11:12 am
Fri November 7, 2003

Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Tikrit

Tikrit, Iraq – An Army helicopter crash near Saddam Hussein's
hometown has killed six soldiers from the 101st
Airborne. A spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division
says the six were on board the chopper when it
crashed into a riverbank near Tikrit.

Military officials are investigating to determine
whether the helicopter was brought down by
mechanical problems or hostile fire. The 101st
Airborne is based at Fort Campbell.

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2:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

House Speaker Says McConnell is Calling Democrats

Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House says Republican
U-S Senator Mitch McConnell has been calling
Kentucky Democrats in the House, asking them to switch parties.
Speaker Jody Richards, a Democrat from Bowling Green,
says some Democrats in the House have told him that
Senator McConnell has placed calls to them, urging
them to leave their political party. Richards says he
has talked with his fellow Democrats and doesn't
expect any to leave the party.

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12:17 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

Congressman Wants Answers about Medical Care

Washington, D.C. – The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional Delegation
is asking the Defense Department to investigate allegations
of "second rate" medical care being offered to some injured
soldiers at Fort Knox. Soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia also
reported similar conditions.

Fourth District Congressman Ken Lucas and Congressman
Ike Skelton of Missouri have written a letter to Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld regarding the matter. 128
Congressional Democrats signed the letter.

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10:02 am
Wed November 5, 2003

Fletcher Victorious in Race for Governor

Bowling Green, KY – Republican Congressman Ernie Fletcher defeated
Democratic Attorney General Ben Chandler to become
the first Republican governor in Kentucky since
the early 1970s. Fletcher will leave his sixth district
seat in the U-S House of Representatives to
become governor.

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11:59 am
Tue November 4, 2003

Secretary of State Revises Prediction on Voter Turnout

Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky Secretary of State John Y. Brown now
says today's turnout in the gubernatorial election
could be larger than his earlier prediction of
forty percent. Some areas in the state are
reporting a number of calls from voters wanting
to know where they should go to vote.

Voter turnout in Warren County is described
as "steady."

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11:22 am
Mon November 3, 2003

Judge Hears Arguments in Motion to Dismiss Autry Suit

Bowling Green, KY – Warren Circuit Judge Tom Lewis heard arguments
today on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by
the mother and aunt of Katie Autry. She's the
student who died last May after being assaulted
and burned in her residence hall room.

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12:13 pm
Fri October 31, 2003

Regents Approve Mid-Year Tuition Increase

Bowling Green, KY – The governing board of Western Kentucky
University has unanimously approved a mid-year
tuition increase of $200. The new tuition rates
will take effect for classes which start in January.

University President Gary Ransdell says the change
is necessary because state funding has failed to
keep pace with rapid enrollment growth. He
describes Western as the "fastest growing
public university in the state."

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11:09 am
Thu October 30, 2003

Agriculture Commissioner Calls for Ethanol Support

Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky Agriculture Commissoner Billy Ray Smith
says lawmakers in Washington should support
efforts to expand ethanol production. Speaking
with Western's Public Radio, Smith stressed that
ethanol fuels can help to provide a valuable market
for farmers and can reduce the country's reliance
on foreign oil.

House and Senate conferees have been trying to
resolve differences over the issue in the new
Energy Bill.

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3:07 pm
Tue October 28, 2003

WKU Regents to Vote on Tuition Increase

Bowling Green, KY – The governing Board of Western Kentucky
University will vote Friday on a proposal to
implement a mid-year tuition increase.
The proposal, which is called "Its Academics
Turn," would result in a 200 dollar per student
tuition hike.

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3:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2003

Key Baath Party Official Killed

Mosul, Iraq – A 101st Airborne Second Brigade Spokesman
says a key Baath party figure has been killed in
a raid. The Baath leader is described as a key
figure plotting against coalition and Iraqi

Captain Brian Cope has identified the dead
man as Abu Fares. The man was killed yesterday
when he opened fire on U-S forces during a
raid. Eight other people were arrested in the
raid, which was conducted by members of the
101st Airborne, which is based at Fort Campbell.

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