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5:21 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

The Challenge Of Researching Slave Families

Lexington, KY – Since even before the middle ages, there have been some who have obsessively researched and charted their family trees. In fact, one could argue that the genealogy business has never been more popular.

But how difficult can it be when the researcher has very few records to draw from? That's the challenge Gwen Thompson faced in tracing the lineage of a particular African American slave who was owned by Mary Todd Lincoln's family in Lexington.

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4:44 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill To Revamp PSC

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Senate has passed legislation that would revamp the Public Service Commission by requiring its members to be elected rather than appointed.

The move comes amid widespread criticism from consumers across Kentucky about rising electric rates.

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3:06 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

The Eyes Have It - Optometry Bill Headed To Beshear's Desk

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is defending legislation expanding the practice of optometry in the state. The bill, which leadership fast-tracked through the General Assembly, allows optometrists to perform some surgical procedures currently only done by ophthalmologists, who are medical doctors. Stumbo admits the bill was heavily lobbied by optometrists, but does not believe it poses any health dangers.

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1:51 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

National Youth Brain Injury Tour Coming To Lexington

Lexington, KY – A national project seeking to prevent, identify, and treat concussions in youth is holding a town hall meeting at the University of Kentucky this weekend. The goal is to create a model system of care for children and young adults suffering from all pediatric brain injuries.

Family Outreach Director, Sarah Slone, says the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation grew out of a tragic accident involving founder Patrick Donahue.

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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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