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3:28pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Animal Diagnostics to a New Level

 

The University of Kentucky’s new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is better prepared now to tackle the next ‘surprise’ disease in animal agriculture.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday at the renovated lab in Lexington.

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11:18am

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

School Secretary A No-Show for Court Hearing

Lynda Chase, the Madison Central High School secretary accused of felony counts involving sex with a 15-year-old student, did not appear in court Thursday to accept a plea agreement as had been anticipated.

 

10:32am

Fri May 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Grow Your Own on the Uptick

High gasoline prices, high food prices and concern over the environment have Kentuckians more interested in home gardens.  More people want to buy, grow and eat locally.  It’s all in the name of sustainability.

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6:46pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Noise Regs in Lexington

Lexington city officials are expected to take up new noise related regulations later this summer.  The report comes in the form of a draft ordinance developed by a special task force.

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4:13pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Middle College Set to Open in Madison County

 

You’re familiar with the terms “middle school” and “college” but chances are you’ve never heard of a “middle college.”  That concept is now reality in central Kentucky.

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4:07pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Galbraith's Take on the Primary Results

 

 

 

Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith says he couldn’t be any happier with Tuesday’s primary results.  Galbraith is mounting a petition drive to secure a spot in the fall race as an independent.

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5:50am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Kentucky Officials participate in Earthquake Drills

The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an earthquake drill in western Kentucky Wednesday.

FEMA is testing how well various federal, state, city and private agencies can respond to a devastating quake on the New Madrid Fault, which is underneath parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

Louisville MetroSafe spokesperson Lee Cravins says his agency was asked to prepare to send crews to the simulated disaster area.

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5:44am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Demonstrators Seek U.S. Support for Bahrain Uprising

Several Louisvillians will hold a demonstration Thursday to encourage western powers to take action in Bahrain, where anti-government protests have been going on for months.

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5:41am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Training Exercise Prepares First Responders for Earthquake

First responders and medical crews had a busy morning at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport Wednesday.

Patients were loaded onto stretchers and transported from a Kentucky Air National Guard plane to a Mustang Aviation hangar, where doctors worked to quickly assess their injuries from an earthquake in western Kentucky.

"I got another belly trauma here guys!" yelled a doctor.

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3:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rubber Check Ring Bilking Lexington

Police are looking for the masterminds behind an unusual theft ring that enlists homeless people to cash fraudulent checks at banks. The scam has netted "tens of thousands of dollars," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. About 60 fraudulent checks are thought to have been cashed.

12:19pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Richmond Slum Faces Transformation

An area of rundown, vacant houses in Richmond faces a radical makeover. Mayor Jim Barnes Wednesday announced a plan to transform the Tipton Court neighborhood. “It’s dilapidated housing.  And what we’re doing is we’re tearing up those houses, there’s like six or seven houses that are in bad shape,” said Barnes.

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10:56am

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

"Thou Shalt Not Post Commandments"

Last week a paper copy of the Ten Commandments once again found its way to a place of prominence: the front door of the Shelby County Courthouse. The 8-by-11-inch copy was taped to the inside of the door, next to the sign banning food and drink.

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10:42am

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rain Dampens Hope for Crops

Spencer County farmers are getting a bit nervous as last month went down in the history books as Kentucky’s wettest on record, hindering crop and vegetable planting.  Spencer County Agricultural Extension Agent Bryce Roberts said that although the situation hasn’t reached emergency status, the next couple of weeks could determine whether or not local farmers can plant crops that are in high global demand, such as corn and soybeans.

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10:19am

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

State Tests Communications in Earthquake Drill

FRANKFORT – Kentucky and other several other states teamed up this week with federal, state government officials, volunteer organizations and representatives of business and industry to kick off National Level Exercise 2011, a week-long simulation of a catastrophic earthquake centered on the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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2:18pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Powell Co. Judge-Executive Dies

Powell County Judge-Executive Jim Potts, who had served in office only five months, died Monday. He was 67.  Mr. Potts, a Democrat, was elected in November, defeating Republican Randy Bowen and write-in candidate Darren Farmer. He took office in January.

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10:05am

Tue May 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Funds Short at Transport Service for Disabled

An organizational change within the American Red Cross is affecting the city of Lexington's public transit service. LexTran has a contract with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross to operate WHEELS, the transportation service for people with disabilities. As LexTran prepares to pass a $24 million budget for the next fiscal year, the Red Cross has said it needs an additional $346,000, pushing the cost of its service past $4 million a year.

