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7:12 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Hunting Area To Close For National Guard Training

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An eastern Kentucky public hunting area owned by the Kentucky National Guard will be closed to public access on several dates while the guard uses the site for training.

Hidden Valley Training Site in Powell County opened Saturday under statewide regulations for archery and crossbow deer hunting and is also open for small game hunting under statewide seasons. It's closed to the public at the end of archery deer season, which is Jan. 20.

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4:14 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Cats Bounce Back, Blow Out Redhawks 41-7

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Maxwell Smith threw three long touchdown passes and Jalen Whitlow and Raymond Sanders each added scoring runs as Kentucky beat Miami (Ohio) 41-7 on Saturday.

The Wildcats made a winner of first-year coach Mark Stoops and Smith, who started for the first time since a season-ending ankle injury last September.

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Local/Regional News
4:01 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Report Shows Horse Industry Has $3B Impact On Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Horses are a big business in Kentucky, and a new study reinforces the equine industry's money-generating prowess.

The Kentucky Equine Survey released Friday in Lexington shows the horse sector generated almost $3 billion in economic activity in 2012.

The survey's authors call it a conservative estimate that doesn't include tourism spending.

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Local/Regional News
12:17 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A special legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against a western Kentucky lawmaker will meet for the first time on Sept. 17 at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting on Friday.

Stumbo said the committee is expected to elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation into three complaints filed against Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.

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Local/Regional News
12:10 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ky. Fish And Wildlife Commissioner Resigns Amid Heightened Scrutiny

Jonathan Gassett had been the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2005
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has resigned the position he has held since 2005.

The chairman of the department's commission says Jonathan W. Gassett submitted a letter of resignation Thursday evening.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray says Gassett is resigning to pursue outside interests.

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Local/Regional News
8:42 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Eminent Domain Protested For Proposed Pipeline

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A private company that wants to build a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids across Kentucky can't use eminent domain to obtain the right of way, a ranking state official said Thursday.

Kentucky Energy Secretary Len Peters told a legislative committee that his legal staff, after careful analysis, reached that conclusion regarding the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project, which he described as "one of the most difficult and controversial issues that we have faced in the commonwealth in quite some time."

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Local/Regional News
9:44 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A former University of Kentucky basketball star whose jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.

Richie Farmer, the sweet-shooting guard for a UK team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play, launched a political career that came crashing down during a bid for lieutenant governor two years ago when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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8:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Review Done Of Harassment Claim Against Ky. Lawmaker

Representative John Arnold (D) of Sturgis
Credit Louisville Courier Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A review of sexual harassment complaints against a western Kentucky lawmaker has taken some six months and now is nearly finished, the head of a state commission told legislators on Wednesday.

Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman briefed legislative leaders on the complaints that have overshadowed all else in Frankfort over the past three weeks. He urged lawmakers to allow him to talk to them behind closed doors, which they ultimately did, citing potential legal liability.

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8:07 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Pipeline Won't Pass Through Nuns' Land

Credit slate.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through north and central Kentucky wouldn't cross into land owned by a group of Catholic nuns that has been outspokenly opposed to it, a pipeline company spokesman said Wednesday.

The Bluegrass Pipeline would stay north of Marion County, which is home to the Sisters of Loretto's 780-acre property, said Tom Droege, a spokesman for Williams Co. of Tulsa, Okla.

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1:08 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Battery Maker Picks Kentucky For Research Site

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky has landed its first major tenant at a battery research laboratory in Lexington as the state jockeys for a prominent role in developing next-generation automobiles.

NOHMs Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it will locate research, product development and manufacturing operations at the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. The more than $5.3 million investment is expected to create up to 162 jobs in coming years.

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