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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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Local/Regional News
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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Local/Regional News
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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Local/Regional News
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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Sports
8:37 am
Sun August 25, 2013

UK Backfield Adjusting To Pass First Philosophy

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky will ask a lot of its running backs this season.  Carrying the ball might be the least of their responsibilities.

New Wildcats offensive coordinator Neal Brown is implementing his pass-oriented "Air Raid" scheme that means the tailbacks' first priorities are catching passes and blocking.

Seniors Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders say that shifting their mindset from punishing defenses rushing the ball to improving their receiving and blocking skills has been an adjustment.

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Local/Regional News
9:03 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ky. Children's Hospitals Announce Partnership

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Officials at the state's two children's hospitals have announced their intent to form a partnership.

The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader report officials at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville and the University of Kentucky HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington said on Thursday that they have signed a letter of intent.

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Local/Regional News
8:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Kentucky Railroad Entrepreneur R.J. Corman Dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. - R.J. Corman, a Jessamine County entrepreneur who ran a multimillion-dollar railroad and construction company, died on Friday. He was 58.

Company spokesman Noel Rush says Corman died about 11 a.m. at his home in Nicholasville. Corman, who went by "Rick," had been diagnosed in 2001 with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

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Local/Regional News
8:44 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Gov. Beshear Stands Ready To Sign Redistricting Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Lawmakers are expected to conclude a special session on Friday after final votes in the Senate and House on a legislative redistricting bill that appears to be steamrolling into law.

Gov. Steve Beshear is poised to sign the measure into law on Friday, as soon as lawmakers wrap up work on what had been a lingering issue in Kentucky, his spokeswoman, Kerri Richardson, said.

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Local/Regional News
7:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Theater Owner Won't Book 'Butler' Film Because Of Jane Fonda

L to R...Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman
Credit mxdown.com

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- A central Kentucky theater owner who trained pilots during the Vietnam War is refusing to show the nation's top movie, "The Butler" because one of the stars is Jane Fonda, who was an outspoken opponent of the conflict.

Ike Boutwell, who owns MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, told The News-Enterprise that people who want to see "The Butler" will have to go elsewhere.

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Local/Regional News
7:02 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Lawmakers To Receive Sexual Harassment Training

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- House lawmakers would have to undergo annual sexual harassment sensitivity training under a resolution approved Thursday, after three legislative staffers filed sexual harassment complaints with the Legislative Ethics Commission.

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