11:18 am
Tue June 22, 2004

Auditor's Report Critical of Kentucky Racing Commission

Frankfort, KY – State Auditor Crit Luallen has released her findings and
recommendations regarding the Kentucky Racing Commission.
The report found no evidence of intent to defraud government,
but the Auditor's Office did find that the Commission suffered
from lax management and a disregard for standard business

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10:55 am
Mon June 21, 2004

Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Prompts Evacuation

Clay, KY – About three hundred people in Webster County had to be
evacuated from their homes today, after someone opened
an anhydrous ammonia tank. An official with Webster
County emergency management says the release
created a dangerous situation.

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9:30 am
Mon June 21, 2004

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Remains at Same Level

Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky's unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent
in the month of May, unchanged from April's figures.
The Department for Employment Services says the
rate is a significant decline from the previous year's
levels, however. In May of 2003, the seasonally adjusted
jobless rate in the Commonwealth was 6.2 percent.

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2:49 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

House Approves Tobacco Buy Out Plan

Washington, D.C. – The U-S House has voted to pay tobacco farmers for
giving up their government price supports. A plan that
was approved Monday night by the House Ways and
Means Committee was approved by the full House
Thursday afternoon.

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9:39 am
Fri June 18, 2004

State Supreme Court Rules Fetus is a Person---if its "Viable"

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a fetus is a person
as long as it is "viable" or capable of surviving outside the womb.
The Court ruled that the wrongful killing of such a fetus can be
prosecuted as a homicide.

The Court discards its longheld rule that a fetus was not a person,
and its death was not a homicide, until a live birth occurred.

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9:02 am
Fri June 18, 2004

Authorities Warn Motorists About Rest Stop Dangers

Williamsburg, KY – Kentucky authorities are warning motorists to use caution around
interstate rest stops in the Commonwealth, after a rape at a
Kentucky Welcome Center. The assault reportedly
took place at the Welcome Center on Interstate 75, just north
of the Tennessee border.

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2:22 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Murray State Regents Chair Claims Partisan Politics Kept Him from Nominating List

Murray, KY – Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Sid Easley says
partisan politics kept him from being considered for an education
post. Easley says that is why he was left off a list of regents
candidates nominated by Governor Fletcher's Postsecondary
Education Nominating Committee.

Fletcher, who is a Republican, is expected to name replacements
soon for Easley and Wells Lovett of Owensboro, another veteran
member of the board. Lovett did not seek reappointment.

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1:12 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Prosecutors Say Carneal Lacks Valid Grounds for New Trial

Paducah, KY – Prosecutors have filed a motion, saying school shooter
Michael Carneal doesn't have valid grounds to extend
the deadline to ask for a new trial. McCracken County
Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says Carneal
waited too long to argue that defense experts have changed
their minds about his mental state.

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2:52 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Tobacco Buy-out Vote Expected by Week's End

Washington, D.C./Bowling Green,KY – A ten billion dollar tobacco buyout plan is expected to
go before the full U-S House of Representatives before
Friday's adjournment. The provision was approved
Monday night by the powerful House Ways and Means

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12:47 pm
Tue June 15, 2004

Fletcher Says Special Session Could be Called After June 30th

Frankfort, KY – If Kentucky lawmakers would agree to the approach, Governor
Ernie Fletcher says a special legislative session could
be called----even after the end of the fiscal year.
The current state budget expires at the end of June, and
the new fiscal year begins July first.

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