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6:05am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Over 200 Becoming US Citizens at Transylvania University

Transylvania University's Haggin Auditorium becomes a federal courthouse for a day to host a naturalization ceremony Friday March 21, 2014
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A facility in downtown Lexington becomes a federal courtroom for a day today.  That’s because Transylvania University is hosting a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony. The school’s Haggin Auditorium  will be the site of the university’s first citizenship ceremony in 16 years.  

    

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12:35am

Sat March 8, 2014
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Danville Among Top 100 Micropolitans in U.S.

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The Danville micropolitan area has once again been ranked in the top tier of micros for new and expanding business projects by SITE Selection magazine. The area includes Boyle and Lincoln counties. Out of 576 micropolitans in the U.S., Danville was tied for a rank of No. 27 nationally and was ranked No. 2 in Kentucky.

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6:57pm

Wed March 5, 2014
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Statewide Salt Supplies Reaching Critical Level

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Despite a lull in the winter storms that have pounded the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has advised its 12 highway districts to conserve salt supplies and focus on other conservation efforts in combating further snow and ice this season.

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5:18pm

Mon March 3, 2014
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Late Winter Storm Closes Schools, Challenges Utilities and Road Crews

Credit Stu Johnson

As wintry weather moved across Kentucky, some areas of the Commonwealth received as much as four inches of snow. On Monday morning roadways  were slick and snow-covered in many areas, even after snow plows went through. 

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11:37am

Sun March 2, 2014
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As Bluegrass Pipeline Gets Attention, Competing Project Looms

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Standing next to a herd of cows and their calves on his family’s farm in eastern Franklin County, Kevin Hockensmith pointed to a sinkhole — a visible sign, he said, that Kentucky’s underground limestone terrain isn’t suited for a pipeline.

Hockensmith, who tends more than 100 cattle on the 500 acres, said he recently turned down an offer of $190,000 for an easement to allow construction of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through his property, worried a leak could harm his cattle and his farm’s water.

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9:57am

Sat March 1, 2014
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Winter Storm Bearing Down on Ky. Sunday and Monday

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The National Weather Service has revised its forecast for the weekend and issued a winter storm watch for Sunday and Monday for the entire state of Kentucky. The storm will primarily produce freezing rain and sleet in Western and Central Kentucky, 4-6 inches of snow in Northern Kentucky and a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow in Eastern Kentucky.

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10:57pm

Fri February 28, 2014
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Cities Support Constitutional Amendment for Local Sales Tax Option

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has called for a local sales tax option in his State of the City address and before a House legislative committee
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Representatives of some of Kentucky’s largest cities are continuing to push for a local sales tax option.  The question is before the General Assembly in the form of bills from both the House and the Senate.  If approved by legislators, and by voters in a statewide referendum, communities could vote on raising taxes by an additional penny per dollar to pay for local projects.

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6:30am

Fri February 28, 2014
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Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Ky. House

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The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.A House Health and Welfare Committee, packed to bursting with medical marijuana supporters, approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It passed by a 9-5 partisan line vote, with Democrats voting in support of the measure.

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6:23pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Family Foundation Reacts to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky.
Credit Family Foundation of Kentucky

Both sides in the gay marriage debate are reacting to Thursday’s developments regarding Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban.  A federal judge in Louisville signed the final order, meaning his February 12th decision recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages is now law. 

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6:01pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Lexington Couple Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

31-year-old Ross Ewing and his partner 46-year-old David Cupps cut the cake during their 2009 commitment ceremony.
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A Lexington couple is celebrating a federal judge’s final ruling that orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.  Ross Ewing has been with his partner, David Cupps, for eight years.  The couple had planned to marry this summer in New York.

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5:46pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Three Corvettes Could Be Out of BG Sinkhole by Wednesday

A sinkhole opened up and swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green on Feb. 12.
Credit Credit Abbey Oldham

Engineers expect to start pulling out Corvettes from a Bowling Green sinkhole next week.

