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12:37pm

Fri September 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Boating During Disasters

National Association for State Boating Law Administrator Deputy Director, Ron Sarver on left with Mike Fields, Kentucky's boating law administrator.
Stu Johnson Weku

A national boating safety organization based in Lexington can play a key role during disasters.  The National Association for State Boating Law Administrators has been headquartered in central Kentucky since the 1980’s.  Deputy Director Ron Sarver says the association often works with emergency managers.

“Here in Kentucky in fact, the boating law administrator works with the emergency operations center very closely because..and this seems to be the case around the nation…our folks tend to have the equipment for water related events,” said Sarver.

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10:18am

Fri September 2, 2011
Sports

UK, UofL Win Football Openers

The Kentucky Wildcats opened their 2011 football season with a 14-3 victory over Western Kentucky last night in Nashville. UK notched the win despite struggling offensively for most of the game. Meanwhile, the University of Louisville Cardinals defeated Murray State 21-9 tonight in the football season opener for both teams.

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10:08am

Fri September 2, 2011
All Politics are Local

State Senator Won't Seek Re-election

Jack Westwood didn't have much political experience in 1996 when he decided to take on Democratic incumbent state Sen. Joe Meyer. He served one term on the Erlanger/Elsmere school board and, about three decades earlier, won an election as class president at Lloyd High School, where he later taught English for 27 years. Westwood, armed with the campaign slogan, "One man can make a difference," pulled off what some at the time called one of the biggest upsets in Northern Kentucky political history when he beat Meyer with 54 percent of the vote. He will enter his 16th and final year next year as state senator from Erlanger.

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10:07am

Fri September 2, 2011
Education

High School gets $770,000

NEWPORT - The effort to transform Newport High School received a boost this week with a $770,117 award from the federal School Improvement Grant. Newport became eligible for it after being named by the state this year as a "Persistently Low-Achieving" school. The money will be used in numerous ways, including for the hiring of two education recovery specialists (for math and language arts) and an education recovery leader; professional development for teachers; bus service for taking students on college tours; books and study guides; and computer software.

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10:06am

Fri September 2, 2011
Education

Schools Seek Break from KU Price Hike

A school advocate urged state regulators to find a way to lessen the pain on public schools as they consider whether to approve Kentucky Utilities Co.’s request to raise its electric rates.Engineer Darrel Pfingston of Henderson, an energy manager for the Kentucky School Boards Association, proposed that the Kentucky Public Service Commission tie schools’ electric rates to the rate of inflation, which he said is about half the rate that energy has been escalating in recent decades.

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10:04am

Fri September 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Staff Grapples with Doctor's Homicide

Office staff were dealing Friday with the homicide of a Lexington dermatologist found in her car.The Fayette County coroner's office said the death of Dr. Martha Post, 55, was being investigated as a homicide. "We don't know a lot at this point," said Kim Stoll, a nurse at the office. "Everybody is in a state of shock.

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8:55am

Fri September 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Iraq Vet from Kentucky Walks the US

An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday. His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum.

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7:40am

Fri September 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boutique Theaters Sieze the Holiday

Ellie Clark, Evan Bergman and Sullivan Canaday White are the directors of Project SEE Theatre.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Deadly illness is the backdrop of a play that opens this Labor Day weekend at a “boutique” theater in Lexington.  Balagula Theater uses the plaque as the backdrop to “One Flea Spare.”   Meanwhile, another small theater group presents “Boom.”  They’re previewed by Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.  He also discusses “Questapalooza,” a Christian music festival which is a Labor Day tradition in central Kentucky. 

7:38am

Fri September 2, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Louisville Ties Bad Air Reading

There’s an Air Quality Alert in effect for today and another one for tomorrow. So far, 18 alerts have been called this year; that’s the same number declared last year. Air pollution causes irritation in the lungs, and the immune system reacts to it. But when someone has breathing problems and is exposed to natural allergens in the air AND pollution, the effects are intensified. Dr. Gerald Lee is a professor of allergy and immunology at the University of Louisville. He’s done research on the effect of diesel exhaust particles and dust mites on asthmatic mice.

