Local/Regional News
8:25 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Short Legislative Session Resumes Tuesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort for tomorrow's resumption of the 2011 General Assembly. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh previews what's ahead.

First up is the State of the Commonwealth address, which Gov. Steve Beshear delivers to a joint session of the legislature tomorrow night. After that, the House begins looking at a host of Republican-backed bills approved by the Senate before the session went into recess.

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Local/Regional News
8:07 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Grayson Prepares For New Job at Harvard

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Trey Grayson has begun working at Harvard University. Grayson resigned as Kentucky Secretary of State last week to direct Harvard's Institute of Politics.

He lost the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, and he could not seek re-election to the Secretary of State's office this year. Grayson says he's interested in running for office again, but he hopes the political atmosphere is less divisive when he returns to electoral politics.

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Local/Regional News
8:46 am
Fri January 28, 2011

City Brainstorming Ways to Pay For Road Salt

Lexington – With several more weeks of winter remaining, the city of Lexington has already exhausted its budget for snow removal and salt. Kevin Wente of the city's public works department, delivered the news to urban county council members Thursday night.

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Local/Regional News
8:36 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Lexington Mayor Called for Jury Duty

Mayor Jim Gray greeted fellow jurors Thursday afternoon at jury orientation in the Fayette District Courthouse. Photo by Malcolm Stallons, LFUCG.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray may be spending a few days at the courthouse next month. He's been called for jury duty.

Gray, who is in his first month in office, attended jury orientation on Thursday for Fayette County District Court. He is one 150 people chosen for the February jury pool.

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Local/Regional News
5:51 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

84 Counties Report Lower Jobless Numbers

Frankfort, KY – The state's lowest December jobless rate, 7.5 percent, was found in Fayette and Woodford counties, followed by Oldham, Hopkins, Madison, Warren and Franklin counties.

The highest rate, 18.8 percent, was recorded in Magoffin County, followed by Menifee, Jackson, Lewis, McCreary and Wolfe Counties.

Statewide, the December jobless rate was 10.3 percent, up slightly from November, but below the December 2009 rate. One-point-eight million Kentuckians were working last month, but 214,000 remained out of work.

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Local/Regional News
12:46 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Committee To Debate Candidate Confidentiality in Search For Next UK President

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky's Presidential Search Committee is midway through its timeline in searching for the institution's next leader. UK Board of Trustees Chairman Britt Brockman says the goal is to extend an offer to the top finalist by May. Current UK President Lee Todd will retire June 30.

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Local/Regional News
1:09 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

No Student Necessary to be Member of New PTA

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Want to have a say in what's happening at Fayette County Public Schools but don't have a child that's enrolled at the district? Then Kentucky's 16th District PTA says their new Education Advocates group could be a good fit.

Group spokeswoman Liza Holland says Education Advocates is a new community-wide PTA for Lexington residents, businesses, and organizations.

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UK Perspectives
10:35 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Energy Savings Plan

Lexington, KY – Dr. Todd discusses UK's $24.6M energy savings plan with Bob Wiseman, VP for Facilities Management at the university.

Local/Regional News
9:01 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Loaded Gun Found at Bryan Station High

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Officials with Fayette County Public Schools sent letters home Tuesday afternoon to the families of Bryan Station High School students after a loaded handgun was discovered at the school. An investigation was launched shortly after the start of school.

A news release from the school district says the student told law enforcement that he had the gun with him because of problems in his neighborhood, not because of anything that happened at school.

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Local/Regional News
8:49 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Paul Rolls Out Budget Plan

WASHINGTON – In his first major legislative proposal, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has proposed cutting government spending by $500 billion in a year, including eliminating the Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development and most of the Department of Education.

The Kentucky Republican briefly touched on his plan in a video response to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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