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9:35 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Ky. House Passes Measure to Reward Whistle-Blowers

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Whistle-blowers would be encouraged to report government fraud under a measure approved by the House on Monday.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, sponsor of the bill, said the federal government and 28 other states already have similar measures in place. The proposal, dubbed the False Claims Act, is aimed at encouraging whistle-blowers by giving them up to 30 percent of damages won in lawsuits against companies found to have defrauded the state.

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9:32 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Georgetown College Admits Response To Racism Slow

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The president of Georgetown College says the central Kentucky school is taking steps to address a student's complaint about racism after a slow initial response.

Bill Crouch told a Monday assembly of about 800 at the private liberal arts college that security has been increased, a hotline set up to report disrespectful behavior and harsh penalties will be put in place for students who make racial slurs, including expulsion.

Crouch told students the school was taking ownership of the problem.

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8:55 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Gun Restriction for Mentally Ill Clears Ky. House

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The Kentucky House has taken a step to help keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally ill individuals. The House passed the measure late Monday afternoon. Nicholasville Representative Bob Damron says it pertains to those people involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

"It will ensure that when somebody is ruled mentally incompetent by a court that it would then get to the federal background check and it would prohibit them from purchasing a firearm."

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3:55 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

What Do You Geek? Library Wants to Know

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Public Library wants you to "Geek the Library." That's the mantra of a national public awareness campaign sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"We're using geek as a verb, so anything that you really love or are passionate about, or excited about, that's what you geek. And the library can help you explore what you geek," says LPL director Ann Hammond.

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3:48 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Oil Spill Hits Letcher Co. Water Supply

WHITESBURG, Ky. – Residents of an eastern Kentucky community are on their third day of a no-consumption and no-contact water advisory after a weekend diesel spill on the North Fork of the Kentucky River. This spill isn't the first to hit Letcher County.

Clary Estes is an Americorp volunteer working with the non-profit group Kentucky Headwaters Inc. She says Whitesburg restaurants and businesses were told about the oil spill Saturday afternoon, but not everyone received the alert.

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11:39 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Seat Belt Campaign Moves to Evening Hours

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Division of Police is expanding its "Click it or Ticket" campaign. Beginning Feb. 14, patrol officers will be conducting the seat belt enforcement blitz during evening hours. Officer Alvin Cook says there's a lower rate of seat belt usage when the sun goes down.

"We'll be positioning officers at intersections. We'll have an observer out there we'll call a spotter."

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9:04 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Hundreds Rally Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Fourteen protesters ended their three-day sit-in at Governor Steve Beshear's office Monday. And while the protesters didn't get the concessions they wanted from the governor, they say the effort was worthwhile, in part because of the response they received from the public.

The group, known as Kentucky Rising, occupied the governor's office from Friday morning through Monday morning to protest Beshear's support for the mining process commonly called mountaintop removal.

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8:39 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Kentucky Allowing Youth to Use Tobacco Quit Line

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky is opening up its help line to assist people who want to quit smoking to teenagers ages 15 to 17.

The Tobacco Quit Line had previously only been available to people 18 and older.

The telephone service offers counseling, support and information about local resources to people who want to give up tobacco use.

A statement from Gov. Steve Beshear's office says smoking among young people has declined in recent years but is still greater than among other populations.

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4:22 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Beshear Meets With Protest Group

Frankfort, KY – Around 20 members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth began a sit-in protest this morning in the lobby of the governor's office. They said they wouldn't leave unless they got an audience with Gov. Beshear. Beshear initially said his schedule wouldn't permit it, but finally emerged and fielded questions for about 30 minutes. The group wants an end to surface mining in Kentucky, but Beshear says he cannot support that.

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4:08 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Patterson School Director Says Egyptian Revolution "Amazing and Historic"

Lexington, KY – A former U.S. Ambassador and veteran of the State Department says the unfolding events in Egypt are "amazing and historic". Carey Cavanaugh is the Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

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