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11:46 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Farmer Considering Run For Governor

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer sounds interested in running for the top job in state government.

"I don't know for sure yet but, that is certainly a very real possibility," says Farmer, who attended a bill signing Monday with Gov. Steve Beshear in Lexington.

Beshear, a democrat, has already announced his intention to see re-election in 2011. Farmer, a republican, admits a run for secretary of state is also not out of the question.

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11:36 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Lawmaker's Son Could Get Parole Hearing This Summer

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky Public Radio has learned a parole hearing could be held in early August for Burgess Harrison Yonts of Greenville.

Yonts, son of state Rep. Brent Yonts, is serving time for a November 2005 hit-and-run accident that killed Murray State graduate student Nadia Shaheen.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Yonts has served the 20 percent of his commuted sentence required by law, and is eligible to seek parole. The state says the ruling will not be appealed.

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9:13 am
Tue June 8, 2010

UK Trustees Pass $2.5 Billion Budget

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $2.5 billion spending plan for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Passed on Tuesday, the budget raises tuition six percent and absorbs a 1.4 percent reduction in state funding in part through reduction of operational expenses, and the elimination of vacant positions. There will be no layoffs.

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9:09 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Statesmen Series Remembers Carl D. Perkins

U.S. Representative Carl Dewey Perkins

RICHMOND, Ky. – On a warm August day in 1984, political giant Carl Dewey Perkins was laid to rest at Mountain Memory Gardens in Hindman, Kentucky. Political heavyweights Senator Ted Kennedy and House Speaker Tip O'Neill were among those people who made the arduous journey to Knott County.

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4:43 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

City Smoke Testing Sewer Lines

A crew removes a manhole cover to pump smoke into a sewer line.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – For the next several months, Lexington streets could get smoky. The city's Department of Environmental Quality is entering its third and final year of testing for leaks in the sanitary sewer system by pumping smoke into the lines.

"Our leaking sanitary sewer system has been one of the biggest polluters of our creeks and streams. Finding and fixing these leaks is going to help us clean up our streams and improve our water quality."

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2:23 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Two More FEMA Centers Open This Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Two more FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open this week to help victims of last month's storms.

A Disaster Recovery Center opened Monday in Washington County. On Tuesday, FEMA officials open a DRC in Jessamine County.

The two centers join ten others across the state designed for Kentucky residents who sustained property damage in the flooding, mudslides, and tornadoes that occurred over May 1 and 2.

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4:02 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

No List Complete Without Martha

Frankfort, KY – In 1985, during the administration of Governor Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky celebrated the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the commonwealth's historic State Capitol. A few weeks ago, Collins was back in Frankfort to help announce plans for the building's centennial celebration.

"Thank you, very much," said Collins. "I am delighted to be here today. This is a very special day for us. One hundred years! I remember 25 years ago when we celebrated the 75th "

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9:20 am
Fri June 4, 2010

FEMA and SBA Detail Services Available to Storm Victims

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The severe weather that struck Kentucky on the first weekend in May caused flooding, mudslides, and tornadoes, leaving behind millions of dollars worth of damage.

WUKY News recently spoke with FEMA representative John Treanor and Richard Daigle of the Small Business Administration to talk about what Kentuckians need to know about the recovery process.

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9:08 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Celebration For Capitol's 100th Birthday

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky's historic State Capitol is now 100 years old. The limestone and marble building, which cost $1.8 million to construct, was dedicated on June 2, 1910.

David Buchta of Historic Properties is inviting Kentuckians to a centennial celebration on the capitol lawn Saturday.

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9:00 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Jockey Ad Deals Could Be Public Record

In this year's Kentucky Derby, jockeys wore advertisements for Dodge Ram on their pants.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Horse racing fans could soon be able to learn how much money was exchanged to place advertising on their favorite jockey's riding pants.

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved regulation changes Thursday that would require the disclosure of all financial terms in jockey advertising deals to the commission, subsequently making them public record.

Commission member Ned Bonnie, who chairs the rules committee, says he supports transparency in horse racing advertising.

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