Frankfort – Kentucky has joined a suit to block the merger of two of the country's only nationwide providers of direct broadcast satellite television. The antitrust suit says the merger of Dish Network and Direct TV would kill competition for direct satellite broadcasting. Attorney Ben Chandler says it would hurt Kentucky because more than a third of the households have no access to cable.

Williamsburg – A former supervisor for the Cabinet for Families and Children in Whitley County could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges that she fraudently obtained $6,000 from a program intended to help low-income families. Janice Terrell, 40, formerly a field services supervisor for the Cabinet's Family Support Office in Williamsburg, was indicted by a Whitley County grand jury earlier this month on four counts of program assistance fraud. In each count, she stands accused of diverting to her own use $1,500 from the family alternatives diversion (FAD) program.

Fort Knox – Nearly twenty Fort Knox army soldiers and one marine have been released from a barracks lock-down following a missing firearm incident. The Elizabethtown News-Enterprise reports the men were released Saturday, after being sequestered for three weeks. When a nine-millimeter pistol turned up missing on October 5, the military personnel were placed on barracks lock-down while an investigation took place.

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.

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