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9:18 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Bluegrass Area Development Director Must Resign Or Face Firing

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The executive board of the Bluegrass Area Development District says the agency's director must resign or face being fired.

The board placed Lenny Stoltz II on administrative leave earlier this month and appointed David Duttlinger as interim leader of the Lexington-based agency that helps coordinate planning and federal spending in a 17-county area. Mayors and judge-executives in member counties make up its board.

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9:40 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Kentucky Historical Society Affiliating With Smithsonian

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FRANKFORT, Ky.-- The Kentucky Historical Society is forming a new relationship with the Smithsonian Institution.

Historical Society officials say the affiliation will provide opportunities for innovative collaborations and will help secure the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions. The affiliation is to be announced on Saturday evening by Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations.

That announcement will be part of the Historical Society's annual Boone Day celebration.

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Local/Regional News
7:53 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Democrat James Kay Wins Special House Election In Kentucky

James Kay defeated Republican Lyen Crews and Independent John- Mark Hack to keep the 56th House District in the Democrat column.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Democrat James Kay won a three-way special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in the Kentucky House, spoiling a bid by Republicans to pick up a seat in their quest to win control of a chamber long dominated by Democrats.

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Local/Regional News
7:43 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Two Army Posts In Kentucky To Lose Combat Brigades

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, both in Kentucky, are each going to lose an active duty combat brigade under a restructuring plan announced by the U.S. Army.

The brigades that will be eliminated by 2017 are the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which is Fort Knox's only combat brigade. Both units have soldiers currently deployed to Afghanistan.

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Local/Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Coal Supporters Push Back On President's Climate Change Proposals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Political leaders from coal-rich Kentucky were quick to denounce climate change initiatives announced by President Barack Obama, saying efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will hurt the state's mining industry and drive up energy costs.

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Local/Regional News
9:23 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Healthcare Group Donates $100,000 For Cancer Screenings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's largest health system is contributing $100,000 to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation to support colon cancer screenings.

KentuckyOne Health said Monday the gift will support screenings for low-income, uninsured Kentuckians between ages 50 and 64.

Crit Luallen, a cancer foundation board member, says more screenings will save lives. Luallen is a colon cancer survivor.

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Sports
6:18 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky Forward Kyle Wiltjer Says He's Transferring

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to find a "significant" role elsewhere.

The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer, who played with the Canadian development national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky's athletic department website Monday afternoon, saying he will seek a situation to help him "compete the way I know I can. ... wherever that may be."

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Local/Regional News
2:24 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ag. Commissioner James Comer Keeping Options Open On Gubernatorial Run

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer isn't ruling out a run for governor in 2015, but says he's not focused on the race yet.

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9:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Candidates Prepare For Special House Election

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Republicans hope to narrow their deficit in the state House while Democrats aim to keep a seat they've held for years as voters in a central Kentucky district prepare to elect a new state representative.

The three candidates in the 56th District are spending their last full day of campaigning Monday ahead of Tuesday's special election.

Vying for the seat are Democrat James Kay, Republican Lyen Crews and independent John-Mark Hack.

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8:33 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Kentucky Considers Enhancing Physician Recruitment

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Health care reforms could force Kentucky to strengthen physician recruitment in medically underserved areas to accommodate more than 600,000 additional people in the state who soon will be covered by Medicaid or private insurance.

The planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange is expected to exacerbate a longstanding shortage of physicians in many rural communities.

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