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10:52am

Mon June 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Mine Rescue Teams Compete

Mine rescue teams from eight states will put their skills to the test at a contest in Maysville, Kentucky this week. The Mine Safety and Health Administration is sponsoring the 4th annual Southeast Region / Central Kentucky Mine Rescue Contest. The two-day event will feature a variety of scenarios, including a mine fire, explosion, or roof collapse.

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10:47am

Mon June 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Public Intoxication Arrests Increasingly Rare

During a seven-day period beginning June 1, Hardin County Detention Center booked eight people charged with alcohol intoxication in public. Now, state law no longer allows arrests on the charge, except in limited circumstances. Under House Bill 463, which went into effect June 8, police no longer can make arrests for certain misdemeanor crimes, including alcohol intoxication in public, Sgt. Tim Cleary of the Elizabethtown Police Department said. Instead, officers are to cite misdemeanor offenders.

10:44am

Mon June 13, 2011
Science/Health

Stem Cells may help Pug Walk Again

Despite being told he probably would never walk again, Karen Minton took Franklin the Pug into her home and is using a new veterinary treatment to get him back on his feet. Last August, while chasing his owner, Franklin was hit by three cars. The owner was a college student who didn’t have the money to care for the injured pug, Minton said. Franklin still has medical problems, but these days he gets around in a specialized wheelchair. The next step is an experimental treatment that uses stem cells from Franklin’s body. It will cost around $1,800. Veterinarian Cathy White of Finchville Animal Hospital in Shelby County has had success on other animals at her clinic with the technique.

10:40am

Mon June 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Business Hopes New Law Deters Metal Theft

A new law took effect Wednesday, to deter the growing problem of metal theft in Kentucky. House Bill 242 directs recycling centers and scrap yards to require signed proof of ownership or authorization to sell any metals that have been smelted, burned or melted. According to Attorney General Jack Conway, metal thefts costs businesses nationally around $1 billion each year, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. It can also affect public safety by compromising communications or emergency response capabilities, such as 911 service.

10:38am

Mon June 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

After a Decade, He's Again Working with Kids

In his last community center job in Lexington, Jonathan Boyd was stabbed with a pocketknife trying to break up a fight involving about 50 people. He wasn’t seriously injured, but the experience scared him away from community centers for more than a decade – until South Frankfort beckoned. “I was trying to separate two groups, and I was one of two lucky individuals to get stabbed,” said Jonathan, who was assistant director of Lexington’s Kenwick Community Center at the time.

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9:04am

Mon June 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Ohio Lawyer faces Kentucky Disbarment

If the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors votes to disbar Stan Chesley on Tuesday in Lexington, it would be a professional death sentence for Cincinnati's most famous lawyer - known as the "Master of Disaster." The same trial commissioner who recommended disbarment also wants Chesley to return $7.6 million of the $20 million he was paid in fees from a Boone County settlement for people sickened by the diet drug fen-phen. Since Kentucky has a reciprocal agreement with Ohio, Chesley could lose his law license in Ohio if he is disbarred in Kentucky.

9:01am

Mon June 13, 2011
All Politics are Local

Kentucky Lobbyist Merges with Ohio Firm

One of Northern Kentucky's top lobbyists is joining forces with one of the region's top law firms. Marc Wilson's Commonwealth Capitol Group will merge with Cincinnati-based Taft Stettinius & Hollister, they announced Friday. "It's exciting, and I think it'll be a good partnership," said Wilson, 43, of Florence. Wilson will contract with Taft's Focused Capitol Solutions, an affiliate that provides government relations services to the law firm's clients.

7:40am

Mon June 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

For Profit College Debate

Complaints about for-profit colleges in Kentucky continue to raise eyebrows in Frankfort.   But, the schools also have many legislative defenders. Currently there are 141 for-profit colleges in Kentucky, which are seeing significant growth.  National enrollment in proprietary colleges is nearing two million students, compared to a half-million in 1998.  The schools cater mostly to students seeking employment skills.

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7:17am

Mon June 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Means for Assessing Teachers

Raising student achievement through new teaching methods is one of Kentucky's ongoing goals.  It’s been on the minds of education activists with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Sarah Buhayar is the program manager of the Measures of Effective Teaching, which sponsored by the Gates Foundation.  Buhayar, who's been working with the Prichard Committee, says much of their research focuses on student evaluation of teachers.

