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9:58 am
Thu June 30, 2011

KY Legislature Poised To Act After Retirement Audit

Frankfort, KY – Lawmakers are promising legislation addressing issues raised in a state audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. That's the word from Frankfort, where Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh covered a lengthy legislative hearing on the audit.

The 118-page audit made 92 recommendations for strengthening Board of Trustees' oversight and governance of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The board manages investments of nearly $13 billion for 300,000 active and retired state workers.

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8:44 am
Thu June 30, 2011

In Depth: New Law has Fireworks Fans Excited, Safety Officials Nervous

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The effect of a state law signed by Governor Beshear back in March comes down to this week, the final days leading up to the July 4th holiday. The significance of House Bill 333 will be loud, bright, and soar high into the air. Brenna Angel has more on Kentucky's new regulations of fireworks.

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8:35 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Doneghy Convicted Of Manslaughter, Jury Recommends 30 Years

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After some 18 hours of deliberation, a jury has found 34-year-old Glenn 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.

The jury acquitted Doneghy on three additional accounts of third degree assault.

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7:52 am
Thu June 30, 2011

No Verdict Yet in Doneghy Murder Trial

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jurors in the Glen Doneghy murder trial are still considering the man's innocence or guilt in the death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman. After more than ten hours of deliberation Wednesday, Judge James Ishmael dismissed the jury and told the panel to return at 10:00 Thursday morning.

In her closing testimony, defense attorney Kate Dunn emphasized that Durman was not wearing a reflective vest and was not in a position to protect himself on North Limestone Street as he investigated a noise complaint.

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11:24 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

UK Gives Todd A Faculty Contract

Lexington, KY – Lee T. Todd Jr., who is leaving the presidency of the University of Kentucky this week, has been given a tenured faculty contract in the College of Engineering.

The university board of trustees' Executive Committee decided Tuesday on the terms of the deal, which will pay Todd the equivalent of the highest paid faculty member in the college. University spokesman Jay Blanton said that amount currently is a little more than $162,000.

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8:03 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

State Auditor Puts Kentucky Retirement Systems Under Microscope

Frankfort, KY – State Auditor Crit Luallen says she found no evidence of wrongdoing in an audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. But as Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports, the audit raises several areas of concern.

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3:06 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Funding for Disc Golf Courses Likely on Gray's Veto List

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Of the dozens of items in Lexington's $274 million budget for the next fiscal year, one of the most controversial surrounds the sport of disc golf. The spending plan passed last week by the Urban County Council includes a $150,000 bond proposal for disc golf courses at Coldstream Park and Jacobson Park.

Greg Rickert of the Bluegrass Disc Golf Association went before Mayor Jim Gray and the Urban County Council, urging them to keep the funding in place.

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1:06 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

WUKY StoryCorps: A Couple's Journey to Parenthood

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Before she married her husband Bob, Nicole Dummitt knew she could not bear children, that she was infertile. That didn't matter to Bob, who had always been open to the idea of adoption.

Here the Dummitts talk about their journey, which started with becoming foster parents. Their first placement child was a 2-year-old boy named Isaiah.

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10:03 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Steve Nunn Pleads Guilty To Murder

Lexington, KY – Former State Lawmaker Steve Nunn has told a judge that he did indeed kill his one-time fiancee Amanda Ross and accepted his punishment in Fayette Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Judge Pamela Goodwine then sentenced the one-time Republican gubernatorial candidate to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge also tacked on 12 months for Nunn's violation of a domestic violence order.

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7:42 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Instant Racing Opponents Not Giving Up

Frankfort, KY – Instant racing is another step closer to leaving the gate at Kentucky horse tracks. But as Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports, opponents of the new form of gambling still hope to block it.

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