Frankfort – Governor Paul Patton is adding a high-powered Washington attorney to the team defending him against charges leveled by a former western Kentucky nursing home operator. The Louisville Courier Journal reports the Governor has hired Gerald Feffer, a Washington DC lawyer who works for the firm that represented former President Clinton during his impreachment trial.

Louisville – The woman suing Governor Paul Patton for sexual harrassment will tape an episode with "Doctor Phil". WAVE-TV in Louisville, which airs the talk show, says Tina Connor will appear on a segment to be taped tomorrow and air at a later date.

The 65 year old Patton has admitted having an affair with the 40 year old Conner. Patton has denied claims in her lawsuit that during the affair he helped her state regulated business and then sent inspectors in to shut it down after the affair ended.

Frankfort – A new report criticizes the Cabinet for Families and Children's handling of the financial affairs of incapacitated people. Kentucky State Auditor Ed Hatchett's report says the Cabinet could not account for a 265,000 dollar shortfall in client's assets.

Owensboro – The new William H. Natcher bridge in Owensboro, KY is expected to open Monday. The opening of the structure had been scheduled for earlier in the year, and the bridge was dedicated in August.

Louisville – Incumbent Congresswoman Anne Northup and Democratic challenger Jack Conway exchanged a few jabs during their televised debate in Louisville. The Third Congressional District candidates appeared on Kentucky Educational Television last night.

Britain – A British newspaper is quoting a Lexington, KY fertility specialist who says the first cloned baby will be born sometime in 2003. However, some genetic experts are skeptical that Dr. Pavayiotis Zavos will actually succeed in cloning a human. Experts contend the 58 year old reproductive physiologist needs a method to screen some 30 thousand human genes. No such screening test currently exists.

Harlan, KY – Controversy is brewing in eastern Kentucky over a State Senate candidate's TV ad featuring images of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The ad, run by Republican representative Johnnie Turner of Harlan, also criticizes incumbant Democrat senator Daniel Mongiardo for opposing a bill that made it tougher for non-citizens to get driver's licenses.

In response, senator Mongiardo is accusing Turner of resorting to bigotry and racism in order to gain votes in next month's election.

Bowling Green, KY – Some opponents of the Kentucky Trimodal Transpark project want the Intermodal Transportation Authority to release a consultant's study to the public. The organization, Karst Environmental Education and Protection, charges that the marketing report has not been released because it raises doubts about the feasibility of the controversial project.

Louisville attorney Leslie Barras filed an open records request to get a copy of the report. She says the public has a right to see what the document says.

Frankfort – A Federal Appeals Court is striking down a legislative effort to promote the Ten Commandments in public places. In a two-to-one ruling, the Court yesterday said a 2000 resolution that would place a Ten Commandments Monument on capitol grounds in Frankfort is unconstitutional.

Judge Boyce Martin says the resolution amounts to a government endorsement of religion. Martin says there are other ways to display the Commandments as part of a larger historical display. But, He says Kentucky's effort was solely a promotion of the religious nature of the documents.

Frankfort – Kentucky State Budget Director Jim Ramsey issued the following statement today in response to the expected announcement by Standard and Poor's of a downgrade of Kentucky's credit rating from "AA" to "AA-",

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