Nashville – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that the current system for paying public school teachers violates the state's constitution. In a unanimous decision, the court said the method denies equal educational opportunitites to volunteer state students. The ruling says the state isn't adequately helping rural school systems pay their teachers a competitive salary.

Nashville – The Tennessee Valley Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services once again has zero platelets on the shelf. There is also less than a half-day supply of the "O" blood type. The region still needs 158 type O negative blood donors and 258 type O positive blood donors to meet increasing patient need. The region needs help from all available resources in order to boost the blood supply.

Louisville – Weapons aficianados will have to wait another year to see a vast
assortment of arms put together by a Louisville collector. The Owsley
Brown Frazier Historical Arms Museum is scheduled to open in spring
2004 in Downtown Louisville.

Versailles – In an effort to prevent school violence, a Kentucky high school will become
the test site for a new security program. The program intertwines technology, parent involvement and intervention programs.
The program was developed by the National Crime Prevention Council and will be tested at Woodford
County High School in Versailles.

Knoxville – President Bush will speak at a fund-raising luncheon in Knoxville to benefit Van Hilleary's bid for Governor of Tennessee. The Republicans expect about 750 people to attend the one-thousand-dollar-per-plate dinner at the Knoxville Convention Center. A public rally is being planned at Mcghee Tyson Airport before the Luncheon.
Bush visited Nashville on September 17th to raise funds for U-S Senate Candidate Lamar Alexander.

Louisville – The Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services hosted the first of three training programs Tuesday. It was designed for law enforcement professionals, emergency services personnel and local broadcasters on a protocol developed by the administration for a Kentucky version of the Amber Alert System.

Frankfort, KY – Federal and State investigators are searching for answers in the scandal that's engulfed Kentucky Governor Patton. Federal Prosecutors, the FBI, and investigators from the Kentucky Attourney General's office met yesterday with Tina Conner, the woman who is suing the governor for sexual harrassment.

Oak Ridge, TN – The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is relying on failing production equipment.

That's the conclusion of a report from the Energy Department Inspector General's office. The plant manufactures depleted uranium bomb components used to refurbish the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. The investigators found that the facility relies on production equipment that is often outdated and damaged beyond repair.

Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell troops and their families can look forward to a housing upgrade. Construction will begin in about a year to replace or renovate ninety-percent of the post's facilities. The project is expected to take ten years to complete.

The improvements are made possible by an army housing program which is providing almost 300 million dollars to the Fort Cambpell military base.

Bowling Green, KY – Huge hoards of WKU students rioted in front of the Downing University Center this morning to protest the new sidewalk replacement project taking place campus-wide. Susan Susan, a freshman from Glasgow, said "I came here to learn, not to mess up my shoes".

Campus authorities were not available for comment.

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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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