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2:28pm

Thu October 27, 2011
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Trader Joe's Comes to Kentucky

Gourmet grocery chain Trader Joe's will open its first Kentucky store Friday in Louisville. The store at 4600 Shelbyville Road will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, according to the chain's Web site. The company also plans to open a store in Lexington some time next year at 2326 Nicholasville Road, the former site of Joe's Crab Shack. Some work, including clearing a tree and removing items from inside the former restaurant, has begun on the property.

2:25pm

Thu October 27, 2011
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School Officials Investigate Weapon Case

Fayette Public Schools officials are trying to determine whether a student who took a gun to the Eastside Technical Center on Wednesday also might have had the weapon at another school. Most students go to study at Eastside from their own home high schools, including some who travel from Scott and Woodford counties. A few students who have part-time jobs go to Eastside from their work sites. If the student with the gun came from another school, school officials said, it's possible he also had the weapon at that school.

2:16pm

Thu October 27, 2011
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Meteorologists Predict Snowy Winter

Enjoy the warm weather now, because meteorologists are forecasting a snowy winter. All signs indicate this winter will be a real "doozy," said Dr. David Ball, a meteorology professor at Ball State University, "The long range forecast calls for near average temperatures with above average precipitation," Call said. "The large-scale setup of the atmosphere looks similar to last year. Given the winter of 2010-11 was one of the top 10 snowiest winters for Georgetown, I suggest being ready for another snowy winter."

10:25am

Thu October 27, 2011
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Proper Burial Sought for Supper Club Rescuer

Kentucky Enquirer

More than 34 years ago, Willie Snow rescued complete strangers from the burning Beverly Hills Supper Club, now thanks to his longtime friend and co-worker strangers are helping to find a final resting place for Snow. Snow, of Bond Hill in Cincinnati, died in August. He was 80. Since then no one has claimed his body, said his friend Dave Brock, of Independence. Snow's family does not have the money to pay for a funeral or burial, said Brock, who worked with Snow in the kitchen of the Supper Club.

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7:16am

Thu October 27, 2011
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McConnell Weighing in on Big 12 Debate

The New York Times is reporting that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is lobbying the Big 12 conference to select the University of Louisville over West Virginia University to fill the vacancy.  It had been expected that NCAA leaders were going to announce the Mountaineers’ move to the conference as part of a realignment earlier this week, but now sports analysts are calling it “50-50″ chance on whether the Cardinals will be selected instead.

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1:21pm

Wed October 26, 2011
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Conway Warns Students of Drug Dangers

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway speaks Tuesday to Greenwood High School students about the dangers of prescription drugs.
Miranda Penderson Bowling Green Daily News

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway talked Tuesday to students at Bowling Green's Greenwood High School about the state’s growing problem with prescription drug abuse as part of his “Keep Kentucky Kids Safe” awareness and prevention initiative. More people are now killed by prescription drug abuse than by car accidents in Kentucky, Conway said. About 1,000 Kentuckians died in 2009 because of prescription drugs, which is twice as many as a decade ago.

12:55pm

Wed October 26, 2011
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More Problems Found at Harlan County Mine

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections.  The mines cited were Vision Coal’s Mine #2 in Letcher County, and two Harlan County mines: D&C Mining Corporation’s mine and Linsco Energy LLC’s Mine No. 1.

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10:22am

Wed October 26, 2011
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Interstate-69 Signs Unveiled

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, right, and Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, left, unveil the new Interstate 69 sign signaling a 38 mile section of the Western Kentucky Parkway to be designated as I-69 in Nortonville, Ky.
Darrin Phegley The Gleaner

Under a gleaming October sky, Gov. Steve Beshear in essence saluted the red, white and blue on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t the American flag — he was talking about the new Interstate 69 signs that have been placed along 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24 from just south of Madisonville to just past Eddyville. It marks the first mileage in the state to bear the I-69 shield, and it will soon show up on maps and GPS devices.

3:49pm

Tue October 25, 2011
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Judge Rejects Kentucky's Request to Join Lawsuit

Kentucky cannot join a federal lawsuit against Education Management Corp., the second-largest for-profit college company in the country, a judge ruled Monday. In August, Attorney General Jack Conway announced the commonwealth had filed to intervene in the whistleblower case as part of a larger effort to crackdown on the business practices of for-profit colleges. The attorney general’s office has sued and investigated other institutions, including Owensboro-based Daymar College and Louisville-based Sullivan University.

