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5:55 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Board Approves Churchill Downs Expansion Plans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs is planning to add nearly 2,400 seats and a VIP hospitality lounge as part of a $14.5 million project at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The Grandstand Terrace project was approved this week by the board of the racetrack's parent company.

Churchill officials said Tuesday the new venue will be ready in time for the Derby and the Kentucky Oaks next May.

The Grandstand Terrace will add second- and third-floor seating and will expand and update betting windows, concessions and restrooms.

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2:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Gov. Christie, Sen. Paul's War Of Words Continues

Republican Kentucky U-S Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie continue to clash over NSA surveillance and now federal disaster spending
Credit Associated Press

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. — New Jersey's pugnacious Republican governor doesn't appear to want his war of words with fellow GOP'er Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to end anytime soon.

Gov. Chris Christie fired back at Paul on Tuesday for Paul's remark that New Jersey has a "Gimme, gimme gimme" attitude about federal aid for Superstorm Sandy.

The spat began when the two differed over warrantless surveillance programs. Paul is against them, while Christie says they are needed for national security.

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7:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Grimes To Officially Kickoff Campaign Tonight In Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Almost a month after announcing she would run for the U.S. Senate, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will kick off her campaign in her hometown of Lexington.

Grimes' campaign said Gov. Steve Beshear will join her for the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Democrat is seeking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will have served 30 years in the Senate when the election is held in November 2014.

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7:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Ky. Gets Federal Grant To Help Long Term Unemployed Seek Work

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky has received a nearly $1.3 million federal grant aimed at helping the jobless get back in the workforce.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the U.S. Department of Labor grant will be used for in-person assessments in local career centers.

Beshear says the grants will help the unemployed get back to work quicker by giving them individualized services.

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5:16 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Former Wildcat Center Noel's Rehab Going Well

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel's injured knee is progressing well and he's looking forward to playing again "as soon as possible."

 

The 6-foot-10 Noel is recovering from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, though that didn't prevent the Philadelphia 76ers from acquiring the sixth overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in last month's NBA draft.

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1:13 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Ky GOP Spokeswoman Charged With DUI

Los Angeles native, Kelsey Christine Cooper was hired by the Republican Party earlier this year. Fayette County jail records show Cooper was released Sunday after being charged with DUI
Credit Fayette County Detention Center

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky has been placed on two-weeks of unpaid suspension after being arrested over the weekend on a charge of driving under the influence.

State GOP Chairman Steve Robertson told the Lexington Herald-Leader that 23-year-old Kelsey Christine Cooper "obviously made a mistake" before being arrested Saturday in Lexington.

Cooper was hired by the Republican Party earlier this year. Fayette County jail records show Cooper was released Sunday.

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6:57 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

UK To Offer Wine-Related Courses

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky is getting a lot of interest in new courses it plans to offer that are related to wine, including one class this fall that features wine tasting.

Professor Michael Barrett, who will teach a wine appreciation class, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he has been "overwhelmed with interest" from students. The class is restricted to those who are at least 21 and will educate students on the history, science and pleasure of wine.

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8:43 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Christie Clashes With Libertarian Paul Over National Security Issues

WASHINGTON -- A rift over national security is developing in the early stages of the Republican Party's next presidential campaign, pitting libertarians who question government overreach against defenders of a more hawkish approach on national security formed after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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4:44 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Prolific Sire Unbridled's Song Dead At 20

Credit paulick report

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Unbridled's Song, the son of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled who went on to capture a Breeders' Cup race and become a prolific sire, died Friday. He was 20.

Taylor Made Stallions, where the horse stood his entire career, said in a statement a large and inoperable mass was discovered in his sinus cavities and around the optic nerves. The horse began showing acute neurological symptoms Thursday and was euthanized.

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10:21 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Ky. Couple Challenges Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville couple on Friday challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages, saying the state isn't putting them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples.

Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.

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