11:00am

Fri August 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Officials Hear Concerns in Eastern KY

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency are in Kentucky, touring areas in the eastern part of the state and meeting with residents who are concerned about the effect of coal mining on their communities. At a community meeting last night in Whitesburg, the officials listened to residents describe their problems with coal dust, mountaintop removal blasting and the lack of state and local regulation enforcement.

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10:58am

Fri August 19, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul to Perform Volunteer Eye Surgery

Keeping up with his skills as a licensed ophthalmologist, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will briefly return to the operating room Sunday to perfom six free cataract eyes surgeries.  Because Senate ethics rules prohibit Paul from receiving pay for performing those surgeries, he will work as a volunteer for Surgery on Sunday, a non-profit group in Lexington that provides outpatient services for those who can’t afford health insurance and do not qualify for government assistance. From the Herald-Leader‘s Bluegrass Politics:

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10:56am

Fri August 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Paul Denounces EPA for Coal Miners' Week

While officials from the Environmental Protection Agency tour eastern Kentucky to asses the effect of coal mining on residents, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., denounced the agency as an “out of control” bureaucracy that is waging a war the industry.

For most of this week, WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson has been following EPA officials around the state. Contrary to the rhetoric of politicians on both sides of the aisle in Kentucky, she reports residents are thrilled to see federal officials in their communities and want more regulations.  Coincidentally it also happens to be  Coal Miners’ Appreciation Week, which Paul issued a statement Thursday in recognition of while scolding the federal agency.

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10:53am

Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky State Fair Focuses on Safety

The 2011 Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run today in Louisville. As Rick Howlett reports, local organizers are answering questions about safety procedures following last week's tragedy at the Indiana State Fair. There will be ten outdoor concerts at Cardinal Stadium, and state fair spokeswoman Amanda Storment says officials are especially mindful this week of severe weather safety, in the wake of Saturday's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair--during a wind gust--that killed five people.

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10:48am

Fri August 19, 2011
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul Speaks in Lexington

Senator Rand Paul walks and talks with aids after a speech to the Rotary Club of Lexington.
Josh James

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is traveling the state while congress is in recess.  In his speech to the Rotary Club, Paul again sounded the call for smaller government, lower taxes, and the repeal of President Obama's health care reform law. As for the 12-member super-committee formed as part of the deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling, the senator said he's confident it will find the necessary 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts, but expressed skepticism that the deal will have much effect. Asked what he's been hearing from constituents, Paul said economic frustrations continue to top the list.

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10:39am

Fri August 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Decreases

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate continued to fall going from 9.6 percent in June to 9.5 percent in July, according to the Office of Employment and Training.  The preliminary July 2011 jobless rate dropped .7 percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded in July 2010 for the state. The state’s July 2011 rate is the lowest since the January 2009 rate of 9.2 percent.

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10:35am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Wilmore Tables Livestock Ordinance

Discussion about whether to enact a livestock ordinance was abundant at the Wilmore City Council meeting, but after talking for 40 minutes, the council voted to table the discussion until its next meeting on Sept. 12. Councilwoman Kim Deyer weighed both sides of the issue at the meeting, addressing protection of property values, safety and animal rights. Deyer said she’s not sure an ordinance is necessary but she does think the city needs some kind of boundaries for animal-owners.

10:25am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Schism, New Indictments Follow Polygamist Leader's Conviction

A letter sent by email and snail mail urges the followers of polygamist leader and convicted pedophile Warren Jeffs to "come clean ... or you are going down with the wicked and the damned."

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10:23am

Fri August 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

East Jessamine Removes E.Coli

A section of the East Jessamine soccer field between the stands and the field was surrounded by orange fence last week after high levels of E. coli were found in standing water.
Jonathan Kleppinger Jessamine Journal

Remediation work is being completed on the soccer field that was closed last week due to E. coli contamination, and the field could be ready for play as soon as Tuesday. A test sample of standing water at the East Jessamine soccer complex off Wilmore Road revealed a concentration of E. coli nine times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable risk criteria. The field was closed Aug. 10 after an engineering firm advised school officials skin contact with water was the only danger present.

10:12am

Fri August 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Former Sturgis Man Charged with Fraud

A former Sturgis resident appeared in federal court on Thursday morning to face charges of scheming to defraud investors of more than $1.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Cory B. George, 27, of Owensboro is accused of defrauding investors of more than $1,749,590 by running advertisements in newspapers and offering short-term certificates of deposit paying 3 to 5 percent interest through his company, G3 Capital Management. However, G3 Capital wasn’t a licensed and insured bank, and wasn’t authorized to issue certificates of deposit, according to the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Hale.

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