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3:35pm

Mon September 12, 2011
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Employers Watch Bridge Traffic

Humana and UPS both say they’ll continue to monitor the effect the Sherman Minton Bridge closure has on their operations. Humana has around 1,900 Southern Indiana employees, most of whom work in Louisville, said Humana spokesman Marvin Hill. While it’s still too early to determine how many employees’ schedules will be affected, Hill said Humana will be listening to employees to make necessary changes to operations in the coming days.

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3:33pm

Mon September 12, 2011
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LOU Bridges Handle Extra Burden

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges can handle the additional traffic load from the Sherman Minton Bridge. The Sherman Minton is closed indefinitely due to structural damage. The 80,000 cars that cross it daily are being rerouted to the two downtown bridges, which are already over capacity. (To see the traffic plan, click here.)

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10:22am

Mon September 12, 2011
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9/11 Sent Hopkins Co. Soldiers to War

Several Hopkins County first responders served in the wars following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  Madisonville Patrolman Bob Couchman began a tradition of displaying a flag he had flown in Iraq on Sept. 11 on a pole in front of his house.

10:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
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New Commander at Ft. Campbell

Maj. Gen. James McConville, commander of Fort Campbell, speaks Friday on post.

Since Maj. Gen. James McConville took command of Fort Campbell on Aug. 13, he said traffic has been terrible. There are a lot more vehicles running around post than there have been in the last 10 years. And it’s a great thing, McConville said, because it means soldiers are coming home.

10:07am

Mon September 12, 2011
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I-64 Bridge Closing Alters Traffic Flow

Louisville - Indiana and Kentucky transportation and law enforcement officials announced traffic plans aimed at managing extraordinary traffic congestion on the first work day following Friday’s closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between west Louisville and New Albany, Ind.

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3:17pm

Fri September 9, 2011
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9-11 Commemorations Dot Commonwealth

Names of the thousands of victims who were killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks ten years ago were read aloud Friday at the University of Kentucky. The ROTC's Perishing Rifles held its annual memorial vigil on the campus' main lawn. Cadet Josh Lynch is commander of the group. "We're trying to get awareness out to the campus. Some people tend to forget or just to help them remember."

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1:35pm

Fri September 9, 2011
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Kentucky Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Sunday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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7:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
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Jobs Plan Reaction in Kentucky

Elected officials in Kentucky are split along party lines on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan.  The president put forward a $450 billion proposal to create jobs. It calls for infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, an extension of unemployment benefits and reforms to Medicaid and Social Security.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Restauranteurs Urged To Take Part In Menu Labeling Program

Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Newscast Shows 9-11's Impact on Kentucky

The 9-11 did not simply target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nationwide, the threat was real. In Kentucky, southern governors who were here for a meeting sought safety. “We’re getting ourselves to try to take care of the governors that are here in the state and try to make sure government facilities are as secure as possible,” said then-Governor Paul Patton.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Revisiting Kentucky's 9-11

Kentuckians mostly witnessed the 9-11 terror attacks on television, but, follow-up attacks seemed probable, maybe even in Kentucky.  So, like the rest of the nation, airspace over the Commonwealth was shut down.  Runways in Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Lexington stood still and remained still for days.  On 9-11, Bluegrass Airport spokesman Tom Tyra saw few stranded passengers.  Not knowing what to expect, the airport and its airlines were working to quickly resume operations.

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12:54pm

Wed September 7, 2011
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Garrard County Library Raises Taxes

The Garrard County Public library board recently voted to raise taxes for the fourth year in a row. But, this time, residents and county officials rallied against the increase. About a dozen residents and two Fiscal Court magistrates attended the board’s mandatory tax hearing Tuesday and argued against the hike, which sets the new tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100 of real property.

11:00am

Wed September 7, 2011
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Elderly Hiker Rescued at Cumberland Falls

Emergency officials from Whitley and McCreary counties had to use ropes and a basket to carry a 70-year-old woman up a 30-foot embankment off a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park late Tuesday afternoon. The woman and her husband had been walking on a trail when she slipped down an embankment.

10:40am

Wed September 7, 2011
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Horse Owners, Caretaker Facing Charges

Animal cruelty charges are being filed against the owners and caretaker of 13 horses that were removed from a Hopkins County property by court order last month. The animals were underfed and several had open sores, according to the county attorney.

10:04am

Wed September 7, 2011
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Hardin Co. Remembers 9/11

Elizabethtown firefighters and others bow their heads as a prayer is said Tuesday morning during a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11, at Elizabethtown Fire Department Headquarters.
Jill Pickett News Enterprise

Hardin County law enforcement and emergency responders gathered Tuesday morning at Elizabethtown Fire Department Station 1 for a brief ceremony in remembrance of the attacks on 9/11 as the 10th anniversary draws closer. “We must not ever forget that day, especially the sacrifices made by all those who gave their lives that day,” Elizabethtown fire chief Mike Hulsey said.

11:42am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Interstate Exit Ads Cash Cows

They're staples of each trek down every open highway in the country: the interstate exit business signs. The ones that point you to the nearest gas station or restaurant. But how do they work? Which businesses are chosen? How much do they cost? And how often do they change? In Kentucky, the state has handed off the operation of the sign program to a private company, Kentucky Logos, and receives a portion of the sales. The company, which has handled the program since 1997, is a subsidiary of Interstate Logos, which handles similar programs in 22 of the 28 states that have privatized the service.

