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11:10 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Lawmakers Get Earful From State Workers

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky lawmakers are busy fielding calls and emails from state workers upset over pending furloughs. With legislative approval, Gov. Beshear ordered six furlough days this fiscal year for all state workers to save $24-million.

State workers want to know why the furloughs don't apply to legislative employees, but Rep. Mike Cherry, who co-chairs the State Government Committee, says the legislature is laying-off 23 employees, or five percent of its workforce.

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10:54 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Calipari Cancels Beshear Fundraiser

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – After hearing a lot of negative feedback from the public, UK basketball coach John Calipari has canceled a re-election fundraiser for Governor Steve Beshear.

News of the planned August 11 event was announced Wednesday afternoon. Calipari was going to host a $1,000-per-person cocktail party for the Democratic Beshear. By 9:40pm, however, Calipari posted on his Facebook page that the event was off.

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10:32 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Special Certification Possible Gateway to New Business

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Whatever the line of work may be, owning your own business is a challenge. It can mean taking a lot of risks: putting up your own money, working long hours, and being responsible for generating revenue, solving problems, and day-to-day operations.

Being a woman or a minority business owner adds another challenge. Just ask Melody Winer, who recently acquired majority ownership of Bradley Hook-It-Up Mobile, LLC.

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10:03 am
Thu July 22, 2010

St. Joseph To Open New Hospital in London

LONDON, Ky. -- – Saint Joseph Health System is adding to its network of Kentucky medical facilities. Bishop Ronald Gainer dedicated a new hospital in London Wednesday morning.

At 340,000 square feet, spokesman Jeff Murphy says the new hospital is nearly twice the size of Saint Joseph's existing Laurel County facility.

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4:33 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Lively Debate On Ewan School Property

Lexington, KY – Vineyard Community Church, which is headquartered a few blocks over on Winchester Road, wants to relocate to the old school grounds along Henry Clay Boulevard. Fairway Neighborhood Association president Valerie Ashkren says many residents don't like the plan.

"You know, this is where we live and when we all moved here, bought houses, and decided to locate in Fairway there was not a church there. And so, it's not as if we moved into the neighborhood knowing what we know now might be a possibility down the road."

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12:37 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Flooded Streets Cause Havoc For Morning Commuters

Lexington, KY – Emergency Management Director Pat Dugger says crews were out posting high water signs all over town.

"We do have a lot of roads that flood pretty typically and when you have a pretty good downpour of a lot of rain really quickly, we get some flooding in low areas; (the) North Broadway underpass where the train passes over, Viley Road, some of the typical normal spots that we see."

Dugger says while most of the water quickly receded, the storm provided citizens with another vivid reminder of mother nature's fury.

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8:47 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Banker, Civic Leader Sam Barnes Dies

Samuel G. Barnes, Sr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Lexington has lost a civic leader. Fifth Third Bank President and CEO Samuel G. Barnes died Tuesday after he went swimming off the coast of Glynn County, Georgia. He was in Georgia for his son's upcoming wedding.

In a statement, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry said the 64-year-old Barnes was a consummate gentleman.

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5:04 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Vice Mayor Gray Discusses Preservation - Smart Growth With BGT Group

Lexington, KY – Speaking Tuesday to members of the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, the construction executive says, if elected, he would create a Commissioner-level position for Preservation, Planning, and Economic Innovation.

Mayor Newberry spoke to the same group last month. In a lengthy question and answer period the vice mayor was asked about everything from the need for more public green space, to the controversial design of a downtown CVS drugstore, and a church's planned use for the vacant Lexington Mall.

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4:10 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Instant Horse Racing Gets Approval From State Commission

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – It's not expanded gambling, but the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has voted in favor of a new type of wagering that it hopes will boost race purses at struggling Kentucky tracks.

The game is called instant racing: patrons place bets on old horse races that have been run all over the country. Names of the horses, jockeys, and trainers are hidden.

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8:59 am
Tue July 20, 2010

Beshear Applauds Instant Racing Decision

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Gov. Steve Beshear is applauding the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's decision to pursue instant racing at horse tracks.

An instant racing bill failed to emerge from this year's General Assembly, but the commission believes the wagering game can be approved through the regulatory process. Gov. Beshear agrees.

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