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12:12pm

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

FAA Funding Impasse Not Affecting LOU

Congress will continue discussions this week to work out a deal to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA ran out of money on last Friday and some 4,000 employees were put on furlough. Airport modernization projects were also put on hold this week. None of that should affect the Louisville Airport, though.

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11:37am

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

2008 Jail Beating Sparks Trials, Lawsuit

A 2008 beating of a Floyd County jail inmate that court documents say involved him being "brutally and savagely tortured" by as many as 10 inmates over three days is now the focus of several criminal trials set for early next year and a pending civil trial in federal court.

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11:35am

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Three Die in East Kentucky Crashes

Three people died in motor vehicle crashes in Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night. A fatal motorcycle accident took one man's life in Leslie County while a head-on crash between two vehicles took both drivers' lives in Knott County

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11:33am

Mon July 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Ad by GOP Governors Stresses Williams’s Grit

Keeping the pressure on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, a group fronted by the Republican Governor’s Association has launched a second advertisement in support of gubernatorial candidate David Williams, highlighting the state Senate president’s toughness and personalizing unemployment in the state.

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10:53am

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Clay County Constable Arrested

A Clay County constable, Jackie "The Tireman" Roberts, 50, charged in a drug case sold prescription pills to an informant and snorted a crushed-up pain pill in front of that witness, according to a court document. Details about the investigation and arrest of Roberts — an elected constable with arrest powers — and his wife Jennifer, 41, were included in a sworn statement from an ATF special agent who has taken part in the case. Police arrested the couple Wednesday.

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9:52am

Mon July 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Coal Calls New EPA Rules ‘Overreaching’

After two years, the federal government has released new guidelines for surface coal mines. In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would increase scrutiny on a number of mountaintop removal permits in Appalachia and  would release guidelines for future permits.Those guidelines were released last week. Mine operators will now find it much harder to get permits for valley fills—where valleys and streams are filled with debris from mining.

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9:50am

Mon July 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Pay Day Loan Opponent Undeterred

The newly-formed federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the power to regulate payday loans. But a Kentucky lawmaker who has repeatedly attempted to cap payday loans says the feud in Congress over the bureau doesn’t make him confident that any progress will be made. State Senator Gerald Neal, D-33, has spent years trying to cap the annual interest for payday loans at 36 percent. That’s something the protection bureau could theoretically do…if it had a director. Currently, a Republican-led effort in the U.S. Senate has kept the president’s appointment to the bureau unconfirmed.

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9:46am

Mon July 25, 2011
Business and the Economy

Census Measures Shifts in Housing Market

The percentage of people renting a place to live went up far more in Kentucky than those buying a home between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data. The downturn in jobs during the recession and tighter credit were key reasons, several real estate agents said. Statewide, the percentage of people renting their residence was 16 percent higher than in 2000, while the percentage of owner-occupied housing was up just 5 percent.

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9:44am

Mon July 25, 2011
Education

KSU President gets Glowing Review, Raise

Kentucky State University President Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Regents. Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias’ participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students’ academic achievements.

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9:42am

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Arrangements for Soldier's Homecoming

Preparations have been completed to have the body of Bracken County soldier, U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers brought home to Kentucky for burial. According to officials, a flight will arrive at 9:25 a.m., today at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington with Summers' casket and remains.

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9:41am

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Emergency Landing on Parkway

The Banner-Republican

A pilot flying out of Warren County was forced to land his single-engine plane on the Natcher Parkway late Sunday morning after losing engine power while flying over Ohio County. Bentley Floyd and grandson Caleb were flying in his RV-6 kit aircraft around 11 a.m. CDT, when he lost power at 7,000 feet. Floyd said looking below he quickly identified the parkway as the most-suitable landing area. The plane touched down in the southbound lanes, about a mile south of the interchange with the Western Kentucky Parkway. The plane sustained damage to the right wing, which scrapped along a guardrail, the right front landing wheel and the rear landing wheel. Floyd said the plane was likely totaled in the parkway landing.

