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5:28 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

UK Coach Stoops Has Had "Whirlwind" First Two Weeks

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is finally able to stand still for a moment.  His thought process, however, remains at high speed.

Stoops says it's been a "whirlwind" since he was hired on Dec. 2. Things slowed down enough for him on Wednesday to provide an update on how he's putting the program together in his first few weeks and to announce the signings of junior college players Steven Borden and Za'Darius Smith, Stoops' first commitments.

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11:40 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Kentucky School Safety Program's Budget Slashed

Credit The Louisville Courier Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Funding for a school safety program in Kentucky has been cut by almost 60 percent over the last five years.

The Courier-Journal reports funding for the Safe Schools Program has decreased from $10.4 million in 2007-2008 to $4.5 million in the current school year. The funding cut has led to less safety audits being performed at schools around the state by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

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9:07 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Neal Brown Plans Up-Tempo Offense For Kentucky

New UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown
Credit kentuckyforward.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Neal Brown plans to bring the `Air Raid' offense to Kentucky. He said it won't take long to install the up-tempo, passing attack, that it can be done quickly.  The Wildcats new offensive coordinator said Tuesday he will employ the offense that helped Texas Tech's offense rank in the top 15 nationally during his three seasons there.

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1:43 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Regulation Bans New Forms Of Synthetic Marijuana

Kentucky Governor Beshear

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has stepped up the fight against synthetic drugs by signing emergency regulations banning newly identified forms of synthetic marijuana.

Beshear's action Tuesday is the first time an administrative regulation has been used to outlaw synthetic substances, which mimic the effects of cocaine, marijuana and other illegal stimulants.

In the past, Kentucky lawmakers have passed laws banning drugs known as "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana.

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1:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Owensboro Man To Seek Democratic Senate Nomination

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Owensboro homebuilder Ed Marksberry has announced that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

It would be Marksberry's second run for a seat among Kentucky's federal delegation. Two years ago he was trounced in a lopsided race against U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie in the 2nd District.

If Marksberry wins, he would face long-serving Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a tenacious campaigner and fundraiser who already has banked nearly $7 million.

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7:18 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tax Amnesty Getting Credit For Pushing Up Revenue

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An offer of tax amnesty in Kentucky was a factor in a significant rise in General Fund revenue in November, the state's budget chief said Monday.

Budget director Mary Lassiter said revenue rose 7.6 percent to $784.2 million, largely the result of 16.4 percent jump in property tax collections.

Individual income tax revenue increased by 10.7 percent and sales tax receipts rose by 4.6 percent for the month.

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9:40 am
Mon December 10, 2012

School Buses Involved in Hundreds of Incidents Yearly

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Records show that the Kentucky's 10,000 school buses are involved in hundreds of incidents each year, ranging from major wrecks to simple scrapes with a mailbox.
 
 An Associated Press analysis of state data shows there was an average of 1,434 school bus incidents per school year in Kentucky from 2007-2008 to 2010-2011.
 
 The state broadly tracks ``incidents,'' which can include anything from a fatal wreck to a bus simply hitting a mailbox.
 
During that time, two students riding buses were killed.
 

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10:54 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

After 42 Years Ichthus Ends Ministry

WILMORE, Ky. -- Organizers behind the Ichthus Music Festival based in central Kentucky, one of the oldest Christian music festivals, say they are ending its run after 42 years due to financial difficulties.

The board of directors for Ichthus Ministries, Inc. posted a note on their website saying the 2013 festival would be canceled and further operations would be ceased.

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5:53 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tax Reform Commission Targets $700 Million In Savings

FRANKFORT, Ky. - After a nearly year-long review, Kentucky's Commission on
Tax Reform has approved recommendations that could generate nearly $700 million
a year.

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5:42 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Beshear Rules Himself Out As McConnell Challenger

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear ruled himself out Wednesday as a potential challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the political powerhouse who comes up for re-election in 2014.

Beshear, who challenged McConnell unsuccessfully in 1996, said he expects a credible Democratic candidate to step forward.

"I have no interest in running for that or any other office," he told reporters in a Capitol press conference.

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