. The first post-election reports filed by their
campaigns to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
show Democrat Ben Chandler spent less than
3.8 million dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.

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12:09 pm
Mon December 8, 2003

Patton Commutes Death Sentence of Convicted Murderer

Frankfort, KY – On his final day in office, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton
has commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer
Kevin Stanford. The U-S Supreme Court had used
Stanford's case to uphold the death penalty for murderers
as young as seventeen. However, Patton said he
considered the death penalty to be an injustice for a
criminal who was not yet an adult at the time of the crime.

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9:43 am
Thu December 4, 2003

Fletcher Names New Transportation Cabinet Chief

Lexington, KY – Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher has selected
Lieutenant General Maxwell Clay Bailey to
serve as Secretary of Transportation in
Kentucky. Bailey is a native of Johnson County
who has been working on homeland security
issues for the state.

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4:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

More Jobs Heading to Shepherdsville

Shepherdsville, KY – A spokesman for a company that makes
food-packaging products says Shepherdsville
will be the site of a distribution center. This is
the latest in a string of business deals in
recent months for the Bullitt County Community.

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12:30 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

Pence to Serve as Secretary of Justice Cabinet

Frankfort, KY – Governor Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his running
mate in the recent gubernatorial election as the next
Justice Cabinet Secretary in Kentucky. Fletcher says
Steve Pence will serve a dual role as Lieutenant
Governor and Secretary of Justice.

Pence is a former federal prosecutor who plans to
focus on fighting Kentucky's drug problems. During
the gubernatorial campaign, Pence had promised to
be a working Lieutenant Governor who would take an
active role in the administration.

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4:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2003

Frito Lay Cutting Jobs in Louisville

Louisville, KY – Frito-Lay Incorporated will close its snack
manufacturing plant in Louisville next month,
putting 326 employees out of work. Employees
at the 41 year old facility were notified today and
received a paid day off.

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10:21 am
Mon December 1, 2003

Highway Death Rate Could Be Highest in Two Decades

Louisville, KY – The Kentucky State Police say the highway death
rate in the Commonwealth is on pace to become
the highest in nearly twenty years. Eight people
died on the state's highways during the four day
Thanksgiving holiday period, bringing the year-to-date
toll to 848.

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3:44 pm
Fri November 28, 2003

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit in Autry Case

Bowling Green, KY – Warren Circuit Court Judge Tom Lewis has
granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed
against Western Kentucky University and
five employees of the institution. The civil
suit had been filed by the estate of Melissa
Kaye Autry, who died after being burned and
assaulted in her residence hall room last May.

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12:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2003

Republicans in Sixth District Attend Forum

Nicholasville, KY – Four Republican legislators who want
Governor-Elect Ernie Fletcher's seat in
Congress made a joint debut at a public
forum. About 130 people attended the
forum, at which each of the hopefuls talked
about past legislative accomplishments and
conservative credentials. Those attending
were State Senators Alice Forgy Kerr and
Tom Buford, as well as State Representatives
Lonnie Napier and Stan Lee.

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