Local/Regional News
8:44 am
Wed April 21, 2010

State Capital Buildings Getting Energy Upgrades

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – As Kentucky prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear are touting energy conservation efforts at the State Capitol.

"We announced our intent to reduce the energy consumption at the Governor's Mansion by 15% by the end of 2010, and 30% by the end of 2014. I'm pleased to say that with the full implementation of the Energy Savings Performance Contract, we will achieve that first energy savings benchmark," said Mrs. Beshear.

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Local/Regional News
8:33 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Ky. Hospitals Testing Electronic Information Network

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – One day soon, you may be able to be admitted to a Kentucky hospital without having to fill out reams of paperwork on your medical history. The information will already be available on a secure, electronic information network.

That's the goal of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange, which currently has six pilot hospitals and one clinic participating.

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Local/Regional News
8:30 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Lexington Boy Dies of Gunshot Wound

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – A nine-year-old Lexington boy has died after being shot in the head. The Fayette County Coroner's office identified the victim as TaShawn Watson.

Police say he and a younger brother had found a gun in the family's garage Tuesday afternoon. The boys were playing with the gun when it accidentally fired.

Watson was a third grader at Cassidy Elementary.

Police say the boys' mother was home at the time of the shooting. The case is being investigated as an accident.

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Local/Regional News
8:20 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Council Discusses Future of Rupp Arena

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The issue of replacement for Rupp Arena surfaced Tuesday during a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council committee meeting. The discussion focused on the downtown master plan.

University of Kentucky officials have talked about the possibility of a new arena being built near the current facility. If that happens, council member Kevin Stinnett wonders what will happen with the old space.

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Local/Regional News
12:53 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Charter Schools Could Make Special Session Agenda

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he's open to the idea of putting charter schools on the agenda of a special session on the budget. Senate President David Williams suggested the topic.

Beshear agrees with Williams that charter schools could enhance the state's application for federal Race to the Top dollars.

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Local/Regional News
5:14 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Beshear Wants Meeting With Williams & Stumbo

Frankfort, KY – In a letter to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Gov. Beshear recommends the three meet as soon as possible to establish a process for resolving the state's budget situation.

Lawmakers left Frankfort last Thursday without passing a new biennial budget.

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Local/Regional News
1:48 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

City Officials Say Lexington Making Progress in Storm, Sanitary Sewer Projects

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Nearly four years after the EPA served the city of Lexington with a lawsuit for violating the Clean Water Act, city officials say storm water and sanitary sewer systems are on the right track.

A $2.1 million project near the Pine Meadows neighborhood is one example of several improvements underway.

For years, area residents dealt with flooding every time there was a major storm. The problem? Culverts were too small to handle the influx of water.

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UK Perspectives
12:57 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

UK Medical School 50th Anniversary

Lexington, KY – This week, Dr. Todd discusses the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the UK Medical school with Dean Jay Perman.

Local/Regional News
8:41 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Williams Optimistic Budget Will Pass During Special Session

Senate President David Williams
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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Senate President David Williams remains optimistic the Kentucky House and Senate eventually will reach agreement on a new biennial budget. After lawmakers left Frankfort last week without passing a spending plan, Gov. Beshear promised to bring them back next month for a special session.

The Republican Williams already has a time line in mind.

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Local/Regional News
8:03 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Meetings Scheduled On Proposed KU, LG & E Rate Increases

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Kentucky Utilities customers, mark your calendars. The state Public Service Commission has announced four meetings for public comment on proposed utility rate increases.

KU and Louisville Gas & Electric, which are both owned by E-On U.S., want to generate tens of millions of dollars in additional revenue.

The meetings are:

April 27 at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Harlan

May 3 at Male High School in Louisville

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