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1:33pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Statehouse News

Lexington Dismissed in Southworth Case

Umi Southworth
Lexington Herald-Leader

A Fayette Circuit Court judge on Wednesday dismissed the city of Lexington as a defendant in a civil lawsuit over the death of Umi Southworth, who lay alive for hours while police conducted a homicide investigation last year. The lawsuit, however, goes on. Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled that the Urban County Government was shielded from being sued under the legal concept of "sovereign immunity."

1:27pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

'Best Tasting Water' in Hardin County

Judges can’t get enough of Hardin County Water District No. 2. The water utility once again nabbed first-place honors for best tasting water during the annual Water Professionals Conference, held July 24-27 in Covington, by the Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the American Water Works Association. Now, it's on to national competition.

1:23pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Winchester Officials Defer Theft Ordinances

After hearing pleas and some heated testimonies from two local recyclers, the Winchester Board of Commissioners deferred approving first readings of two of three drug-related ordinances concerning receipt of stolen goods. Representatives from Freedom Metals Inc. and Stuff Recycling raised concerns about the ordinances regulating other recyclers and motor vehicle recyclers.

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12:14pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Sports

UK's Miller in World University Games

Garrett Ellwood USA Basketball

The University of Kentucky's Darius Miller will represent the United States in the 2011 World University Games. Miller was named to the 12-member men's basketball team Wednesday following six days of tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

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11:10am

Thu August 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Berea Plans Small-Scale Solar Farm

Customers of Berea Municipal Utilities will soon have the option to invest in a small solar farm.  The Berea Solar Farm won't be a moneymaker for investors. A 25-year lease for one panel will cost about $700. The average residential customer uses an average of 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, and a single panel would provide about one-twentieth of that energy.

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11:05am

Thu August 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

KY Sandhill Crane Controversy

Kentucky Public Radio

Sandhill cranes are large, red-capped migratory birds that haven't been hunted in Kentucky for almost a century. But as Alan Lytle reports, that could change in just a few months if a proposal to establish a sandhill crane hunting season is approved by a legislative subcommittee.

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11:01am

Thu August 4, 2011
Education

Ipads Approved for School Use in Hancock

The Hancock County Board of Education approved a 3- year, $265,000 lease for 500 iPads for all the teachers and students at Hancock County High School. The money for the devices comes out of the school district’s General Fund. “We will be the first high school in the state to give iPads to every student and every teacher,” Hancock County Board of Education Superintendent Scott Lewis said. “My vision is that eventually kids can walk around the high school with iPads and no books.”

10:57am

Thu August 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

Corbin's Bike Program Shelved

Bikes for the Bike Share Program in Corbin, purchased with a $2,500 grant from Wal-Mart, are kept under lock and key due to lack of interest in the program. Officials feel the unused bikes may be vandalized if left out in the open.
Corbin/Whitley News Journal

A Corbin Main Street Program, funded by the local Wal-Mart store and designed to help encourage bike use in the area, has been shelved almost since it began for lack of interest, city officials say. Marlon Sams, director of Parks and Recreation for the city, says the program hasn't really drawn much interest - an idea that that may work in larger towns, but can't really be shoehorned into smaller, more rural towns, like Corbin.

10:50am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Funding Needed for Jessamine I-75 Project

A connector road that would link Jessamine County directly to Interstate 75 is one of many road projects vying for state and federal dollars in a tight economic climate. So, with governmental funding in question, a Jessamine County transportation committee is taking a cue from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock and considering private investors.

10:41am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY First Lady Visits Soldiers' Spouses

Jane Beshear
Dana Long Kentucky New Era

Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear came to the Family Resource Center at Fort Campbell on Tuesday to speak to the spouses of the soldiers on the base about how the Commonwealth of Kentucky can better support soldiers’ families.