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11:42am

Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Home Makeover Show in Lexington

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wants to change a family's life in Lexington. The ABC television show known for tearing down and completely rebuilding homes in a matter of days is seeking nominations in the central Kentucky area.

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7:27am

Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Collection Honors Fallen KY Vets

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is working to collect photographs of all 1,058 Kentuckians whose names are on the memorial in Washington, D.C.  It’s part of a national effort to gather photos for an online exhibit and for an underground education center being built near the memorial.

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Summertime Road Repairs

Highway construction is typically considered a part of the summer season.   This year is expected to be no different.  There are a number of projects in central Kentucky either underway or about to begin.  One which will begin in early June is the re-configuration of the Harrodsburg road-New circle interchange. 

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3:47pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Privacy Violated at Lexington City Hall

An investigation is underway into what a Lexington city employee said about other employees in the Division of Waste Management. At an April meeting of the Urban County Council's environmental quality committee, employee Richard Miller said that some garbage truck drivers were hostile during a training session and that three drivers were illiterate.

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7:25am

Fri May 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington's Chicken Coop Tour

Final preparations are being made for what’s believed to be Lexington’s first downtown chicken coop tour.  It’s called ‘Tour De Coops’ and the Sunday afternoon event is sponsored by Cooperative of Lexington Urban Chicken Keepers or Cluck.

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1:59pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

"Gruesome" Bin Laden Photos go to Congress

Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler was given the opportunity to view death photos of Osama Bin Laden this morning. The Versailles Democrat who sits on the House Intelligence Committee says they are images he won't soon forget.

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12:14pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Toyota Moving Back into Full Production

 

Early next month, workers at Georgetown’s Toyota plant will be back on a full-time schedule.  The flow of supplies from Japan are moving now after a spring earthquake and tsunami slowed distribution. The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a break in the automotive company’s system for distributing parts.  The resulting shortage resulted in fewer hours on the job for employees at the Scott County Toyota Assembly Plant.

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4:41pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

National Horse Show Kentucky Bound

The country’s oldest indoor horse show is coming to Kentucky. Officials announced today that the 128th edition of the National Horse Show will be hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For years the event was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. But National Horse Show Association President Mason Phelps says downtown Manhattan was not ideal.

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4:28pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Obama Accused of Keeping "Enemies List"

Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., suggested that President Barack Obama is keeping a Nixonian-styled “enemies list” for backing a labor group’s complaint against Boeing.

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4:23pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Council Praises Interim Fire Chief

It's been two months since Lexington Mayor Jim Gray relieved Bob Hendricks of his duties as fire chief, citing an inability to manage firefighter overtime and the division's budget. A current member of the fire department, Keith Jackson, was named the interim chief. Lexington Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason says he's been closely monitoring the fire department's transition.

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4:21pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Oral Health Summit in Lexington

For many Kentuckians, the key to a healthier life may start with a good set of teeth. The Commonwealth is one of the poorest states when it comes to oral health. In fact, it ranks second in the nation in the loss of natural teeth. That's one of the main reasons, according to State Oral Health Director Dr. Julie Watts McKee, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is holding a summit in Lexington on Wednesday.

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4:19pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

LEX Fire Chief wants 2nd Pension

Lexington Fire Chief Bob Hendricks says he has a total and permanent occupational disability. His request for a disability retirement came before the Police and Fire Pension Board Wednesday morning, while the embattled chief remains on paid leave. Hendricks was asked resign from his post two months ago amid overtime and budget problems within the Division of Fire. He refused to step down.

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10:49am

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Environmentalists Report Chemical Spill

An environmental group is investigating a potential chemical spill in a waterway near Jenkins, Kentucky.  On Tuesday evening, Clary Estes with Headwaters Incorporated says she saw four to five feet of foam in a southeast Kentucky stream.

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8:46am

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Flood Damage Assessment Begins

Flood waters have receded from some homes in western Kentucky’s river counties. Teams are assessing damage to determine whether some counties may be eligible for F-E-M-A individual recovery assistance. FEMA’s Nick Morici says it’s OK for people to start cleaning up before their homes have been assessed.

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