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7:28 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Judd 'Ready To Fight' Beside Grimes In Senate Race

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who announced Monday that she would challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet Tuesday.

Judd wrote, "Even in thick woods outstanding news filters through. Thrilled for the people of KY & ready to fight beside"

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3:38 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Embattled Development Director Resigns

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The embattled director of the Bluegrass Area Development District has resigned. Lenny Stoltz's resignation Monday came a week after the executive board of the development district told him to resign or face being fired. Stoltz will receive a severance package of $128,000.

According to the Lexington Herald Leader Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker, chairwoman of the development district, said the board had "lost confidence in the present leader and we needed new leadership."

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8:10 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Lexington Officials Mark Smoke-Free Anniversary

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Lexington-Fayette County was the first local government in Kentucky to pass a smoke-free ordinance, and officials this week are marking the 10th anniversary of its passage.

The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy sponsored a celebration Monday with speakers including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, UK nursing professor and center director Ellen Hahn and local and state officials.

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4:04 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Grimes To Challenge McConnell For U-Senate Seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Monday she will take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, ending the search by Democrats to find a competitive challenger ahead of next year's election.

Grimes, who had been touted as the Democrats' best hope of unseating McConnell, began seriously considering the race after actress Ashley Judd opted out in March.

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10:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Districts Rush To Approve Higher Dropout Age

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The rush among Kentucky school boards to raise their school dropout age turned into an early stampede - set off at least partly by a cash enticement.

Local school boards started voting last week to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18, and within the first two days a whopping 54 school districts did so. By Monday morning, 78 districts were on board, closing in on the number needed to guarantee the policy change is applied statewide.

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9:26 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KSP To Resume Flyovers In Search Of Marijuana

OWENSBORO, Ky.-- Kentucky State Police helicopters will resume flyovers this summer as part of the agency's annual marijuana eradication campaign.

 

Rising fuel costs, though, means the helicopters won't log as many hours in the air as in the past.

Instead of conducting blanket flights, the agency will target areas where pot has been grown frequently in the past and will use tips from the public to schedule areas for flyovers.

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6:35 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Fire Inspector Evacuates Summer Camp Cadets

PARIS, Ky. -- A fire inspector has ordered dozens of teens to evacuate a facility where a summer camp was being held for those interested in military service.

Paris Fire Department inspector Mike Duffy told the Lexington Herald Leader that he closed two buildings at the U.S. Army Cadet Corps Millersburg campus in Bourbon County after finding issues with wiring and other problems. He said about 70 teens and some adult staffers were ordered to leave until repairs are made.

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10:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Stumbo Loses Bid For Stay In Redistricting Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- A three-judge panel Friday upped the pressure on Kentucky lawmakers to redraw legislative boundaries, denying a request for a stay in two lawsuits calling on judges to assume the task that has remained unfinished even as another election looms next year.

The motion for the stay was sought by Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who says it's the General Assembly's job to set the boundaries. Gov. Steve Beshear has called a special legislative session starting Aug. 19 to give lawmakers another chance to deal with the issue.

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6:29 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Dive Team Now Involved In Slain Officer's Investigation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Police divers searched a pond Thursday near where a Kentucky police officer was gunned down as investigators sought clues in the ambush slaying.

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5:08 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Developers Look To Reopen Big

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The group intending to reopen Kentucky Kingdom is planning a big expansion of the now-shuttered Louisville amusement park.

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