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11:53 am
Tue March 2, 2010

House Budget Details Could Be Released Today

Frankfort, KY – The budget plan unveiled almost two weeks ago cut university funding by 40-million dollars over the biennium. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says some of that will be restored, but not all. "Instead of the two percent, which we initially looked at, that would be less than that by about five and six million dollars. So, they could get that in the first year."

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4:57 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Calipari On This Year's Makers Mark Bottle

Lexington, KY – Kentucky Coach John Calipari is the latest UK Athletics personality to grace a commemorative bottle of Makers Mark; part of a successful charitable effort between the distiller, Keeneland, and the UK Symphony Orchestra. Sale proceeds of some 24-thousand of the keepsakes will fund a program that takes the symphony into elementary schools and performing arts centers across the state.

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11:13 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Is Amanda's Bill In Trouble?

Frankfort, KY – Amanda's Bill on domestic violence cleared the Kentucky House on January 12th. Since then, it's been lodged in the Senate Judiciary Committee where it's had a couple of hearings, but still awaits a committee vote. Is it in trouble? Senate President David Williams. "If there was any attempt to kill the bill, it just wouldn't be heard. I think that they're doing a great job. There's been some tremendous hearings. And I think there will be a good piece of legislation that will emerge."

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6:06 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Public University Presidents Meet Privately With House Leadership

Frankfort, KY – The presidents slipped out a back door after the 75-minute meeting, but we caught up with Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell in the parking lot. Are two-percent funding cuts to the universities going to he restored? "I don't know. It's way to early to start predicting what's going to happen. They're writing the budget. They've got a tough challenge. And we're doing what we can to try to continue to deliver on the investment the state's made thus far."

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1:58 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Stumbo Offers Schools - Universities Counter-proposal

Frankfort, KY – Two percent cuts to universities and community colleges aren't sitting well with the presidents of the schools, who say layoffs may be unavoidable. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says these are tough times and there must be shared sacrifice. "If we restore the funding, then we ought make them hold the tuition levels at the same levels that they are right now. If we restore the funding, that ought to be the goal. And we ought to require them to improve their graduation rate."

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3:53 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Tie Vote Sinks Ultrasound Bill

Frankfort, KY – Thirteen years ago, Heidi Reihing of Silent No More had an abortion. She regrets the decision and says her life has never been the same. "I never got asked one time, are you sure this is what you want to do? I was never offered an ultrasound picture or offered to hear the heartbeat of my child. And maybe if I had, I would not have chose an abortion."

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3:51 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Candidates Spar Over Centrepointe, Future Direction of City During Mayoral Forum

Lexington, KY – Lexington hosted a Kentucky first last night, when its mayoral forum went high tech.
Candidates Jim Gray, Skip Horine, Teresa Isaac and Jim Newberry answered a series of questions from a panel made up of traditional and digital media representatives.
The event, hosted by Awesome Inc. was held in downtown Lexington, but was available to the world via Twitter, Facebook and video blogs. Alan Lytle has this recap.

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11:45 am
Thu February 25, 2010

State Lawmakers Tackle "Sexting" Issue

Frankfort, KY – It's called "sexting," and involves the transmission of nude photographs and videos over cell phones. Lewisburg Rep. Martha Jane King says even some juveniles are engaging in the activity, with often-tragic repercussions. "In Ohio and Florida, two teenaged girls committed suicide after nude photographs that they had sent to their boyfriends were texted around the schools."

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8:05 am
Wed February 24, 2010

Mayor Forum To Be A High Tech Affair

Lexington, KY – Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry is registering displeasure that tonight's scheduled candidates' forum will include not only traditional journalists, but political bloggers as well. Newberry says his campaign has identified at least one such online commentator that has openly supported Vice Mayor Jim Gray.Kakie Urch, with the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky, says, whether the candidates like it or not, political bloggers should have a seat at the table.

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7:57 am
Wed February 24, 2010

Could "Dueling" Lingo Be Dumped Soon?

Frankfort, KY – For 160 years, Kentucky officeholders and members of the bar have been required to swear that they have not fought a duel with deadly weapons. But Louisville Rep. Darryl Owens believes the requirement is archaic and should be eliminated. "It has no relevance to our time. And again, I think it's as much a image thing. The image that a lot of people have of Kentucky, to be quite honest, is not very good. And this does not enhance our image in any way or fashion."

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