Louisville – The Kentucky Republican party hopes it can link Democratic candidates with Governor Patton's sex scandal. The Courier-Journal reports the GOP has bought TV and radio ads in three districts saying their opponents have failed to "stand up to Paul Patton and the scandals in Frankfort". The Governor is being sued by nursing home operator Tina Conner who says Patton forced her business into bankruptcy after she ended their two year affair.
Bowling Green – Controversy over the Kentucky tri-modal transpark dominated much of the discussion at last night's Judge Executive forum in Warren County. Democratic challenger Harold Brantley charged that local leaders have spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a project which is not supported by area residents. Brantley says a non-binding referendum should have been held before significant tax dollars were spent on the proposed transpark in northern Warren County.
Frankfort – The lawyer for nursing home owner, Tina Conner, says Conner told investigators that a secretary in the Governor's office warned her in advance about a state inspection of her business. The employee is Vicki Brown, an office manager for Andrew "Skipper" Martin, who is Governor Patton's Chief of Staff.
Frankfort – Governor Paul Patton is adding a high-powered Washington attorney to the team defending him against charges leveled by a former western Kentucky nursing home operator. The Louisville Courier Journal reports the Governor has hired Gerald Feffer, a Washington DC lawyer who works for the firm that represented former President Clinton during his impreachment trial.
Louisville – The woman suing Governor Paul Patton for sexual harrassment will tape an episode with "Doctor Phil". WAVE-TV in Louisville, which airs the talk show, says Tina Connor will appear on a segment to be taped tomorrow and air at a later date.
The 65 year old Patton has admitted having an affair with the 40 year old Conner. Patton has denied claims in her lawsuit that during the affair he helped her state regulated business and then sent inspectors in to shut it down after the affair ended.
Frankfort – A new report criticizes the Cabinet for Families and Children's handling of the financial affairs of incapacitated people. Kentucky State Auditor Ed Hatchett's report says the Cabinet could not account for a 265,000 dollar shortfall in client's assets.
Owensboro – The new William H. Natcher bridge in Owensboro, KY is expected to open Monday. The opening of the structure had been scheduled for earlier in the year, and the bridge was dedicated in August.
Louisville – Incumbent Congresswoman Anne Northup and Democratic challenger Jack Conway exchanged a few jabs during their televised debate in Louisville. The Third Congressional District candidates appeared on Kentucky Educational Television last night.
Britain – A British newspaper is quoting a Lexington, KY fertility specialist who says the first cloned baby will be born sometime in 2003. However, some genetic experts are skeptical that Dr. Pavayiotis Zavos will actually succeed in cloning a human. Experts contend the 58 year old reproductive physiologist needs a method to screen some 30 thousand human genes. No such screening test currently exists.
Harlan, KY – Controversy is brewing in eastern Kentucky over a State Senate candidate's TV ad featuring images of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The ad, run by Republican representative Johnnie Turner of Harlan, also criticizes incumbant Democrat senator Daniel Mongiardo for opposing a bill that made it tougher for non-citizens to get driver's licenses.
In response, senator Mongiardo is accusing Turner of resorting to bigotry and racism in order to gain votes in next month's election.