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6:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

UK Puts More Restrictions On What Fans Can Bring Into Commonwealth

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky officials have announced a new security policy that bans backpacks and large bags from Commonwealth Stadium.

Fans are allowed one small bag no bigger than 13.5 by 10.7 inches that must fit within sizing bins at stadium gates.

The measure announced Thursday takes effect with Kentucky's Sept. 7 home opener against Miami (Ohio).

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2:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Beshear, McConnell Turn Ham Breakfast Into Health Care Debate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast at the State Fair in Louisville is usually an occasion where politicians put aside their differences and make nice.  Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear must have missed the memo because the two squared off in a heated debate about the federal health-care law.

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5:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Senate Poised To Finish Redistricting By Friday

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A fast-tracked proposal to redraw boundary lines around Kentucky legislative districts arrived in the Senate on Wednesday, just hours after it breezed through the House with broad bipartisan support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he expects final passage of the measure on Friday, bringing an end to a special session that's costing taxpayers more than $60,000 a day.

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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
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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
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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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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
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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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