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Health
9:39 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Health Officials Concerned by Whooping Cough Cases in Northern Kentucky

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is urging area residents to consider vaccinations for infants and booster shots for older children and adults who spend time around infants. The Department says the increasing number of whooping cough cases reported recently is a reason to be concerned.

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Regional
9:35 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Low Waters Close Ferries on Green River in South Central Kentucky

Both ferries at Mammoth Cave National Park have been closed. Park officials say the move was caused by low water levels in the Green River.  Service at the Green River Ferry and Houchin Ferry will resume when water levels rise enough to make operating the vessels safe.

Regional
8:13 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Gas Explosion at Opryland Hotel Leads to Evacuation of Thousands of Guests

Officials in Nashville say a gas explosion at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center caused the evacuation of over 5,000 guests overnight, but no injuries were reported.

Capt. Ken Walburn of the Nashville Fire Department said the explosion was reported around 8:15pm Tuesday evening, and guests were allowed back into the hotel around 3 am Wednesday.

Tight University Budgets
4:02 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

UK Trustees Approve Budget Plan

U-K President Dr. Eli Capilouto during a visit to WKU Public Radio Studios

Trustees at the University of Kentucky have voted in favor of a $2.6 billion budget for the coming year. The plan offers no pay raises for UK employees, but President Eli Capilouto says he hopes to set aside funds for  5% merit pay raises for staff and faculty in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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Business
2:41 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Judge Orders Kentucky Miner Reinstated

Administrative Law Judge Margaret A. Miller ruled that Cumberland River Coal Company improperly fired 52-year-old Charles Scott Howard of Letcher County after he was injured on the job. The judge ordered Howard reinstated and says the company must pay a $30,000 fine.

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Agriculture
10:14 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Drought Concerns Increase in Western Kentucky

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Farmers in some portions of western Kentucky could be facing a tough year if dry weather continues. Officials say the drought has been upgraded from "severe" to "extreme" in some areas.

Henderson County Extension Agent Mike Smith told the Henderson Gleaner that farmers could see losses of up to 40 percent in fields. Smith says that means the crop producers might make enough to cover expenses, but will make little or no profit.

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Politics
9:23 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Two Kentucky Lawmakers Return Special Session Pay

Two members of the Kentucky General Assembly have refused to be paid for a week long special legislative session held earlier this year. The two lawmakers have returned nearly $7,000 to the State treasury.

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Business
8:18 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Need for Quick Decisions Cited in Bluegrass Boardwalk Decision

The Chief Executive of a company that once hoped to reopen Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Jefferson County  says the project was scrapped because officials didn't think they would have the freedom under a lease to make decisions independently and quickly.  Bluegrass Boardwalk announced Friday that it was going to withdraw from the project due to government regulations and stipulations.

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Business
1:29 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Warren County Auto Parts Manufacturer Expanding Production, Adding Jobs

An auto-industry supplier is planning a $10 million expansion of a facility in Bowling Green, with plans calling for two new production lines and an add-on to the existing building. KIRIU USA President and CEO Mark Kimura says the expansion should be done by the time the company celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall.

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Regional
1:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

County Commission Appeal Latest Chapter in Tennessee Mosque Controversy

The Rutherford County Commission has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that voided the approval of a mosque for failing to provide adequate public notice about the facility's construction. The Commission voted 15-6 in favor of the appeal Thursday evening.

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