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10:02am

Mon November 14, 2011
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Severe Weather Threatens Kentucky

There is a threat for severe weather Monday – heavy showers and high, possibly damaging, winds that could produce isolated tornados – as a cold front arrives from the west, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall between Monday afternoon and Wednesday night, said meteorologist Brian Coniglio.

10:31pm

Sun November 13, 2011
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KY Pain-Pill Clinics Call for Tougher Regulations

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon used to think Eastern Kentucky was the only part of the state that had a problem with cash-only clinics where doctors churned out prescriptions for drug abusers. Then a pain clinic opened last year in his hometown of Lebanon. Neighbors began complaining about vans full of people waiting in the parking lot, but as police prepared to investigate, the clinic closed abruptly, local officials said. Many pain clinics are legitimate and meet the treatment needs of people suffering a range of conditions. But there has been a resurgence during the past couple of years of suspected "pill mills" that help feed the state's epidemic of prescription-drug abuse, and the facilities are not just in Eastern Kentucky, where the problem was once most prominent, police say.

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10:23pm

Sun November 13, 2011
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Cumberland Mayor Declares Emergency

Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield has declared that emergency conditions exist at the city’s water and sewer plant. A mechanical failure could leave city residents without water.

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4:35pm

Fri November 11, 2011
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Grant to Create Veteran Transportation Services

Gov. Steve Beshear says a federal grant has been approved that will help veterans find local, affordable transportation services, but it may be a year before the program is in place. “So many veterans that are struggling to get their bills paid and just making ends meet, transportation often goes first,” said Pat McKiernan, Kentucky’s Department of Veterans Affairs homeless outreach coordinator.

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1:40pm

Fri November 11, 2011
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Vote Indicates Public Support for Smoking Ban

Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash said he believes voters sent a message in Tuesday’s election: Citizens are satisfied with the city’s smoking ban. Candidate Bill Goodwin emphasized during the campaign that he wants to revisit the city’s smoking ban and rewrite it. However, Goodwin garnered just 682 votes, or 8.6 percent.

3:23pm

Thu November 10, 2011
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Hotline Helps Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

A hotline will be available for one day only on Thursday to give Kentuckians financial and medical advice to help protect the elderly from financial fraud. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions is joining the National Adult Protective Services Association, Investor Protection Trust, the Financial Planning Association, Baylor College of Medicine and the Investor Protection Institute to make this service possible.

2:49pm

Thu November 10, 2011
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State Announces Homeland Security Grants

The state on Wednesday announced $4.1 million in State Homeland Security Grants for 125 projects across Kentucky. The funding supports 911 programs, mobile computers and radios, bomb detection devices and first-responder training.

1:41pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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Improvements for Hiking/Biking Trail in State Park

Work has begun on a new mountain bike and hiking trailhead at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The Friends of Pennyrile group received a matching grant for this and other projects at the park and forest. This new trailhead will have trail information and several parking spots and provide access to approximately eight miles of trails for either cycling or hiking activities. Much of the area has been used by cyclists and hikers for years, but recent damage from multiple fronts caused many problems.

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1:37pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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Counterfeit Money in Eastern Kentucky

Some fake bucks are being found in Jackson lately, and it has nothing to do with deer season.  These kind of bucks have to do with counterfeit money being passed out lately, in the form of $20, $50 and $100 bills. The Jackson Police Department wants you to beware of it - and should you see one, or be on the receiving end of one, by all means give them a call at 606-666-2424.

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1:34pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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Hopkins Woman Raises Alzheimer's Awareness

When Stephanie Hunt Gamblin’s father, Tommy Hunt, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2004 at the age of 62, Gamblin struggled to come to terms with what was happening to her family. Through a gamut of emotions — hope, anger, fear, confusion — she reached out to the Alzheimer’s Association for answers.

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1:26pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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Breathitt Volunteer Fire Dept. Sees Dream Come True

The new home of the Rousseau Volunteer Fire Department stands high off Route 30, with its bright red metal exterior shining proudly over the peaceful countryside. And inside that building last Tuesday, the RVFD held a meeting in its new headquarters.

