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10:18am

Wed July 27, 2011
Business and the Economy

Marion County Gets Grant for Senior Center

Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to the city of Loretto in Marion County to help renovate a city-owned, former nursing home facility to a new senior citizen’s center.

10:14am

Wed July 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Outdoor Channel to Film in Trimble County

Trimble County will be in the national spotlight on Saturday, July 30, when the Outdoor Channel’s “Keepin’ It Real Tour” rolls in. The program will be filming on location that Saturday at the Dirty Turtle Off-road Park in Trimble County.

10:10am

Wed July 27, 2011
Business and the Economy

Post Office Considers Closing Locations

The U.S. Postal Service is considering close more than 10 percent of its retail locations nationwide. That means the post office will study the closing of more than 3,600 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Several dozen are in Kentucky.

10:08am

Wed July 27, 2011
Statehouse News

Owen Voters Say No to Alcohol Sales

The voters of Owen County have rejected a proposal that would have expanded alcohol sales. The final tally was 1,522 votes cast for expanded alcohol sales and 1,792 voting no, a difference of 270 votes. Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said she expected a 53-percent turnout early Tuesday. When all the results were official, only 44 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.

6:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Coal Ash: Government's Response

Kathy Little and Debbie Walker stand in Walker’s front yard, 50 feet from the ash landfill at Louisville Gas & Electric‘s Cane Run plant. They watch as heavy machinery backs up, pushing ash from one pile to another.Both women have lived in the neighborhood for decades—Little for 33 years, Walker for 23. Walker says she used to be able to see Indiana from her window. Now, she just sees the mountains of coal ash.

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7:52pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Statehouse News

Registering Homeless Voters

Secretary of State Elaine Walker with State Election Officials Tuesday at a legislative hearing.
Stu Johnson Weku

Some county clerks say the current system for registering homeless voters is fraught with peril. When a homeless person registers to vote, Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown says something as simple as assigning a poling place becomes complicated.

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3:31pm

Tue July 26, 2011
All Politics are Local

Disability Protesters Picket Rand Paul

A group protested outside Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Louisville office on Tuesday. The protest was meant to raise awareness of a bill being considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions, which Paul sits on. The legislation was drafted by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). It will help protect youth with disabilities from sub-minimum wage employment and will help them into the competitive workforce, Harkin wrote in an email.

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2:46pm

Tue July 26, 2011
All Politics are Local

Moffett Heads Conservative Think Tank

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett will be named the new president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a conservative think tank in Kentucky. The Louisville businessman was heavily backed by tea party activists during the campaign and came in second to Republican nominee David Williams in the GOP primary, but not after upsetting the state Senate President in the state’s most populous counties.

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2:44pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Looking for a Colonel of Truth

Kentucky Fried Chicken is looking for your Colonel Sanders stories. Photos, videos, and anecdotes - all relating to KFC's iconic founder - will be collected at ColonelSanders.com. Friends and family say there's more to the colonel the famous image that's printed on KFC restaurant signs and chicken buckets across the world. The goateed entrepreneur was born in 1890 and went from rags to riches, founding the world's largest chicken restaurant chain. Now the company is eager to introduce him to a new generation.

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1:45pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Concerns Voiced on Post Office Closings

The U.S. Postal Service released a list Tuesday of 3,653 post offices that could be closed, including three in Louisville. But local civil rights leaders are concerned about one of the sites being reviewed because it serves as the only retail store in the city’s West End.  Thousand of offices are being studied for possible closure because of “lower foot traffic and revenue,” as the financially troubled agency continues to find ways to cut costs.  In fiscal year 2010, the Postal Service suffered a $8.5 billion net loss and posted a loss of $2.2 billion in the last quarter, according to CNN.

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1:40pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY Forums Focus on Job Growth

Today marks the beginning of a series of public meetings organized by Kentucky's Cabinet for Economic Development to be held across the state.  The meetings will focus on a hot topic in Kentucky and across the nation: job growth and investment. The idea is to identify emerging business sectors - and gather citizen input on how best to position those businesses for success. Holly Spade, director of the Office of Legal Services for the Cabinet, says the list of forums could grow longer.

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1:39pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Veteran Becomes E-Town's Chief

Elizabethtown City Council on Monday chose a successor to replace outgoing Police Chief Ruben Gardner less than a week before he retires after 40 years as a lawman. The council Monday voted 5-1 to appoint former Louisville Metro Police Department Assistant Chief Tracy Schiller to step into Gardner’s shoes — the first change in the department’s top seat in 20 years.

1:37pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Public Urged to Help with I-65 Project

A plea went out Monday for area residents to call lawmakers, the governor’s office or anybody they can think of, to stress how important completing Interstate 65 is for the state. Accidents on the 38 miles that haven’t yet been expanded to six lanes are depleting volunteer resources, Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin told the Barren River Area Development District board Monday.

1:35pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police Training on Domestic Animals

In the wake of the self-proclaimed “regretted action” of Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Miller, who shot and killed Bart and Renee Lewis’ pet Labrador, Daisy, several training facilities in Shelby County say they will offer classes to law enforcement concerning dealings with domestic animals and their potential to use aggressive behavior. Plus, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said there are some training procedures in the works that his department will go over internally regarding entering a home or yard with the possibility of a pet in the area.

1:26pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Feds Join Nurses' Registry Lawsuit

The U. S. Department of Justice has joined in a lawsuit against Lexington-based Nurses’ Registry and Home Health Corporation alleging that the firm falsified claims to Medicare.  The government joins the suit that was originally filed in March 2008 by two former Nurses’ Registry employees, Alicia Robinson-Hill and David Price.

