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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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7:26am

Fri May 20, 2011
Science/Health

Take A Walking Tour of UK Patient Pavilion

Unless you volunteer or work at a hospital it's probably not the place you would choose to start or end your day. But a walking tour of UK Chandler Hospital's new Patient Pavilion may change your mind about that. Alan Lytle shares highlights from his trip through the facility.

Executive Vice President for Affairs Michael Karpf, has overseen every aspect of the building's construction estimated cost, 532-million dollars. He says from day one the idea has been to offer critical and acute care patients and their families a kind of shelter from the storms of life.

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12:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The "Pops" of all Music Festivals

A mini-music festival is performed Saturday afternoon in downtown Lexington.  It’s a celebration of a retailer who still sells vinyl records.  Also, this weekend, a “pitch black” comedy is performed by Studio Players of Lexington.  Arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a sneak peak.

9:54pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Marathon Price Gouging Hearing

In Frankfort, two economic experts battled it out in a day long hearing in Kentucky's gas price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum.  The state is accusing Marathon of illegally jacking up gasoline prices during a state of emergency declared on April 26th and still in effect.  The company denies any wrongdoing.

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6:46pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Noise Regs in Lexington

Lexington city officials are expected to take up new noise related regulations later this summer.  The report comes in the form of a draft ordinance developed by a special task force.

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4:13pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Middle College Set to Open in Madison County

 

You’re familiar with the terms “middle school” and “college” but chances are you’ve never heard of a “middle college.”  That concept is now reality in central Kentucky.

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4:07pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Galbraith's Take on the Primary Results

 

 

 

Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith says he couldn’t be any happier with Tuesday’s primary results.  Galbraith is mounting a petition drive to secure a spot in the fall race as an independent.

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5:50am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Kentucky Officials participate in Earthquake Drills

The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an earthquake drill in western Kentucky Wednesday.

FEMA is testing how well various federal, state, city and private agencies can respond to a devastating quake on the New Madrid Fault, which is underneath parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

Louisville MetroSafe spokesperson Lee Cravins says his agency was asked to prepare to send crews to the simulated disaster area.

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5:44am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Demonstrators Seek U.S. Support for Bahrain Uprising

Several Louisvillians will hold a demonstration Thursday to encourage western powers to take action in Bahrain, where anti-government protests have been going on for months.

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5:41am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Training Exercise Prepares First Responders for Earthquake

First responders and medical crews had a busy morning at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport Wednesday.

Patients were loaded onto stretchers and transported from a Kentucky Air National Guard plane to a Mustang Aviation hangar, where doctors worked to quickly assess their injuries from an earthquake in western Kentucky.

"I got another belly trauma here guys!" yelled a doctor.

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4:46pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Statehouse News

Assessing the Governor's Race

The top two leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary.  Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination. 

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3:49pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Science/Health

Mosquitoes Make a Home in the Bluegrass

Depending on what happens next on the weather front, mosquitoes could find prime habitat in central Kentucky.  Record rainfall last month could also help increase numbers. The cool weather has slowed the emergence of mosquitoes, but once temperatures regularly reach into the 80s, Luke Mathias with Fayette County Environmental Health says mosquitoes will return.  A warm spell a week or so ago even probably had a few people scratching themselves.

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3:32pm

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Social Media Change Primary

Candidates in last night’s primary election were celebrating and commiserating in hotels, restaurants and campaign headquarters across the state. But the real action was online. Even for a contest with 10 percent turnout, activity on Twitter was feverish at times for followers and users of the #kyelect and #kyelects hashtags.

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