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10:18am

Wed November 9, 2011
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National Emergency Alert System's First Test Today

At 2:00 this afternoon, all radio and television stations in the United States will air the first ever test of the Emergency Alert System.

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10:08am

Wed November 9, 2011
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New Citizen Celebrates First Voting Experience

Eleanor Guerrero prepares to enter the Fort Knox precinct at Stithton Baptist Church to cast her first vote as a U.S. citizen. The 72-year-old native of Belize became an American this summer after living 43 years in the country.
The News-Enterprise

Born in Belize, Central America, Eleanor Guerrero vividly remembers the date she immigrated to the United States. It was June 6, 1968 — the same day was day presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. She established a new milestone date Tuesday. She will remember Nov. 8, 2011, as the day she cast her first vote after becoming a U.S. citizen in June.

5:13pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Hearings Begin for Rate Proposal

Hearings begin tomorrow in Frankfort, as the Kentucky Public Service Commission considers a request for environmental upgrades and higher rates from Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Commissioners will also hear from a consultant who has found flaws with the request. The utility companies are proposing to spend $2.5 billion to bring their fleets into compliance with pending federal regulations. If the PSC approves the plan, those costs will be passed along to ratepayers.

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2:33pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages Blocked

A federal judge has blocked a requirement that would have forced tobacco companies to include graphic images on cigarette packages next September. Advocacy groups have fought tobacco companies for several years to increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking. The blocked legislation requires cigarette packs to feature graphic images such as diseased lungs or dead bodies.

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2:27pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Accepting Applications

State police are accepting applications for the position of commercial vehicle enforcement officer. Applicants must be 21, a U.S. citizen, in good health and have a valid driver’s license. They must also meet at least one of several education or work experience qualifications.

2:23pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Professor’s Political Email Violates Law

A Western Kentucky University agriculture professor sent an election eve email Monday afternoon that, according to a campus official, is in “clear violation” of state law. WKU agriculture professor Gordon Jones encouraged students and faculty members to vote for Republican agriculture commissioner candidate James Comer. When reached by a reporter Monday evening, Robbin Taylor, vice president for public affairs at WKU, said it was the first she’d heard of the email. After the contents of the email were described to Taylor, she said it was wrong. “That’s not an appropriate use of state property,” Taylor said. “That’s a clear violation. We know that.”

1:57pm

Mon November 7, 2011
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Letcher County Mining Mishap Kills One

An accident at the Hubble Mining Company Number 9 mine at Eolia in Letcher County has claimed the life of one miner. Initial reports from investigators from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing indicate the miner died when struck by a piece of equipment in the underground mine.

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10:11am

Mon November 7, 2011
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KY Agriculture Dependent On Migrant Labor

Richard Sanchez (r) interviews migrant workers on a Central Kentucky tobacco farm to see if they qualify for the federal Migrant Education Program.
Cassidy Herrington Kentucky Public Radio

The state of Alabama recently passed of the toughest immigration laws to date. As a result, both legal and undocumented migrants have fled the state in droves. Cassidy Herrington reports that Kentucky farmers and workers fear a similar measure would devastate Kentucky's 2.4 billion dollar agriculture industry.

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3:40pm

Fri November 4, 2011
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Wild Horses Up For Adoption

Due to overpopulation, there are more wild horses in captivity in the United States than there are running wild. The federal Bureau of Land Management is hoping to unload horses and burros and will offer them for adoption tomorrow at the Gatewood Arena in Dry Ridge. There will be about 30 animals available for adoption—several burros, mares, geldings and yearlings. The animals are wild, and were taken from herds that roam ten western states.

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3:21pm

Fri November 4, 2011
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72 Quarts of Moonshine Seized

In what sounds like a headline from 1951 instead of 2011, Whitley County Sheriff's deputies seized five gallons of homemade wine and 72 quarts of assorted flavors moonshine Thursday afternoon. Deputy Todd Shelley charged Bob Crawford, 54, of Newcomb, Tenn., with illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage for the purpose of resale.

