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9:32am

Fri August 17, 2012
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$1 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Erlanger

It wasn’t the $337 million jackpot, but someone who bought a lottery ticket in Erlanger won $1 million Wednesday night, Kentucky Lottery officials said. The winning ticket sold at the Speedway at 631 Donaldson Highway matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball to win the game’s second prize.

3:56pm

Thu August 16, 2012
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Tieing One Historical Marker to Another

A new smart-phone app offered by the Kentucky Historical Society allows tourists access to the history behind roadside markers.   The aim is the weave a historical story.  Sally Warfield, who’s a Digital Media Specialist with the Kentucky Historical Society, says the new app connects communities by demonstrating their shared history.  “You can connect that story then to a larger story in the Commonwealth, because all of a sudden that historical marker is a pin that’s on the state of Kentucky on this map.  And you can click on that and you can click on one a couple of counties over,” said Warfield.

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10:49am

Thu August 16, 2012
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Wendell Berry Donates Papers to Historical Society

The papers of Kentucky writer Wendell Berry, many of which he pulled from the University of Kentucky in late 2009 over its ties with the coal industry, have been donated to the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. The historical society said Berry's materials, which include writings, research and incoming correspondence, are being processed and will be made available to researchers by Nov. 1.

12:13pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Crews to Repair Bridges are Busy

A pair of lane closures on Interstate 75 in southern Kentucky may be in effect for a month.  Cracks have been discovered in load bearing beams on adjacent highway bridges.  Late last week the passing lane of the northbound bridge at the Whitley-Laurel County line was closed.  A subsequent inspection resulted in the shut down of the right lane southbound on the other bridge.  State Transportation Department Spokesman, Jonathon Dobson says repairs may not be made until after the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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5:09pm

Mon August 13, 2012
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Beshear Recognizes Kentucky Horse Park

FRANKFORT – As the 2012 Olympic Games in London came to a close Sunday, Gov. Steve Beshear Monday recognized the Kentucky Horse Park as an elite international equestrian facility for consistently hosting world-class and Olympic-caliber athletes. The Horse Park is also a significant economic contributor to the state, with an estimated economic impact of approximately $180 million each year, according to a statement issued by the governor's office.

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5:07pm

Mon August 13, 2012
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Abandoned Mine Lands Project to be Recognized

Frankfort –The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Abandoned Mine Lands will be recognized with a regional award in mine reclamation for the Lower Rock Creek watershed restoration project from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining. The award will be presented this fall during the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land national conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

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7:56pm

Sun August 12, 2012
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Energy, Environment on Kentucky Tonight

KET's Kentucky Tonight airs Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss energy and the environment.  The program , which airs "live" on KET at 8:00 pm Monday, will be re-broadcast on the WEKU Stastions Tuesday morning at 11:00.

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6:22am

Fri August 10, 2012
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Long Term Road Widening Along I-64

Work begins next week on a long term road widening project along interstate 64 in Shelby County.   The project covers about five miles from the Welcome Center to a half mile east of Kentucky 55.  The interstate will be widened to three lanes in each direction.  In addition to the roadway expansion, the project includes reconstruction of the interchange at Kentucky 55.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on I-64 during the majority of the construction.

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9:58am

Thu August 9, 2012
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More of Kentucky Designated Drought Disaster Areas

More Kentucky counties have been designated as drought disaster areas, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Beshear that Breckinridge and Grayson counties have been upgraded to primary disaster areas. Both were classified as contiguous areas before, Beshear's office said.

9:48am

Thu August 9, 2012
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First Storms, then Fall Preview

A major pattern change taking place over the next few days will take us from the dog days of summer to a fall preview. When an abrupt change of seasons occurs, thunderstorms are usually the result and that looks to be the case today.

