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2:41pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Education

More Grads Get Job-Related Diplomas

The number of people getting credentials from Kentucky colleges and universities surged in 2010-11, rising 11 percent at the state's public and independent institutions to an all-time high of 62,681 graduates. Diplomas and certificates that target specific job areas are driving the growth more than associate and baccalaureate degrees, according to numbers released Monday by Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education.

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2:36pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Gives 100 Vehicles to Nonprofits

Polls are open for Facebook users to select nonprofit organizations, including some with Scott County ties, to be awarded new Toyota vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp.’s 100 Cars For Good Program appears on the Toyota USA Facebook page. Each day, the company will feature five nonprofit organizations and the highest vote-getter will receive the vehicle of its choice. The company will give 100 vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations over 100 days.

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2:32pm

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Six die on Kentucky Roadways

Six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 9, through Sunday, May 15.  All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carlisle, Estill, Jefferson, Oldham, Perry, and Spencer counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Estill and Spencer county crashes, according to a Kentucky State Police press release.

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2:25pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Science/Health

Shuttle carries Kentucky Cancer Experiment

Kentucky scientists will soon be analyzing cells that flew to space aboard the second-to-last U.S. space shuttle flight as part of their effort to determine whether the growth of brain tumors can be slowed. The space shuttle Endeavour, which lifted off Monday morning, is carrying a biomedical experiment that will investigate whether the combined effects of microgravity and ionizing radiation increase or decrease the survival rate of cancer cells affected by glioblastoma multiforme, said Kris Kimel of Kentucky Space, an independent company started by the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. in 2007.

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2:21pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Education

Georgetown College AD Steps Down

Eric Ward announced Monday that he will step down as Georgetown College’s director of athletics, effective June 30. “I think it’s in my best interest and the best interest of the college,” he said.  Ward has been director of athletics at Georgetown for 10 years. During his tenure, he has overseen improvements to the baseball field, hired full-time coaches in positions that had been only part-time, and put in countless hours with “the pedal to the floor,” he said.

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2:18pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Powell Co. Judge-Executive Dies

Powell County Judge-Executive Jim Potts, who had served in office only five months, died Monday. He was 67.  Mr. Potts, a Democrat, was elected in November, defeating Republican Randy Bowen and write-in candidate Darren Farmer. He took office in January.

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2:11pm

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Homeowners Warned of Flood Damage Risks

As floodwaters recede in western Kentucky, homeowners are reminded that furnaces, water heaters, electric panels and liquefied petroleum gas tanks that have been underwater may need to be inspected after repairs are complete.

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12:45pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Education

Online Classes Leave Campus Quiet

The latest student numbers at Eastern Kentucky come with an interesting twist. Since 2006, summer school enrollment at EKU has increased by more than 4 percent. At the same time, there are fewer faces on campus.  School officials cite the growing popularity of online classes.  President Doug Whitlock says Eastern is competing with  institutions like Phoenix University to provide quality online classes.

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12:30pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

No Savings in Low Voter Turnout

Voter turnout in Madison County today is expected in the eight to nine percent range.  With 52-thousand registered voters, those are anemic numbers. They come as no surprise to County Clerk Kenny Barger, who is more concerned about cost.

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10:05am

Tue May 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Funds Short at Transport Service for Disabled

An organizational change within the American Red Cross is affecting the city of Lexington's public transit service. LexTran has a contract with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross to operate WHEELS, the transportation service for people with disabilities. As LexTran prepares to pass a $24 million budget for the next fiscal year, the Red Cross has said it needs an additional $346,000, pushing the cost of its service past $4 million a year.

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10:01am

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

"Victims" Act Out Earthquake Exercise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting an exercise this week in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which covers much of Kentucky. FEMA will conduct various simulations and drills to test the federal, state and local response to a devastating earthquake on the New Madrid Fault. Among the participants will be about 30 of the University of Louisville’s standardized patients, who act out various maladies during disaster drills. Program director Carrie Bohnert says the patients have been trained to simulate common earthquake-related injuries.

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9:57am

Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Critics Call Vatican Guidelines Weak

The Vatican today released a letter presenting some guidelines for dealing with sex abuse in dioceses around the world. The letter didn’t change much on the policy outlined last summer by Pope Benedict XVI…and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says the new guidelines don’t go far enough.

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9:52am

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Polls Open, Record Low Turnout Expected

Kentucky elections officials are predicting the second-lowest voter turnout for a primary in more than 10 years. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicts 10% of voters will go to the polls today.