10:36am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lynch Clerk Helps Children, Considered Hero

With no regard for her own personal safety, Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge rushed into a home in Lynch where a war grenade detonated injuring several children and sending 20 people to the hospital. Eldridge led children from the home and began spraying them with a water hose to remove chemicals from their bodies and clothes. Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley praised Eldridge for her “bravery” and called her a local hero.

10:32am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin County to Vote on Alcohol Sales

Some Hardin County residents will have a chance to vote on expanding alcohol sales this fall. Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb confirmed Wednesday that Yes for Economic Success had reached the number of needed signatures in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove to force three local option elections.

10:25am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin Co. Considers Unified Government

Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard told a roomful of elected officials Wednesday that Hardin County is in an age of prosperity and growth, which is the perfect time to consider looking at a unified local government. Without a crisis hanging over their heads or their backs against the wall, a more reasoned and careful examination of unification can be taken, he said. Howard, chairman of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee, partnered with consultant Luke Schmidt to walk elected officials through a comprehensive study Schmidt’s firm conducted that analyzed five unified governments in Georgia and Kentucky.

10:23am

Thu August 4, 2011
All Politics are Local

Fancy Farm Gets Campaigns into High Gear

Politicians and political activists from around Kentucky will travel this weekend to the far western corner of the state and listen to candidates and political parties duke it out and set the tone for the rest of their campaigns. The 131st annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County on Saturday will feature speeches from all the candidates for statewide offices. The rowdy atmosphere and spontaneous cheers and jeers the candidates endure during their stump speeches draws people to the picnic from across the state.

10:19am

Thu August 4, 2011
Education

Students Receive Overdue Recognition

It was, as the chairman of the state board of education called it, "a small opportunity to correct a large wrong." During a Wednesday afternoon ceremony, the Kentucky School for the Deaf presented diplomas to a handful of blacks who had left the institution decades ago without receiving the official recognition of their completion of courses.

10:07am

Thu August 4, 2011
Statehouse News

Documents Tell of Nunn's Desperation

Former state Rep. Steve Nunn appeared in Judge Pamela Goodwine's courtroom in December 2009. He pleaded guilty in June to Amanda Ross's murder and is serving a sentence of life without parole
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

UPDATED: As police in Hart County closed in on Steve Nunn after he murdered his ex-fiancée in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009, the former state lawmaker apologized to his daughters by phone. Seven days after the killing, Mary Elizabeth Nunn and Katharine Courtney Nunn told police officers of the disturbing play-by-play they received from their father, who called them from a cellphone the day Amanda Ross was murdered. A summary of the police interview with the two women was among hundreds of pages of documents released Wednesday by the Urban County Government in response to the Lexington Herald-Leader's request under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

6:50am

Thu August 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Berea Plans Solar Farm

Customers of Berea Municipal Utilities will soon have the option to invest in a small solar farm. The Berea Solar Farm won’t be a moneymaker for investors. A 25-year lease for one panel will cost about $700. The average residential customer uses an average of 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, and a single panel would provide about one-twentieth of that energy.

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6:33am

Thu August 4, 2011
Science/Health

Seeking a Lost City on the Mosquito Coast

Transylvania University

A professor of anthropology at Transylvania University in Lexington has completed the first leg of an expedition to the remote Mosquito Coast area of Honduras, where he’s exploring the legend of an ancient “lost city.” Kentucky Public Radio’s Rick Howlett spoke with Christopher Begley, whose work will be featured in a documentary funded by the National Geographic Society

2:58pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

The Miami-Beattyville Connection

The federal probe into drug trafficking from Florida to Owsley County expanded last week when eight more people were indicted. Molik Ali Alston, 41 of Miami Gardens, Fla., Josh Terry, 25 of Beattyville, Tony Gibson, 22, Cameron Herald, 31, Jesse Herald, 58, Jimmy Miller, 35, Phyllis Reed, 65, and John White, 21, all of Booneville were indicted Thursday, July 28, for allegedly conspiring “with each other and others to knowingly and intentionally distribute a quantity of pills containing oxycodone.”

