Local/Regional News
3:55 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Before Graduation, Firefighter Recruits Battle Live House Fire

375 Chilesburg Road was the site of a live fire training exercise Thursday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – They suited up in their protective gear, turned on the water hoses, and listened for instructions as smoke billowed from a vacant home on Chilesburg Road.

Everything about Thursday morning's fire was real, except the emergency. The firefighters were a group of recruits in their 15th week of training with the Lexington Division of Fire, and this was one of their final training exercises.

Read more
Local/Regional News
3:07 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Lawmakers Discuss How To Boost Graduation, Lower Remediation Rates

Frankfort, KY – Right now, 43 percent of college freshmen in Kentucky enter the university needing remediation. And in this tough economy, even students who can handle the academics often find they can't afford college. The colleges and universities want to do more to help, says Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King.

Read more
Local/Regional News
10:42 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Kentucky Horse Park Arena Not Just For Horses

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Even before the Kentucky Horse Park finished construction of a new indoor arena in July 2009, equine event organizers were lining up to use the facility. But horse park officials are also looking at other ways to put the arena to use.

Read more
Local/Regional News
5:13 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Rolex Adding Reining To 3 Day Event

Lexington, KY – One of the more popular disciplines featured recently during the World Equestrian Games will now be included in this year's Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Spokesman Marty Bauman says an FEI sanctioned, World- level Reining competition will be held in the Alltech Indoor Arena.

"This is a natural outgrowth that a lot of the people who come to Rolex to watch the eventing will be thrilled to have another world class equestrian discipline going on at the same time."

Read more
Local/Regional News
3:10 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Subcommittee to Consider Possible Changes to Police & Firefighters Retirement Fund

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With a recent report showing Lexington's Police and Firefighter Pension Fund with an unfunded liability of over $200 million, the fund's supervising board will soon consider possible solutions.

The board voted Wednesday to establish a legislative subcommittee to generate ideas on ways to improve the retirement system. Retired police officer and board member Tommy Puckett will chair the four-member group.

Read more
Local/Regional News
3:09 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

UK Gives Barnhart Raise - Contract Extension

Lexington, KY – Retiring University of Kentucky President Lee Todd says he wants the next president to have one less thing to worry about. That's one of the main reasons why the school on Wednesday announced a raise and contract extension for Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. The deal takes his salary from $475,000, to $600,000 a year, and tacks on three years to his current five year employment contract.

Read more
Local/Regional News
5:05 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Kentucky House Passes Its Immigration Reform Bill

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has approved an immigration enforcement bill offered by Rep. Mike Cherry of Princeton. The bill flew through the House 90-6, with little debate. Cherry says the bill requires employers contracting with public agencies to verify the immigration status of their workers.

Read more
Local/Regional News
2:36 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

House Panel Approves Beshear's Medicaid Fix

Frankfort, KY – The governor wants to move $166 million from the second year of the Medicaid budget to the current year to cover a huge deficit. He says right now the second year is balanced, but if a shortfall occurs, savings from managed care will cover it. Rep. Jimmie Lee says if lawmakers fail to enact the governor's plan, the impact will be disastrous.

Read more
Local/Regional News
2:36 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

House Panel Approves Beshear's Medicaid Fix

Frankfort, KY – The governor wants to move $166 million from the second year of the Medicaid budget to the current year to cover a huge deficit. He says right now the second year is balanced, but if a shortfall occurs, savings from managed care will cover it. Rep. Jimmie Lee says if lawmakers fail to enact the governor's plan, the impact will be disastrous.

Read more
Local/Regional News
1:30 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Veteran Political Reporters Top List of Journalism HOF Inductees

Retired Paducah Sun Political Reporter Bill Bartleman Is one of 6 new inductees in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

Lexington, KY – Two veteran Kentucky legislative reporters are among six inductees named to the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky, it was announced Tuesday.

John William "Bill" Bartleman, retired legislative reporter for The Paducah Sun and frequent guest on KET's "Comment on Kentucky," and Tom Loftus, the Frankfort bureau chief for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, are among the inductees.

Read more

Pages