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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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12:27 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Mayor: Fire Chief Needs to be Problem Solver

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Fire Chief Robert Hendricks wants more time to consider his possible resignation. The noon hour Tuesday marked the deadline set by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray for Hendricks to resign.

The mayor called for Hendricks to step down Monday afternoon, saying the chief lacks the leadership necessary for the job. Gray elaborated on his reasons Tuesday morning.

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9:36 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Thousands of Ky. Teachers Urged to Take Online Survey About Working Conditions

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Public school teachers and principals across Kentucky have the chance to sound off about working conditions in their district.

It's called the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Survey, or TELL. From now until March 25, public school teachers and principals across Kentucky can answer the online questionnaire.

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8:24 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Open Primary Bill Defeated

Frankfort, KY – A Kentucky House committee has rejected an attempt to have limited open primaries in the state.

Kentucky is a closed primary state, which means Democrats vote for Democrats on primary day and Republicans vote for Republicans. Crossing party lines is not permitted until the general election. But legislation sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon would let registered independents participate in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

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6:38 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Kentucky Gets Low Marks For Teaching U-S History

Lexington, KY – Kentucky has received low marks for its standards in teaching U.S.
History in its schools. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a national educational advocacy group gives the Commonwealth, and twenty-seven other states, a less than impressive D in a new report card. Fordham spokesperson Kathleen Porter Magee, says they found Kentucky lacking in content and rigor, as well as clarity and specificity.

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6:38 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Mayor Gray Wants Fire Chief To Resign

Lexington, KY – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Monday requested the resignation of Fire Chief Robert Hendricks.

"I've carefully observed the operation of Fire and Emergency Services over the last four years as a councilmember, and now as Mayor," Gray said. "This position requires the highest level of leadership and, regrettably, it has not been demonstrated by Chief Hendricks."

At the Chief's request, Gray gave Hendricks until noon Tuesday to "weigh his options."

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