Local/Regional News
12:14 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Florida Governor Signs "Pill Mill" Bill

Florida Governor Rick Scott had faced sharp criticism from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other Commonwealth officials over his initial opposition to the \"pill mill\" bill which he signed into law on Friday.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gov. Rick Scott signed a new law Friday aimed at controlling the state's "pill mills" and "shed Florida's reputation as the oxy express" by penalizing doctors who overprescribe painkillers, tightening rules for operating pharmacies and authorizing a prescription-drug monitoring database.

Scott signed the bill (HB 7095) in Fort Lauderdale and was to have other signing ceremonies in Tampa and Orlando later in the day.

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Local/Regional News
10:39 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Lexington Man Pleads Not Guilty In Wife's Death

Lexington, KY – A Fayette County judge has denied a request to reduce bond for Donald Southworth, who's accused of killing his wife last year.

Being held on $500,000 bond is 48-year-old Donald Southworth Jr. He was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of Umi Southworth last June. He pleaded not guilty Friday.

Judge Kimberly Bunnell denied defense lawyer Michael Rowland's request that bond be reduced to 10 percent of $100,000, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

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Local/Regional News
8:54 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Ky. Utility Rates on the Rise

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Representatives of several coal-fired utilities in Kentucky say meeting federal clean air standards already in the pipeline will require investments of billions of dollars.

John Voyles of Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities testified Thursday before the Kentucky House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. He the utility company's capital costs could rise by four billion dollars over the next ten years.

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WUKY In Depth
10:04 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

FEATURE: Local Theater Group Uses Funeral Home for Stage

LEXINGTON, Ky. – When Lexington theater group On The Verge Productions opens its latest play this weekend, it won't be performed on a traditional stage. The venue for "Three Viewings" plays a significant role for the cast, the audience, and the show's sponsor.

Jeffrey Hatcher's "Three Viewings" is not your typical play. It has three acts - each a monologue from characters carrying on after the death of someone important in their life.

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Local/Regional News
3:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Pension Fund Sparks Lively Discussion at Lexington Forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington's Police and Fire Pension Fund was the hot topic at Thursday's meeting of the Lexington Forum. Brenna Angel reports on what both sides had to say.

Councilmember Doug Martin came armed with a packet of information about the Lexington Police & Fire Pension Fund, which has an unfunded liability of $200 million. Martin says the fund should be closed to new employees and benefits should be adjusted.

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Local/Regional News
3:06 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Jurors Can Hear of Nunn's Prostitute Use

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A judge has ruled that jurors in the murder trial of former state lawmaker Steve Nunn will be allowed to hear evidence that he engaged the services of prostitutes in the week leading up to the death of his former fiance.

Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Pamela Goodwine on Thursday ruled that prosecution evidence showing contacts between Nunn and women from an online dating service in August and September 2009, just before the shooting death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross, was relevant to the murder case.

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Local/Regional News
1:29 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Public Meeting To Discuss What's Next For CentrePointe

Lexington, KY – A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon to discuss plans for the long-stalled CentrePointe project. Developer Dudley Webb has hired Chicago architect Jeanne Gang to help re-imagine the block which was once home to some of downtown Lexington's oldest commercial establishments. The buildings were razed back in 2008 over the protests of a number of historic preservation groups.

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Farmer's Market Report
11:05 am
Thu June 2, 2011

LFM 0603-04

Lexington, KY – This week Bob talks about the importance of eating locally grown produce. Salad fixins' along with broccoli are in. Bob suggests ways to prepare the newly arrived squash and zucchini.

Local/Regional News
10:15 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Police Arrest Husband of Lexington Murder Victim

LEXINGTON, Ky. – An arrest has been made in the murder case of Umi Southworth, but Lexington police have been unable to comment. Southworth is the 44-year-old mother who was killed last June. Police discovered her beaten body and mistakenly thought she was dead. Southworth died the next day.

It appears Southworth's husband, Don Southworth, is charged with the crime. He was listed Thursday morning as an inmate on the Fayette County Detention center's website.

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UK Perspectives
10:01 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network

Lexington, KY – Dr. Dennie Jones discusses the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network.

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