10:31pm

Sun November 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY Pain-Pill Clinics Call for Tougher Regulations

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon used to think Eastern Kentucky was the only part of the state that had a problem with cash-only clinics where doctors churned out prescriptions for drug abusers. Then a pain clinic opened last year in his hometown of Lebanon. Neighbors began complaining about vans full of people waiting in the parking lot, but as police prepared to investigate, the clinic closed abruptly, local officials said. Many pain clinics are legitimate and meet the treatment needs of people suffering a range of conditions. But there has been a resurgence during the past couple of years of suspected "pill mills" that help feed the state's epidemic of prescription-drug abuse, and the facilities are not just in Eastern Kentucky, where the problem was once most prominent, police say.

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10:28pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Railroad Club Helps Southern Lights Shine

The model-train display at Southern Lights is in its 18th year. "We never put the layout together the same way twice," said Bob Larger, a past club of Bluegrass Railroad Club.

Christmas starts early for members of the Bluegrass Railroad Club — next weekend, when they can run their trains at the annual Southern Lights holiday display at the Kentucky Horse Park. On Saturday, members were setting up their modules and linking the tracks for this year's edition, which will be in the park's Bit & Bridle Restaurant.

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10:25pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Business and the Economy

New KU Call Center Should Boost Service

The new $5.2 million call center that Kentucky Utilities Co. just opened in Morganfield is central to addressing customer service problems at KU and a sister company, a new audit conducted on behalf of the state Public Service Commission declares. The 23,000-square-foot center opened Oct. 31 with a staff of 35, including 32 customer service representatives, two coaches and a manager, according to Chip Keeling, a spokesman for KU and Louisville Gas & Electric Co.

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10:23pm

Sun November 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Cumberland Mayor Declares Emergency

Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield has declared that emergency conditions exist at the city’s water and sewer plant. A mechanical failure could leave city residents without water.

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10:21pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Toyota Helps Veterans Find Jobs

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky President Wil James waited until 11 a.m. Friday to announce a new initiative to help armed forces personnel returning from service more quickly join the workforce at Toyota. His announcement came at almost at the same time as a 95-0 vote by the U.S. Senate to pass the "Vow to Hire Heroes Act," which provides businesses with tax incentives to hire veterans, and job training to help veterans returning from overseas.

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10:19pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KY Military History Museum Reopens with a Bang

Spectators mill around the front lawn before the grand reopening of The Kentucky History Military Museum at the State Arsenal Friday afternoon.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

There’s a Soviet anti-aircraft gun from Operation Desert Storm, a large bell from the USS Kentucky and a Purple Heart awarded to Chadwick Burns, a Frankfort native who was the first Kentucky soldier to die during the Korean War. After about four years behind locked doors, a renovated Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal opened to the public Friday.

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10:16pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Young & Old Gather to Thank U.S. Troops

Vine Grove resident Wesley Betson, 4, waves American flags during the Hardin County Veterans Day celebration Satuday at Optimist Park in Vine Grove.
Amber Coulter The News-Enterprise

Elfren Padilla, a U.S. Army veteran, watched the Hardin County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday to support members of the Fort Knox Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching in it. “It’s a good reminder ... of all the people out there doing something so (youths) can have all the privileges and rights that they have,” he said. Padilla, a Radcliff resident who works with JROTC, said some, especially young people, tend to criticize things they consider wrong in the world and don’t do anything to resolve the problem.

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10:16pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Young & Old Gather to Thank U.S. Troops

Vine Grove resident Wesley Betson, 4, waves American flags during the Hardin County Veterans Day celebration Satuday at Optimist Park in Vine Grove.
Amber Coulter The News-Enterprise

Elfren Padilla, a U.S. Army veteran, watched the Hardin County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday to support members of the Fort Knox Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching in it. “It’s a good reminder ... of all the people out there doing something so (youths) can have all the privileges and rights that they have,” he said. Padilla, a Radcliff resident who works with JROTC, said some, especially young people, tend to criticize things they consider wrong in the world and don’t do anything to resolve the problem.

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10:11pm

Sun November 13, 2011
All Politics are Local

What Does Beshear's Win Mean?

Some Republicans helped Gov. Steve Beshear win re-election. Beshear won predominantly Republican areas of Northern Kentucky, including Fort Thomas by 2 percent over Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams, R- Burkesville. Republicans saw Beshear's victory and the Democrats' success Election Day as an anomaly and not foreshadowing 2012. Democrats saw this year's election, particularly Beshear's victory in conservative areas, as proof Democrats can win in the region.

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10:09pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Business and the Economy

Insurance Dispute Could Affect Walgreen Customers

Residents who have insurance provided by Anthem probably won’t be able to use Walgreens after the first of the year. Anthem’s third-party administrator for pharmacy claims, Express Scripts, has failed to reach an agreement with Walgreens to include the chain in its networks. Express Scripts is the administrator for Anthem corporate and individual plans, as well as for its Medicare Part D prescription plans.

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