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6:00am

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Entertaining the Troops Overseas

Jackie Zettles Montgomerygentry.com

The USO and the Kentucky National Guard are teaming up to entertain the troops and their families back at home.  The audience for Montgomery Gentry's next Louisville show won't just be sitting in the KFC Yum Center; it'll also be stationed around the world.

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6:00am

Mon July 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Coal Ash: The Health Threat

Louisville Public Media

You can’t see the smokestacks of the Cane Run Power Station from Stephanie Hogan’s home, even though she lives a block away. And while the power plant isn’t visible, it’s still a looming presence in Hogan’s life. “Oh, he breathes so bad, he sounds like Darth Vader.” Hogan shakes her head, and Cody wheezes. “You ain’t even been running.”

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5:55am

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

KSP Recruits For 2012

Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police are recruiting cadets for the class of 2012.

Recruitment Commander Rick Saint-Blancard says the KSP training academy in Frankfort can accommodate as many as 120 cadets. He says applicants must be prepared for the physical and mental rigors of a 23-week training program.

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2:00am

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Berea Hate Crime Rallies Residents

Ron Smith WEKU News

An interracial couple in Berea says they’re overwhelmed by community support since they were victimized by a hate crime two weeks ago. Melanie Stamper, who is white, and her African-American boyfriend, Damon Dunson, awoke to find their vehicles spray painted with racial slurs. Stamper says she’s been surprised by the response.

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10:55pm

Sun July 24, 2011
Science/Health

Pressing Need for Pediatric Dentists

A growing shortage of dentists who specialize in the treatment of children worries health experts at the University of Kentucky. Children once waited until they were three years old before they made their first trip to the dentist.  The dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry says that first trip should now come at age one.  But, Dr. Sharon Turner is increasingly worried finding a dentist qualified to treat toddlers will grow difficult.  Turner says both U-K and the University of Louisville graduate about eight pediatric specialists each year.

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10:15am

Sun July 24, 2011
Statehouse News

Same Sex Marriages Ignored in KY

Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York, and couples from across the country have made plans to travel to the state for what are commonly called “destination weddings.” But those weddings will not be recognized by many other states, including Kentucky, which has a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. But Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman says that won’t stop local LGBT couples from going anyway.

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10:12am

Sun July 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington House Opens Up Eyes to History

Kentucky is hoping to add another thread to the increasingly colorful tapestry of the history of the state's horse industry. The state has applied to have a house at 547 Breckenridge Street in Lexington added to the National Register of Historic Places because of its link to a largely forgotten African-American horse trainer named Courtney Mathews.

10:10am

Sun July 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Man Finds Civil War Graves

Robert Bohrn knows a little about the two men behind the bronze busts in his foyer. One thing he’s sure of is that this year’s Civil War sesquicentennial adds to their historical worth. He knows they served in the Union’s all black 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. That they built roads and fortifications, often under Confederate fire, in Folly Beach, S.C., from 1863-1864 and that they died from typhoid, dysentery and other ailments common in military encampments then. Bohrn, a 54-year-old Charleston, S.C.-born hunter of Civil War relics who now lives in Franklin County, helped unearth 19 skeletons of the men in the 55th.

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10:08am

Sun July 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Final Ft. Knox Armor School Graduation

The clock stopped Friday morning for the Armor School at Fort Knox as the final graduating class took the stage at Olive Theater for a final rite in their baptism into the world of tankers. It took 15 weeks of rigorous exercises and back-breaking ordeals, but 143 soldiers became a part of history as members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment. New chapters of armor history will be written at Fort Benning, Ga., but it is not an entirely new story. Armor, in essence, started at Fort Benning under Gen. George S. Patton.

