Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader http://weku.fm en State Offers Farmers Help http://weku.fm/post/state-offers-farmers-help <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/07/2288889/state-offers-farmers-hay-forage.html">Farmers looking for forage</a> for their animals can turn to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The drought has dried up many pastures and hay fields; Western Kentucky is in extreme drought and Central Kentucky is in moderate drought. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is reactivating the department&#39;s hay hotline to connect farmers who have hay to sell with those who need to buy. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 21:00:27 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 30931 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Hits the Jackpot with Lottery http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-hits-jackpot-lottery <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/06/2286877/five-reasons-why-kentucky-lottery.html">If horse racing is looking</a> to attract new patrons, track executives might want to spend a little time at a gas station. Last week, the Kentucky Lottery Corp. announced record sales of $823.5 million for fiscal 2012, which ended June 30, and announced a sales target of $853 million for 2013. Kentucky isn&#39;t the only one; Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts also reported record lottery results for the past year. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 13:35:11 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 30740 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Hits the Jackpot with Lottery Fourth of July 2012 is Hottest on Record http://weku.fm/post/fourth-july-2012-hottest-record <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/04/2248678/fourth-of-july-2012-is-hottest.html">Lexington&#39;s temperature hit 99 degrees</a> by mid-afternoon Wednesday, making it officially the city&#39;s hottest Fourth of July on record, said Chris Bailey, chief meteorologist for WKYT-TV. The old record of 98 was set in 1911, he said. &quot;It&#39;s crazy. It just won&#39;t end,&quot; Bailey said after he participated in the annual downtown parade. Unfortunately, his comments weren&#39;t just hyperbole: &quot;It&#39;s going to be close to 100 the next couple of days, with small threats of showers.&quot; Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:36:24 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 29139 at http://weku.fm Arch Coal Lays Off 500 Kentucky Miners http://weku.fm/post/arch-coal-lays-500-kentucky-miners <p><a href="http://www.kypressnewsservice.com/view/More%20than%20500%20Kentucky%20miners%20in%20several%20counties,%20and%20an%20additional%20250%20at%20a%20mine%20in%20West%20Virginia,%20are%20being%20laid%20off%20by%20Arch%20Coal.%20%20Arch%20Coal%20is%20expected%20to%20issue%20a%20statement%20later%20Thursday,%20said%20Bill%20Bissett,%20Kentucky%20Coal%20Association%20president.">UPDATED: More than 500 Kentucky</a> miners in several counties, and an additional 250 at a mine in West Virginia, are being laid off by Arch Coal. Arch Coal is expected to issue a statement later Thursday, said Bill Bissett, Kentucky Coal Association president. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:19:24 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 28445 at http://weku.fm Kentuckians Wild About Alpacas http://weku.fm/post/kentuckians-wild-about-alpacas <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/20/2195198/more-kentuckians-are-falling-in.html">Don&#39;t look now but there&#39;s a new exotic </a>animal making inroads on Kentucky farms. Ostriches are so 1990s; it&#39;s all alpacas now. Thousands of them, in fact. The Kentucky Alpaca Association has more than 50 members across the state, with devoted breeders who are &quot;dyeing&quot; to sell you some yarn. Except, and here&#39;s the beauty of alpaca &quot;fiber&quot; as they prefer to call it: It doesn&#39;t even have to be dyed. Mon, 21 May 2012 15:54:15 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 26799 at http://weku.fm Kentuckians Wild About Alpacas Historic Farm Sold for Over $36 Million http://weku.fm/post/historic-farm-sold-over-36-million <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/03/2174559/calumet-farm-sold-for-36m.html">Historic Calumet Farm has sold</a> for $36 million to $40 million to a new trust, the Calumet Investment Group, which will lease it to Thoroughbred horseman Brad Kelley, whose Optimizer is running in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The farm, one of the most storied in Thoroughbred racing and breeding history with eight Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown winners, is located on Lexington&#39;s Versailles Road between New Circle Road and Keeneland. Fri, 04 May 2012 16:59:08 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 25953 at http://weku.fm Historic Farm Sold for Over $36 Million Police to Outline Post-Game Plan http://weku.fm/post/police-outline-post-game-plan <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/01/2135483/police-to-announce-plans-for-post.html">Lexington police on Monday will outline plans</a> to prevent post-game fan revelry from getting out of hand following the NCAA championship game. No-parking zones and tow-away zones will be increased in some areas around campus, and more streets might be closed to traffic. Similar efforts, police say, kept things from becoming more than a &quot;civil disturbance&quot; after Saturday&#39;s University of Kentucky victory in the national semifinals. