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9:54 am
Thu April 29, 2004

Homes Sales Set Record in Southern States

Washington, D.C. –
The U-S Commerce Department reports that new home
sales in the South set a record last month, at a seasonally-adjusted
613 thousand homes. That figure marks a twenty percent
increase from the same time last year.

Nearly half of all the new homes sold in the United States
last month were in the Southern region, which includes
seventeen states. Experts say relatively inexpensive land,
mortgage rates, nice weather, and jobs are factors contributing
to the sales performance in the South.

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Regional
11:27 am
Wed April 28, 2004

Judge Orders Attorneys in Goodrum Case Not to Talk to Media

Bowling Green, KY – The Special Judge assigned to the Katie Autry murder
case in Bowling Green is admonishing attorneys in
the case not to talk to the media. At a pre-trial hearing
in Bowling Green, Judge Tom Castlen said the case
has already drawn plenty of media attention. The Judge
urged defense and prosecution attorneys to "try the case
in the courtroom."

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Regional
4:01 pm
Tue April 27, 2004

Brian Roy to Appeal Firing by Fletcher Administration

Gilbertsville, KY – Former Democratic Congressional Candidate Brian Roy
has appealed the state's intent to fire him as Manager of
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Roy's
attorney, Kerry Harvey, says his client has requested
a "pre-termination" hearing to reply to allegations made
by the Fletcher Administration.

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1:55 pm
Tue April 27, 2004

Smoking Ban Takes Effect in Lexington

Lexington, KY – After being upheld by a recent decision of the
Kentucky Supreme Court, a smoking ban in
Lexington goes into effect today. The ban prohibits
smoking in most public buildings
in a city which is located in the heart of the burley
tobacco belt.

The new ban does not apply to private dwellings,
rooms used for social functions, retail tobacco
stores, or facilities operated by private organizations.
The ban also does not apply to indoor smoking areas
in government buildings.

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9:44 am
Mon April 26, 2004

Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff

Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has ordered flags at state
office buildings to be flown at half-staff. The order
coincides with funeral arrangements for First
Lieutenant Robert Henderson the second of Alvaton,
Kentucky, who was killed in action in Iraq.

First Lieutenant Henderson was a platoon leader
for Detachment 1, 21-23rd Transportation Company
for the Kentucky National Guard. He was killed
when his convoy came under attack on April 17th,
in Diwanlyah.

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11:55 am
Fri April 23, 2004

Unemployment Rates Drop in 98 Counties

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Employment Services
says unemployment rates for February were down
in 98 Kentucky counties---compared to February of
2003. In February of this year, fifteen counties had
jobless rates of ten percent or higher, while 38
counties had jobless rates that high in the previous
year.

Woodford County has the lowest unemployment
rate in the state, at three percent. Magoffin County
has a jobless rate of 16.2 percent, which is the
highest in Kentucky.

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3:19 pm
Thu April 22, 2004

Appeals Court Refuses to Strike Down Electioneering Ban

Louisville, KY – A Federal Appeals court has refused to reconsider its
decision to strike down Kentucky's 500 foot electioneering
ban. The result could be that voters will face uncontrolled
electioneering at the polls for the upcoming May primary.

Secretary of State Trey Grayson says he was disappointed
by the decision by the Sixth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in
Cincinnati. Grayson warns that without extraordinary legal
action, there will be no limits on electioneering for the
May 18th primary.

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9:57 am
Thu April 22, 2004

Federal Judge Says Medicaid Services Should Be Restored

Lexington, KY – A Federal Judge says Medicaid services should be
reinstated to people whose nursing home or in-home
care was cut off in Kentucky. U-S District Judge Joseph Hood says
the people effected should be reinstated to Medicaid
within fifteen days.

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Regional
3:48 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

Former Democratic Candidate Dismissed at State Park

Gilbertsville, KY – Fletcher Administration officials are citing alleged misuse
of state property and state merit employees as the reasons
for firing Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Superintendent Brian Roy. Roy's attorney says his client
will fight the dismissal.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

Authorities Investigate Indiana Helicopter Crash

Evansville, IN – One man is dead and three people are injured in
a helicopter crash in Southern Indiana. Authorities
say the medical helicopter was flying a patient
from Saint Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg to
Deaconess Hospital in Evansville when it
crashed near Lynnville.

State Police Sergeant Todd Ringle says the patient
died. The patient has been identified as 63 year
old Jerry Leonard of Birdseye, Indiana.

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