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3:31pm

Thu August 30, 2012
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Ohio River Bridges Project Breaks Ground

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – After decades of discussion, the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project is officially underway. At a ceremony Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and a host of federal, state and local officials broke ground on the first construction phase of the major project – a 3,000-foot extension of Old Salem Road.

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3:47pm

Wed August 29, 2012
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Isaac's Timing

As Hurricane Isaac spins into southern states, emergency officials to the north are making preparations.  Buddy Rogers, who’s with Kentucky Emergency Management, says they’re not expecting high winds or heavy rains.  “We don’t foresee Kentucky being impacted by this hurricane.  Hopefully, it’s gonna’ bring much needed rain to the far western part of the state.  But, we don’t see any type of hazardous risk developing in Kentucky,” said Rogers.

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12:43pm

Wed August 29, 2012
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Beshear Declares September as Preparedness Month

FRANKFORT – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month. “Kentuckians face challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man-made hazards,” Beshear said in a statement release by his office. “During my term alone, Kentucky has endured 11 presidentially declared disasters. Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time, which is why I have proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month.”

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1:00pm

Tue August 28, 2012

2:34pm

Mon August 27, 2012
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Jane Beshear Launches Food Initiative

FRANKFORT. – First Lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently launched Ready, Set, Grow: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening - a joint initiative by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. The project includes an interactive guide and website to promote growing and/or buying local food.

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1:27pm

Fri August 24, 2012
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Tobacco Crop Withstands Drought

Roberto Chavez Gonzalez placed a stalk of tobacco on a stick as part of a crew of 5 workers cutting 8 acres of tobacco on Rick Horn's farm on U.S. 421 near Midway, Ky., Wednesday, August, 22, 2012.
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Conrado Olvera, armed with a tomahawk and a spear, moved in a decades-old rhythm. This annual farm ritual is being played out again in Kentucky tobacco fields, as farm workers like Olvera get down to the laborious job of cutting and housing the state's burley crop. It has been a long, hot and dry summer on Kentucky farms, but tobacco generally has fared better than corn and some other crops. Dry weather, however, is continuing. And burley experts say tobacco that hasn't been irrigated might need one more good rain to assure a profitable year.

7:16am

Fri August 24, 2012
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McConnell Eyeing Top Spot

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s outlook for November.  McConnell is hoping to become majority leader next year. Depending on who wins the presidency, he needs either three of four GOP Senate victories this fall to do so. He recently asked Republican Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of his race to give Republicans a better chance in Missouri, but Akin declined.  McConnell says even with Missouri in question, the GOP may still have a shot at the majority.

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3:53pm

Thu August 23, 2012
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Elk Tours Offered at Two State Parks

FRANKFORT – Two Kentucky State Parks in Eastern Kentucky will offer guests a unique wildlife viewing opportunity this fall and winter – elk viewing tours. Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can choose a weekend, stay at a state park lodge or cottage and arise early to enjoy one of these unique tours, according to a parks system news release.

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3:45pm

Thu August 23, 2012
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Beshear Announces Bridge Construction Plan

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a plan to accelerate construction of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge between Paducah and Ledbetter, enabling motorists to begin using it more than a year ahead of schedule.

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2:14pm

Thu August 23, 2012
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Champion Ham Fetches $300,000

The grand champion country ham, displayed by Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt, was produced by Scott Hams of Greenville, Kentucky.
Louisville Public Media

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $300,000 at a charity auction today.  Since 1964, the top ham has been auctioned at the close of the Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast. This year’s top bidder was Louisville optometrist Dr. Mark Lynn.

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6:27am

Thu August 23, 2012
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Interstate Bridge Work to Begin Today

Repair work is scheduled to begin today on twin interstate 75 bridges at the Laurel-Whitley County line.  During a scheduled examination in early August, a crack in one of the load bearing steel beams on each bridge was found.  Both bridges were subsequently reduced to one lane of service.  State transportation officials feared the work to fix the bridges might not begin until after the busy Labor Day weekend.

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9:46am

Tue August 21, 2012
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Tight Quarters at Detention Center

There may be little room at the inn when it comes to spending time as an inmate at the Scott County Detention Center, jail personnel told magistrates of the Scott County Fiscal Court recently during a meeting. Twenty-eight people were taken to the Scott County Detention Center following a drug sting earlier this month, and some of them went to other detention facilities to alleviate crowding, jail officials said.

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9:32am

Fri August 17, 2012
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$1 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Erlanger

It wasn’t the $337 million jackpot, but someone who bought a lottery ticket in Erlanger won $1 million Wednesday night, Kentucky Lottery officials said. The winning ticket sold at the Speedway at 631 Donaldson Highway matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball to win the game’s second prize.

3:56pm

Thu August 16, 2012
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Tieing One Historical Marker to Another

A new smart-phone app offered by the Kentucky Historical Society allows tourists access to the history behind roadside markers.   The aim is the weave a historical story.  Sally Warfield, who’s a Digital Media Specialist with the Kentucky Historical Society, says the new app connects communities by demonstrating their shared history.  “You can connect that story then to a larger story in the Commonwealth, because all of a sudden that historical marker is a pin that’s on the state of Kentucky on this map.  And you can click on that and you can click on one a couple of counties over,” said Warfield.

