Local/Regional News
4:06 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Collective Bargaining Approval Remains in Mayor's Hands

LEXINGTON, Ky. – An attempt to change how Lexington Urban County Government approves its collective bargaining agreements has failed for a second time. Currently, the mayor signs off on all negotiations. But Doug Martin, who represents Lexington's 10th District, says the council should be more involved.

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1:13 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Drug Czar Announces Plan To Curb Pill Mills

Miami, FL – As more people die from prescription drug abuse, the White House drug czar on Tuesday unveiled a new strategy to cut misuse of powerful painkillers like oxycodone by 15 percent within five years and take particular aim at Florida-based "pill mills" that have fueled an explosion of the drugs along the East Coast and into Appalachia.

The new approach will depend on education, stepped-up law enforcement and pill-tracking databases.

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9:14 am
Tue April 19, 2011

My Old Kentucky News From April 18, 1814

Lexington, KY – Here's an actual item UK Libraries has uncovered from its digitizing newspapers project. This one from the Kentucky Gazette circa April 18, 1814. Listen every Monday afternoon at 12:06 for another installment of My Old Kentucky News.

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Local/Regional News
8:40 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Lyric Theatre Hires Executive Director

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lyric Theatre in Lexington has hired an executive director. Yetta Young was chosen after a nationwide search.

In a statement released Monday, Young says her long term goal is to make the Lyric a cultural hub for entertainment in theatre, dance, comedy, music, and film.

A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Young has worked as a performer and producer/director of stage productions. She is moving to Lexington from Los Angeles.

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Local/Regional News
9:25 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Legg Wants Future Voters To Prove Citizenship

Frankfort, KY – People would be required to show a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship before they could register to vote in Kentucky under a proposal by Republican Hilda Legg.

Legg, former head of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission now running for Kentucky secretary of state, made the proposal during a televised debate Monday night with GOP opponent Bill Johnson, a western Kentucky businessman.

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Local/Regional News
4:15 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Paul Sounds Familiar Themes In Commerce Lexington Speech

Lexington, KY – Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul sounded familiar themes of limited government, significant spending cuts, and entitlement reform during a Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon Monday. The Republican from Bowling Green says the only way to address the nation's ballooning debt problem is massive cuts in discretionary spending.

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Local/Regional News
1:37 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Public Input Needed on Fayette Co. Superintendent Search

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The public has a chance to weigh in on the Fayette County Board of Education's search for a new superintendent. Board chairman John Price says representatives from the search firm McPherson & Jacobson are hosting five public forums.

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Local/Regional News
9:38 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Civil War Sesquicentennial: Family Connections Can Teach More Than History Books

Bettie Tuttle has been researching her family history for more than 20 years. -- photo by Brenna Angel

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For many people, learning about the Civil War involves history books and lessons learned in a classroom. But as Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel reports, many Americans can learn a lot about the War Between the States by researching their own family tree.

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Local/Regional News
9:30 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Gray Administration Reorganizing City Departments

Chief Administrative Officer Richard Moloney

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Soon after Jim Gray took office as Mayor of Lexington, he brought back the position of Chief Administrative Officer and hired Richard Moloney for the job.

Under a proposal before the Urban County Council, the CAO would oversee several more departments, including the Division of Planning, Division of Government Communications, and Division of Risk Management. At a recent council meeting, Moloney gave the reasons for the changes.

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Local/Regional News
7:21 pm
Sat April 16, 2011

Brilliant Speed Takes Bluegrass At The Wire

Lexington, KY – Brilliant Speed punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby with a thrilling stretch run to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland.

The 3-year-old colt lagged behind the rest of the 12-horse field until the turn, then exploded over the final quarter-mile to edge Twinspired by a nose.

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