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1:29pm

Tue August 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Power Restored in Scott Co. After Outages

Power was restored by Monday to nearly all Kentucky Utilities customers in Scott County who were affected by a thunderstorm that hit central Kentucky on Saturday evening. Scott County was the hardest-hit county in central Kentucky, said KU spokesman Cliff Feltham. More than 7,200 KU customers lost power as a result of a lightning strike.

1:27pm

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Hands Tied Over Franklin Co. Humane Society

Though officials say they’re concerned about the turmoil surrounding the Franklin County Humane Society, the city and county have few choices to deal with it. Commissioner Bill May explained their situation, saying the commission should use caution when treading the troubled waters of the humane society because the city has no real authority over it and other outside agencies.

10:36am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY National Guardsmen Face Unemployment

Across the U.S., the unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent. In Kentucky, it's 9.6 percent.  But among Kentucky's National Guard members, the amount of people without a full-time civilian job is 15-20 percent, depending on how many units are on active duty deployment. Brenna Angel reports on why it's hard for citizen soldiers to find and keep a job, and what the military is doing to help.

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10:30am

Tue August 16, 2011
Statehouse News

Australian Bombing Hoax Suspect Fled to KY

A man suspected of a bombing hoax in Australia was arrested Monday outside of Louisville, Kentucky.
Sydney police allege that Paul "Doug" Peters broke into a teenage girl's home on August 3rd and strapped what ended up being a fake bomb around her neck along with what may have been a ransom note. He left Australia five days later and ended up at the home of his ex-wife.

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10:24am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Time Warner to Buy Insight for $3 Billion

National cable giant Time Warner Cable, which operates in many areas in Central Kentucky, announced Monday that it will acquire Insight Communications, the largest cable operator in Lexington and Kentucky, in a $3 billion deal. Many in the industry have long expected the deal, given that Insight's operations are so close geographically to some of Time Warner Cable's and that Insight's ownership shopped the company around in 2007.

10:21am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Child Care Fees Rise in Henderson County

The local school board voted 4-1 to raise the weekly cost of child care in the Henderson County school district effective Sept. 1 to help meet state requirements that say the child care program must be self-sustaining. School board member Lisa Baird made the motion on Monday to raise the weekly charge from $85 to $100 for children in the 3- to 4-year-old program when they attend a full day of child care, which is essentially daycare.

10:17am

Tue August 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin Group Questions Unified Government

Hardin County United wants the state to clarify certain elements of the 2006 legislation enabling the creation of a unified local government before the voters of Hardin County consider the idea here. Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee, said Monday the state needs to confirm the majority votes within a city is respected should a city oppose unification.

10:08am

Tue August 16, 2011
Statehouse News

$640K from Mexico Found in Airport

Customs officers made the biggest cash seizure ever Saturday at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport when they discovered almost $640,000 hidden inside tortilla press machines from Mexico. The officers spotted something unusual during a routine X-ray of the boxes and decided to drill into one of the presses' rollers. When the drill bit came out, it was covered in green and white bits of $100 bills.

8:31am

Tue August 16, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

UK to Research Carbon Capture

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that it’s giving the University of Kentucky a $14 million grant earmarked for coal technology research. Carbon capture and sequestration is a process by which carbon dioxide is removed from power plant emissions, then injected deep underground. It’s controversial because it’s very costly and many of the available technologies decrease power plants’ efficiency.

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8:29am

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Power Outages Plague Louisville

As of 6:00am this morning, 10,800 LG&E customers in Jefferson County are without power.

LG&E/KU Outage Map

There are still many intersections without working traffic lights, so be careful as you approach and treat such intersections as a four-way stop.

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8:23am

Tue August 16, 2011
Education

BCTC Breaks Ground

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is expanding. Not only did the college begin construction on a new building today, it also broke ground on a new campus. The new four-story, 28-million dollar building is set to house eleven academic programs, including Computer Information Technology and will host about a thousand students upon completion. BCTC President Augusta Julian explained why the expansion has the potential to be transformative.

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8:19am

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Joins SMART 911 Program

Fayette and four other Kentucky Counties are now participating in a nationwide SMART 9-1-1 service. City police and fire officials provided details of the new data collection system on Monday.

Lexington E 9-1-1 director David Lucas says residents can register for free at a special website, and provide as much detailed information as they want. In the event of an emergency 9-1-1 call, dispatchers would then be able to relay that information to emergency personnel.

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5:48pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Statehouse News

Governor's Son Dies in Car Crash

 

 Bradley Carroll, son of state senator and former Gov. Julian Carroll, died after his Ford Explorer struck an embankment and caught fire on Leestown Road Sunday, authorities say. Carroll, 47, was pronounced dead at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, where he was taken after the wreck. The crash happened around 12:15 p.m. Sunday when Carroll's 2001 SUV went out of control on Leestown Road and struck the Versailles Road overpass embankment head on, Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal

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5:41pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Crop Problems Persist

Western Kentucky farmers watched this weekend as chances of rain evaporated and their crops dried up even more. The Kentucky Agriculture Statistics Service reported last week that soybeans and tobacco were considerably behind last year’s development. Some soybean fields “aborted” their blooms due to the heat. The blooms are what produce the pods.

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5:37pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Cars Crossing Over in Lexington

 

Lexington has an ‘under construction’ intersection which is drawing a lot of attention.

