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9:25am

Fri May 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Klan Founder gets Prison Time

OWENSBORO — The founder of the Imperial Klans of America was sentenced Thursday to serve four years in federal prison in connection with trafficking methamphetamine and painkillers. Ron Edwards, who moved his Klan compound from Muhlenberg County to outside of Dawson Springs in 2003, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term.

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9:22am

Fri May 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

I-75 Bottlenecks in Northern Kentucky

More than 30 million people plan to drive at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, according the AAA travel group. The thousands who plan to drive Interstate 71/75 through Northern Kentucky could spend part of their holiday stuck in traffic. State transportation officials say the work to repair and replace concrete on the interstate will continue through the holiday weekend.

9:14am

Fri May 27, 2011
Science/Health

Memorial Day Deadly for ATV Riders

Memorial Day weekend is among the deadliest for ATV riders. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 28 people were killed in ATV accidents during the four days surrounding 2010 Memorial Day, which means that there was an average of seven deaths a day nationwide. Five of the cases involved individuals under the age of 16. “We don’t have data on why so many fatalities occur during this time, but the reports we receive clearly show the trend,” said Carl Purvis, with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

6:52am

Fri May 27, 2011
Sports

PGA Sr Championship Tees Off

The Senior PGA Championship is underway at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club.

Opening round play was interrupted for more than three hours by a thunderstorm.The first day of play had already been postponed by an hour-and-a-half to allow the course to recover from heavy rains that drenched the area Wednesday night. Another round of rough weather around midday sent golfers to the clubhouse and fans looking for shelter. Kyle Swafford of London, Kentucky and his friend Johnny Shouse of Lawrenceburg waited out the storm at the souvenir tent. Swafford said he hasn’t decided whom to root for in the championship.

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6:48am

Fri May 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

Pres Debates Commission Visits EKU, Centre

Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College in Kentucky have both been visited by members of the Commission on Presidential Debates. The two institutions both applied to host debates in next year’s presidential race. Officials with the schools confirmed today that members of the commission visited both campuses to tour potential venues.

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12:00am

Fri May 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Musical Monsters Mark Milestone at Opera House

To celebrate its anniversary the Lexington Opera House is turning itself over to some musical monsters.  Rich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview of their 2011-2012 season.  He also looks ahead at the season planned for next year at the Norton Center for the Arts.

3:40pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

District Redrawing Begins in LEX

Changes are ahead for Lexington’s legislative districts. The latest figures from the US Census show some of the districts within Lexington Fayette Urban County Government are unevenly populated. Boundaries need to be redrawn, but those district lines cannot be solely based on race or ethnic background.

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3:29pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Statehouse News

Legg Concedes After Recanvass

Bill Johnson of Elkton has again prevailed in the Republican primary for Kentucky Secretary of State.  On election night, Johnson defeated Hilda Legg of Somerset by just over 1,100 votes, but Legg sought a recheck of voting machine tallies.  The recanvass shows Johnson picking up five votes, and Legg gaining 11.

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3:27pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Health Tech Firm Locates in Commonwealth

FRANKFORT – Meaningful Use Technologies LLC and Korean-based Arcron Systems Inc. are each establishing its U.S. headquarters in a 5,000-square-foot facility in Newport to serve the North American markets. The information technology companies together will create 20 new jobs and invest a total of more than $1 million in Northern Kentucky, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.

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3:25pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Iraq War Vet Walks for "Forgotten" Families

Alarmed by the high suicide rate among veterans, a Louisville man is raising funds for struggling military families.  Iraq war veteran Troy Yokum has walked from Kentucky to the Pacific Ocean and back.  Yokum arrived today on the step of the US Capitol in Washington DC.

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2:36pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rowan Animal Shelter Gets Makeover

With help from national groups, the Rowan County K-9 Shelter is undergoing an extreme home makeover of sorts. The animal shelter is getting new beds, new roofing and other repairs that will benefit its inhabitants, now numbering about 30. The shelter takes in roughly five dogs a week and sees hundreds each year, said Vicki Fragasso, director of development for Petfinder.com Foundation.

2:34pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Police Step Up Holiday Enforcement

FRANKFORT - Kentucky State Police report that aggressive driving, failure to use seat belts and driving while impaired are the top three dangers faced by motorists on Kentucky highways during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Accordingly, the law enforcement agency plans to intensify its traffic safety and patrol efforts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.

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2:31pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Education

Arson Suspected in Dorm Fire

A former Kentucky State University student who allegedly set fire to the door of another KSU student’s dorm room has been indicted on an arson charge. Juanisha Feliciano, 19, sprayed an accelerant on the door of a female student, who hasn’t been identified, at Chandler Hall and ignited it around 5:20 a.m. April 24, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland and state police say.

2:28pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Budget Watchers Take Break at Band Festival

After three years of tightening budgets and cutbacks, Danville's Great American Brass Band Festival is finally able to exhale a little bit this year.Not that the festival has returned to it’s pre-recession level of funding and spending, but executive director Niki Kincade senses the event is gaining weight again after the lean times of recent years.“This year, we’ve caught up a little bit,” Kincade said.

2:24pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

'A Mission, Not a Joy Ride'

Nicholas Carpenter – a staff sergeant killed by a landmine in August 1970 – is among the 1,100 names on the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. James Logsden, of Attica, Ind., served with Carpenter in the 9th Infantry Division. Logsden stepped on a landmine fashioned from a 155mm artillery shell. It exploded, injuring him, killing Carpenter and wounding four others, Logsden said.

