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2003 - Comment on Kentucky


Program 2910
1/3/03: It’s a new year, but there’s not much cheer. Legislators and the governor resume the budget battle, the University of Kentucky fumbles a coaching hire, and Catholics struggle with lawsuits. (#2910)
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Friday, January 3, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, January 3, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2911
1/10/03: Gov. Patton and Kentucky Senate President David Williams play a cat-and-mouse game on the budget. Rebecca Jackson is in, and so is Bruce Lunsford—sort of. And a new government is born in Louisville. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#2911)
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Friday, January 10, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, January 10, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2912
1/17/03: Attorney General Ben Chandler sues to stop prisoner release; the state cuts $250 million from the Medicaid program; students from eight rural school districts sue over funding gaps; Gov. Patton calls for a business activity tax; and Republican candidates for governor campaign in the far western part of the state, which was once dominated by Democrats. (#2912)
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Friday, January 17, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, January 17, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2913
1/24/03: A crisis in leadership. While Bush’s popularity falls over the economy and Iraq, most states struggle with harmful tax and service issues. In Kentucky, Patton asks for business support to protect the poor and schools, but the legislature seems mired in a political swamp. Meanwhile, candidates for governor tiptoe around alligators. (#2913)
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Friday, January 24, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, January 24, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2914
1/31/03: The politics of running government in a shaky economy—Patton cancels early release of prisoners. In an election year, what does an “ugly” state budget look like? For that matter, will there even be a budget? Plus, the latest on some major political developments in the Commonwealth and the nation. (#2914)
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Friday, January 31, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, January 31, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, February 2, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2915
2/7/03: Patton’s tax proposals and Bush’s record deficits find mixed responses in Congress and the legislature. So what should the public think? What does the public think? (#2915)
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Friday, February 7, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, February 7, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, February 9, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2916
2/14/03: Barrows’ sneak three-pointer to finish Rupp Arena clears the bench in budget-battered Frankfort. Both sides of the House flail the majority whip and call for a replay. (#2916)
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Friday, February 14, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, February 14, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2917
2/21/03: Kentucky lawmakers hear $400 million of ch-chings, but is it enough to approve slots? Newport wants some cash. And does the House budget really spare education funding? (#2917)
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Friday, February 21, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, February 21, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2918
2/28/03: Are slots dead? Is the budget alive? And who and what are the targets in Frankfort this week as the legislature’s blame game goes into the final inning? (#2918)
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Friday, February 28, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, February 28, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, March 2, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2919
3/7/03: Is this the legislature about which there is nothing to like? That’s what the Courier-Journal editors say. What do reporters say about the work of the 2003 Kentucky General Assembly? (#2919)
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Friday, March 7, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, March 7, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, March 9, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2920
3/14/03: The Senate gets its way with the state budget. Bruce Lunsford has healthy coffers in the race for governor. And is Rep. Harry Moberly getting revenge? Guest host: Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV. (#2920)
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Friday, March 14, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, March 14, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2921
3/21/03: Basketball, the war in Iraq, and street talk across the Commonwealth—where the homefront also braces for another governor’s race. (#2921)
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Friday, March 21, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, March 21, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, March 23, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2922
3/28/03: Hunter Bates is off the ballot. Gov. Patton is censured on four ethics counts for conduct of office favoring his former mistress. Some of Patton’s vetoes take a drubbing, too. Plus, Appalachia today: new problems with drugs, stereotyping, the environment, and the economy. (#2922)
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Friday, March 28, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, March 28, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2923
4/4/03: The struggle over power, politics, and the economy in Kentucky; a Supreme Court decision against HMOs; and what Kentucky’s top experts in foreign policy think about the war in Iraq. (#2923)
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Friday, April 4, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, April 4, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, April 6, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2924
4/11/03: Golf courses instead of social workers, Medicaid for the dead, and the Republican catfight. Plus, have school reforms run out of gas? (#2924)
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Friday, April 11, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, April 11, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, April 13, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2925
4/18/03: An Easter weekend discussion of the politics that now come to pass over the state. With a month until Election Day, the Democrats go to war on television, and the Republicans struggle with a war in court. (#2925)
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Friday, April 18, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, April 18, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2926
