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9:51am

Mon August 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

UK Teaches Bedside Manner

Short of longtime television show ER, fine arts and hospitals may seem an unlikely couple. But at the University of Kentucky, acting is crucial to educating medical students, as instructors bring in trained actors to help future doctors become accustomed to speaking with patients in their quest to diagnose what ails them.

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8:13am

Mon August 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Bill Toughens Penalties for Assaulting ER Workers

Anyone who assaults a doctor or nurse in a hospital emergency room would be charged with a Class “D” felony under a bill proposed by Kentucky state Senator John Schickel. The Republican from Union spoke in support of his measure during a meeting today of a legislative panel. Schickel says the proposal has the support of the Kentucky Association of Emergency Room Nurses and the Kentucky Hospital Association.

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8:02am

Mon August 8, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Fancy Farm Speakers Support Coal

Much of the speaking at this weekend’s Fancy Farm picnic trended towards national issues. Candidates praised the military, worried about public debt and criticized what is—or isn’t—getting done in Washington. But coal and federal environmental regulations were also a target in several speeches.

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7:59am

Mon August 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Pols Spar Over Homeless Voters

Speaking at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, the candidates for secretary of state continued their debate about registering homeless people to vote in Kentucky. Declaring that people without an address should not be allowed to vote, Republican nominee Bill Johnson said allowing them to register opens the door to possible voter fraud. Last month, he filed an ethics complaint over a 2-page memorandum sent to county clerks by the secretary of state’s office telling local officials to approve voter applications that have “homeless” or “place to place” listed as an address.

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7:57am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Hearing Set in Voucher Suit

A judge in Indianapolis is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program, created this year by the General Assembly. The program allows parents who meet income guidelines to use tax money to send their children to private schools, including those with religious affiliations.Opponents of the program include the Indiana State Teachers Association.

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7:47am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Motorcyclists Raise Money for KY Guard

For many Kentuckians, next Saturday will literally be a day to remember.  Hundreds of motorcyclists and others from around the state are expected to converge on Lawrenceburg to honor Kentucky National Guard members killed in the line of duty. Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund Board member Jason Lemay recalls a man who died in the great flood of 1937.

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10:10am

Sun August 7, 2011
Science/Health

Opthalmologists Unhappy with New Law

Dr. Arthur K. Rivard has been an eye doctor in Danville for more than 20 years and is not shy when lending his view point on a just who should engage in eye surgery and who shouldn't. Rivard, along with many of his fellow ophthalmologists, is unhappy with a new Kentucky law which sets the stage for optometrists to perform various types of surgery, including laser. The issue has been reignited thanks to a public forum held in Lexington last month in which optometrists, who Rivard points out are not medical doctors, began the process of determining what type of surgeries they may and may not perform under the new law, which was approved overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate.

10:04am

Sun August 7, 2011
All Politics are Local

Fancy Farm Turns Up the Heat in Campaigns

Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday at the Fancy Farm Picnic spoke about his trip to the Middle East and drew the ire of his opponents, who criticized the governor for not talking about state issues. Beshear on Friday returned to Kentucky after he toured U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past week. He devoted his entire five-minute speech before the thousands assembled in Graves County to his experience in the past week overseas and praising the U.S. troops.

1:53pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

FCC Chair Discusses Broadband Access

This week, a coalition of call center operators promised to create 100,000 new American customer service jobs, many of which could be done from home. But unless Internet access is improved, those jobs will be off-limits to one third of the country.

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1:51pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Transy Professor Explores Lost City

Christopher Begley wants to know why legends about a lost civilization are so pervasive in the Mosquito Coast region.  "This is something everybody's talked about informally for a long time in terms of archaeologists and anthropologists, but no one has systematically explored it," he says.