Vehicles are moving through the ‘double cross over diamond’ intersection at Harrodsburg road and New Circle road.  The over and back traffic pattern attracted some curious motorists Monday.  Steve Cummins, with the city’s traffic management center, says there’s still gonna be day to day congestion.

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12:14pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Education

EKU President Touts Accomplishments, Challenges

Classes begin next week at Eastern Kentucky University, but a combination pep rally/reality check took place Monday on the Richmond campus. The fall annual convocation drew hundreds of faculty and staff. President Doug Whitlock says to expect about 16-thousand-500 students. Although that’s about the same as last year, Whitlock sees positives in the numbers.

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10:50am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Time Warner Buys Insight

National cable giant Time Warner Cable is purchasing Lexington cable operator Insight Communications in a $3 billion deal announced Monday.

 

10:46am

Mon August 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Teen Becomes Youngest KY Pilot

Charlie Morris always knew he would fly an airplane some day.His father and grandfather both did it, and the 14-year-old freshman at North Hardin High School often rode in a small plane with his father.

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10:42am

Mon August 15, 2011
All Politics are Local

More KY Communities Talk Merger

Call it the urge to merge. Thanks to a 2006 law and perhaps the distressed economy, public discussion about the unification of city and county governments is under way in more Kentucky communities now than ever before.

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10:32am

Mon August 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex. Drivers Navigate Intersection

The shutdown of Lexington's Harrodsburg Road at New Circle Road ended a day early, with the road reopened to traffic Sunday morning. The road had been expected to remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday for work on the new double-crossover diamond interchange, but traffic was flowing again by about 10 a.m. Sunday, highway officials said.

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11:31am

Sun August 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

Conway Campaign Slaps Back Against P’Pool

Responding to an attack ad released by the Republican Party of Kentucky on Friday, the campaign to re-elect Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is scolding Republican challenger Todd P’Pool for taking money from universities that are under investigation.  The GOP released the YouTube video to mark 100 days of criticizing Conway for helping his brother, Matt, obtain legal counsel while he was the focus of a narcotics investigation.

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11:26am

Sun August 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Commander for 101st Airborne Division

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville officially assumed command of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in a formal ceremony Friday. McConville relieves Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who served as commander for two years. Campbell will take a position in the Pentagon, where he will be the deputy chief of staff of operations. He will also head the transition team for Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff.

11:22am

Sun August 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin Co. Votes in October on Alcohol Sales

If voters say yes Oct. 4 to expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, alcohol provisions for the three cities will differ based on each city’s classification. A yes vote in Radcliff, Hardin County’s only second-class city, would give the city all of the privileges of wet status, including bars, but fourth-class cities Elizabethtown and Vine Grove still would be limited in alcohol sales, said Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

11:18am

Sun August 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Training Center Halfway Rebuilt

As he walked around a busy construction site on a sunny day this week, Northpoint Training Center Warden Steve Haney acknowledged how fresh the memories of the fiery night in 2009 still seem. "It's hard to believe it's almost been two years, it really is," Haney said during a tour of the rebuilding project. No serious injuries or deaths were reported, but six buildings, including the kitchen, canteen, and multipurpose buildings burned and had to be razed. There was also significant damage to several of the dorms.

11:12am

Sun August 14, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bowling Green Still Fights for Air Services

Officials at Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport are continuing to work to bring commercial air service to the city and region. Rob Barnett, airport manager, said the airport is constantly discussing options with several leisure destination carriers as well as business-hub connectors. “We’re still continuing to try to meet with air route developers and work with them,” Barnett said. He added that development of new routes at regional airports has come to a virtual standstill.

11:07am

Sun August 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Drug Task Force Investigations Suffer

As methamphetamine labs continue to flourish in southcentral Kentucky, federal funding cuts to area drug task forces threaten to undermine meth eradication efforts. South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force investigators have had to cut back on the number of miles they drive and the amount of surveillance they conduct because the combination of high gas prices and decreased funding has dealt the agency a crushing blow.

11:04am

Sun August 14, 2011
Statehouse News

KY Kids Routinely Face Criminal Charges

On at least four occasions last year, 5-year-old children in Kentucky faced charges for alleged criminal mischief, harassment, abuse of a teacher and criminal trespassing. In all, 2,117 criminal charges have been filed against children 10 and younger in Kentucky since 2006. It's a number that shocked a key state lawmaker, who now plans to hold legislative hearings on the issue. "It merits our attention,'' said state Rep. John Tilley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

11:00am

Sun August 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Damaging Storms in Central KY

An uprooted tree in the front yard at 487 Hart Road fell over the driveway and onto the neighboring property. Despite dozens of downed trees, no injuries were reported to police.
Matt Goines Lexington Herald-Leader

A brief but powerful storm packing high winds knocked out power to nearly 20,000 customers in Fayette County on Saturday evening. Winds up to 70 mph knocked out power to 125,000 customers in Louisville, which appeared to be the hardest-hit area.

1:04pm

Sat August 13, 2011
Education

EKU Anchors First Responder Training

A federally funded program based at Eastern Kentucky University is helping rural communities across the country prepare for emergencies and disasters. Consortium director Amy Hughes says the program is meeting a real need.

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4:34pm

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Educators Briefed on New Academic Standards

 

It’s not just the students in the classrooms across Kentucky who are learning new subjects this year.  Classes are underway in many sections of the state.  It’s also a time of learning for many educators from Kindergarten through college.  The last in a series of workshops designed to orient college faculty and staff on recently enacted education reforms is scheduled Monday in Williamsburg

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