4/25/03: Holding schools accountable—the struggle over tests. Cutting state services—the struggle over finances. And crafting a message—the struggle for governor. (#2926)
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Friday, April 25, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, April 25, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2927
5/2/03: Bring on the buses, buy up the airwaves, blow the horns: It’s make-or-break time in the governor’s race as we count down to the 2003 primary election. (#2927)
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Friday, May 2, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, May 2, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, May 4, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2928
5/9/03: The last full week of campaigning. Republican Fletcher’s right to run upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Rhetoric by the Democrats gets tougher. And newspaper editors continue to complain that relevance of talk in the governor’s race to real issues remains remote. (#2928)
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Friday, May 9, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, May 9, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2829
5/16/03: Bruce Lunsford withdraws from the Democratic primary and throws his support to Jody Richards for governor. Three questions: Will Lunsford also throw money to Richards? Can Richards catch apparent front-runner Ben Chandler? And after spending $8 million of his own money, why did Lunsford quit? (#2929)
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Friday, May 16, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, May 16, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2930
5/23/03: There’s a new call to the post: a two-horse race—Chandler and Fletcher. We’ll do the odds, but where are the fans? (#2930)
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Friday, May 23, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, May 23, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, May 25, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2931
5/30/03: Tax breaks kick in as Kentucky cities scramble to finance local services. Media giants claim that bigger will be better if they can control more broadcast outlets. So why is CBS pushing plans to mock and scorn Appalachia and Kentucky? (#2931)
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Friday, May 30, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, May 30, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, June 1, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2932
6/6/03: Lexington’s battle over the water company, airports in Northern Kentucky and Bowling Green, Louisville’s new metro budget, plus politics of the week and the Prichard Committee’s 20-year crusade for better schools. (#2932)
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Friday, June 6, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, June 6, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, June 8, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2933
6/13/03: Louisville Catholic leaders settle sex abuse cases. Kentuckians are now older and more urbanized and are smoking less but drinking more, legally. School rules: Western tightens dorm rules, and the feds demand more from state tests. And fewer kids are poor in this state, but the Democratic Party is broke ... well, maybe. (#2933)
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Friday, June 13, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2934
6/20/03: Patton’s pardons and their impact on the governor’s race. And if the candidates decide to talk seriously about the challenges facing the winner, what might they say? (#2934)
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Friday, June 20, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2935
6/27/03: A Chandler-Fletcher bus ride? Not gonna happen. Are more schools poised to sue for money? Probably. Costing more to go to UK? You bet. And Patton’s feelings about his last term? Just about like yours. (#2935)
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Friday, June 27, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, June 27, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2936
7/4/03: Polls, malpractice insurance, and cleaning up state government—the latest developments in the governor’s race. Plus, Codell gets hit again, and Lexington goes smokeless. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#2936)
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Friday, July 4, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, July 4, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, July 6, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2937
7/11/03: On this special edition, State Historian and Georgetown College history professor Jim Klotter and host Al Smith celebrate the life and times of one of Kentucky’s most beloved citizens, Dr. Thomas Clark, in honor of his 100th birthday. (#2937)
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Friday, July 11, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, July 11, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2938
7/18/03: Governor candidates support strong schools—just don’t ask them to show you the money to pay for them. (#2938)
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Friday, July 18, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, July 18, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2939
7/25/03: Chandler vs. Bush for governor; Fletcher vs. Patton for governor. That’s not how the ballot will read, but for a while, that’s how the campaigns will sound. (#2939)
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Friday, July 25, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, July 25, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2940
8/1/03: An on-the-road edition from Fancy Farm in Western Kentucky, the site of the annual political picnic that marks the kickoff of the fall campaign season. Reporters and a political commentator take us inside the event. (#2940)
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Friday, August 1, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, August 1, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, August 3, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2941
8/8/03: Church and state: a gay bishop who kept his job and a university president who resigns from his. Plus, politics and the budget and Ben Chandler’s announcement that he supports slots at racetracks. (#2941)
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Friday, August 8, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, August 8, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2942
8/15/03: The governor’s race is a race, is a race, and it’s getting more intense. The gap is gone, Democrats say, and the Republicans are probably ready to spend more money. (#2942)
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Friday, August 15, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, August 15, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2943
8/22/03: Gov. Patton has said that a gas tax increase is needed to fix our roads. Candidates talk up the roads, but duck the tax part. Was Patton right? Plus, the proposed gambling legislation. (#2943)
