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4:06 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Urban League Gets A Million Dollars For Computer Training Initiative

Lexington, KY – More Lexingtonians will soon be able to have access to the internet thanks to a 1.1 million dollar Federal Grant.

The money will be used to help train people in Lexington neighborhoods on how to use and navigate the World Wide Web.

Sixth District Congressmen Ben Chandler says the money comes from last year's economic stimulus package.

Urban League President P.G. Peeples, says that the grant will help those who have been particularly hit hard by the economic crisis.

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7:46 am
Mon March 15, 2010

New TV Crime Drama Set in Central and Eastern Ky,

Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens, a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the new TV series \"Justified.\"
Courtesy FX

HARLAN, Ky. – An eastern Kentucky Judge/Executive is worried how a new TV show will portray his community. A new cable series called Justified premieres this week on FX. Based on a story by Elmore Leonard, the show chronicles a Deputy U.S. Marshal who has been sent to work in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky.

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4:35 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Payday Lending Legislation Appears Dead This Year

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10:30 am
Fri March 12, 2010

Senate Committee Approves Instant Racing Bill

Frankfort, KY – A bill moving in the Kentucky Senate would let horse tracks install electronic machines that allow instant wagers on thousands of previously run horse races. A small percentage of the money generated by the machines would flow to the state's ailing horse industry.

The instant racing bill, sponsored by Georgetown Sen. Damon Thayer, passed the State and Local Government Committee, 11-1. The lone opponent was Bowling Green Sen. Mike Reynolds, who opposes expanded gambling.

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5:41 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

WEG Title Sponsor Launches Creativity Program In Area Schools

Lexington, KY – The Alltech Creative Scholar Program will reward students for their essays, stories, or artwork with general admission tickets to the World Equestrian Games.


Alltech President Dr. Pearse Lyons says the creativity project is designed to teach kids about the many equestrian events that will held at the Kentucky Horse Park in September. Elementary students in Fayette, Jessamine, Scott, and Woodford Counties will participate in the program.

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5:17 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

K-12 Education Leaders Not Happy With House Budget

Lexington, KY – The spending plan that passed out of the House would eliminate two instructional days from the school calendar in an effort to save money.

Holliday says it sends the wrong message to federal education officials, who are currently considering Kentucky's application for Race to the Top funds. The Commonwealth hopes to receive some 200- million dollars in funding.

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2:35 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Senate Makes Changes To Amanda's Bill

Frankfort, KY – Amanda's Bill on domestic violence awaits a Kentucky Senate vote after winning unanimous committee support. The measure, which passed the House in early January, would allow judges to order individuals in some domestic violence cases to wear electronic tracking devices. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the bill's primary sponsor.

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12:23 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

WUKY Interviews Melissa Block

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Melissa Block is a 24-year veteran of NPR and one of the hosts of All Things Considered. She spoke in Lexington Wednesday night at the invitation of the UK Asia Center about her experiences reporting from China. Melissa was there during the 2008 earthquake that devastated China.

Prior to her talk, she spoke exclusively with WUKY News Director Alan Lytle about China and other topics.

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8:45 am
Thu March 11, 2010

State Budget Bill Out Of House, Now On To Senate

Photo of House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand, D-Bedford, courtesy Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – With less than three weeks remaining in the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly, a new biennial state budget awaits Senate consideration after clearing the House Wednesday. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh watched the House debate.

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8:41 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Lexington Mayoral Candidates Debate "Smart Growth"

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Four candidates for Lexington Mayor debated ideas for smart growth in a forum Wednesday night sponsored by the Gaines Center for the Humanities. The event was held at Lexington's downtown public library, near the stalled CentrePointe project, which was a major topic of discussion for the candidates.

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