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2:58 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Group Says Survey Proves Attitudes Toward Gay And Transgendered Changing In KY

Lexington, KY – A new survey of registered voters in Kentucky shows an increase in the belief that anti-discrimination laws should apply to members of the gay and transgendered community. The poll commissioned by the Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition, shows that 83 percent of the 600 respondents, favor such protections in the workplace, in housing, and public accommodations; such as restaurants and hospitals. Craig Cammack is Chair of Lexington Fairness, one of five organizations that comprise the coalition.

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1:34 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Same Dilemma, Different Choices in Local Searches for School Leaders

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The search for the next Fayette County Public Schools superintendent involves a dilemma similar to one addressed by the presidential search committee at the University of Kentucky.

The issue debated by the UK presidential search committee over the past several weeks centered on candidate confidentiality. And Fayette County Board of Education Chairman John Price says that's likely to be a factor in the superintendent search as well.

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8:24 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Charter Schools Bill Stalled In House?

Rep. Carl Rollins -- photo by Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – In Frankfort, this year's session of the Kentucky General Assembly is moving into its third week. In January, the Senate approved a host of bills sponsored by the chamber's Republican majority. The measures addressed issues like tax reform, immigration enforcement, government transparency and charter schools.

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11:57 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Rolls Into Lexington This Weekend

Lexington, KY – Tournament Director Evelyn Bologna says it's pretty much non-stop action Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at UK's Seaton Center.

"We play on three courts so at any given time there's generally three games going on at once, so folks can see some basketball going on at anytime they come over to the Seaton Center over the weekend."

Bologna says only one Kentucky team is in the tournament field this year, but it's a significant one.

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3:39 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Spotlight Lexington Festival Making an Encore

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The World Equestrian Games are long gone, but the Spotlight Lexington festival that coincided with the sporting event is coming back for an encore.

The Spotlight Lexington Legacy Committee, a volunteer group looking at ways to keep the music festival going, announced Thursday that Spotlight will return to downtown September 23 through October 2.

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2:52 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Congressman Hal Rogers Lobbies KY Legislature For Anti-Meth Bill

Frankfort, KY – Many cold and allergy medicines contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. Legislation under consideration in Frankfort would require prescriptions for cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine, and Cong. Hal Rogers is urging passage.

"This bill is not about eliminating cold medications. It's about saving lives. And it can be done by requiring prescriptions for just 15 boxes of pseudoephedrine products."

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2:27 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Alltech Joins Kentucky Distillers Association

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Distillers Association is expanding its membership to now include so-called craft distilleries. The first to join the rolls is Lexington-based Alltech, which produces its own malt-whiskey, and a bourbon-infused coffee beverage.

"We couldn't be more proud that Alltech is our first craft distillery member. They represent everything that's right about industry in Kentucky and how we're looking at things from a global perspective", said KDA President, Eric Gregory.

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8:30 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Judge Limits Damages in Comair Lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The family of a man killed in the August 2006 crash of a Comair regional jet in Lexington cannot pursue punitive damages from the airline after a federal judge found that the company couldn't be punished for the "reprehensible behavior" of the pilots.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Karl Forester on Wednesday reverses an earlier decision that would have allowed the family of Bryan Keith Woodward, a Louisiana resident, to ask a jury if Comair committed gross negligence in the crash of Comair 5191.

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8:14 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Lawmakers Amend Nuclear Power Proposal

Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) -- Photo by Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – A state Senate committee has opened the door for a nuclear power plant to be built in Kentucky.

A moratorium on permitting for a new nuclear power facility in the Commonwealth has been in place for decades. A legislative proposal previously approved by the full senate would remove the requirement for an in-place final storage facility for nuclear waste.

Paducah Senator Bob Leeper says the change would put Kentucky on equal footing with some 40 other states.

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8:01 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Graduation Bill Moves Forward

House Education Committee member Jim DeCesare (R-Rockfield) voted against the \"Graduation Bill\" Wednesday. Photo by Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear continues her crusade to raise the state's drop out age from 16 to 18. She implored the House Education Committee Wednesday to approve the so-called Graduation Bill.

Mrs. Beshear says the current law hasn't changed since 1934.

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