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Gov. Fletcher To Activate Statewide AMBER Alert Portal

Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher will help state police protect the children of the commonwealth by officially activating the AMBER Alert Portal at Kentucky Speedway on August 14 prior to the start of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series “AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries.” Gov. Fletcher will also serve as the race grand marshal and give drivers the command to start their engines.

The Portal will extend KY's AMBER Alert program to cell phones, e-mail, pagers, Personal Digital Assistants, computer desktops and lottery terminals.

"As a father and grandfather, I understand how important it is to keep our children safe," Gov. Fletcher said. "I look forward to serving as grand marshal of the AMBER Alert Portal 300 race at the Kentucky Speedway and the opportunity it gives us to raise public awareness about the new AMBER Alert Portal system."

The Portal will expand the state's current AMBER Alert program, which broadcasts messages to TV, radio and electronic highway signs, to include cell phones, e-mail, pagers, Personal Digital Assistants, computer desktops and lottery terminals, among others. Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington have implemented the new AMBER Alert Portal, making Kentucky the seventh state to go live. The Portal has already facilitated the successful recovery of kidnapped children nationwide.

See the June 2005 issue of Techlines for additional information about the AMBER Alert portal.

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