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7:55 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Driver's Licenses, IDs Not Available Until Tuesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – People needing driver's licenses or personal identification cards won't be able to receive them on Saturday or Monday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports the federal government will be upgrading operational systems, requiring a national outage during the Presidents Day holiday.

Systems are expected to be back in working order by 8 a.m. EST Tuesday.

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7:52 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Auditor's Report Finds Problems, But Improvement Over Last Year

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – An audit of the state's finances has found continued problems with data security and with reconciling bank accounts at the Kentucky State Treasury but overall improvement from a year ago.

Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen released the first half of the annual statewide audit Thursday. It examined the state's $24.7 billion in expenditures for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The audit found 53 deficiencies as opposed to last year, when there were 70 findings.

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4:08 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

KY Senate Committee Passes Symbolic Anti-EPA Resolution

Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith (R) From Hazard, is pushing a resolution condemning the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate coal mining in Kentucky.

Frankfort, KY – A joint resolution declaring Kentucky a sanctuary state, not subject to the regulatory actions of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, has cleared a Senate committee. Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council spoke against the resolution, which mostly is a symbolic protest against stepped up E-P-A enforcement of federal Clean Water standards regulating coal mining.

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3:56 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

More Inmates Could Pick Up Litter in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. – An Urban County council member wants Lexington residents to step up to the plate when it comes cleaning up the city.

Council member Jay McChord admits he's a little obsessed with picking up litter, especially when he's out for a jog in his neighborhood off Clays Mill Road. It's a practice McChord would like everyone to get in the habit of doing, because he says government can't do it all.

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7:57 am
Thu February 17, 2011

House Passes Sweeping Prison Reform Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The Kentucky House said yes Thursdayto the most sweeping reform of the state's penal code since the 1970's.

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2:34 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Payday Lending Legislation Dead For This Session

Frankfort, KY – For three years now, Louisville Rep. Darryl Owens has been trying to cap payday loans in Kentucky at 36 percent. But his bill never went anywhere. It didn't even get a committee hearing, until now.

"Simply stated, payday lending affects our most vulnerable citizens - the poor and senior citizens. The very people we were elected to safeguard."

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9:43 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Town and Gown Issues To Be Discussed At Seminars

Omar Blaik is the President and CEO of U3 Adventures, a real estate development and advisory firm specializing in integrating institutions with their surrounding neighborhoods.

Lexington, KY – The UK Gaines Center for the Humanities is hosting Omar Blaik, former senior vice president of planning, design, and construction for the University of Pennsylvania. He's credited with improving relations between the school and neighboring West Philadelphia. Gaines Center Acting Director Lisa Broome Price says Blaik will offer his opinions on how Lexington, and UK, can grow together.

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4:24 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

House Panel Discusses Charter School Alternatives

Frankfort, KY – In January, the Senate approved legislation backed by the chamber's Republican majority, allowing charter schools in Kentucky. Charter schools are granted regulatory relief in exchange for high performance. But the bill, which landed in the House Education Committee, has gone nowhere. Rep. Carl Rollins, who chairs the committee, is a charter school opponent. Instead of charter schools, Rollins proposes what he calls districts of innovation.'

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4:05 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Chandler Decries Funding Cut To Public Broadcasting

Lexington, KY – U.S. Representative Ben Chandler (D-Ky 6th District) has delivered a speech in favor of continuing government funding for public broadcasting. As part of their plan to cut 100 billion dollars from the current federal budget, Republicans want to eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Chandler says public radio plays a vital role for many in Kentucky and the nation as a whole.

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3:57 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Letcher Water Advisory Lifted, Investigation Continues

WHITESBURG, Ky. – Residents of Letcher County in far eastern Kentucky can safely resume using tap water after a no-contact consumer advisory was lifted Tuesday afternoon. The investigation continues into what led to Saturday's oil spill that left hundreds of eastern Kentucky residents with contaminated tap water.

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