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5:38pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Education

School on the Farm

Principal Joe Norman in a brand new lab setting at Locust Trace farm
Stu Johnson Weku

More than 200 Fayette County students had the opportunity on their first day of school to get a ‘little closer to nature.’

Plant and land science, environmental bio-technology, and agriculture power systems are all areas of study at the new Locust Trace Agri-Science Farm.  The educational complex off Leestown road also includes a heavy emphasis in solar power.  In fact,  principal  Joe Norman says the solar paneled structures could help to power area homes

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5:32pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Appropriate and Safe Digging

Deep digging in backyards across Kentucky continues to cause problems for utility companies.    Today is designated as Kentucky 8-1-1 Underground Facility Protection Day.  State public service commission spokesman,  Andrew Melnykovych says ‘cutting buried utility lines’ is still a problem on a daily basis.  He says losing ‘land line’ telephone access can present health and safety issues

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1:48pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Excommunicated Priest Faces Dismissal

A nationally known priest who participated in a ceremony in Kentucky ordaining a woman is refusing to recant his views despite pressure from his order and the Vatican. Rev. Roy Bourgeois was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church in 2008 for taking part in the ordination of Janice Sevre-Duszynska. Since that time, he's continued his affiliation with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers but remains staunch in his support for the ordination of women. Mike Virgintino, communications manager for the order, said, "Maryknoll has tried to foster dialogue regarding this issue and now it's come to a time when Maryknoll can do no more."

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1:46pm

Thu August 11, 2011
All Politics are Local

Poll Says Tea Party is Losing Support

Is the tea party movement shrinking? According to a recent New York Times poll, support for the tea party is at 18 percent, the lowest level since April 2010, before a wave of tea party candidates was elected in November and sent to Washington, D.C. Paul Keith, chairman of the local Bowling Green/SOKY Tea Party, said while the majority of local tea party supporters weren’t in favor of the debt deal reached in Washington last week, it hasn’t translated into a dip in support.

1:43pm

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Vote for A 'Facelift' for Cumberland Falls

 The Kentucky State Park system is taking part in the Coca-Cola “America is Your Park” campaign and is asking for people to vote for Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The campaign encourages people to play, be active and to help give their favorite park a facelift.

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1:04pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Poll Shows Views on Mountaintop Removal

A poll conducted by CNN of more than 1,000 adult Americans found that 57 percent of them are opposed to the controversial practice of mountaintop removal mining.  The cable news network conducted the survey in advance of the premiere of “Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America,” a documentary produced by Soledad O’Brien. The piece looks at Blair Mountain in West Virginia, a mountain that played a large role in the unionization of the coalfields in the early 1900s. Mining companies hold permits on the mountains, and could choose to surface mine, which activists could ruin the environment and bury historical artifacts forever.

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1:01pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Sports

New Sports Fields for Centre

Centre College is moving forward with plans to locate two new sports fields on land once occupied by some agricultural landmarks. In the last several months, the college has acquired the former Boyle County Stockyards and Farmers Tobacco Warehouse No. 1 sites. Michael Strysick, Centre’s director of communications, said plans include a multipurpose field that could serve as a playing surface for sports, including field hockey and lacrosse, on the corner of Dillehay and Hope streets.

12:55pm

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Auctioning a Harrodsburg Farm

When Harrodsburg native Ralph Anderson died in February at the age of 86, Mercer County lost not only its most illustrious philanthropist and most famous resident since Daniel Boone, but one of Kentucky’s largest landowners. On Nov. 16 at the Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Room, 4,537 acres of Anderson Circle Farm will go up for auction. The auction will consist of 50 individual tracts of land. In addition to the land, many of the 50 tracts have existing structures. The property includes 10 residences and numerous barns, including the massive show barn on U.S. 127 north of Harrodsburg.

10:43am

Thu August 11, 2011
Science/Health

KY Parents Organize Against Toxic Chemicals

A campaign to spotlight toxic chemicals that may be lurking in everyday consumer products is gaining momentum thanks to celebrity spokeswomen like Jessica Alba and concerned parents across the country. A group of 30 or so protestors in Lexington's Woodland Park recently urged Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to support tougher regulations on chemicals used in consumer products. Organizer Greg Capillo highlighted increases in some childhood cancers, which some believe could be related to chemical and environmental factors.

