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10:31am

Tue June 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Former Lawmaker in Protective Custody

Former state representative Steve Nunn, who is in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge, was placed in protective custody in the Fayette County jail Monday after he allegedly was threatened by another inmate. It was the second such incident in a month. Nunn, accused of killing his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, was beaten up by an inmate while the two were playing basketball May 9.

10:27am

Tue June 7, 2011
Education

Treadmill Keeps UK employee Fit

Kathryn Cunningham has a desk job at the University of Kentucky. But that doesn't mean she's stationary all day. She walks at her desk. Cunningham spent about $2,000 on a treadmill desk, which she has been using since moving into her tiny one-person office in the UK Science Library last fall. She compares her daily desk walk, which can be 3 to 7 miles a day, to the kind of challenge involved in having a class with hundreds of students, yet making sure that each one stays focused.

10:23am

Tue June 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Missing Video could Identify Cop Killer

Lexington police and attorneys for Glenn Doneghy, accused of murder in the death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman, are looking for a videotape of a woman who allegedly says on the video that she was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Durman last year. The existence of such a tape was discussed Monday during a hearing in Doneghy's case in Fayette Circuit Court.

10:18am

Tue June 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Intersection Should Cut Wrecks, Gridlock

Construction began Monday night on a project intended to alleviate congestion at the Harrodsburg and New Circle Road interchange in Lexington. he project is the first in the state and one of only a handful in the nation that uses what's known as a double crossover diamond or diverging diamond design, which has motorists crossing over and driving on the left side of the road.

10:02am

Tue June 7, 2011
Business and the Economy

Normalcy Returns to Toyota Plant

On Monday, things went back to normal at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. TMMK production has returned to 100 percent, up from 30 percent production levels the plant experienced from mid-April up to last week. The Georgetown production line was hurt by parts shortages caused by the continuing impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The largest Toyota plant in North America stopped the line for two non-production days each week in an effort to conserve parts supplies.

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9:48am

Tue June 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

52 Indicted in Harlan on Drug Charges

Fifty-two Harlan Countians, primarily residents of Benham, Cumberland and Lynch, have been indicted on drug charges. The indictments followed a year-long undercover investigation that primarily revolved around the sale of OxyContin, hydrocodone and Suboxone. A majority of the pills purchased during the investigation originated in Florida, officials said.

9:44am

Tue June 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Law Means More Citations, Fewer Arrests

Starting Wednesday, small amounts of marijuana or prescription pills may not land a violator in jail. Under provisions of House Bill 463 set to take effect this week, law enforcement officials will issue citations instead of making arrests on many misdemeanor offenses. Hopkinsville Chief of Police Guy Howie said his department has already been issuing citations for some misdemeanor offenses. Still, he admitted any time there is a new procedure there is also an adjustment period. “It’s going to be a change,” Howie said. “It’s going to take some getting used to.”

6:51am

Tue June 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Online Database Trip Back in Time

Imagine the process of documenting all the objects you own - from coffee mugs to individual pieces of clothing - and you've got an idea of the work underway at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. "Every single artifact is getting a photograph, getting measured, getting re-cataloged, a new condition description, and then put online." KHS recently launched its Objects Catalog, and curator Bill Bright says more artifacts are going online.

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6:46am

Tue June 7, 2011
All Politics are Local

"War on Coal" Political Rhetoric

In the past week, several Kentucky politicians have spoken out against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and what they call its “war on coal.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear and State Representative Jim Gooch Jr. have all complained that EPA regulation is endangering the state’s coal industry.

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12:40am

Tue June 7, 2011
Statehouse News

Primary Vote Tally Certified

The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified.  It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies.  Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago. 

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6:34pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Hot, Hot and More Hot

Many say the un-official start to summer is Memorial Day.  If you agree with that premise, then it’s already been a pretty hot summer.  A weather specialist at the University of Kentucky says it’s hard to say what comes next.  Many Kentuckians may already be thinking about fall, dreaming about cooler temperatures.   Summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21st, but a great deal of hot humid weather has already come to many Kentucky communities.

