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10:36am

Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Ky. 11 Reopens After Mudslide

Rogers and other transportation workers began clearing Ky. 11 on Wednesday morning. The two-lane state highway was cleared by the afternoon. State officials will continue to monitor the stretch for debris.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

A north-south artery in Powell County that was closed by a mudslide reopened Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 10 in Jackson said. The slide brought mud and trees onto Ky. 11 after 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in about 90 minutes Tuesday night, said H.B. Elkins, spokesman for the Jackson office. While the road was closed, motorists going to Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade on Wednesday were asked to take a detour.

10:17am

Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Funding Increases for LexArts

A more than $28,000 grant from the Kentucky Arts Council is the largest award LexArts has received from the state agency in a few years. The arts council recently announced its funding allotments to 100 non-profit groups across Kentucky.

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10:14am

Thu July 21, 2011
Science/Health

UK Finds Bedbugs

A lounge on the second floor of the UK Student Center was closed because of bedbugs. A UK public health graduate student found "a couple of bedbugs" Monday in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs. Another lounge was closed as a precautio
Brooke Didonato Lexington Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky has found bedbugs in part of the UK Student Center. Student center director John Herbst said a UK public health graduate student said Monday that he had found "a couple of bedbugs" in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs and loveseats. The area was closed, as was a nearby lounge. No bedbugs had been spotted in the nearby lounge, and UK officials said it was closed only as a precaution.

10:10am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Western KY Mentoring Program to Close

After serving the community for more than 35 years, the Hopkinsville Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is shutting its doors. The board of directors for the service organization voted to shut down operations at its July 5 meeting, according to a news release Tuesday. “It’s very heartbreaking for us to have to come to terms with this decision,” said Cecelia Cloos, president of the board of directors. During her 10 years of work with the organization, Cloos said, two changes led to the organization shutting down: a lack of funding and declining interest among mentors.

10:06am

Thu July 21, 2011
Education

New Tests Introduced to High Schools

This coming school year, for the first time, the Kentucky Department of Education will require public high school students to take end-of-course tests in certain basic courses, measuring what they've learned. The tests will be required for students taking English II, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history. The national ACT testing organization will provide the exams. Test scores will be figured into Kentucky's accountability system, which measures schools' progress in moving students toward proficiency.

9:59am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY Marine to Receive Medal of Honor

Pentagon officials say President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to a Marine from Kentucky who braved enemy fire in Afghanistan in a bid to find and retrieve three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman. Meyer, a 2006 graduate of Green County High School, is originally from Greensburg.

9:56am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Non-Parent Guardians On the Rise

Lexington Herald-Leader

The number of children in Kentucky being raised by someone other than a parent went up significantly in nearly every county from 2000 to 2010, new U.S. Census figures show. The jump was dramatic in some places — 283 percent in McCracken County, for instance, which was the highest, and 148 percent in McCreary County, according to an analysis of data by the Herald-Leader. Police and other officials said a debilitating level of substance abuse is one key factor in the statewide increase.

8:02am

Thu July 21, 2011
Science/Health

Controversial Med. Procedures Offered

Leaders of the University of Louisville medical school gave a number of assurances but few answers about the future of reproductive health services at the school’s hospital. U of L hospital is merging with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. The merger has raised concerns that vasectomies, stem cell research and other procedures the Catholic Church does not approve of would no longer be available at U of L. School officials have long said those procedures are not part of the hospital and will not be governed by the new merged entity.

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7:58am

Thu July 21, 2011
Science/Health

Reduced Pool Admissions in Lex.

 With central Kentucky under an excessive heat advisory through Saturday, the city of Lexington has announced a few options for citizens seeking relief from the high temperatures. The Dunbar Community Center on North Upper Street and the Lexington Senior Citizens Center at the corner of Alumni and Nicholasville will have the air conditioning running. Senior citizens can get a free ride to those centers through LexTran.

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7:55am

Thu July 21, 2011
Science/Health

Bed Bugs Invade UK Student Center

A contracted exterminator for the University of Kentucky says his crew will be at the UK Student Center Friday to treat a sitting area where some bed bugs were found earlier this week. Donnie Blake, with OPC Pest Control of Louisville, says bedbug infestations are rapidly on the rise in this part of the country.

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10:01pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Dental Care for Equine Workers' Kids

Keeneland President Nick Nicholson during announcement of a new dental screening initiative for children of equine workers.
Stu Johnson Weku

 

Before a student can start school in Kentucky, the child must get a clean bill of health from a dentist.  However, many Kentucky kids, especially the children of Spanish-speaking farm workers have little access to dental care.  In response, free screenings will soon be offered in Lexington

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3:57pm

Wed July 20, 2011
All Politics are Local

Gubernatorial Candidates Joust at Forum

In their first joint appearance of the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican state Senate President David Williams traded barbs on a range of issues at a forum Wednesday. The Kentucky Farm Bureau hosted the discussion, which covered a number of topics such as agriculture, tax and education policy, along with federal regulations and expanded gaming.

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3:45pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Centre Eyes Stockyards for Athletic Fields

The concrete stairs and weighing station are all that remain in one area of the Boyle County Stockyards. Farmers Tobacco Warehouse is in the background.
Clay Jackson The Advocate-Messenger

As area building projects have ground to a halt over the last few years, Danville's Centre College has only seemed to pick up the pace of property acquisition and new development. Most recently, the college purchased the Hope Street properties long occupied by Boyle County Stockyards, which has already been razed, and Farmers Tobacco Warehouse Number 1, still in the demolition process.

