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5:20am

Tue July 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Extras Found at KY Historical Society

Dozens of treasures are hidden in the archives of the Kentucky Historical Society, including Soviet anti-aircraft guns, gilded shoulder decorations from a Mexican general and phony Paul Sawyier paintings. With limited space for exhibits and displays, tens of thousands of artifacts and documents are kept in storage in the second floor of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The State Journal recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives.

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5:17am

Tue July 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pipeline Pill Dealer Sentenced

A Bellepoint man who told sheriff’s deputies he made $2,000 a week selling out-of-state prescription painkillers has been sentenced to eight years in prison. John Shramm, 38, sold 30mg Percocet pills to a confidential witness Feb. 24 and March 6, court records show. He was immediately taken into custody.

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5:04am

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

Schools Explain New Testing

Frankfort area school officials may host forums this fall to explain the state’s new testing system to the public. Members of the Franklin County and Frankfort Independent school boards discussed that possibility Friday during a joint meeting to discuss possible collaboration and attend training on the new system.

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11:02am

Mon July 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

New EPA Regulation Polices Pollution in KY

The Louisville area has had six Air Quality Alerts because of high ozone levels so far this year.But the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to unveil a new rule this week that could eventually reduce those ozone levels. The Clean Air Transport Rule will affect states differently. Some will have to regulate both fine particle pollution and ozone, some will have to regulate one or the other, and some won’t be affected at all. Kentucky, as well as the entire Ohio River Valley, is among the 21 states that will have to reduce both types of pollution.

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10:56am

Mon July 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

North Kentucky Leads in "Detained" Youth

Kentucky detains the second highest number of youths in the nation for behavior that would not be considered illegal if committed by an adult. While national child advocates say Kentucky has been proactive in lowering the number of youths locked up for misbehaving - skipping school, running away or being out of control - the state's ranking is skewed by Northern Kentucky counties that jail an unusually high number of children.

10:52am

Mon July 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Guard Unit Prepares for War's End

Intense training occurs daily at this huge Indiana base as more than 1,300 Kentucky National Guard members from around the state prepare for a historic tour of duty in Iraq. They've been here about a month and will leave the United States in late July after their mobilization training is completed. The operation could make history in two ways. It will be the largest deployment by the Kentucky National Guard since World War II, and the troops probably will be the last Kentucky Guard members sent to Iraq. The U.S. military is on pace to end operations there and depart the country Dec. 31.

10:44am

Mon July 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Man Allegedly Bites Officer

Lexington police say an officer was bitten Saturday after chasing down a man who had been pulled over for reckless driving. Glenn Curtis Whittenburg, 40, of Lexington was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police, resisting arrest, reckless driving and no operators license, according to police records. Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said the incident began with a traffic stop for reckless driving, and then Whittenburg "jumped out of the car and fled on foot." When the officer caught up with Whittenburg, Whittenburg bit him.

10:39am

Mon July 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

Somerset Firm Sees Natural Gas as Electricity

If David Weddle's idea works, natural gas from unused wells will play a growing role in meeting Kentucky's electricity needs.Weddle is president and c hief executive of Wellhead Energy Systems, which has developed a way to convert natural gas to electricity at the well and feed it into the power grid. The Somerset company's plan involves tapping so-called "stranded" gas wells to generate electricity. Stranded wells have been drilled but aren't producing. Wells can end up stranded for various reasons. For instance, a company might drill a well to preserve a lease, but it isn't connected to a pipeline to transport the gas. The electrical grid is much more extensive than the network of pipelines to gather and transport natural gas, creating an opportunity to convert the gas to electricity and feed it into the grid through lines that pass the site, Weddle said.

8:16am

Mon July 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Invasive Beetle Nears Kentucky

An invasive insect could be set to enter Kentucky. The Asian Longhorn Beetle was spotted in trees southeast of Cincinnati within a few miles of the Ohio River. If it makes it to Kentucky it may be difficult to eradicate. The beetle has been in the United States since the 1990s, when it stowed away in shipping containers from Asia. Now, it’s living in many forests, where it bores into trees and eventually severs all the vascular tissue and kills the plant.

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6:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Sports

Reds Mark Milestone in Latino Baseball

This July Fourth marks the 100th anniversary of a baseball milestone.  In 1911, Cubans Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida became the first Latino players for the Cincinnati Reds. The two are sometimes called the first Latino players in the major leagues, but that depends on the definition of major league baseball.

