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12:10pm

Fri July 26, 2013
The Commonwealth

Couple Challenges Kentucky's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Credit City of West Hollywood

A Louisville couple on Friday challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages, saying the state isn't putting them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples. Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.

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9:09am

Fri July 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Parking Opens Up At Kentucky State Fair

Parking at Kentucky State Fair
Credit Matthew Hurst / Flickr, Creative Commons

People heading to the Kentucky State Fair next month will have some new options for weekend parking, including one free lot. That location is the Green Lot at Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street. The State Fair Board says shuttles will run continuously to the fair. Fair tickets can be purchased at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium or advance discount tickets can be presented before boarding the shuttle.

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9:05am

Fri July 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Horse Park Celebrates Anniversary With Discounts

Credit Russ Glasson / Flickr, Creative Commons

The Kentucky Horse Park is offering two-day tickets for the price of one day's admission as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. The Lexington attraction says the offer will give visitors more time to explore the park. The deal means that guests who purchase a general admission ticket will receive free admission the following day.

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9:01am

Fri July 26, 2013
Business and the Economy

New Names Broaden Scope Of Kentucky's Unemployment Offices

Credit Office of the Governor, Kentucky

Gov. Steve Beshear has unveiled a new name for the state's 75 unemployment offices. They've now officially been dubbed Kentucky Career Centers. Beshear said the new name reflects a new focus on services for both job seekers and job providers.

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3:13pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Feds Move To Protect Central Appalachia's Diamond Darter

The Diamond Darter
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

A rare fish in central Appalachia called the diamond darter will soon be under federal protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that the diamond darter's protected status under the Endangered Species Act will become effective in 30 days.

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3:05pm

Thu July 25, 2013
State Capitol

Progress Surprises Governor As Commonwealth Battles Pill Abuse

Credit Bartz / Flickr, Creative Commons

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he's been surprised by the progress made in fighting prescription drug abuse in the year since a state law took aim at the problem. Beshear told reporters Thursday that the law has made some "swift changes" in combating a chronic state problem.

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1:53pm

Thu July 25, 2013
State Capitol

Columnist Drops Attorney General From 1st Amendment Lawsuit

Syndicated columnist and family psychologist John Rosemond.
Credit Blueridge Business Journal

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says his office and attorneys for nationally syndicated parenting columnist John Rosemond have agreed that Conway should be dismissed from a lawsuit.

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11:41am

Thu July 25, 2013
All Politics are Local

Republican Official Files Ethics Complaint Filed Against US Senate Candidate

Credit Josh James / Kentucky Public Radio

A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week. Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint on Thursday, a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a candidate for U.S. Senate.

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10:43am

Thu July 25, 2013
Sports

Expansion Proposed At The Home Of The Kentucky Derby

The home of the Kentucky Derby is planning another round of renovations that would add more seating at Churchill Downs racetrack. Churchill Downs Inc., owner of its namesake track, has filed plans with Louisville planning officials for a project called Churchill Downs Rooftop Garden. It continues the company's strategy to maximize revenues from the track's premier events — the Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

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10:37am

Thu July 25, 2013
All Politics are Local

Three US Senate Candidates Will Face Off At Fancy Farm

Matt Bevin, Allison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell

Republican Matt Bevin will be in the tiny community of Fancy Farm next week when politicians gather for a heated afternoon of stump speeches. Bevin, a newcomer to the U.S. Senate race, will share the stage with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Aug. 3.

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9:10am

Thu July 25, 2013
All Politics are Local

Beshear, Abramson To Skip Fancy Farm Politics

Credit Creative Commons

Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm.  Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said Wednesday they're unable to go.

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4:03pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Education

Should Students Know Their Legal Rights Before Interrogations?

The Kentucky attorney general's office has asked the US Supreme Court to consider a case involving whether students must be informed of their rights before being questioned at school.

