Lexington/Richmond

2:13pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

19 Arrested in Mercer Drug Roundup

Law enforcement conducted a sweeping roundup of drug offenders Tuesday that so far has netted 19 people in Mercer County. Sheriff Ernie Kelty said officers from his agency and Harrodsburg and Burgin police departments got an early start, executing warrants stemming from 34 sealed indictments on drug-trafficking charges. The raids started about 5 a.m., and all those arrested were in custody by 10 a.m.

2:11pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Harrodsburg Officer Arraigned on Sex Charges

A Harrodsburg police officer indicted on 146 counts related to an alleged three-year sexual relationship with a juvenile pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in Mercer Circuit Court. Jason Elder, 31, entered the not guilty plea in his first appearance before Judge Darren Peckler, who set a $10,000 bond releasing Elder on his own recognizance and prohibiting him from any contact with the girl or her family.

1:01pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Number of Fireworks Stands Explodes

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

The Lexington Divisions of Fire and Building Inspection are busy leading up to the July 4th holiday. This time last year, businesses applied for around 12-15 permits to operate fireworks stands in Lexington. Now thanks to a new state law, that number has more than doubled. Marshall Griggs is a battalion chief with the Lexington fire department.

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12:22pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Former KY Attorney Dies in Crash

An attorney with ties to Xenia, Ohio, near Dayton, and a law practice in Lebanon, Tenn., has died along with two other people when the small plane he was piloting crashed Saturday near Huntsville, Ala. The Dayton Daily News reports that Robert "Tim" Hatton, 52, practiced law in Kentucky at one time. Later, he put his legal career on hold and wrote books. But later he returned to the law and opened a practice near Nashville, the Ohio paper reported.

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12:16pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Tougher Background Checks for Caregivers

Prospective caregivers for some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens may soon be subject to extensive criminal record searches, thanks to a $3 million grant to establish a comprehensive statewide system for thorough background checks.

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11:01am

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Casey Man: No Hay, No Tobacco, No Problem

Larry Yaden, 74, looks over his Casey County grape crop. It consists of 34 rows of grapes - each row is 400 feet long. But it will be next year before his grapes are ready for harvest and the trip to a winery. As Yaden will tell you, this has been a project of research, determination and a fair amount of trial and error.

7:11am

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Stands Increase in LEX

The Lexington Divisions of Fire and Building Inspection are busy leading up to the July 4th holiday.

This time last year, businesses applied for around 12-15 permits to operate fireworks stands in Lexington. Now thanks to a new state law, that number has more than doubled. Marshall Griggs is a battalion chief with the Lexington fire department.

"We're going out every day inspecting fireworks establishments and tents, making sure that everything that they're selling is legal."

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4:57pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Birth Defects linked to Mountaintop Mining

A new study says babies born in counties where mountaintop removal mining is done may be more likely to suffer birth defects than babies born in counties with other types of coal mining. According to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research, babies born in counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee where mountaintop removal mines were in operation were 26 percent more likely to suffer from some kind of birth defect. That’s compared to babies born in counties where there is no coal mining. The babies were also more likely to have birth defects than those born in counties where coal is mined other ways.

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4:54pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sewer Upgrade will be Costly

An Urban County Council panel has been told that those EPA-mandated improvements to the city's sewer system will result in a doubling, or even tripling of customer sewer bills over the next decade. The Lexington Herald Leader reports that estimates range anywhere from $540 million to $814 million to fix the city's overwhelmed storm-water and sewer systems.

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1:54pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Disasters Declared in Six East Kentucky Counties

Breathitt County Judge Executive Harvey Jason Richardson declared a state of emergency in Breathitt County due to Monday's heavy rains and flash flooding, and has made the county's Emergency Management office available to help assist those who have suffered damage. Richardson said after an emergency meeting of the Breathitt County Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning that some 3,000 persons in the county were affected by flood damage to bridges and culverts, breaks and slips on county roads, downed trees and flooded roads. He also has written to Gov. Steve Beshear, asking for state assistance to help repair the damages.

