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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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Politics
11:26 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers At Odds Over Oil Subsidies

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth says it’s time to end all federal subsidies to oil companies.  The Louisville Democrat has introduced legislation to return the savings to consumers. 

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Regional
2:02 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Spring

Monday is the last day of winter, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at today’s forecast.  This winter ranks as one of the top 10 lowest for snowfall in Kentucky.

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Senate Expected to Make Some Changes
8:21 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Kentucky Budget Bill Moves to State Senate

State Senator Mike Wilson
LRC

Two year budgets for all three branches of state government have now passed one chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly. The House spent more than an hour debating the details of the executive, legislative and judicial budgets before easily passing all three. They also passed a bill creating a tax amnesty program that Governor Steve Beshear requested.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Changes on the Way for Insight Cable Customers

Time Warner Cable has completed its purchase of Insight Communications, and changes to branding and service will begin over the next few months.  Time Warner paid $3 billion for Insight and will absorb more than three quarters of a million Insight customers in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.  Time Warner will also take over Insight's operations. That means some jobs will be redundant and those positions will be lost.  Time Warner spokeswoman Mary Jo Green says it's too soon to tell how many employees will be let go.

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Health
8:34 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Hoosier State Smoking Ban Could Advance This Week in Legislature

The Indiana Senate is expected to take up a proposed statewide smoking ban this week. For the first time in six years, a House-passed smoking ban has advanced past the Senate committee level.

The Public Policy Committee voted 8-2 last week for the measure after hearing some four hours of public testimony.

Indianapolis-area tavern owner Wanda Goodpastor told the panel a ban would harm her business, as 80-percent of her customers are smokers.

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Economy
12:30 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

US Postal Service Plans to Close Eight Processing Centers in the Bluegrass State

In a statement released today the US Postal Service says it will close eight mail processing centers in Kentucky, including locations in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, London, and Somerset. The processing work currently done at those centers will be processed at facilities in other cities in the future.

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Education
9:17 am
Thu February 23, 2012

"Books for Brains" Would Provide Reading Material for Young Kentuckians

A Christian County lawmaker wants to create a statewide program that would encourage pre-schoolers to develop a love of books. Hopkinsville Representative John Tilley’s bill has cleared the House Education Committee, and is something he calls “Books for Brain”.

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Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
1:16 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Kentucky's Catholic Leadership to Lawmakers: Vote No on Casino Bill

Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos. Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick Delahanty distributed a letter to state senators today detailing the concerns of the state's four Bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state.

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Politics
11:21 am
Mon February 20, 2012

First-Term Kentucky Lawmaker Wants Term Limits

Rep. Mike Nemes (R), Louisville

A freshman lawmaker from Louisville has filed a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that limits how long members can serve.  Legislation by State Representative Mike Nemes limits House and Senate lawmakers to serving no more that three consecutive terms.

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