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1:57pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Restaurant at Cumberland Falls Rectified

After the first string of countywide health inspections for the 2011 calendar year were completed in the early weeks of July, the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park's restaurant once again scored a low number. Back in 2009, the Riverview Restaurant scored a 79, the lowest health inspection score in Whitley County at the time. And though the most recent score, an 84, was not as low, cleanliness issues remain the same for one of Kentucky's state-funded restaurants.

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1:55pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Former Mayor Faces Grand Jury

A former Blaine mayor will now face the Lawrence County Grand Jury on several charges after Lawrence County District Judge Susan M. Johnson waived the case against Crystal Meade, 46, of Blaine, to the grand jury Wednesday morning. Current mayor Geneva Wheeler has charged in a warrant she swore out two months ago that Meade tampered with public records, misappropriated entrusted property and is guilty of second-degree official misconduct.

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1:08pm

Fri July 29, 2011
All Politics are Local

Balanced Budget Amendment Added to Bill

The US House and Senate still haven’t reached a deal on how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, which has some Kentucky lawmakers worried that the nation is headed towards its first default. Kentucky Democratic Congressman Chandler says the far right wing of the Republican Party is to blame for the current impasse. 

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12:56pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Statehouse News

Widening Interstate 64 a Top Road Priority

When officials lobby for road projects during the 2012 legislative session, widening Interstate 64 in Franklin County will be a high priority. The Bluegrass Area Development District – tasked with economic development issues – published a list of key projects this week. The agency includes officials from 15 central Kentucky counties

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12:53pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Sports

Kentucky Sports Venues Earn Accolades

The KFC Yum! Center was recently listed as the 24th best concert arena in the world by Pollstar.com. It was named the 10th best overall venue in the nation.

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12:50pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Education

Supercomputer's Intelligence Doubled

The University of Louisville has doubled the power of its supercomputer. When it was installed in 2009, the Cardinal Research Cluster was 21 teraflops, meaning it could do 21 trillion calculations per second. Most home computers aren’t measured in flops, but rarely exceed a ten thousandth of that power. Now the cluster is 42 teraflops. It’s used for cancer research and the new capacity will be used for pediatric cancer and environmental research.

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12:32pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Minority Expo Going Strong

It's been nine years and the Minority Business Expo is still going strong. This year the showcase capped off with a keynote address by Hall of Fame Basketball great Oscar Robertson. Anthony Wright, chair of the expo, says, while the event is unique opportunity for minority business to introduce their products to government and corporate buyers, the intent is broader than that. 

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12:31pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Sports

Young Riders Strut Stuff

Many young horse riders are getting their first taste of the big time this week at Kentucky Horse Park. Trailers line the parking lots, colorful golf carts decked out in U.S., Canadian, and Mexican flags speed by, and spectators brave the summer heat for a glimpse at the young talent. It's early afternoon and 17-year-old Talia Hershaft just finished a solo ride in front of the judges. 

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12:29pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Cracking Down of Drug Related Crimes

The Clark County Fiscal Court approved first readings of three ordinances aimed at curbing drug-related thefts and outlining new guidelines for pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers, motor vehicle recyclers and other recyclers. Now, precious metal dealers would have to place a 10-day hold on items purchased before they could be resold, damaged or recycled, instead of the previously proposed five-day hold.

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12:27pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Education

Owensboro Students get Laptops

Starting in late August, all students in grades 5-12 in the Owensboro school system will get laptop computers. The school system purchased 2,200 of the Apple Macbook Air laptops. Each cost about $1,000, according to a published report in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.

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12:25pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Statehouse News

Troopers "Friend" Potential Recruits

Frankfort - Kentucky State Police is tapping into cyberspace through social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to entice new recruits to join the agency. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Friday that the agency launched its first of several recruiting videos via YouTube.

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12:23pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Statehouse News

Blasting Suspended at Two Kentucky Mines

FRANKFORT – Blasting at two Eastern Kentucky mines sent rocks through the air that damaged nearby property, including two homes, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which suspended the blasting until those responsible could explain how they intend to prevent it from happening again.

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11:51am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Dozens Deported Monthly in Shelby County

Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000. But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County. His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both. Headlined by cases such as Telles’, immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.

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10:21am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Vanceburg Man to Fulfill Lifelong Dream

Sometime before Louivy Bare was to turn 81, his daughter, Karen Wolfe, asked him what was one thing he had always wanted to do in life that he had never gotten to do. His answer was twofold: he wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, and he wanted to visit Alaska. While Bare said he believes his chance to get to Alaska may never come, he will be able to experience a balloon ride at this year's Buffalo Trace Balloon Race.

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10:16am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sedentary Parade in Lexington

Cyclists wearing "Second Sunday" t-shirts ride out of Cheapside Park on their way to the Legacy Trail during the Second Sunday ride in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, April 10, 2011.
Matt Goines Lexington Herald-Leader

Sit down, Lexington. Throw on your Snuggie, recline in your Barcalounger and have a nice, long Mario Kart marathon. All comers are welcome to do just that — or whatever un-activity appeals to them — during the Sedentary Parade, a tongue-in-cheek response to Lexington's recent designation as the country's laziest city in Men's Health magazine.

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9:51am

Fri July 29, 2011
Business and the Economy

Jobless Rates Down in the Past Year

Unemployment rates fell in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2010 and June 2011, while 19 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.4 percent while Jackson County had the highest rate at 16.8 percent.

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7:33am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Hidden Rivers, Veiled Faces

Artist Bill Fontana opened a public art sound installation in the landscaped passageway between the Financial Center Tower and its garage on July 29. The sound sculpture incorporates the sounds of the subtarranean Town Branch River.
Hannah Potes Lexington Herald-Leader

The hidden is unveiled this weekend in Lexington.  A sound sculpture, sponsored by Lexarts, resurrects a buried river.  And, an exhibit at the University of Kentucky lifts the veil on veils.  Arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper offers a preview of both artworks.