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2:14pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Disasters May Affect Insurance, Building

The tornadoes that have killed more than 500 people in the Midwest and elsewhere this year will have a trickle-down effect on Kentucky. “There is no doubt that all of the disasters here in the Midwest, Alabama and earlier in April in North Carolina ... will affect insurance rates here,” said David Wiseman, an agent for Van Meter Insurance Group. “The basis of insurance is, you have to spread the risk. So there is no way to take a group of policyholders in a particular area and try to spread losses out over just those policies. You have to spread those losses over a larger number of policyholders.”

2:11pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Developing

At Least Two Killed in North Carolina Crash

A small plane flying from the Atlanta area to Hazard crashed in the mountains of western North Carolina Wednesday, killing at least two people onboard. The Citizen-Times of Ashville reported the twin-engine Beech Baron 58 went down near Lake Hiwassee, which is near the Tennessee border. Reporters Jon Ostendorff and Joel Burgess said Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin said the crash had resulted in “multiple fatalities.” The aircraft can carry up to six people.

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12:38pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Feeding Kentucky's "Stay-cationeers"

Even if Kentuckians stay close to home this summer, they’ll still need to eat.  For those travellers on “stay-cation,” Bowling Green author  Gary West advises them not to judge restaurants by their cover.“You go into a lot of these places for the nostalgia, for the ambience, just for the atmosphere. I mean, you might go by some of them and they might have an old, rusty sign out front, but that parking lot would be absolutely packed with people,” says West.

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10:50am

Thu May 26, 2011
Education

Finalists Set in Super Search

Fayette County Public Schools will consider five candidates to become the next superintendent of the school district. A screening committee narrowed the pool of applicants from 14 to five Wednesday night. Next week, the committee will meet with the Fayette County Board of Education in closed session to discuss the top candidates and determine how many to interview.

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10:09am

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Murray Ends Trolley Service

After servicing the university, downtown Murray and Main Street corridor areas for nearly a year and a half, the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority will suspend regular Trolley services effective Tuesday, May 31. The announcement was made this week by Bjarne Hansen, MCTA executive director, who cited higher fuel costs and declining ridership as the cause of the decision.

10:07am

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Facebook Leads Police to AWOL Marine

If you're going to go leave the military without permission, then it probably isn't a good idea to post your whereabouts on Facebook. In the predawn hours Tuesday, Whitley County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Foley charged Terry J. McCullah, 19, with being a federal fugitive. Foley arrested McCullah at his mother's residence after sheriff's deputies got a request from the United States Marine Corps to apprehend McCullah for "military desertion," according to court documents.

10:04am

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Connection to Joplin Tornado

A Kentuckian who now lives in Joplin, Mo. survived Sunday's massive tornado along with his family. Eric Polley said the roof was ripped from his house; meanwhile, his neighbors began running around, checking on people, assessing the damage. "It was crazy," he said. "It was worse than anything I've ever seen in a movie ... I don't ever want to go through it again, that's for sure."

9:56am

Thu May 26, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth Wants Apology from GOP Rep

In a stinging letter signed by fellow committee members, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has asked House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., to apologize for impugning the character of White House consumer adviser Elizabeth Warren at a recent hearing.

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9:22am

Thu May 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Panel Urges More US Control

A report released Monday by the Toyota North America Quality Advisory Panel criticized the company’s structure of operations, with all major decisions coming from Toyota Motor Corp. in Japan. “Toyota has erred too much on the side of global centralization and needs to shift the balance somewhat toward greater local authority and control,” the panel advises.

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9:20am

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Firefighters Provide Relief in Joplin

“Absolute, complete devastation” is how Georgetown firefighter David Raisor described the scene in Joplin, Mo., Wednesday morning. Raisor and three fellow firefighters, Capt. Revel Oliver and firefighters Matt Marshall and Wade Calvert, arrived in Joplin Monday night and got to work the next morning, assisting in search and rescue operations along with firefighters from about 50 other fire departments across the country.

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8:59am

Thu May 26, 2011
Education

KY in Nine State Fight for ED Dollars

Kentucky and eight other states may compete for $200 million in federal educational funds in a third round of the Race to the Top program, Obama administration officials announced Wednesday in Washington. All nine failed to win grants during two previous funding rounds. In addition to Kentucky, the eligible states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina. They could receive grants ranging from $10 million to $50 million, according to the administration.

8:55am

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lake Barkley Normal, but Cleanup Remains

Although Lake Barkley is down almost to normal levels, in many places the clean-up and repair work has only really begun after recent flooding. John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said the park lost about $100,000 in sales as the result of cancellations because of flooding. Jordan said the financial impact of flooding was worse this year than last year.

8:52am

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Man Offers Help in Joplin

Joel Hatfield’s first impression Monday as he drove into Joplin, Mo., a place he called home for nine years, was that the streets he used to drive — and the homes and businesses that once were familiar — now are scattered everywhere. Trees stand snapped, two-level homes are flattened and vehicles sit after being tossed around like rag dolls. “It was catastrophic,’’ said Hatfield, who lives in Summit. “There’s no way to describe, really, what it looked like. It was like a big lawnmower came down from the sky and ate up everything in its path.’’

6:47am

Thu May 26, 2011
All Politics are Local

Beshear Blames Feds For Rate Hikes

Responding to Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ request for a rate increase up to 19 percent, Governor Steve Beshear blamed federal regulators for the higher utility bills.

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4:41pm

Wed May 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

GOP Calls Out Conway Over Pensions

Less than a day after the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Governor Steve Beshear organized a meeting between state pension fund representatives and his political supporters, the Republican Party of Kentucky is pouncing on the scandal. GOP Chairman Steve Robertson questioned why Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has made no inquiry into the scandal, which involves managing the commonwealth’s multi-billion dollar pension funds for state and county employees.

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