9:41am

Thu August 9, 2012
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Human Rights Panel Acts on Knox County, Richmond Cases

The Knox County Board of Education agreed to pay a $52,000 settlement to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights announced Wednesday. According to a news release from the agency, Knox County teacher Cathy Rhoden claimed she was harassed, denied a promotion and denied reasonable accommodations by the board. The board agreed to compensate Rhoden, as well as to provide training to board members and principals. The commission will monitor the board for compliance for one year. 

5:00pm

Wed August 8, 2012
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State Offers Farmers Help

Farmers looking for forage for their animals can turn to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The drought has dried up many pastures and hay fields; Western Kentucky is in extreme drought and Central Kentucky is in moderate drought. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is reactivating the department's hay hotline to connect farmers who have hay to sell with those who need to buy.

4:53pm

Wed August 8, 2012
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Beshear Announces Refunds for Coal Counties

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that fiscal courts in 34 counties will receive refunds totaling $585,600 from mining permit and acreage fees. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.

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10:23am

Wed August 8, 2012
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Secretary of State Announces Filing Deadlines

Frankfort - Aug. 14 is the deadline for independent, political organization, and political group candidates running for most offices, with the exception of president and vice president and certain unexpired terms, to file their petitions of nomination and pay the filing fee. The paperwork must be received by the filing official by 4 p.m. local time.

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5:39pm

Mon August 6, 2012
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Drought Expected to Affect State Fair Entries

The Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run next week and the summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the fair’s agricultural entries. Much of Kentucky has been in the grip of the hot, dry summer, with farmers in the western half of the state bearing the brunt of the disaster.

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9:35am

Mon August 6, 2012
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Kentucky Hits the Jackpot with Lottery

If horse racing is looking to attract new patrons, track executives might want to spend a little time at a gas station. Last week, the Kentucky Lottery Corp. announced record sales of $823.5 million for fiscal 2012, which ended June 30, and announced a sales target of $853 million for 2013. Kentucky isn't the only one; Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts also reported record lottery results for the past year.

9:32am

Mon August 6, 2012
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Cold Front Sweeps Through Kentucky

A cold front that swept through Kentucky along with some rain Sunday chased out the humid air, clearing the way for a nice stretch of weather this week. It will feel noticeably less sticky today with a sunny high of 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

11:37am

Sun August 5, 2012
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U.S. 127 Yard Sale Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of bargain hunters, some from as far as England, have been rummaging their way through Franklin County as they check out the 25th annual 127 Yard Sale. For more than two decades, vendors have been setting up tents and selling their knick-knacks along U.S. 127 across six states. The sale spans 690 miles from Michigan to Alabama and calls itself “The World’s Longest Yard Sale.”

6:57pm

Wed August 1, 2012
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Feds Approve Ohio River Bridges Project

LOUISVILLE – Federal transportation officials have approved the financing, management and tolling plans for the Ohio River Bridges Project, the last major federal requirements needed to begin construction. The OK from the Federal Highway Administration paves the way for the project’s official start on Aug. 30.

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10:16am

Wed August 1, 2012
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Smoking Ban Coalition Takes Message to Voters

Backers of an effort to ban smoking in all public places in Kentucky are taking their message on the road this week in hopes of getting legislation passed in the 2013 legislation session. Smoke Free Kentucky, a coalition of non-profit, business and other groups, stopped Tuesday at the Frankfort headquarters of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, a longtime supporter of a statewide smoking ban.

9:16am

Wed August 1, 2012
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Georgetown Votes to Expand Alcohol Sales

Georgetown residents voted Tuesday to expand alcohol sales and thus end beer runs to wet territories across the county line. In unofficial returns, the vote was 3,175 to 1,258 in favor of allowing package sales of alcohol at groceries and convenience stores, a margin of 71.6 percent to 28.4 percent. Unincorporated Scott County will remain dry despite the result. Voters approved alcohol sales in larger restaurants in 2000, but package sales had been prohibited. If people wanted to buy a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine, they typically went to Fayette County or elsewhere.

