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3:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

WKU Professor Says Economy Can Withstand Effects of War

Bowling Green, Kentucky – Professor Dick Cantrell of the Western Kentucky University Economics Department says the US economy is quite capable of withstanding the impact of the war in Iraq. Appearing on the Mid-Day Edition on Western's Public Radio, Cantrell pointed out that the US economy is relatively strong, despite some disappointing economic reports in recent months. Cantrell predicts that consumers should expect some volatility in oil prices until the war is concluded.

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2:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

Member of 101ST Killed By Iraqi Artillery

Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Officials at Fort Campbell confirm that Specialist Brandon J. Rowe, 20, of Company C, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment was killed in combat on March 31st. Rowe was a native of Roscoe, Illinois. Rowe arrived at Fort Campbell in January of last year. He was single and is survived by his parents.

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11:42 am
Thu April 3, 2003

CTA Plant to Rebuild

Corbin, Kentucky – Tax credits from the state of Kentucky will help to clear the way for the rebuilding of an insulation plant that exploded in February. The explosion at CTA Acoustics killed six workers, and left several others with severe burns. The company, which manufactures insulation for use in the automotive industry, is planning to build a new plant at the Southeast Regional Business Park in Knox County. The tax credits from the state of Kentucky total more that 33 million dollars.

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4:58 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

Suspect In Grenade Attack Moved To Germany

Fort Campbell, Kentucky – The suspect in last weekend's grenade attack against members of the 101st Airborne has been moved to Mannheim, Germany. Military officials say Asan Akbar has spoken with a defense attorney and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial investigation will be conducted under the provisions of Article 32, the Code of Military Justice. The deadly grenade attack took place on March 23rd.

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4:15 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

Bates Withdraws From Race

Louisville, Kentucky – Hunter Bates has decided not to appeal a court decision that he did not meet the residency requirements to run for Lieutenant Governor. As a result, gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher will be naming another running mate. In an emotional statement issued at Republican headquarters in Louisville, Bates said he was leaving the ticket with his head held high. Bates worked for several years in Washington as a legal counsel and staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

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3:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

Self-Determination Services Expanded

Frankfort, Kentucky – Governor Patton has signed legislation which encourages the development of a self-determination model for people with disabilities. House Bill 501 directs the Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities to make recommendations for such a model. The recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Medicaid Services.

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9:28 am
Fri March 28, 2003

WKU English Professor Is Poet Laureate

Frankfort, Kentucky – A public ceremony will be held on April 24 to induct Joe Survant as Kentucky's Poet Laureate for 2003 and 2004. The ceremony will be held in the Capital Rotunda in Frankfort, starting at 10:00 AM, ET. The induction ceremony for Survant will be followed by a reception in the State Capital.

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4:42 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

Postsecondary Education Facing 2.6% Cut

Frankfort, Kentucky – The budget package approved by Kentucky's General Assembly calls for cuts of 2.6% in the current fiscal year. The budget cut amounts to about 1.4 million dollars at Western Kentucky University. University President Gary Ransdell says that cut is "unpleasant", but manageable.

The General Assembly is continuing to provide full funding for the "Bucks for Brains" program, which has been used by Western in the past to help encourage private giving. The program provides endowment matching money.

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2:28 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

WKU Basketball Teams Head To NCAA Tournament

Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Western Kentucky Hilltopper Basketball team and the WKU Lady Toppers are Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions. The Lady Toppers defeated Middle Tennessee State 86 to 83 in the final game of the Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The WKU men's team then defeated Middle Tennessee State by a score of 64 to 52. It was the third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship for the Hilltoppers.

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12:03 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

Campbellsville Firm Will Make Military T-Shirts

Campbellsville, Kentucky – The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a contract to a Campbellsville company to produce white and brown crewneck t-shirts for the armed forces. The contract with Campbellsville Apparel Company is for more than nine million dollars, to be spread over a two year period. The contract comes from the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency.

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