12:23pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

International Student Conference

The number of foreign born students studying English at Eastern Kentucky University has grown steadily over the past decade.  The program is nearly back to pre-nine-eleven levels

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11:53am

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

McConnell Updates Senate on Mine Rescue

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor this morning. He began his remarks with an update to his colleagues on the three miners who spent yesterday trapped in a Bell County coal mine due to rising flood waters. “Yesterday I came to the floor to report that there were several miners in Kentucky trapped in a mine as a result of floods,” he said. “I want to start today with an update on that situation. I’m happy to report that all three were rescued after spending 14 hours trapped in a Bell County coal mine. They were all reunited with their families last night, which is great news.  Their families were waiting for them at the West Cumberland Baptist Church. We’re certainly glad that this particular story had a happy ending.”

9:10am

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Knox Flood Kills One, Wrecks Homes

Flash flooding in Knox County Monday destroyed 12 homes and caused major damage to another 17. Fourteen received minor damage after 4 inches of rain fell in a brief period. One man died in the deluge. Meanwhile, three miners were trapped in an underground Bell County coal mine after runoff from rainwater flooded part of the mine. The miners were rescued Monday night.

5:37am

Tue June 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Miners Rescued

Three southeast Kentucky miners trapped 600 feet below the entrance to a Bell County coal mine have been rescued.  They were brought to the surface last night by mine rescue teams.  Parnell Witherspoon, Doug Warren, and Russell Asher became trapped shortly before seven a.m. Monday when water from a nearby box cut flooded the mine entrance.  The three men were able to stay out of the water on a higher elevation point.  They were taken to Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital for evaluation and to be reunited with their

5:13pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Rule Aims to Reduce Mine Explosions

A new coal mining rule goes into effect tomorrow that regulators hope will help prevent explosions like the one at the Upper Big Branch Mine last year. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will require coal mine dust to be at least 80 percent rock dust, which is non-combustible. The other 20 percent can be coal dust, which can cause explosions.

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5:07pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks in Lexington

It appears Lexington officials are willing to give the state less-restrictive fireworks law a try this summer.  The new legislation allows for the sale of firecrackers and flying fireworks, which were previously illegal.  In Louisville, officials are considering a local proposal which is more restrictive than state law.

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5:03pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Disaster Relief Work Update

Natural disasters are a way of life for Sherry Buresh (burr-ESH).  The Director of the Christian Appalachian Project’s Disaster Relief program and hundreds of volunteers have had a very busy 2011. Sherry Buresh founded the disaster relief program in 2003 to assist victims of flash flooding in eastern Kentucky.  Since then, they’ve offered assistance as far away as New York and in most of the 13 Appalachian states.

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3:40pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rains Prompt Road Closures in Mountains

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have responded to a number of mudslides and flooded roads caused by heavy rains Monday, primarily in southeastern Kentucky. Some of the slides were quickly cleared, while other roads remained closed due to slides, washouts or water over the road. As of noon more than a dozen roads were reported closed in at least eight counties, primarily in southeastern Kentucky.

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3:30pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Doneghy Trial Enters Week Two

The murder trial of a man charged with killed a Lexington police officer has entered week two of testimony. Prosecutors introduced several pieces of evidence Monday, including boots, ammunition, and a taser. A detective in the police forensics unit showed jurors items from Officer Bryan Durman's uniform that flew off when he was struck and killed in a hit and run crash on North Limestone.

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2:16pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Two Mountain Road Projects Begin

PIKEVILLE – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced three transportation projects in Eastern Kentucky that will dramatically improve access and mobility for communities in Pike and Martin counties. “We are making improvements that will benefit hundreds of families, many of whom, through no fault of their own, have been isolated to the point of hardship,” Beshear said. The governor, joined by numerous local officials and residents for a ceremony at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, symbolically broke ground for two projects and presented funding for a third:

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1:39pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Three Miners Trapped near Middlesboro

FRANKFORT – Rescuers in Bell County are working to place pumps at the entrance of an underground mine where three miners are trapped due to high water from heavy overnight rains. The Kentucky office of Mine Safety and Licensing, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and officials from Bell County Coal Corporation, which operates the Jellico No. 1 mine near Middlesboro, say the miners are safe and communicating with officials as they await rescue.

