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12:34 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Police Ready For Rowdy Final Four Fans

Lexington, KY – Police in Lexington have a message for the crowds of people that are likely to take to the streets should the Kentucky Wildcats win their Final Four game on Saturday: "Have fun, but be safe". To ensure everyone's safety, the division of police, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, and UK police will combine forces to have over 200 uniformed officers patrolling areas around campus and downtown. UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says people can celebrate all they want, they just have to not lose their heads in the process.

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11:14 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Final Four Fever Building In Houston

Houston, TX – VCU arrived at the Final Four with its team, its bandwagon and its T-shirt. "There goes my bracket," it says - an oh-so-fitting statement printed in gold letters and sandwiched between the school logo and the picture of a crumpled-up piece of paper.

Indeed, almost anyone who wins an office pool this year will limp home to their victory. Hardly anyone saw this coming.

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10:08 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Unemployment Falls In 93 Counties In February

Frankfort, KY – Jobless rates have fallen in 93 counties, though many still struggle with high unemployment.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released its February unemployment report on Thursday. It showed 24 counties with higher jobless rates. Three counties remained the same.

Fayette and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates at 8.6 percent each. Oldham and Webster counties each had rates of 8.8 percent.

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1:55 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Ky. Homeland Security Launches iPhone App

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State officials hope smartphone technology will make it easier and faster for Kentuckians to report suspicious activity. Brenna Angel has the story.

The Eyes and Ears on Kentucky initiative has been around for a while. But Shelby Lawson with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security expects the launch of a new website and iPhone app will get more use than the toll-free hotline.

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8:39 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Company To Create 200+ Jobs in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. – More than 200 new jobs are coming to Fayette County. Allconnect Inc, an Atlanta-based company, announced Wednesday plans to open a customer service call center in Lexington.

A release from Governor Steve Beshear's office says the company is making a nearly 7 million dollar investment to open a facility at Coldstream Research Park by this summer. Allconnect plans to hire up to 220 employees to assist customers in transferring satellite, cable, Internet, and phone services.

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8:34 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Federal Panel Upholds $761,000 in Massey Fines

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A federal appeals panel has upheld $761,000 in fines for flagrant safety violations at a Massey Energy Co. coal mine in Kentucky, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday.

The decision by the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission involves fines issued for violations found in 2006, MSHA said.

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4:47 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Employees Facing Layoffs Picket City Hall

Lexington, KY – Three Civil Service Employees who will be officially laid off from their city jobs after tomorrow picketed outside the government center earlier today.

Bob Owlsey is a Division of Parks and Recreation Employee and the director of the Dunbar Community Center.

"In other words, I'm the last one in, so I'm the first one out no you're not!"

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4:42 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Lexington Launches New Recycling Awareness Campaign

Lexington, KY – The city of Lexington is launching a public awareness campaign to boost recycling. A recent county-wide survey reveals that 14% of us don't recycle anything at all.

Environmental Policy Outreach Director, Mark York says part of the effort includes informing people of how easy and convenient it is to recycle.

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8:08 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Beshear on Special Session: "It's Over"

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate plans to go back to work in Frankfort on April 6, but Democratic Governor Steve Beshear maintains that the special session is over.

Lawmakers passed the Senate's version of a Medicaid budget bill last Thursday. Before signing off on the legislation, Governor Beshear vetoed part of the proposal that would have cut funding to all state government agencies. Those cuts were supported by Senate Republicans.

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7:51 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Lexmark Gives Big To Education

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A central Kentucky business is stepping up to support educational initiatives both close to home and as far away as Southeast Asia. Lexmark announced Tuesday plans to give $1.7 million to programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math.

One million of that will help the University of Kentucky renovate the old Northside Public Library in Lexington.

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