Local/Regional News
9:42 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Two Ky. Lawmakers Vote Against Debt Ceiling Plan

Republican Geoff Davis (left) and Democrat John Yarmuth both voted against the debt ceiling bill.

WASHINGTON – When the U.S. House passed the Budget Control Act to raise the debt ceiling, not all of Kentucky's representatives were on board. Republican Geoff Davis (KY-4) and Democrat John Yarmuth (KY-3) both cast "No" votes Monday.

In a statement, Davis said he is concerned about the spending cuts that would take place if the legislative super committee fails to come to an agreement.

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Local/Regional News
9:33 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Bikers to Raise Money for National Guard Memorial

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Hundreds of motorcycle riders are expected to ride from cities across the state later this month to help raise funds to build a memorial dedicated to Kentucky National Guardsmen who have died in the line of duty in the past 100 years.

The ride is scheduled for Aug. 13, and organizer Charlie Jones says officials are planning for 500 riders. Jones, who is a colonel in the Kentucky Army National Guard and a veteran of the war in Iraq, says the ride is open to anyone.

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Local/Regional News
9:33 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Mining Counties Receiving Windfalls From State

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Coalfield counties will be getting windfalls from the state totaling more than $600,000.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that 31 county governments will get a portion of fees paid by coal companies to the Department for Natural Resources for mining permits.

Beshear said the money will be used for a variety of projects, including parks, playgrounds and water systems.

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Local/Regional News
7:30 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Williams' Father-In-Law Donates $1M To RGA

Frankfort, KY – The father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams contributed $1 million to the Republican Governor's Association last month, sparking complaints from Democrats.

The Kentucky Gazette reported Monday that Terry Stephens, owner of Stephens Pipe and Steel in Russell Springs, made the contribution on June 22.

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Local/Regional News
4:44 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Visitors Get First Tour Of "Green" Elementary School Building

Lexington, KY – It's being billed as Fayette County's most energy efficient and sustainable elementary school building, and on Monday, administrators, teachers, and volunteers took time out to show off the new Wellington Elementary School. Alan Lytle has the story.

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Local/Regional News
1:01 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Sheriff's Office Takes Over Lexington Funeral Escorts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A tradition of having a law enforcement escort for funeral processions in Lexington will continue, but under a different chain of command.

The Fayette County Sheriff's office took over funeral escorts Monday, a job that had long been handled by the Lexington Division of Police. Sheriff Kathy Witt says her staff was happy to oversee the free service in the wake of police budget cuts.

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Saving Stories
12:06 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Saving Stories Recalls Crawfish Bottom

Lexington, KY – In this episode of Saving Stories, Dr. Doug Boyd talks about his new book that chronicles the rise and fall of a nearly forgotten, and mischaracterized Frankfort neighborhood.

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Local/Regional News
9:13 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Developers Abandon Plans for Louisville Skyscraper

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Developers who had proposed building a futuristic skyscraper in downtown Louisville known as "Museum Plaza" are scrapping the idea due to financial concerns.

A letter making the announcement was to be sent Monday to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, according to The Courier-Journal. It was
signed by the development team of Laura Lee Brown, Steve Wilson, Craig Greenberg and Steve Poe.

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Local/Regional News
9:08 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Debt Deal to Include Lawmaker Super Committee

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is all smiles as he walks to the Senate floor to announce that a deal has been reached on the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 31, 2011. Photo by Harry Hamburg / AP

WASHINGTON – Congress is moving quickly on a hard-fought agreement to avert a potentially devastating default on U.S. obligations. The legislation will mix a record increase in the government's borrowing cap with the promise of more than $2
trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade.

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a super committee of 12 lawmakers will make decisions on those cuts.

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Local/Regional News
2:08 pm
Sun July 31, 2011

Children Of Horse Indstry Workers Get Checkups

Lexington, KY – As many as 50 children of horse industry workers received free dental screenings in a mobile unit from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

UK dental professors and residents staffed the mobile unit at Keeneland racetrack on Saturday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The dean of the College of Dentistry, Sharon Turner, said the screenings open the door to providing more access to affordable care for members of the community who need it most.

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