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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

Credit The Frankfort State Journal

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

Credit Tony Gutierrez/AP

 

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

Credit Kentucky.com

 

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

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

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

Credit Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Landov

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

Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

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

Credit The Register / Kentucky Historical Society

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

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

  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

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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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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4:10pm

Mon August 25, 2014
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Summer Weather in Kentucky Runs Gamut from Drought to Flood

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The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record.  Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.

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5:25pm

Fri August 22, 2014
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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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5:01pm

Fri August 22, 2014
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State Awaiting Word on Mine Safety Funding

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State mine safety officials are seeking federal funds to continue training and re-training Kentucky's miners.

If the request for funds is granted, over $600,000 dollars would pay for instructors and educational materials for six offices in the State Division of Mine Safety. 

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9:59pm

Thu August 21, 2014
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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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4:44pm

Wed August 20, 2014
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Kentucky Prosecutors Gather in Lexington for Annual Meeting

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

Hundreds of county and state prosecutors are meeting in Lexington this week to discuss issues ranging from human trafficking to jury selection to search and seizure procedures.

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10:24pm

Sun August 17, 2014
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Growing Interest in Archery Among Kentucky School Aged Children

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    Archery related activities are becoming more widespread in Kentucky schools and in recreational settings. 

Kenlake State Park will soon be the site of a new three dimensional archery course.

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8:52pm

Fri August 15, 2014
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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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9:27pm

Tue August 12, 2014
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Kentucky's Teacher Retirement System May Become One of Worst-Funded in U.S.

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New pension accounting standards could place Kentucky's teachers' retirement system among the worst-funded in the U.S.

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1:42pm

Tue August 12, 2014
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September Deadline for Farm Ownership Program

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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
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State Budget Off to Good Start

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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
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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
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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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