Chief Administrative Officer Richard Moloney

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Soon after Jim Gray took office as Mayor of Lexington, he brought back the position of Chief Administrative Officer and hired Richard Moloney for the job.

Under a proposal before the Urban County Council, the CAO would oversee several more departments, including the Division of Planning, Division of Government Communications, and Division of Risk Management. At a recent council meeting, Moloney gave the reasons for the changes.

Lexington, KY – Brilliant Speed punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby with a thrilling stretch run to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland.

The 3-year-old colt lagged behind the rest of the 12-horse field until the turn, then exploded over the final quarter-mile to edge Twinspired by a nose.

Lexington, KY – William Nunn Lipscomb Jr., a Harvard University professor who won the Nobel chemistry prize in 1976 for work on chemical bonding, has died. He was 91.

His son, James Lipscomb, said Friday that Lipscomb died Thursday night at a Cambridge hospital of pneumonia and other complications after a fall.

Several of his students also have won Nobels. Yale University professor Thomas Steitz, who shared the 2009 chemistry prize, says Lipscomb was an inspiring teacher who encouraged creative thinking.

Lexington, KY – A summit of presidential proportions is taking place Friday morning at Keeneland. Former track president Bill Greely will join with current president Nick Nicholson, plus retiring UK President Lee Todd, and retiring Makers Mark President Bill Samuels to autograph special bottles of the bourbon commemorating Keeneland's 75th Anniversary.

WASHINGTON – Prescription drug abuse was the focus of a congressional hearing in Washington Thursday. Florida Governor Rick Scott and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear sat side by side before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

They both agree prescription drug abuse is an epidemic. But Governor Scott isn't sold on the effectiveness of statewide databases that monitor the flow of painkillers. His main concern is privacy.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Gov. Steve Beshear is urging Kentuckians to become organ donors. In a ceremony at the State Capitol Wednesday, Beshear thanked circuit court clerks, who have been actively promoting organ donation since 1992.

"All of us have a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference by deciding to donate our organs and tissue, after we die, to others who need them. There's no doubt that science and medicine together can work miracles. And we can become a part of those miracles," says Beshear.

FORT THOMAS, Ky. – A northern Kentucky soldier has died of wounds suffered in fighting in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department said Wednesday that 21-year-old Pvt. Brandon T. Pickering of Fort Thomas died Sunday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany of wounds suffered two days earlier.

The military says Pickering was wounded when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade in Wardak province.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Dozens of new jobs are coming to Harrodsburg. Wausau Paper announced Wednesday it will undergo a major expansion at its central Kentucky facility in Mercer County.

The company says the $220 million investment will create 76 new jobs. Wausau Paper already employs nearly 400 people in the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Wausau Paper for tax incentives up to $6 million.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The field is set for this weekend's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

At the post position draw Wednesday, oddsmaker Mike Battaglia picked Santiva as the 3-1 favorite.

"It wasn't easy. I kept looking and I went through this; this took a long time," says Battaglia.

Santiva will break from the number three position with jockey Julien Leparoux. Trainer Eddie Kenneally thinks Santiva has a good chance in the 1 1/8 mile race

photo by Cami Stump

Lexington, KY – As part of its ongoing Kentucky and South Africa project, the University of Kentucky has unveiled a photo exhibit featuring anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada.

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