11:32 am
Wed January 21, 2004

Spokesman Wants Greater Awareness of Gambling Problems

Bowling Green, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky Council
on Problem Gambling says too many people
underestimate the cost of compulsive gambling.
Mike Stone cites a University of Illinois study
which estimates a cost of thirteen thousand
dollars per year, per compulsive gambler.

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12:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2004

Lieutenant Governor Wants to Change Drug Strategy

Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher's Administration wants better
drug treatment---- instead of prison sentences---
for offenders. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence
says the state plans to cut the number of non-violent
offenders in prison, and could delay the opening of
a one thousand bed prison which is under
construction in Elliot County.

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3:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2004

Tennessee Lottery Could Cut Kentucky Lottery Proceeds

Williamsburg, KY –
Kentucky Lottery Officials are concerned about the
impact the new Tennessee Lottery will have on
ticket sales in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Lottery
President and Chief Executive Arch Gleason estimates
Kentucky will lose more than 48 million dollars in
sales in the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Gleason also
warns that the loss could reach more than 71 million
dollars in the following fiscal year.

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9:38 am
Fri January 16, 2004

Kentucky House Passes Credit Card Theft Bill

Frankfort, KY – A bill passed today by the Kentucky House would
create a felony offense for a form of credit-card
theft. The bill would punish people who "skim"
credit cards. The practice consists of installing
an electronic device between a credit card reader
and a telephone wall jack to obtain credit card

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2:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Speaker Richards Files for Re-election

Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House of
Representatives has filed his formal papers
to run for another term in the General Assembly.
Richards, who is a Democrat from Warren
County, is the longest serving Speaker of
the House in Kentucky history.

Richards has been in the Kentucky House since
1976. The Speaker says he will continue to
stress education issues and to work for senior
citizens in nursing homes. He also pledged today
to fight for lower taxes.

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12:12 pm
Tue January 13, 2004

Medical Malpractice Bill Clears Senate Committee

Frankfort, KY – A proposed constitutional amendment that deals
with medical malpractice cases has cleared its
first legislative hurdle. The measure was approved
by a Senate Committee today in Frankfort.

If it is passed by the General Assembly and ratified
by the state's voters, the measure would allow
lawmakers to rein in medical malpractice cases.
The proposal is sponsored by Senate President
David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville.

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11:27 am
Mon January 12, 2004

Fletcher Administration Defends Education Cuts

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is defending his
decision to take money from schools and universities
to shore up the state budget. The Republican who
left Congress to become Kentucky's Governor says
education was spared until the last possible minute.

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2:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2004

WKU President Says Some Programs to be Eliminated

Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell
says some programs at the university will have to be
eliminated to meet significant budget cuts ordered by
the Fletcher Administration. Speaking with members
of the university's governing board today, Ransdell
indicated that no decisions have been made at this
point about what to eliminate. He stressed that
one of his priorities will be to preserve funding for
programs which excell at the institution.

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2:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2004

Senator Bunning Reports on Congressional Mission

Bowling Green, KY – U-S Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) believes the
American military presence in Iraq can be significantly
reduced by the end of June. Speaking with reporters
by phone from Kuwait today, Bunning said
U-S officials in Iraq believe progress is being made
in several aspects of the re-building effort, including
work on refineries and utilities. He says "the general
consensus" is that U-S manpower can be reduced
to about one hundred thousand by that point.

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1:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2004

Governor Fletcher Endorses "Fetal Homicide" Bill

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has endorsed
a "fetal homicide" bill that would declare that life
begins at conception. The legislation he is backing
would apply homicide statutes to a fetus, from the
time of conception.

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