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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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3:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rubber Check Ring Bilking Lexington

Police are looking for the masterminds behind an unusual theft ring that enlists homeless people to cash fraudulent checks at banks. The scam has netted "tens of thousands of dollars," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. About 60 fraudulent checks are thought to have been cashed.

2:25pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Education

MuSU Expands into Paducah

The Paducah Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a memorandum of understanding with Murray State University, the McCracken County Fiscal Court and the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council regarding the issuance of a $10 million bond to help fund construction of a new extended MSU campus in Paducah.

2:21pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Manufacturer Expands Murray Operations

MURRAY – Local, state and company officials from Pella Corp. have announced the firm will expand its Murray operations - creating 75 new jobs by June. Pella manufactures and installs windows and doors for new construction and renovation projects. Demand for the company’s energy-efficient vinyl products is driving the expansion, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.

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1:49pm

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Voter Turnout "Embarrassment"

Predictions by Secretary of State Elaine Walker that just 10 percent of registered voters would go to the polls Tuesday turned out to be on target. About 10.3 percent of registered voters voted in Tuesday’s primary election. There were just seven races between the Democratic and Republican tickets. “I think the turnout today was an embarrassment,” Walker told the Daily News late Tuesday evening.

1:45pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Education

Clark County HS Keeps its Name

The Clark County Board of Education asked community members for their opinions on a name for its new high school, and they responded loudly and clearly: It should be George Rogers Clark High School. More than 5,000 people submitted suggestions to the board, with the vast majority wanting to keep the current name of the existing high school, and the board listened.

1:11pm

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Harmon says Moffett Ticket Made Good Run

It got much closer than many expected but in the end not close enough. Everything that needed to happen seemed to fall into place for gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett and his running mate, state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County, to have a big upset in the Republican primary Tuesday. In the end, though, low turnout and what appeared to be a sizable response from the Tea Party movement that swept a number of state and federal officials into office last fall were not quite enough. In the Republican primary, Senate President David Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, ended up with about 48 percent of the vote to 37.9 for Moffett and Harmon.

12:21pm

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

GOP Governors Quick to Support Williams

Praising Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, the Republican Governors Association issued a statement Tuesday in support of the GOP nominee that blasted Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama. Williams beat Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in the May 17 primary with 48 percent of the vote, but lost to both challengers in the state’s most populous counties.

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12:19pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Richmond Slum Faces Transformation

An area of rundown, vacant houses in Richmond faces a radical makeover. Mayor Jim Barnes Wednesday announced a plan to transform the Tipton Court neighborhood. “It’s dilapidated housing.  And what we’re doing is we’re tearing up those houses, there’s like six or seven houses that are in bad shape,” said Barnes.

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11:05am

Wed May 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Book Highlights Clooney Music Footnotes

Tapping the roots of how the late Rosemary Clooney's family got to Kentucky and where her musical career traveled in her early days, author Malcolm Macfarlane has traveled from his home in England to Las Vegas and Augusta in a quest for answers. Spending Monday visiting Augusta, and interviewing Clooney's brother, Nick Clooney, on Tuesday afternoon, Macfarlane and his wife, Pat also toured Maysville.

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11:01am

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Kemper Wins Nomination for State Auditor

Kentucky Republicans on Tuesday chose Lexington developer John T. Kemper III as their nominee to be the state's elected Auditor of Public Accounts. Kemper, 47, is in personal bankruptcy and preparing to lose his home in a foreclosure auction following the failure of his construction business. He defeated state Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence. Kemper, who last year unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Congress in Central Kentucky, did not return phone messages left Tuesday night.

10:56am

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

"Thou Shalt Not Post Commandments"

Last week a paper copy of the Ten Commandments once again found its way to a place of prominence: the front door of the Shelby County Courthouse. The 8-by-11-inch copy was taped to the inside of the door, next to the sign banning food and drink.

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10:42am

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rain Dampens Hope for Crops

Spencer County farmers are getting a bit nervous as last month went down in the history books as Kentucky’s wettest on record, hindering crop and vegetable planting.  Spencer County Agricultural Extension Agent Bryce Roberts said that although the situation hasn’t reached emergency status, the next couple of weeks could determine whether or not local farmers can plant crops that are in high global demand, such as corn and soybeans.

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10:29am

Wed May 18, 2011
Statehouse News

It's Beshear vs Williams

It'll be Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear against Senate President David Williams in the fall.   The line up for the November general election was settled last night in the Democratic and Republican primaries.  Beshear had no primary opposition, but he roused a crowd of several hundred in Frankfort, with a litany of his accomplishments in his first three and a half years in office.

