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Politics
12:36 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

A Look at Kentucky's Registered Voters: Mostly Female and Democrat

A record breaking number of voters are registered to cast ballots in Kentucky’s May 22nd Presidential Primary.  The total number of eligible voters outdistances the previous mark by more than 35,000. The Secretary of State’s office says the vast majority of new voters registered when they got a driver’s license.

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Toyota is Adding Jobs, Production to Kentucky Plant

The engine of a 2012 Toyota Camry

Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown  has announced it’s boosting engine production. Toyota officials along with Governor Steve Beshear are hailing the automaker's latest expansion as welcome news – both for a company recovering from highly publicized recalls starting in 2009 and the state of the economy in the Bluegrass.

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Sports
8:20 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Full Kentucky Derby Field Set for Saturday's Run For the Roses

The post positions and early odds are set for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.  The morning line favorite is Bodemeister, at 4 to 1, trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert. Bodemeister will run from post position six.

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Health
2:28 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Major Kentucky Healthcare Provider Told to Try for Agreement with Medicaid Operator

A federal judge has ordered Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider and one of its major Medicaid operators to talk through their issues before appearing in court this week. Appalachian Regional Healthcare filed suit last month against CoventryCares, which is one of four private Medicaid operators in Kentucky. ARH says Coventry was late with reimbursement payments, and has refused to extend its contract past Friday.

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Sports
8:17 am
Wed May 2, 2012

We'll Know the Kentucky Derby Post Positions Tonight

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday evening at a Churchhill Downs ceremony. A maximum field of twenty will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Special Session Ends

Kentucky Public Radio reporter Josh James reports that lawmakers in Frankfort are headed home now that the week long special session has concluded. The two bills up for consideration passed, providing funding for the state’s transportation department and delivering a modified piece of legislation intended to crack down on pill mills. 

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Regional
12:42 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Pilot of Boat that Crashed into Western Kentucky Bridge Concludes Testimony

River Pilot Michael Collins says he tried to steer the Delta Mariner through an alternate span of the western Kentucky Eggners Ferry Bridge with confidence he would clear the road deck prior to the accident. The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board have conducted a hearing this week, investigating the January crash that collapsed a portion of the bridge.

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Regional
9:17 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Update: Coast Guard Begins Hearing on Western Kentucky Bridge Collapse

Updated at 4:06pm CT on Monday, April 16, 2012:

Navigation lights are the focus of the first day of Coast Guard and National Transportation and Safety Board hearings on the crash that collapsed a portion of the Eggners Ferry Bridge. A cargo ship operated by Foss Maritime collided with the bridge that connects Aurora to Land Between the Lakes on January 26th.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Conway: Lawmakers Must Pass Bill to Stop Pill Abuse

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is disappointed a bill to crack down on prescription drug abuse died during the final night of the regular session. The initial proposal sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo required doctors to use KASPER, which is the state's prescription monitoring effort. It also required that pain management clinics be owned by physicians licensed in Kentucky.

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Sports
10:41 am
Tue April 3, 2012

NCAA Championship Team Headed Home to Wildcat Country

Last night’s championship basketball may have ended late, but that didn’t stop Kentucky supporters from getting up early to get tickets for this afternoon’s Big Blue celebration. Hundreds of fans lined up outside Rupp Arena for the free tickets, including Richie Donworth.

“My wife is an insane UK fan so I’m surprising her with these for later," said Donworth.

Donworth is a native of Ireland and has lived in Lexington for about 10 years. He says winning the title means a lot for the UK program.

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