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1:22 pm
Fri March 19, 2004

Kentucky House Passes Bill on Mine Electrical Safety

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House approved Senate Bill 37 by
a unanimous vote. The legislation is designed to
make coal mines safer places to work by updating
standards for electrical safety.

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senator
David Boswell of Owensboro. It includes new
requirements that power circuits and electrical
equipment in mines must be shut off before they
are worked on. In addition, insulation would be
required around suspended cables.

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3:55 pm
Thu March 18, 2004

President Bush Visits Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell, KY – President Bush is thanking about twenty thousand
soldiers who have returned from Iraq. As part of
his trip to persuade Americans to give him another
four years as Commander in Chief, the President
is meeting with families of some soldiers who were
killed in the war.

Members of the 101st Airborne have been actively
involved in the combat and rebuilding effort in Iraq.
Sixty soldiers from the 101st were killed in Iraq.

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1:08 pm
Wed March 17, 2004

U of L Releases Study on Air Quality

Louisville, KY – The University of Louisville has released findings
of a study that shows Louisville's air contains an
unsafe chemical. The study shows the concentration
of butadiene has been increasing at a rate of about
35 percent per year since June of 2000.

The chemical was identified last year as the top
toxic air health threat for the Louisville area. The
chemical can cause cancer in humans. It is found
in motor vehicle emissions and its used in the
manufacture of synthetic rubber.

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12:56 pm
Tue March 16, 2004

Kentucky House Passes Felony Record Bill

Frankfort, KY – Some non-violent felons would be able to ask the
state to erase their conviction from their record, under
legislation approved by the House. The bill would only
apply to Class D felons who haven't committed a
crime for ten years. The measure would also require
the court to schedule a hearing and notify the
Commonwealth's Attorney and any victims of the
felon's expungement request.

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11:01 am
Mon March 15, 2004

Trial Dates Set for Autry Murder Trials

Bowling Green, KY – A Judge in Bowling Green has set tentative court dates
for the trials of the two men charged in connection with
the murder of a Western Kentucky University student.
Daviess County Circuit Judge Thomas Castlen
scheduled jury selection for July 30th in the trial of
20 year old Stephen Soules.

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1:23 pm
Fri March 12, 2004

Unemployment Rate Drops Significantly in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate
dropped to 5.2 percent for the month of January.
That was a decline from the six percent level recorded
in the previous month. The January 2004 figure was
seven-tenths of a percent lower than January of 2003.

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4:13 pm
Thu March 11, 2004

Governor Unveils Tax Modernization Plan

Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says his tax modernization plan is
designed to stimulate the state's economy and create
jobs. At a Frankfort news conference, Fletcher said
the plan will eliminate or reduce some income taxes,
will raise cigarette taxes, and will overhaul the state's
business tax structure.

The Fletcher Administration predicts the new plan
will create about seven thousand jobs in the next two
years. The Governor stresses that the proposal has
bi-partisan support.

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9:48 am
Wed March 10, 2004

Kentucky House Passes Controversial Budget

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has passed a state budget
bill that was opposed by every Republican member
of the House. The measure passed by a 64 to 36
margin.

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10:45 am
Tue March 9, 2004

Separate Death Penalty Trials Ordered for Kentucky Men

AP – Separate Federal Death Penalty trials will be held
for two Kentucky jail escapees charged with the
kidnapping and murder of a woman from Galvants
Ferry, South Carolina. U-S District Judge Joe Anderson
says he would like to try Branden Basham and Chadrick
Fulks at the same time before different juries. However,
Judge Anderson says he doesn't have enough room in
his courtroom.

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2:17 pm
Mon March 8, 2004

House Speaker Pro Tem Says Gambling Bill Won't Pass

Frankfort, KY – House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark says he
doesn't think his legislation to expand gambling
in Kentucky will pass. Clark met with members of the
horse racing industry at his office, but he says they were
unable to agree on final details on a plan for expanded
gambling.

Clark has proposed legislation that would ask voters
whether they want a constitutional amendment to allow
for casino gambling. Clark's plan calls for nine casinos
across the state.

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