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12:15pm

Wed May 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Berea Assesses Energy Use

Looking ways to save energy and money, the City of Berea has joined in an Energy Cost Savings Plan. The project is a collaboration of  Berea city government, the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and Sustainable Berea. Mayor Steve Connelly says rising gasoline prices justify a change.

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11:40am

Wed May 25, 2011
Business and the Economy

Former Alltech Worker Alleges Harassment

The former U.S. controller for Nicholasville-based Alltech is suing the international animal feed company for sexual harassment, alleging she suffered three years of salacious emails, calls and assault by her former boss. The lawsuit says top officials at the company ignored the complaints of Amanda Jo Wester, who started at Alltech in 2007, about Eric Lanz, Alltech's director of the Americas at the time, and then retaliated against her. Wester recently resigned from the company, according to her attorney.

11:34am

Wed May 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth Defends Warren During Hearing

Facing hostile questions from Republican lawmakers, White House consumer adviser Elizabeth Warren was grilled during a subcommittee meeting that got nasty when the panel’s chairman accused her of lying about the terms of her appearance.

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11:31am

Wed May 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Pedestrians Beware in Louisville

Louisville has been named one of the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians by the group Transportation for America. The organization looked at pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009 and concluded that Louisville is the 19th most dangerous metro area in the country, and second in the Midwest, behind Detroit.

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10:21am

Wed May 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Files for Alcohol Sales at Parks

State officials are moving forward with a plan to establish alcohol sales at four Kentucky state parks, including General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Also included in the plan are Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonburg and John James Audubon State Park in Henderson. The plan originally was announced last summer as part of a strategy to reduce costs generate revenue for the park system in light of state budget cuts.

10:16am

Wed May 25, 2011
Science/Health

Distinctive Pharmacy's Future Unclear

Bondurant's Pharmacy owner Eric Brewer advised customers to pick up their prescriptions Tuesday, but he declined to comment when asked about media reports that the distinctively shaped pharmacy might be closing. Customers who called the pharmacy Tuesday were told it would be open until 6 p.m.; then it would close for good. When asked whether Tuesday would be the pharmacy's last day open, Brewer said he didn't know. The independent pharmacy was built in 1974 in the shape of a giant mortar and pestle.

10:12am

Wed May 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Another Mayor of Lynch Resigns

Serving as Lynch’s first female mayor since being appointed in September, Darlene Monhollen resigned that position at a special called meeting of the Lynch City Council on Tuesday. Monhollen’s letter of resignation was read to council members by mayor pro tem Anne Carr. Monhollen cited health problems as the reason for her leaving. Council member Taylor Hall was appointed to fill Monhollen’s position until the November election.

10:04am

Wed May 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Family of Eight Escapes Falling Tree

A Brooksville family of eight is thankful for a sturdy house, after storm driven winds downed a large maple tree on their residence Monday night. Coletta and Charlie Tolley have been living in the home on Kentucky 10 near Bracken County High school for six years without incident, said Coletta Tolley. They live there with their son and daughter and four grandchildren and are now looking for temporary shelter until the tree can be removed.

7:19am

Wed May 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Kasper Not Enough Says Drug Czar

Kentucky’s system for tracking prescription drug sales is “forward leaning” but it’s not enough to curb abuse. That’s according to U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske.Speaking to the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Kerlikowske said the system, known as KASPER, and similar initiatives in other states work well, but they need to work together.

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11:29pm

Tue May 24, 2011
Statehouse News

Thomas Williams, Top Trooper

The 2010 Kentucky State Police Trooper of the Year is a veteran of Post 1 in Mayfield, in far western Kentucky.   Senior Trooper Thomas Williams was honored along with a host of other state troopers in an awards ceremony in Frankfort.

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4:57pm

Tue May 24, 2011
Education

Program Preps Precocious Preschoolers

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A new program will keep rising Fayette County kindergartners busy this summer. Four-year-old Josiah is already looking forward to next school year, when he'll be a kindergartner at Northern Elementary. "Books and art and paint," says Josiah. He's one of 2,000 students who will start kindergarten at Fayette County Public Schools this fall.

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4:54pm

Tue May 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police Could Eliminate Funeral Escorts

A neighborhood-based crime prevention program would be reduced from eight officers to four under a Lexington Police budget proposal. The program is called CLEAR -- Community Law Enforcement Action Response. It has the support of several Urban County Council members, including 3rd District Representative Diane Lawless.

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4:17pm

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Deadline Set for Disaster Jobless Pay

FRANKFORT — Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday announced that 11 Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Kentuckians in Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, Webster and Union counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred April 22 – May 20 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

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2:35pm

Tue May 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Wants Exemption from Ethics Rules

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is seeking an exemption to conflict-of-interest rules. Paul is an ophthalmologist and he’s been performing eye surgeries for free at his Bowling Green practice since taking office. Senate rules prohibit members from being paid for other employment, but Paul is asking his colleagues to allow him to bill patients only to cover surgery expenses such as insurance. Paul continues to perform surgeries so he can keep his skills sharp.

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2:32pm

Tue May 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Hires New Campaign Manager

Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has hired a new campaign manager with ties to the Tea Party to run his statewide bid in the fall election.The campaign will be run by Luke B. Marchant, who currently serves as a special assistant to U.S. Sen. Marc Rubio, R-Fl., after working as the political director on the freshman Senator’s 2010 race.

