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1:16pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Charges Possible in Death of 2-Year-Old Shot by Brother

Kentucky State Police said Wednesday it is too early to say whether charges will be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister. "The mother was home at the time, cleaning house, and stepped out to empty a mop bucket and heard a pop," Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Billy Gregory said. "She ran back in and found it had happened."

2:31pm

Tue April 30, 2013
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Kentucky Residents Set to Serve as Long-Term Volunteers After Sandy

Four Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including Bill Johnson, have accepted long-term missions assignments to help with the rebuilding of New York after Hurricane Sandy.
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Two Kentucky Baptist couples have accepted long-term volunteer positions in New York to assist residents who are still recovering from last year’s Superstorm Sandy. Bill and Donna Johnson of Grayson have agreed to serve for two years as rebuild coordinators for the New York post-Sandy response. Ron and Greta Wilson of Bardstown have volunteered to serve one year as warehouse coordinators for the New York rebuilding effort.

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11:27am

Tue April 30, 2013
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Local Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out

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Louisville gay rights leaders are praising veteran NBA player Jason Collins publicly announcing that he is gay, but area sports commentators say the revelation will do little to change the game. The 34-year-old Collins is a free agent who reveals his sexual orientation in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, which makes him the first active professional male athlete to disclose his homosexuality.

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8:12am

Thu April 25, 2013
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FAA Seeks $4 Million From UPS Over Alleged Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a $4 million penalty from UPS for not complying with federal safety rules. The FAA says UPS did not follow federally-approved procedures for maintaining four planes, which allegedly went on more than 400 flights in 2008 and 2009. The agency further says UPS has not entirely complied with an agreement that required the company to check aircraft repairs against maintenance records. The FAA says had UPS followed the agreement, the penalty would not be necessary.

1:02pm

Tue April 23, 2013
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Churchill Downs and Louisville Metro Police Outline Derby Security Plans

Churchill Downs officials, Louisville Metro Police and others discuss security plans for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
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It's becoming a common refrain. As with Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville Metro Police are urging attendees to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks to report suspicious activity, in a bid to heighten security after last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon. "If you see something, say something," said Maj. Kelly Jones of Louisville Metro Police. "Find the nearest police officer, tell him or her, 'Hey it doesn't look right,' or, 'This is suspicious,' or, 'It bothers me.' We'll be happy to address it. That's why we're here—to serve the public and make sure everybody is safe."

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11:48am

Tue April 23, 2013
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Appeals Court Rejects Coal-Mining Permit Process

Environmental groups cheered a ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday that invalidates a streamlined permitting process for surface coal mines. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling in Eastern Kentucky that upheld the nationwide permitting process adopted by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2007. The appeals court called the permitting process "arbitrary and capricious" in a 16-page ruling.

5:37pm

Mon April 22, 2013
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Guns Star in Kentucky-Based Reality Show 'Guntucky'

The new reality show Guntucky features the Sumner family of Bullitt County. Among them are Biff, center; Steven, third from right; Stephanie, second from right; and Payton, right.

When you think Kentucky, what do you think of? Horses? Bourbon? Rolling hills and limestone cliffs? Bluegrass music? Country Music Television hopes to change your way of thinking to also include unlimited guns and blowing up big things. The network launched a new series, Guntucky, on Sunday. Guntucky follows the family that runs Knob Creek Gun Range in Bullitt County.

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1:16pm

Sun April 21, 2013
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Workers Injured by Fire at Louisville Train Derailment Site File Suit

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Two Illinois workers injured in a fire during the October clean-up of a derailed Paducah & Louisville Railway train in southwestern Louisville have filed suit against the railroad and its contractors. Leonardo Anthony Carrillo and Gregory Powers claim that P&L, CSX and a contractor failed to properly monitor dangerous contaminants while the men—employed by clean-up contractor RJ Corman—worked at the site near West Point, Ky.

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4:00pm

Thu April 18, 2013
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Churchill Downs Revises List of Banned Items Due to Security Concerns

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon. Add to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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1:52pm

Tue April 16, 2013
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Bowling Green Man Witnessed Events After Finishing Boston Marathon

Grant Cline’s first Boston Marathon on Monday became unforgettable and tragic when three people were killed and more than 170 were injured in explosions at the 117-year-old event. “There is evil in this world,” said Cline, 56, of Bowling Green, who qualified for Monday’s 26.2-mile run a year ago. “If I’m 25 minutes later, I’d been in the middle of that,” he said of the blasts.

