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9:32am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Scrap Metal Theft Becomes Common in Casey Co.

A crime that rarely occurred in Casey County a decade ago is now being committed several times a week. Scrap metal thefts are up significantly and law enforcement officials attribute the increase to the drug trade, high unemployment rate and skyrocketing scrap metal prices, said Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman.

9:30am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Harlan Co. Zipline Soon Completed

Black Mountain Thunder, the zipline attraction at Harlan County's Outdoor Recreation Park, is nearing completion. Planners anticipate a "soft opening" toward the end of this month with a "grand opening" type of event during a fall color weekend in October.

9:27am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Prescription Drug Abuse & Sales in Scott Co.

Robbery reports and drug arrests were up and driving under the influence arrests were down in Scott County in 2010, according to a new Kentucky State Police report of statewide crime statistics, but officials at the Georgetown Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office said prescription drug sales and abuse is the biggest crime problem facing the county.

9:24am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Personal Income Grows in Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown has captured the top ranking in personal income percentage growth in 2010. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area earned the top spot with 10.1 percent growth for last year compared to 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s the greatest percent growth of the nation’s 366 metropolitan statistical areas.

9:21am

Wed August 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finding a Home for Farm Progress Museum

The board of directors for the Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center hopes to announce a new site for the museum of farm progress later this year. The land where the facility was to go will be subdivided for other purposes. Mercer County philanthropist Ralph G. Anderson intended to donate 50 acres of his Anderson Circle Farm north of Harrodsburg for the center. But when Anderson died last year at age 86, the formal transfer had not occurred, and his estate had other plans for the land.

8:22am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hydropower Upgrade Pact Signed

WUKY

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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5:51pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Prescription Drug Track Down

What started out as a program to track where patients get their prescription drugs in Kentucky has expanded to Ohio. This week the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, or KASPER, launched a data exchange with the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, or OARRS.

KASPER manager Dave Hopkins says so far 12 Kentucky physicians are testing the program

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5:48pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

'Diamond' Ready to Shine

Workers at the 'double diamond' cross over construction site.
Stu Johnson Weku

A section of a major thoroughfare in Lexington will be shut down this weekend.  Come Monday, it could  result in a whole new approach to easing traffic congestion in southwest Lexington.

Road crews have been working on the unique ‘double diamond’ cross over project at Harrodsburg and New Circle roads for about two months.  The four on and off ramps to New Circle and Harrodsburg road from Pasadena to Beaumont Centre Drive are expected to be closed this weekend.  But, Natasha Lacy, with the state transportation department, says the new traffic pattern should be in place early Monday

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2:24pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex Neighborhood Improves Playground

 City and community leaders were on hand today in Lexington's Kenwick neighborhood to cut the ribbon on a revamped playground. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the improvements, totaling some $50,000 are made possible through a parks parity fund.

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1:37pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Statehouse News

State Transportation Cabinet's Weekly Report

Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night this week. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.

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1:27pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Data Suggests Coal Use is Declining

According to the federal government, the United States’ reliance on coal for electricity is decreasing. The percentage of America’s power generated by coal fell to a 30-year low at the beginning of this year.  A report from the Energy Information Administration found that coal’s role in the country’s power mix is declining. Coal generated 46 percent of the nation’s energy during the first three months of 2011—a full three percentage points lower than the same period last year.

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1:25pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Corbin City Manager Abruptly Resigns

Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon abruptly resigned his position Monday after more than 12 years on the job. His resignation comes on the heels of an investigative report, published in July by The News Journal, that Cannon owed thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes. Shortly after the story was published, Cannon paid his taxes.

1:19pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Former Teacher Works for Nondiscrimination

A former Warren County Public Schools teacher urged the Warren County Board of Education on Monday to officially prohibit discrimination of district employees based on sexual orientation. Jennifer Gonzalez, who taught at Moss Middle School from 2002-05, appeared at Monday’s meeting to request the change to the county’s employee nondiscrimination policy.

1:09pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green VFW Post Receives Citation

Police cited Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 on Sunday for violating Bowling Green's ordinance against smoking, but the post intends to appeal the citation and $25 fine. The citation was issued Sunday to Malcolm Cherry, quartermaster for the VFW post, during a charitable gaming event hosted by the veterans organization. The citation states that the “owner (of the property) was letting customers smoke.” The ordinance bans smoking in most businesses within city limits and has been in effect since April 28. An attorney for the post said it would appeal the citation and fine.

12:38pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Garrard, Lancaster May Study Merger

Garrard County Fiscal Court demonstrated willingness to explore partial or complete merger with Lancaster at its Monday meeting. Court members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a commission to study the options for unification, ranging from consolidation of some units to merger of both governments.

12:36pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Tourist Attraction for Eastern Kentucky

A former railroad line will become a new trail for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists and will be the latest adventure tourism attraction for Eastern Kentucky.  Known as the Dawkins Line, the 36-mile stretch runs through Johnson, Magoffin and Breathitt counties and will be managed by the Kentucky State Parks. The trail will be developed in phases. Once complete, the Dawkins Line will be the longest rail-to-trail project in the state.

