3:09 pm
Wed February 18, 2004

Chandler Headed to Congress

Lexington, KY – Democrat Ben Chandler says it feels good to be
on the winning side again. After losing last fall's
gubernatorial race to Republican Ernie Fletcher,
the former Attorney General has won the
Congressional seat previously held by Fletcher.

Chandler handily defeated Alice Forgy Kerr and
Libertarian candidate Mark Gailey. Kentucky's
new Sixth District Congressman won 55 percent
of the vote in the special election.

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9:00 am
Tue February 17, 2004

Funeral Scheduled for Slain Firefighter

AP – Thousands of fighters from across the country are
expected to attend the funeral of 40 year old Lexington
firefighter Brenda Cowan. She was shot Friday while
responding to a domestic violence call and became
Lexington's first black female firefighter to die in the
line of duty.

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9:54 am
Mon February 16, 2004

Special Judge Named in Autry Case

Bowling Green, KY – Daviess County Circuit Judge Tom Castlen has
been appointed to preside over the murder trials
of Lucas Goodrum and Stephen Soules. They are
the two men charged in connection with the death
of Western Kentucky University student Katie Autry.

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10:18 am
Thu February 12, 2004

New University President Headed to Kentucky State

Frankfort, KY – Mary Evans Sias has been selected to be the next
President of Kentucky State University. She replaces
William H. Turner, who had served as interim
President for more than a year. Turner was also
one of four finalists for the position.

Sias has been an administrator at the University of
Texas at Dallas. She has served as Senior Vice President
for Student Affairs and External Relations.

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10:04 am
Wed February 11, 2004

Bill Would Curb Credit Card Sales on Campus

Frankfort, KY – A bill passed by a House committee in Frankfort would
require college students to get parental permission to
apply for credit cards solicited on campus. House bill
63 is sponsored by House Speaker Jody Richards,
a Democrat from Bowling Green.

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3:42 pm
Tue February 10, 2004

Senate Committee Approves Firearms Dealers Bill

Frankfort, KY – A Senate Committee has approved a bill that would
ensure that firearms dealers can locate in any area where
other businesses are permitted. Senate Bill 95 says that
lawmakers intend for federally-licensed firearms dealers
or manufacturers to be able to locate anywhere that
other lawful businesses can locate.

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10:52 am
Mon February 9, 2004

Judge Refuses to Drop Guilty Plea in Conner Case

Lexington, KY – A Federal judge has denied Tina Conner's request
to withdraw her guilty plea in a mail fraud case.
The former mistress of former Kentucky Governor
Paul Patton was sentenced to two years probation
by U-S District Judge Joseph Hood.

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9:35 am
Fri February 6, 2004

Kentucky Commission on Women Head to Leave Post

Frankfort, KY – The head of the Kentucky Commission on Women is
stepping down from her position, in response to a
request from Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration.
Betsy Nowland-Curry has served as the Commission's
Executive Director for more than three years.

She told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she was
asked to step down, effective February 15th. Governor
Fletcher's wife, Glenna, is reportedly interested in taking
a more active role in the Commission.

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1:34 pm
Thu February 5, 2004

House Committee Approves Beverage Bill

Frankfort, KY – The House Health and Welfare Committee has
approved a bill that would reduce student access
to soft drinks and other sugary beverages during
the school day. HB 261 would prohibit elementary
schools from selling "soda waters" during the
school day.

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4:36 pm
Wed February 4, 2004

Fletcher Says Refinancing Bonds will Help Education

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher says his
administration has scraped up 23 million
dollars by refinancing some state bonds.
Fletcher says that money will be used for

The Governor made the statement today in
Frankfort. He says he will propose giving the
money for programs that fall outside of basic
school funding. Those programs include
after-school services, teacher training and
school safety.

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