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11:57 am
Fri March 5, 2010

A Behind The Scenes Look At "Thoroughbred"

Lexington, KY – Bluegrass native, and Academy Award Winning Director Paul Wagner says he's always wanted to train his cameras on the horse racing industry. Kentucky Educational Television viewers will have the chance to see his finished product with the debut of "Thoroughbred - Born To Run" Monday night March 8th at 8pm. WUKY News Director Alan Lytle recently had a chance to talk with Paul Wagner about his film.

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7:49 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Board Appointment Hits a Snag

(Photo of David Karem courtesy Legislative Research Commission)

Frankfort, KY – The 11 voting members of the Kentucky Board of Education are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. Confirmations usually pass quietly, with little debate. But occasionally, an appointee will run into trouble. Last year, without comment, the Senate refused to consider the appointment of former Jefferson County Teachers Association director Steve Neal. In his place, Gov. Beshear appointed former Senate Majority Leader David Karem.

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6:43 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

KY A Finalist For Race To The Top Funds

Louisville, KY – Kentucky was on the list of 16 finalists the U.S. Department of Education Announced Thursday in the running for more than 4 billion in Race to the Top Funds. Kentucky Public Radio's Elizabeth Kramer reports.

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5:10 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Transparency Bill Has Few Opponents

Frankfort, KY – House Minority Leader Jeffrey Hoover says lawmakers, especially in tight budget times, need to know more about personal service contracts. Those are state contracts with outside entities, like attorneys, for legal counsel. "There are no central depository of information on the number of personal service contracts. And really it is a shadow type of government, because we really don't know the number."

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7:46 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

House Budget Almost Ready

Frankfort, KY – Reporters still haven't seen anything on paper, but House Democrats have given their leaders a green light to proceed with a two-year budget plan that may even have a surplus. Speaker Greg Stumbo calls it a fair budget, with no tax increases and limited sacrifices. "They're fairly miniscule, in comparison to what a 20% budget reduction, looking at a $1.2 billion deficit would have done to our budget had we just went in and slashed and burned and cut."

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2:48 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Dropout Bill Clears Another Hurdle

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11:53 am
Tue March 2, 2010

House Budget Details Could Be Released Today

Frankfort, KY – The budget plan unveiled almost two weeks ago cut university funding by 40-million dollars over the biennium. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says some of that will be restored, but not all. "Instead of the two percent, which we initially looked at, that would be less than that by about five and six million dollars. So, they could get that in the first year."

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4:57 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Calipari On This Year's Makers Mark Bottle

Lexington, KY – Kentucky Coach John Calipari is the latest UK Athletics personality to grace a commemorative bottle of Makers Mark; part of a successful charitable effort between the distiller, Keeneland, and the UK Symphony Orchestra. Sale proceeds of some 24-thousand of the keepsakes will fund a program that takes the symphony into elementary schools and performing arts centers across the state.

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11:13 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Is Amanda's Bill In Trouble?

Frankfort, KY – Amanda's Bill on domestic violence cleared the Kentucky House on January 12th. Since then, it's been lodged in the Senate Judiciary Committee where it's had a couple of hearings, but still awaits a committee vote. Is it in trouble? Senate President David Williams. "If there was any attempt to kill the bill, it just wouldn't be heard. I think that they're doing a great job. There's been some tremendous hearings. And I think there will be a good piece of legislation that will emerge."

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6:06 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Public University Presidents Meet Privately With House Leadership

Frankfort, KY – The presidents slipped out a back door after the 75-minute meeting, but we caught up with Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell in the parking lot. Are two-percent funding cuts to the universities going to he restored? "I don't know. It's way to early to start predicting what's going to happen. They're writing the budget. They've got a tough challenge. And we're doing what we can to try to continue to deliver on the investment the state's made thus far."

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