8:54am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rain Needed in "Driest Place in the State'

The ground is dry and cracked in spots. Patches of grass are turning brown. "I tell everybody that this is the driest place in the state," says Joey Benningfield, who operates a farm on Taylor County's West Finley Ridge with his father, Glenn, and grandfather, "Boss." Since June 1, Benningfield said, his land has received about 2 inches of rain. And it shows in his fields of corn, soybeans and tobacco. The family's beef cattle operation is suffering, too, he said.

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8:50am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Flight 5191 Memorial Unveiled on Crash's 5th Anniversary

The design for the Flight 5191 Memorial Sculpture by renowned sculptor and Kentucky resident Douwe Blumberg was announced on June 3, 2010. It will stand at The Arboretum.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Five years after she buried her brother, Terry Welch is coming back to Lexington to honor him again. Michael Ryan and 48 other people died on Aug. 27, 2006 when Comair Flight 5191 attempted to take off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport. At 10 a.m. Saturday, five years later to the day, a memorial sculpture in their honor will be unveiled at the University of Kentucky Arboretum.

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8:44am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sole Survivor will miss Memorial

James Polehinke
Lexington Herald-Leader

The sole survivor of Comair Flight 5191 won't be attending an event on Saturday to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the plane crash, according to his mother. Honey Jackson said in a phone interview that her son, co-pilot James Polehinke, would not be in Lexington for the unveiling of a memorial sculpture in honor of the 49 people who died in the crash. "He'll never be right, ever," she said. "Nothing has changed, but that's all I can say."

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8:40am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Johnson County Missing Police Records, Files

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said Wednesday that when he took office on Jan. 1, there were a lot of missing records — accident reports, investigative files, even personnel documents. "Bottom line, they were gone when we got here," Price said. "Totally wiped out." That has raised questions about whether former Sheriff Bill Witten might know where the records are. Witten's attorney, Stephen "Nick" Frazier, said the former sheriff didn't take the records. Tampering with public records is a felony.

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8:38am

Thu August 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth on CBO, Super Committee

During an hour-long discussion Wednesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., demanded more transparency from the 12-member super committee and encouraged President Barack Obama to make a more forceful argument that the federal government has a role in fixing the economy. The Congressional Budget Office released its updated report early Wednesday). It paints a dire economic picture and forecasts the country’s jobless rate will remain above eight percent until 2014.

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8:38am

Thu August 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week; Verizon Strike A Factor

The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week from the week before, to 417,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

Though the number of claims remained well above the level normally associated with a healthy economy, one factor was temporary. According to Reuters, "Verizon workers filed 8,500 claims for jobless benefits last week, after submitting 12,500 applications the previous week."

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8:35am

Thu August 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Energy Subsidies Targeted for Cuts

When the Congressional super-committee sits down to cut the nation’s spending, everything is fair game. But a new report released by four non-profit groups suggests the panel look first to cutting energy subsidies. The report is called Green Scissors, and it was released today by groups that promote free market capitalism, consumer protections, the environment, or fiscal responsibility. It highlights the $380 billion in spending that goes to subsidize oil, gas and coal, as well as tax breaks and government loans.

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8:33am

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Orchestra Cancels Concerts

All Louisville Orchestra concerts scheduled for September and October have been canceled. The season was set to begin September 10. But orchestra management sent out a notice of the cancellations Wednesday evening, citing an impasse with the musicians over a contract for the next season. The two sides are in mediation with the Louisville Labor Management Committee and will meet with Mayor Greg Fischer later this week to try to work out a deal.

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8:30am

Thu August 25, 2011
Science/Health

UK Creates Endowed Pharmacy Chair

Someday, in the not too distant future, a pharmacist may be able to know exactly how patients will react to medications even before they take them. A cutting edge research field known as personalized medicine, or pharmacogenetics, involves studying a person's unique genetic code in order to determine how he or she will metabolize medicine.

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8:10am

Thu August 25, 2011

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