11:33am

Tue April 16, 2013
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Kentucky Runners in Boston Marathon Express Shock, Sadness

Dr. Ronald Dubin was about five miles from finishing the Boston Marathon on Monday when police began telling runners to get off the course and onto the sidewalks. Dubin, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Middlesboro and Corbin, said he saw police cars driving fast down the road and then buses carrying military people. Soon after, he learned about the explosions at the finish line through calls from family members and friends wanting to check on him. His first reaction was disbelief.

12:37pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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Grants Awarded by The Kentucky Foundation for Women

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works.  Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects.

12:24pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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400 Thousand State Returns Could Come In Today

It’s tax day and a busy one at the Kentucky Revenue Department.

“I noticed, I’ve been watching our phone board and evidently we’re getting a lot of questions today. So, a lot of phone calls coming in already.”

State Division of Individual Income Director Bruce Nix says some one- point-three million state tax returns have already been filed, but another 400-thousand could arrive today.  For taxpayers who need more time, Nix says filing for an extension with the I-R-S is all that’s required in Kentucky.

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11:14am

Fri April 12, 2013
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Tough Mudder Event Returning to Mason

Participants in last year's Tough Mudder event crawl through mud and under electric wires in one of the many obstacles. The Tough Mudder event will return again in October.
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Organizers of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event have decided to return to Mason County after a successful event in 2012. Scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, the event drew 8,400 participants and 3,000 spectators to the Big Rock Off-Road Park in 2012. Maysville officials said the event had a significant economic impact, with hotels booked for the weekend, as well as restaurants and local retailers also benefiting from competitors and visitors to the area.

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3:37pm

Thu April 11, 2013
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Volunteers Work to Improve State Parks

Members of an AmeriCorps crew and other volunteers gather tools as they prepare to work on a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
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CORBIN – Nine young people from across the country are spending several weeks this spring working on trails in Eastern Kentucky to help communities and state parks. The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team has worked in Letcher County and at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin and is scheduled to do more work at Stearns and Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade during April and May, according to a state park system news release.

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11:22pm

Wed April 10, 2013
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Lexington Hosts Statewide Immigration Rally

Supporters of immigration reform gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday
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Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday, waving flags and calling for immigration reform.   It was unseasonably warm as one corner of Triangle Park filled with hundreds of immigration reform supporters.  Speakers chanted into a public address system, urging the crowd to join them.

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12:00pm

Tue April 9, 2013
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New State Laws will Take Effect June 25

Most legislation passed by Kentucky's 2013 General Assembly will take effect June 25, the state attorney general's office said Monday. The attorney general's opinion came from a request by Legislative Research Commission director Robert Sherman about the effective date of legislation passed during this year's law-making session.

5:42pm

Mon April 8, 2013
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Children's Organizations Begin Campaign to End Child Abuse

FaceItAbuse.org is the website that will launch this week as part of the campaign to end child abuse.

Several organizations have partnered with Kosair Charities to participate in a campaign to end child abuse. The announcement expected Tuesday comes in the middle of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kosair Charities announced the initiative last year. Since then, Kosair president Randy Coe says the coalition has been developing a plan to measure the success of the campaign. The goal is to eradicate child abuse, which Coe acknowledges is ambitious.

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2:21pm

Sun April 7, 2013
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Army Veteran Identified as Fort Knox Shooting Victim

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Neighbors of Lloyd Gibert described him as a soft spoken man who kept to himself but was warm toward those around him. A U.S. Army veteran and civilian employee with nine years of experience with Human Resources Command, Gibert was the victim in Wednesday’s shooting at Fort Knox. Gibert, 51, was shot Wednesday evening in a parking lot near the HRC building at Fort Knox, according to a statement released Friday by the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office. He was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m. at Ireland Army Community Hospital.

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10:32am

Fri April 5, 2013
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Fort Knox Shooting Suspect Charged

A soldier in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Fort Knox civilian employee was charged with murder Thursday after he was apprehended in a town 5 miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

1:16pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Court Ruling has Kentucky Libraries on Edge

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A judge’s decision in Campbell County has libraries across the state fearful it might lead to closings and cuts should the ruling stand. The ruling could slice the property tax rate for the Campbell County Library District by more than half – from 7.7 cents per $100 to its 1978 level of 3 cents.

