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4:57pm

Wed December 17, 2014
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Beshear: Rail Companies Responsible for Track Safety, Maintenance

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Repair work is underway at the site of a train derailment in Paris which occured early Monday morning. 

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4:24pm

Tue December 16, 2014
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Kentucky Police Officers Honored for Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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    Hundreds of police officers at the local and state level are being honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving in Kentucky. 

The Office of Highway Safety's annual awards ceremony was held in Lexington Tuesday.

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5:30pm

Mon December 15, 2014
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Train Derailment in Paris Sends Three Rail Cars Down Stoner Creek Embankment

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An early morning train derailment near downtown Paris attracted numerous onlookers.  Repairs are underway and officials say the track could re-open relatively quickly.

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11:08pm

Sun December 14, 2014
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Water Impoundments on Kentucky Farms May Provide Drought Relief

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One of Kentucky's best known farm organizations is launching an effort to keep adequate water in the hands of farmers.  The Kentucky Farm Bureau's Water Management Working Group held its inaugural meeting last week.

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5:46pm

Wed December 10, 2014
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Both Sides of Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Cases Push for Supreme Court Review

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday filed his support for the request that the U.S. Supreme Court consider the state's same-sex marriage cases.

The state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was upheld in November by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The plaintiffs, including Louisville residents, recently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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3:24pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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Lawsuit Accuses Maker's Mark of False Advertising

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A lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising by promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.

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2:57pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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Ky Police Officers Refer to "Use-of-Force Continuum" when Subduing Subjects

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After the death of Eric Garner in New York City, police tactics have come under scrutiny on the national level. 

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5:12pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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Keeneland Wins Approval to Acquire Harness Track

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The Keeneland Association has won approval from Kentucky's horse racing regulators to acquire an Appalachian horse track.

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3:32pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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Democrats First to File for 2015 Governor's Race

Geoff Young
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A retired state engineer and a woman who was arrested after riding her bicycle to school are the first candidates to officially file for the 2015 governor's race.

 

 

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2:08pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Proposals for Burnside Lodging Facility Sought

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The state is seeking someone to develop and operate a lodging facility at General Burnside Island State Park in Pulaski County in south-central Kentucky.

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4:28pm

Fri November 21, 2014
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Fort Campbell to Lose More than 2,000 Soldiers

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Fort Campbell is bracing for the loss of more than 2,400 soldiers.  Commanders at the southern Kentucky military base say the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will have an effect both on and off the installation.  Christian County Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Katie Lopez says it's difficult to determine the full impact just yet.  "There's always going to be issues that come up, so you know, we've heard about this before, but it's one of those things where you hear bad news but you don't want to believe it,” says Lopez.  “We hope for the best and plan for the worst, so we are pr

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3:43pm

Thu November 20, 2014
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Churchill Downs to Resume Racing After 2 Dark Days

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Churchill Downs is set to resume live racing on Friday after two consecutive days of cancellations because of a frozen track.

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4:08pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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Study: KY's Unauthorized Immigrant Population Drops

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A new study ranks Kentucky among the states with big declines in unauthorized immigrant populations in recent years.

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3:00pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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Churchill Downs' Track Is Frozen, So It's Calling Off Racing on Wednesday

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For the first time in 28 years, Churchill Downs has canceled a day of racing because the racetrack is frozen.

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9:53pm

Sun November 16, 2014
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Automated Truck Screening to Increase at Kentucky Weigh Stations

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Kentucky's Automated Truck Screening Project usage is about to almost double at interstate weigh stations.  There are currently five systems deployed at weigh stations throughout the state.  The technology allows for automated license plate readings that can be used to determine if a truck has delinquent taxes or regulation violations. 

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5:37pm

Thu November 6, 2014
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Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban Upheld

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's bans on same-sex marriages, rolling back two rulings that opened the door for gay couples to have their unions in other states recognized and to be wed in the Bluegrass State.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panels' 2-1 ruling Thursday is the highest-level court victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage in the past year.

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4:17pm

Fri October 31, 2014
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Judge Set To Take Up Instant Racing

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3:24pm

Fri October 31, 2014
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Couple Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Monks

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The former accountant for a central Kentucky abbey has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the monastery.

Josh E. Hutchins entered the plea to charges of theft and unlawful access to a computer Friday morning in Nelson Circuit Court. His wife, Carrie Lee Hutchins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft count.

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3:28pm

Mon October 27, 2014
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Jindal, Clinton, Warren to Campaign in Ky.'s Senate Race

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in a trio of potential presidential candidates to help boost voter turnout in the final week of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville on Tuesday and Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with her on Saturday in Lexington and northern Kentucky. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.

 

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5:25pm

Fri October 24, 2014
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TV Ad in State Senate Race Removed

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A Lexington TV station has removed a campaign ad after a Republican state Senate candidate complained the ad was false.

 

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4:56pm

Thu October 9, 2014
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Fort Campbell Soldiers Headed to Liberia

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Hundreds of soldiers at Kentucky's Fort Campbell are preparing for a mission in Liberia.  Some 800 to 900 soldiers at the southern Kentucky military base have been educated this week on disease prevention.  101st Airborne Division Lieutenant Colonel Brian DeSantis says the training is focused on Ebola, malaria, and yellow fever.

"Where we actually put the uniform on in the right sequence, take the protective gear off in the right sequence, and then we get tested on our ability to put on the protective gear and take off the protective gear," said DeSantis.

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11:45pm

Tue October 7, 2014
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Berea City Council Votes Against Fairness Ordinance Proposal

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After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council has voted down a proposed fairness ordinance.   The measure failed Tuesday night by a vote of 3 to 5.

The measure sought to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

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2:08pm

Tue October 7, 2014
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Reports Show Ohio River Bridge is Crumbling

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Years of inspection reports obtained by a newspaper show that a high-traffic bridge over the Ohio River is deteriorating.

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3:35pm

Mon October 6, 2014
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Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals of gay marriage bans in five states will not directly affect Kentucky because the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to rule on the state's case.

 

 

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3:10pm

Fri September 19, 2014
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Former Louisville Congresswoman Backs Comer's Candidacy

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Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

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7:04am

Mon September 15, 2014
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Historical Journal Features Newly-Found Civil War Diary of Bowling Green Woman

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When a young Bowling Green woman’s diary was published as a book in 2009, it gave a glimpse of life in Kentucky during the Civil War.

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5:18pm

Tue September 9, 2014
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UK Hospital Construction to Start Soon

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

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5:10pm

Thu September 4, 2014
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Beshear Extends Smoking Ban to All State Property

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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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4:25pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Rains Dampen Attendance at 2014 Kentucky State Fair

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Rainy weather for several days sapped some of the attendance out of this year’s Kentucky State Fair.  The 110th edition of the fair wrapped up this past Sunday.  It drew just under 516 thousand visitors.  The count fell below 600 thousand for the first time since 2012.  Rain fell on eight of the eleven days of the state fair.  Despite the decrease in attendance, other areas saw growth including the competitive entry departments and the World’s Championship Horse Show.

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2:26pm

Tue August 26, 2014
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County Attorney: Louisville Can Set Own Minimum Wage

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

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