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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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11:21am

Fri June 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Letcher County Rest Home Takeover Ordered

A judge has ordered that a receiver take over a troubled personal care home in Letcher County that has been the subject of numerous state citations and federal and state criminal charges. Letcher Circuit Court Judge Samuel Wright granted a temporary restraining order Thursday and appointed a receiver to oversee the finances and day-to-day operations of the troubled Jenkins home that is licensed to care for 44 residents. Wright issued the restraining order and appointed the receiver at the request of Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

10:30am

Fri June 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Seven Indicted in Drug Ring

Two South Florida residents allegedly helped funnel 20,000 or more prescription pills to an Owsley County drug ring in April and May, according to federal court documents. George Darden, 44, and Elisa H. Alston, 40, are charged in federal court in Kentucky with conspiracy to distribute pills in Owsley County, court records show.

10:27am

Fri June 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hopkins County Expands Plant

Jennmar of West Kentucky Inc. is expanding its existing plant in Earlington by an additional 16,000 square feet, and will eventually add 20 to 30 new employees to the work force in Hopkins County. The $1.13 million expansion was announced Thursday. This will be the third expansion of Jennmar’s facility since it started manufacturing roof bolts for underground coal mining industry in 2007.

10:21am

Fri June 10, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Grant Will Clean Iron Works Site

A $200,000 federal grant will clean up Covington's Stewart Iron Works property while city leaders debate its future. The Environmental Protection Agency grant will clean up hazardous chemicals such as lead paint and petroleum at the 100-year-old building.

10:15am

Fri June 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Churches may Protest Same Sex Marriage Ban

The congregations of 18 churches in the state are considering whether to take a stand to have ministers refuse to sign marriage licenses as a protest of Kentucky's refusal to allow same-sex marriage. Two Louisville churches already have said their ministers will stop signing marriage licenses. Both churches will continue to perform religious marriage ceremonies for straight and gay couples. Other churches are said to be considering joining the protest. Those churches are in Lexington, Berea, London and Richmond.

10:04am

Fri June 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Alcohol Sales in State Parks

The Kentucky Department of Parks wants a license to sell alcohol at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, as well as state parks in other wet counties. State Parks spokesman Gil Lawson said the application is one of five involving state parks in wet counties and other territories, and that the application at Lake Barkley State Resort Park includes liquor by the drink in the dining room. Meanwhile, the parks department is also seeking beer licenses at two state park golf courses – Audubon in Henderson and My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown.

7:52am

Fri June 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

The Cost of Raising Kids

Children born in 2010 will cost Kentucky families between $130,000 and $150,000 to raise. That's well below the national average. The USDA publishes a report on child-rearing costs each year. This year, costs went up two percent from 2009. On average families in the lowest income group spend $206,000 dollars on a child in before they graduate high school. But that number drops in rural regions. Terry Brooks is Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Brooks says for everyone housing takes up nearly a third of expenses.

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12:01am

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

How'd the Weekend Get So Busy?

In the arts calendar, some weekends are busier that ever.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.  Plus, he previews the Great American Brass Band Festival, A Grand Night for Singing, the Festival of the Bluegrass and an organist convention, which all take place this weekend in central Kentucky.

11:06pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Statehouse News

Medicaid Managed Care Coming

Statewide Medicaid managed care is coming to Kentucky, but maybe not as fast as some lawmakers thought. Gov. Steve Beshear says the state can save millions of dollars by letting private health care organizations manage services for the state's 820,000 Medicaid recipients. Acting Medicaid Commissioner Neville Wise says proposals from interested organizations are under evaluation.

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10:35pm

Thu June 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Further Fireworks in Kentucky

Many people might consider fireworks to be as much a part of the American fabric as apple pie, particularly during this time of year.  In Kentucky, it’s likely you’ll be seeing more flashes and hearing more bangs.  A new law opens the door to many fireworks previously deemed illegal in the commonwealth.

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8:59pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Choosing a Superintendent

New academic standards for Kentucky students could put additional demands for teachers and administrators.  As a result, some educators say student scores could drop.  But, Elaine Farris, who's the third candidate in the search for Fayette County’s next school superintendent, doesn’t see it that way.

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5:08pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Making UK Opera Stars into Hoofers

The school year’s opera students become song and dance men and women this weekend at the University of Kentucky.  For the 19th year, UK Opera is staging a “Grand Night for Singing”.  Not only is the summertime tradition a favorite among audiences, but, Director Everett McCorvey says it also teaches important lessons to his students.

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2:00pm

Thu June 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

Chandler Slams Barr's Support of Ryan Plan

In a statement released on his campaign website, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., accuses Republican Andy Barr of supporting a “radical agenda to end Medicare” as a way to balance the federal budget. Barr announced his candidacy earlier today, setting up a potential rematch between the 37-year-old Lexington attorney and three-term incumbent. In 2010, Barr came within 648 votes of unseating Chandler in a political nail biter.