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3:39pm

Tue October 25, 2011
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Tax Falls Short on City Revenue

The state has conceded that cities are receiving 15 percent less tax revenue than before the 2006 enactment of a state telecom tax, a move that over the last five years has cost Winchester about $125,000. Because there has been a 15 percent shortfall in the tax revenue cities have received, Winchester, along with Greensburg, Mayfield and Florence, filed a lawsuit last month asking the Franklin Circuit Court to deem the tax unconstitutional.

3:34pm

Tue October 25, 2011
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Wire Theft at AT&T Facility

Winchester Police officer David Aldridge looks at some of the wire stolen from the AT&T building at 203 Forrest Ave. over the weekend. The wire was discovered in an abandoned house at the intersection of W
James Mann/Winchester Sun

Police have recovered some of the wire from an AT&T theft over the weekend, but are still searching for thousands of feet of wire. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said someone cut through the fence at an AT&T facility, broke into several trucks on site and took approximately 6,000 feet of wire. Hall said the thieves took six large spools, each with 1,000 feet of wire, and several smaller spools of other wire.

1:27pm

Tue October 25, 2011
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Bowling Green Develops Workplace Bullying Policy

Schools place an emphasis on the concept of bullying in classrooms, and now the city of Bowling Green is working to prevent bullying in the workplace. The city's human resources director said while no specific problems are known, the city wants to be proactive before any do occur.

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11:18am

Tue October 25, 2011
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New Mayor Takes Over in Covington

Businessman Chuck Scheper will be named mayor of Northern Kentucky’s largest city on Tuesday to serve out the term of Denny Bowman, who resigned in September. Scheper, one of three people interviewed by city commissioners, will be sworn in during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

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11:11am

Tue October 25, 2011
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Ellis Park Gets Instant Racing Win

As expected, Ellis Park won approval on Monday to expand its gambling offerings by adding electronic Instant Racing machines. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the track's request to become the second track in the state to offer the machines.

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11:08am

Tue October 25, 2011
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Beshear Unveils New I-69 Shields

Gov. Steve Beshear today will unveil the new Interstate 69 shields that will appear on portions of the Western Kentucky Parkway and I-24 from near Madisonville to near Paducah. The unveiling will take place at a ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. CDT at Southside Elementary School at Nortonville, located on U.S. 41-Alternate south of Dawson Springs.

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10:16am

Mon October 24, 2011
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Two Organizations Gather Questions on Hospital Merger

The pending merger between area healthcare providers has drawn a number of questions from the community, and two organizations are aiming to get answers.  The Board of Health and the African American Think Tank each held public forums on the merger last week. University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives are set to form a statewide network. But contractual language on which procedures banned under Catholic doctrine will and will not be allowed at U of L hospital has not been completed or released to the public.

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1:07pm

Fri October 21, 2011
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Franklin Co. Puppies Contract Deadly Virus

The Franklin County Humane Society remains on lockdown after several more puppies were put down after testing positive for the canine parvovirus, bringing the total number of dogs euthanized to 11. The society has been under quarantine since Monday after the virus was first discovered last weekend. Since then, seven more puppies were brought in with symptoms and were euthanized after testing positive for the parvovirus. Humane Society Vice President Trudi Johnson said two of the sick puppies may have visited the East Frankfort Dog Park while contagious.

12:56pm

Fri October 21, 2011
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Perryville Considers Reducing Police Coverage

A group of Perryville residents have expressed desire to maintain the city’s current police staffing rather than switching from a full-time to part-time police chief. More than 30 residents attended the Perryville City Council’s open forum Thursday, and the majority spoke negatively about the possibility of reducing police coverage from about 60 total hours a week to about 40.

11:53am

Fri October 21, 2011
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Louisville Boys and Girls Club Closes

The Salvation Army’s four area Boys and Girls Clubs are closing Friday, but some members will soon have access to the Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Club’s Shawnee facility.  The Salvation Army says rising costs and diminished income forced the closure. Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs will soon have a temporary solution for members of the Salvation Army’s Portland and Parkland clubs, said Jennifer Hegleson, president of the Kentuckiana clubs.

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3:04pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Student Robbery Suspect Might Avoid Jail Time

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to pulling a gun on a fellow student in a boys’ bathroom at Christian County High School. In return, the commonwealth’s attorney is offering him a chance to avoid prison time and get the criminal charges cleared from his record. Kevon Burrus attended CCHS as of Oct. 1, 2010, according to court records. He was 17 at the time, and a detective said Burrus went by the nickname “K-Money.” Court records show he had several criminal charges as a juvenile.

