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8:30 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Lexington Boy Dies of Gunshot Wound

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – A nine-year-old Lexington boy has died after being shot in the head. The Fayette County Coroner's office identified the victim as TaShawn Watson.

Police say he and a younger brother had found a gun in the family's garage Tuesday afternoon. The boys were playing with the gun when it accidentally fired.

Watson was a third grader at Cassidy Elementary.

Police say the boys' mother was home at the time of the shooting. The case is being investigated as an accident.

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8:20 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Council Discusses Future of Rupp Arena

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The issue of replacement for Rupp Arena surfaced Tuesday during a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council committee meeting. The discussion focused on the downtown master plan.

University of Kentucky officials have talked about the possibility of a new arena being built near the current facility. If that happens, council member Kevin Stinnett wonders what will happen with the old space.

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12:53 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Charter Schools Could Make Special Session Agenda

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he's open to the idea of putting charter schools on the agenda of a special session on the budget. Senate President David Williams suggested the topic.

Beshear agrees with Williams that charter schools could enhance the state's application for federal Race to the Top dollars.

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5:14 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Beshear Wants Meeting With Williams & Stumbo

Frankfort, KY – In a letter to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Gov. Beshear recommends the three meet as soon as possible to establish a process for resolving the state's budget situation.

Lawmakers left Frankfort last Thursday without passing a new biennial budget.

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1:48 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

City Officials Say Lexington Making Progress in Storm, Sanitary Sewer Projects

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Nearly four years after the EPA served the city of Lexington with a lawsuit for violating the Clean Water Act, city officials say storm water and sanitary sewer systems are on the right track.

A $2.1 million project near the Pine Meadows neighborhood is one example of several improvements underway.

For years, area residents dealt with flooding every time there was a major storm. The problem? Culverts were too small to handle the influx of water.

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8:41 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Williams Optimistic Budget Will Pass During Special Session

Senate President David Williams
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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Senate President David Williams remains optimistic the Kentucky House and Senate eventually will reach agreement on a new biennial budget. After lawmakers left Frankfort last week without passing a spending plan, Gov. Beshear promised to bring them back next month for a special session.

The Republican Williams already has a time line in mind.

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8:03 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Meetings Scheduled On Proposed KU, LG & E Rate Increases

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Kentucky Utilities customers, mark your calendars. The state Public Service Commission has announced four meetings for public comment on proposed utility rate increases.

KU and Louisville Gas & Electric, which are both owned by E-On U.S., want to generate tens of millions of dollars in additional revenue.

The meetings are:

April 27 at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Harlan

May 3 at Male High School in Louisville

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10:04 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Legends Open 10th Home Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The Lexington Legends is now in its 10th season as part of the central Kentucky sports scene. The single-A baseball team will celebrate the milestone at Friday night's home opener against the Greenville Drive.

"We hope the baseball is good, we think it's going to be very good this year. It has been usually in the past," said Legends President and CEO Alan Stein. "But more than that, it's about the experience the fans have coming to the ballpark, and we never lose sight of that as our key motivator."

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9:43 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Beshear "Disgusted" With Legislature

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear plans to call a special session on the budget next month, whether House and Senate leaders have a budget agreement or not. The governor lashed out at lawmakers Thursday for leaving Frankfort without approving a new state spending plan during the 60-day, 2010 session.

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4:54 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Tea Party Protesters Hold Rally in Louisville

Louisville, KY – Hundreds of protesters rallied to oppose taxes and government spending, with some attendees supporting armed revolution and impeachment to remove elected officials from office.

For the most part, though, the event was a chance for Republican candidates for the Senate, the House and the mayor's office to campaign. Former county GOP chairman Brad Cummings says tea parties are essential opportunities for candidates to ask for votes.

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