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12:45pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Civilian Employee Killed in Fort Knox Shooting

A U.S. Army civilian employee is dead following a shooting Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot near the Human Resources Command headquarters on Fort Knox. Agents from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the shooting, which forced the post to enter a full lockdown just before 6 p.m., according to a news release from the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

2:46pm

Wed April 3, 2013
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Cold Weather has Kentucky Farmers Behind in Planting

At this time last year, after a dry start to spring and an abnormal string of 80-plus-degree days, Western Kentucky farmers were off to perhaps the fastest start to planting corn in their lives. This isn’t last year. Kentucky has experienced six consecutive weeks of below-normal temperatures, including freezing conditions last week, which has largely kept farmers out of the field, the Louisville office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service noted Monday in its first weekly crop and weather report of the season.

1:19pm

Tue April 2, 2013
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Special Olympics Coming to Danville in 2013

Lonnie Jones, 34, is developmentally disabled and has lived in Danville for about a decade. He has fond memories of participating in the Special Olympics as a teenager in Ohio. Jones asked his local case workers about bringing the event to Danville.

A group of volunteers are bringing the Special Olympics to the Danville area. Lonnie Jones, 34, is developmentally disabled and has lived in Danville for about a decade. He has fond memories of participating in the Special Olympics as a teenager in Ohio. Jones asked his local case workers about bringing the event to Danville. With the help of Tina Scott and Mary Carol Porter from A1 Case Management, and Judy Bayless from A Brighter Choice, Jones’ dream will come true this year.

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6:48am

Wed March 20, 2013
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The Projected Cost to Cross the Bridge

Although it will be years before vehicles cross it, the cost to pass over a new Ohio River bridge near Louisville is being discussed now.  A consulting firm announced Tuesday toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project include a likely one dollar fee for frequent users.  Other assumed rates are two dollars for other two axle vehicles, five dollars for medium trucks and ten dollars per heavy loads.  Official toll rate setting will be the job of a Kentucky-Indiana Joint Tolling Board.

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11:57am

Tue March 19, 2013
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Kentucky Transportation Officials Issue Advice for NCAA Tournament Traffic

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Kentucky transportation officials have a hunch that thousands of people will descend onto Lexington's Rupp Arena for first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament, starting Thursday. And, of course, there's roadwork on state highways to contend with. Here's some advice issued Tuesday morning by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

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12:59pm

Fri March 15, 2013
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Bridging Construction Careers

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The state is offering a new program to educate and train skilled minority and female workers for careers in construction.  ‘Bridges to Opportunities’ is a training program aimed at filling a need for women and minority workers in the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project.  Governor Beshear notes the Ohio River Bridges will be finished in a few years.  He adds ‘those who complete our program will be armed with the skills for a lifetime career.’ 

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11:37am

Sun March 3, 2013
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Tornado Survivors Reflect on Life After the Storm

Their lives are delineated by a great divide: Before the tornado, and after the tornado. Yet survivors of the storms that tore through Eastern and Southern Kentucky on March 2, 2012, causing 25 deaths and millions of dollars in damages, have refused to allow personal tragedies to define their lives. They remember, but they move on. They grieve, but they live. Here are the stories of some survivors, one year after their lives were turned upside down.

3:03pm

Fri March 1, 2013
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Remembering Tornado Victims One Year Later

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of severe weather which took the lives of many Kentuckians and caused millions of dollars in structural damage.  The March second, 2012 tornadoes caused vast devastation with the bulk of the damage in communities like West Liberty, Salyersville, East Bernstadt, and Piner.  Statewide, 25 people were killed and more than 45 hundred homes impacted.  671 of those houses were destroyed.

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5:46pm

Wed February 27, 2013
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Study Says Kentucky's Youth Incarceration Rate has Decreased

Kentucky's incarceration rate for youth has decreased in the past several years—but not by as much as the national average, said an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday. And Kentucky and two other states are responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s juvenile incarcerations because of court order violations for status offenses—crimes applied to youth such as truancy and alcohol consumption.

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