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1:53pm

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

You Tube Fight Video Prompts Arrest

When two female Greenwood High School students decided to take their war of words to the next level and throw punches, the fight landed a Bowling Green woman in jail and the two girls in juvenile court. The fight was captured on video and uploaded to the website YouTube, where the adult can be seen smiling as she turned and looked at the camera, according to court records.

1:46pm

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Joplin Storm Does Damage in Kentucky

The remnants of the storm that devastated Joplin, Mo., on Sunday caused moderate damage in Calloway County early Monday morning and Monday afternoon. A Murray-based weather observer said the system that came through early Monday was a weakening straight-line wind storm left over from the same system that hit Missouri on Sunday. He said the highest winds were 48 mph. High winds knocked down trees and power lines.

11:55am

Tue May 24, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Students Take Concerns to EPA

Some Berea College students are taking their concerns about the health risks of mercury to federal officials. They’re headed to Atlanta to take part in an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday. Cassy Hobert of Frenchburg is going because she’s worried about her unborn baby.

“And so when I started doing the research for this, for mercury contamination, for mercury pollution as preparation to go to Atlanta, I found some really disturbing statistics, like as many as 1 in 6 women in the United States have mercury levels in their blood high enough to put an unborn child at risk,” said Hobert.

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10:53am

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Eight Die on Kentucky Highways

Eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carlisle, Daviess, Washington, and Wolfe counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Daviess County crashes.

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10:50am

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Union, Webster Residents Seek FEMA Help

Homeowners, renters and businesses in 11 Kentucky counties — including Union and Webster counties — who suffered damages in the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April 22 and continuing can apply for federal and state disaster assistance by phone or online, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

10:47am

Tue May 24, 2011
Science/Health

2,100 Ponder Future of Food

In downtown Lexington, hundreds of scientists, farmers and food producers are pondering what you had for breakfast. And dinner. And what the rest of the soon-to-be 7 billion people on the planet will eat this year. The 27th Alltech symposium on animal health and nutrition has brought together a record 2,100 people from 72 countries to weigh the big issues in food.

10:39am

Tue May 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Towns Like Sadieville 'Endangered'

During the past few years, officials in the Scott County town of Sadieville have started looking around with new eyes. What they see is history that has been ignored and is in danger of being lost: deteriorating hotels and saloons where Sadieville's history got started, a sagging Rosenwald school once used to educate African-American students, a historic church that sits empty. "We're getting a huge preservation appetite," Mayor Claude Christensen said. "The more we looked, the more we saw and uncovered these things that had significance." It's the same story in hamlets all over the state, and it's why they are highlighted in Preservation Kentucky's Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011.

10:35am

Tue May 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Worker Guilty in Big Brothers, Sisters Fraud

The former office manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud for cashing $435,837 in checks on the organization's account, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Bendrea Wilson, 33, admitted she issued 142 fraudulent checks to other people from 2008 through October 2009, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District.

10:30am

Tue May 24, 2011
Science/Health

State Hopes to Cut Heat Stroke Deaths

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D., joined representatives from Safe Kids and other advocates at the Capitol Monday to unveil the elements of a national education and awareness campaign to help reduce child vehicular deaths caused by heat stroke. The event comes on the heels of a weekend tragedy in Louisville in which a 2-year-old died after being left in a hot car.

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7:16am

Tue May 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

State Offices Furloughed Friday

State offices will be closed on Friday as part of the state’s budget balancing plan to furlough state government workers a total of six days in Fiscal Year 2011, as authorized by the 2010-12 biennial budget passed by the General Assembly.

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7:03am

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville Ranks Low in Physical Fitness

The acting head of the Louisville Department of Health and Wellness says the city’s recent poor showing in the American Fitness Index is not a reflection of his department’s programs. Louisville and the surrounding counties were ranked next to last in the index, which measured the general fitness of residents of various metropolitan areas.

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6:45am

Tue May 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Art Returns to Italy

A piece of stolen artwork that’s been at the Speed Museum in Louisville for years will be returned to Italy.

The 14th century triptych painting of the Virgin Mary with Child was among several pieces of art stolen from an Italian estate forty years ago. The Speed purchased the piece from a New York gallery in 1973 for $38,000.

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6:41am

Tue May 24, 2011
All Politics are Local

Auction of Candidate's Home Delayed

The Republican nominee for state auditor will get to stay in his Fayette County home for now.
Foreclosure proceedings continue for John T. Kemper III, but his 10,000-square foot home on 18 acres in Lexington has not been sold at auction as was originally planned for Monday. His home near Raven Run Nature Sanctuary was scheduled to be sold at a Master Commissioner sale to raise nearly $1.5 million owed to Citimortgage.

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12:01pm

Mon May 23, 2011
Education

Cutting the Cost of Higher Education

Tuition at state owned colleges will go up at least four percent this fall, and university presidents say further increases are likely.  It can give heartburn to students, parents and university presidents.  Students and parents must pay the additional costs, but, administrators must also contain costs.

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10:18am

Mon May 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Advocates Want End to School paddling

James Wallace said he and his wife, Tammy, gave permission for the Belfry Middle School principal to paddle their 12-year-old son in November for spitting on another child in a fight.

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