Lexington/Richmond

7:40am

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Under Review

The fourth of July weekend is barely history and there’s already interest among some Lexington council members to change the city’s fireworks policy. Several Lexington area residents complained to city hall about fireworks activity in their neighborhoods.  The new state law opened the nighttime skies to flying fireworks. Plus, the newly legal fireworks on the ground were quite a bit louder than usual.  Council member Kevin Stinnett says he heard the blasts and got an earful from constituents.

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7:18am

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vets Nursing Homes Get Energy Upgrades

Governor Steve Beshear praised the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs today at one of its three nursing homes in the state. The department has used a $2.2 million loan from the Green Bank of Kentucky to improve energy efficiency at its facilities.

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5:17am

Tue July 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pipeline Pill Dealer Sentenced

A Bellepoint man who told sheriff’s deputies he made $2,000 a week selling out-of-state prescription painkillers has been sentenced to eight years in prison. John Shramm, 38, sold 30mg Percocet pills to a confidential witness Feb. 24 and March 6, court records show. He was immediately taken into custody.

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10:44am

Mon July 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Man Allegedly Bites Officer

Lexington police say an officer was bitten Saturday after chasing down a man who had been pulled over for reckless driving. Glenn Curtis Whittenburg, 40, of Lexington was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police, resisting arrest, reckless driving and no operators license, according to police records. Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said the incident began with a traffic stop for reckless driving, and then Whittenburg "jumped out of the car and fled on foot." When the officer caught up with Whittenburg, Whittenburg bit him.

4:55pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Mayor Gray's Vetoes Announced

Lexington’s mayor has asked members of the urban county council to change their recently approved budget.  The request came today (Friday) in a series of line-item vetoes.

Mayor Jim Gray vetoed three items in the new budget.  Gray said no to the 400 thousand dollars the council wants to borrow for two new disc golf courses, lacrosse fields, improvements at the Charles Young community center, and a remodel of the Berry Hill pool.   Another veto eliminates the jobs of seven people who work in government communications.  And Gray's final veto  reduced funding for outside agencies that provide services to the city by ten percent.

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12:09pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vetoes Save Lexington $889 Thousand

Lexington's Mayor has vetoed three items in the budget approved by the Urban County Council. Mayor Jim Gray's veto cut $400,000 in spending on disc golf, lacrosse, and other capital projects.  Gray also vetoed the funding restored by the council for outside agencies that provide services to the city.  The third veto, assuming it's not over-ridden by the council, means seven employees in government communications would lose their jobs.

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7:41am

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Doneghy Convicted, Faces 30 Year Sentence

 After some 18 hours of deliberation, a jury has found 34 year old Glen Doneghy guilty of second degree manslaughter in the death of Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman. The twelve member panel also convicted Doneghy on counts of leaving the scene of an accident, second degree assault, fourth degree assault, possession of marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

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5:35am

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Indictments in Lottery Fraud Probe

A grand jury today indicted four individuals in Louisville and Lexington on charges of lottery fraud.The indictments are part of an undercover investigation by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. KLC personnel visited various lottery retailers and presented tickets that, when scanned at a lottery terminal, would instruct the store clerk to award a prize.

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2:36pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Teacher Guides Missionaries to Kenya

After one trip to Africa, Clark County's Jennifer Watson knew she had to find a way to go back. A three-week trip to Kenya last summer has turned into a three-year teaching stint for the Hannah McClure Elementary School teacher. “Once I got back, I just loved the country, and I tried to figure out how to go back and support myself,” Watson said. Watson said that, since teaching is her career in America, it made sense that teaching also would be a way to live permanently in Africa. In January, she was accepted to teach for three years at Rosslin Academy, an international Christian school in Nairobi. However, Watson said she “wouldn’t be surprised” if her stint in Africa extended beyond the three years.

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12:39pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Tight Budgets Reduce DUI Arrests

Fewer dollars for law enforcement means fewer drunk driving arrests in Madison County. In 2006, when Richmond police were working with a $70,000 federal grant, officers made 409 DUI arrests.  The tally so far this fiscal year, with only $29,000 available, is 169 arrests. Major Bob Mott says it’s a simple matter of economics.  “When you have a 70 officer base and you lose 15 officers, that’s a significant amount, and obviously when you lose a significant of folks trying to enforce and look for DUI’s, it’s going to have a toll on your numbers, and that’s what we’re seeing”, said Mott.

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10:09am

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Awaiting Verdict of Doneghy Trial

A 12-member jury deliberated late into Wednesday night whether Glenn Doneghy should be convicted of murder in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Jurors had heard 60 witnesses — many with wildly conflicting recollections and interpretations of events — testify during the past 2½ weeks. After closing arguments from defense attorney Kate Dunn and Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson on Wednesday, the case was handed to the jury about 1 p.m.

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5:42pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Stands in Sight

The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to be a little louder and flashier than usual across Kentucky.  The number of fireworks stands across the commonwealth is way up over last year.

State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says 420 people received permits to sell fireworks last year.  This summer, that figure has ballooned to 776 permits.  Swope says the vast majority of those permits are for seasonal sales through July seventh.

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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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