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4:12pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

EKU-MSU-Hazard Agreement

It’s going to be easier for Kentuckians with associate degrees at an eastern Kentucky school to move into full-fledged Bachelor’s degree programs. On Monday (today) Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State and Hazard Community and Technical College announced details of a collaborative regional education program.  EKU President Doug Whitlock says it’s called the Associate to Baccalaureate Degree Pathway

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Repairs Resume on Lake Cumberland Dam

The US Army Corps of Engineers has resumed rehabilitation work on part of Wolf Creek Dam in southern Kentucky.  Officials began repairs in 2006 after determining the dam could fail, which would cause major flooding in several downstream cities, including Nashville. The dam’s condition also forced engineers to lower water levels on Lake Cumberland. Project manager David Hendrix says completion of the repairs is more than two years away.

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Statehouse News

New Look for Hall of Governors

The newly renovated Hall of Governors at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort reopened over the weekend.  The Hall of Governors is literally a wide hallway in the west wing of the history center. It's lined with the portraits of dozens of Kentucky governors. In years past, visitors often breezed through the room, because there was no historical or biographical information accompanying the paintings. That's no longer the case, says Scott Alvey, who's overseeing the hall's redevelopment.

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Interchange Project in Progress

 

Starting tonight, construction of a new kind of interchange could slow evening traffic flow in Lexington.  Work began last week on what’s called a “double cross over diamond interchange” along Harrodsburg Road.

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Prichard Committee Meeting

 

Kentucky’s best known education advocacy group is examining new academic standards and what they may mean for both students and teachers.  The annual spring meeting is taking place at a central Kentucky state park.

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10:19am

Sun June 5, 2011
All Politics are Local

Police Faced with Adapting to New Law

Today, Kentucky police officers may arrest for misdemeanors such as possession of marijuana or disorderly conduct. Beginning Wednesday, police may only cite some misdemeanors rather than arrest. Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 463 into law March 3. The bill is designed to decrease prison population, incarceration costs and recidivism. Section 46 of the bill covers arrestable offenses and makes significant changes to what misdemeanor offenses local law enforcement can and cannot arrest for.

10:12am

Sun June 5, 2011
Education

Leaders Working to Address Issue of College Readiness

Many Kentucky teenagers graduated from high school over the weekend and many of them will enroll in college. And, if statistics hold true, a majority will be unprepared. School leaders are working to combat a problem that plagues colleges in Kentucky and across the nation: Too many college freshmen are not ready for college-level courses.

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8:25pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Statehouse News

Gunsights on Sandhill Cranes

FRANKFORT, KY  - Over the objections of a bevy of birdwatchers, a sandhill crane hunting season may soon become a reality in Kentucky.   Sandhill cranes are large, migratory birds that were almost completely wiped out in the early 1900's, but rebounded with federal protection. The population east of the Mississippi River now numbers around 60,000 and many of the birds winter in Kentucky.

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5:26pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Deadline Near on Disaster Benefits

FRANKFORT — Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday announced that six additional Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, bringing the total to 17 counties. Kentuckians in Ballard, Daviess, Henderson, Lawrence, McLean and Pike counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred beginning April 22 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

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5:24pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Science/Health

2nd Assault on West KY Mosquitos

FRANKFORT – After aerial spraying successfully reduced high mosquito populations in flooded areas of Western Kentucky, the state will launch the second part of its mosquito abatement initiative. Beginning Monday, crews will target mosquito larvae in standing flood waters. Professional contractors conducted aerial spraying of more than 700,000 acres across Western Kentucky last week.

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5:17pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

2300 East KY Homes to get Cleaner Water

FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced funding for water supply projects in several Eastern Kentucky counties. Residents living along or in KY HWY 476 (Breathitt), Mudlick/Franks Creek (Johnson), Paintsville Lake area (Johnson), Dry Creek/Clear Creek (Knott), Treadway Road (Lee/Owsley), Trace Fork/Spicy Ridge (Martin), Whoopflarea (Owsley/Perry), South Perry (Perry) and Vicco (Perry/Letcher) should be noticing the construction of a water supply project funded by the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands in their communities.