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10:41am

Thu August 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Streetscape Construction Reaches City Hall

The downtown Lexington streetscape project continues to rebuild some of the city's busiest sidewalks, and construction is now at the front door of local government.  An excavator cleared out the old brick sidewalk along East Main Street Wednesday, right in front of the Lexington Fayette County Government Center.

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10:40am

Thu August 11, 2011
Education

School Opening Delayed Again in Whitley Co.

Air conditioning problems at Whitley County High School have forced the Whitley County School System to delay the start of the school year until Monday, Aug. 15. Classes were to have begun today.

10:38am

Thu August 11, 2011
Sports

GRC Athletes Coached on Concussions

Dalton Gallenstein, a member of the George Rogers Clark High School soccer team, worked on the baseline concussion screening Tuesday.
Rachel Parsons Winchester Sun

When Daniel Cowan was a soccer player at George Rogers Clark High School, suffering a concussion was just par for the course. “Back then, it was just sit out of practice a couple days and you’re good to go. You might miss one game. It wasn’t a big deal,” Cowan said. Now Cowan is in a different position, coaching the GRC boys junior varsity soccer team, and concussions, he said, are something that he and coaches in all contact and collision sports are taking much more seriously.

10:34am

Thu August 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Popular Breathitt Band Reunites

Times-Voice

On a Saturday night in September 1978, a group of musicians climbed atop a flatbed truck and performed in front of an overflow crowd in downtown Jackson. The guys were all students at Breathitt County High School, close friends with each other, and – in step with the musical tastes at the time – were big fans of the rock group “KISS.”

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10:29am

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bracken Soldier Tribute Held Soon

Yellow ribbons and American flags still fly in Bracken County in remembrance of the late Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers. A special tribute is planned for Sunday, Aug 14 to honor the Bracken County High School graduate. Summers, 27, was wounded July 13 when his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire while on assignment in Afghanistan. He died from his injuries the next day.

10:26am

Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Too Early to Decide on Hospital Merger

Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday that it's too early for him to decide whether to approve a merger of several hospitals in the state that would leave them under the control of a Catholic health network. The proposed merger, which is subject to state approval, involves University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare, and the Lexington-based St. Joseph Healthcare System, owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. It has raised questions about how reproductive medicine would be delivered and taught at University of Louisville Hospital, which has agreed to abide by the Catholic health system's limitations on reproductive-health procedures.

10:24am

Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Doneghy Denied New Trial for Manslaughter

A judge on Wednesday refused to grant a new trial for the man convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan J. Durman. In seeking a new trial, an attorney for Glenn Doneghy contended jurors were unlawfully allowed to walk freely around downtown Lexington during a lunch break after deliberations had begun, according to court records. Doneghy was charged with murder, but the jury found him guilty of manslaughter, a lesser crime, and other charges.

10:12am

Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Immigration Service Raids Harlan Restaurant

The El Charrito restaurant was closed Wednesday following the raid
Anders Eld Harlan Daily Enterprise

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a roundup of alleged illegal immigrants working at a restaurant in Harlan. The operation took place shortly before noon Wednesday. Thirteen employees who were unable to provide documentation were detailed, according to the Lynch police chief. They were transported to immigration headquarters for processing.

10:05am

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Coca-Cola Collection to be Auctioned

A sign with Coca-Cola advertisment and the White Spot restaurant in downtown Elizabethtown is one of the 750 items being auctioned off in September from the former Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia.
Neal Cardin The News-Enterprise

Avid Coca-Cola collectors will have their first taste of the Schmidt family collection come mid-September. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown, which closed in April, hosts the first round of auctions Sept. 17-18 to dispense of a massive collection that has been compiled by the Schmidt family since the 1970s.

9:59am

Thu August 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Book Tells KY Sheriffs' Stories

A former Taylor County sheriff is included in a new book of stories collected from sheriffs across Kentucky. William Lynwood Montell is the author of "Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs" published by the University Press of Kentucky. The stories Montell collected fill up nearly 300 pages and range from humorous mishaps during incidents and interesting criminal behavior to the more somber topic of death in the line of duty.

7:18am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business and the Economy

New Emission Standards Could Lead to Green KY Jobs

A new report says environmental controls on vehicles could help Kentucky’s economy. The study, conducted by the United Autoworkers Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation, found that stronger fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks will help create thousands of clean energy jobs in Kentucky and around the country.

