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8:39 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Keeneland Improves Traffic Plan

Keeneland President Nick Nicholson discusses some of the details of the track's new traffic plan

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Keeneland is revamping its traffic plan for this year's spring meet. The race track consulted with Lexington police and traffic officials to find ways to better move crowds, which can reach up to 10,000 people on weekdays, 20,000 on weekend.

"Making the experience of coming to Keeneland and being able to do it especially on our big days in such a way that inconveniences our friends and neighbors in Lexington as little as possible is a never-ending journey for us," said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson.

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8:28 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Texting Bill Passes Out of Ky. Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Legislation to ban sending and reading text messages while while driving has easily passed the Kentucky Senate.

The bill, sponsored by Louisville Senator Denise Harper-Angel, also prohibits juveniles from talking on a cell phone while driving.

"The act will be a deterrent to reckless driving by stopping it before it becomes reckless driving," Harper-Angel said.

But Scott County Senator Damon Thayer voted against the measure. Thayer believes enforcement would be difficult.

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8:18 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Superintendents Could Choose School Principals

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The Kentucky Senate wants to change how public school principals are hired.

Currently, each school's site based council selects the principal. Under a bill approved Tuesday, the council would choose from a list of three names. If no decision is made within three weeks, the school superintendent would have the final say.

Russell Springs Senator Vernie MaGaha believes the superintendent should play a role in the hiring process.

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9:06 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Ky. Senate Passes Budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The Kentucky Senate has approved a $17.5 billion budget plan that is vastly different from the budget approved in the House.

The Senate budget eliminates hundreds of millions of dollars in borrowing for school and water projects. It cuts funding for public schools but restores two instructional days that were eliminated by the House plan. Medicaid funding is also reduced.

Senate President David Williams calls the proposal a solid spending plan.

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8:49 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Officials Cut Ribbon On New Women's Hospital

Lexington, KY – At a cost of 60 million dollars, officials with Saint Joseph Health System say their new Women's Hospital in Lexington will offer the latest in comfort and medical treatment for expectant mothers.

The Women's Hospital at St.Joseph East will house labor and delivery rooms, neonatal and intensive care, and a large nursery.

At Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility, St. Joseph East Administrator Eric Gilliam says they'll be able to handle up to 3,000 deliveries a year.


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8:43 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Palestinian Activist To Lecture At UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The second of two University of Kentucky lectures on the Middle East peace process is Tuesday night at the Singletary Center. A standing-room only crowd is expected for a talk by Palestinian activist Dr. Hanan Ashrawi.

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8:33 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Palestinian Activist To Lecture At UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The second of two University of Kentucky lectures on the Middle East peace process is Tuesday night at the
Singletary Center
. A standing-room only crowd is expected for a talk by Palestinian activist Dr. Hanan Ashrawi.

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4:51 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Library Officials Clash Over Budget Cut Request

Lexington, KY – Larry Smith says the accusation from some council members that the library is not helping "share the pain" is ridiculous. Smith argues the library has already made sharp reductions.

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1:17 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Church Groups To Meet - Discuss Community-wide Problems

Lexington, KY – Pastor Ron Luckey with Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington says for nine years, the group known collectively as BUILD or Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct Action has pushed city and community leaders to do something about drugs and crime, housing, healthcare, and education. Monday, they'll gather once again to set an agenda for ongoing social justice causes. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Imani Baptist Church on Georgetown Street.

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11:21 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Students Get Hands On Lesson At Archaeology Site

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Hundreds of students from four Fayette County elementary schools are working a real archaeological dig at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

The fourth and fifth-graders are using trowels and sifters to find artifacts at the Prather House, a 19th century plantation house near the nature sanctuary.

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