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Business
10:15 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Kentuckians Spending Big on "Off-Site" Wagering

For the first time, the state has official figures on how much money Kentuckians bet online or over the phone on horse races that take place in the commonwealth. State Senator Damon Thayer says about $47 million was wagered in the first half of the year.

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Agriculture
2:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Comer: Kentucky Fuel Lab Hemmorraging Money

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the state's four-year-old fuel and pesticide testing lab has not lived up to its initial billing. James Comer told members of the state's interim joint committee on agriculture that his predecessor, Richie Farmer, sold the fuel lab as a great investment and moneymaker for the commonwealth.

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Education
8:07 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Former Lawmaker to Help EKU with Presidential Search

A public figure with extensive state and local government experience is among those people who will help Eastern Kentucky University find a new president. EKU President Doug Whitlock announced in August he would retire next summer.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

David Williams Open to Circuit Judgeship Idea

Sen. David Williams (R)-Burkesville

A spokesman for Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Williams would consider a judicial appointment if Governor Steve Beshear offered the position. Williams and Beshear are bitter rivals. And rumors have been swirling in Frankfort that Beshear is planning to offer Williams an open circuit court seat in his southern Kentucky district. Williams is a trial lawyer by trade.

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Agriculture
2:18 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Comer: Kentucky Farmers, Consumers Feeling the Pinch of Fuel Prices

While the high cost of gas hurts most consumers, Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says farmers are especially hard-hit. James Comer says fuel costs impact every part of food production, leaving farmers with little recourse when gas prices spike.

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Education
3:01 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Changes Proposed to How Kentucky Special Needs Students are Tested

Some state lawmakers are blasting a proposed change to how Kentucky students with disabilities are tested under the statewide assessment and accountability system. The Kentucky Board of Education has proposed limiting the assistance given to disabled students when they take the new exams later this academic year.

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Education
4:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Kentucky Schools to Take Another Shot at Federal Education Grants

Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U.S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning.

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Regional
8:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kentucky's Bloodiest Civil War Battle to be Remembered This Year

This fall marks the 150th anniversary of Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle. To honor that event, planning is well underway for the October re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville.

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Business
10:33 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Kentucky Part of $7 Billion Coal Pact with India

Coal mines in Kentucky and West Virginia will send millions of tons of coal to India, under the terms of a 25-year contract that was signed Wednesday. The deal is being hailed as a sign of hope in the coal export market.

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Education
9:13 am
Wed August 15, 2012

EKU President Announces He's Retiring

During a Wednesday morning meeting with faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who has spent his entire higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year.

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