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10:19am

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

State Tests Communications in Earthquake Drill

FRANKFORT – Kentucky and other several other states teamed up this week with federal, state government officials, volunteer organizations and representatives of business and industry to kick off National Level Exercise 2011, a week-long simulation of a catastrophic earthquake centered on the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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10:16am

Wed May 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Retailer Frank Dawahare Dies at 83

He gave many college students in the area their first jobs. For years, he anonymously placed gifts on the doorsteps of poor people at Christmas. Recently, when he was lying in a hospital bed trying to beat leukemia, he prayed for visitors who had come to pray for him.  Serur Frank Dawahare Jr., one of the principals in a former Kentucky retail clothing dynasty, died Monday at his home in Lexington, apparently of complications from leukemia. He was 83. Read more...
 

10:07am

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Only 10 Percent Turnout to Cast Votes

About 10 percent of Kentucky's registered voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's primary election, a turnout that at least one official called "abysmal." Late Tuesday, with 99.8 percent of precincts reporting, the statewide voter turnout was 10.3 percent. Out of 2,917,837 registered voters, just over 300,000 had voted."Voter participation was low, turnout was late and we weren't surprised by that in this election," said Lindsay Zoeller, deputy assistant secretary of state. Read more...

6:20am

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Tea Party Celebrates Moffett Showing

Even though Tea Party-backed gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett lost the Republican primary, his supporters are celebrating. Moffett was a political novice with little name recognition, and he lacked the fundraising power of the primary winner, state Senate President David Williams. But Moffett beat Williams in the state’s two most populous counties and finished about ten percent behind the favorite statewide. He credits the surprising performance to individual Tea Party groups across the state.

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1:39am

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

David Williams Wins GOP Primary

Two of the most politically powerful men in Frankfort begin their battle for the governor’s mansion today.   Last night’s primary election results made it official. It was a given incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear would campaign to maintain his position as governor.  Beshearr had no primary opposition.  But, the other piece of the political puzzle...his Republican opponent... fell into place last night.

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8:56pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Comer Wins GOP Primary For Ag Commissioner

The Republican nominee for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner will be state lawmaker James Comer, who defeated Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger in the GOP primary. With 72% of precincts reporting in the Democratic primary for the office, Bob Farmer of Louisville led a five-person field with 30% of the vote.

8:53pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Hollenbach Wins DEM Primary for Treasurer

Incumbent Todd Hollenbach has easily defeated western Kentucky businessman Steve Hamrick in the Democratic primary for Kentucky Treasurer. Hollenbach will face Republican Lexington Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie and Libertarian Ken Moelllman in the November general election.

7:51pm

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Case Could Expand Police Power

The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case out of Kentucky could give law enforcement officers more power to enter homes without warrants. The case came from Lexington, where law enforcement officers burst into Hollis King’s home after smelling marijuana and having reason to believe he was destroying evidence. The police, however, were not looking for King. They were chasing another suspect who had ducked into a different apartment.

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6:49pm

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Over 50,000 ‘In God We Trust’ Plates Sold

FRANKFORT – Over 50,000 standard-issue license plates with the national motto “In God We Trust” have been sold since the plate was introduced in January. This year, for the first time, Kentucky motorists registering passenger vehicles are able to choose between two standard-issue license plates. Both feature the “Unbridled Spirit” brand, but one plate also bears the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

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5:04pm

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Marker Commemorates Air Disaster

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to memorialize the crash site of Trans World Airlines flight 128 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the 900 block of Petersburg Rd. in Hebron.

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4:25pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Governor Robocalls for Walker

In today’s closely watched Democratic primary election for secretary of state, Governor Steve Beshear called voters on behalf of incumbent Elaine Walker, who faces Lexington attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes. Beshear appointed the former mayor of Bowling Green to fill the remainder of former Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s term in January, but had kept Walker at arm’s length up until now.

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4:23pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Mitch: DEMS Play Blame Game on Energy

Claiming Democrats are staging a “dog and pony show”, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blasted plans to revoke billions in tax subsidies given to oil companies in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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4:21pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Business and the Economy

Gannett, Fifth Third Among Worst Stocks

CNN Money has listed the worst-performing Fortune 500 stocks for the last decade. The top spots went to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, investment banks and other companies that are blamed for leading into the recession. At the end of the list, though, at number 18, is media giant Gannett, a victim of the recession.

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4:17pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Only Two Calls to Vote Fraud Hotline

As of 3 p.m. EDT, two calls have been received by the Kentucky attorney general’s election fraud hotline since the polls opened Tuesday morning.  One call came from Fayette County and the other from Henry County.  Both calls were characterized as general complaints and did not involve allegations of vote-buying.

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2:58pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Some Voters Determined to Do Their Duty

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Election officials have been predicting low voter turnout for this primary election. But some people -- whether because of their strong belief in civic duty, a voting streak, or because their spouse made them -- found time to cast their ballot Tuesday. Here's what some voters in Lexington had to say, "The leaders will be chosen by the people who care enough to vote."

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2:55pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Science/Health

Volunteers Save Smiles One Tooth at a Time

Three years ago, Winchester dentist Rankin Skinner was reading The New York Times when he came across an article that hit particularly close to home. According to the article, children in Kentucky suffered from more tooth decay than any other state in the country.

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