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1:04 pm
Fri February 14, 2003

Spending Bill Helps KY Tobacco Growers

Washington, D.C. – The Appropriations Bill passed by the U.S. Congress contains a pair of provisions in support of Kentucky tobacco farmers. The bill, approved by both the House and Senate last night, contains a total of 53 million dollars designated for the nation's tobacco growers.

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12:59 pm
Fri February 14, 2003

U. S. House Passes Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. – Spending legislation approved last night by the U.S. House includes funding for several Kentucky projects, including an access road for the proposed Kentucky Tri-Modal Transpark. A statement from the Office of Representative Ron Lewis indicates that the road will help to provide access to major highways such as 31-W and Interstate 65. The bill provides 1.7 million dollars for the Transpark access road.

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4:55 pm
Thu February 13, 2003

Cabinet Joins Elder Justice Coalition

Frankfort, Kentucky – Kentucky's Cabinet for Families and Children has become one of the first state-level agencies to voice support for a coalition against elder abuse. The Elder Justice Act was introduced on February tenth by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and John Breaux of Louisiana. That legislation requires FBI criminal background checks for nursing home aids, and the bill calls for better training for workers in the detection of abuse.

The Elder Justice Coalition includes several organizations trying to expand public awareness of elder abuse issues.

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3:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2003

Amendment Would Require Lawmakers to Approve Budget

Frankfort, Kentucky – A House Committee has approved a bill that could eventually require the General Assembly to approve a budget every two years. House Bill 27 would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, allowing voters to decide whether lawmakers should be required to approve a budget.

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3:47 pm
Wed February 12, 2003

Ski Headed to Cuba

Frankfort, Kentucky – Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say containers of the soft drink, Ski, will be shipped to Cuba later this month. The soft drink is expected to be the first of many agriculture products to be shipped to Cuba from Kentucky. The shipment is part of a seven million dollar agreement signed last September by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith and Pedro Alvarez, the head of Cuba's food import agency.

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12:14 pm
Wed February 12, 2003

House Rejects Bill on Smoking in Residence Halls

Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House of Representatives have voted down a bill that would have outlawed smoking in college dorms. House Bill 88 was narrowly defeated by a 49 to 45 vote. Some lawmakers who opposed the measure said they preferred to let universities set their own policies on smoking. The bill was sponsored by Representative Jim Wayne of Louisville.

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2:37 pm
Fri February 7, 2003

101st Airborne Deploys Overseas

Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Officials at Fort Campbell say the 101st Airborne Division is deploying for an unspecified mission in the global war on terrorism. An undisclosed number of Black Hawk, Apache, and Chinook helicopters have been sent to a naval sea port as part of the deployment. Troopers in the 101st Airborne Division were among the first to face action in Afghanistan.

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1:15 pm
Fri February 7, 2003

Boy Scout To Be Honored By White House

Bowling Green, Kentucky – Greenwood High School student Matt Knight is one of seven Boy Scouts meeting with President Bush this week. Knight is credited with rescuing a girl from a drainage pipe full of water last year. He and other Scouts will present the "Report to the Nation" to President Bush. That report has been presented by the Scouts to every President since William Howard Taft.

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10:41 am
Fri February 7, 2003

Senator McConnell Home from Hospital

Washington, DC – The office of US Senator Mitch McConnell says the Louisville Republican has been released from the National Naval Medical Center and is resting at his Washington, D.C. home. Kentucky's Senior Senator underwent triple by-pass surgery at the Bethesda, Maryland based Medical Center on February third.

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2:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2003

KY Transportation Cabinet Trims Proposals for I-66

Bowling Green, Kentucky – Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say proposals for Interstate Sixty-Six in the Warren County area have been trimmed to seven possibilities. In addition, four proposals remain for the outer beltline for Bowling Green. Officials say public input has played a key role in selecting the most viable options. A series of public meetings to discuss the proposed routes will start February 11 in Richardsville.

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