1:27pm

Fri November 4, 2011
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Natcher Parkway Extension Formally Opened

Larry Meador, a highway equipment operator with the Department of Highways, guides motorists as they park for Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the William H. Natcher Parkway extension.
Miranda Penderson Bowling Green Daily News

Woodrow and Becky Wilson were among the 50 or so people who experienced the first official rides Thursday on the $40 million extension of the William H. Natcher Parkway. Earlier in the day, the city christened the completion of a much smaller, yet equally important project for some Bowling Green residents - the widening of Old Morgantown Road.

12:11pm

Fri November 4, 2011
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Change Clocks & Smoke Detector Batteries this Weekend

Kentuckians “fall back” this weekend to standard time, and the Division of Fire Prevention says it’s the perfect event to also change the batteries in smoke detectors to ensure they are working.

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10:14am

Fri November 4, 2011
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National Emergency Alert System Tested Next Week

In less than a week, the United States will experience its first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The 3 ½ minute test will occur at 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 9, and is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

7:28am

Fri November 4, 2011
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Kids Discover Meth Lab in Western Kentucky

The carelessness of a methamphetamine cook led to a group of children finding a meth lab Wednesday just a few feet from a rock where they had sat down to rest inside Brookwood Mobile Home Park off Morgantown Road.  Twins Sean and Stephen Claborn, 10, of Lot 248, had been walking with several other children when Stephen saw a plastic bottle with liquid inside and a piece of tubing coming out of the top. The children talked among themselves about the bottle just before Stephen picked it up. Something on the outside of the bottle felt like sand, he said.

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6:50am

Fri November 4, 2011
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Mustangs and Burrows Up for Adoption

 

Due to overpopulation, there are more wild horses in captivity in the United States than there are running wild. The federal Bureau of Land Management is hoping to unload horses and burros and will offer them for adoption tomorrow at the Gatewood Arena in Dry Ridge.  There will be about 30 animals available for adoption—several burros, mares, geldings and yearlings. The animals are wild, and were taken from herds that roam ten western states.

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5:13pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Early Repair Work On Sherman Minton Bridge

Indiana Department of Transportation officials say preliminary work has begun on Sherman Minton Bridge repair project. The project’s contractor has pledged to have the span re-opened by early March. The Sherman Minton Bridge was shut down September 9 after a crack was discovered in a load-bearing support. Last-month, Louisville-based Hall Contracting won the bid to reinforce the span. Some 2.4 million pounds of steel are being cast for the project, and Hall is installing platforms that will allow crews to work under the bridge.

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5:07pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Lexington To Demolish Phoenix Garage

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says it would take nearly a half million dollars to make the upper deck of the Phoenix Parking Garage safe again for motorists, so he has little choice but to order the structure razed. "Four structural engineering firms have examined this garage and all have come to the same conclusion. Leaving the garage open is dangerous for anyone who parks there or uses the sidewalks surrounding it."

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4:54pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Funding for Improved Weather Equipment

The state announced Thursday the planned installation of new weather detection technology – Automated Weather Observation Systems or AWOS – to improve safety at 14 Kentucky airports. With AWOS, aircraft can receive weather information at altitudes up to 10,000 feet and distances up to 25 nautical miles from each installation. The airports were selected for AWOS upgrades based on recent inspections of existing airport weather observation systems.

4:43pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Outdoor Show Hunts for Great Stories

Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer records an introduction for the television show during a recording session at the studio at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
Hannah Reel/The State-Journal

“Kentucky Afield” has been on television for more than half a century, becoming one of the longest-running programs in TV history. In that time, the program has evolved from a small, in-studio operation that started in 1953 and dealt mostly with statewide hunting and fishing reports to a show where people see firsthand what – and, in some cases, who – Kentucky’s outdoors can offer.

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