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1:08pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Pushing Court Records Online

Credit Diane Geller

Kentucky is pushing to digitize court records and eventually make them more accessible to the public.

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12:57pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Condemned Kentucky Inmate Seeks New Trial

Credit Mark D. Siegel

A death row inmate from eastern Kentucky has asked a federal judge to throw out his conviction and sentence, saying a judge erred in accepting his guilty plea.

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1:01pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Developing

'Pop Bottle' Bombs Found at Area High School, Activities Canceled

Credit Faron Collins / Lexington Herald Leader

A bottle bomb exploded at a Lexington school Wednesday, chasing band members inside and bringing police to the scene.

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12:52pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Central Kentucky Winery Sold at Auction

Credit www.kentuckywine.com

A one-time tobacco farm that had been converted to a winery has now been converted to multiple tracts of land and a lot of equipment scattered about to new owners.

An auctioneer sold off the Acres of Land Winery in Richmond at a foreclosure liquidation sale Tuesday as the former owners attempted to settle more than $1 million in debt.

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12:46pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mail Plant Moving in 2015

Credit www.usps.com

A mail processing plant in Lexington is scheduled to move to Louisville and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015.

The processing center is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for consolidation. 

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4:46pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Rulings Won't Affect Kentucky

Credit https://kyenroll.ky.gov/

 Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama's health care law won't affect enrollees in Kentucky's state-run health exchange.

Beshear said in a statement released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that premium assistance that Kentucky enrollees have qualified for also won't be affected.

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3:21pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Bourbon Inventory Tops 5 Million Barrels

Aging bourbon at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.
Credit Tom Eblen / Lexington Herald Leader

Kentucky bourbon makers are churning out larger volumes of whiskey being stored for aging.

The Kentucky Distillers' Association said Tuesday the state's bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977.

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4:32pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Paul Says Fort Knox is Potential Site for Child Migrants, Democrat Says No

Credit U.S. Senate

 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Fort Knox has been talked about as a possible site to temporarily house immigrant children pouring across the country's border. But a Democratic congressman indicates the Army post is not under consideration as a place to shelter young migrants.

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9:20pm

Fri July 18, 2014
The Commonwealth

Retired Kentucky Senator Ford Being Treated For Cancer

Credit U.S. Senate Historical Office

Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford from Kentucky says he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

The former four-term Democrat says he was recently diagnosed with a malignancy on one of his lungs.

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10:15pm

Wed July 16, 2014
The Commonwealth

Beshear Plugs $91 Million Budget Shortfall

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an order to plug a $91 million hole in Kentucky's $9.5 billion state budget.

State officials announced the shortfall last week following sluggish collections on state income taxes. Beshear's order Wednesday cuts just $3 million in state spending. Beshear made up the rest by transferring money from other sources, including $21.2 million from the state's reserves.

State officials said they had few options to make up the deficit because the shortfall came at the end of the fiscal year when most of the money had already been spent.

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4:26pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Man Says Hidden Message Told Him to Kill

Credit http://www.cityofsomerset.com/public_safety/police/

A detective has testified that a man accused of gunning down a prominent Kentucky defense attorney told police he had deciphered a newspaper message instructing him to carry out the killing.

Somerset Police Detective Chris Gates said at a hearing Wednesday that the defendant, Clinton Inabnitt, believed that if he killed Mark Stanziano, the ringing in his ears would stop.

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2:25pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Appalachian Air Closer to Takeoff

Pikeville Airport
Credit L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC

A consultant says Appalachian Air has cleared another hurdle and can start working toward flying in and out of Pikeville.

Adviser Luke Schmidt told the Pikeville City Commission this week that the Pikeville-Pike County Airport won't need a certification from the federal government before allowing the airline to start flying.

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12:45am

Sun April 13, 2014
State Capitol

Beshear Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Credit courier-journal.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients.

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12:44am

Sun April 13, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Budget Surplus Seen Less Likely

Credit courier-journal.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year.

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1:53am

Sat March 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Judge Reinstates Lancaster Mayor Removed by City Council

Brenda Powers was removed from office Nov. 23 after a 6-0 vote by the city council.
Credit Lexington Herald-Leader, www.kentucky.com

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of a central Kentucky city has been reinstated to office by a judge who found the city council lacked evidence of misconduct to justify her removal.