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1:50pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Education

Free School Supplies for Lexington Kids

Kids across Lexington will be receiving school supplies free courtesy of the YMCA this Saturday.  The supplies, including backpacks, will be given away to up to 8000 kids in 20 local neighborhoods as part of the YMCA's Ready, Set, Go! Back-to-School Rallies. The events, which cater to elementary, middle, and high school students, will also feature activities, resource booths, entertainment, food, and speakers.

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1:47pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bargains Lure Shoppers to Famous Yard Sale

The saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and perhaps that’s the concept Harrodsburg residents Harold and Audrey Lester kept in mind as they advertised their “classy trash" on Thursday during the first day of the World’s Longest Yard Sale. In the years they have participated in the continuously growing sale on U.S. 127, the Lesters have seen people from every state.

1:44pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Clark Co. Firm Receives Grant for New Press

The state has awarded Clark County's Walle Corp. a $600,000 grant it applied for in February to help buy a $3 million press for printing labels, and the company was to receive the money Thursday. In February, Walle Corp., a label supplier for consumer packaged goods, applied for the money through the 2011 Kentucky Community Development Block Grant program.

1:38pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Northern KY to Improve Water Plant

The Kentucky Public Service Commission Friday approved plans by the Northern Kentucky Water District for a $28.35 million project that will enable its Taylor Mill treatment plant to comply with stricter federal drinking water standards.

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1:35pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

No Beach for Barren River Lake State Park

Barren River Lake is finally down to its summer pool, meaning the Army Corps of Engineers beaches should be open. But Barren River Lake State Resort Park chose not to open the beach this summer, Park Manager Lisa Davis said. “We decided not to open because of the resources it would take,” Davis said. “To bring in sand would cost $7,000 and I didn’t think it would be fiscally responsible to do that with just a month left in the season and then have another flood in the spring and have to bring more in.”

1:11pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Russellville Reminisces Emancipation

William Elliott of Russellville, a deacon at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Russellville, speaks to the crowd during the opening service of the 25th annual 8th of August Emancipation Celebration.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

Hundreds of people will gather this weekend in Russellville to celebrate and reminisce during the 25th annual 8th of August Emancipation Celebration. Held to celebrate African-Americans gaining their freedom from slavery, the annual event, more commonly known as “8th of August,” began Thursday with an outdoor opening service.

12:30pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kroger Participates in Ground Turkey Recall

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. removed fresh and frozen ground turkey under the Kroger and Honeysuckle brand names from its store shelves in 26 states, including Kentucky, on Thursday and asked customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for the products in one of the largest U.S. meat recalls in history.

10:50am

Fri August 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Archbishop Discusses Hospital Merger

The concerns that the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives has put the future of certain services in question. Doctors in the merged University Hospital will have to follow Catholic directives, meaning many reproductive health services (contraception counseling, vasectomies, tubal ligations, emergency and elective abortions) will not be allowed and end-of-life care will also change.

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10:43am

Fri August 5, 2011
Statehouse News

Motorists Urged to Stay Alert for Buses

For some 23-million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, each year many children are injured and even killed in school bus related crashes.  Last year, Kentucky had 985 school bus related crashes resulting in 278 injuries and four deaths. With school starting in many communities, KSP Spokesman Lt. David Jude is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses.

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10:41am

Fri August 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex to Host Female Police Conference

The fourth and final conference hosted by the Lexington police department this summer will bring hundreds of female officers from around the world to Lexington for training and education. Many of the attendees come from countries where women may be police officers but are not allowed to drive cars, a press release said. Many of those officers will drive for the first time while in Lexington, during a seminar that will train them in police driving techniques.

10:30am

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

How Many Wheels Does it Take?

Spugnardi left his home in Lexington Thursday morning and plans on meeting up with his family in Virginia.
Terry Prather Ledger Independent

A Lexington man, en route to Virginia, is using a unique mode of transportation and along the way drawing lots of attention and making drivers and other passersby take a second glance. Michael Spugnardi is riding in style. However, that style isn't found in the same categories as Mercedes, BMW, or anything else motorized. Spugnardi is riding his three-wheeled, recumbent tricycle all the way from his home to his in-laws residence in Madison, Va.