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10:30am

Tue July 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

7 Counties Declared Disaster Areas

President Barack Obama has declared seven Eastern Kentucky counties a disaster area as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 19-23. The state government and local governments — as well as some non-profit organizations — in Bell, Breathitt, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin and Perry counties will be eligible for federal aid to help pay for emergency work and repairing facilities damaged by the severe weather.

10:25am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Medal of Honor Demanded for Kentuckian

Pikeville's Chase Goodman is hoping that Kentucky native Dakota Meyer gets nationwide recognition for the Medal of Honor he's to receive for braving enemy fire to retrieve the bodies of four buddies in Afghanistan in 2009. And he hopes the medal will make more Americans aware of the military errors and oversights that, Goodman believes, led to the four men's deaths. Goodman has a personal interest in the story: his half-brother, Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., was one of the four men Meyer tried to save.

10:24am

Tue July 26, 2011
Statehouse News

Homeless Voter Registration to be Discussed

Secretary of State Elaine Walker and Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown will address state legislators this afternoon on the issues surrounding homeless voter registration. They will speak before the Interim Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs to talk about the concerns raised over a memo last month from the Kentucky Board of Elections on the process for homeless voter registration.

10:22am

Tue July 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Production Down this Year

Toyota Motor Corp. announced Monday that its production dropped 23.3 percent worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Company officials say the March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely affected the parts supply, leading to production slowdowns. The supply issue remains a concern at some North American and Japanese plants. But in Georgetown, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky has been running at 100 percent production since June.

10:19am

Tue July 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

A Somber Return for a Soldier

Members of the Patriot Guard salute as the casket is taken from the aircraft Monday.
Terry Prather Ledger Independent

With members of his family and community standing near, the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers was lowered from a chartered jet to the waiting grasp of an honor guard from the U.S. Army, Forward Support Company, 19th Engineering Battalion, at Bluegrass Airport on Monday. Summers, 27, died in Afghanistan, July 14, after a small arms attack by enemy troops on July 13.

10:11am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

Murray Schools to be Tobacco-Free

Murray Independent Schools will be completely tobacco-free following a decision by board members at during a special-called session. The new policy bans all tobacco use on school grounds beginning Jan. 1.

10:09am

Tue July 26, 2011
Sports

Georgetown Relieved for Bengals' Return

The NFL lockout officially ended Monday, which means the Cincinnati Bengals are returning to Georgetown for their pre-season training camp. "I'm sure the city in general has just breathed a sigh of relief," Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney said. "If they didn't come, it would have been a huge hit for the college. Not only the revenue, but the recognition of having Georgetown's name on the national spotlight."

10:05am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

EKU and Somerset Rank as Top Workplaces

Eastern Kentucky University and Somerset Community College have made the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of great places to work in academia. The list was compiled by anonymous surveys of workers at 310 institutions and included evaluations of features including leadership, careers and compensation. The Chronicle survey identified 111 colleges and universities across the country as superior workplaces. While EKU and Somerset were the only Kentucky schools to make that list, Hazard Community College, Murray State University and Transylvania University were recognized in individual categories.

6:48am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY Insurance Companies Get Waiver

Kentucky insurance companies have been spared another year of having to comply with a portion of the new federal insurance reforms. Kentucky is one of six states that asked for and received a waiver from the federal government. Under the new agreement insurance companies that received a waiver will spend 75 percent on customer premiums. States that didn’t receive a waiver will pay 80 percent.

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6:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Coal Ash: Electric Utilities React

Louisville Public Media

“Okay, here’s our ash pond!” Steve Turner exclaims. He’s the general manager at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Cane Run Power Station, and he is giving Kathy Little and her husband Tony a tour of the plant. “You can see bottom ash, but it’s down at the water level, so it stays wetted.”  Cane Run is one of the two coal-fired power plants within the Louisville city limits, and both store byproducts, like coal ash, on site. LG&E has invited three nearby families to the plant to discuss the results of recent dust sampling. The Little family, as well as the Walkers and the Cunninghams, were invited because samples taken off their homes showed high concentrations of coal ash. LG&E is doing damage control.

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5:38pm

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Talks Continue On KY Kingdom Reopening

Louisville Metro Government officials say they remain hopeful that the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park will re-open next spring.

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5:36pm

Mon July 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Opposes Both Debt Deals

Dismissing both plans as insufficient, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., quickly released a statement opposing the dueling debt ceiling deals being proposed by House Republicans and Senate Democrats on Monday.  The proposed deals being discussed today by House Republican and Senate Democrat Leaders do not make cuts to our debt. They do not solve our debt problems. They do not balance the budget, ever,” says Paul.

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5:19pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Salvation Army Suffers Triple Cuts

Lexington Salvation Army Emergency Shelter
Stu Johnson WEKU News

One of Lexington’s best known social service agencies has suffered funding cuts from three different sources, totaling close to 120 thousand dollars. Tough to swallow’ news about funding cuts was delivered this summer to officials with the Salvation Army.  United Way cut its contribution by 73 thousand dollars, the city of Lexington cut another 20 thousand dollars, and the agency lost 25 thousand dollars in federal support.

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3:19pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Recycling in the Park

New recycling-waste container at Waverly Park in Lexington
Stu Johnson Weku

New recycling containers now enhance the landscape of Lexington parks.  59 containers with one section for waste and another section for recyclables are being situated in parks.   Bill Clarke, who's with Parks and Recreation says the container handles various recyclables. “Primarily aluminum cans and plastic bottles, cardboard, paper.  We don’t like to get items that have been soiled or contaminated with food,” said Clarke.

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3:02pm

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

LEX, LOU in Top-20 Cities for Parents

Parenting Magazine has listed two Kentucky cities in their top 20 cities for families.  Louisville rounds off the top ten, while Lexington ranks 18th. The magazine looked at factors such as quality of schools, prices of  homes, crime rates, available jobs, and parkland. Here is the list…

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