2:44pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Tribute to Former State Legislator

Whenever Eddie Ballard’s brown van rolled past, his friends knew he was likely doing community service work. Ballard’s passion for public service started long before he began his 24-year run as a state representative in 1987. More than 400 people gathered at the Ballard Convention Center on Tuesday night to pay tribute to the retired lawmaker, who died on May 31 at age 81. They came from all walks of life and represented both sides of the political aisle.

2:31pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Fireworks Ordinance Advances

The Lexington Urban County Council's Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday to forward a fireworks ordinance to the full council. The ordinance would restrict the sale of fireworks to three weeks a year. Currently, they can be sold year-round. It would also limit the use of fireworks to the hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., with exceptions for New Year's Eve and Fourth of July celebrations, when people would be allowed to shoot off fireworks until midnight.

2:28pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Woman Receives Double Lung Transplant

A Bracken County woman is recovering after undergoing a double lung transplant Tuesday. Sarah Peed McCane, 29-year-old wife of Steven McCane, was born with cystic fibrosis. By 2007, she had only about 47 percent of the lung capacity of a person her age. On Tuesday, McCane received a double lung transplant at Cleveland Hospital, a family member said.

1:26pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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Veteran Kentucky AP Photojournalist Ed Reinke Dies

Ed Reinke, an award-winning Associated Press photographer who traveled worldwide and was known for his striking pictures of Kentucky news and sporting events, died Tuesday following an injury, according to his family. He was 60.

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1:09pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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Search for Danville City Manager Stalls

As Danville begins its fifth month without a permanent city manager, the City Commission is back to reconsidering the use of an executive search firm. The commission heard a presentation Tuesday on a new benchmarking service provided by the Kentucky League of Cities and decided to compare the costs of an in-house search with the cost of contracting with several search firms that made their pitches in August.

11:32am

Wed October 19, 2011
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Bed Bugs Found at Owen County Schools

Since Sept. 22, several bed bugs have been found in Owen County schools, but Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said there’s no need for panic. Owen County Elementary School was the first to send a letter home with students after two bed bugs were found in the school. On Oct. 3, Raleigh said three were found in one classroom around the same desk at Owen County High School, and one was found in the office of the Owen County Primary School.

11:31am

Wed October 19, 2011
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I-69 to Enter Western Kentucky

A milestone in the state's years-long effort to get Interstate 69 into western Kentucky will take place Tuesday when Gov. Steve Beshear will unveil the Interstate 69 shield signs for 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24. The state recently secured federal authority to erect the I-69 shields along the WK Parkway from Nortonville (south of Madisonville) to Eddyville and a few miles of I-24 in the lakes area near Eddyville.

11:27am

Wed October 19, 2011
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Parents Hope School Bullies Change Ways

Darryl and Carol Denham and their son, Daniel, 21,gather in the bedroom of their son, Sam, who they say committed suicide because of bullying at school. Sam's parents want to use his death to educate kids about the dangers of bullying.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Last Friday evening, Carol and Darryl Denham could not comprehend why their 13-year-old son, Sam, took his own life earlier that day. On Saturday, about 150 people held a vigil on the Denham's front lawn. "That's when we got our answer to the question 'Why?'" Carol said. The Denhams say Sam, an eighth grade student at Woodland Middle School, was bullied to the point where he could not take it anymore. They said several students told them that at the vigil, and even named the bullies.

12:24pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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I-64 Bridge Repair: 135 work days, $14 million

Louisville Public Media

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Tuesday announced the award of a $13.9 million contract to Louisville-based Hall Contracting of Kentucky for expedited repairs of the Sherman Minton Bridge. As part of its bid, Hall Contracting committed to completing the repairs necessary to reopen the bridge in 135 work days.

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12:20pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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Prohibition Alive in Kentucky's Rural Areas

Whiskey bottles were part of a Prohibition exhibit at the Lexington History Museum.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

Prohibition is not a thing of the past in Kentucky the way it is in some states, but the sale of alcohol is still a hot-button issue. When an alcohol vote is on the ballot, it's a major hullabaloo in some places. Earlier this month, there were five local elections to expand alcohol sales. Elizabethtown, for example, went from being "moist" — allowing alcohol by the drink in restaurants that have seating for at least 100 people — to being fully wet, allowing retail and package sales at stores. Kentucky has more "dry" counties than wet ones, although most people live in wet counties.

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