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10:04am

Thu August 25, 2011
Science/Health

"Apathy" Biggest Problem for Elderly

Kentucky state Sen. R. J. Palmer answers one of the questions posed to him and the other state legislatures participating Tuesday in a forum on aging at Rose Mary C. Brooks Place.
James Mann Winchester Sun

Of all the issues facing the elderly today, Kentucky Commissioner of Aging and Indpendent Living Deborah Anderson said apathy is the one that she fears the most. “It’s actually apathy that scares me to death,” Anderson said. The commissioner spoke in Winchester at a panel discussion about senior citizen issues.

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9:36am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Whitley Fire Department Re-Formed

The 3-Point Volunteer Fire Department is no longer certified by the state to operate as a fire department, and efforts are underway by a group of 3-Point area residents to form a new volunteer fire department in that community. Until this happens, Williamsburg Fire and Rescue will be responding to most fire and emergency calls in the area. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said he received a letter from the state fire commission Friday notifying him that 3-Point was no longer recognized as a "qualified certified" fire department.

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9:02am

Thu August 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Madisonville Drug Unit Triples Arrests

Madisonville Police Department’s Vice and Narcotic Squad has confiscated almost $190,000 worth of drugs in the first six months of its existence, said Police Chief Wade Williams. “That’s drugs that would have made it to the streets of Madisonville,” he said. The amount of illegal substances are not the only thing taken off the street.

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8:54am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rain Needed in "Driest Place in the State'

The ground is dry and cracked in spots. Patches of grass are turning brown. "I tell everybody that this is the driest place in the state," says Joey Benningfield, who operates a farm on Taylor County's West Finley Ridge with his father, Glenn, and grandfather, "Boss." Since June 1, Benningfield said, his land has received about 2 inches of rain. And it shows in his fields of corn, soybeans and tobacco. The family's beef cattle operation is suffering, too, he said.

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8:50am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Flight 5191 Memorial Unveiled on Crash's 5th Anniversary

The design for the Flight 5191 Memorial Sculpture by renowned sculptor and Kentucky resident Douwe Blumberg was announced on June 3, 2010. It will stand at The Arboretum.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Five years after she buried her brother, Terry Welch is coming back to Lexington to honor him again. Michael Ryan and 48 other people died on Aug. 27, 2006 when Comair Flight 5191 attempted to take off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport. At 10 a.m. Saturday, five years later to the day, a memorial sculpture in their honor will be unveiled at the University of Kentucky Arboretum.

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8:44am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sole Survivor will miss Memorial

James Polehinke
Lexington Herald-Leader

The sole survivor of Comair Flight 5191 won't be attending an event on Saturday to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the plane crash, according to his mother. Honey Jackson said in a phone interview that her son, co-pilot James Polehinke, would not be in Lexington for the unveiling of a memorial sculpture in honor of the 49 people who died in the crash. "He'll never be right, ever," she said. "Nothing has changed, but that's all I can say."

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8:40am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Johnson County Missing Police Records, Files

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said Wednesday that when he took office on Jan. 1, there were a lot of missing records — accident reports, investigative files, even personnel documents. "Bottom line, they were gone when we got here," Price said. "Totally wiped out." That has raised questions about whether former Sheriff Bill Witten might know where the records are. Witten's attorney, Stephen "Nick" Frazier, said the former sheriff didn't take the records. Tampering with public records is a felony.

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8:38am

Thu August 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth on CBO, Super Committee

During an hour-long discussion Wednesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., demanded more transparency from the 12-member super committee and encouraged President Barack Obama to make a more forceful argument that the federal government has a role in fixing the economy. The Congressional Budget Office released its updated report early Wednesday). It paints a dire economic picture and forecasts the country’s jobless rate will remain above eight percent until 2014.

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8:35am

Thu August 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Energy Subsidies Targeted for Cuts

When the Congressional super-committee sits down to cut the nation’s spending, everything is fair game. But a new report released by four non-profit groups suggests the panel look first to cutting energy subsidies. The report is called Green Scissors, and it was released today by groups that promote free market capitalism, consumer protections, the environment, or fiscal responsibility. It highlights the $380 billion in spending that goes to subsidize oil, gas and coal, as well as tax breaks and government loans.