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7:31am

Fri September 2, 2011
All Politics are Local

KY Gov. Candidates Slated for KET Forums

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has agreed to participate in one of two planned televised forums with his opponents in the November Election. Beshear faces Republican state Senate President David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith. The incumbent Democrat has a significant lead in the polls and has declined to attend several forums with his rivals, citing various scheduling concerns. Williams has criticized Beshear for not facing the voters of Kentucky. The two appeared together for the first time in the general election at a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in July. They also both spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic last month. Beshear will participate in a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters, but has declined to appear at an AARP-sponsored event with Williams.

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7:27am

Fri September 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Iraq Vet Walks America

An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday.His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum. The money he’s raising will funding wishes to military families through the program Wish Upon a Hero. He’s already helped around 60 people since April 2010 when he began, he said. One was the son of a fallen soldier who wished he could go to space to be close enough to heaven to see his dad.

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6:33am

Fri September 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fairness Ordinance Hits Rural Wall

In part one WEKU reported on the experiences and challenges for young people growing up gay in Kentucky. In part two, she examines the complex and sometimes acrimonious debate over fairness ordinances.  They’re designed to protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual preference or identity.

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5:06pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

EKU Opens Before Big 12 Sellout

#16 T.J. Pryor Position: Quarterback Height: 6-2 Weight: 181 Class: Redshirt Freshman Hometown: Louisville, Ky. High School: Ballard
EKU Athletics

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels head west to take on a different breed of Wildcat Saturday.  Eastern goes up against Big-12 foe Kansas State Saturday night. Kansas State was eight and six last year, beating the likes of UCLA and Texas.  EKU finished last season with four straight wins. So, Colonel coach Dean Hood says a ‘huge upset’ is always ‘in play’.

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4:50pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Can Proceed With Sandhill Crane Hunt

Kentucky has received approval from the federal government to again allow the hunting of Sandhill cranes. That means the state can go forward with its plan to hold the first authorized hunt of the large migratory birds in about 100 years. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the approval this week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency means officials could open a 30-day hunt as early as Dec. 17.

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4:47pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Education

Lexington Kids Win New Playground

Kids attending newly built Wellington Elementary will soon be enjoying a new, state-of-the-art playground, courtesy of the Pepsi Refresh Project, which accepts grant ideas online and then awards up to 50-thousand dollars to those receiving the most votes.

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4:45pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Sign of Times...Burger Shake Prices Jump to 99 cents

Burger Shake, a longtime Lexington restaurant, has increased the price of its hamburgers to 99 cents. Photographed on Aug. 30 in Lexington.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

When calculating inflation, economists look at the cost of products in thousands of locations across the United States. In Lexington, though, the easiest way to see how prices are going might be to look at the famous Burger Shake sign on East New Circle Road. As prices of everything from corn to clothing have soared this summer, the iconic local fast-food sign saw a change, too: The cost of a burger went from 84 cents to 99 cents this summer. "All of our costs started going up like crazy," co-founder Joe Isaac said. "We couldn't hold the line anymore.

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4:41pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

It's September and Sizzling...Again

The mercury climbed to the mid-90s and higher today across the western two-thirds of Kentucky. The National Weather Service says we will be stuck with heat and high humidity through Sunday when a cold front will deliver scattered thunderstorms. The storms will drop temperatures down into the 80s.

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4:39pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Crime Grants Buy Tasers, Breathalizers

FRANKFORT – The state announced Thursday the award of 65 federal and state grants totaling more than $3.5 million to police departments, sheriff’s departments and other criminal justice agencies across Kentucky. The grant money will help police officers and criminal justice professionals protect citizens against drunken driving, drugs and other crimes. All grant awards run July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

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4:33pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Science/Health

Boyle County Pilots New Technology

Boyle County Senior Citizens Center may soon become a testing ground for using computer technology to bridge mental and generational divides for the elderly. On Tuesday, Jack York, founder and president of It’s Never 2 Late, gave a presentation for the staff and community members to show what his company has been doing at nursing homes for many years. The Colorado-based company uses 23-inch Hewlett Packard touch screens with large icons leading to interactive programs that can be accessed by even those with severe cases of dementia.

