10:28am

Mon October 3, 2011
All Politics are Local

Beshear's Decisions on Debates Draw Criticism

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s re-election strategy is drawing increased criticism from political opponents and media outlets.  Both of the state’s major newspapers (Courier-Journal editoral, column; Herald-Leader) have written editorials slamming Beshear for skipping a KET debate on education. He has also declined an invitation to appear at an AARP forum. Recently, the governor changed his mind and skipped an event in west Louisville, where he won by a significant margin in 2007. He has also declined invitations to appear alone on WFPL and WHAS radio.

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10:24am

Mon October 3, 2011
All Politics are Local

Beshear Widens Lead Over Williams

In the race for governor of Kentucky, Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear has widened his already commadning lead over Republican David Williams to a crushing 31 point margin.  The SurveyUSA was conducted in late September and shows Beshear with 57 percent to Williams with 26 percent and independent Gatewood Galbraith with 8 percent among likely voters. The poll shows 9 percent of voters still undecided.

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10:20am

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Vietnam Vet Offers Advice to Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor recipient Ret. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

A Medal of Honor recipient who served during the Vietnam War has seen a lot of changes over the past 40 years.  Retired Army Command Sgt. Major Gary Littrell was awarded the military's highest honor in 1973 on the same day was eight other veterans, when President Nixon was dealing with the fallout of the Watergate investigation.

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10:16am

Mon October 3, 2011
All Politics are Local

Hard to Gauge Voter Turnout in Hardin Co.

Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said every wet-dry election he has overseen has drawn at least 50 percent voter turnout, but Tuesday’s three special option elections in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove may kick the trend. Tabb thinks the prevalence of alcohol in Elizabethtown and Radcliff restaurants may lead to a reduction in voter interest, though he said it will be impossible to tell until the polls close Tuesday night.

10:11am

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Thousands Attend Free Martina McBride Concert

Martina McBride rocks the crowd Saturday evening at the Independence Bank's free concert in downtown Henderson.
Mike Lawrence The Gleaner

As an announcer gave the five-minute warning to when Martina McBride would take the stage Saturday night in downtown Henderson, the crowd of thousands responded with a wave of chants, screams and clapping. For many, it marked the finale to a long day of sitting and waiting. The free country concert, which was opened by recording artist Jack Ingram and headlined by McBride, was hosted by Independence Bank as a celebration for its opening on Green Street. Bank officials estimated that nearly 5,000 people were inside the VIP section with thousands more lining its fence.

10:06am

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Nicholasville Trio Home After World Race

Clay Miller's 1932 Ford three-window coupe looks none the worse for wear from its recent scenic tour. The dust and grime accumulated on the back roads of Asia and Eastern Europe have been washed off. But look closely and you can see some dings at the rear from stones the tires threw up, and some scratches in front from the time in Kazakhstan when the engine had to be removed after it lost its oil and locked up. Clay Miller, 66, his son, Mark Miller, 48, and his grandson Blake Garrison, 20, all of Nicholasville, spent more than three months this spring and summer participating in the 2011 World Race, an outlandish 12,000-mile automobile competition from New York to Paris, by way of Beijing and just about all points in between.

10:02am

Mon October 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Addiction Recovery Facility for Lewis County

Vanceburg Mayor Todd Ruckel, left, and David White announce that a building has been located to house a new drug recovery facility in Lewis County.

Drug addiction and abuse is so rampant in Lewis County every family is affected, said Vanceburg Mayor Todd Ruckel. Despite the obvious need, the county lacks the recovery support necessary to help those battling addiction get their lives back, said David White, a recovering addict. Seven months ago, a group of concerned citizens began to meet to discuss the problem and brainstorm a solution. What the group decided was that in Lewis County, addicts need a chance for a New Beginning.

10:01am

Mon October 3, 2011
Faith and Values

WEKU Reporter Earns National Award

WEKU reporter/producer Ron Smith.

RICHMOND, Ky. – Ron Smith, long-time reporter/producer with WEKU-FM at Eastern Kentucky University, has received a national award for excellence in religion reporting from the Religion Newswriters Association. Smith received a second-place award for radio and podcast reporting for a segment on young Muslims’ efforts to improve Americans’ perception of Islam.

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10:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

First Up For New Yahoo-ABC News Venture: Obama Interview

Linda Holmes over at Monkey See will be looking at the pluses, minuses and other issues related to the news that Yahoo and ABC News are launching "a strategic online news alliance."

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9:58am

Mon October 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Sunny Week Ahead for Kentucky

While Saturday might have looked and felt like a late-November day with its cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s, weather all across Kentucky will be nearly perfect right into next week.  While the high on Monday will only hit about 70, the mercury will peak daily in the mid- to upper-70s Tuesday of this week right through Tuesday of next week. And we won't see rain until Tuesday of next week, as well.

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