10:06am

Sun July 24, 2011
Statehouse News

Nursing Home Sued Before

A nursing home defending itself from a federal lawsuit alleging that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by billing $16 million for "worthless" services and care so "grossly deficient" it led to the death of patients, has quietly settled claims of neglecting residents in previous years. Villaspring Health Care Center of Erlanger reached out-of-court settlements in one wrongful-death claim and one negligent-care claim, according to Kenton County Circuit Court records.

10:05am

Sun July 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Connector Set to Open

After more than a year of construction, the new connector between Ky. 100 and the Russellville By-Pass/U.S. 68-Ky. 80 is nearly complete and set to open to motorists Wednesday. The one-mile stretch of road is hoped to be the first section of the southern Russellville By-Pass, with the goal being to eventually have the bypass make a complete circle around the city.

9:59am

Sun July 24, 2011
Statehouse News

Jailers Work to Control Street Gangs

An inmate in the Simpson County Jail displays a Crip tattoo. Jailers pay attention to gang tattoos so they can keep rival gang members away from each other to prevent gang violence in county jails.
Pete Rodman Bowling Green Daily News

Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, MS-13, Gangster Disciples, Asian Pride - jailers work to quickly identify inmates who claim allegiance to these street gangs and others for the safety of the keepers, as well as the kept. Decades-old gang rivalries that span from the East Coast to West Coast have created housing and safety concerns for southcentral Kentucky jailers. Jailers are constantly on the alert to prevent gang-related violence. “You have to make every effort to do everything you can to keep the facility safe,” Warren County Jailer Jackie Strode said.

4:24pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Statehouse News

Jury Indicts Another Nursing Home Head

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions Friday announced the indictment of a second former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins. A Letcher County grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday against 25-year-old Jonah Tackett on two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, all Class D felonies.

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4:16pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville Slugger Loses Appeal

An appeal by Louisville Slugger to the Supreme Court of Montana was unanimously rejected Thursday.  The appeal was filed in response to a 2006 judgment. In 2003, 18-year-old pitcher Brandon Patch died after a baseball hit him in the face. The ball was struck by an aluminum bat made by Louisville Slugger.

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4:14pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Science/Health

Lawmakers Denounce Hospital Merger

Joining state lawmakers and hundreds of residents, three members of the Louisville Metro Council are criticizing the pending merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Council members Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, and Marianne Butler, D-15, signed a petition that will appear as a half-page advertisement in the Courier-Journal this weekend, which protests the hospital merger and says it will “stop vital medical procedures” for residents in the area.

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3:37pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ichthus Concert Venue for Sale

The oldest Christian music festival in the nation may not come back for a 43rd year. The Ichthus Festival draws tens of thousands of people to a large field in Wilmore, Kentucky, but the event is struggling financially. CEO Mark Vermillion says Ichthus can no longer rely on just ticket sales.

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3:34pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Heat and the Homeless

The heat wave poses a considerable risk to central Kentuckians who can find no shelter.   Kenneth Newton at Lexington’s Hope Homeless Center is seeing as many men today as he sees in the dead of winter. “Well, right now we are dealing with our winter time numbers.  If there was a major blizzard outside, that’s the type of numbers we are dealing with tonight,” said Newton.

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2:26pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville Lawmakers Denounce Merger

Joining state lawmakers and hundreds of residents, three members of the Louisville Metro Council are criticizing the pending merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives.  Council members Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, and Marianne Butler, D-15, signed a petition that will appear as a half-page advertisement in the Courier-Journal this weekend, which protests the hospital merger and says it will “stop vital medical procedures” for residents in the area.

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2:23pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Education

AdvanceKentucky Focuses on AP Students

With the students in the U.S. falling behind in math and science, teachers are hoping to learn new ways to rekindle interest in the subjects, and nearly 1000 teachers have gathered in Lexington over the past few weeks to do just that.  The National Assessment of Educational Programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. Likewise, math and science teachers are becoming harder and harder to come by. For the past couple weeks, a program called Laying the Foundation has been training teachers, mostly from Kentucky, to better prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses.

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