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11:33am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Road Repair Work Continues into Fall

Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.

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6:16am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Hearing on Power Rate Increase on Tap

One of the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s public meetings on proposed utility rate increases is scheduled for tonight in Louisville. Commissioners will give an educational presentation about the request, then take testimony from the public. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested that the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E estimates total electric bills will rise by about 19 percent by 2016 for their customers, and KU customers will see bills increase by about 12 percent.

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11:40am

Sun September 4, 2011
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After Days of Heat, Relief On Way

Central Kentuckians who suffered through the sweltering heat of the past several days can take heart: Monday's high should be about 30 degrees lower than Saturday's. Saturday's high of 98 degrees in Lexington was 2 degrees shy of the record for the day, set in 1953, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. It was the fourth straight day with a high in the 90s. But he said "the first powerful cold front" of the season is on the way.

8:55am

Fri September 2, 2011
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Iraq Vet from Kentucky Walks the US

An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday. His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum.

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7:27am

Fri September 2, 2011
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Iraq Vet Walks America

An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday.His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum. The money he’s raising will funding wishes to military families through the program Wish Upon a Hero. He’s already helped around 60 people since April 2010 when he began, he said. One was the son of a fallen soldier who wished he could go to space to be close enough to heaven to see his dad.

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6:33am

Fri September 2, 2011
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Fairness Ordinance Hits Rural Wall

In part one WEKU reported on the experiences and challenges for young people growing up gay in Kentucky. In part two, she examines the complex and sometimes acrimonious debate over fairness ordinances.  They’re designed to protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual preference or identity.

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4:41pm

Thu September 1, 2011
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It's September and Sizzling...Again

The mercury climbed to the mid-90s and higher today across the western two-thirds of Kentucky. The National Weather Service says we will be stuck with heat and high humidity through Sunday when a cold front will deliver scattered thunderstorms. The storms will drop temperatures down into the 80s.

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3:43pm

Thu September 1, 2011
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Preparedness Ten Years After 9-11

The recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks has also focused attention on emergency preparation.  September has been proclaimed ‘preparedness month’ at both the national and state levels.  Over the last ten years, Lexington director of the division of emergency management Pat Dugger says central Kentucky has built a good line of communications.

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9:14pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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Labor Day on the Lake

Boat safety officials are always stressing the importance of life jackets on people, not stuck away on the boat.
Stu Johnson Weku

The unofficial summer boating season ends this weekend.  Boating activities may change with the season, but the need for safety on the water doesn’t. Kentucky boating law administrator Mike Fields offers advice that’s always good…wear a life jacket and watch out for other boaters.  But, some dynamics do change with the season.  Field says there seems to be fewer conflicts between boats and personal watercraft, like jet skis, but caution is still important.

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4:47pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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Healthy Snacking at Kentucky Rest Stops

Frankfort - Travelers on Kentucky’s highways will now be reminded of healthy snack choices they can make at the state’s rest areas and welcome centers. The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Wednesday announced the “Kentucky Healthier Highways Partnership.”

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4:29pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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Troopers Join Labor Day Crackdown

Kentucky state police will be out in force Labor Day weekend as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign is part of a national push to keep drunk drivers off the road during one of the busier travel weekends of the year. Last year in Kentucky, a total of 4,762 collisions were caused by drivers under the influence - 167 were fatal. It's a grim number, but Lt. David Jude with the Kentucky State Police says there are some positive trends to report as well. 

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1:46pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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Good Review for Spenser Dispatch Services

More than a year has passed since Spencer County's 911 emergency dispatching service was transferred from a county-operated office above the sheriff’s department to the Kentucky State Police Post in Frankfort. Although some emergency service directors have identified minor problems with the service, the general consensus among local agencies is that the transition was mostly positive. And, according to KSP, the move saved Spencer County more than $93,000 in the first year.

10:31am

Wed August 31, 2011
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Former Deputy Jailer Honored

Conrad Lanham, middle, stopped an inmate who threatened a jail nurse. Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits, left, and Crystal Souders with Southern Health Partners pose with Lanham after he was presented with the Deputy Jailer of the Year award at a conferenc

It started out as just an ordinary day at work for Conrad Lanham, a deputy jailer at the Shelby County Detention Center. Then everything changed in a heartbeat when an inmate grabbed a female employee and put a sharp object to her throat. What Lanham did next earned him the title of Kentucky Deputy Jailer of the Year for 2010, an award given each year to a deputy who has displayed remarkable courage and bravery.

1:23pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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Fewer Tobacco Crops Dot Kentucky Landscape

Stephen Gross ferried two empty tobacco wagons to the fields to pick up the next load of burley.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

A drive in the Kentucky countryside once meant frequent vistas of tobacco, growing golden green or — after it had been cut and spiked — wilting to a golden brown on sticks propped up in rows. Today, those scenes are more scarce. "It's going to be a thing of the past after a while," said Teddy Greathouse, who grows 120 acres of burley tobacco in Woodford, Scott and Franklin counties and is in the midst of a monthlong harvest. "I tell my grandkids, this is liable to be something you won't see."

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