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8:33am

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Orchestra Cancels Concerts

All Louisville Orchestra concerts scheduled for September and October have been canceled. The season was set to begin September 10. But orchestra management sent out a notice of the cancellations Wednesday evening, citing an impasse with the musicians over a contract for the next season. The two sides are in mediation with the Louisville Labor Management Committee and will meet with Mayor Greg Fischer later this week to try to work out a deal.

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8:30am

Thu August 25, 2011
Science/Health

UK Creates Endowed Pharmacy Chair

Someday, in the not too distant future, a pharmacist may be able to know exactly how patients will react to medications even before they take them. A cutting edge research field known as personalized medicine, or pharmacogenetics, involves studying a person's unique genetic code in order to determine how he or she will metabolize medicine.

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7:32am

Thu August 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Wives Emerge as Force in Governor's Race

Judge Robyn WIlliams at a GOP campaign event with her husband, Senate President and gubernatorial candidate David Williams.
Williams-Farmer Campaign

The spouses of the leading candidates in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race are especially visible this election season.  Instead of standing in the background as their husbands campaign, First Lady Jane Beshear and Judge Robyn Williams travel the Commonwealth alone, talk policy and present their spouses in a more human light. 

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4:20pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Feds Cite Three Kentucky Mines

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations—two of the mines are in Harlan County and one is in Pike County. Those mines are among 15 nationwide with a history of compliance problems that were targeted in MSHA’s July impact inspections.

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4:17pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Education

Louisville School Busing Statute Appealed

The Kentucky Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today over an interpretation of a state statute, which could affect the JCPS student assignment plan. The debate was between the words enroll versus attend. Since 2000, a state statute (KRS 159.070) has allowed districts to chose where students go to school by removing the word “attend” in legislative language, said Bryon Leet, a JCPS board attorney. Leet said  JCPS can enroll a student at one school and have them attend another, like in the case of the current student assignment plan. But that’s not the state law’s intent, said Bruce Miller, an appellant attorney.

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4:15pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

First Earthquake, Next Hurricane Irene

With relatively minor damage and no loss of life as a result of Tuesday's earthquake, Governor McDonnell will be putting that natural disaster on the back burner … as he focuses on the upcoming hurricane expected to hit the Commonwealth over the weekend.  

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4:04pm

Wed August 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul for President?

A piece in the U.S. News & World Report speculates the presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., could pave the way for his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to run for the White House in the coming years. The article points out Congressman Paul came in second in the Iowa straw poll and is above 10 percent in two prominent polls, which it estimates might give Paul the younger a chance in a future presidential contest.

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4:02pm

Wed August 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

Conway Campaign Slams P’Pool Backer

Telling supporters it’s “time to fight back” the campaign for Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the “outrageous agenda” and prominent backers of his general election opponent. Conway’s campaign is trying to raise $10,000 online by September 15 and are highlighting the big name conservatives who are headed to Kentucky to campaign for Republican challenger Todd P’Pool in the coming months.

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3:59pm

Wed August 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Red Cross Sends Volunteers to East Coast

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Spokesman Winn Stephens says as the storm moves closer to land, volunteers are mobilizing. "We have our emergency response vehicle and two local volunteers who left at 6 o'clock on Wednesday morning to drive to Columbia, South Carolina. And that is the staging location for all of the Red Cross' emergency response vehicles on the east coast." 

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3:53pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Science/Health

Multi-State Task Force Targets Pill Pipeline

FRANKFORT – Looking to permanently shut down the growing prescription drug problem in Kentucky and neighboring states, Kentucky officials Wednesday announced the formation of an interstate task force with Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force held its first meeting Wednesday in Ashland.

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3:51pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Science/Health

Jury Favors Doctor in Amputation Case

Dr. John Patterson acted appropriately when he amputated Phillip Seaton’s penis during surgery in 2007, a jury in Shelby County Circuit Court has ruled. After more than two days of emotional and sometimes embarrassing testimony from a variety witnesses, the jury of six men and six women deliberated little more than hour and ruled unanimously just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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3:37pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

More Parking; Less Biking

The debate over whether a portion of major artery through downtown Lexington should offer parking or a bike lane has been decided…at least for now. A striped bike lane, that runs along one block of Maxwell Street between Woodland and Kentucky Avenues, will be erased.  The short stretch had offered parking, but was accidentally painted over as a bike lane.  Richard Sexton, who owns both business and residential property in the neighborhood, says they need parking spots.

