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9:10 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Council Votes To Back Gray's Bid To Oust Fire Chief

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Urban County Council is backing Mayor Jim Gray's effort to dismiss fire Chief Robert Hendricks.

At their regular meeting Thursday night, Council members had originally planned to vote on a "no confidence" resolution, but Councilman Ed Lane introduced a change
"supporting the mayor and administration in moving forward with the process to correct the management issues in the Division of Fire and Emergency Services."

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9:50 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Kentucky Senate Approves Measure To Balance Medicaid Budget

Frankfort, KY – Government programs that already have been slashed by more than $1 billion over the past three years could face yet another round of cuts to free up money for the Medicaid system.

Kentucky's Republican-controlled Senate voted 24-12 largely along party lines Wednesday to impose 2.26 percent across-the-board cuts, drawing harsh criticism from some in the Democratic minority who complained that the move could lead to layoffs in state agencies, local courthouses and school districts.

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9:43 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Wendell Berry Among Those Honored At White House Ceremony

Washington, DC – President Barack Obama honored 20 artists, scholars and writers - from James Taylor to Quincy Jones, from Philip Roth to Joyce Carol Oates - in a salute to the arts and humanities that embraced both celebrity and quiet achievement.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama filled the East Room of the White House Wednesday with an array of talent that transcended generations and reached into the worlds of letters and music, history and dance, criticism and film.

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7:49 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Gray Applauds Health Board Moves

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray is applauding the Lexington Fayette County Health Board's decision to appoint Dr. Rice Leach as its commissioner of health. He replaces Dr. Melinda Rowe who resigned in the wake of a long-simmering scandal over poor working conditions and mismanagement allegations.

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6:03 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

House Calls For Study of PSC Commissioner Method

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House is ordering a study to determine if state Public Service Commission members should be elected, not appointed. But it was a close vote.

Last month, the Senate voted to expand the Public Service Commission from three to seven members, elected by the people, instead of appointed by the governor. However the House, on an extremely close vote, has decided to just study the issue. Among opponents was House Minority Leader Jeffrey Hoover.

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2:32 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Silberman New Head of Prichard Committee

Lexington, KY – Outgoing Fayette County Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman already has another job lined up. This afternoon the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence tabbed the retiring school chief to be its new executive director.

Silberman succeeds Robert F. Sexton, who died last August. Silberman announced last month that he would be officially stepping down from his post as superintendent on September first. He's expected to assume his duties at the Prichard Committee shortly thereafter.

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2:14 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Lockheed Martin Bringing 224 More Jobs To Lexington

Lexington, KY – Global technology company Lockheed Martin is expanding its operations at Bluegrass Station with the help of some 15.4 million in state tax incentives. Lockheed Martin spokesperson Linda Pyfrom says the company's ten year, 26 million dollar investment in the Avon operation will fund a variety of positions.

"It will support production, manufacturing, certainly in the areas of logistics, and so that could be I.T. jobs. So it's really across the board in the types of positions that would be available"

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12:46 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mayor: Interim Fire Chief Search To Start "In about a week"

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray and the Urban County Council are ramping up their efforts to replace Lexington Fire Chief Robert Hendricks. The mayor says he is no longer waiting for the chief to tender his resignation. He's appointed Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason to temporarily oversee day to day operations at the Division of Fire.

"My appointment of Clay is for a very short period of time. Then we will appoint an interim chief. At the same time we will enter a process for selecting a permanent chief."

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8:17 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Council Members to Consider Fire Chief's Leadership Ability

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Fire Chief Robert Hendricks wants more time to consider his possible resignation, but the Urban County Council is already taking steps that could lead to his termination. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton explained the latest action during a Tuesday afternoon committee meeting.

"The motion is to refer to be placed on the docket Thursday night a resolution which states the Council has expressed no confidence in the current leadership of the Division of Fire."

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9:36 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Senate Committee Rejects Beshear's Medicaid Fix

Frankfort, KY – A Senate committee rejected a proposal Tuesday from Gov. Steve Beshear that would have balanced the state's Medicaid budget by using money now that had been intended to cover next year's costs in the state's Medicaid program.

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