Lexington/Richmond

12:32pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vetoes in Lexington Looming

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he will line item veto certain parts of the budget passed recently by the Urban County Council.  The mayor met around the table with council members Wednesday morning.

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10:58am

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Attorneys Wrap Up Case in Doneghy Trial

Two days after the murder trial against Glenn Doneghy was scheduled to end, attorneys rested their cases. Most of Tuesday's testimony came from former state police trooper Sonny Cease, who was hired by the defense to investigate the crash that killed Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Doneghy, 34, is accused of murder in Durman's death. He is on trial in Fayette Circuit Court. Cease is a former state police trooper best known for being the lead investigator of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people died.

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5:20pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Animal and Food Safety Expansion

A Lexington animal and food safety firm hopes to increase its workforce by more than a third over the next several years.

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5:17pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Governor Reacts to Nunn Guilty Plea

Governor Beshear says it’s difficult to reach any general observations or conclusions about a murder carried out by a former state lawmaker.  Steve Nunn plead guilty Tuesday to the shooting death of his former fiancée Amanda Ross in September of 2009.

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12:01pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Wood to Energy Grant

Not all of the timber in eastern Kentucky is good enough quality to be marketed commercially.  But the lower quality wood is not going to waste. A Lexington based company is one of only 17 groups nationally selected for ‘wood to energy’ project funding.

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10:13am

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Inpartiality of Witness in Doneghy Case Questioned

After hours of testimony Monday indicating that the driver who hit Lexington police officer Bryan Durman did so intentionally, defense attorneys called into question the impartiality of an expert witness because of an undisclosed business partnership with two officers.

6:13am

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Churchill Makes Up Most Races

Eight of the nine Churchill Downs races that were cancelled last Thursday after a tornado struck the track’s barn area will be made up before the end of the spring meet next week.Two races were added to last Friday’s night racing card. The rest of the makeup races will be run this Friday through Sunday.

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6:04am

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Supreme Court Rules for Kentucky Man

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Kentucky man facing a nearly nine-year prison sentence for crack cocaine charges is eligible to have his sentence reduced. William Freeman agreed to the sentence in a plea deal, which was based on the sentencing guidelines for crack. When those guidelines changed, Freeman tried to have his sentence shortened, but was told he had to follow his plea deal.

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4:43pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pesticides and Cancer Risk

Pesticide use in vegetable and fruit farming has been a common practice for decades.   Likewise, medical research over the years, has resulted in safer ways to kill pests and disease.  Still, health concerns persist.

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4:38pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Safety Barriers in Franklin and Woodford

The state will begin installing median cable barriers on I-64 in Franklin and Woodford counties and on I-65 in Bullitt County. Work is scheduled to begin July 7 on installation of median cable barriers on Interstate 64 between mile point 57.2 in Franklin County and mile point 65.7 in Woodford County. Construction will begin about two weeks later on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County between mile points 103.8 and 109.3.

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4:31pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Collision Reconstruction at Trial

Jurors in the Lexington murder trial of Glen Doneghy (DON’-eh-high) got a brief physics lesson from a KSP collision reconstructionist Monday. Doneghy is charged with killing Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman in a hit and run crash.

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3:58pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Games Economic Impact and Beyond

Some nine months after Kentucky played host to a major international horse competition, comes a final report on its economic impact on the commonwealth.  Now all eyes are looking forward for new opportunities.

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10:51am

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

LEX Church Names First Female Dean

The Rev. Canon Carol L. Wade, former canon precentor at the National Cathedral in Washington, will be the new dean and rector at Lexington's historic Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral. She is the first woman to hold either position at the downtown church.

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10:24am

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Defense Ready in Doneghy Trial

After nearly two weeks of testimony, the murder trial of Glenn Doneghy is expected to wrap up this week.
Prosecutors have presented more than a dozen witnesses who have testified about seeing Doneghy leave his apartment, stop at a gas station and return home. Several investigators have testified about what happened after they found officer Bryan J. Durman, the efforts made to save him and the evidence they used to tie Doneghy's sport-utility vehicle to the scene.

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8:22am

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Comment Period for Bridges Project

There will be public comment hearings today and tomorrow for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Earlier this month, opponents of tolls welcomed cost reducing changes to the bridges project that were proposed by the Mayor of Louisville and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana. The changes would make the project slightly smaller and cut its cost by $1.2 billion, bringing the total price tag to about $2.9 billion. Previously, it was suggested that tolls would be used to pay for half of the project, and until a final financing plan is in place, it’s not clear how essential tolls will be for the revised plan.