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3:56pm

Mon May 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

KDP, Williams Launch War of Words

A day before the May 17 primary, the Kentucky Democratic Party and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams are trading barbs in a likely preview of the general election. Williams is the favorite in the race against Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. Hoping to clip his turnout, the KDP launched a 30-second YouTube video slamming the state Senate president for refusing to release his tax returns, suggesting he has something to hide.

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3:49pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

New Corner Market Opens

Mayor Jim Gray, business and other community leaders helped cut the ribbon today at the Town Branch Market, a new corner grocery shop in downtown Lexington. Alan Lytle has details.

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12:33pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Statehouse News

Price Gouging Hearing to Continue

Nothing was resolved at a Frankfort hearing in Kentucky's price gouging case against Marathon Oil.  Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate is in the middle of a murder trial, and rescheduled the Marathon case for Thursday morning.

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11:53am

Mon May 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

McConnell Bargaining on Debt Ceiling

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the debt limit debate presents “an opportunity” to take on federal spending.

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11:49am

Mon May 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Officials Confident of Recovery

Despite a drop in production and profits after the earthquake in Japan, Toyota Motor Company officials are optimistic about the automaker’s future. Toyota sales spokesperson Steve Curtis says the parts shortage that followed the earthquake has not been as long or severe as expected. Toyota profits dropped by 77 percent after the disaster, but Curtis says demand, at least in North America, remains high.

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11:47am

Mon May 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

McConnell-Paul Gulf Growing

While media outlets are focused on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s latest gaffe, few noticed he was passed over for a coveted committee slot by fellow Kentucky Republican and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected a junior colleague instead.

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11:45am

Mon May 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

DEMS Spent $85,000 For Beshear’s Plane

A report in the Lexington Herald-Leader reveals Governor Steve Beshear used a state plane to take his family to the 2011 NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Houston. The Kentucky Democratic Party reimbursed the state $6,105 for the flight and has spent almost $85,000 to cover the cost of similar flights since the governor took office.

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11:42am

Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Home Makeover Show in Lexington

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wants to change a family's life in Lexington. The ABC television show known for tearing down and completely rebuilding homes in a matter of days is seeking nominations in the central Kentucky area.

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9:59am

Mon May 16, 2011
Science/Health

UK Dedicates Patient Care Pavilion

With the snips of several ceremonial scissors, a host of local, state, and federal dignitaries on Sunday, helped the University of Kentucky officially dedicate the new 12-story Patient Care Pavilion at UK Hospital. Alan Lytle has the story. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says UK's new facility marks a significant milestone in healthcare for the Commonwealth.

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7:27am

Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Collection Honors Fallen KY Vets

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is working to collect photographs of all 1,058 Kentuckians whose names are on the memorial in Washington, D.C.  It’s part of a national effort to gather photos for an online exhibit and for an underground education center being built near the memorial.

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7:20am

Mon May 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

Tea Party v Establishment

The two Republicans vying for Secretary of State represent both the establishment and anti-establishment factions within the GOP. Kentucky Public Radio's Alan Lytle has this primary preview.

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Summertime Road Repairs

Highway construction is typically considered a part of the summer season.   This year is expected to be no different.  There are a number of projects in central Kentucky either underway or about to begin.  One which will begin in early June is the re-configuration of the Harrodsburg road-New circle interchange. 

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

Sales Tax Talk in Primary

Most politicians steer clear from discussions about ‘taxes.’ That’s particularly the case if the talk is about a new tax or a tax increase.  Still, ongoing concerns over Kentucky’s budget have some candidates in Tuesday’s primary talking about potential reforms.

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3:47pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Privacy Violated at Lexington City Hall

An investigation is underway into what a Lexington city employee said about other employees in the Division of Waste Management. At an April meeting of the Urban County Council's environmental quality committee, employee Richard Miller said that some garbage truck drivers were hostile during a training session and that three drivers were illiterate.

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3:18pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Science/Health

UK Dedicates Hospital Sunday

The man most responsible for building a new hospital at the University of Kentucky says the facility’s ready for its “close up” this weekend. The one-point-two million square foot facility includes two patient-care floors with 128 intensive care and acute care beds.  Vice president for Health Affairs Michael Karpf says the new facility is much more adaptable than the old hospital.

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2:35pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Statehouse News

Conway Says Marathon Oil Price Gouging

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is accusing Marathon Petroleum Company of price gouging during a state of emergency.  The legal brief has been added to an ongoing lawsuit against Marathon for alleged price gouging during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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1:58pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Business and the Economy

No New Smokers at Humana

It was reported today that Humana intends to stop hiring smokers, where the action is legally permitted. The company wants to encourage healthy behavior among workers and already has a policy of not hiring smokers in southwestern Ohio.

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