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2:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2003

Kentucky's Unemployment Rate Rises in July

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department for Employment Services
says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment
rate rose to 6.1 percent in July. The latest figures
are up from the 5.9 percent recorded in June.

Compared to year-earlier statistics, the seasonally
adjusted jobless rate in the Commonwealth was
up six tenths of one percent. Kentucky is one of
26 states reporting higher unemployment rates
in July of this year than in July of 2002.

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Regional
4:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2003

Attorney General Files Suit Against Drug Companies

Frankfort – Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler has filed
suit against five pharmaceutical companies. The
Attorney General's office in Frankfort says the firms
allegedly inflated average wholesale prices and
bilked Medicaid and Medicare.

Attorney General Ben Chandler, who is currently
running for Governor against Congressman
Ernie Fletcher, says the alleged overcharges have
cost taxpayers over one hundred million dollars.

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Regional
9:45 am
Wed September 10, 2003

Pentagon Extends Persian Gulf Tours

Nashville,TN – About eleven hundred members of the Tennessee National Guard
and Air National Guard will stay in the Persian Gulf for a full year.
They are part of a group of about twenty thousand reservists who
will be in the Gulf for 12 months.

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Regional
1:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Kentucky Senators Predict Passage of Iraq Funding

Washington, D.C. – Both United States Senators from Kentucky say Congress
will approve additional funding for the military and re-building
efforts in Iraq. Speaking on National Public Radio, Senator
Mitch Mc Connell of Louisville predicted Sunday's request
by President Bush will be approved by a large, bi-partisan
majority.

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Regional
9:09 am
Tue September 9, 2003

Funding Should be Adequate for Pre-Paid Tuition Program

Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of Kentucky's Affordable, Pre-Paid
Tuition Program says the program should have sufficient
funds to operate until at least 2026. In testimony before the
Interim Joint Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education,
Jo Carole Ellis said a recent actuarial analysis indicates
the fund should see a surplus for the next 23 years.

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Regional
1:25 pm
Fri September 5, 2003

Judge Orders Charges Dismissed in Bucky Brooks Case

Shepherdsville, KY – Bullitt County Circuit Judge Thomas Waller has ordered
charges against David "Bucky" Brooks dismissed in the
slaying of 17 year old Jessica Dishon. The Bullitt County
girl disappeared from her home in September of 1999.
Her body was found in a wooded area more than two
weeks later.

A second trial for Brooks had been scheduled for
November fifth. His first trial ended in a mistrial after
a Sheriff's Detective testifed that Brooks had failed
a lie-detector test.

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Regional
11:10 am
Fri September 5, 2003

Kentucky Lawmaker Chosen for Agricultural Post

Bowling Green, KY – The National Conference of State Legislatures has
selected Representative Roger Thomas to serve as
Chairman of its Agriculture and Rural Development
Committee. The Democrat from Smiths Grove says
he will work to assure that farming can "continue to
thrive."

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Regional
9:23 am
Thu September 4, 2003

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to Expand

Somerset, KY – A 55 million dollar expansion has been announced by
officials with the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
The 116 thousand square foot addition will connect
with the east side of the current hospital facility.

The expansion will feature a cardiovascular unit and
a critical care unit for neurosurgical patients. The
addition will also contain an intermediate care unit.

Officials with the Hospital say the groundbreaking
for the expansion is scheduled for October third.

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Regional
4:57 pm
Wed September 3, 2003

Western Kentucky University Receives Major Gift

Bowling Green, KY – A major gift to Western Kentucky University will be used to
establish a Visiting Professorship in business leadership
and ethics. The "Wendell Cherry Visiting Professorship"
will be created through a gift of 250 thousand dollars from
the Humana Foundation. The gift will be matched by
250 thousand dollars from the Commonwealth's Regional
University Excellence Trust Fund.

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Regional
11:31 am
Wed September 3, 2003

Three Police Officers Wounded in Lexington Stand-off

Lexington, KY – Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty says two of his officers
and a Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy suffered minor injuries
in a stand-off with Lexington resident Mark Lunsford.

The 36 year old Lunsford was taken into custody after
negotiating with officers. He was taken to the University
of Kentucky Medical Center where he was treated for a
drug overdose.

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