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5:43pm

Mon July 16, 2012
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State Approves Merger of Harlan Water Districts

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved the merger of Green Hills Water District and Black Mountain Utility District. In an order issued Friday, the PSC said that the merger will improve service and reduce costs through economies of scale, as envisioned by the Kentucky General Assembly in the state statute regarding the merger and consolidation of water districts.

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9:53am

Mon July 16, 2012
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New Veteran License Plate Available

FRANKFORT – Kentuckians can show their support for veterans with newly available vehicle license plates. “Kentuckians are proud of our veterans, and many will want to display that message of support in a visible way,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement issued by his office. The new plates – available even to those who are not veterans themselves – show support for veterans and also raise funds for veterans programs.

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9:31am

Mon July 16, 2012
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Lawmaker Dewayne Bunch Remembered

State House Minority Whip Danny Ford, R-Mount Vernon, was among the pallbearers at Sunday's funeral for former state Rep. Dewayne Bunch, who died Wednesday at age 50.
Greg Kocher/The Herald-Leader

More than 450 people turned out Sunday for the funeral of former Republican state lawmaker Dewayne Bunch, who was hailed as "a man of valor." Bunch, 50, who died Wednesday, suffered a head injury last year while trying to break up a fight at Whitley County High School, where he was a teacher.

12:57pm

Sun July 15, 2012
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Georgetown Student Wins Miss Kentucky 2012

Jessica Casebolt, left, was congratulated by other contestants after being crowned 2012 Miss Kentucky during the pageant Saturday night. Casebolt, Miss Goldenrod, is a Georgetown College student from Pikeville,
Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader

Jessica Casebolt, a 19-year-old Georgetown College student, was named Miss Kentucky 2012 on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. "This has been the most amazing experience in my life, and I know it's only going to get better," she said. Casebolt, one of 31 young women who competed for the title, will represent Kentucky in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January.

9:04am

Thu July 12, 2012
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Avalon Hybrid Details Emerge From Toyota

Toyota continues to reveal more about the latest car to be assembled at the company’s flagship plant in Georgetown. The company announced recently that the 2013 Avalon sedan will be the first full-hybrid entry in the premium mid-size automotive class. The Avalon, which is will be assembled at the Georgetown plant, will be equipped with both a traditional gasoline-powered engine and Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

4:50pm

Wed July 11, 2012
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Manufacturer Donates Police Car

Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy David Rutledge closes the hatch to the new Ford Explorer donated to the Sheriff's Office by Montaplast of North America.
Hannah Reel/The State Journal

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office got a that “literally has it all.” The Germany-based company donated a new Ford Explorer equipped with some of the most advanced technology available to law enforcement vehicles, and John Phillips, of Montaplast, says it is one less item coming from the taxpayers’ wallets. “To my knowledge, it’s the best-equipped cruiser in the state,” Phillips said.

4:33pm

Wed July 11, 2012
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31 Women Seek Title of Miss Kentucky 2012

Thirty-one contestants from scholarship pageants throughout the state will be vying this week to become Miss Kentucky 2012. The pageant will be at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Preliminary competitions will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The finals will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, culminating with the crowning Miss Kentucky.

6:57am

Tue July 10, 2012
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KSP Begins Annual Eradication

Kentucky State Police is launching its annual outdoor campaign to eradicate cultivated marijuana.  The effort began with a two day training program which included aerial spotting and repel techniques along with G-P-S land navigation, ATV training, and booby trap awareness.  Cannabis Suppression Branch commander, Brent Roper says the seasonal enforcement campaign is a multi agency operation.

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5:01pm

Mon July 9, 2012
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Health Care topic of Kentucky Tonight

Kentucky Tonight airs Tuesdays at 11:00 am on 88.9 FM, WEKU.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss health care.  The program that airs "live" on KET Monday night at 8:00 will be repeated Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.

