Local/Regional News
4:14 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Advisory Board Says Lexington Needs More Paramedics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A government task force will soon explore issues surrounding paramedic training in Lexington.

Members of the Urban County Council's Public Safety and Public Works Committee heard some worrisome news Tuesday from the Emergency Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Steven Stack says it's been three years since Lexington held a new paramedic training class, and an increasing number of runs take longer than the benchmark of 8 minutes for an ambulance to get to the scene.

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Local/Regional News
2:44 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

UK's Terrence Jones Named SEC Freshman of the Year

Lexington, KY – UK freshman Terrence Jones was named the SEC Freshman of the Year according to league coaches, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Jones, a 6-8 forward from Portland, Ore., averaged 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in the regular season. He led the league in double-doubles (11) and rebounding and ranked sixth in scoring and blocked shots.

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Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine
10:40 am
Tue March 8, 2011

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Lexington, KY – Dr. Greg Davis Talks About March Being Designated National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

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Local/Regional News
7:46 am
Tue March 8, 2011

'Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook' Wins Gourmand Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A book filled with recipes made with bourbon and published by the University Press of Kentucky has won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

The publisher announced Monday that "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook" by Albert W.A. Schmid was named best in the world in the category of cooking with beer, wine or spirits.

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Local/Regional News
7:43 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Lawmaker Eyes 2013 for Possible Tax Reform

Rep. Bill Farmer

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Fayette County state representative Bill Farmer thinks 2013 is the best chance to change the state's tax system. Farmer, who has offered his own tax reform plan previously, says 2013 is a non-election year, which might make lawmakers more open to tough votes on taxes.

Farmer says a challenging economy could also work in favor of making some changes

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Local/Regional News
7:34 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Medicaid Negotiations Continue

House Speaker Greg Stumbo speaking to reporters in Frankfort -- Photo by Kentucky LRC

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky House and Senate negotiators appear to be on the cusp of an agreement for balancing the state's Medicaid budget.

After the House proposed a way to close a $166 million gap in the Medicaid budget without across-the-board cuts to state agencies, the Senate made a counter-proposal. It still includes funding cuts, but they're smaller, says Senate President David Williams.

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Local/Regional News
5:44 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Rachel Alexandra Expecting

Lexington, KY – Rachel Alexandra is going to be a mom.

The 2009 Horse of the Year is in foal with an expected due date of Feb. 1, 2012.

Stonestreet Farm announced the pregnancy Monday, two weeks after the 2009 Preakness winner was bred to two-time Horse of the Year winner and stablemate Curlin.

The two horses mated in a breeding shed at Lane's End Farm, near Versailles, Ky., on Feb. 21. The gestation period takes almost a year, with the earliest chance to find out the sex coming at around the two-month mark.

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Local/Regional News
2:45 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Public Meeting to Outline Lexington's Sewer Problems

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The status of Lexington's sanitary sewer problems will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Monday night.

Division of Water Quality Director Charles Martin says an effort is underway to establish a remedial measures plan as part of the consent decree signed with the federal EPA.

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Local/Regional News
12:58 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Consulting Firm Agrees To Give Back $75,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city will get back its portion of the $150,000 paid to a consulting firm that was hired to compose the city's economic development plan, after it was discovered that significant portions of the draft were lifted verbatim from previous assignments for other communities.

Mayor Gray says he met face to face with the CEO of Angelou Economics Monday morning to discuss the situation.

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Local/Regional News
9:34 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Officials To Sound Tornado Test Alert Tuesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Tornado sirens will sound and weather alert radios will activate across the Commonwealth Tuesday morning. As Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers explains, it's part of an annual safety test.

"The National Weather Service will actually trigger a tornado alert code through their equipment that will send out and broadcast a message encouraging everyone to conduct a tornado safety drill, and then at that opportunity to also review their emergency plan."

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