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5:16pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

$75 Million in State Highway Contracts

FRANKFORT – The state announced Friday the awarding of nearly $75 million in highway projects. They include funding for bridge deck repair, road maintenance, highway safety improvements and a new, state-of-the-art “double crossover diamond” interchange in Fayette County. All the contracts were awarded on the basis of competitive bidding. The Transportation Cabinet received and announced the bids on May 20, according to a press release.

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5:14pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Florida Governor Cracks Down on Pill Mills

After initially fighting one of its key provisions, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday aimed at cracking down on clinics that frivolously dispense pain pills, feeding a nationwide prescription drug abuse epidemic. "Florida will shed its title as the Oxy Express," Scott said at a bill signing ceremony in Tampa, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear reacted to the news by issuing a statement:

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2:27pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Immigrants Shocked by Terror Arrests

When Sajad Alzuhairi, owner of the International Market in Bowling Green, heard about the arrests of two local Iraqi refugees on terrorism charges, he was shocked. One of the men, Waad Ramadan Alwan, had often worked for Alzuhairi at the store. “I could not believe it,” said Alzuhairi, who is from Iraq and lives in Nashville. “He didn’t look like the kind of person who would do anything like that.” Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both of whom have lived in Bowling Green since 2009, are charged with plotting to send explosives, guns and missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed Tuesday.

1:53pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Paul Wants Hearings into Terror Arrests

US Senator Rand Paul wants congressional hearing into immigration of terror suspects into Kentucky.
Photo by Joe Imel Daily News, Bowling Green

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to ask for Senate hearings to find out how two Iraqi refugees living in Bowling Green and recently charged with terrorism were able to gain entry into the country. In a news conference today, Paul complimented the FBI for its “good work” in apprehending the two men. Alwan is accused of conspiring to kill U.S. nationals living abroad. Alwan and Hammadi are accused of attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaida in Iraq.

1:50pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

For Yard Sale Patrons, US 68 Offers Variety

Bargain hunters across the state took to the road Thursday for the 400 Mile Sale. The annual event, which continues through Sunday, features yard sales in dozens of communities across the state, following U.S. 68 as it stretches west from Maysville to Paducah. The four-day event has grown in popularity since it was first held in 2004, bringing attention to U.S. 68 itself, which has been designated as a State Scenic Byway, and the antique shops and other destinations along the road.

10:50am

Fri June 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Dozens of Citations Given Letcher, Perry Mines

Federal inspectors issued 30 citations at an underground coal mine in Letcher County during a special inspection last month, according to a news release. Among other things, the citations allege that the operator of Vision Coal Inc.'s Mine No. 2 failed to follow the approved plans for supporting the mine roof and drilling test holes, exposing miners to potential injuries from roof falls and the danger of being inundated by water and harmful gases, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said.

10:47am

Fri June 3, 2011
Business and the Economy

Madisonville Center Adds 25 Jobs

WEBstaurant Store Inc. has chosen Madisonville as its second location to operate a distribution center. WEBstaurant will hire 25 employees this summer, who will start to work within the next few weeks. Employment will eventually increase to 100, according to the company’s president, Dave Groff. The announcement was made during a news conference at the Madisonville/Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. on Thursday morning.

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10:44am

Fri June 3, 2011
All Politics are Local

Nunn Murder Trial Evidence Allowed

Evidence indicating former state lawmaker Steve Nunn engaged the services of prostitutes less than a week before he is alleged to have killed his former fiancée will be allowed at his murder trial, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled Thursday. The judge said prosecution evidence showing contacts between Nunn and women from an online service in August and September 2009, just before the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross, was relevant to the case. Defense attorneys had sought to have the information excluded from the trial.

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