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12:01am

Mon June 13, 2011
Science/Health

Tracking Pain Pill Prescriptions

The number of people crossing state lines to buy prescription pain killers has policy makers looking for ways to crack down on drug trafficking and pill mills. There is currently no national network to monitor the flow of prescription drugs. But as Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel reports, that will soon change, and states will have options.

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9:10pm

Sun June 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Ichthus Festival Updated

For the 42nd time, a Christian rock festival will be held in a field near the central Kentucky community of Wilmore.  Over the decades, much has changed at Ichthus and for fans who gather for music, lectures, workshops and fellowship.  The first sounds of music will fill the air Wednesday.  One of the nation's best known worship bands, ‘Hillsong United’ will help open the festival.  Then on Saturday, the festival's final day, Ichthus Chief Executive Officer, Mark Vermillion says the focus will again be on community.

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10:41am

Sun June 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Prosecutor Faces Tough Task in Trial

A murder charge comes in two forms in Kentucky: intentional and wanton. Intentional murder means a death was purposely caused. In a case of wanton murder, the defendant demonstrated "extreme indifference to human life." Regardless, prosecutors must either prove intent to kill or indifference to life, and legal experts think that could be one of the highest hurdles in the trial of Glenn Doneghy, who is charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan J. Durman. Two rulings last week by Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael seemed to deal major blows to the prosecution.

10:37am

Sun June 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fort Knox's Armor Era Ends

The last members of Fort Knox’s U.S. Army Armor School stood steadily at attention through light rain Friday at Fort Knox’s Brooks Field. They took the parade field for a ceremony marking the end of the school’s 71-year history at Fort Knox. The ceremony, which drew a hearty crowd, also symbolized completion of the transition of the last remaining elements of the school to its new home at Fort Benning, Ga.

10:35am

Sun June 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Perfect Weather for a Parade

The sun was shining and the skies were clear Saturday morning for Danville's 22nd annual Great American Brass Band Festival parade. The warm, dry weather was a nice change of pace from previous parades, said Danville resident Linda Knight.

10:31am

Sun June 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

Galbraith Thinks it's his Time

Thirty years after he proposed legalizing marijuana in Kentucky, it continues as the issue often associated with gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith. But Galbraith is slightly resentful that he’s been saddled as a one-trick pony. “I can give a speech talking about 10 different planks in my platform and I know that when the story comes out the next day the first thing that gets mentioned is marijuana,” he says.

10:24am

Sun June 12, 2011
Education

Commonwealth Diploma Program Cut

Some school officials are disappointed that a statewide distinguished program will be cut after next academic year. The Kentucky Department of Education voted last week to repeal the state regulation that paves the way for the Commonwealth Diploma program. For the past decade, high school students across the state have taken college-level courses in an attempt to earn the diploma. Now, state officials are cutting that program because it has become irrelevant to many students’ college careers, said Lisa Gross, KDE spokeswoman.

9:12pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Education

Fayette Board Names New Superintendent

Tom Shelton is Fayette County's new school superintendent. The Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously Friday night to name Shelton, now the Daviess County superintendent, to lead the Fayette County system and its almost 37,000 students. Shelton's contract will be for three years and 10 months at an annual salary of $240,000. That's a little less than outgoing Superintendent Stu Silberman's pay. He's getting about $244,000 this year.

8:04pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Statehouse News

Beshear Says No Furloughs

It’s been another stellar month for state revenue receipts in Kentucky.  And Gov. Steve Beshear says that means no furloughs for state workers next fiscal year.  General Fund receipts in May were $750 million, a whopping 18 percent increase over May 2010 receipts.

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3:34pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Duke Energy Efficiency Programs Expand

The state Public Service Commission this week approved an expansion of Duke Energy Kentucky's energy-efficiency programs. The commission approved Duke's plan to continue 11 existing programs as well as add a new one called Residential Smart Saver in cooperation with the Kentucky Housing Corp., according to a PSC news release. The program will offer incentives of as much as $250 to cover part of the cost of items like air sealing, attic insulation, duct sealing, and tuneups for air conditioning and heat pumps. The incentives also will be available for the installation of high-efficiency heat pumps or air conditioners in homes.