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12:34pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Firefighters Come Home from North Carolina

A crew of 11 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry returned home from North Carolina over the weekend after a two-week assignment. The crew was assigned to the Juniper Road Fire complex as well as to surrounding fires in the southeastern part of the state. Although thunderstorms late last week helped suppression efforts, the fires continue to smolder and a significant rainfall is still needed.

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12:28pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Increasing School Readiness in KY

Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced $952,500 in funding for 39 Community Early Childhood Councils across Kentucky to promote school readiness for children.  “These funds will provide critical support to our local communities,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release. “We owe our children – every one of them in our inner cities to our suburbs to our farms and our mountain communities – the opportunity for a promising life. This investment is the best way to promote family and community support around early childhood.”

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12:25pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky, Ohio Exchanging Drug Data

Kentucky and Ohio are automatically exchanging prescription medication data, following this week’s launch of the electronic Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX). The announcement marks a highly anticipated milestone for prescription drug monitoring programs and ongoing work to fulfill a need to share data across state lines.

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9:53am

Tue August 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

DCCC Targets Barr for August Campaign

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued to underscore Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr’s support for the Ryan budget plan in a new radio ad that began airing Monday.  Barr is challenging Congressman Ben Chandler, D-Ky., in a rematch from 2010, where he came within less than 700 votes of unseating the incumbent last fall.

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9:51am

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

UK Play Tells Student Soldiers' Stories

For many veterans, coming home is itself a challenge. A documentary drama, based on oral history interviews with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan making that transition, is previewing tonight at the University of Kentucky before heading to Broadway.

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9:45am

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Woman's Version of 'The Help'

Kathryn Greer, who worked as a domestic, said "all the families were good to me" but that she was sometimes mistreated.
Brooke Didonato Lexington Herald-Leader

You'd never know it now, but just a few years ago, Kathryn Cotton Greer was "the help" for several prominent families in Lexington and, later, Dallas. Some of her former employers treated her with disdain, some treated her purely as a servant and others saw her worthy of praise because of her kindness and willingness to treat their home and children as if they were her own.

9:39am

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Congressman Rescues Stray Dog

Congressional debt negotiations are difficult. Stopping to help a stray dog along the highway is an easy choice for U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. The veteran lawmaker rescued a dog along U.S. 41 between Hanson and Madisonville on Sunday afternoon. And it wasn’t the first time that the congressman has rescued a stray dog on the highway.

9:32am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota No Longer Largest Carmaker

Toyota Motor Corp. has been knocked from its spot as the world’s largest automaker. General Motors Co. said it sold 4.5 million vehicles worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Volkswagen AG of Germany claims the second spot with 4.13 million vehicles sold. Toyota fell to No. 3 with 3.7 million vehicles sold, a drop of 11 percent from a year earlier.

9:29am

Tue August 9, 2011
Statehouse News

Paul Blasts Federal Regulations on Economy

Government regulation is stifling the economy and the greatness of the nation, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told an audience Monday in Georgetown. Repeating many of the themes that got him elected last November, the Bowling Green eye doctor said the marketplace, not regulators, should decide the success of businesses. “If people want to buy a car that gets 15 miles to the gallon because they think it’s safer, they ought to be allowed to,” he said. “We need to get the government out of most of these decisions.”

9:16am

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Petitioning Against a Tax in Northern KY

Nearly 25,000 signatures of people who want to repeal the tax that funds the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission were submitted to the Kenton County Clerk's office Monday. Twelve bankers' boxes containing 24,698 signatures were handed over to deputy clerks, as about 20 people looked on.

9:09am

Tue August 9, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Battle Against a Rattlesnake

The snake was discovered in the yard of Lisa Mullen of West Point when her son was leaving for work.
The News-Enterprise

Adam Hendley stood still Wednesday with his car door open listening to a rustling through the grass two feet away from him. He was sure it was a snake. Then, he caught sight of the tell-tale rattler on the end of the slithering animal’s body. “I was kind of shocked, really,” he said. “I was a little concerned.”

9:04am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Discounted Taxes for Theme Park

The city of Williamstown in Grant County has agreed to give a biblically themed amusement park a property tax discount of 75 percent over the next 30 years. Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months. The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County's economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land.

7:02am

Tue August 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Returning from Washington for the congressional recess, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has scheduled his first town hall meeting with constituents on Tuesday. The event will be held at City Hall in Hartford, Ky., 116 East Washington Street at 2 p.m. CDT. It is expected Paul will address the contentious debt ceiling debate that embroiled Congress for the past month and the deal that was reached a week ago, which the Tea Party favorite voted against.

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7:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

State Fair Jobs Draw Hundreds

Hiring for temporary positions for Kentucky’s 107th State Fair began on Monday. Around 850 people lined up to fill 275 positions. As WFPL reported, applications will be accepted up until the last day of the fair on Aug. 28.“Some people can only work a couple days a week. We need to hire more people who can work throughout the entire run of the fair,” said Amanda Storment with the Kentucky State Fair Board.

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