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3:13pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Science/Health

Dental Care for Children of Horse Workers

Children of horse industry employees in Lexington will be receiving free dental exams as part of a new partnership. Keeneland, the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and Blue Grass Farms Charities are teaming up to provide free dental screenings for kids July 30th. Residents and professors from the College of Dentistry will staff a mobile dental unit at Keeneland. College Dean Sharon Turner says the collaboration will benefit all involved. 

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3:10pm

Wed July 20, 2011
All Politics are Local

Beshear, Williams Meet in 1st Forum

 In their first joint appearance of the general election, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican state Senate President David Williams discussed their differing views on a range of issues at a forum Wednesday in Louisville. The Kentucky Farm Bureau hosted the discussion, which covered agriculture, tax and education policy. Williams said Beshear has not led on those issues and the commonwealth has fallen behind states such as Tennessee, which doesn't have a state income tax.

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3:06pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Innovation Park Construction Begins at UofL

Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey celebrated on Wednesday the beginning of construction for a new building in the Nucleus Innovation Park. “We’ve got a new research park here. It’s going to be a hot spot of collaboration and innovation and of course a spot where many, many jobs are going to be created,” said Fischer.

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3:04pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Statehouse News

"Caylee's Law" could Prove Ineffective

A bill in reaction to the high-profile Casey Anthony trial in Orlando Florida has surfaced in Kentucky. “Caylee’s Law” was recently pre-filed for the 2012 legislative session. When Anthony was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee, many observers were outraged that she faced no jail time for failing to report her daughter missing for 31 days.“Caylee’s Law” would charge a parent or guardian with a felony for failing to report a child under 12 missing within 12 hours.

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2:05pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Business and the Economy

Ark Park's Effect on Taxpayers

Proposed park layout and design
Grant County News

What will the cost of the Ark Encounter be for Grant County? To date, the project, which is estimated to bring more than 900 full and part-time jobs to the community, has cost a little bit of money, a 100-acre piece of property, some cooperation and a lot of time.

2:03pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

LEX to release 'significant portion' of Nunn Investigation

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

The Urban County Government reversed course on Wednesday and said it will release a "significant portion" of the police investigation in the murder case against former state Rep. Steve Nunn. In a response last week to the Herald-Leader's open-records request for the records, Lexington police said the investigative file would not be released until after Nunn had completed his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence was handed down after he pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Amanda Ross.

2:02pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Science/Health

Recipient Grows Accustomed to Transplant

Louisville Public Media

The Indiana man who received a hand transplant at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital earlier this month is speaking publicly for the first time about the procedure.  Thirty-six year old Donnie Rickelman lost his left hand in a factory accident thirteen years ago.  His new left hand, transplanted July 10, came from an undisclosed male donor from Rickelman’s home state of Indiana.

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1:52pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Business and the Economy

Microsoft Pumps Millions into Appalachia

Microsoft is spending two million dollars in Kentucky and twelve other states in order to boost job training programs.  The economy nationwide is still reeling from the economic downturn, but prolonged joblessness is nothing new to the Appalachian region. That’s why Microsoft announced its divvying up two million dollars to non profits from Pennsylvania to Mississippi. Company Vice President Fred Humphries says providing new computer software is vital to uplifting the economy throughout the region.

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1:50pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Business and the Economy

The Ark Park is Moving

Ark Encounter
Grant County News

The Ark Encounter project is moving. Even though no dirt has been moved since the $150 million Grant County project was announced in November, there’s been much activity, mostly getting agreements signed, property purchased and data gathered. The project, which will involve a full-scale wooden replica of Noah’s Ark, as well as a bird sanctuary, a biblical village and animal shows, is on track for a ground breaking ceremony in late summer.

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1:46pm

Wed July 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

WKU Professor Helps Detect Explosives

Bruce Kessler’s math research has never been a life saver - until now. Kessler, a math professor and associate dean of Western Kentucky University’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering, helped develop a piece of software that can detect hidden explosives and illegal substances. It’s a breakthrough piece of technology that can help officials screen for such devices in a nondestructive way, which, until recently, has been nearly impossible, Kessler said.

1:44pm

Wed July 20, 2011
All Politics are Local

West KY Lawmakers Support "Cut, Cap" Bill

Two Western Kentucky congressmen said Tuesday that they had aligned themselves with a bill that would raise the debt ceiling while also cutting spending. The bill, known as “cut, cap and balance,” passed in the U.S. House on Tuesday night and now moves to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it faces a much tougher road to passage.

1:40pm

Wed July 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Officials Silent on Director's Dismissal

Officials are largely silent on the dismissal of Ralph Tharp, executive director of the economic development agency in Franklin County. Libby Marshall, chairwoman of the Kentucky Capital Development Corp., announced Saturday Tharp’s one-year contract would not be renewed when it expires in October. She declined Tuesday to explain what was behind the decision. It’s unclear if the board of directors voted on the matter and if a vote was taken whether it was behind closed doors or in open session.

1:32pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Student Volunteers in Africa

Josette Taylor of Springfield worked with children in Africa as she spent a month there this summer.
Springfield Sun

Josette Taylor learned a lot in her first year at the University of Louisville, but it doesn’t begin to compare with what she learned during her summer break. Taylor, a 2010 graduate of Washington County High School, traveled this summer with International Student Volunteers and spent a month in South Africa.

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.

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