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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.

10:32am

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawmakers Weigh in on Hospital Merger

Following growing tensions between health care executives and those opposing the proposed merger among University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare, and the St. Joseph Healthcare System, Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are weighing in. Beshear issued a statement Wednesday citing "growing concerns within the community about issues related to the hospital's future level of access to medical services" as a reason to conduct a "deliberate and thoughtful" review of the merger.

10:26am

Thu July 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ashcroft to Speak, Sing in Louisville

The National Quartet Convention will host former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft at its annual event in Louisville later this year. Ashcroft served as attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.  He is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Sept. 15 and will also sing several gospel songs he has written, according to a convention spokesperson.

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10:15am

Thu July 28, 2011
Science/Health

State Sets New Immunization Rules

Kentucky has set new immunization guidelines for the upcoming school year. The updated immunization requirements went into effect July 1, said Denise Baldwin, director of nursing with the Hopkins County Health Department. These guidelines were set by the state and are based on national standards from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, she said.

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10:10am

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawmakers Debate Homeless Voter Policy

Some lawmakers continued to voice concerns about the potential for fraud if someone exploited the state’s policy for registering homeless voters. Others questioned if it is even an issue. Secretary of State Elaine Walker told legislators this week she doesn’t see any evidence that homeless voters have been used to commit voter fraud and said homeless voters across Kentucky are few.

10:07am

Thu July 28, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Heat Affecting High School Activities

This week's steamy weather is making outside activity tough, whether you're doing construction work or practicing to march in a high school band. Lexington's five public high schools are starting their band camps this week, and band directors say they're taking precautions to keep students safe as heat indices climb above 100.

10:02am

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawsuit Filed Against Daymar College

Attorney General Jack Conway Wednesday filed suit in Daviess County against the owners and operators of Daymar College over allegations the for-profit college violated Kentucky's Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit alleges that Daymar Learning, Inc., Daymar Learning of Paducah, Inc., Draughons Junior College, Inc., Daymar Colleges Group LLC, Daymar Holdings, Inc. and the president of these companies, Mark Gabis, violated the Consumer Protection Act by engaging in unfair, false, misleading, and deceptive trade practices.

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6:33am

Thu July 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Shotgun Homes Saved in LOU

Louisville Public Media

Early next month, a panel of preservationists will select a house in Louisville to be rehabilitated under a new project called Preservation S.O.S.—Save Our Shotguns. It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: one room wide, three to five rooms in a row with doorways often on the same side of the house.

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4:48pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Conditioned by Air Conditioning?

Construction Workers Weather the Heat Wednesday near the UK Hospital
Stu Johnson WEKU News

The current heat wave in Kentucky could be a record breaker….and Thursday could be the hottest day, so far this year.  It makes one wonder how Kentuckians coped before air conditioning was invented. It was a scant half century ago when air conditioned homes or cars were rare.  Today, one would be hard pressed to find an average wage earner who lives without air conditioning.  Doctor Tom Wayne, who’s a professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky, says certain people could find the 90 plus degree heat more physically oppressive than our ancestors.

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4:15pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Science/Health

Beshear: No Merger Until Issues Addressed

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has weighed in on the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Under the merger, U of L Hospital will not be able to provide abortion, stem cell research, vasectomies, treatments for infertility, emergency contraception for rape victims and birth control counseling.

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2:41pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Science/Health

WebMD Calls Kentucky Fat

In its latest list of Fittest and Fattest States, the online medical reference resource WebMD placed Kentucky in the top ten ‘fattest states’. Kentucky’s obesity rate for adults is 31.5%, placing the state at number six on the list.  But the rate of 10-17 year old kids came in at 21%, which is third in that category. The list makes reference to the 2.8 mile stretch of Broadway that’s populated by 24 fast-food restaurants, as well as the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

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2:39pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Sports

Derby Week Becomes Two

Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday that The Kentucky Derby Festival will add another week to its schedule. It’s called Give a Day and for one week before Thunder Over Louisville it asks individuals, businesses and non-profits to volunteer their service throughout the week.

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2:38pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Science/Health

Heat Stroke Demands Immediate Help

After a southern-Indiana teen died of heat stroke last week, questions arose about the accusation that he was denied treatment at an immediate care center.  According to accounts, the boy’s stepfather took him to the Norton Immediate Care Center in Lyndon before calling EMS at the center’s advisement. A Norton Spokesperson said this week that the boy was not denied care and was not actually brought into the clinic. Rather, his stepfather described his symptoms to the doctors, who referred the man to an emergency room.

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2:35pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Science/Health

Hundreds of Nursing Home Deficiencies

A recent quarterly report issued by the state found 291 deficiencies in Kentucky's nursing homes and advocates say they see see little change each quarter. The information, obtained through an Open Records request by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, shows only one nursing home, Tanbark Health Care Center in Lexington, boasting no deficiencies. Meanwhile, nine facilities had 10 or more. 

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