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10:01am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Pseudoephedrine Limits Go Into Effect This Thursday

On Thursday, dozens of laws passed in this year’s legislative session will become active. One of those laws limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy from a pharmacy. Pseudoephedrine, or PSE, is used in many cold and allergy medicines. It’s also a key part of meth production. The new law limits adults to seven point two grams a month, which is roughly the equivalent of a box, before requiring a prescription.

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9:54am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Thunderstorms End Heat Wave, Cut Power for Thousands

Some much-needed rain and cooler temperatures finally got to Lexington on Sunday via some powerful but scattered thunderstorms that knocked out power in spots across Fayette County. The storms also affected power around the state, including spots in Bourbon, Clark and Fleming counties. Although some areas in Central Kentucky saw no rain from early storms, other areas received flash-flood warnings. The weather forecast calls for highs in the 80s all week.

6:38am

Mon July 9, 2012
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Civil Rights Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

The deadline to nominate someone to be considered for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame is next Monday, July 16.  Cynthia Fox with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights says anyone 18 and other can nominate a person for the honor.  Nominees can be living or deceased and does not have to be currently active in civil rights.

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11:05am

Sun July 8, 2012
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No Funding Source for Brent Spence Replacement

Jennifer Macht has avoided the Brent Spence Bridge in the past year since President Barack Obama spoke in front of the bridge proclaiming the need to replace it. “I won’t get on it. It’s terrifying,” said Macht, 33, of Covington. “When I saw the president speaking about bridges falling down and they’re all in terrible repair, he was literally standing in front of that one.” Since Obama came to town in September 2011 to talk about his American Jobs Act and replacing infrastructure such as the bridge, no clear funding source has materialized for the $2.4 billion needed to replace the 49-year-old bridge.

8:01pm

Mon July 2, 2012
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Illegal Immigration topic of Kentucky Tonight

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss illegal immigration. The program, which airs "live" at 8pm Monday, will be repeated at 11 am Tuesday on WEKU.

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4:01pm

Mon July 2, 2012
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Lighting Problem on Eggners Ferry Bridge Fixed

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a wiring problem caused the navigation lights on the newly rebuilt Eggners Ferry Bridge in western Kentucky to malfunction Sunday  night. Spokesman Keith Todd says the outage was reported by a boater and confirmed by state police.   An electrical crew tracked down the problem this morning.

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3:58pm

Mon July 2, 2012
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Toyota Car Giveaway Benefits Non-Profits

As Toyota hits the halfway point in its 100 Cars for Good program, which awards vehicles to non-profits, three Kentucky organizations have won. Last year, 11 of the 100 vehicles went to non-profits in Kentucky, making it the state receiving the highest number. Because of that, Toyota launched this year's program earlier by inviting last year's winners to its sprawling Georgetown assembly plant.

11:42am

Thu June 28, 2012
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McConnell Weighs in on Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pledges to continue to work to repeal the federal health care law.  The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of the law including the mandate for health insurance.  McConnell reacted quickly to the court ruling.  His statement begins with “Today’s decision makes one thing clear…Congress must act to repeal this misguided law.”  The Kentucky republican has delivered 110 floor speeches prior to and after passage of the health care law.

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5:31pm

Wed June 27, 2012
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Heat's On

Temperatures could soar close to the century mark this afternoon in many Kentucky communities.  It’s like going from the frying pan into the fire.  The high temperature Thursday may be some ten degrees warmer than Wednesday.  University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Tom Priddy says that kind of jump is a little unusual, even in the summer months.

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5:29pm

Wed June 27, 2012
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Heat Up-Power Up

Preparation for temperatures approaching 100 began weeks ago for crews at Kentucky Utilities.  The high use of air conditioning coupled with the usual daily consumption of electricity could drive the demand near a peak level.  Kentucky Utilities’ Cliff Feltham says company officials knew this time might come.  “We’ve really been working on our system for a couple of weeks…a month…back..making sure everything is ok and all of our generation equipment is running as it ought to be running…even the ones that will turn on..as the peaking units when the temperature gets to the mid to upper 90’s,” said Feltham.