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 13:32:17 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 24240 at http://weku.fm Police to Outline Post-Game Plan Damaged Church Continues Worship http://weku.fm/post/damaged-church-continues-worship <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/11/2105404/west-liberty-worship-we-may-have.html">For decades, Rose W. May has been</a> the musical heart and soul of the West Liberty United Methodist Church. A retired Morgan County English teacher, she has played graduations, baptisms, weddings and funerals. The March 2 tornado that ripped through town took her church, her house and her grand piano. It even took her sheet music. But it couldn&#39;t take her songs. Sunday, as members of several churches destroyed by the tornado gathered in an auditorium at Morehead State University&#39;s West Liberty campus, Rose May was there, pouring out the old hymns like balm on wounded souls. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:57:59 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 23012 at http://weku.fm Damaged Church Continues Worship Insurance Claims Pour in From Damage http://weku.fm/post/insurance-claims-pour-damage-0 <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/05/2096580/more-than-9000-damage-claims-filed.html">Claims for damage from Friday&#39;s round</a> of deadly tornadoes and hailstorms are pouring into Kentucky insurance agents by the thousands. By mid-afternoon Monday, Kentucky Farm Bureau, one of the state&#39;s largest property insurers, had received more than 9,000 claims, said Greg Kosse, a spokesman for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. &quot;We anticipate those numbers are going to go up significantly,&quot; Kosse said. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:18:19 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 22688 at http://weku.fm Insurance Claims Pour in From Damage Full Senate to Vote on Casino Bill http://weku.fm/post/full-senate-vote-casino-bill <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/22/2079259/senate-panel-approves-casino-gambling.html">Decades of debate about allowing casino</a> gambling in Kentucky may come to a crescendo Thursday in the state Senate, where Republican leaders say they will vote on a constitutional amendment to allow up to seven casinos. The move comes after the Senate State and Local Government Committee approved a revised version of the bill backed by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on a 7-to-4 vote Wednesday afternoon. It was the first time a Senate committee has approved a constitutional amendment to expand gambling.</p><p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:19:46 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 21959 at http://weku.fm Sponsor of Casino Bill Open to Changes http://weku.fm/post/sponsor-casino-bill-open-changes <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/15/2070191/sponsor-of-casino-bill-says-hes.html">Changes may be coming to Gov. Steve Beshear&#39;s</a> proposal for as many as seven casinos in Kentucky. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said he is open to revisions that address concerns raised after he introduced the constitutional amendment Tuesday. Some lawmakers were concerned that a casino might land in their district while others were upset about being excluded. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:33:49 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 21580 at http://weku.fm Sponsor of Casino Bill Open to Changes Casino Bill Sponsor Open to Changes http://weku.fm/post/casino-bill-sponsor-open-changes <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/15/2070191/sponsor-of-casino-bill-says-hes.html">Changes may be coming to</a> Gov. Steve Beshear&#39;s proposal for as many as seven casinos in Kentucky. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said he is open to revisions that address concerns raised after he introduced the constitutional amendment Tuesday. Some lawmakers were concerned that a casino might land in their community while others were upset about being excluded.