Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio en Instant Racing Slots On-line Next Month <p><a href="">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 McConnell Asks for New Trial Site <p>Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell is asking the U.S Attorney General to reconsider his decision to try terror suspects in a Bowling Green courtroom. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator McConnell writes the decision to try Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohaned Shareef Hammadi in civilian court was &ldquo;ill-advised.&quot;&nbsp; Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:26:36 +0000 Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio 7950 at Former Lawmaker Guilty of Murder <p><a href="">Former state lawmaker Steve Nunn </a>pleaded guilty to murder with aggravating circumstances in the 2009 death of Amanda Ross in Lexington.</p><p>Nunn, who was set to go on trial in August, entered the plea Tuesday morning in Fayette Circuit Court.</p><p>He waived formal sentencing and Judge Pamela Goodwine sentenced Nunn to life without parole.&nbsp;He also was given 12 months for violating a domestic violence order of protection. That sentence is to run concurrently.&nbsp;</p><p>When Goodwine asked Nunn if he was guilty of the charges Nunn said &quot;yes ma&#39;am&quot; in a quiet voice.&nbsp;</p><p>Afterward, Nunn&#39;s attorneys, Warren Scoville said first-degree manslaughter was the best case scenario and with that charge he would have still spent the rest of his life in prison.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:42:43 +0000 Jennifer Hewlett, Lexington Herald-Leader & Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio 7511 at Former Lawmaker Guilty of Murder