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10:33am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Work Progresses on Ohio River Bridge

Work continues on construction of a new Ohio River bridge connecting Milton - in Trimble County - with Madison, Ind. Later in the summer Walsh Construction will erect temporary support towers on the downriver side of the existing bridge location onto which the new truss system will be lifted and placed. These towers will carry the weight of the bridge when traffic is transferred from the existing structure onto the temporary location. Once traffic is rerouted to the new bridge on the temporary towers the demolition of the old bridge superstructure will begin.

10:24am

Wed July 20, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawsuit Claims Negligence at Jail

An inmate at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center died last year after his diabetes was left untreated, and jail employees watched him lie unresponsive for an hour before calling an ambulance, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges. The estate of James Sours filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Pikeville against the regional jail in Johnson County, which was the target of a grand jury investigation last year; another inmate died in 2009.

10:20am

Wed July 20, 2011
Statehouse News

Nursing Home Faces Feds

What began as county-level allegations against an Erlanger nursing home was elevated all the way to the federal level because authorities wanted a tougher possible punishment. While using the federal False Claims Act is not a common practice in taking action against nursing homes, there is precedent nationally, even if it hasn't been used in Kentucky for such purposes until Friday's civil lawsuit against Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care Center and Rehabilitation.

10:11am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Legislators Prepare for Redistricting

Legislators will prepare this week for the task of redrawing the political district lines. Tim Storey, a senior fellow from the National Conference of State Legislatures, on Thursday will explain the process and history of political redistricting to the legislators who will start the process either in a special session or the next regular session of the General Assembly in 2012. The state redistricts political boundaries once every decade to reflect the population changes shown by the U.S. Census.

10:09am

Wed July 20, 2011
Business and the Economy

Industries Expand in Henderson

Gov. Steve Beshear, left, his wife, Jane, and Henderson Mayor Steve Austin talk during the governor's visit to Henderson Tuesday.
The Gleaner

In a sweltering airplane hangar, Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday afternoon delivered refreshing news: Three Henderson industries intend to create up to 47 new jobs and invest more than $4 million here. “It’s a further indication that we are on the right track,” Beshear said, commending the “vibrant companies and smart entrepreneurs that are determined to not just survive the recession, but thrive and grow.”

10:05am

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Default Rate on Student Loans Down

The data on default rates of student loans doesn't look favorable for Maysville Community and Technical College. But Dr. Ed Story, president of MCTC cautions the data isn't official yet and Kentucky Community and Technical College staff are working with the U.S. Department of Education to verify the official default rate for MCTC. "Even if it's close to that, we're not very happy with it," said Story of a recent news article that indicates MCTC has a 29 percent three-year default rate on student loans.

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5:17pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Insurance Chief Heads National Committee

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has been named chairwoman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The committee monitors all aspects of the insurance market’s regulatory practices and reviews how those efforts affect insurance consumers. The committee was actively involved in national efforts to protect military personnel from inappropriate sales activities on U.S. military installations.

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5:15pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

LEX Cig Ban Cited in Bowling Green Case

The attorney appealing the citation and fine against American Legion Post 23 for violating Bowling Green's smoking ban argues that the post should be exempt from the ordinance and cites a case in Lexington as being similar. But the city has maintained that, because members of the public are invited to charitable gaming events, the post is not exempt from the ordinance.

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5:12pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

100 Degree Heat Index Prompts Warning

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is urging the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during this period of extreme heat, particularly dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles. According to Safe Kids, 49 children in the U.S. died last year from heat stroke while unattended in vehicles. From 1998-2010, at least 494 deaths are known to have occurred nationally. In Kentucky, there have been 13 deaths attributed to vehicular hyperthermia during the same time period and one death every year since 2004.

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5:03pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

A Study in Compost

Composting Bins at the Lexington Arboretum
Stu Johnson Weku

A crash course in composting is available this summer in Lexington.  The classes are increasingly popular. The idea is to, for instance, mix green vegetation, brown leaves, and cracked egg shells with potato skins.  The successful compost pile often features leaves, twigs, grass clippings and food scraps.  But, Recycling Program Specialist Esther Moberly  says only certain food scraps should find their way into the compost heap.

