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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.

9:25am

Mon May 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

TV Documentary Highlights KY History

A new documentary premieres on KET this week, focusing on how the land of Kentucky shaped the Commonwealth's history and how those stories reflect the history of the country.

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7:48am

Mon May 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Kentucky Kicks Off Click It or Ticket Campaign


Monday marks the beginning of a nationwide
highway safety initiative known as "Click It or Ticket." The Kentucky State Police will join hundreds of local law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual highway safety mobilization.

11:40pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP Claims Unity at Frankfort Rally

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Kentucky Republicans held a post-primary rally at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort Saturday to show a united front for the fall.  But despite claims of party unity, it appears the Republicans may have a few chinks in their armor.

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11:33pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Food Glorious Local Food

High gasoline prices, high food prices and concern over the environment have Kentuckians more interested in home gardens.  More people want to buy, grow and eat locally.  It’s all in the name of sustainability.

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3:28pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Animal Diagnostics to a New Level

 

The University of Kentucky’s new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is better prepared now to tackle the next ‘surprise’ disease in animal agriculture.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday at the renovated lab in Lexington.

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2:56pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP To Rally; Legg Seeks Recanvass

In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, Kentucky Republicans, including Senate President David Williams, will hold a unity rally Saturday at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort.  But the man Williams faces in the fall is already trying to spoil the party.

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11:18am

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

School Secretary A No-Show for Court Hearing

Lynda Chase, the Madison Central High School secretary accused of felony counts involving sex with a 15-year-old student, did not appear in court Thursday to accept a plea agreement as had been anticipated.

 

10:32am

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Grow Your Own on the Uptick

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High gasoline prices, high food prices and concern over the environment have Kentuckians more interested in home gardens.  More people want to buy, grow and eat locally.  It’s all in the name of sustainability.

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