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12:38pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Officers Watch For Intoxicated Boaters

You’re familiar with the term D-U-I, which means driving under the influence.  On water, the violation is known as B-U-I, or boating under the influence.  Captain Mike Fields of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says an effort next weekend stresses safety on the state’s waterways.

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10:54am

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Plans for Development

A preliminary blueprint for Lexington's five-year development outlook will be open to public comment this week. Jim Duncan of the Division of Planning is working with other city officials to put together the 2012 Comprehensive Plan. "It addresses all issues from housing and transportation to jobs and economic development, as well community facilities and parks. And so we look at a variety of issues and try to determine how the community can grow, accommodate new population, and be responsive to the existing needs of the current population."

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10:41am

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

2nd Week of Doneghy Trial Begins

The murder trial of Glenn Doneghy is expected to resume Monday with continued testimony from Lexington police officers who investigated the hit-and-run crash that killed officer Bryan Durman. On Thursday — the last day of testimony before court recessed for the weekend — Detective Billy Salyer was on the witness stand. Prosecutors showed the jury video taken of the crash scene, and Salyer narrated. Fayette Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael told jurors Salyer's testimony would continue Monday.

10:34am

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Over 300 Kentuckians Tell Stories to NPR's StoryCorps

Rania Omar Burke and Lara Omar Swan have long been fans of StoryCorps. So when Burke heard that the national non-profit that records stories across the country was going to be in Lexington, she thought it would be the perfect birthday present for her sister. The two Chicago transplants spent their 40-minute StoryCorps session on Sunday, Father's Day, talking about a very timely subject: Their father. More than 300 people have climbed into the recording booth of the StoryCorps mobile trailer since the project came to Lexington on May 21. Among them was Fr. Ralph Beiting, founder of the Christian Appalachian Project.

6:22am

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Worker Suspended after Expulsion of Gay Men

As protesters spoke out on Saturday against the expulsion of two gay men with intellectual and developmental disabilities from a city-owned pool in Hazard, the city took several steps to try to remedy the situation. Kim Haynes, the city employee who cited the Bible while telling the men and their caregiver to leave the Hazard Pavilion on June 10, will be suspended without pay for five days because of his "failure to be respectful to the public," "unsatisfactory job performance" and "his use of inappropriate language" about pool policies, the city said in a press release.

6:18am

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Search for Father Leads to Arlington

On a drizzly, overcast afternoon in March, a man walked through Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and fell to his knees in front of a simple stone marker. A soldier's funeral was going on nearby, but the man had eyes only for one tombstone which identified the grave of Ernest L. Wrentmore, veteran of World War I, World War II and Korea. The back side of the stone states that Wrentmore had been the "youngest soldier to have served with American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 12 years of age." Tears filling his eyes, Ernest L. Wrentmore III ran his fingers softly over the marker, pressed his lips to the cold stone, and began whispering to the father he had waited so long to know.

6:00am

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Circle-Harrodsburg Ramp Reopens

Traffic’s again normal at the exit ramp on the inner loop ramp of New Circle at Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. At least as normal as things can be in a construction zone.  “It’s still a construction zone so it's not going to look nice and pretty and all that,” said Bob Nunley who's with the Kentucky Transporation Cabinet.

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2:51pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

More Natives, Fewer Outsiders at Ichthus

Thousands of people are in Wilmore for a weekend of worship, teaching, and music of many styles, all in God’s name.  It’s the 42nd annual Ichthus Christian music festival. At an early morning worship service on the hillside near the Deep End stage, was 17 year old Chelsea Hallomen who made the trip from Louisville.

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2:01pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Finding A Second Career

Dennis Eads, 60, had no idea what he’d do for a living when Frankfort’s Bendix plant closed its doors a few years ago. He’d worked there for 33 years and assumed it’s where he’d retire. But Bendix decided it’d be cheaper to send his manufacturing job to Mexico. The shuttered doors started a long journey for Eads, who at 56 years old had to pick up his dreams of job security and retirement that vanished when he was left jobless in December of 2007.

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