1:13 pm
Mon June 14, 2004

Murder Trial Set to Start in September

Louisville, KY – The murder trial for a former Louisville police officer
is now expected to start on September 20th. Mc Kenzie
Mattingly appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court
this morning for a pretrial hearing. Mattingly is charged
with murder in the January shooting death of 19 year
old Michael Newby outside a Louisville liquor store.

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12:54 pm
Wed June 9, 2004

Governor Fletcher Calls for Review of Cell Phone Usage

Frankfort, KY – The Fletcher Administration says the state spent 1.9
million dollars last year, on nearly 53 hundred cell
phones. Fletcher Chief of Staff Daniel Groves says
that's one phone for about every seven state

In a release issued by the Governor's office, officials
said about 200 phones that were not being used have
been located. The state was still paying for the unused
cell phones, according to Fletcher spokesman
Daniel Groves.

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10:52 am
Tue June 8, 2004

Fletcher Asks for Federal Disaster Assistance

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is asking for federal
funding for Kentucky counties hit hard by five days of
heavy storms. Fletcher is asking President Bush to
declare a "major disaster" in Kentucky. The Governor
sent a letter, stating that storm damages pose an
immediate and long term threat to the well-being of
thousands of residents of Kentucky.

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11:33 am
Mon June 7, 2004

State Democratic Party Leadership Could Change

Frankfort,KY – The man elected Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic
Party less than five months ago may have to fight to keep
the job at the Democratic Party's state convention, which will
be held June 19th. Bill Garmer says he's been the object of
a telephone survey of convention delegates. The party's
executive director, Eddie Jacobs, says one of the questions
being posed is whether the delegates would prefer
Garmer or the man he defeated for the Chairmanship in

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12:44 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

House Republicans Agree on Tobacco Buy Out

Washington, D.C. – House Republicans have agreed on a bill to buy out
tobacco farmers. The government would put about
ten billion dollars into the five year buy out program.
In return, tobacco producers would give up a depression
era system that has propped up the price of leaf
through quotas.

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9:54 am
Fri June 4, 2004

Homeland Security Director Wants More Exemptions to Open Records Act

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's Homeland Security Director says he would like to
have more exemptions to the state's Open Records Act.
Erwin Roberts, who heads the Office of Homeland Security,
says documents such as vulnerability assessments
shouldn't be accessible to the public. Roberts made the
statements to an Interim Legislative Committee in Frankfort.

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3:45 pm
Thu June 3, 2004

Unemployment Rates Decline in 97 Counties in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department for Employment Services says jobless
rates dropped in 97 counties in the most recent study of the
state's job situation. For April of this year, six counties still had
jobless rates above ten percent. However, in April of 2003,
seventeen counties recorded double digit unemployment rates.

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12:12 pm
Wed June 2, 2004

CATS Study Approved by Legislative Panel

Frankfort, KY – The Education Assessment and Accountability Review
Subcommittee has approved a study which will focus on
the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. CATS
replaced the KIRIS system and was fully implemented in
Kentucky in 2002.

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11:15 am
Wed June 2, 2004

Governor Fletcher Wants Judge to Suspend Lawsuit

Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher wants a judge to suspend a lawsuit
that would test whether he can spend state money without
an enacted budget. The lawsuit was filed last week by
Attorney General Greg Stumbo. In papers filed in
Frankfort today, the Fletcher Administration says the suit
was premature.

The Administration argues that the state budget doesn't
expire until June 30th. A hearing on the request to suspend
Stumbo's suit is set for next week in Franklin County
Circuit Court.

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3:21 pm
Tue June 1, 2004

FEMA Officials Visit Storm-Damaged Areas

Frankfort,KY – Officials with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency are visiting Kentucky, examining weekend
storm damage. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence
says state officials asked FEMA to check both
tornado and flood damage in the state.

Pence has toured several storm-damaged areas
of the Commonwealth and says homes were
damaged in several parts of the state by high winds
and flooding. State officials say the Sulfur community
in Henry County was especially hard hit by high

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