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8:40 am
Mon March 7, 2011

More Fireworks Could Fly in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – There are occasional verbal fireworks' between lawmakers in Frankfort. But the real thing has been a topic of discussion this legislative session. On Friday, the Senate approved a bill which paves the way for the sale of fireworks previously sold only in neighboring states.

Scott county senator Damon Thayer spoke in favor of the bill

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8:32 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Lawmakers Resume Medicaid Fix Negotiations Monday

Frankfort, KY – Legislative negotiations to balance Kentucky's Medicaid budget resume in earnest this morning in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh is keeping tabs on the talks.

House and Senate conferees met briefly Friday evening, and agreed they don't see eye to eye. At issue is how to balance the state's Medicaid budget, which is facing a huge deficit. House Speaker Greg Stumbo remains optimistic the talks will be fruitful.

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7:25 am
Mon March 7, 2011

New UK President To Face "Dispirited" Faculty

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky's new president will face a faculty that's being asked to strive for greatness with fewer and fewer resources.

The new president will take the helm in July, replacing outgoing president Lee Todd, who has steered the university for a decade. During that time, the overall number of faculty has increased 18 percent but the staffers haven't received pay raises in three years.

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6:09 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Williams Floating Idea of Special Session On Medicaid

Frankfort, KY – There's now talk in Frankfort of a special session on Kentucky's Medicaid budget. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh says the suggestion is coming from the man who presides over the state Senate.

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9:50 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Stumbo Vows to Avoid Education Budget Cuts

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Cutting education to balance the state Medicaid budget won't fly in the Democratic-controlled Kentucky House, says Speaker Greg Stumbo.

Across-the-board state agency cuts were approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Senate, which rejected Gov. Beshear's plan for balancing Medicaid.

Stumbo still believes compromise is possible, but wants to avoid cuts to educational spending.

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9:21 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Economic Development Plan Not Unique To Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A strategic plan for Lexington's economic development future will take a little longer than expected after a local blogger found many of the plan's recommendations were identical to those given to other cities.

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9:04 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Penal Code Reforms Signed Into Law

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Landmark legislation designed to ease prison overcrowding in Kentucky has been signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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4:58 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

VIDEO: Farriers Hammer Away in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Hundreds of horseshoe makers from all over the world are in Lexington this week for the annual convention of the American Farrier's Association. At the heart of the meeting was a world class competition.

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4:35 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

First Lady Touring Commonwealth Promoting Literacy

Lexington, KY – Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear stopped by to read to some children at UK's Early Childhood Lab. It's part of a week long tour she's making to help promote literacy. Mrs. Beshear says the earlier kids can develop a love of reading, the better.

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2:44 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Will Midway Get To Keep Its Post Office?

Lexington, KY – Midway College will be the scene tonight of a special town hall meeting called by Mayor Tom Bozarth. He's expected to discuss the long-term viability of keeping the town post office open. Bozarth says he has heard through back channels that Midway's post office could be one of two thousand operations targeted for closure by the U-S Postal Service in a cost cutting measure. Bozarth says the first sign of trouble came recently with the re-assignment of letter carriers to the Versailles post office some eight miles away.

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