Thu August 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Streetscape Construction Reaches City Hall

The downtown Lexington streetscape project continues to rebuild some of the city's busiest sidewalks, and construction is now at the front door of local government.  An excavator cleared out the old brick sidewalk along East Main Street Wednesday, right in front of the Lexington Fayette County Government Center.

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Thu August 11, 2011

School Opening Delayed Again in Whitley Co.

Air conditioning problems at Whitley County High School have forced the Whitley County School System to delay the start of the school year until Monday, Aug. 15. Classes were to have begun today.


Thu August 11, 2011

GRC Athletes Coached on Concussions

Dalton Gallenstein, a member of the George Rogers Clark High School soccer team, worked on the baseline concussion screening Tuesday.
Rachel Parsons Winchester Sun

When Daniel Cowan was a soccer player at George Rogers Clark High School, suffering a concussion was just par for the course. “Back then, it was just sit out of practice a couple days and you’re good to go. You might miss one game. It wasn’t a big deal,” Cowan said. Now Cowan is in a different position, coaching the GRC boys junior varsity soccer team, and concussions, he said, are something that he and coaches in all contact and collision sports are taking much more seriously.


Thu August 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Popular Breathitt Band Reunites


On a Saturday night in September 1978, a group of musicians climbed atop a flatbed truck and performed in front of an overflow crowd in downtown Jackson. The guys were all students at Breathitt County High School, close friends with each other, and – in step with the musical tastes at the time – were big fans of the rock group “KISS.”

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Thu August 11, 2011

The Nation: A Not So Super-Committee

Sen. Patty Murray answers a question during a brief news conference following a visit to the headquarters of Amazon.com Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Seattle. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid named Murray as part of a powerful new committee tasked to find a bipartisan plan to slash the federal budget deficit.
Elaine Thompson AP

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

On Tuesday Harry Reid announced his picks for the Congressional debt-reduction "super-committee": Senators Max Baucus, John Kerry and Patty Murray.

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Thu August 11, 2011

Weekly Standard: Will Liberals Blast Reid's Picks?

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid speaks about debt ceiling legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. On Tuesday, Reid announced his super-committee picks.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Daniel Halper is the deputy online editor for The Weekly Standard.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid picked his three representatives to the twelve congressional member supercommittee Tuesday, selecting Max Baucus, John Kerry, and Patty Murray. The first two choices make sense: Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and, as his website describes, "holds senior positions on the Finance, Commerce, and Small Business Committees."

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Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bracken Soldier Tribute Held Soon

Yellow ribbons and American flags still fly in Bracken County in remembrance of the late Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers. A special tribute is planned for Sunday, Aug 14 to honor the Bracken County High School graduate. Summers, 27, was wounded July 13 when his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire while on assignment in Afghanistan. He died from his injuries the next day.


Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Too Early to Decide on Hospital Merger

Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday that it's too early for him to decide whether to approve a merger of several hospitals in the state that would leave them under the control of a Catholic health network. The proposed merger, which is subject to state approval, involves University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare, and the Lexington-based St. Joseph Healthcare System, owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. It has raised questions about how reproductive medicine would be delivered and taught at University of Louisville Hospital, which has agreed to abide by the Catholic health system's limitations on reproductive-health procedures.


Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Doneghy Denied New Trial for Manslaughter

A judge on Wednesday refused to grant a new trial for the man convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan J. Durman. In seeking a new trial, an attorney for Glenn Doneghy contended jurors were unlawfully allowed to walk freely around downtown Lexington during a lunch break after deliberations had begun, according to court records. Doneghy was charged with murder, but the jury found him guilty of manslaughter, a lesser crime, and other charges.


Thu August 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Immigration Service Raids Harlan Restaurant

The El Charrito restaurant was closed Wednesday following the raid
Anders Eld Harlan Daily Enterprise

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a roundup of alleged illegal immigrants working at a restaurant in Harlan. The operation took place shortly before noon Wednesday. Thirteen employees who were unable to provide documentation were detailed, according to the Lynch police chief. They were transported to immigration headquarters for processing.