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4:30pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

Kentucky Downs Gambles on Instant Racing Slot Machines

Robin Harden (from left), Felecia Hudson and Janelle Barany, all of Bowling Green's Sun Suites Salon and Spa, play the new instant racing games Wednesday at Kentucky Downs in Franklin.
Miranda Pederson The Daily News

Today, and even the next few weeks, won’t be the measure of success for instant racing at Kentucky Downs, which launched today. It could be a month or more before track officials have a handle on how much interest is generated by the $3 million investment Kentucky Downs made in its facility, according to President Corey Johnsen. With just 200 instant racing terminals and a capacity of about 1,000 people on the first floor of the facility, Johnsen doesn’t want Kentucky Downs to be overrun with patrons until employees have had time to make sure everything is operating smoothly.

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4:26pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Corvette Factory Marks 30 Years

GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman (center) speaks today during the plant's 30th anniversary celebration.
Joe Imel The Daily News

Linda Green has watched Corvettes roll off the lines in Bowling Green for three decades. Thursday morning, Green sat among fellow employees as she helped celebrate the General Motors assembly plant’s 30th anniversary in Bowling Green. Plant employees and community leaders gathered to commemorate the factory that has churned out Corvettes since 1981 and has become an economic powerhouse for Bowling Green.

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4:23pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police Seek men who Impersonate Officers

A Winchester Police Department of one of the two suspects being sought.

Winchester Police are looking for two men who impersonated police officers and robbed a motorist last week. Tuesday afternoon, police released a composite sketch of one of the suspects in hopes that someone will recognize him. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said the incident happened on Aug. 25 when a man told police he had been robbed by two men in a white Ford Crown Victoria with red and blue flashing lights.

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4:19pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Kentucky gets $300,000 for Flood Relief

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday Kentucky will receive a $291,440 National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funds will create about 25 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers in Bell and Knox counties to assist with clean-up efforts as a result of the severe storms and flash flooding that struck Kentucky in June. 

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4:18pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Kentucky ABC "Agency of the Year"

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Division has been awarded the 2010 National Liquor Law Enforcement Association Agency of the Year at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, Fla., for its efforts in combating underage drinking and preventing illegal alcohol sales. This is the second national award in the last two years for the ABC, winning last year for the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

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4:12pm

Thu September 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

P’Pool Ad Focuses on Crime, Corruption

Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool focused on fighting crime and political corruption in his second television ad released Wednesday. The 30-second commercial will run over Labor Day weekend and bypasses any swipes at Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, even though the two have traded barbs through the media as of late.

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4:07pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Stability, Education Key to State Economy

A better educated workforce is a major key to helping Kentucky compete in the global manufacturing marketplace. That was the message put forth by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Thursday during an appearance before the Lexington Forum. K-A-M Vice President Ken Carroll told the civic and business group that Kentucky manufacturers need smart workers; and a lot more of them.

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4:06pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Direct Flight From Lexington to Vegas

With an Elvis impersonator singing "Viva Las Vegas" in the Terminal Lobby, travelers at Blue Grass Airport got a taste of Sin City Thursday. Allegiant Air announced new service between Lexington and Las Vegas beginning in November. It's the first time central Kentucky customers have been able to catch a direct flight to Vegas without having to first travel to Louisville or Cincinnati. 

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3:43pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

Preparedness Ten Years After 9-11

The recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks has also focused attention on emergency preparation.  September has been proclaimed ‘preparedness month’ at both the national and state levels.  Over the last ten years, Lexington director of the division of emergency management Pat Dugger says central Kentucky has built a good line of communications.

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10:14am

Thu September 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Ownership of Millions in Fireworks Questioned

 Lawyers seeking compensation for legal fireworks seized from a Northern Kentucky entrepreneur say the federal government has spent millions of dollars in storing the pyrotechnics during four years of legal wrangling.

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10:06am

Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Ford Retires Crown Vic

Carrie Cochran Kentucky Enquirer

After a run of more than 30 years, the Ford Crown Victoria is retiring. The last one rolled off the Ford assembly line near St. Thomas, Ontario, on Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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