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6:34 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Kids Count Report Ranks Ky. 40th In Nation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The latest Kids Count report has ranked Kentucky 40th in the nation for overall child well-being.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation produced the report. It compares states based on various quality of life criteria. Kentucky Youth Advocates director Terry Brooks says the commonwealth's low ranking is due largely to economic factors.

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1:46 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Kentucky a Finalist Again For Race to the Top

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky is one of 19 states and the District of Columbia named finalists for Race to the Top funding.

The others are Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

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1:37 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Elementary School Needs a Name

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It's currently known as "the elementary school on Keithshire Way" but Fayette County Public School officials hope to soon have a name picked out for its newest facility.

Meribeth Gaines is principal of the school that will open in the fall of 2011.

"We really want to encourage participation from the Lexington community, not just folks districted to that school. So we totally will be looking at everybody's opinion so that all folks involved feel like their suggestion is valid."

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9:25 am
Tue July 27, 2010

HUD to Speed Up Help For Eastern Ky. Storm Victims

WASHINGTON – A federal agency says it will speed disaster assistance to Pike County in eastern Kentucky.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Monday that the federal aid will help homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following recent severe storms, flooding and mudslides.

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9:05 am
Tue July 27, 2010

McConnell Socializing on the Web

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is now linked to a social media network.

The Kentucky Republican says the network will let him communicate directly with constituents. The network consists of his U.S. Senate website, official Facebook page and a YouTube channel.

McConnell's official website has been redesigned to improve access to the latest news from the Senate.

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Local/Regional News
7:25 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Public Comment Heard On Lexington Police

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington residents have offered a national accreditation organization their views on the city's police force. Monday night's meeting was part of the department's national re-accreditation process with CALEA.

About 20 people showed up to the meeting hearing. Of that number, fewer than ten addressed the assessment team. East Third Street resident Thomas Tolliver praised police for their work in his neighborhood.

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6:45 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Garden Tour To Highlight Urban Agriculture in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The concept of community gardens dates to before the pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth Rock. A non-profit group that has spearheaded a modern community garden movement is again offering to take citizens on a tour of several successful sites in the Lexington area.

Jim Embry, with the Sustainable Communities Network, says the fourth annual Lexington Community Garden Tour will be a lesson in diversity and urban agriculture.

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6:35 am
Tue July 27, 2010

For Sale: Two Water Towers

HARRODSBURG, KY. – If you're in the market for an old water tower, a central Kentucky city has just the thing. At a meeting of the Harrodsburg City Commission Monday, two water towers were declared surplus and they are now up for sale.

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3:07 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Open House, PSC Meeting This Week For Kentucky American Water

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two important community-relations events relating to Kentucky American water are planned for this week.

The central Kentucky utility celebrates the 125th anniversary of water works in Lexington with an open house Tuesday at its Richmond Road water treatment plant.

The following evening, Kentucky American's proposed 37-percent rate hike will be the subject of a public meeting hosted by the state Public Service Commission.

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12:07 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Trooper Island Lets Kids Have Fun, Builds Self Esteem

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Dozens of underprivileged children from across Kentucky get to take a break from their everyday lives this summer with a trip to Trooper Island.

Sponsored by Kentucky State Police and funded entirely through donations, the camp on Dale Hollow Lake has been in operation since 1965.

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