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4:56pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Gay Rights Group In Running for Pepsi Grant

A local gay rights group is a finalist for a $10,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh campaign. Lexington Fairness hopes to use the money to expand, Project Speak Out, an anti-bullying initiative in area middle and high schools. Craig Cammack, board chair of Lexington Fairness, says the group plans to partner with the national Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (also known as Glisten), to train volunteers who in turn will work with students, educators, and administrators to reduce and prevent youth bullying and suicides.

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4:55pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

US Horses Still Sent to Slaughterhouses

Four years ago, the U.S. economy was beginning to take a dive, bad weather made it difficult for farmers to feed their horses, and domestic horse slaughter came to a halt. Essie Rogers of the Kentucky Horse Council says not much has changed in the number of unwanted and neglected horses. 

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4:54pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Power Cooperative Looks For Alternatives

In 2010, grassroots activists in Kentucky launched a movement to halt the construction of a new coal-burning power plant in Clark County - and won. Now, as part of the agreement, a collaborative made up of energy providers and environmental groups is looking for cleaner alternatives to help power the 500,000 homes, farms, and business that rely on the East Kentucky Power Cooperative. David Mitchell, Collaborative chair, says meeting the challenge will take effort from power companies and power users.

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2:10pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Education

Ideas, Not Money, Keeps Kids in Class

Over 300 participants gathered at EKU for the "Alternative Strategies for Educating Students at Risk" Conference.
Charles Compton WEKU News

More money is needed, but, Kentucky’s First Lady says at-risk students also need creativity.  Jane Beshear, who was in Richmond today for a conference on at-risk students, says teachers need to think outside the box. Beshear called on educators to be more creative. 

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1:39pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Statehouse News

McConnell Urges Support for Debt Plan

Speaking on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged his colleagues to support the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan being proposed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon.  Backed by the Tea Party, the bill seeks to curb government spending by cutting spending by $111 billion and capping federal expenditures to 19.9% of the nation’s gross domestic output. The legislation also seeks to send a balanced-budget constitutional amendment to the states for ratification.

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1:36pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Insurance Commissioner Named Chairwoman

Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has been named chairwoman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The committee monitors all aspects of the insurance market’s regulatory practices and reviews how those efforts affect insurance consumers.

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1:33pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Town Petitions for Alcohol Sales

A petition is circulating at local gas stations that seeks to legalize alcohol sales in the Boyle County town of Junction City, taking advantage of the city’s recent upgrade in classification. If the petition is certified by the county clerk and judge-executive, residents would vote later this year on whether to become fully wet, allowing for licenses including retail beer and package liquor.

1:31pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

American Legion Post 23’s appeals fine

The attorney appealing the citation and fine against American Legion Post 23 for violating Bowling Green's smoking ban argues that the post should be exempt from the ordinance and cites a case in Lexington as being similar. But the city has maintained that, because members of the public are invited to charitable gaming events, the post is not exempt from the ordinance.

1:27pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Mine Shields Inc. Almost Certified

Mine refuge chambers
The Advocate Messenger

One final test stands between Mine Shields Inc., and certification that could create more than 100 new jobs in Garrard County. But it's a big one. The test, which will take place Thursday in New Mexico, is the last of five necessary to get the company's mine refuge chambers approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Mine Shields CEO Connie Hendren said.

10:29am

Tue July 19, 2011
Science/Health

Losing Weight Through Biking

Bill Cole of the Bluegrass Cycling Club rolled down Pisgah Pike on a Sunday bike ride. He pedals 150 miles a week
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

Five years ago, Bill Cole weighed 420 pounds, had little strength and less endurance, and generally avoided physical exercise. Five years later, Cole has cut his weight roughly in half. He now weighs a little more than 200 pounds. He eats small portions of healthy foods only and is a hard-core bicyclist who pedals 150 miles a week, leads rides around Central Kentucky several times a week and tirelessly spreads the word that physical activity is a key to good health.

