Local/Regional News
2:27 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Alltech Joins Kentucky Distillers Association

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Distillers Association is expanding its membership to now include so-called craft distilleries. The first to join the rolls is Lexington-based Alltech, which produces its own malt-whiskey, and a bourbon-infused coffee beverage.

"We couldn't be more proud that Alltech is our first craft distillery member. They represent everything that's right about industry in Kentucky and how we're looking at things from a global perspective", said KDA President, Eric Gregory.

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Local/Regional News
8:30 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Judge Limits Damages in Comair Lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The family of a man killed in the August 2006 crash of a Comair regional jet in Lexington cannot pursue punitive damages from the airline after a federal judge found that the company couldn't be punished for the "reprehensible behavior" of the pilots.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Karl Forester on Wednesday reverses an earlier decision that would have allowed the family of Bryan Keith Woodward, a Louisiana resident, to ask a jury if Comair committed gross negligence in the crash of Comair 5191.

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Local/Regional News
8:14 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Lawmakers Amend Nuclear Power Proposal

Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) -- Photo by Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – A state Senate committee has opened the door for a nuclear power plant to be built in Kentucky.

A moratorium on permitting for a new nuclear power facility in the Commonwealth has been in place for decades. A legislative proposal previously approved by the full senate would remove the requirement for an in-place final storage facility for nuclear waste.

Paducah Senator Bob Leeper says the change would put Kentucky on equal footing with some 40 other states.

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Local/Regional News
8:01 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Graduation Bill Moves Forward

House Education Committee member Jim DeCesare (R-Rockfield) voted against the \"Graduation Bill\" Wednesday. Photo by Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear continues her crusade to raise the state's drop out age from 16 to 18. She implored the House Education Committee Wednesday to approve the so-called Graduation Bill.

Mrs. Beshear says the current law hasn't changed since 1934.

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Local/Regional News
6:15 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Mayor: Problems At Jail & E-911 Center Must Stop

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is cracking down on problems at the jail and with the city's Enhanced-911 department. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Gray announced the assignment of Deputy Police Chief David Boggs to examine the Fayette County Detention Center, and Senior Adviser Glenn Brown to investigate E-911.

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Local/Regional News
1:35 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Will La Nina Finally Help Kentucky's Weather?

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- – As a four-season state, Kentucky is used to winter weather, but residents have been shoveling more snow this season than usual. State climatologist Dr. Stuart Foster says spring is coming, and Kentucky will again experience weather that's more typical of the mid-south region.

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Local/Regional News
8:58 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Beshear Urges Unity in State of the Commonwealth Speech

Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, welcomes Gov. Steve Beshear (left) to the House chamber. Photo by Bud Craft, courtesy Ky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear told state lawmakers Tuesday night he continues to oppose broad-based tax increases, and he's urging unity, not divisiveness. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh tells us more about the governor's State of the Commonwealth address.

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Local/Regional News
2:47 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Superintendent Silberman: It's Time to Retire

Lexington, KY – After 37 years as an educator and administrator, Stu Silberman is ready to retire. The Fayette County Public Schools superintendent made the announcement Tuesday.

"You just get to a point in your life when you know it's your time to retire. And that's kind of where I am on it. I have a three-year-old beautiful granddaughter who has pretty much changed my life. So my decision is really based on being able to spend some time with my family."

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WUKY In Depth
10:38 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Adoption Support for Kentucky

Lexington, KY – Dr. Todd discusses UK's award-winning "Adoption Support for Kentucky" program with Carrie Saunders from the College of Social Work & Mike Grimes with Kentucky state government.

Local/Regional News
7:45 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Beshear to Deliver State of the Commonwealth Tuesday Night

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Gov. Steve Beshear delivers his annual State of the Commonwealth address tonight to a joint session of the legislature. The governor's office is keeping mum on the contents of the speech, but two issues in particular are likely to surface.

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