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12:41 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Suspected War Criminal Arrested In Kentucky

Stanton, KY – A woman wanted in Bosnia on torture charges stemming from the war following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia faces extradition after being arrested in Kentucky.

U.S. Marshal Loren "Squirrel" Carl said officers arrested 52-year-old Azra Basic (BOSCH), who lives in Stanton, about 45 miles east of Lexington, on Wednesday.

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9:46 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Work Progressing On African American Encyclopedia

Lexington, KY – In this week's Focus on UK, an update on the effort to compile and publish the first-ever state-wide African American Encyclopedia.

Since its inception five years ago, a team of researchers at the University of Kentucky has been working to uncover what some would call the hidden history of the Commonwealth. And when they complete their task, Kentucky will be the first state in the nation to produce a comprehensive African-American Encyclopedia.

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10:19 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

House Passes Dropout Bill

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has again agreed to raise the age at which students may drop out of school.

For a third time, the Kentucky House has approved a compulsory attendance bill that gradually increases the state's drop out age to 18. The vote was 87-13, with House Speaker Greg Stumbo voting with the majority.

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3:18 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Reforest the Bluegrass Set for Liberty Park

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington city officials have announced the date and location for this year's Reforest the Bluegrass.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 16th. That's when volunteers will plant thousands of tree seedlings as part of the 13th annual Reforest the Bluegrass.

City arborist John Saylor says this year's location is in northeast Lexington at Liberty Park, near the corner of Liberty Road and Star Shoot Parkway.

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7:16 am
Wed March 16, 2011

IBM Study Says Lexington Government Needs Operational Redesign

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In a study of local governments across the country, Lexington ranks 78th out of 100 for operational efficiency. That's according to IBM, which presented its findings to the Urban County Council's Economic & Community Development Committee Tuesday.

Spokesman David Edwards says the study looked at per capita spending for city services such as police, fire, parks, public works, and planning and zoning.

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4:51 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Markey Now Offering Patient Navigator Program

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, to offer patients something they can't find anywhere else in the Commonwealth. Center Director Dr. Mark Evers says Markey is now home to the only ACS Patient Navigator Program.

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11:58 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Special Session May Not Be Over This Week

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the special session on Medicaid won't wrap up in one week. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh is keeping tabs on the session, which began yesterday.

Lawmakers couldn't finish their work in 30-days, so Gov. Beshear ordered them back for a special session. Now, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's going to take longer than one week to get the job done in special session. How much longer?

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8:32 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Still No Compromise in Medicaid Talks

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins -- Photo by Kentucky LRC

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky's special legislative session on Medicaid is underway in Frankfort. But as Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports, compromise is not in the air.

The 30-day regular session adjourned last week without House and Senate agreement on balancing the state's Medicaid budget. Gov. Beshear then ordered lawmakers back for a special session.

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8:18 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Japan/America Society of Kentucky Raising Money For Earthquake/Tsunami Victims

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Japan/America Society of Kentucky has begun collecting donations for Japanese communities ravaged by last week's earthquake and tsunami.

Executive Director Matt Krebs says his board of directors approved the efforts Monday, with the goal to raise money for rebuilding efforts, rather than emergency relief.

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8:07 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Kentucky Women Get Four Seed in NCAA Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women's basketball team has drawn a No. 4 seed in the Spokane Region of the NCAA tournament a week after advancing to the Southeastern Conference tournament final.

The Wildcats (24-8, 11-5) will face No. 13 Hampton in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday.

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