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1:01am

Sun February 23, 2014
Middle East

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 1:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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12:40am

Sun February 23, 2014
Around the Nation

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 3:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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11:30pm

Sat January 25, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Reward Doubles in Shooting of Ky. Whooping Cranes

Reward doubles in shooting of whooping cranes

ANTON, Ky. (AP) — The reward being offered for information in the shooting and death of a mated pair of whooping cranes in western Kentucky has more than doubled with contributions from conservation and animal protection groups.

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11:25pm

Sat January 25, 2014
Kentuckians at War

New Honor Flight Program for Vets in Kentucky & Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Honor Flight program has been set up to serve veterans in north-central Tennessee and south-central Kentucky.

Michael Flood, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, told The Leaf-Chronicle that he decided to start the Screaming Eagle Honor Flight after the nearby Music City Honor Flight in Nashville ceased operating last year.

Flood said he is currently seeking volunteers, donations and other support for his operation in Clarksville, Tenn.

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7:08am

Sat January 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work

Boeing workers cry after learning that the Boeing machinists union voted to accept the company's latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Boeing 777X airplane in Washington state.
Ted S. Warren AP

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

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2:33pm

Sat December 21, 2013
-Eastern Standard

Health Exchange Voted Top 2013 KY News Story

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The debut of a statewide online health insurance marketplace, which earned a thumbs-up from President Barack Obama for smoothly enrolling tens of thousands of people, has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2013.

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12:52am

Sun December 1, 2013
Around the Nation

'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker in March.
Joel Ryan AP

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

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3:45pm

Tue November 5, 2013
Energy

More Waste Liquids From Drilling May Be Kentucky Bound

If approved by the Coast Guard, shale gas waste water from such storage ponds could be barged down the Ohio River to disposal sites on the Gulf Coast.
Credit Penn State News

The US Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. The wastewater is currently stored at drilling sites or transported by truck or train to treatment plants and deep underground wells.

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7:29am

Mon October 14, 2013
Europe

Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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6:35am

Mon September 30, 2013
All Politics are Local

Historic Designation Sought for Fancy Farm

Credit kyforward.com

A rural church in Fancy Farm Kentucky, home to the state’s premier political event has been approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved the designation for the St. Jerome's Catholic Church complex on Friday. The National Park Service has final say, which is expected within a couple of months.

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6:30am

Mon September 30, 2013
State Capitol

Historic Floral Clock Repairs Underway

Credit lrc.ky.gov

A popular tourist attraction at the Kentucky Capitol is being repaired. The State Journal reports that repairs began this month on the Floral Clock and are expected to take a couple of months to complete. Sam Ruth, commissioner of the Department of Facilities and Support Services, said several cracks are visible on the bottom of the clock. Some are a foot long and an inch wide.

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2:15pm

Wed August 21, 2013
State Capitol

House Passes Redistricting Bill By Comfortable Margin

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A legislative redistricting bill has breezed through the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Legislative leaders removed many of the partisan overtones that had been in previous proposals, a move that led to broader support among rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties. The House passed the bill 83-17 Wednesday morning. The Senate is expected to rush the measure to a vote on Friday.

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9:46am

Tue August 13, 2013
Health and Welfare

Volunteers Comfort Drug Addicted Newborns

More than 250 "cuddlers" have volunteered to comfort newborns going through withdrawal when a unique, independent treatment center opens this fall in southern West Virginia. Lily's Place in Huntington plans to wean infants off drugs outside a hospital setting while also helping their addicted moms. Donations arrive every day. But good intentions don't always pay the bills.

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11:01am

Wed August 7, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Groups To Protest Natural Gas Liquid Pipeline At Kentucky Capitol

Credit Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.

Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky. A partnership of two energy companies announced a plan earlier this year to build the underground pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.

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10:54am

Wed August 7, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Richmond Couple Indicted In Child's Death

A grand jury has indicted a Richmond, Ky., couple on various charges including murder in connection with the discovery of a child's body in southwest Ohio. The indictments against 26-year-old Whitney Johnson and 25-year-old Nathan Ritze include child endangerment and abuse of a corpse charges.

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