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4:16 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Gov. Beshear Calls For Special Session May 24th

Frankfort, KY – Gov. Beshear says his 17-point-one-billion dollar biennial spending plan is not a new budget. It's just a compromise based on the separate budget plans approved by the House and Senate during the 2010 session. "It meets the basic needs of our people over the next two years. But it's predicated on the understanding that the General Assembly is not willing to raise significant recurring revenue at this time."

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5:34 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Kentucky Declared Major Disaster Area Due to Flooding

Kentucky – President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The declaration triggers the release of federal funds for communities flooded by last week's torrential rains. But Steve Oglesby with Kentucky Emergency Management work says actually getting those federal funds could take a while.

"FEMA is in state today and will continue to working in the days to come actually going to the counties looking at the damage suffered by the homeowners and the renters as well as the expenses it cost the government," said Oglesby.

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3:29 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Education Task Force Considers "Dramatic Changes"

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Systematic change is necessary to improve education in Kentucky. That was the message Tuesday from the head of a national organization to members of the Governor's Task Force on Transforming Education in Kentucky.

Gene Wilhoit of the Council of Chief State School Officers says educators need to focus personalized learning strategies and more training seminars for teachers.

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10:31 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Cupcake Love Spreads In Lexington

Two cupcake bakeries in Lexington are capitalizing on the increased popularity in cupcakes.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – It's capitalism at its sweetest.

Two central Kentucky businesses are baking their way through the economic recession with the same unique product, but with different approaches.

BabyCakes Cupcakes opened its location in the Patchen Village Shopping Center in April 2009. It's owned and operated by Tricia and Keith Clemons.

Eight months after BabyCakes opened, Gigi's Cupcakes, a franchise based out of Tennessee, launched its store on Richmond Road.

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4:32 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

National Guard Unit To Help Afghan Farmers

The Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team was honored in a farewell ceremony Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- –
For the family members of soldiers and airmen, war zone deployments mean months of waiting for loved ones to come home.

Michelle Blessett of Elizabethtown said goodbye to her husband Friday, who after 18 years of military service, is going on his first overseas tour to Afghanistan.

"When he's home I know he's safe, when he's gone I don't, so there's uncertainty."

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4:27 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Ground Broken For "Greenest" Elementary School In Fayette County

Lexington, KY – With solar panels and a rainwater capture system, the $17-million school on Keithshire Way will be the most energy efficient and sustainable facility in the Fayette County Public School system. Meribeth Gaines, who currently serves as principal at Northern Elementary, will move to the new school when it opens in fall 2011. A name has not yet been chosen for the school.

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4:22 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

New Fayette Co. Elementary School Under Construction

Principal Meribeth Gaines, Superintendent Stu Silberman, and a student turned over dirt at the elementary school construction site

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Work is underway to alleviate school overcrowding in the Clays Mill area of Lexington. Construction has begun on a new elementary school to open in fall 2011.

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman says the $17-million school will feature an instructional program focused on critical thinking and problem solving, communication, adaptability, and stewardship.

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1:42 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

A Non-Traditional Path To Graduation

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4:37 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Lexington Habitat To Collect Then Recycle Paint

Lexington, KY – Habitat spokesman Bill Wood says the paint will be recycled, re-formulated, and re-sold.

"We blend it, or bulk it, put it in five gallon drums and then sell it at our ReStore at 451 Southland Drive. As always, the money that we make from sales of the paint, or any other items at the ReStore helps to fulfill our mission - to provide safe, decent and affordable housing and provide home ownership opportunities to families in Fayette County".

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12:43 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Kent State Repercussions Felt On UK Campus

photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY – In this edition of "Saving Stories" with Dr. Doug Boyd, we recall the 40th anniversary of an incident just one day after the Kent State shootings that resulted in the burning of an ROTC building on UK's campus.

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