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4:09pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

Violence Prevention Program Showing Results in KY High Schools

Credit http://livethegreendot.com/

Self-reported instances of sexual violence in 13 Kentucky public high schools dropped by more than half over the past five years, according to a new $2 million study based on more than 80,000 anonymous student surveys.

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5:18pm

Tue September 9, 2014
The Commonwealth

UK Hospital Construction to Start Soon

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

  Another phase of construction is in the works at University of Kentucky Hospital.

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3:49pm

Mon September 8, 2014
All Politics are Local

Comer Navigates Richie Farmer Backlash

Credit Alix Mattingly, WFPL

 

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Tuesday amid a small but vocal Republican backlash over his handling of the investigation and indictment of his Republican predecessor, Richie Farmer.

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12:34pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Receiving Funds to Help Exports

Credit www.kyexports.com

Kentucky is receiving a $300,000 State Trade Export Promotion grant to foster international trade among the state's small businesses.

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5:10pm

Thu September 4, 2014
The Commonwealth

Beshear Extends Smoking Ban to All State Property

Credit Lexington Herald Leader

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has banned all tobacco products from most state buildings and grounds in an attempt to create momentum for a statewide smoking ban when lawmakers return in January.

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11:25am

Wed August 27, 2014
Education

Breathitt Schools to Remain Under State Control

"Our district wants to do better," said Breathitt County High School principal Derek McKnight. "The fear is, if the state left tomorrow, would we go back to the same practices that we were seeing before? And I'm afraid that we would."
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years.

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2:26pm

Tue August 26, 2014
The Commonwealth

County Attorney: Louisville Can Set Own Minimum Wage

Credit www.bizjournals.com

The Jefferson County attorney has issued a legal opinion saying Louisville officials can set a minimum wage in the city.

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5:25pm

Fri August 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

Firefighters Still in Hospital After Ice Stunt

Several hundred people, most of the Campbellsville University students, gathered on the campus on Aug. 21, 2014 for a prayer service after two firefighters were seriously injured earlier in the day in an accident at the school.
Credit Bill Estep / Lexington Herald Leader

Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."

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9:59pm

Thu August 21, 2014
The Commonwealth

Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Awry, Firefighters Hurt

Credit Tyler Arterburn / WHAS-11

Police  say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge.

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3:00pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Billionaire to Pay $1.5M Fine for Kentucky Mines

Credit The Washington Post

West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of reclamation violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.

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8:52pm

Fri August 15, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky, Feds Reach Agreement on Hemp Imports

Credit Don Morfe / www.hmdb.org

Kentucky agriculture officials and the federal government have finalized an agreement on how industrial hemp seeds may be imported into the state.

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1:47pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky's Child Care Assitance Program Reopened

Credit http://childcarecouncilofky.com/

Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program has been reopened for new applicants after a budget shortfall closed it 16 months ago.

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1:42pm

Tue August 12, 2014
The Commonwealth

September Deadline for Farm Ownership Program

Credit http://content.govdelivery.com/

Kentucky farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low-interest loans through the Farm Service Agency's direct farm ownership program. 

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3:59pm

Mon August 11, 2014
The Commonwealth

State Budget Off to Good Start

Credit www.kentucky.gov

State officials say Kentucky's 2015 budget is off to a good start.

The state collected more than $705 million in taxes and fees in July. That's 2.2 percent more than the state collected in July 2013.

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2:12pm

Mon August 11, 2014
The Commonwealth

Dairy Plant in Works for Laurel County

Credit River City News

A dairy processing plant planned for southeastern Kentucky intends to develop a low-calorie, lactose-free skim milk produced from Kentucky cows.

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9:46am

Mon August 11, 2014
The Commonwealth

Deputies Providing Protection in Perryville

Credit Perryville Police Department

The Boyle County Sheriff's Department is providing protection to residents in Perryville after the city's police force of two resigned.

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5:40pm

Thu August 7, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell and Rogers Tour Coal Country

Credit www.usatoday.com

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is touring eastern Kentucky in his campaign against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. Along for the ride, is veteran Republican U.S. Representative Hal Rogers. 


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1:29pm

Fri July 25, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Received 237 Children Crossing Into US

Credit www.vox.com

Kentucky has less than 1 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

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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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