3:13pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

25th East Kentucky Leadership Event

For a quarter of a century, Eastern Kentuckians have gathered to discuss progress in their region.  Today and Tomorrow (Friday), they gather in Prestonsburg. This year’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference will compare the economies of two Appalachian states.  East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Director Bill Weinberg says studies show 70 percent of east Kentucky’s counties are distressed while only four percent are distressed in Appalachian Virginia.  The longtime east Kentucky activist says Virginia might have better education and infrastructure, but, in some ways, the differences are minimal.

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3:07pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Court Says Florida Governor's Order To Drug Test Employees Is Unconstitutional

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 3:54 pm

A district judge ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott cannot mandate random drug testing for state employees.

CNN reports:

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2:38pm

Thu April 26, 2012
All Politics are Local

Legislative Group Loses Support in Kentucky

A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states. For weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been under fire for its work pushing model state laws. The group has been linked to “stand your ground” gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.

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2:34pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Plans for Bluegrass Boardwalk Approved

The Bluegrass Boardwalk group has been granted preliminary approval for state tax incentives this week, bringing the amusement park one step closer to opening. The group is owned by Indiana’s Koch family, which also operates Holiday World in Indiana. The Kentucky State Fair Board agreed to lease the former Kentucky Kingdom property to the Koch’s earlier this year.

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2:28pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Expo Spotlights New Technologies for the Disabled

Celebration of disAbility Expo
Josh James

The fourth annual Disability Expo and Resource Fair filled Heritage Hall downtown Thursday. This year’s event featured a new campaign meant to keep citizens – both disabled and non-disabled – aware of where they should park around town. The Celebration of disAbility, that’s with a lower case "d" and an upper case "a," is intended to empower handicapped citizens by offering information and demonstrations on everything from transportation to how to vote.

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2:27pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Record

Marooned In L.A. For A Week, Coachella Bands Make Do

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Ian St. Pe of the band Black Lips performs at this year's Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. Like many of the artists on the bill, the band agreed not to book other shows in Southern California within months of the event.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

The massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival came to a close in California on Sunday after two weekends worth of sold-out shows by over 150 artists.

One of those acts was the Austin, Texas, band Explosions in the Sky, which first played Coachella back in 2007 and has seen its profile grow since then.

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2:20pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Educational Program Highlights Healthy Cooking

Chef Jeremy Ashby shows students how to prepare carrots for a healthy meal.

Chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant led a cooking demonstration Wednesday for students at the Lexington Family Care Center, showing them how to prepare broccoli mac-n-cheese, carrots, almond-crusted chicken tenders, and cornbread. Ashby's class was part of series of talks in the Plant to Plate program, an educational project at the center that's taken the classroom to the garden and kitchen. For the past several weeks students have learned to grow their own vegetables and how to shop for healthy food on a budget.

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2:14pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Business and the Economy

UK Athletics, Toyota Among Donors for Rupp

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department and Toyota were the two largest donors to a task force that recently developed a plan to revitalize Rupp Arena and the surrounding portion of downtown. UK Athletics gave $50,000 and Toyota gave $35,000 to the group, which raised $380,950, according to a list obtained by the Herald-Leader under the Open Records Act. Many of the other donors included members of the task force, including Greg Goodman, whose Mount Brilliant Family Foundation gave $10,000. W.T. Young LLC gave $20,000. Young's son Chris served on the task force.

2:02pm

Thu April 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Some Campaign Donors Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Isn't

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 2:09 pm

Much of the attention on money in politics this election cycle has been focused on the new superPACs, and with good reason.

Recent court rulings allow superPACs — which officially are independent of specific candidates — to raise and spend unlimited money to support their favorite politician or cause.

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1:01pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

With A Tweet, A's Player Unleashes Debate: Is 'Kiss Cam' Homophobic?

The video board at Busch Stadium is seen during a popular between-inning feature known as "Kiss Cam."
Jeff Roberson AP

Yesterday, in the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Gwen Knapp hailed a tweet from an Oakland Athletics' player as the dawn of the "age of enlightenment."

In short, pitcher Brandon McCarthy sent out a tweet that suggested the "Kiss Cam" — a feature shown on scoreboards across the country in which a camera focuses on couples in hopes of a kiss — was anti-gay.

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