10:25am

Tue July 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Decision on Nunn Case Revisited

Steve Nunn, seen here at a hearing in Fayette Circuit Court on Aug. 19, 2010.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

The city of Lexington's Law Department is revisiting its decision not to release the criminal case file of former state lawmaker Steve Nunn until after Nunn has completed his life sentence in prison. The Herald-Leader had requested the case file under the Kentucky Open Records Act after Nunn, 58, pleaded guilty on June 28 to fatally shooting his ex-fiancée, Amanda Ross. The police department, citing a 1992 Kentucky Supreme Court decision, responded with a letter saying the request would not be fulfilled until Nunn completed his life sentence in prison.

10:19am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Preparing for Fallen Soldier

Hal Teegarden tapes a photo of U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers to the window of his barber shop in Brooksville, Monday. Summers was killed last week while serving in Afghanistan.
Terry Prather Ledger Independent

Services for a Bracken County soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on July 14 are still pending, family members said on Monday. U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers, 27, died after an attack by enemy forces at Paktika province, Afghanistan, U.S. Department of Defense officials said.

10:12am

Tue July 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

More Than Bargains at Goodwill

Paula Kidd
Georgetown News-Enterprise

For some, the Georgetown Goodwill store is a great place to bring jeans and old sweaters that no longer fit, purchase gently used furniture or to find old vinyl records. For Paula Kidd, the Goodwill store aided her in a time of need. Two years ago, Kidd started at the Georgetown store as a production clerk. Today, she's the store's assistant manager. Last year, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky employed more than 1,600 people at 59 locations.

10:09am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Source of Water Losses Discovered

City officials in Cumberland believe they have found a major reason behind the city’s massive water losses. A major leak was located Friday on the southern bank of Cumberland River right behind city hall. Last week, the Enterprise reported on the major problems that Cumberland has with its water system. A report presented by the mayor indicated that during the first half of 2011 the city was losing two-thirds of the water it was producing. The report pointed to water leaks as the main factor behind the losses.

10:05am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY Nascar Driver Passes Away

A well-known Frankfort racecar driver died Monday around 7 p.m. at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after injuries from a crash at the Richmond Speedway on Saturday. Billy Carroll Wooldridge, 60, had just completed his drive in the 24th annual Paul Butterball Wooldridge Memorial race, named after his older brother, when officials say he suffered a heart attack, causing him to lose control of his car.

10:03am

Tue July 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Nursing Home Under Investigation

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that it filed a civil complaint alleging that an Erlanger nursing home provided "worthless" services that resulted in the deaths of five residents and injuries to others. This is the first suit filed in Kentucky in which the government alleges that a nursing home defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by submitting bills for reimbursement while providing systemically poor resident care. The nursing home owner denies the allegations.

6:21am

Tue July 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Lawmakers Tout Job Growth Signs

Homegrown Lexington tech company SIS is expanding, pouring 5.5 million dollars into its operation. And state and local lawmakers are hoping that becomes a trend. In a time when officials are eager to tout job growth, it's no surprise to see ribbon cuttings drawing larger crowds. SIS, a local tech solutions company, celebrated its expansion Monday, along with the addition of 15 new high-tech jobs. And while that number may sound modest, they're the kind of jobs Governor Steve Beshear says signal recovery.

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5:44pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fairness Ordinance Back in Berea

Despite months of meetings on a proposed fairness ordinance and human rights commission, members of the Berea city council still say they’re taking the “first step” on the issue. In May, the council first considered passing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and creating a commission to educate the public. A subcommittee was formed to research and inform the rest of the council on the two ideas.

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5:42pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Oil Find Won’t Delay Dam Repairs

Officials say another discovery of crude oil under southern Kentucky’s Wolf Creek Dam will not delay the long-term plan to fix leaks in the dam. The oil was found in a core sample taken from the earthen dam last week. The Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a project launched in 2006 to prevent the dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland, from failing.

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5:39pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Two LOU Borders Stores to Close

After 40-years in business, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Borders plans to liquidate. The company once operated four bookstores in Louisville, but the branches on 4th Street and South Hurstbourne were closed weeks after the company filed for Chapter 11 in February. The stores at Shelbyville Road Plaza and on Bardstown Road were to remain open through the Chapter 11 process, but will now close along with about 400 other branches that survived the first round of closures.

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