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2:45 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

High Court Hears Arguments Over Instant Racing

Instant Racing machines at Kentucky Downs Racetrack
Credit WDRB TV

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- When a horse race is recorded and then bet on later via a slot machine-like device is it still a horse race? Or a type of illegal gambling?

The Kentucky Supreme Court is wrestling with that question after hearing nearly two hours of arguments Wednesday about the legality of historical racing, known as Instant Racing. The justices quizzed attorneys for the Kentucky Racing Commission, multiple race tracks and The Family Foundation of Kentucky about what constitutes a horse race and legal pari-mutuel betting.

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12:08 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

UK - U of L Football Game Will Close The Season In 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Kentucky's 2014 football schedule will move some old foes up on the calendar to accommodate another rival.

The Wildcats' annual season finale against Tennessee will instead be their next-to-last contest in Knoxville on Nov. 15, ending an arrangement with the Volunteers dating back to 1953.  In its place is a showdown at in-state rival Louisville (Nov. 29), which Kentucky often faced in September including several openers.

Kentucky's annual meeting against Vanderbilt will also be played earlier, moving from November to Sept. 27 at Commonwealth Stadium.

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2:36 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

14 Of Wildcats' SEC Games On National TV

UK Coach John Calipari
Credit UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's eight highly touted freshmen will get a lot of national exposure during Southeastern Conference play.

The Wildcats' SEC road opener at Vanderbilt on Jan. 11 will mark the first of 14 nationally televised league games between ESPN's networks and CBS. But it's their only meeting against the Commodores on a docket missing home-and-home games against traditional rivals since divisional play has been scrapped.

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Local/Regional News
11:51 am
Tue August 20, 2013

House Panel Passes Redistricting Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A legislative redistricting bill has cleared a House committee and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.

The House State Government Committee voted 25-4 on Tuesday to keep redistricting on the fast track. Legislative leaders are pushing to wrap up redistricting work by Friday. In Kentucky's legislative process, it takes a minimum of five days to pass a bill.

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11:15 am
Tue August 20, 2013

McConnell Attacks Primary Opponent's 'Ed Cred'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is accusing his GOP primary challenger of embellishing his educational achievements in the latest TV attack ad of the campaign.

The ad released Tuesday says Matt Bevin falsely claimed to be a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The ad says Bevin never attended MIT.

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10:58 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Fayette Schools Push Anti-Bullying Message

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Fayette County school buses are carrying placards this year urging students to report cases of bullying when they see an incident happening.

The signs were placed on the buses when classes started last week and are located at the front of the vehicle near the driver. The location was chosen for easy visibility.

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10:48 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Chemical Weapons Destruction Plant 70% Built

Mustard Gas Shells stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond
Credit bioprepwatch.com

RICHMOND, Ky. — Officials say construction on a long-awaited weapons disposal facility at the Blue Grass Army Depot in central Kentucky is about 70 percent complete and it is on track to start operations in 2020.

Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Craig Williams says it took several years for the project to recover from funding cuts in 2004. But, Williams told The Courier-Journal and Richmond Register, construction is tracking on schedule now that allocations have been more consistent.

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7:24 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Smith, Chapman Top List Of UK Athletic HOF Inductees

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame has announced the six people who will make up the 2013 class of inductees, including men's basketball's Rex Chapman and Tubby Smith.

They will be joined by 1980s football player Oliver Barnett, 1980s women's basketball standout Leslie Nichols, All-American track star and former coach Press Whelan (WHAY'-lan) and five-time all-American tennis player Jesse Witten, who was at UK from 2002 to 2005.

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Local/Regional News
7:14 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Former Lawmaker Nunn Liable For $23M In Ex-Fiancee's Death

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A judge in Lexington has ruled that former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn is liable for nearly $24 million in damages in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of his slain ex-fiancee.

Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael ruled after a hearing Monday that Nunn is liable for about $3.8 million in damages for funeral and medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of the ability to earn. Ross family attorney Lucy Pett says Ishmael added another $20 million in punitive damages.

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10:24 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Special Redistricting Session Starts Today

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawmakers are scheduled to convene Monday for a special legislative session to redraw boundaries around House and Senate districts.

Expected to last a week, the session is set to begin at noon EDT.

With federal judges watching over their shoulders, lawmakers have put together redistricting proposals that don't include any overt attempts at political one-upmanship.

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