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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-",

Frankfort – Governor Patton says parts of a sexual harrassment lawsuit against him by a western Kentucky nursing home operator should be dismissed. In documents filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Patton's lawyers say Tina Conner could not have been the subject of sexual harrassment because she was never a state employee.

Bowling Green – Democratic candidate Klint Alexander says Congress has been too generous with those who don't need tax help. Speaking with Western's Public Radio, the Hopkinsville attorney said tax cuts should have been directed to the middle income individuals who are in need of tax relief.

Louisville – Kentucky's Budget director is pointing to an estimate that shows the state with a revenue shortfall between 150 and 200 million dollars this year. Jim Ramsey says nobody knows what will happen if the estimate proves to be accurate.

Ramsey says universities in the Commonwealth have already been asked to prepare for budget cuts of up to three percent this year. If cuts reach that level, it could mean a loss of about 34 million dollars from the allocation given to Kentucky's universities.

Frankfort – Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler says Senator Mitch McConnell wants to defeat laws intended to combat election fraud. The Associated Press reports that Chandler is criticizing the Louisville Republican's affiliation with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, an organization that opposes electioneering laws.

McConnell has been one of the nation's most vocal opponents of the campaign-finance reform legislation signed by President Bush. Chandler is considered a strong Democratic candidate for the upcoming governor's race.

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.

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