Rosine – Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe paid about $150 when he bought his 1923 eight-string Gibson F-5 mandolin at a Miami barbershop in 1943. Today, the Rosine-based Bill Monroe Foundation is expected to pay more than 1 million dollars for the instrument. Monroe died from a stroke in 1996.

Nashville – Lottery opponents have raised more money than supporters. Both the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance and the Tennessee Student Scholarship Lottery Coalition made required financial disclosure statements yesterday. The Anti-Lottery Alliance exceeded $800,000 in contributions, compared to just $230,000 for the Pro-Lottery group. However, the reports show that the two camps have a combined total of just over $40,000 left to spend before next weeks vote.

Louisville – President Bush is expected to make another visit to Kentucky. An administration official says the President will campaign Friday for Republican US Representataive Anne Northup.

Northup is trying to fend off a hard charging Democratic opponent. Democrats say a Louisville stop by Bush would indicate that Northup's Democratic challenger, Jack Conway, is gaining on her. Northup campaign chairman, Ted Jackson says a return visit by the President should not be seen as a sign of concern about Conway's campaign.

Chattanooga – Vice President Dick Cheney is campaigning tomorrow for Tennessee Republican Gubernatorial candidate Van Hilleary. The White House made the announcement yesterday.

Two months ago, Cheney attended a private fund raiser for Hilleary and Republican Senate candidate Lamar Alexander in Nashville. Cheney's wife, Lynne, stumped for Hilleary last week in Northeast Tennessee.

Frankfort – A screening committee continues interviewing candidates today for the next leader of the State Council on Postsecondary Education. Council member Walter Baker says some of the ten people to be interviewed have been university presidents, while others have run state systems of higher education.

Cannonsburg – A dispute on whether to allow a Gay-Rights group to hold meetings at a northeastern Kentucky high school is dividing students, parents and residents.

Nashville – A new poll shows Democrat Phil Bredesen ahd Republican Van Hilleary in a dead heat for the Tennessee Governor's race with just over a week left until election day.

Bowling Green – Some opponents of the Kentucky Tri-Modal Transpark have released documents that they describe as a "smoking gun" about the transpark project. A report prepared last spring for ITA consultants Landrum and Brown concludes that there has been inadequate assessment of the floodplain situation at the proposed site. Transpark opponent Andrew Parsley is a member of the Warren County Planning Commission, which narrowly approved a zoning change for the transpark site in May. He says the Planning Commission should have had access to the information in the consultant reports.

Frankfort – Senate President David Williams says sexual abuse allegations made by a woman he once represented are false. In letters sent to the Governor's office last August, Lori Radford-Sandlin alleges Williams insisted on sex instead of financial reimbursement for representing her.

Louisville – A new poll shows a majority of Kentuckians are strongly or somewhat in favor of doing away with the death penalty for people who commit murder as juveniles. Sixty-three percent of the people surveyed in the University of Kentucky poll said they strongly favor or somewhat favor legislation to allow the death penalty only for those 18 or older. Another 32 percent somewhat oppose or strongly oppose such a bill. Death penalty opponents plan to offer such legislation for consideration by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Americana artist Caroline Spence and singer-songwriter Eva Ross played Lost River Sessions LIVE! on Thursday night at the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green. Lost River Sessions LIVE! is made possible by Mike Simpson, the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau and WKU Public Broadcasting.

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