</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:32:12 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 21552 at http://weku.fm Casino Bill Sponsor Open to Changes Coalition Supports Gambling Ballot http://weku.fm/post/coalition-supports-gambling-ballot <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/09/2062479/coalition-of-31-organizations.html">Business, union and education leaders</a> from across the state announced Thursday the formation of an advocacy group to call for putting a constitutional amendment to expand gambling on the November ballot. The Kentucky Alliance for Jobs, a tax-exempt 501(c)4 that can raise funds and spend on political campaigns and legislation, will be a grass-roots lobbying group, said Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:13:37 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 21203 at http://weku.fm 'Cow Sharing' for Fresh Dairy http://weku.fm/post/cow-sharing-fresh-dairy <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/05/2057305/kentucky-bill-would-allow-cow.html">Families who want to drink fresh raw milk</a> without buying their own dairy herds are backing a bill to sanction &quot;cow sharing.&quot; The practice lets people buy into a herd and share the resulting milk, cheese and other dairy products. Proponents say raw milk is more nutritious and delicious. &quot;Right now, shared ownership isn&#39;t illegal, but it is not recognized,&quot; said John-Mark Hack of Marskbury Farm Market in Lancaster, who testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Agriculture Committee last month. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 14:49:40 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 20888 at http://weku.fm Bourbon Highlight in Kentucky Economy, Study Finds http://weku.fm/post/bourbon-highlight-kentucky-economy-study-finds <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/02/2053478/bourbon-is-highlight-in-kentucky.html">Calling Kentucky bourbon a</a> bright spot on the state&#39;s manufacturing landscape, Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday touted a new study that highlights the distilling industry&#39;s growing economic impact. The study, by University of Louisville economist Paul Coomes, found that the industry, directly and indirectly, employs about 9,000 people with an annual payroll of more than $413 million. Beshear said that during the past three years the bourbon industry has undergone its largest expansion since Prohibition.</p><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:35:51 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 20745 at http://weku.fm Kentuckians Want Vote on Expanded Gambling http://weku.fm/post/kentuckians-want-vote-expanded-gambling <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/28/2007634/87-of-kentucky-voters-want-vote.html">Kentuckians overwhelmingly support</a> putting a casino-gambling constitutional amendment on the November ballot, where it probably would pass, according to a new survey conducted for racetracks and horse-racing interests. According to numbers released Tuesday, 87 percent of Kentuckians want to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling. Only 10 percent of those surveyed said they opposed a vote. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 17:52:32 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader & Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader 18756 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Farm Receipts Top $5 Billion http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-farm-receipts-top-5-billion <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/01/1979581/kentucky-farm-receipts-top-5b.html">While the rest of the economy flounders</a>, Kentucky&#39;s farm economy is growing by leaps and bounds. Farm cash receipts in 2011 will top $5 billion for the first time ever, University of Kentucky agriculture economists said. Their annual forecast, released Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau&#39;s annual convention, predicted combined crop and livestock receipts of about $5.2 billion to $5.4 billion, up by as much as $1 billion from last year&#39;s record $4.4 billion.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:49:24 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 17287 at http://weku.fm Restoring Shakertown: Hard Work but Well Worth it http://weku.fm/post/restoring-shakertown-hard-work-well-worth-it <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/27/1974457/restoring-shakertown-was-journey.html">&quot;&#39;Tis the gift to be simple, &#39;tis the gift to be free.</a>&quot; Even people who know little about the Shakers are probably familiar with the words of Simple Gifts, the opening lines of the religious movement&#39;s most famous hymn. Fifty years ago, an enterprising and determined group of Kentuckians, many in Lexington, set out to save Shakertown, the Mercer County village founded more than 200 years ago by a group of Shakers in search of an earthly utopia. But the restoration was a project that proved to be anything but simple or free.