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1:43pm

Wed August 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Alleged Copper Thief Electrocuted

A man was found dead Tuesday in the Harlan County Smith community on property owned by Manalapan Mining Company. The body was located inside the fenced area of an electric substation. Kentucky State Police Trooper Doyle Halcomb is in charge of the death investigation. KSP Sgt. Jeremy Lee said the man appeared to be have been electrocuted while attempting to steal copper wiring from a relay station that supplied power to the property of R & B Coal Company.

12:55pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Education

State Learns Through ITunes

Becky Keith shows Gov. Steve Beshear how she used the iPad in her Spanish class last year during the launch for Kentucky on iTunes U at Woodford County High School Wednesday morning.
Hannah Reel Frankfort State Journal

Students, parents, teachers and community members can now access free Kentucky-specific educational materials through iTunes. During Wednesday’s launch at Woodford County High School, state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday called the resource “mass customization of learning,” comparing it to his own Yahoo News page and Twitter feed. “It’s no longer a cookie-cutter education,” he said. “Students can customize their learning lists like they do their music playlists.” The iTunes U project is a partnership among the Kentucky Department of Education, the University of Kentucky and KET.

12:52pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KSU Fraternity Helps with MLK Monument

A Kentucky State University grad and his fraternity brothers can say they played a small role in this week’s historic dedication of a towering memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. Bill Wilson, now associate vice president for development at KSU, and Central Kentucky alumni members of Alpha Phi Alpha raised more than $25,000 toward the monument’s construction. It will be the first memorial for an African American leader on the hallowed grounds of the National Mall.

12:49pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Polar Bear for Louisville Zoo

Siku
Louisville Public Media

The Louisville Zoo is getting another polar bear cub for its Glacier Run exhibit.  Zoo director John Walczak says Siku, a 22 month old male cub, will arrive in Louisville early this fall from the Toledo, Ohio Zoo. “Our hope is that in the not too distant future that Siku will become best friends with Qannik, our female cub that we helped rescue from the North Slope in Alaska. She was the female abandoned by her mom back in April. This is just creating a great future for Glazier Run and polar bears here in Louisville,” he said.

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12:09pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Business and the Economy

CBO Projects Slow Growth, High Jobless Rate

Projecting slow growth and high unemployment over the next six years, the Congressional Budget Office released its updated report Wednesday that paints a dire economic picture for the foreseeable future. The nonpartisan agency forecasts the country’s jobless rate will remain above 8 percent until 2014 and economic growth will be 2.7 percent next year. President Obama’s critics pointed out that the projection breaks a promise by the administration, which said the stimulus package would reduce unemployment.

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12:05pm

Wed August 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

P’Pool Says Mine Inspections ‘Go Too Far’

In an interview with cn|2 Pure Politics, Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool said he thought government inspection and regulation of coal mines in Kentucky has “gone too far.” P’Pool grew up in western Kentucky and is the son of a coal miner and the grandson of a federal mine inspector. The Hopkins County Attorney discussed his upbringing in the coalfields, and said he thinks the United Mine Workers of America has outlived its usefulness in Kentucky.

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11:06am

Wed August 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Oak Grove Police Chief Sues City

Milton Perry, Oak Grove’s former police chief, believes the city violated his state and federal rights when Mayor Dan Potter fired him in March. At the time, Potter cited “ongoing leadership issues” and said Perry had jeopardized the police department’s liability insurance coverage for the second time in three years.

11:03am

Wed August 24, 2011
Statehouse News

More Audits for Former Whitley Sheriff

Two days before former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge is expected to be sentenced to at least 15.5 years in a federal prison, Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen released two more scathing audits on Hodge's books while he was in office. Tuesday morning, Luallen released the 2009 tax audit for the period April 16, 2009 through April 15, 2010, and the audit of the 2010 fee account, which was used to operate Hodge's office. Like the nine other most recent audits for Hodge's office, the findings were once again referred to the FBI for further review.  All the audits combined show a total deficit of more than $240,000 from the sheriff's department during Hodge's tenure in office.

10:41am

Wed August 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Scattered Thunderstorms to Hit Tonight

An approaching cold front could create some scattered thunderstorms that might hit the greater Louisville area and parts of Central Kentucky during the overnight period early Thursday. Some of the storms could become severe, according to the National Weather Service. The greatest danger would be high winds, NWS said.

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