Local/Regional News
4:32 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

UK Plans Six Percent Tuition Hike - Three Percent Salary Raises

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky plans to raise tuition next fall an additional six percent, and UK President Lee Todd says he is creating a three percent salary increase pool for all non-healthcare employee departments, as well as a freeze on healthcare premiums.

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Local/Regional News
4:25 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Ground Broken on Second Coke Rain Garden - Water Replenishing System

Photo by Malcolm Stallons

Lexington, KY – Coca Cola officials have broken ground today on a second rain garden and a water replenishing project that'll be located on the front lawn of their company headquarters along Leestown Road.

The project, a joint effort between the beverage company, EcoGro Environmental Consultants, and Ridgewater Construction, utilized funding from the LFUCG Stormwater Grant Incentive Program. Project spokeperson Eric DeWalt says the system will help the company use less water more wisely.

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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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Local/Regional News
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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Specials
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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