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7:46 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rupp Arena To Be Separated From Convention Center

Design plan for reinvented Rupp Arena and Lexington Center
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rupp Arena's latest proposed makeover will make it a stand-alone facility that state and local officials hope will reinvent downtown.  It's not clear yet how the massive renovation will be funded.

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8:31 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Beshear Had No Advance Knowledge Of Grimes Announcement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear acknowledged Tuesday he wasn't given a heads-up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week, but said he didn't see the lack of a courtesy call or an invitation to the event as a slight.

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12:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Group Asks Feds To Investigate Ky. School District

RUSSELL, Ky.-- A civil rights organization has asked a pair of federal agencies to investigate the Russell Independent Schools in eastern Kentucky over allegations that a 14-year-old Asian-American student has been repeatedly harassed.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, based in Philadelphia, filed the complaints last week with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The complaints were filed on behalf of Milena Clarke and her parents, Terry and Christi Clarke.

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10:52 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Eastern State Hospital To Drop 65 Employees

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Eastern State Hospital will lay off as many as 65 employees as the psychiatric hospital moves to a new $129 million campus in Lexington. But, officials say, most of those losing a job may to reapply for work at the new facility.

Bluegrass.org interim CEO David Hanna told the Lexington Herald-Leader employees affected by the layoffs have been notified, but written notices will be sent this week.

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8:01 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Kentucky Alone In Lack of Formal Clemency Procedure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The power of kings to spare a condemned person's life lies solely with the governor in Kentucky, which is one of a select few states where the chief executive can spare death row inmates, shorten sentences and forgive crimes without oversight or having to explain his actions.

A review of clemency laws and policies across the country by The Associated Press shows nearly all other states have regulations to follow and oversight - including in some cases having to explain a decision to legislators.

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3:53 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Ky. Supreme Court To Hear Instant Racing Challenge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments in August over whether a slot machine-like device, known as Instant Racing, is legal in the state.

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7:28 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Judd 'Ready To Fight' Beside Grimes In Senate Race

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who announced Monday that she would challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet Tuesday.

Judd wrote, "Even in thick woods outstanding news filters through. Thrilled for the people of KY & ready to fight beside"

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3:38 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Embattled Development Director Resigns

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The embattled director of the Bluegrass Area Development District has resigned. Lenny Stoltz's resignation Monday came a week after the executive board of the development district told him to resign or face being fired. Stoltz will receive a severance package of $128,000.

According to the Lexington Herald Leader Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker, chairwoman of the development district, said the board had "lost confidence in the present leader and we needed new leadership."

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8:10 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Lexington Officials Mark Smoke-Free Anniversary

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Lexington-Fayette County was the first local government in Kentucky to pass a smoke-free ordinance, and officials this week are marking the 10th anniversary of its passage.

The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy sponsored a celebration Monday with speakers including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, UK nursing professor and center director Ellen Hahn and local and state officials.

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4:04 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Grimes To Challenge McConnell For U-Senate Seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Monday she will take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, ending the search by Democrats to find a competitive challenger ahead of next year's election.

Grimes, who had been touted as the Democrats' best hope of unseating McConnell, began seriously considering the race after actress Ashley Judd opted out in March.

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