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Lexington-based contemplative folk band Bear Medicine came together organically several years ago and bring their meticulous constructions of vocals, guitar, keyboard, flute, cello, bass and percussion to the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this weekend. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Joshua Wright about the organic beginnings of his group, playing the festival circuit and his love of classic fingerstyle guitarists.

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Researchers at Lexington's Innovative Diagnostics are working on a device that uses saliva to better determine oral health. 

The company is one of nine high tech firms in Kentucky named last week to split almost $3 million. The grants are part of the state's Small Business Innovation Research matching fund program. 

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It’s never happened, but a leading official in the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration believes a fatality-free year in coal mining is achievable. 

Joe Main, who the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration was in Lexington for the Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety and Health Symposium. Just forty years ago, before the U-S Mine Safety Act, Main says a miner was killed every day. Last year, he says, 36 American miners died with 20 of them claimed by coal.

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Faculty leaders at Lexington’s Transylvania University are calling for the resignation of President Owen Williams in a 35-page document sent to the school's trustees and regents.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports three faculty leaders mailed the document this week on behalf of colleagues. The document accuses Williams of displaying a "dismissive and disrespectful" manner toward faculty, staff and students.

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Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting tomorrow. But one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic – as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog said state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.

The one and only vice presidential debate is garnering a great deal of attention in central Kentucky, but its impact in the voting booth is a tougher issue to gauge.  WEKU hosted a reporter roundtable discussion this morning at Centre College, home of tonight’s debate.  National Public Radio veteran reporter Don Gonyea says vice presidential debates don’t tend to move the support needle very much.  He says the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin also attracted interest. He says,

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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.”

For some of the world’s top equestrians, the road to the 2012 Olympics includes a stop in Lexington this weekend for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Fitness, international experience, rideability, and speed are the qualities team selectors are looking for as they pick the horses and riders who will compete in this year’s Games. 2004 Olympic gold medalist Leslie Law says it takes strong nerves to consistently do well in dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.

The Kentucky Headhunters and Exile are among the new class of Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum inductees announced Tuesday in Lexington. Seven native Kentucky artists will be inducted next year. The Kentucky Headhunters, with roots in the western Kentucky community of Edmonton, shot to fame in the 1980s with hits like Dumas Walker and are still recording and performing.

Exile was formed in the early 1970s in Richmond as the Exiles, and topped the pop charts with the ballad Kiss You All Over;  the group has since found more success in the country genre.

Full body scanners will soon be arriving at Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport and Louisville International Airport. Jim Fotenos, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, says the biggest change for passengers will be requests that they remove all items, metallic and non-metallic, from their pockets before passing through. Fotenos says the worries about radiation exposure that surfaced when full body scanners began being widely used two years ago have been addressed with newer scanners.