1:35pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

$100 Million, Six-Year Deal For Michael Vick

Michael Vick, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, earlier this month.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

The six-year deal announced Monday night that will keep Michael Vick with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles could be worth up to $100 million for the quarterback who just a little more than two years was finishing up an 18-month prison term after being convicted on charges related to dog fighting.

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1:28pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Mexican Police Make 5 Arrests In Casino Arson; Say 7 More Still At Large

Mexican authorities say they have arrested five men in connection with a Casino arson that killed 52 people. As we reported, last week, witnesses say armed men walked into the Casino Royale in Monterrey, ordered everyone out, then poured gasoline all over the building and set it on fire.

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1:23pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fewer Tobacco Crops Dot Kentucky Landscape

Stephen Gross ferried two empty tobacco wagons to the fields to pick up the next load of burley.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

A drive in the Kentucky countryside once meant frequent vistas of tobacco, growing golden green or — after it had been cut and spiked — wilting to a golden brown on sticks propped up in rows. Today, those scenes are more scarce. "It's going to be a thing of the past after a while," said Teddy Greathouse, who grows 120 acres of burley tobacco in Woodford, Scott and Franklin counties and is in the midst of a monthlong harvest. "I tell my grandkids, this is liable to be something you won't see."

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1:20pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Statehouse News

State DARE Program Re-accredited

FRANKFORT – DARE America (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has re-accredited the Kentucky State Police as the official DARE. Training Center for the anti-drug and violence program in Kentucky. The program is a police-officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

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1:18pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Danville Could Owe $177,000 in Overtime

Danville is still deciding whether to dole out about $177,000 in back pay the Kentucky Labor Cabinet says it owes firefighters following a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling last week. The case heard by the Supreme Court was based on a lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court on behalf of Danville and 11 other cities, counties and fire departments claiming entities were protected by sovereign immunity from honoring claims of unpaid overtime. The Supreme Court also upheld earlier opinions that the Labor Cabinet does have jurisdiction to take administrative action against the agencies.

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1:16pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Education

Frankfort High Students Resist Dress Code

Frankfort Independent students who pride themselves on their unique style may have to abide by a strict dress code or wear uniforms next fall as part of an effort to curb dropouts. Alan Spade, assistant principal at Frankfort High School, discussed the idea with more than 30 students, parents and teachers Monday night. Studies have shown a correlation between uniform dress codes and higher attendance and graduation rates, he said, though there’s no proof that attire alone did the trick. But as much as they love their small, tight-knit school, the half dozen girls that gathered after the meeting agreed that they would rather transfer to Franklin County Schools than wear uniforms.

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1:11pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Statehouse News

Bill Allows Screening of Welfare Recipients

A bill pre-filed in the Kentucky General Assembly could require people to submit to drug screenings if they’re receiving public assistance from the state. However, opponents say there are constitutional issues with the measure. BR63, filed by state Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, would set up a testing program for any adult suspected of using drugs who receives food stamps, state medical assistance and other public aid.

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1:08pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Access Limited to Terror Case Evidence

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell signed an order prohibiting the public disclosure of evidence in a terrorism case against two Iraqi refugees arrested in Bowling Green on charges of trying to send weapons and money to al-Qaida in Iraq. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, have pleaded not guilty to the charges in a 23-count federal indictment that accuses the men of attempting to support terrorism in Iraq. Federal authorities arrested them May 25 in Bowling Green. A federal grand jury indicted Alwan and Hammadi on May 26. Both entered the country legally as refugees.

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1:04pm

Tue August 30, 2011
All Politics are Local

Galbraith Blasts Papers over Coverage

In a terse press release, Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith’s communications director Nicole Bartlett criticizes the state’s two major newspapers for ignoring the independent gubernatorial candidate’s campaign. Bartlett says Kentucky news outlets of focusing only on the major party candidates–incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and Republican state Senate President David Williams.

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12:36pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Under Scrutiny For 'Fast And Furious,' ATF Announces New Leader

Justice Department officials announced Tuesday that the troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has a new leader. Officials handpicked Minnesota's top federal prosecutor, B. Todd Jones, to serve as the bureau's acting director.

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