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Friday, August 22, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, August 22, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2944
8/29/03: Spinning the slots—how to be for and against gambling at the same time, especially if you’re running for governor. (#2944)
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Friday, August 29, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, August 29, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2945
9/5/03: Murray State University’s game with UK is a football first—but Murray’s high academic ranking is the story most worth telling. Other issues to be discussed: insights on the governor’s race, the Henry settlement, and Medicaid. (#2945)
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Friday, September 5, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 5, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2946
9/12/03: Kentucky perspectives on Bush’s leadership after 9/11, plus the governor’s race, the economy, and other issues. (#2946)
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Friday, September 12, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 12, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2947
9/19/03: Air Wars—candidates roll out the television advertisments. Tobacco Wars—the buyout, tax hikes, and smoking bans. Budget Wars—new school and nursing-home lawsuits. And Patriot Wars—U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft in Louisville. (#2947)
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Friday, September 19, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 19, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 21, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2948
9/26/03: Two leaders of the Commonwealth die, and a look back at the careers of Otis Singletary and Joe Clarke tells the story of many changes over 30 years. Also, Congressman Ernie Fletcher rolls out a health care policy, and the Ben Chandler camp cries foul. (#2948)
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Friday, September 26, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 26, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2949
10/3/03: In a Courier-Journal poll, the governor’s race is tied, Bush is still strong in the state, and slots are favored—but not smoking bans. Also, Tina’s take on who else is guilty, a Medicaid suit, and the tobacco buyout that isn’t a done deal. (#2949)
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Friday, October 3, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 3, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2950
10/10/03: Ad wars in the race for governor. Bush comes calling. And was it a slam dunk or a dribble on the CATS scores? Guest host: Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV/Louisville. (#2950)
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Friday, October 10, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 10, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2951
10/17/03: One of the many tributes to former Gov. Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, who died this week, came from Robert Bell, who had been his parks commissioner. “To the end, this noble man pursued public service with a passion. I’ll not mourn his passing; instead, I’ll celebrate a life well-lived,” said Bell. This week, we, too, celebrate Ned Breathitt. (#2951)
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Friday, October 17, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 17, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2952
10/24/03: Fletcher wins the support of developers who want a casino in Northern Kentucky. Chandler wins a lawsuit against legislators who want a pension increase. And families of college students wonder why they can’t win against inflation. (#2952)
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Friday, October 24, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 24, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2953
10/31/03: This is it—the scramble to victory. How are the races shaping up the last weekend before Election Day? (#2953)
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Friday, October 31, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 31, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 2, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3001
11/7/03: It was Fletcher by 10 points in an impressive and gracious victory. But what does he do about a budget that’s off by a half-billion dollars—and who will help him do it? (#3001)
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Friday, November 7, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 7, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 9, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3002
11/14/03: From the discount shelf near the exit sign, Gov. Patton proposes revenue strategies. “Leave gracefully” is Senate President David Williams’ reply. So what about the shortfall? (#3002)
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Friday, November 14, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 14, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3003
11/21/03: Go-in pains—the transition team and the challenge for the Fletcher administration. (#3003)
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Friday, November 21, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 21, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3004
11/28/03: Patton’s pardons: more than 1,200 rejections. Races for Congress: Lucas out, Clooney in. Keno killed: from Fletcher’s lips to the lottery’s ears, a big “NO.” (#3004)
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Friday, November 28, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 28, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3005
12/5/03: When Patton almost resigned: a new book about his legacy. A question for the new governor: Will Fletcher bond the debts? Who’s in and who’s out: cabinet comings and goings. Cover-up on Shumaker audit? U of L says no. (#3005)
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Friday, December 5, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 5, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 7, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3006
12/12/03: The Republican takeover in Frankfort: changing cabinets (six fewer) and raising salaries at the top. Meanwhile, Chandler is running for Congress—where they don’t have to balance the budget. (#3006)
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Friday, December 12, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 12, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3007
12/19/03: Gov. Fletcher calls for spending cuts and tax reform—sooner rather than later ... plus other political developments. (#3007)
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Friday, December 19, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 19, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 3008
12/26/03: A recap of the state’s top stories of the year. (#3008)
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Friday, December 26, 2003 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 26, 2003 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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