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4:47 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lawmakers Appointed In Sexual Harassment Case

FRANKFORT, Ky. — House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed five lawmakers to a special committee that will investigate sexual harassment complaints against one of their colleagues.

The appointees, named Friday, include three Democrats and two Republicans. Two are women. They will look into complaints against Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis who is accused of sexually harassing three legislative workers.

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7:38 am
Fri August 30, 2013

UK Adding 2,000 Surveillance Cameras

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky is adding campus security features that include ID cards that allow students to enter buildings after hours and 2,000 surveillance cameras.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says UK is spending almost $5 million to install the system. Next Level Security Systems will install it.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says the system will make it possible to monitor for crime and keep students, employees and visitors protected during emergencies.

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9:08 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Stoops Prepares For Debut As Kentucky's Coach

UK Coach Mark Stoops
Credit bbn411

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mark Stoops' preparation for his Kentucky debut has included sweating the small stuff .

Checking on travel plans. Reviewing the Wildcats' game-day dress code.

Stoops has thoroughly combed through every detail to ensure all the pieces are in place for Saturday night's game against Western Kentucky - the coaching opportunity he has been preparing for his entire career.

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8:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Investigative Panel Being Appointed In Arnold Case

Democratic Representative John A. Arnold Of Sturgis
Credit Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A special committee will investigate sexual harassment complaints against a western Kentucky lawmaker, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Thursday.

Stumbo filed a petition with the House clerk on Thursday, a procedural move that allows the formation of the eight-member investigative committee that could recommend censure or expulsion of Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.

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1:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Assassinated Judge Gets Portrait In State Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A judge assassinated while serving on Kentucky's highest court more than a century ago has been memorialized with a portrait in the Capitol.

Judge John Elliott was gunned down in Frankfort in 1879 by a man upset about a ruling he had written for the Court of Appeals, which at the time was Kentucky's highest court.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham said history records that Elliott was walking from the former Capitol to the Capitol Hotel in downtown Frankfort when Thomas Buford stepped up to him with a loaded shotgun and fired.

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Local/Regional News
9:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Vote On Frankfort Fairness Ordinance Postponed

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Officials in Frankfort have postponed a final vote on a proposed fairness ordinance.

WKYT-TV reports city commissioners were set to vote on the issue Monday night before a packed room, but delayed taking action after amending the definition of family to include legal guardianship. Since the wording was changed, the panel approved a first reading instead. A final vote is now set for Thursday.

The ordinance will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or perceived gender identity.

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Local/Regional News
9:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Police Lay Off 20 Troopers To Narrow Budget Gap

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky State Police have laid off 20 troopers as the agency deals with an expected budget shortfall.

Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told the Lexington Herald-Leader the troopers dismissed were veteran officers brought out of retirement on annual contracts. They had signed new contracts on July 1.

The agency anticipates a budget gap of $5.8 million. Brewer said the layoffs will save $1.25 million.

Half of the state's 16 KSP posts were affected by the layoffs, which occurred Friday.

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7:06 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tea Party Activists Rally Against Health Reforms

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Tea party activists will gather in Lexington on Tuesday to push to "defund" federal health care reforms.

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and For America Chairman L. Brent Bozell III will lead the first of a series of rallies in Lexington at 12:30 p.m.

Martin and Bozell complained in a statement that they're fed up with politicians who say they're doing all they can to oppose the Affordable Care Act but are refusing to cut off funding to it.

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4:40 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

FBI Adds $50,000 To Award For Tips On Slain Bardstown Officer

Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The FBI has announced it is offering a reward of up to $50,000 in the death of a Bardstown police officer three months ago.

Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and shot to death when he stopped to pick up tree limbs as he was driving home on May 25.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory said rewards in the case now total $218,000.

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1:04 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Gov. Beshear Announces $41M Educational Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Twenty-two Kentucky school districts will share a $41 million grant in the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top-District Competition.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that the consortium of Kentucky districts snared the largest grant in the national competition for district-level awards.

State officials gathered with education leaders at Simpsonville Elementary to discuss how the federal money will be used.

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