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12:39pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Danville/City Manager Settle

Danville City Commission approved a release agreement with Paul Stansbury at a Friday afternoon meeting that will pay the former city manager a year of salary and benefits worth a total of about $116,000.
Stansbury — who had been suspended pending a final resolution on his termination — will receive remaining sick time and vacation time, totalling about $11,000, and his $80,000 annual salary in two lump sum payments of $40,000. The first payment will come within 21 days and the second during January of 2012.

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12:32pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Animal Entrails Near Israeli Flag

Next to the American flag at the Valero gas station in May's Lick is a shorter pole bearing a white flag with a blue emblem: the Israeli flag. One of the owners of the gas station, Mark Myers decided to erect the flag to express his opinion on the current status of Israel, what it means to America and what America should mean for the country.
Friday morning, two days after the flag was hung, a small pile of animal entrails appeared to have been placed in the grass near the flag. Myers now wonders whether someone could have been protesting his decision to display the Israeli flag.

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1:24pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Warning to Restaurants

Officials with the Fayette County Health Department are warning area restaurants about a recent inspection scam.

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11:46am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Deadbeat Parents Charged in Pulaski

Police have arrested more than 20 people charged in Pulaski County with not paying child support and are searching for others as part of an enforcement roundup, local prosecutors announced. A total of 44 people were charged. Police from several agencies began arresting them June 16 and have found about half of them, Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield said in a news release Wednesday.

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11:16am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Zombies on KY Interstates

As if orange barrels, speed traps and distracted motorists sharing the road weren’t stressful enough, drivers on southbound Interstate 71/75 Thursday morning were given another warning – beware of the undead. An electronic highway sign on the interstate near the Ky. 18 exit read: “Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead.” The sign was apparently hacked, said Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman.

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11:04am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Jobless Rate Down Across KY

 Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between May 2010 and May 2011, while 16 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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10:08am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Harlan Prepares To Cut Staff

The City of Harlan plans to make drastic cuts and reduce staff levels to close a $200,000 hole in next year's budget. The cuts were presented at a special called council meeting Wednesday. "We will cut two positions in the street department, one position in the sewer department and one in the fire department,"  said Mayor Danny Howard. Besides the cuts in the staffing levels, the city is also proposing a 15 percent cut across the board in every department.

6:46am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Tornados Confirmed in Louisville

The National Weather Service storm survey crews have confirmed at least four tornados struck parts of Louisville Wednesday night. The first tornado struck around 8 pm, and Meteorologist Ted Funk says it was the most significant.

“Based on our storm survey,” says Funk “the heaviest damage was near the intersection of Floyd Street and Central Avenue, again there was a large industrial building that had heavy damage and estimates of wind in that area were 120 MPH.”

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3:22pm

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

W-K-U Tuition Hike

Next semester’s tuition increase is expected to get a final thumbs-up Friday during Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents meeting.

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2:47pm

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Churchill Downs Damage Report

The National Weather Service says it was probably an EF-0 or EF-1 tornado that tore through Churchill Downs last night, damaging more than a dozen barns and other backside buildings, packing winds of up to 120
miles per hour.

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1:50pm

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Henry Clay Week Wrap Up

     Henry Clay might be considered Lexington’s most famous politician.  While the statesman and orator made his mark in Washington in the 19th century, his legacy is still discussed today.

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10:17am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Oakwood Cuts 200 Jobs

Bluegrass Oakwood has cut about 200 jobs because of a dip in the number of residents at the Somerset facility for the developmentally disabled. Shannon Ware, CEO of Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation, said Wednesday that 168 people were laid off, but the total number of positions eliminated was about 200. The remaining positions that were eliminated were open positions. The cuts were across all levels of the organization. The layoffs were announced Friday, and employees were given 30 days notice.

 

10:04am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

ATT Improving Kentucky Cell Service

AT&T announced Wednesday it will add 200 new jobs to a call center in Carter County and also addressed concerns about its wireless network in the state by announcing new investment in cell sites.The call center, which first opened in 2001, currently has about 1,000 employees. AT&T will not ask for any state tax incentives for the call center expansion. The average pay for the new jobs will be between $10 and $14 hourly.

 

9:40am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

No Rush for Licenses in Harlan

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Only one establishment has applied for a license to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink, since the city of Harlan passed the ordinance in late February and started accepting applications. The sole applicant so far is the Harlan Center, a facility owned by the city itself.

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7:46am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Cleanup Begins at Churchill

Live racing and training are cancelled today at Churchill Downs, as damage assessment and cleanup continue from yesterday’s storms that caused heavy damage to numerous structures on the track’s backside. A suspected tornado tore through the grounds last evening, damaging or destroying nine barns, a chapel and a dormitory for track workers. 

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