5:19pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Paying Off the Recession

Members of the Interim Legislative Budget Committee meeting Thursday in Frankfort
Stu Johnson Weku

While federal lawmakers wrestle with their debt ceiling, legislators in Kentucky have their own debt problems to worry about. A bill comes due in September that worries state officials and business leaders.  Kentucky borrowed about 900 million dollars from the federal government for jobless benefits, and it must make a 28 million dollar interest payment.  If the state falls short, the premiums paid by business for unemployment insurance could go up 400 dollars per employee or about 640 million dollars.

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4:27pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Governor: Not Invited, Couldn't Go

When President Obama visited Fort Campbell just before Derby Day, Kentucky’s Governor confirms he did not receive a formal invitation to participate.  Nor, could Governor Steve Beshear rework his schedule to join in a ceremony for the Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden.  At the time, Beshear did not talk about not receiving an invitation. The governor said today (Thursday) it was not an attempt to mislead the public for political gain

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4:25pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Debt Debate Spawns Doubt in Frankfort

While exasperated over the debt ceiling debate, Kentucky’s governor thinks its impacts on the Commonwealth could be minimal. The governor says there’s no way the United States ought to be at this crossroads right now.  Steve Beshear says politicians in Washington have allowed partisan politics to rule the day with no thought to the interest of the American public.  Beshear says Kentucky relies on the federal government for Medicaid, transportation, and education funding.

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4:16pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Country Music's "Jackie Robinson"

Charley Pride and Ben Peters, the writer of "Kiss An Angel Good Morning"

Forty years ago today, Charley Pride and his longtime producer Cowboy Jack Clement walked into a recording studio after lunch and emerged before dinner with three new tracks. Pride says he had no idea that one of them—“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’”—would become a country colossus. But to really appreciate the magnitude of Pride’s more than thirty year-long hit-making heyday, it’s best to go to the beginning.

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3:44pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Education

Funds for Reforming Basic Education

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Kentucky has been awarded $1 million to fuel policy innovations and reforms aimed at significantly transforming remedial education. The grant is provided by Complete College America as part of its national Completion Innovation Challenge grant competition. Kentucky will use its grant funds to enhance developmental education opportunities for adults who enroll in the Learn on Demand online program offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

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3:39pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hiring Near for State Fair

Hiring will begin early next month for about 275 temporary jobs at the Kentucky State Fair.The positions include maintenance and housekeeping staff, admission gate keepers, tour guides and tram drivers. Wages begin at $7.25 an hour. Hiring begins Monday, August 8 and continues through the fair’s ten-day run, which begins on August 18. Application must be made in person.

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3:36pm

Thu July 28, 2011
All Politics are Local

Sojourners Hit McConnell over Debt Ceiling

A Christian social justice group is running radio ads targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for neglecting Biblical teachings and the poor during the debt ceiling negotiations. The minute-long spot is paid for by Sojourners, a progressive coalition of Christians led by Rev. Jim Wallis, who led hunger strikes to oppose budget cuts earlier this year. The group produced three ads that are running in Kentucky, Ohio and Nevada to target congressional leaders. The group criticize GOP leaders over neglecting the needy while “protecting tax cuts for the rich and powerful” but also challenges Democrats to do more to protect social programs.

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3:33pm

Thu July 28, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul, Tea Party Pile On McCain

After mocking the Tea Party while discussing the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations Wednesday,  Sen. John McCain, R-Az., is being pummeled by freshman members of Congress and activists for the remarks. The former Republican presidential candidate called activists associated with the movement “tea-party hobbits” while dismissing the possibility of a Balanced Budget Amendment passing the Senate.

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3:32pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Foster Kids need Volunteer Watchdogs

Fayette County men and women who have a passion for the welfare of children are being encouraged to serve on the local court system's Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The Kentucky General Assembly created the panels back in 1982 to decrease the time children spend in foster care. 

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1:42pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Commander for Army Depot

Steve Sharp
Winchester Sun

With the Army’s current emphasis on saving money and cutting costs, running operations at Blue Grass Army Depot has become a tougher job. But the depot’s new deputy commander, Steve Sharp, believes he is ready for the challenge. Sharp became the new deputy commander/civilian executive assistant for the depot on April 24. As the new CEA, Sharp is the commander’s right-hand man and the highest-ranking civilian on the depot.

1:08pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Drug Dealers Capitalize on Funding Cuts

Drug dealers and methamphetamine cooks in Logan County are taking advantage of funding cuts and manpower shortages at the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force and the Russellville Police Department. The task force that investigates drug crime in Logan and Simpson counties is down from six investigators to four, and funding has been cut for the second straight year, hindering efforts to track and prosecute drug dealers.

11:45am

Thu July 28, 2011
All Politics are Local

Daniels Endorses Debt Ceiling Package

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is urging members of his state’s federal delegation to support Speaker John Boehner’s plan aimed at averting the first default in U.S. history.  What’s interesting is that Daniels, who served as Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under former President George W. Bush, indicts his former administration when criticizing “past…overspending and future overpromising (sic)” in the federal government.

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10:35am

Thu July 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Skunk Stinks Up Georgetown Pharmacy

Ordinarily, customers of the Georgetown CVS pharmacy walk in on two legs, but on Tuesday evening, the store got one of the four-legged, stinky variety. A skunk that had been lingering outside the pharmacy entered the store’s vestibule — the area between the outer and inner automatic doors — around 7:30 p.m., according to CVS surveillance footage. The animal never got further into the store but did spray in the vestibule before leaving.

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