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8:41am

Wed August 1, 2012
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Drought Challenges River Traffic

Captain Ehlman's ship docks at Paducah's riverfront to change crews.
WKMS Murray

Much of western Kentucky has been upgraded to “exceptional” drought status .This means crops are struggling, sport practices are being canceled, and bottled water sales are up. The effects reach past the shoreline, though, to our waterways. Regional lakes and rivers are below normal levels. Kentucky Public Radio's Rose Krzton-Presson explores how a nearly 10 foot drop in the Ohio River has affected traffic for both the Four Rivers Region, and all of the southeastern United States.

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1:27pm

Tue July 31, 2012
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Eagle Scout Protests Ban on Gay Members

Cooper's letter to BSA leadership.
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A Kentucky Eagle Scout has joined many others across the country in returning his badge to the Boy Scouts of America in light of the organization's doubling down on its policy against gay members. Earlier this month, BSA officials reaffirmed that anyone who identifies as gay or lesbian cannot join the scouts or be an adult leader. That prompted many Eagle Scouts to send their badges and letters of complaint to scout leadership. Among them was Jackson Cooper, a former senior patrol leader of Louisville Troop 342.

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6:16pm

Mon July 30, 2012
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Family Foundation Criticizes U of L Over Chick-Fil-A Comments

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is criticizing members of the University of Louisville administration for their response to a controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A. For weeks, criticism has been leveled at Chick-Fil-A because it’s CEO, Dan Cathy, said recently he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Cathy and his company are well-known for their Christian beliefs. Notably, Chick-Fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays.

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2:57pm

Mon July 30, 2012
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Couple Indicted for Abandoning 19 Children

Jackie Farah
Bowling Green Daily News

A Warren County woman indicted on 19 felony counts in connection with leaving her children home alone is expected to be arraigned this week. Jackie Evelyn Farah, 32, will be arraigned before Warren Circuit Court Judge John R. Grise, Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said. Farah and Irving Smith, 32, are charged with going to Chicago and leaving their 19 children home alone.

10:13am

Mon July 30, 2012
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Historical Society Collection Depicts Free and Enslaved Families

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society recently acquired a collection of 19th century letters that depict the lives of both free and enslaved Kentucky families, in Lexington and Hopkinsville. Referred to as the Watson and Robinson letters, these handwritten documents contain detailed family history information and offer a glimpse into the African-American communities in those two Kentucky cities.

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12:58pm

Sun July 29, 2012
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Courthouses to Close Statewide

FRANKFORT – Courthouses will be closed statewide and all court services will be unavailable Monday, Aug. 6, as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the first of three furlough days in 2012. This will be the first time since Kentucky’s modern court system was formed in 1976 that the Judicial Branch must close courthouse doors to balance its budget.

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10:11am

Fri July 27, 2012
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Police Arrest 15 in Drug Roundup

State Police have arrested 15 people on drug charges after a roundup Thursday. Police began the roundup at 6 a.m. Thursday after sealed indictments were returned by the Grant County Grant jury. Police are seeking 26 people on 82 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

5:19pm

Thu July 26, 2012
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Grimes Will Travel to Middle East in the Fall

Kentucky's secretary of state will travel this fall to Afghanistan and parts of the Middle East on a project that encourages voting. “One of my goals as secretary of state is to increase access to the polls for members of the military, both active and veterans,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a news release from her office. “Those who risk their lives on the battlefield must have their voices protected at the ballot box, and ensuring they have access to vote and that their votes are counted is and will continue to be a priority of my office.”

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5:19pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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Commission on Military Affairs Appoints Director

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed retired Col. David E. Thompson as executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, replacing retired Col. Mark Needham, who recently left the post for the private sector. Thompson’s distinguished military career includes his recent command of the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox, a position he held for two years until he retired from active duty in 2011. At Fort Knox, he was responsible for the initial military training of more than 25,000 personnel, as well as the movement of the brigade to Fort Benning, Ga., as part of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure process, according to a news release from Beshear's office.

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