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10:49am

Thu August 16, 2012
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Wendell Berry Donates Papers to Historical Society

The papers of Kentucky writer Wendell Berry, many of which he pulled from the University of Kentucky in late 2009 over its ties with the coal industry, have been donated to the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. The historical society said Berry's materials, which include writings, research and incoming correspondence, are being processed and will be made available to researchers by Nov. 1.

12:13pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Crews to Repair Bridges are Busy

A pair of lane closures on Interstate 75 in southern Kentucky may be in effect for a month.  Cracks have been discovered in load bearing beams on adjacent highway bridges.  Late last week the passing lane of the northbound bridge at the Whitley-Laurel County line was closed.  A subsequent inspection resulted in the shut down of the right lane southbound on the other bridge.  State Transportation Department Spokesman, Jonathon Dobson says repairs may not be made until after the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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5:09pm

Mon August 13, 2012
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Beshear Recognizes Kentucky Horse Park

FRANKFORT – As the 2012 Olympic Games in London came to a close Sunday, Gov. Steve Beshear Monday recognized the Kentucky Horse Park as an elite international equestrian facility for consistently hosting world-class and Olympic-caliber athletes. The Horse Park is also a significant economic contributor to the state, with an estimated economic impact of approximately $180 million each year, according to a statement issued by the governor's office.

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5:07pm

Mon August 13, 2012
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Abandoned Mine Lands Project to be Recognized

Frankfort –The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Abandoned Mine Lands will be recognized with a regional award in mine reclamation for the Lower Rock Creek watershed restoration project from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining. The award will be presented this fall during the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land national conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

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7:56pm

Sun August 12, 2012
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Energy, Environment on Kentucky Tonight

KET's Kentucky Tonight airs Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss energy and the environment.  The program , which airs "live" on KET at 8:00 pm Monday, will be re-broadcast on the WEKU Stastions Tuesday morning at 11:00.

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6:22am

Fri August 10, 2012
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Long Term Road Widening Along I-64

Work begins next week on a long term road widening project along interstate 64 in Shelby County.   The project covers about five miles from the Welcome Center to a half mile east of Kentucky 55.  The interstate will be widened to three lanes in each direction.  In addition to the roadway expansion, the project includes reconstruction of the interchange at Kentucky 55.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on I-64 during the majority of the construction.

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9:58am

Thu August 9, 2012
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More of Kentucky Designated Drought Disaster Areas

More Kentucky counties have been designated as drought disaster areas, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Beshear that Breckinridge and Grayson counties have been upgraded to primary disaster areas. Both were classified as contiguous areas before, Beshear's office said.

9:48am

Thu August 9, 2012
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First Storms, then Fall Preview

A major pattern change taking place over the next few days will take us from the dog days of summer to a fall preview. When an abrupt change of seasons occurs, thunderstorms are usually the result and that looks to be the case today.

9:41am

Thu August 9, 2012
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Human Rights Panel Acts on Knox County, Richmond Cases

The Knox County Board of Education agreed to pay a $52,000 settlement to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights announced Wednesday. According to a news release from the agency, Knox County teacher Cathy Rhoden claimed she was harassed, denied a promotion and denied reasonable accommodations by the board. The board agreed to compensate Rhoden, as well as to provide training to board members and principals. The commission will monitor the board for compliance for one year. 

5:00pm

Wed August 8, 2012
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State Offers Farmers Help

Farmers looking for forage for their animals can turn to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The drought has dried up many pastures and hay fields; Western Kentucky is in extreme drought and Central Kentucky is in moderate drought. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is reactivating the department's hay hotline to connect farmers who have hay to sell with those who need to buy.

4:53pm

Wed August 8, 2012
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Beshear Announces Refunds for Coal Counties

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that fiscal courts in 34 counties will receive refunds totaling $585,600 from mining permit and acreage fees. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.

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10:23am

Wed August 8, 2012
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Secretary of State Announces Filing Deadlines

Frankfort - Aug. 14 is the deadline for independent, political organization, and political group candidates running for most offices, with the exception of president and vice president and certain unexpired terms, to file their petitions of nomination and pay the filing fee. The paperwork must be received by the filing official by 4 p.m. local time.

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5:39pm

Mon August 6, 2012
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Drought Expected to Affect State Fair Entries

The Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run next week and the summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the fair’s agricultural entries. Much of Kentucky has been in the grip of the hot, dry summer, with farmers in the western half of the state bearing the brunt of the disaster.

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9:35am

Mon August 6, 2012
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Kentucky Hits the Jackpot with Lottery

If horse racing is looking to attract new patrons, track executives might want to spend a little time at a gas station. Last week, the Kentucky Lottery Corp. announced record sales of $823.5 million for fiscal 2012, which ended June 30, and announced a sales target of $853 million for 2013. Kentucky isn't the only one; Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts also reported record lottery results for the past year.

9:32am

Mon August 6, 2012
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Cold Front Sweeps Through Kentucky

A cold front that swept through Kentucky along with some rain Sunday chased out the humid air, clearing the way for a nice stretch of weather this week. It will feel noticeably less sticky today with a sunny high of 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

11:37am

Sun August 5, 2012
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U.S. 127 Yard Sale Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of bargain hunters, some from as far as England, have been rummaging their way through Franklin County as they check out the 25th annual 127 Yard Sale. For more than two decades, vendors have been setting up tents and selling their knick-knacks along U.S. 127 across six states. The sale spans 690 miles from Michigan to Alabama and calls itself “The World’s Longest Yard Sale.”

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