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Louisville – A US Attorney has announced plans to file a lawsuit accusing Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry of defrauding the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Henry has told a Louisville TV station that he plans to fight the suit and will have more to say about it later today. The Federal lawsuit is to be based on the "False Claims Act" and will cite several dozen instances in which Henry billed government health programs for surgeries that he allegedly did not supervise.

Owensboro – A Daviess County Sheriff's deputy has been indicted on sex charges in connection with two teenage girls at Apollo High School where he worked for three years as an on-site officer. A Daviess County Grand Jury has charged 53 year old Mike Chilton with two counts each if first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. The girls have told the Jury the acts were against their will, and took place at Chilton's home.

Nashville, TN – Tennessee residents will have a chance to play the lottery in their own state. A referendum on a state lottery was approved last night.

It removes a constitutional ban on the games and allows lawmakers to develop a lottery patterend after those in Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia.

The referendum had been opposed by religious leaders who wanted to preserve Tennessee's status as one of only three states with no form of legalized gambling.

But the voters' decision leaves Utah and Hawaii as the nation's only gambling-free states.

Bowling Green, KY – Falling in line with national results, election night proved to be a good one for Kentucky's House Republicans.

Congresswoman Anne Northup won a hotly-contested race in the Third District against Democrat challenger Jack Conway. Many national analysts had their eyes on the Louisville area to see if the Democrats could unseat the incumbant Northup. Although her three percent margin of victory was the smallest of her four elections, it was good enough to win two more years in the U.S. House.

Kentucky – County Clerks in several parts of Kentucky are reporting steady voting activity. Despite rainy conditions, voters waited in line to cast their ballots.
Election officials in Hardin County say voting was heavy enough in the first few hours to top the total in May's Primary.
Lighter turnout is reported in Pulaski County.
Several precincts have described voter turn out in Warren County as steady or above average.

Louisville – Louisville will be among the campaign stops on President Bush's schedule today. He will be speaking to a gathering of supporters for third district congressional candidate Anne northup. The incumbent Republican Congresswoman is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Jack Conway. Bush is expected to speak at about 5:00 pm eastern time.

Murray – A Judge has reduced the bond for a former Murray State University student accused of murdering her newborn infant in her dormitory room. Angelita Turner's bond on the murder charge had been set at $50,000 cash only. Yesterday a Judge said Turner would be released if she pays 20% or $10,000 in cash. Turner's trial is scheduled to begin January 21st. Her first trial ended in a hung jury.

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.

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