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5:58am

Mon July 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fund For the Arts Considers Changes

The Fund for the Arts’ annual campaign has ended and the organization’s energy will now turn inward, toward revising its mission and policies. The shakeup at the fund started earlier this year, when CEO Allan Cowen retired amid a flurry of criticism over his brusque interactions with artists and arts groups. Much of the dissent came from visual artists, who say the fund doesn’t give them the money or attention they deserve compared to performing arts.

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5:55am

Mon July 4, 2011
Sports

Churchill Meet Ends Today

The spring meet at Churchill Downs comes to an end today. It’s a spring meet that won’t soon be forgotten. Just under two weeks ago, a tornado ripped through the Churchill Downs backside, causing extensive barn damage but no injuries to people or the hundreds of horses stabled there.

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2:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Science/Health

Office of Blind Seeks Needs Comments

Visually impaired Kentuckians face obvious obstacles.  Adding to the potential problems is access to technology and transportation. Cora McNabb of the state Office for the Blind says they’re likely to re-appear on the next needs assessment.

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3:34pm

Sun July 3, 2011
Education

Lee Todd on Academics and Athletics

Lee Todd at his desk after turning off his computer for the last time as president
Stu Johnson

A new era begins this week at the University of Kentucky.  President Lee Todd, who served as UK president for a decade, has cleaned out his office and went into retirement.

Lee Todd brought his engineering background to the office of president at UK.  Throughout his tenure Todd urged college researchers to branch out into the private sector and involve themselves in start-up firms.  Todd also argued a key ingredient to such economic growth is graduating students with more proficiency in math and science.  Todd says progress depends on training better math and science teachers who have with better classroom skills.

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10:11am

Sun July 3, 2011
Sports

NASCAR Will Parade Through Lexington

Lexington will have a piece of this week's NASCAR ballyhoo when a parade of haulers, the big transports that haul race cars, line up for a lunchtime parade Wednesday through downtown. About 35 of the colorful transports will arrive at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hamburg Place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday

10:09am

Sun July 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Town Plans 'Little Green Men' Festival

There was a time when the little community of Kelly wanted the world to forget the UFO story that rocketed there on a hot August night in 1955. Apparently, time heals a lot of wounds. That’s why, on Aug. 20, the town will embrace aliens in costumes and other forms of UFO entertainment for Kelly’s first Little Green Men festival. The organizers hope to make it an annual festival. The festival will celebrate the story of an alien spaceship landing at a Kelly farmhouse on Aug. 21, 1955. On that night, the family of Glennie Lankford reported to police in Hopkinsville that a dozen or so little men had surrounded their house after landing in a spaceship.

10:06am

Sun July 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Man Assaults Police, Pleads Guilty

The man caught on tape dragging a Frankfort Police officer during a traffic stop has pleaded guilty to assault and other charges. Russell Wheat, 50, will be sentenced Sept. 2. He faces up to 20 years in prison, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland recommends four years and will oppose probation, according to the plea agreement.

10:04am

Sun July 3, 2011
Statehouse News

Commission Votes Tuesday on Terror Suspects

The Bowling Green City Commission will vote Tuesday on a resolution opposing the potential prosecution of terrorism suspects Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi in federal court in Bowling Green and urging officials such as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to move the case.

9:59am

Sun July 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

'Texting' Ban Lacks Enforcement

In early January, 22-year-old Elizabeth Burrous was driving to the hospital to see a family friend. She didn't make it out of her Erlanger neighborhood before a police officer pulled her over. Her offense: failing to yield because she was texting. The law went into effect one year ago, but for the first six months officers only issued verbal warnings. Citations and fines began Jan. 1. In the first six months, nine people in Northern Kentucky were cited for texting behind the wheel. Statewide there were 144 citations issued under the law, which also includes a ban on anyone under 18 talking on a cell phone while driving.

9:55am

Sun July 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Man Allegedly Assaults Deputy

A Henderson man allegedly assaulted a Henderson County deputy early Saturday morning. He is also accused of resisting arrest and leading city and county law enforcement officials on foot and vehicle chases. According to police reports, Deputy Bob Wathen confronted 47-year-old Paul S. Gregory in an attempt to arrest him on a failure to appear warrant and domestic violence order violation. Gregory reportedly assaulted Wathen and fled the scene on foot.

