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11:56 am
Mon August 16, 2010

UK Oral History Dept. Saving Stories About KY Signature Industry

Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee
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Lexington, KY – The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries has launched a new project on the art and science of bourbon making. Phase one involves chronicling the history of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY.

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7:57 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Lexington Police Investigating Apparent Homicide

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Police are treating a body found on the city's north side over the weekend as an apparent homicide. A person getting their Sunday morning paper discovered the body near 2060 Russell Cave Road.

Very few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Frankfort.

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7:44 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Lawsuit Seeks To Block State Furloughs

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A hearing will be held late Monday afternoon in a lawsuit filed by state workers trying to block upcoming furloughs.

As part of his budget-cutting plan, Gov. Beshear is ordering both merit and non-merit employees to take six furlough days this fiscal year. The administration says the furloughs, authorized by the General Assembly, will save the state $24 million.

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7:35 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Weekly WEG Report: Show Jumper Snubbed, Horse Quarantines

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In this week's WEG report, Samantha talks with Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Dr. Jennifer Feiner of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

WUKY has partnered with the Horse Radio Network to bring you updates and information leading up to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Tune in Monday mornings at 7 and 8:30 for the latest on the events and athletes.

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12:24 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Beshear To State Employees - Cuts Are Coming

Frankfort, KY – The new state budget approved in a May special session requires Gov. Beshear to make enough cuts to avoid a $1.5 billion budget shortfall. Beshear vetoed language requiring specific numbers of non-merit employees to be cut, saying he needed more discretion in how to make the reductions, but cuts are coming.

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5:23 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

In Depth: Back To School Means Back To Construction Zone For Many

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kids moving through the halls. Teachers going over class rules. These are the sights and sounds typically associated with back to school.

At Tates Creek Middle School, students are also dealing with a recently started construction project. Principal Greg Quenon explains how the former front office is gone, and there's a huge hole where the back cafeteria wall used to be.

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3:12 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Federal Funding Possible For Amanda's Law

Congressman Ben Chandler (left) speaks at press conference with Ky. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Stumbo's wife Mary Karen

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a domestic violence prevention law appears to have cleared its final hurdle.

A proposal to appropriate $875,000 for Kentucky counties to purchase GPS monitoring devices has passed a congressional subcommittee. Stumbo says the federal money will be used to test out Amanda's Law.

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3:29 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Fayette Co. Public Schools Back In Session

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thousands of students across Fayette County and in other central Kentucky school districts were back in the classroom Wednesday for the start of a new school year. Superintendent Stu Silberman has worked in education for 37 years, but says he still gets excited on the first day of school.

"Kids in classrooms, teachers teaching on the first bell. As you can see our floors are shining, just a great feeling to have a new year starting."

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5:52 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

KY Speedway Gets Sprint Cup Race For 2011

Sparta, KY – Stock car's top series will visit the 1.5-mile oval for a 400-mile race on July 9, 2011. The track will receive one of the Cup race dates normally reserved for Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The announcement ends a decade-long struggle for the track's original owners to get a Cup race. They filed an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. in 2005, claiming the two groups had an unfair monopoly over the sport. The case ended earlier this year.

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5:04 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

UK Professor To Survey Mosque Communities

Lexington, KY – A University of Kentucky professor is once again leading an effort to survey some 600 or more mosque communities as part of a national interfaith study. Dr. Ihsan Bagby, is with UK's Islamic Studies Department.

"Our study will focus on a kind of comprehensive view of mosques from numbers of people who attend, to activities, programs; and we do ask questions about radicalism, we ask questions about women participation and other things like that."

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