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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9:29 am
Tue June 1, 2004

13 Fatalities on Kentucky Highways

Frankfort, KY – State officials say 13 people died in crashes on
Kentucky's roads over the Memorial Day holiday
weekend. The deaths were the result of ten
separate wrecks, and only three of the thirteen
people killed were wearing seat belts at the time
of their accidents. State police say alcohol played
a role in four of the accidents.

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2:40 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Bowling Green Fugitive Caught in North Carolina

Bowling Green, KY – A Bowling Green woman wanted on check forgery
charges for more than four years has been caught
in North Carolina. Kentucky State Police say 43 year old
Donna Howard was picked up in Greensboro,
North Carolina yesterday.

She had been on Kentucky's most wanted list for
fifteen counts of forgery in the second degree, since
April of 2000. She was indicted in Barren County for
allegedly forging checks on an elderly woman's account

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