A Frankfort pharmacist has been charged with theft of a controlled substance after he was caught on video under the influence of a stolen pharmacy drug, a prosecutor says. “He stole liquid hyrdocodone from the pharmacy and was using it while on the job there at Walgreens,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.
A growth spurt in Warren County Public Schools requires more than new buildings and additional teachers. It also creates a bus driver shortage, and the district is trying to fix that problem. Transportation officials need to hire around 15 new bus drivers - a majority of those will be substitute drivers to take over when regular drivers cannot work, said John Odom, district transportation director.
Bryan Pepper of Franklin works on some of the 200 instant racing machines Wednesday at Kentucky Downs.
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Workers should have the state’s first instant racing machines installed and working by the end of Friday at Kentucky Downs. And the 80 newly hired employees have been in training in preparation for instant racing’s launch at 10 a.m. Thursday. But owners are hoping that instant racing builds revenues for the track and purses for horse races. Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is confident enough that it will be a boon for the entire industry that it loaned Kentucky Downs $300,000 to help improve marketing and for operations.
After a state official advised a rural Kentucky school district against having a minister lead prayers before athletic events, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is calling on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear to defend the practice.
I'm Michel Martin and you're listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, as the Eastern United States confronts a severe tropical storm, possibly hurricane, East Africa is still facing drought and famine. We'll get an update on the crisis that has already caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes in the Horn of Africa. NPR's West Africa correspondent is on the scene and she'll tell us more but first it's time for our political chat.
"If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now," President Obama just told Americans along the East Coast, which is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene this weekend.
"Don't wait, don't delay. We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst. All of us have to take this storm seriously," Obama said from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he and his family are vactioning.
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Nervous investors - and these days that's most investors - were all ears this morning as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech in Wyoming. The investors were listening for any clues about additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the sagging economy. Bernanke did not outline any big rescue plans, but he did say the Fed has tools it can use if necessary.
This weekend marks the five year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Forty-nine people were killed when the plane took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass airport. Reporter Brenna Angel spoke with three victims' family members about how they continue to cope with the loss of loved ones and what a new memorial means to them. "The first year was extremely difficult, particularly the weeks following the crash obviously."