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8:44 am
Tue February 24, 2009

KY Legislators Do Some Backtracking On First Day Back

Frankfort, KY – The House passed seven bills, including one originally passed by the 2008 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Beshear. House budget chairman Rick Rand says the legality of the bill, which addresses community college appropriations, has been called into question. "It was one of the bills that hit the governor's desk after midnight. And as with all of those bills, we are repealing and re-enacting those. It reauthorizes some KCTS capital projects."

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4:06 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Mayor Newberry Expects Criminal Charges In Airport Scandal

Lexington, KY – Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry says he wants to read the recommendations made by an audit report to be released by State Auditor Crit Luallen on Wednesday before making any decisions about the future of the Blue Grass Airport Board. Alan Lytle has more on the story.

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2:39 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Commentator Cara Richards Offers Possible Solutions To Current Economic Mess

Lexington, KY – Contributing commentator Cara Richards has submitted essays comparing our current economic crisis to her memories of the great depression. Today, she offers some possible solutions. Cara Richards is Professor Emerita in Sociology and Anthropology at Transylvania University.

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12:40 am
Tue February 24, 2009

K-12 Schools Could Get More Funding Flexibility

Frankfort, KY – With local school districts starving for money in these tight budget times, a bill moving in the General Assembly would allow districts to use facilities construction and renovation funds for instructional needs. Among those applauding the action is Oldham County Superintendent Paul Upchurch. "Construction can be put on hold. We can deal with that for the short-term. But we can't put a young man's reading needs on hold."

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12:00 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Mayor Says First Stimuls Funds Could Be On Hand By April

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Newberry was one of 50 mayors who met with President Obama and several White House cabinet members late last week to discuss the American Recovery and Investment Plan. Based on that meeting, Newberry says he expects the city of Lexington to receive monies from the $787 billion stimulus bill as early as April

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8:47 am
Mon February 23, 2009

Lawmakers Getting Back At It Today

Lexington, KY – In order to make the 30-day session more productive, legislative leaders altered the schedule and used four days last week for committee meetings without officially convening the House and Senate. The leaders also held private talks on a new state road plan, since the one approved last year was thrown-out by the courts. Governor Beshear participated in the talks. "The stimulus money that is coming is a new source of revenue that has not heretofore been addressed in the road plan."

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4:44 am
Mon February 23, 2009

Opposition Mounting To "Child Welfare Adoption Act"

Lexington, KY – One of the more controversial bills yet to be considered by the Kentucky General Assembly is one that would prohibit adoption of a child by live-in couples. Alan Lytle has the story.

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1:04 am
Mon February 23, 2009

Oral History Dept. Helps Celebrate UK's "Founders' Day"

Lexington, KY – Doug Boyd with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University Of Kentucky Visits With Alan Lytle And Plays Some Sound Clips About What UK Was Like For Women Nearly A Century Ago.

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9:44 am
Fri February 20, 2009

Black History Month Celebrated In Frankfort

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5:41 am
Thu February 19, 2009

Isaac Says She Wants Her Old Job Back-Newberry In DC Tomorrow

Lexington, KY – A published report says former Lexington Mayor Theresa Isaac will be a candidate for her old job in 2010. Isaac confirms she sent a letter to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance signifying her intention to run. Isaac was Mayor of Lexington from 2003 to 2006. She was defeated by current Mayor Jim Newberry. To date, Mayor Newberry has not announced whether he will seek a second term. Meanwhile Mayor Newberry will be making a third trip to Washington DC tomorrow. He will be one of about 50 mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the White House.

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