Louisville – Kentucky's Budget director is pointing to an estimate that shows the state with a revenue shortfall between 150 and 200 million dollars this year. Jim Ramsey says nobody knows what will happen if the estimate proves to be accurate.
Ramsey says universities in the Commonwealth have already been asked to prepare for budget cuts of up to three percent this year. If cuts reach that level, it could mean a loss of about 34 million dollars from the allocation given to Kentucky's universities.
Frankfort – Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler says Senator Mitch McConnell wants to defeat laws intended to combat election fraud. The Associated Press reports that Chandler is criticizing the Louisville Republican's affiliation with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, an organization that opposes electioneering laws.
McConnell has been one of the nation's most vocal opponents of the campaign-finance reform legislation signed by President Bush. Chandler is considered a strong Democratic candidate for the upcoming governor's race.
Nashville – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that the current system for paying public school teachers violates the state's constitution. In a unanimous decision, the court said the method denies equal educational opportunitites to volunteer state students. The ruling says the state isn't adequately helping rural school systems pay their teachers a competitive salary.
Nashville – The Tennessee Valley Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services once again has zero platelets on the shelf. There is also less than a half-day supply of the "O" blood type. The region still needs 158 type O negative blood donors and 258 type O positive blood donors to meet increasing patient need. The region needs help from all available resources in order to boost the blood supply.
Louisville – Weapons aficianados will have to wait another year to see a vast assortment of arms put together by a Louisville collector. The Owsley Brown Frazier Historical Arms Museum is scheduled to open in spring 2004 in Downtown Louisville.