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1:57pm

Thu June 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

Chandler-Barr Rematch in 2012?

After losing by less than 700 votes in last year’s general election, Republican Andy Barr will challenge Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler again in 2012. The 37-year-old Lexington attorney is a rising star in the Kentucky GOP ranks and surprised political observers by coming within a razor-thin margin of beating Chandler, a popular incumbent and grandson of a former governor.

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1:55pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Most TV News Guests Oppose EPA Air Rules

From January 2009 through April 2011, left-leaning group Media Matters analyzed television news guests who commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s role in regulating greenhouse gases. They found that 76 percent of these commentators were critical of the federal agency’s regulations, and 18 percent were in favor.  When the news guests are broken down by network, Fox News hosted even more guests against EPA regulation: 81 percent of Fox News guests and 83 percent of Fox Business guests.

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1:49pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Education

3rd Candidate Interviews for Fayette Job

Clark County superintendent Elaine Farris is in Lexington Thursday, hoping to convince the community and the Fayette County Board of Education that she's the best candidate to become Lexington's new school superintendent. Farris took a 20-minute tour of the district's new Wellington Elementary School on Thursday morning, after being greeted by school board members and meeting with community leaders. The other two superintendent finalists — Jessamine County superintendent Lu Young and Daviess County superintendent Tom Shelton — were in town Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Each finalist follows the same meeting schedule, tours the same schools, and is asked the same questions to ensure fairness.

1:45pm

Thu June 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

Ag Department Wants Investigation

The Department of Agriculture is asking the state Personnel Board to deny a request for investigation into whether two political appointees were illegally hired into protected positions. Personnel Board Vice Chairman Larry B. Gillis said that a probe is needed to determine whether Danita Fentress-Laird and Kathryn Willis were transferred from positions as politically appointed division directors into positions protected by the state's merit system without following normal procedures. A response by the Department of Agriculture said the Personnel Cabinet had reviewed the decisions and found no wrongdoing.

1:42pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Kentucky American Looks to Expand

The Lancaster City Council may have a third option when considering how to solve pending water plant capacity issues. Representatives from Lexington-based Kentucky American Water came to the council’s work session this week to express preliminary interest in purchasing the city’s water and sewer plants. John-Mark Hack, KAW director of government affairs, said the company will not know if it wants to make an offer on the plants until it conducts a thorough study of each, mostly through examining city documents.

1:37pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Brass Band Festival this Weekend

Danville will host its 22nd annual Great American Brass Band Festival this weekend. “The Great American Brass Band Festival is all about community,” says Niki Kinkade, executive director of the festival. “The community makes this happen."

11:54am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

DNA may Support Theory of Officer's Death

DNA evidence found on the steering wheel of the vehicle that hit and killed Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman last year matches the DNA of a woman whom police apparently ruled out last fall as a possible suspect in Durman's death, says a defense attorney for the man accused of murder in the case. The woman, who goes by the nickname "Juicy," is the same woman alleged to be on a recently made video recording admitting she was the driver who hit Durman.

11:45am

Thu June 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

More Retail Needed as Fort Knox Grows

Fort Knox will see millions of dollars in construction projects as the post continues to grow thanks to the Army's realignment process. Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley told a chamber of commerce audience that many of the improvements to date have been made in Elizabethtown. But he said he believes more development needs to take place closer to post, particularly in Radcliff. Freakley said the lack of high-end restaurants, shopping and specialty stores has caused soldiers to leave the area and travel to Louisville.

11:42am

Thu June 9, 2011
Education

Grad Managed Family Business and School

For many kids, the last year of high school is a bit of a cruise — finishing up a few remaining credits, dreaming of college, hanging out with friends and generally savoring the final, fleeting days of childhood. But it didn't work out that way for Woodford County's Wade Poor. Wade, 17, spent much of this school year dividing his time between a seat in the classroom and the operator's seat on a backhoe, working to keep his family's excavating business from going under after his father became critically ill and unable to work.

11:34am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green Iraqis Waive Rights

Two Iraqi refugees facing federal terrorism charges have waived their rights to have a detention hearing at this time in U.S. District Court. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, was brought into the federal courthouse in Bowling Green early this morning but decided to sign a waiver giving up his right to a detention hearing today. However, Alwan has reserved the right to ask for it at a later date, said U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Stephanie Collins. Alwan’s codefendant, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, signed a similar waiver that was filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

11:30am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Law Changes Bond Rules

A new slate of laws that took effect Wednesday will change the way judges set bonds. Bonds will be issued based on the assessed risk of defendants. Under the new law, more people will be released on unsecured bonds or on their own recognizance, Hopkins District Judge Logan Calvert said. This part of the provisions was set forth by House Bill 463, which was passed into law earlier this year by the state legislature.

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