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10:47 am
Wed January 28, 2004

House Passes Nursing Home Legislation

Frankfort,KY – The Kentucky House has approved legislation
which would make it a felony to tip off a nursing
home about a pending state inspection.
Representative Kathy Stein of Lexington is the
sponsor of the bill, which passed the House
by a 94 to 0 margin.

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Regional
4:56 pm
Tue January 27, 2004

Veteran's Lottery Game Stalled by House Committee

Frankfort, KY – A bill to create a lottery scratch-off game to
raise money for veterans' programs has
stalled in a House Committee. The proposal
was backed by General Les Beavers, the
Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of
Veteran's Affairs.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2004

Kentucky House Passes Bill on Elder Abuse

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has passed a bill to
spell out how crimes against the elderly and
other "vulnerable adults" are to be handled.

The bill outlines the steps to be taken from the
time a complaint is filed with the Cabinet for
Families and Children until it is resolved.
Proponents say that would impose accountability
on everyone involved in investigating cases
of elder abuse, neglect defrauding, and other
crimes.

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Regional
10:56 am
Thu January 22, 2004

Kentucky Senate Passes Fetal Homicide Bill

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation
that would create a crime of "fetal homicide."
The bill would legally recognize the unborn from
the time of conception.

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a
fetus is not a person under current Kentucky law.
As a result, the high court said no one who causes the
death of a fetus can be charged with homicide.

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Regional
11:32 am
Wed January 21, 2004

Spokesman Wants Greater Awareness of Gambling Problems

Bowling Green, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky Council
on Problem Gambling says too many people
underestimate the cost of compulsive gambling.
Mike Stone cites a University of Illinois study
which estimates a cost of thirteen thousand
dollars per year, per compulsive gambler.

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Regional
12:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2004

Lieutenant Governor Wants to Change Drug Strategy

Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher's Administration wants better
drug treatment---- instead of prison sentences---
for offenders. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence
says the state plans to cut the number of non-violent
offenders in prison, and could delay the opening of
a one thousand bed prison which is under
construction in Elliot County.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2004

Tennessee Lottery Could Cut Kentucky Lottery Proceeds

Williamsburg, KY –
Kentucky Lottery Officials are concerned about the
impact the new Tennessee Lottery will have on
ticket sales in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Lottery
President and Chief Executive Arch Gleason estimates
Kentucky will lose more than 48 million dollars in
sales in the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Gleason also
warns that the loss could reach more than 71 million
dollars in the following fiscal year.

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Regional
9:38 am
Fri January 16, 2004

Kentucky House Passes Credit Card Theft Bill

Frankfort, KY – A bill passed today by the Kentucky House would
create a felony offense for a form of credit-card
theft. The bill would punish people who "skim"
credit cards. The practice consists of installing
an electronic device between a credit card reader
and a telephone wall jack to obtain credit card
information.

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Regional
2:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Speaker Richards Files for Re-election

Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House of
Representatives has filed his formal papers
to run for another term in the General Assembly.
Richards, who is a Democrat from Warren
County, is the longest serving Speaker of
the House in Kentucky history.

Richards has been in the Kentucky House since
1976. The Speaker says he will continue to
stress education issues and to work for senior
citizens in nursing homes. He also pledged today
to fight for lower taxes.

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Regional
12:12 pm
Tue January 13, 2004

Medical Malpractice Bill Clears Senate Committee

Frankfort, KY – A proposed constitutional amendment that deals
with medical malpractice cases has cleared its
first legislative hurdle. The measure was approved
by a Senate Committee today in Frankfort.

If it is passed by the General Assembly and ratified
by the state's voters, the measure would allow
lawmakers to rein in medical malpractice cases.
The proposal is sponsored by Senate President
David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville.

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