Eight vintage versions of the car fell into the sinkhole that opened up two weeks ago beneath the National Corvette Museum. The construction company Scott, Murphy, and Daniel says the removal of the first three cars could begin next Monday, with the hopes of having those vehicles out of the sinkhole by Wednesday.

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5:35pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Ky. State Senator Prepared to File for Third-Party Appeal of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway. If Conway decides not to appeal a decision by Judge John Heyburn that nullifies the state’s ban on gay marriage, a bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Seum would allow others to do so.

A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would permit a third-party to appeal a ruling that says Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Sen. Dan Seum tells Kentucky Public Radio that if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal a decision by Judge John Heyburn that nullifies the state’s ban on gay marriage, his bill would allow others to do so. 

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6:40pm

Tue February 25, 2014
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Public Service Commission Approves Columbia Gas Rate Adjustment

Customers Columbia Gas of Kentucky will be getting a partial break on their bills for the rest of the winter. The utility reported Tuesday that it has received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission for its most recent Gas Cost Adjustment.

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1:54pm

Sun February 23, 2014
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Eastern Ky. Counties Lead Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Kynect.Ky.gov is the tool Kentuckians have used to sign up for health insurance, but in Eastern Kentucky an old fashioned, boots-on-the-ground outreach — in restaurants, cash advance businesses, and churches — appears to be key to getting people to use the website.

Since open enrollment began Oct. 1, more than 231,367 Kentuckians have enrolled in health insurance made available through the Affordable Care Act.

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12:31am

Sat February 22, 2014
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Corvette Museum Making Plans to Capitalize on Sinkhole Problem

Three, possibly four, of the eight Corvettes that plunged into a sinkhole last week at the National Corvette Museum will be recovered early on in the process. The other four vehicles will be more difficult to recover, according to Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy & Daniel. Murphy on Wednesday pointed out features of the Skydome's sinkhole to the Daily News.
Credit Robyn Minor/Daily News

The cliche about turning lemons into lemonade is being realized at the National Corvette Museum, where two of the eight Corvettes swallowed by a sinkhole still can’t be seen. Outside the Skydome, which is home to the sinkhole, there are stacks of carpet tiles that once covered parts of the floor.

“They are going to sell them,” Mike Murphy said Thursday while showing the Daily News around the hole, which is up to 50 feet deep. "We've had people tell us that they would pay for some of the rocks or a piece of concrete that we might recover."

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9:47pm

Thu February 20, 2014
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Gay Rights Rally Draws 200 to State Capitol

Credit The Frankfort State Journal

A familiar chant echoed throughout the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday above the mass of about 200 Kentucky gay rights supporters. “What do we want?” several speakers repeatedly yelled. “Fairness!” the crowd shouted back. “When do we want it?” they inquired again. “Now!”

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2:37pm

Sun February 16, 2014
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Bluegrass Poll Could Spell Trouble for Future Republicans

Kentucky senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to a large crowd of supporters Thursday evening in the Prestonsburg Mountain Arts Center. Jan. 16, 2014
Credit Alton Strupp/The Courier-Journal

The Bluegrass Poll, which The Courier-Journal and its partners rolled out just over a week ago, is supposed to give a snapshot of what was going on at the time the poll is taken and isn’t meant to predict what will happen when elections are held months from now. But Stephen Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, spotted some trends that could suggest problems for Republicans decades from now unless the party rethinks some of its positions. What Voss noticed was that on social issues, voters between the ages of 18 and 34, including many who are just now figuring out where they stand on the political spectrum, were markedly more liberal than older Kentuckians.

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2:30pm

Sun February 16, 2014
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Lost 2001 Corvette Was "Part of the Family"

Linda and Kevin Helmintoller, both of Tamp, Fla., stand in front of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum which swallowed a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette they donated to the museum, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.
Credit Alex Slitz/Daily News

The red 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion ZO6 Corvette that Kevin and Linda Helmintoller donated to the National Corvette Museum had been on display in the museum’s Skydome just six weeks when a sinkhole swallowed it last week.

