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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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6:50am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hardin Officials Lobby For Alcohol Sales

Hardin County officials say expanded alcohol sales will help the area capitalize on future developments further north.

On October 4th, voters in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove will vote on whether to allow alcohol sales at package liquor stores and in restaurants.

“We become a more attractive location, I think, for some younger professionals and professionals when we’ve got more entertainment options and more restaurant options,” says Hardin County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Richardson.

Richardson hopes expanded sales will attract businesses and residents drawn to the area by Fort Knox. He adds that the appeal would also help the cities if Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s plans for a super-region with Lexington and a stronger I-65 corridor come to fruition.

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6:46am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY Congressmen Support Bourbon Bill

The entire Kentucky delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives supports a bill to change the federal tax code to benefit the commonwealth’s bourbon industry. Lawmakers contend there is inequality in the Internal Revenue Service because bourbon is aged and must be carried in storage for extended periods compared to other distilled spirits. Introduced by Congressmen Geoff Davis and Ben Chandler earlier this year, the Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act of 2011 seeks to exempt the natural aging process in the production for distilled spirits. It would allow distillers to deduct the interest expense to pay for their inventory as those costs are incurred.

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6:43am

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Jeff Co. School Supt. Outlines Plan

Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens announced a 90-day plan at her first school board meeting on Monday. The plan outlines her strategic priorities and includes performance checks and both short and long-term goals.

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6:40am

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

UK Play Tells 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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6:38am

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Guard members Get Job Search Training

Among Kentucky's National Guardsmen, the unemployment rate for those not on active duty is around 14-25 percent, significantly higher than the state and national average. That worries Lt. Col. John Bates, who commands the 2/138th Field Artillery unit in Lexington. Bates says Guardsmen need civilian jobs to ensure stable communities.

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5:53pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Two Victims in Ohio Shooting from Kentucky

Two of the seven people killed by a gunman Sunday morning just west of Akron, Ohio, were residents of Northern Kentucky. Craig Dieter, 51, and his son, Scott Dieter, 11, both of Walton, were shot to death in Copley Township, Ohio. Craig’s wife and Scott’s mother, Beth Dieter, was unharmed, but witnessed the shooting, according to the Rev. Chris Torrey.

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5:40pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

'LEED' Certification at UK

‘Energy conservation’ is a primary feature in the University of Kentucky’s Davis Marksbury building.  The structure, part of UK’s College of Engineering, is the first building on the Lexington campus to receive a LEED (LEAD) certification.  LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environment Design is considered the standard rating system for the most energy efficient buildings.

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4:20pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Youth 'Speak Out' Town Hall

Lexington area youth are invited to share their thoughts with city leaders Tuesday night during a town hall meeting.

The meeting, at the Lyric Theater, will be attended by several representatives of city agencies.  It’s sponsored by the Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety.  The commission was formed in June in response to criminal activity in the community.  Vontella Thomas, with the Mayor’s Youth Council, expects adult leaders to listen to teenager concerns.

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10:06am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Effort Seeks Aid to Student Athletes

A new Franklin County non-profit that helps students with the cost of playing on public school sports teams wants to be a model for other communities.

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10:02am

Mon August 8, 2011
Science/Health

Smoking/Radon Top Cancer Causes

It's odorless, tasteless, invisible and deadly. And it occurs naturally. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to Timmy Green, a radon specialist for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and environmental services officer for the Green County Health Department. The No. 1 cause of lung cancer is smoking.

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9:55am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Fed Cuts Hurt Reading Program

The PTA at Lexington's Liberty Elementary School plans to pony up roughly $4,000 this school year to keep Liberty's Reading Is Fundamental program in operation despite federal funding cutbacks.

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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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