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2:55pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Statehouse News

Beshear Moves onto Afghanistan

On Tuesday, Governor Steve Beshear visited with Kentucky troops in Iraq.
Photo provided by Governor's Office

AFGHANISTAN – A day after greeting Kentucky troops serving in Iraq and Kuwait, Gov. Steve Beshear met more Kentucky servicemen and women in Afghanistan Wednesday. The governor’s trip is part of a special Department of Defense trip for selected governors and marks the first time a sitting Kentucky governor has visited active war zones.

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2:54pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Portions of Nunn file Released

Steve Nunn, center, pleaded guilty to murder with an aggravating circumstance in Fayette Circuit Court. He was flanked by his attorneys Bette Niemi and Warren Scoville.
Lexington Herald-Leader

The Urban County Government has released a portion of its case file regarding the murder of Amanda Ross by former state lawmaker Steve Nunn. The files appear to contain hundreds of pages of documents, including search warrants, email messages and summaries of interviews with Nunn's friends, acquaintances and political colleagues regarding his relationship with Ross. She was found gunned down outside her townhouse in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009.

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2:20pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Education

Years Later, Black Kentuckians Get Diplomas

While many schools are focused on the start of another academic year, the Kentucky School for the Deaf is honoring students who should have graduated several decades ago. Aaron Adams, Jr. Henrietta Burnette, Bobby Lee Oliver. Those were some of the names read at a graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville.

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1:35pm

Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Corbin City Manager Pays Tax Debts

A week ago, Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon owed over $4,500 in unpaid property taxes to Knox County, but officials confirmed Tuesday that all of that debt, some of it a decade old, has now been paid in full. The move came after the publication of an investigative report in the News Journal July 27 that revealed Cannon owed roughly $4,561 in back taxes on three separate properties in Knox County.

1:32pm

Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green Temporarily Bans Fireworks

In a rare 11th-hour move, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on the first reading of an ordinance to temporarily ban fireworks for the next three months, through Oct. 31. The move follows numerous citizen complaints about July 4 fireworks.

1:28pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

WWII Aircraft Fly Into Lexington Friday

Three World War II-era military planes will be flying into Lexington this Friday, giving the public a glimpse at two rare bombers and a Mustang fighter plane.  It's one thing to see WWII planes locked away at a museum; it's another to crawl inside them.

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1:07pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Education

Lincoln Schools Delay Opening Due to Mold

While at first it appeared construction projects might delay the opening of schools in Lincoln County, the real culprit turned out to be heating and air conditioning systems and a critical mold issue. As a result, Lincoln County schools will open a week later than scheduled.

12:56pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Statehouse News

Junction City Alcohol Petition Succeeds

After decades of prohibition, the second Boyle County city in less than two years will vote whether to go wet this October. Boyle Judge-Executive Harold McKinney has signed an order certifying that the petition seeking alcohol sales was valid and setting Tuesday, Oct. 4, as the election date.

12:00pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Heat Advisory/Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service office in Louisville has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday afternoon for an area of south central Kentucky. The heat index could hit 105 degrees, the weather service said.

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11:57am

Wed August 3, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Purdue Studies Steel Fatigue

The eventual destruction of the 81-year-old Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River, scheduled for next year, has presented a rare opportunity for researchers at Purdue University. Robert Conner, an associate professor of civil engineering at Purdue and a national expert in the study of steel fatigue, is hoping to use the bridge to compile research that will help transportation officials throughout the United States better inspect and diagnose “fracture critical” truss bridges.

10:40am

Wed August 3, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bullitt Co. Church Against Project

Louisville Public Media

A Bullitt County church was able to delay a vote on Tuesday to approve a large development project in its neighborhood. Members from Bardstown Junction Baptist Church filled the Bullitt County Courthouse, which approved a resolution to postpone a vote on whether to allow Red Rock Developments to develop a two-million square foot project nearby.

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