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4:33pm

Mon June 25, 2012
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"Citizens United Two" Ruling Won't Change Kentucky Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a Montana campaign finance law is likely to boost the rise of super PACs in Kentucky. The Montana law limited the amount of money independent groups could spend on campaigns. But the high court says the 2010 Citizens United decision overrules state laws. The ruling doesn’t affect any laws in Kentucky. But state election officials have changed regulations to accommodate Citizens United.

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12:14pm

Mon June 25, 2012
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Major Heatwave On the Way

The hottest air of the season is heading into Kentucky this week with parts of the state already in drought conditions. The mercury will be in the 80s today and Tuesday but will jump to the upper 80s on Wednesday, about 97 on Thursday and 100 on Friday. Temperatures will moderate to the upper 90s for the weekend, the weather service said.

8:29am

Mon June 25, 2012
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Breathitt County Shooting

State police continue to investigate a fatal shooting incident in Breathitt county which injured six people including three police officers.  Kentucky State Trooper Paul Blanton says the shooting began at a residence in Jackson Sunday..  “The initial complaint that troopers were responding to was that two people has been shot as they drove by a residence," said Blanton.

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10:37pm

Fri June 22, 2012
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KY Sees Spike in Motorcycle Crashes

Frankfort – The recent spike in motorcycle crashes has Kentucky State Police and first responders looking for chances to reach out to the motoring public. That opportunity came Friday during KSP's fifth annual Motorcycle Safety Day event in Frankfort. There was no finger pointing, but an emphatic message was given to both drivers and riders for the need to "share the road."

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5:53pm

Thu June 21, 2012
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Scams Cash-in on Immigration Confusion

Scams are targeting foreign-born workers in central Kentucky.  In flyers, a Danville business promises to help the children of undocumented immigrants acquire work permits, drivers’ licenses and social security numbers.  Jonathan Bialovsky, who directs the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington, says such promises are empty.

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6:27pm

Wed June 20, 2012
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Ohio River Bridges Project Receives Approval

LOUISVILLE – The Ohio River Bridges Project Wednesday received federal approval to proceed to construction with a cost-savings plan recommended by the governors of Kentucky and Indiana and Louisville’s mayor. The Federal Highway Administration issued the revised Record of Decision, approving the plan outlined nearly 18 months ago to build two new bridges across the Ohio River and modernize the regional interchange in downtown Louisville.

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7:59am

Tue June 19, 2012
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U.S. Supreme Court Talk

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on federal issues of health care and immigration before it completes its term this summer.  A health care ruling is expected soon.  The subject was discussed on KET’s Kentucky Tonight Monday.

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7:57am

Tue June 19, 2012
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Big Haul Coming Through

The movement of a ‘super load’ of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will temporarily shut down some roads tonight.  Most of the move will occur at night, under Kentucky State Police escort, to minimize disruption of traffic.  The load, a 275 thousand pound industrial dryer, is being transported on a 16 axle trailer.  The move is expected to begin tonight at nine in Louisville and end up at the Wausau Paper plant early Thursday.

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7:13pm

Wed June 13, 2012
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State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park. The Bluegrass Boardwalk corporation could get up to $3.9 million in tax breaks over the next decade for investing in the park, attracting out-of-state visitors and creating jobs. The company, which is owned by the same family that owns the Holiday World park in Indiana, plans to spend $15.6 million repairing and renovating Kentucky Kingdom.

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10:49am

Tue June 12, 2012
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Kentucky Families Recognized for Foster Care

FRANKFORT – Ten Kentucky families from across the state were honored recently for their service as foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state agency that oversees the public foster care system, presented the awards at a Frankfort reception.

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1:32pm

Mon June 11, 2012

Supreme Court Puts Kentuckian Back on Death Row

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence for a 63-year old Kentucky inmate. The decision overturns an appeals court ruling that granted David Eugene Matthews a retrial three decades after the double murder of his wife and mother-in-law. Matthews now returns to death row. Kentucky is currently in the process of revising its lethal injection procedures, so he will not be put to death until the state chooses a new execution method.
Source: Wfpl · Via: WEKU Radio
The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence for a 63-year old Kentucky inmate.

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