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9:14pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Labor Day on the Lake

Boat safety officials are always stressing the importance of life jackets on people, not stuck away on the boat.
Stu Johnson Weku

The unofficial summer boating season ends this weekend.  Boating activities may change with the season, but the need for safety on the water doesn’t. Kentucky boating law administrator Mike Fields offers advice that’s always good…wear a life jacket and watch out for other boaters.  But, some dynamics do change with the season.  Field says there seems to be fewer conflicts between boats and personal watercraft, like jet skis, but caution is still important.

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5:03pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

Alcohol now sold at Lake Barkley State Park

Lake Barkley State Resort Park became eligible to sell alcohol in early August. But the park started with a “soft opening” — offering only beer cans at the golf course pro shop — and just introduced its full selection at the dining room and convention center on Tuesday night. The park now offers wine, liquor and bottled beer, including a range of Kentucky brands, Park Manager John Jordan said. However, the new beverage choices entered the menu quietly. The park will not advertise alcohol products, and it will not add a bar to the dining room, Jordan said.

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4:53pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Jobless Rates up in 18 Counties

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2010 and July 2011, while 18 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

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4:52pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP Lawmakers want Special Session

Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state “borrowed” to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.

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4:47pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Healthy Snacking at Kentucky Rest Stops

Frankfort - Travelers on Kentucky’s highways will now be reminded of healthy snack choices they can make at the state’s rest areas and welcome centers. The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Wednesday announced the “Kentucky Healthier Highways Partnership.”

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4:44pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

38 Miles of Parkway Becomes I-69

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a milestone accomplishment for Kentucky transportation – federal approval of an agreement by which a 38-mile section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway will be designated Interstate 69 this fall. It is the first segment of what eventually will become an I-69 corridor from Henderson to Fulton, incorporating the Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway, Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and a portion of I-24 in addition to the Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway.

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4:41pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Labor Troubles Plague "Carmen"

A group of Louisville Orchestra musicians has offered to accompany the Kentucky Opera’s performance of Carmen next month, but opera officials say any negotiations would be improper. The opera typically performs with orchestra musicians, but performances are in question due to the ongoing labor dispute between orchestra management and players. There is no contract in place and orchestra concerts for the next two months have been canceled.

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4:34pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

UK Athletics Spanked over Reporter Ban

The University of Kentucky Athletic Department is again at odds with the school’s newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. A Kernel reporter called two walk-on basketball players to confirm they were joining the team. Afterward, he reportedly sought further comment, which UK officials say violates the school media guide. It says all requests for comments from players should go through the school’s public relations staff to prevent players from being bombarded by questions.

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4:29pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Troopers Join Labor Day Crackdown

Kentucky state police will be out in force Labor Day weekend as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign is part of a national push to keep drunk drivers off the road during one of the busier travel weekends of the year. Last year in Kentucky, a total of 4,762 collisions were caused by drivers under the influence - 167 were fatal. It's a grim number, but Lt. David Jude with the Kentucky State Police says there are some positive trends to report as well. 

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4:26pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

Opponents say Instant Racing a Felony

As a western Kentucky horse track prepares to implement instant racing Thursday, a conservative policy group is announcing its latest attempt to stop the effort. The Family Foundation says Kentucky Downs is violating the state's gambling law by moving forward with instant racing, which allows players to bet on previously run horse races using a video terminal that looks like a slot machine. 

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1:56pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP Lawmakers Address Interest Payment

Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state “borrowed” to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.

1:54pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Union Co. Livestock Creates New Jobs

A Western Kentucky-based business that operates Jim David Meats and Little Kentucky Smokehouse plans a product expansion that will add 25 new jobs at its Uniontown location.  Union County Livestock's expansion represents an $860,000 expansion.

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1:47pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Science/Health

KY Hosts ARC Conference on Health

Gov. Steve Beshear will welcome leaders from multiple Appalachian states to Prestonsburg next week to consider the best ways to improve health for the families and children of Appalachia.  The annual Appalachian Regional Commission Conference will be held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Sept. 7-9. This year’s conference theme, “Healthy Families: Healthy Futures,” will focus on the unique health challenges of the Appalachian region. Health experts and community leaders from across Appalachia will examine key health issues and highlight successful health-care programs throughout the multi-state area.

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1:46pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Good Review for Spenser Dispatch Services

More than a year has passed since Spencer County's 911 emergency dispatching service was transferred from a county-operated office above the sheriff’s department to the Kentucky State Police Post in Frankfort. Although some emergency service directors have identified minor problems with the service, the general consensus among local agencies is that the transition was mostly positive. And, according to KSP, the move saved Spencer County more than $93,000 in the first year.

1:43pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Faith and Values

Memorial for Victims of Mt. Carmel Shooting

Almost a year ago, the sounds of gunfire and terror rang out from a part of the Mount Carmel community. Last Friday evening, the sounds heard were that of remembrance, uplifting words and songs. And hope. Some 40 persons came to the McConnell Auditorium on the campus of Mount Carmel High School for a memorial service, called “Light of Hope.” The service honored the memory of the five persons who died in a shooting spree in a trailer park on Route 541, just a half-mile away from the school.

10:50am

Wed August 31, 2011
Education

First Day on the Job for New Super

Thursday will be the first official day on the job for new Fayette County School Superintendent Tom Shelton.  The former Daviess County school administrator has spent the last few months settling into the Lexington community. The goal now is to get acquainted with teachers and students.

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10:48am

Wed August 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Kentucky Life' to Film in Elizabethtown

Kentucky Educational Television program ”Kentucky Life” plans to capture an intimate portrait of Elizabethtown in September. The show, in its 16th season, will shoot footage in Elizabethtown on Thursday and Sept. 8 as part of a series looking at main streets in Kentucky cities, said Tom Bickel, a producer and director with KET. Bickel said the program primarily will focus on the city’s downtown district and how U.S. 31W leads into the centralized part of the city.