</p><p> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 17:17:00 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 16957 at http://weku.fm Restoring Shakertown: Hard Work but Well Worth it Railroad Club Helps Southern Lights Shine http://weku.fm/post/railroad-club-helps-southern-lights-shine <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/13/1957902/bluegrass-railroad-clubs-trains.html">Christmas starts early for members</a> of the Bluegrass Railroad Club &mdash; next weekend, when they can run their trains at the annual Southern Lights holiday display at the Kentucky Horse Park. On Saturday, members were setting up their modules and linking the tracks for this year&#39;s edition, which will be in the park&#39;s Bit &amp; Bridle Restaurant.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:28:47 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 16169 at http://weku.fm Railroad Club Helps Southern Lights Shine Successful Opening Night for Horse Show http://weku.fm/post/successful-opening-night-horse-show <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/03/1944451/mere-hours-after-starting-national.html">Although the 128th Alltech National Horse Show</a> has barely kicked off, show officials already are hailing the new Kentucky version a success and looking at how they can build on that next year. Show treasurer Allan Shore of Bedford, N.Y. said that in addition to top riders and horses, the National has drawn great interest from vendors &mdash; more than 100 applied for the 60 trade show spots that ring the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 19:44:02 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 15571 at http://weku.fm Successful Opening Night for Horse Show Nicholasville Rider Takes on World's Best http://weku.fm/post/nicholasville-rider-takes-worlds-best <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/02/1943200/nicholasville-rider-will-take.html">When show jumper Christina Kelly rides in the National Horse Show</a> this week, she might be competing with a home-field advantage. Kelly, 18, lives with her parents in Nicholasville. She has competed several times at the Kentucky Horse Park, including in the Alltech Arena. The high point of her summer was the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, which was in August. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:32:34 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader & Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio 15499 at http://weku.fm Nicholasville Rider Takes on World's Best World Equestrian Games Reshape Community http://weku.fm/post/world-equestrian-games-reshape-community <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/09/1913723/one-year-later-impact-of-world.html">One year ago, Lexington was wrapping up</a> perhaps the biggest equine-related shindig the state has ever thrown: the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Although the European visitors and the horses, Princess Haya and Muhammad Ali, the volunteers and the crowds have long gone home, the landscape of the city has been reshaped in ways that might be felt for years to come. Sun, 09 Oct 2011 16:18:28 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 13955 at http://weku.fm Instant Racing Slots On-line Next Month http://weku.fm/post/instant-racing-slots-line-next-month <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/23/1853924/instant-racing-opens-sept-1-at.html">Kentucky Downs will open its gambling</a> room with 200 instant racing machines on Sept. 1, the Franklin track announced Monday. A brief opening ceremony is planned at 10 a.m., then it is off to the historical races. Instant racing allows players to bet on previously run races; the games are designed to mimic electronic slots or video lottery terminals and appeal to bettors who wouldn&#39;t necessarily be drawn to traditional pari- mutuel wagering.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:51:36 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader & Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio 11069 at http://weku.fm Lexington House Opens Up Eyes to History http://weku.fm/post/lexington-house-opens-eyes-history <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/24/1822453/lexington-house-offers-clues-into.html">Kentucky is hoping to add another thread</a> to the increasingly colorful tapestry of the history of the state&#39;s horse industry. The state has applied to have a house at 547 Breckenridge Street in Lexington added to the National Register of Historic Places because of its link to a largely forgotten African-American horse trainer named Courtney Mathews. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:12:54 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 9235 at http://weku.fm 2,100 Ponder Future of Food http://weku.fm/post/2100-ponder-future-food <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/05/24/1750389/2100-ponder-future-of-food-at.html ">In downtown Lexington, hundreds of scientists</a>, farmers and food producers are pondering what you had for breakfast. And dinner. And what the rest of the soon-to-be 7 billion people on the planet will eat this year. The 27th Alltech symposium on animal health and nutrition has brought together a record 2,100 people from 72 countries to weigh the big issues in food. Tue, 24 May 2011 14:47:07 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader 4583 at http://weku.fm