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7:15am

Thu August 11, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Duo Hit Iowa

Taking a road trip to Iowa, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., on the presidential campaign trail Wednesday to enliven supporters leading up to the August 13 straw poll. Congressman Paul is making his third attempt at the presidency, but this is the first time his Sen. Paul has joined his father on the 2012 election bid. The father and son congressional duo spoke to a crowd of about 50 people during a meet and greet in the city of Waterloo, where Kentucky’s junior Senator told the audience that both parties need to compromise to bring government spending down.

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6:12pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Education

Back to Class in Fayette

It’s ‘back to school’ time in Fayette County Thursday and the students numbers continue to rise.

New school construction and renovation are a part of the fabric of the Fayette County School System.  Acting school superintendent, Mary Wright says projections show an additional 800 students coming into the Lexington district this year.  She says the district has been growing by about 600 students in each of the last few years.  Wright says some renovation work continues

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6:04pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Chemical Concerns

Some participants at Wednesday's 'Stroller Brigade' in Lexington
Stu Johnson Weku

A variety of chemicals are found in all kinds of products we use every day.   There are concerns about health impacts of chemicals included in some of these items.  A group of central Kentuckians is asking Congress to pass the ‘Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.’  Among them is Lois Kleffman with the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

“I don’t really mind kids being out in the dirt as much as I would mind them putting certain things in their mouths that are manufactured…have chemicals in them”

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2:03pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Fiscal Year Looks Good for State's Coffers

Kentucky's General Fund tax receipts for July, the first month of fiscal year 2012, were more than $638 million, a 6.9 percent increase compared to July 2010 figures.  "Kentucky has seen a strengthening of General Fund revenue collections for the past five quarters and the Commonwealth’s economic recovery is continuing into the new fiscal year," state Budget Director Mary Lassiter said in a press release Wednesday. “The Consensus Forecasting Group last week affirmed that revenue growth is ahead of pace by predicting that General Fund receipts will exceed the budgeted levels by $192.0 million,” she said. “While we are cautiously optimistic about the revenue outlook, we still have a challenge ahead to balance the budget this fiscal year.”

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1:58pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Statehouse News

Prosecuters Want Terrorism Case in Civilian Courts

 Federal prosecutors contend that a terrorism-related case against Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, should be tried in a civilian court because the Geneva Conventions don’t protect him from prosecution here. Alwan is charged in a 23-count indictment that accuses him and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, of attempting to support terrorism in Iraq. Federal authorities arrested the men May 25 in Bowling Green. A federal grand jury indicted Alwan and Hammadi on May 26.

1:54pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Statehouse News

McConnell and Paul Talk of Debt Deal

 Following a luncheon Tuesday in Owensboro, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was close to announcing his three appointments to the bipartisan supercommitee responsible for reducing the federal deficit. Wednesday morning, McConnell named Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio to the committee. The Kentucky Republican spoke alongside freshman U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at the Noon Rotary Club in Owensboro. Both McConnell and Paul spoke to the crowd before opening the floor for questions. Their messages were similar: Spending in Washington, D.C., needs to be cut, and government has grown too large.

1:46pm

Wed August 10, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Speaks Out at Town Meeting

 For a moment Tuesday, it looked as if Steve Wiggins wouldn’t get to pose his question to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a packed town hall meeting in Ohio County. Wiggins stood through the meeting, listening to Paul speak against what he calls big government and the over-regulation of farms and small businesses, as well as the spending problem in Washington, D.C. Finally, Wiggins got to ask his question, and the exchange arguably offered the best illustration of the mood inside the room.

1:41pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Education

Fired Professor Plans to Sue KSU

Harold Benson

 Saying there’s “too much water under the bridge to return” to Kentucky State University, fired agriculture professor Harold Benson plans to sue his former employer, his attorney says. Brenda Allen told The State Journal Tuesday that her client was unable to reach a settlement with KSU, and she’s preparing to file suit on his behalf. Allen says she is awaiting documents she requested from KSU  under the Kentucky Open Records Act, and will likely file the suit in early September. She argues that her client was tenured faculty and couldn’t legally be terminated.

9:42am

Wed August 10, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Central Ky. Cities to Improve Hydropower

Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River.  Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.

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9:40am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Ark Encounter to Help Economically

With Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent prayer rally and a new deal guaranteeing Kentucky's Ark Encounters project property tax breaks, the sometimes tricky relationship between politics and religion is on display again. In the case of the bible-based theme park, some worry all the business incentives are signs that church and state getting too cozy.

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