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Politics
3:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

ALEC to be Examined by Attorney General Office

The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group. Kentucky's ALEC co-chair, Senator Tom Buford, says Common Cause could be considered a Democratic group, and isn’t worried about the organization being examined by the Attorney General’s office.

Business
4:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Keeneland Breaks Records

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Records in both overall and single day attendance were broken this spring at Keeneland Race Course.   Over 40,000 people visited the Lexington facility on April 14th for the Bluegrass Stakes.  In total, spokeswoman Amy Gregory says over 269,000 people were in the stands during the 15-day meet.

“We’ve actually been very blessed with some terrific weather this spring.  And, we’ve had just some fantastic racing, the support of our horsemen has been wonderful.”

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
8:42 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Special Session Starts

Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort today to begin a special session called by Governor Steve Beshear.

Beshear has ordered lawmakers to take up a funding bill for the state's road plan and one addressing prescription pill abuse.

Those were the two major bills that died in the final hours of the 2012 regular session last week.

Beshear says passing those bills should only take lawmakers five days.

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Society
4:06 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Drug Abuse in KY Mines

Prescription drug abuse is an ongoing problem in Kentucky’s mines but recent steps taken by the state legislature are helping get control of it. That’s what a member of the state mine safety review commission told the senate judiciary committee this week. Paducah attorney Duncan Pitchford says miners in the western Kentucky coalfields are also struggling with methamphetamine addictions.

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Afternoon Update
4:27 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/10/12

Andreas Derleth of New Zealand was named Mr. Gay World 2012.
http://www.facebook.com/mgworg

Today on NPR:  For The First Time, Mr. Gay World Crowned In Africa

 

Kentucky Legislation:

A commission tasked with coming up with elements of a new tax code for Kentucky held its second meeting in Frankfort today.

Jackson Purchase:

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Odd Weather
8:36 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Odd weather patterns lead to record highs

Weather thus far for 2012 has not only broke high-temperature records for our region, but for the majority of the US as well.  March highs for the Four Rivers region were nearly 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal.  The national average for the same period was just over 8 and a half degrees higher.  According to The Paducah Sun, the National Weather Service is reporting the past winter as the third warmest on record for the area.  Paducah meteorologist Robin Smith says the warmer weather is due to an extended La Nina effect, preventing fronts from moving through the region.  McCracken Count

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GOP Primary
8:12 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Republican Primary Quietly Approaches in KY

Kentucky voters have watched from the sidelines as the Republican presidential primaries unfolded in other states.  And when they finally get their say a little more than a month from now, it may not matter.  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears on course to collect the one thousand, one hundred and forty-four delegates he needs to wrap up the Republican nomination, despite the best efforts of top challenger Rick Santorum.  Santorum is also facing pressure to drop out of the race.  The candidates still have primaries in eleven other states, including Pennsylvania, New York, and

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Crime
6:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship on Kentucky's "Stand Your Ground" Law

The so called “stand your ground” law cited in the media recently as justification for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is under scrutiny now. Kentucky has a similar law. Where essentially someone could use deadly force against a person who is threatening their life. To help shed more light on this law in Kentucky Chad Lampe spoke with Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship. He serves Calloway and Marshall Counties.

Business
4:23 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Kentucky Corn on the Rise

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National grain specialists are predicting a record amount of corn could go in the ground this spring.  As Kentucky Public Radio’s Stu Johnson reports, a rise in corn yields has been a trend in the commonwealth...

University of Kentucky Extension Professor of Grain Crops, Chad Lee says Kentucky’s corn acreage could go up about ten percent this year.  Lee says the profit potential is partly the result of warmer than usual weather.  He says, in the bluegrass, corn has gone from being the number three crop to number one in the last few years.

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Society
11:25 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Calloway Co 3rd healthiest KY county

Calloway County is the third healthiest county in Kentucky according to a new online report from The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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