10:45am

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

Settlement Ends Police Brutality Lawsuit

The Fort Campbell soldier who claimed Hopkinsville police brutalized him during a 2008 arrest, by needlessly shocking him twice with a Taser, received a $100,000 settlement from the city’s insurance company. The company, Kentucky League of Cities, made the decision to settle, said Hopkinsville City Attorney Doug Willen. The settlement did not require the city to admit wrongdoing on the part of the three officers involve

10:42am

Wed August 31, 2011
All Politics are Local

Hubbard Files Letter of Intent for Senate

Former state senator and U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Board of Elections to run for the First District Kentucky Senate seat now held by Sen. Ken Winters. Hubbard, D-Mayfield, challenged Winters, R-Murray, for the seat in 2008.

10:39am

Wed August 31, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Richmond Passes on Countywide Commission

Elected officials from Richmond and Madison County did not embrace a proposal Tuesday from Berea Mayor Steve Connelly to create a countywide human-rights commission. That leaves the Berea City Council to create a commission on its own. The Berea council gave first reading to an ordinance July 19 that would create a human rights commission. A second reading and final vote will come in September, said Connelly and council member Truman Fields.

10:34am

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

UK's Actions Considered 'Reprehensible'

The University of Kentucky athletics department engaged in "reprehensible conduct" in revoking the university student newspaper's access to a basketball media event, a national journalism group said Tuesday. The letter from Associated Press Managing Editors to UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart was part of a wave of regional and national criticism heaped upon UK in the wake of a disagreement with the Kentucky Kernel over interview practices.

10:31am

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Deputy Jailer Honored

Conrad Lanham, middle, stopped an inmate who threatened a jail nurse. Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits, left, and Crystal Souders with Southern Health Partners pose with Lanham after he was presented with the Deputy Jailer of the Year award at a conferenc

It started out as just an ordinary day at work for Conrad Lanham, a deputy jailer at the Shelby County Detention Center. Then everything changed in a heartbeat when an inmate grabbed a female employee and put a sharp object to her throat. What Lanham did next earned him the title of Kentucky Deputy Jailer of the Year for 2010, an award given each year to a deputy who has displayed remarkable courage and bravery.

10:28am

Wed August 31, 2011
Science/Health

MRSA Cases Trigger Closure of Field Houses

The Owen County school system has stopped using an old building as its athletic teams field house after concerns surfaced that at least two cases of MRSA could be traced down to the building. For now, school sports teams are using the cafeteria of a former middle school until the district can build a new field house.

5:04pm

Tue August 30, 2011
All Politics are Local

Survey Shows Beshear With Crushing Lead

A new poll shows Democratic Governor Steve Beshear pummeling Republican opponent David Williams in the 2011 gubernatorial race and raises questions if the growing lead is having a negative affect on the rest of the GOP ticket. But the Williams campaign says the GOP nominee is gaining ground and support for his issue-oriented candidacy and that things will pick up after Labor Day.

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4:11pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Business and the Economy

2nd Hitachi Plant Announced for Berea

BEREA – Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday joined Berea community leaders and officials from Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. to announce the company has selected the community for its third Kentucky manufacturing facility. The new plant, which will produce electric drive motors for hybrid and electric vehicles, will create 130 new jobs and a more than $74.5 million investment in Kentucky.

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3:48pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Education

Equine Industry on Curriculum

Kelly Hieronymus The Keeneland Association

Around three thousand Fayette County Public School fifth graders this week take a field trip to the Keeneland Race Course. Special events coordinator Kara Heissenbuttel says they worked with the school district to target a good age group.

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3:41pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Coal Mine Rule Targets Mechanical Injuries

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is publishing a proposed rule tomorrow that could require all mine operators to eventually install safety devices on certain types of mining equipment. MSHA’s proposed rule would phase in a requirement that mine operators use proximity warning devices on their continuous miners—the large machines that scoop coal from the face of the mine. Proximity warning devices are safety features that automatically shut off the machine when miners are too close, and they’re meant to protect coal miners from being crushed by machinery while underground.

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1:42pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Sports

State-Speedway Partner on Traffic, Parking Fixes

An earth mover work on the new parking lot acquired recently by Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Kentucky Speedway and state officials unveiled their plans Tuesday to correct the traffic and parking problems experienced at last month’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Speedway Motorsports Inc., the company that owns the Gallatin County track, is investing an estimated $7.5 million. That amount includes the $1.5 million the speedway paid last week to acquire 142 acres of land across Ky. 35 from the track. The added land will allow the speedway to park about 10,000 more cars, general manager Mark Simendinger said. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects it will spend $3.6 million on road improvements to improve access to parking areas at the speedway.

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1:23pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fewer Tobacco Crops Dot Kentucky Landscape

Stephen Gross ferried two empty tobacco wagons to the fields to pick up the next load of burley.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

A drive in the Kentucky countryside once meant frequent vistas of tobacco, growing golden green or — after it had been cut and spiked — wilting to a golden brown on sticks propped up in rows. Today, those scenes are more scarce. "It's going to be a thing of the past after a while," said Teddy Greathouse, who grows 120 acres of burley tobacco in Woodford, Scott and Franklin counties and is in the midst of a monthlong harvest. "I tell my grandkids, this is liable to be something you won't see."

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1:20pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Statehouse News

State DARE Program Re-accredited

FRANKFORT – DARE America (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has re-accredited the Kentucky State Police as the official DARE. Training Center for the anti-drug and violence program in Kentucky. The program is a police-officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

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