3:00pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Furlough Days Unlikely in 2012

FRANKFORT — Based on a strong General Fund tax revenue trend for fiscal year 2011, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday afternoon that it appears no furloughs for state employees will be necessary in 2012.  “I am pleased to see that revenues continue to improve beyond budgeted expectations," Beshear said in a press release from his office. "It appears that we will end the current fiscal year with unexpected funds, though the amount, of course, won’t be known until we close the books after June 30.

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2:51pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Revenues Increase, Again

Frankfort - For the 13th consecutive month, Kentucky's General Fund tax receipts grew in May. The state budget director Friday reported that May’s receipts grew 17.8 percent compared to May of last year, an increase of $113.6 million. Total revenues for the month were $750.3 million, compared to $636.7 million during May 2010. Receipts have now grown 6.7 percent for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2011.

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2:49pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hard Winter Prompts Road Repairs

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to undertake 19 emergency maintenance projects to repair sections of highway pavement damaged by severe weather last winter. The cabinet will use $13.6 million of contingency funds for the projects, most of which are on interstate highways and Kentucky parkways. The projects are being added to the cabinet’s 2011 highway maintenance schedule.

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2:48pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lake Cumberland Exceeds Desired Depth

While the past few days have been hot and humid the Lake Cumberland area has had a wet spring overall, causing the lake level to rise over 720 feet above sea level, 40-plus feet more than what the Corps of Engineers would like while work continues on Wolf Creek Dam. The Corps is currently drawing the level down about a foot a day.

2:44pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Killer Bat Disease goes Untested

Wildlife management officials say they can’t test bats again for white nose syndrome until November. In April, officials confirmed the first cases of the fungus at a cave in Trigg County.  Right now, Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator Sunny Carr says bats are mating and raising young, and they can’t be studied. However, Carr says it is possible they can spread the spores that cause white nose.

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1:55pm

Fri June 10, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Campaign Disputes cn|2 Poll

Responding to a poll that showed them trailing significantly, the campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is disputing the numbers in the race against Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.  The Williams campaign released a memorandum Thursday night, criticizing the cn|2 Pure Politics poll conducted by the Illinois-based Braun Research Group as inaccurate. Polling numbers showed Beshear holding a strong 21-point lead over Williams.

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1:37pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Education

PT Program Introduced at WKU

Harvey Wallmann had never heard of physical therapy when he injured himself while playing sports in the late 1970s. Decades later, he’s bringing to life Western Kentucky University’s new physical therapy program. Wallmann recently was named director of the doctorate program, which many community members have wanted for a long time. Officials plan to accept the program’s first group of students in the fall of 2012.

1:32pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Great American Brass Band Festival Begins

While there’s no doubt that Saturday is the star of the Great American Brass Band Festival, Friday has developed into more than simply a warm-up act for the main event. Beginning with the history conference at 9 a.m. and wrapping up with a concert more than 12 hours later, Friday features a full slate of opportunities for festival-goers to get the party started, both in Danville and at venues outside the city.

11:45am

Fri June 10, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth as Obama's Golf Coach?

Handicapping the so-called “golf summit” between President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner, GOLF Magazine encouraged the commander-in-chief to get tips from U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who is an avid and skillful amateur. The social outing was initially thought to be an attempt to cool tensions in Washington, but both sides have said no agreement on the federal budget will come as a result of the friendly game.

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11:43am

Fri June 10, 2011
All Politics are Local

Beshear Out Polls Williams

In the first poll of the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear holds a strong 21-point lead over Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams. During the primary campaign, early polls showed Williams trailing the governor by a smaller margin, but since then Beshear has launched a number of radio and television advertisements and observers had been highlighting the GOP nominees high negatives.

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11:41am

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Art, Fundraising at Speed Museum

A stolen Italian painting that’s been in the Speed Museum’s collection for nearly 40 years is now on display in Louisville for the last time. The Speed purchased the piece in 1973 for $38,000, and museum officials didn’t know it was stolen until a few months ago. The Speed worked with the U.S. and Italian governments to organize the art’s return. But before the painting is sent back to Italy it will be on display at the Speed through July 3rd.

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