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6:40am

Fri February 14, 2014
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For Valentine's Day: An Eastern Ky. Couple Married in Hazard Grocery Store

Kristina Hall, Judge Leigh Anne Stephens and Clinton Stacy.
Credit Frankie Steele

Whether they opt for a traditional ceremony, something a bit more offbeat, or even a short courthouse certificate signing, pretty much every bride-and groom-to-be has an ideal wedding. But one couple in eastern Kentucky never imagined their wedding would take place…in a grocery store. 


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3:43pm

Thu February 13, 2014
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WATCH: Cameras Capture Corvettes Being Sucked Into Sinkhole

A glimpse of what it's like in the sinkhole that opened up Wednesday under a wing of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
Credit National Corvette Museum

Security cameras were rolling Wednesday when a sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. As we reported earlier, eight of the iconic sports cars were sucked down into a hole about 40 feet deep. 

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2:24pm

Wed February 12, 2014
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Federal court says Ky. must Recognize Same-sex Marriages from Other States

U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn has struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., issued a statement commending the judge's ruling: “I am proud of the four Kentucky families who are standing up for marriage equality in this lawsuit and of the thousands more who continue this fight every day. Today’s ruling is an important step forward in the march toward recognition of all marriages under the law and full equality in our Commonwealth.”

Meanwhile, the Family Foundation issued a statement taking the opposite point of view. According to the foundation's news release: "Kentucky marriage policy will now be dictated from places like Boston and San Francisco," said Martin Cothran, a spokesman for The Family Foundation said in the release.

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10:52am

Wed February 12, 2014
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Sinkhole Swallows Cars at Bowling Green Corvette Museum

A sinkhole opened up in the dome portion of the National Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning
Credit National Corvette Museum

Updated 9:43 a.m.

Officials say the sinkhole that opened up at the Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning measured 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Eight cars were affected by the sinkhole, several others that were in the domed area of the museum remain in place.  Reversing an earlier decision, the museum has announced that it is closed at the moment.

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2:16pm

Sun February 9, 2014
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Poll Shows Opposition to Same-sex Marriage Softening in Ky.

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A majority of Kentucky voters continues to oppose same-sex marriage, but public opinion appears to be shifting on the issue.

A new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll found that 55 percent of registered voters oppose same-sex marriage, compared with 35 percent who support allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Kentucky. Ten percent weren't sure.

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4:19pm

Sun February 2, 2014
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Many Areas of State to see Significant Snowfall by Monday

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UPDATED: A winter storm that will begin as rain but change over to snow will hit Kentucky Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Snowfall amount predictions from the weather service range from 1-2 inches for Western Kentucky and 6-9 inches for Eastern Kentucky.

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8:42am

Sun February 2, 2014
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Construction of Noah's Ark Park to Begin This Spring

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham debated the topic "Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins?" February 4, 2014
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5:45pm

Thu January 30, 2014
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Muhlenberg Co. House Fire Claims Lives of Nine Family Members Including Eight Children

The scene of Thursday's house fire in Muhlenberg County
Credit Lisa Autry, WKU Public Radio

Nine family members are dead and a community is in shock following a Thursday morning house fire in Muhlenberg County.

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and Kentucky State Police say the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning baseboard heater. The fire at the home in Depoy was first reported shortly after  2 a.m.

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8:29am

Tue January 28, 2014
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Examining Kentucky's Zombie of a Pension Problem

Governor Steve Beshear's $20 billion budget includes nearly $190 million for K through 12 education, even at the expense of cuts to many other state agencies.  Part of that funding for education is coming at the expense of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System.  Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador reports that the pension's unfunded liability could bring about dire financial straits for the Commonwealth.

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6:31pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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School Diabetes Bill Moving Forward

Credit Kentucky Public Radio

Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor.  There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure.  Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.

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1:39am

Wed January 22, 2014
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Beshear's Budget Includes "Harsh" Cuts to Free Funds for Education

Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol Tuesday
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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development.  The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.


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9:57pm

Tue January 21, 2014
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Gov. Beshear's 2014 Budget Address Text & Fact Sheets

Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort. 

Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal.   These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.

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