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Hall of Fame’s Larnelle Harris will headline governor’s mansion celebration in Frankfort

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  As part of the yearlong Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, the Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation Inc. is hosting a gospel music event featuring several of the country’s top Christian music performers on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 12:30–5 p.m. on the …

A new Internet tool lets Kentucky patients access, store medical records, personal info

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The Kentucky Health Information Exchange unveiled Wednesday a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the Internet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.   …

Bill Straub: Kentuckians’ aversion to Obama could be insurmountable burden for Grimes

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Kentucky businessman Bruce Lunsford told Barron’s magazine this week that he believes he would have defeated Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in a hard-fought 2008 campaign if it weren’t for one overwhelming issue – Barack Obama.   Lunsford, a Kenton …

FCPS’ Shelton calls auditor’s report ‘deeply troubling,’ says district will take ‘bold action’

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In the wake of the release of a special examination by the Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen, Fayette County Public Schools officials today said they welcomed news that no money is missing and there has been no criminal activity. At the …

UK horticulture professor works alongside the USDA to help farmers extend growing seasons

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  Seasonal high tunnels have emerged in the past few years as an important tool for farmers wanting to extend their growing seasons. Right now, thanks to a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA, a University of Kentucky professor is studying …

State auditor ends summer tour across state on rural hospitals, finances in Bowling Green

On Sept. 19 in Bowling Green, state Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen will hold the last of 11 public hearings, which have been held across Kentucky this summer, to talk about the financial health of rural hospitals.   These …

Engineers working on Mountain Parkway expansion want public input in Campton

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The public is invited to an informational meeting about the two alternatives for improving the Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County. The meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at the Campton Elementary School at 166 Hwy. 2491 in …

FCPS audit finds fiscal mismanagement, benefit disparities; no sign of criminal activity

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Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of Fayette County Public Schools, finding chronic mismanagement of the district’s budget and finances that have contributed to its financial instability.   Auditors did not find any evidence of alleged criminal activity; …

Time is now to choose from more than 50 tree species to plant in 20/20 reforestation vision

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  With fall just around the corner, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is encouraging Kentuckians to plan their tree-planting activities now by ordering tree seedlings through the Kentucky Division of Forestry.   By placing your order now, you can select …

Public forum on proposed Berea fairness ordinance last event before October vote

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Berea’s City Council will host a public form tonight, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Folk Center located at 212 W. Jefferson St. in Berea to discuss the proposed Fairness ordinance prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender …

State funding made available to extend Lexington’s popular Town Branch Trail

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Lexington area runners, walkers, bicyclists and proponents of alternative transportation got some long-awaited news today: The popular Town Branch Trail will be extended by nearly 1½ miles.   Gov. Steve Beshear, in announcing funding for the project, also said funding …

Rep. Mike Denham: Lawmakers go back to schools to promote better civic awareness

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Starting this week, hundreds of state legislators from across the country will begin visiting classrooms to kick off the 16th annual America’s Legislators Back to School Program.   Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this event initially lasted …

It’s beginning to look a lot like … oh, not really, but city gearing up with call for trees

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WANTED: Three perfectly shaped evergreen trees, 40- to 50-feet high, 20- to 25-feet wide, to bring Christmas cheer to Lexington, a city of 300,000 people and many visitors. Tree can be Norway spruce, blue spruce or Douglas fir, but no …

Video Commentary: Governor reports on drop in the numbers of Kentucky teens smoking

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Following is a video commentary by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear about the drop in teen smoking:       From Office of the Governor

Legislators hear pitch to bring new lottery game based on horse racing to Kentucky

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One man’s quest to get the Kentucky Lottery Corp. to purchase a game of chance he conceived in an effort to promote and create additional revenue for Kentucky’s horse racing tracks has reached the General Assembly.   “I think anything …

Traffic Report: Sept. 15-19
A road work heads up for the week

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Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   Special Notes   Various lanes of U.S. 60/Winchester Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 23, for milling and paving. Closures will …

Watch out for all volunteers cleaning 4,800 miles in Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week

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Volunteers will be out in force next week to “fall sweep” Kentucky highways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that Sept. 15-21 is Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week.   “For 26 years, our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers have worked selflessly to keep roadways in …

New fire equipment, including four ambulances, hitting Lexington streets

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New fire equipment worth more than $5.3 million is beginning to hit the streets of Lexington.   Over the last two budget years, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government authorized the purchases, but according to Mayor Jim Gray, it takes about …

Young victim-turned-advocate among 22 appointed to bullying prevention task force

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For thousands of Kentucky students, going to school can mean bracing for a run-in with a bully. More than one in four Kentucky students aged 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school in 2011, and the Kentucky Department of …

State budget director reports General Fund receipts up in August, but not high enough

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Kentucky State Budget Director Jane Driskell reported Wednesday that General Fund receipts increased 1.2 percent in August compared to the same time last year. To date, receipts for this fiscal year have increased 1.7 percent, but that is considerably lower …