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9:43 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Starving Snake Presents Challenge For Zookeepers

Lexington, KY – From the June 13, 1909 Edition of the Louisville Courier Journal. Q: How Do You Feed A Snake That Would Rather Starve? A: Very Carefully!

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Local/Regional News
11:05 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Tornado Hits Near Churchill Downs

Louisville, KY – A few barns partially collapsed and horses ran loose for a time Wednesday at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, after a powerful storm that spawned tornadoes blew through Louisville.

Officials have no immediate reports of serious injuries to humans or horses at the track on the southwestern side of Louisville. A mayor's spokesman said a couple people may have been trapped in their cars in high water on the east side of the city.

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Local/Regional News
8:57 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Oakwood Home Lays Off 168 Employees

Somerset, KY – An official says a southeastern Kentucky facility for mentally disabled adults has laid off 168 employees, reflecting a drop by nearly half of the number of people staying there.

Shannon Ware, CEO of Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation, which took over Oakwood in 2006, said a total of nearly 200 positions were phased out but that only 168 were filled positions.

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Local/Regional News
4:24 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Kentucky Nonprofits Working to Get Tax Exempt Status Back

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As of this month, more than 3,100 nonprofit organizations in Kentucky are without their tax-exempt status because of a federal law passed in 2006. Danielle Clore, Director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, says it was an effort by the IRS to do some house cleaning.

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Local/Regional News
1:18 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Commonwealth Gets Grant MoneyTo Bolster Background Checks

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky has received a $3 million federal grant to bolster background checks of those applying for jobs to care for vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office said Wednesday the grant will be used to purchase equipment for digital fingerprint background checks.

Beshear said the stronger background checks are a step up from background checks based on name only, and are part of efforts to crack down on elder abuse.

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Local/Regional News
1:05 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

New Youth Development & Public Safety Panel To Meet Next Week

Lexington, KY – Fifty people have answered Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and First District Councilman Chris Ford's call to serve on the city's new Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety. The mayor says the size of the commission is a reflection of the scope of the challenge.

"What do you do when you try to solve problems? You bring people together. You crowd the table. That's what this is about. We've got a challenge. We're going step up and work on it."

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Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine
9:59 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Dr. Greg Discusses Upcoming Conference On Concussions

Lexington, KY – Dr. Greg Davis discusses an upcoming conference on sports concussions with Dr. Scott Livingston, faculty in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, and director of the Concussion Assessment Research Laboratory.

The conference is slated for Friday June 24th at the University of Kentucky.

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Local/Regional News
7:53 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Official: Kentucky Kingdom Could Open Summer 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky State Fair Board President Harold Workman says he's still hopeful that Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened in 2012.

Workman told a panel of state lawmakers recently that the board and Louisville Metro Government are close to finalizing an agreement to re-open Kentucky Kingdom next year. He says it will take a total investment of about $50 to bring the park back to life.

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Local/Regional News
7:39 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Beshear to Sign Disaster Declaration for Counties

Flooding in Middlesboro, Ky. -- Photo courtesy of Betty Jones via National Weather Service

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign a disaster declaration for six eastern Kentucky counties that were flooded by heavy rains.

Beshear made the announcement Tuesday as he toured some of the hardest hit areas in Middlesboro. The disaster declaration will include the counties of Knox, Knott, Lee, Perry, Breathitt, and Bell.

Meanwhile, authorities released the identity of an eastern Kentucky man who died after flood waters swept away his mobile home.

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Local/Regional News
6:30 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Number of Lexington Fireworks Stands Explodes

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Divisions of Fire and Building Inspection are busy leading up to the July 4th holiday.

This time last year, businesses applied for around 12-15 permits to operate fireworks stands in Lexington. Now thanks to a new state law, that number has more than doubled. Marshall Griggs is a battalion chief with the Lexington fire department.

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