9:52am

Sun July 3, 2011
Sports

NASCAR Comes to Kentucky

To prepare for its first NASCAR Sprint Cup event Saturday, Kentucky Speedway added two grandstand towers that stand over Turn 4, pictured, and Turn 1. The additions helped push the speedway's seating capacity to 107,000.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

After more than a decade of struggle and dashed hopes, Kentucky Speedway will at long last play host to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The green flag drops on Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Co. in the Quaker State 400 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It remains to be seen whether the average Joe and Jane sports fans in the commonwealth who are not weekly NASCAR followers will embrace the race simply because Sprint Cup has now come to Kentucky.

4:55pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Mayor Gray's Vetoes Announced

Lexington’s mayor has asked members of the urban county council to change their recently approved budget.  The request came today (Friday) in a series of line-item vetoes.

Mayor Jim Gray vetoed three items in the new budget.  Gray said no to the 400 thousand dollars the council wants to borrow for two new disc golf courses, lacrosse fields, improvements at the Charles Young community center, and a remodel of the Berry Hill pool.   Another veto eliminates the jobs of seven people who work in government communications.  And Gray's final veto  reduced funding for outside agencies that provide services to the city by ten percent.

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4:17pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Civilian Employers Experience Military Life

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

They took a flight aboard a C-130 Hercules, had a Meal Ready to Eat for lunch, and watched a live fire training session. Several civilian employers got a taste of military life at Camp Atterbury, Indiana this week as part of Boss Lift 2011. Dave Robinson, a resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers in Harlan County, Kentucky, visited the Kentucky National Guard's 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

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4:15pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Wild Pig Numbers Increase in Kentucky

The feral pig problem is spreading in Kentucky. The animals aren’t native to the commonwealth, but were illegally brought into the state and let loose for hunting. They’ve been copiously reproducing ever since. In 2009, wild pigs were only in about 23 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Now, they’re in 44, and spreading. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini says the animals have few redeeming characteristics.

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2:03pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Fireworks Sales Provide Opportunities

The recent legalization of certain fireworks may help one stand manager go back to school. “I’ve wanted to go back,” said Will O’Neil, 22, who manages Tennessee Ted’s in Brighton Park. “I just need the money to do it.” He attended Kentucky State University for two years, then had to take off last year because he couldn’t pay for more classes.

2:01pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Minors in Lawmaker's Attack Face Adult Court

It could be as long as six weeks before the two Whitley County High School students charged with assaulting teacher Dewayne Bunch know if they will be tried as adults. Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said at a hearing Tuesday, Judge Cathy Prewitt recused herself from the case involving Dewayne Cox and Trevor Canada.

1:55pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Forest Fires

The Corbin man, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in March, pleaded guilty Tuesday to setting fires in the Whitley County portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanley A. Ingram accepted the single-count, guilty plea for setting fire to land under the exclusive control and jurisdiction of the United States, from Michael L. Luttrell, 20, a former Woodbine volunteer firefighter.

12:09pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vetoes Save Lexington $889 Thousand

Lexington's Mayor has vetoed three items in the budget approved by the Urban County Council. Mayor Jim Gray's veto cut $400,000 in spending on disc golf, lacrosse, and other capital projects.  Gray also vetoed the funding restored by the council for outside agencies that provide services to the city.  The third veto, assuming it's not over-ridden by the council, means seven employees in government communications would lose their jobs.

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10:34am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

More Guilty in KY Oil and Gas Scheme

The former vice president of a Kentucky oil and gas company and a former geologist were sentenced Thursday for defrauding hundreds of investors nationwide out of millions of dollars. Christopher Cello Smith, 50, of Prestonsburg, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted by a federal jury of seven counts of mail fraud last July, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Smith served as vice president of Target Oil and Gas Co. in Albany from 2003 to 2008. He also was sentenced to three years supervised release and a $500 mandatory assessment. U.S. District Senior Judge Joseph M. Hood imposed a a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $3 million.

10:31am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hearings Set for Utility Rate Raise

Formal public hearings concerning proposed power rate increases sought by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Kenergy Corp. are scheduled to take place in Frankfort next month. If the full rate increases are granted to both companies, residential rates for Kenergy customers would increase 9.97 percent. Commercial and industrial rates would increase by lesser amounts.

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