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2:49pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Blend Unites Best Of Kentucky Bourbons For Charity

Credit Colleen Green / Flickr, Creative Commons

Kentucky's renowned bourbon brands are offering up a bit of their whiskeys for a special blend to benefit efforts to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease in honor of longtime Heaven Hill Distilleries master distiller Parker Beam. The concoction is called Master Distillers' Unity. Bardstown-based Heaven Hill says a crystal two-bottle set of the one-of-its-kind blend will be offered at auction in New York City on Oct. 13. All proceeds will go to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund, which is raising money for research and patient care by the ALS Association.

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1:15pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Business and the Economy

New State Agency Nurtures Small Businesses

Governor Beshear tours small business near Bowling Green.
Credit Office of the Governor, Kentucky

The state has created a new agency to help small businesses grow and create jobs.  The Office of Entrepreneurship is intended to enhance similar initiatives already in place.

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11:54am

Tue July 23, 2013
Health and Welfare

Mandatory Drug Tests For Caregivers Considered When A Child Dies

A panel appointed to review severe child abuse and neglect cases is considering a proposal that would require caregivers to submit to drug testing if a child died in their custody. Media reported the Kentucky Child Fatality and New Fatality External Review Panel met Monday and discussed the idea after reviewing the case of an infant who died while sleeping with his parents.

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10:48am

Tue July 23, 2013
All Politics are Local

McConnell Will Face Tea Party Opponent in GOP Primary

Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.

A tea party activist who has signaled that he intends to begin a campaign to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary in Kentucky has now removed all doubt. An aide to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin distributed a press advisory on Tuesday announcing stops on a statewide tour "announcing his candidacy" for Senate.

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1:06pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Kentuckians at War

McConnell Blasts White House For Mismanaging Veteran Claims

Credit Jeff Kubina / Flickr, Creative Commons

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says a backlog of disability claims handled by the Veterans Affairs Department is a "national disgrace."

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12:58pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Education

UK Wins NASA Grant To Build Better Heat Shield

The scorching temperature of re-entry into Earth's atmosphere is seen on the Apollo 10's heat shield.
Credit Ian Kath / Flickr, Creative Commons

A University of Kentucky assistant professor and a research team have received a $1 million grant from NASA to improve the heat shields for spacecraft as they enter the planet's atmosphere.

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9:15am

Fri July 19, 2013
All Politics are Local

Lundergan-Grimes/McConnell Fancy Farm Meeting Live On KET

Kentucky's public television network KET will broadcast live from the tiny community of Fancy Farm when politicians gather Aug. 3 for a heated afternoon of stump speeches. Headliners for the Saturday afternoon event are Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

9:05am

Fri July 19, 2013
Mountain Kentucky

Prisoners Refuse Meals At Federal Prison in Ashland

Credit Kate Ter Haar / Flickr, Creative Commons

Inmates at a federal prison in northeastern Kentucky have refused two meals but officials say they aren't sure why. The inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution-Ashland in Summit turned away lunch and evening meals on Wednesday. The warden's executive assistant, David Brewer, told The Ashland Independent newspaper the prison is operating on a status just below lockdown, with inmates confined to their cells at all times other than for meals.

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3:34pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Fares Poorly In Nationwide Life Expectancy Survey

Morbidly obese teenager.
Credit FBellon / Flickr, Creative Commons

ATLANTA, Ga. — Kentucky is among the states with the lowest life expectancy and healthy life expectancy numbers, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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2:38pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Former Madison County Clerk Accused of Theft

A former Madison County Clerk has been formally accused of theft. William Gabbard is scheduled to appear in Madison Circuit Court in mid-August for arraignment. The state Attorney General says the investigation into Gabbard started in November 2009 after a state auditor's review of his office. Gabbard’s accused of changing social security numbers in the Automated Vehicle Information System. Allegedly, it allowed Gabbard to register his personal vehicles without paying taxes, interest and penalties.

2:32pm

Thu July 18, 2013
All Politics are Local

Third Central Kentucky Democrat Enters Race for Congress

Lexington Attorney and Congressional Candidate Joe Palumbo.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

Another Democrat has announced a run for Congress in Kentucky's 6th District. Lexington businessman Joe Palumbo, who heads a lumber and building supply company, says in a statement he wants to fight partisan gridlock that is holding the country and central Kentucky back.

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4:21pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Sports

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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