Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is expected to undergo his second surgical procedure in as many days when he has his gall bladder removed at a Lexington Hospital later today. Fletcher has been hospitalized since Sunday evening and underwent a 15 minute procedure to remove a gallstone yesterday morning. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, who is vacationing in Florida with his family, will temporarily take over power until Fletcher recovers. Fletcher's doctor recommended the operation to make sure there isn't a recurrence of the gall stones.
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