2:27pm

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Judge Orders State to Release Child-Death Records

State officials have 10 days to produce 90 internal reviews of social workers' files on children who have been killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse and neglect, a judge ordered Wednesday. Attorneys for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday that they were hiring temporary staff to redact more than 180 case files involving children who died or nearly died of abuse and neglect. Once redacted, those records will be made available, said Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, which oversees child protection.

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2:25pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Education

Superintendent of the Year from Jessamine

Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Lu Young was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.

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2:18pm

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Two Percent Spending Cuts for State Agencies

Most state agencies will cut spending by an additional 2 percent as part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s plan to cover a $190 million hole in the current budget. The plan doesn’t include employee furloughs, but programs may opt to lay off workers, state Budget Director Mary Lassiter told the joint Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday. “Every agency will have to evaluate its capacity to deal with these additional cuts,” Lassiter said.

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2:16pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY River Expected to Reach Flood Stage

Heavy rain in the eastern and central regions of the state is expected to push the Kentucky River above flood stage this week. Carroll County Flood Plain Manager Mitchell Perkins said Tuesday that the Kentucky is currently at 30 feet at Lockport, which is considered action level. It is expected to rise to 33 feet, which is flood stage by Wednesday. Perkins said reports show the Kentucky cresting Wednesday in Frankfort, which means it will crest in Carroll County late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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2:14pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Sports

Fans are Lobbying for WKU Football

State Rep. Jody Richards knows a thing or two about lobbying. And about Western Kentucky University football, for that matter. As WKU football fans intensified a grass-roots effort Tuesday to send the Hilltoppers to a postseason bowl game for the first time since the school joined the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision, Richards said the first key to successful lobbying is having a good case.

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2:09pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

President Pardons Loretto Man

A Loretto man with links to Johnny Boone — a fugitive known as the “Godfather of Grass and the “King of Pot” — has received a Presidential pardon. Lesley Claywood Berry Jr. received his pardon from President Barack Obama Nov. 21. Berry had been convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possession with intent to distribute marijuana in 1988 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

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2:01pm

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Judge Orders State to Release Child-Death Records

State officials have 10 days to produce 90 internal reviews of social workers' files on children who have been killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse and neglect, a judge ordered Wednesday. Attorneys for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday that they were hiring temporary staff to redact more than 180 case files involving children who died or nearly died of abuse and neglect. Once redacted, those records will be made available, said Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, which oversees child protection.

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1:32pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Despite Warnings From Inspector, One Iowa Town Still Battles Toxic Air

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 1:35 pm

The Grain Processing Corp. plant in Muscatine, Iowa.
Chris Hamby Center for Public Integrity

1:13pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Prosecutors Say John Hinckley Is Still A Threat

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 1:15 pm

The Justice Department says the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 still poses a threat to public safety.

Prosecutors are fighting an effort by John Hinckley to win more freedom from a mental hospital where he's been confined for decades.

During a hearing in Washington, the prosecutors said the government has been watching Hinckley.

Secret Service agents followed Hinckley last summer, when he said he was going to the movies during visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va.

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12:47pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

First 'Penn State Scandal' Civil Suit Filed

The first civil lawsuit brought by an alleged victim of Jerry Sandusky is from a man who says he was sexually abused as a young boy more than 100 times by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

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