10:21am

Fri August 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin Co. Alcohol Votes Set for October

Voters in three Hardin County cities will go to the polls in less than two months to decide whether or not to expand alcohol sales. Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry signed an executive order Thursday directing local option elections Oct. 4 in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove for expanded alcohol sales.

10:18am

Fri August 5, 2011
Statehouse News

KY Protects DUI Surveillance Videos

The arrest and guilty plea by Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank for driving under the influence highlighted a detail of Kentucky's DUI law that distinguishes it from other states - the public doesn't have a right to view the police cruiser camera video of an arrest. Frank and his attorney asked that the video of his arrest in Covington early Saturday for drunken driving not be released. Kenton County District Judge Douglas Grothaus cited the Kentucky law that prohibits the release of any video of an arrest related to drunken driving. First Amendment experts say they don't know of any other state with an exemption for DUI videos.

10:14am

Fri August 5, 2011
Statehouse News

Kentucky Highway Safety Director Fired

The director of Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety has been fired after an investigation found improper acceptance of gifts, timesheet violations and racial harassment in the agency. The termination letter obtained by The State Journal Thursday under the Kentucky Open Records Act, did not give a reason for the firing of Director Boyd Sigler on July 22. But a report from the Transportation Cabinet's Office of Inspector General states that Sigler "accepted free passes to events at the Kentucky Motor Speedway, an organization under contract with (the cabinet) with specific oversight provided by" his office.

10:09am

Fri August 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Union College President's Wife Arrested

Police arrested the wife of Union College's president this week after she allegedly came to the home of an accused drug dealer to buy a pain pill while officers were there for a raid. Lou Ann de Rosset, 40, was charged with operating her 2006 Toyota under the influence of alcohol or drugs and with endangering the welfare of a minor. Police filed the endangerment charge because de Rosset had her 5-year-old daughter with her, according to the citation.

10:03am

Fri August 5, 2011
Education

Twelve KY Colleges Among Nation's Top 650

A dozen Kentucky colleges and universities have made Forbes magazine's annual "America's Best Colleges" list. The Kentucky colleges are among those Forbes considers among the top 10 percent in the nation.

9:38am

Fri August 5, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Controversial Technology Encouraged

The Environmental Protection Agency says injecting carbon dioxide underground doesn’t pose substantial environmental or health risks. The agency is proposing a rule to classify carbon dioxide as a non-hazardous waste and encourage a controversial coal technology. Carbon capture and sequestration—or CCS—is a process where carbon dioxide is removed from the emissions of coal-fired power plants and injected deep underground. It’s not widely used because it’s not yet economical.

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9:34am

Fri August 5, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Denies Pollution Petition

The federal government has denied a petition that would set pollution limits for states in the Mississippi River Basin. The decision was criticized by environmental groups today. Pollution released from wastewater treatment plants and farm runoff eventually travel from Kentucky to the Mississippi River and are contributing to a growing ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico. A dead zone is a spot where pollution has sucked out all the oxygen and there’s no aquatic life.

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7:00am

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Starlit Ballet, "Trun" Go the Distance

A fun run that mixes sci-fi with wellness takes place this weekend in Danville.  Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader Newspaper, previews “Trun.”  Rich also looks ahead at the only live performance this summer at Woodland Park in downtown Lexington.  The park was once a regular summer venue for theater and concerts.

1:36pm

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Harrodsburg Police Chief Seeks Improvement

After a year plagued with personnel problems, Police Chief Rodney Harlow is working to rebuild the Harrodsburg Police Department and restore the public’s trust. In the last six months, one officer was indicted on third-degree rape charges involving a minor. Another resigned after allegedly shoplifting an item from a local convenience store while on duty. And a police dispatcher was fired by Chief Harlow.

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