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Kentucky State Fair changes teen policy after disturbance

Kentucky State Fair changes teen policy after disturbance

Bill Stephens

August 20th, 2019

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Minors entering the Kentucky State Fair at night now must have a parent or guardian 21 or older with them following a disturbance during the weekend. Kentucky State Police Sgt. Josh Lawson told The Courier Journal that two adults were arrested […]

Kentucky State Fair changes tickets for veterans, military

Kentucky State Fair changes tickets for veterans, military

Bill Stephens

August 14th, 2019

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky State Fair has changed the way veterans and active duty military members can get complimentary tickets to the event, which starts its 11-day run Thursday in Louisville. WLKY-TV reports the fair is working with Vet Tix this year to […]

Union County awarded $501,300 in discretionary funds for critical infrastructure improvements.

Union County awarded $501,300 in discretionary funds for critical infrastructure improvements.

Bill Stephens

August 14th, 2019

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Funding to help with paving and bridge repair efforts  MADISONVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2019) – During a meeting of the Union County Fiscal Court today, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced a $501,300 discretionary award for vital infrastructure repairs along several county […]

McConnell wants to consider gun background checks in fall

McConnell wants to consider gun background checks in fall

Bill Stephens

August 9th, 2019

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Shifting the gun violence debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he now wants to consider background checks and other bills, setting up a potentially pivotal moment when lawmakers return in the fall. The Republican leader won’t be calling senators back to […]

Kentucky lawmakers promote gun safety legislation

Kentucky lawmakers promote gun safety legislation

Bill Stephens

August 9th, 2019

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Months after Kentucky relaxed its gun laws, some lawmakers want to shift the focus to a proposal meant to keep guns away from people deemed as threats to themselves or others. The bipartisan proposal, still being crafted for next year, was […]

Horse collapses, dies on track at Kentucky Downs Preview Day

Horse collapses, dies on track at Kentucky Downs Preview Day

Bill Stephens

August 5th, 2019

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A race horse that ran in the Kentucky Downs Preview Day has died. News outlets report a 7-year-old gelding named Sir Navigator collapsed twice Sunday after finishing fourth in the Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park in Henderson. The Henderson Gleaner […]

Recovery Effort Halted Following Mining Death in Muhlenberg County

Recovery Effort Halted Following Mining Death in Muhlenberg County

Bill Stephens

August 5th, 2019

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Paradise mine site of accident FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2019) – Search and recovery efforts have been called off for a 62-year-old welder/iron worker who was presumed dead from an explosion July 31 at a Muhlenberg County mine. Richard L. Knapp, West Frankfort, IL, had suffered critical […]

Gov. Bevin Announces Allocation of More than $15M in Excess Coal Severance Revenue to Local Communities

Gov. Bevin Announces Allocation of More than $15M in Excess Coal Severance Revenue to Local Communities

Bill Stephens

August 5th, 2019

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Additional LGEA Funds will directly benefit 49 counties, 122 cities FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2019) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that more than $15 million in excess coal severance tax revenue will be allocated to 49 counties and 122 municipalities that qualify to receive funds […]

Ellis Park’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day ‘This is the best card in the history of Ellis Park’

Ellis Park’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day ‘This is the best card in the history of Ellis Park’

Bill Stephens

August 2nd, 2019

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HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019) — A total of 52 horses were entered Thursday for the five $100,000 turf stakes that make up Sunday’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day at Ellis Park. An all-turf stakes Pick 5, which is a 50-cent wager, will be held […]

Bevin-Beshear grudge match set for Fancy Farm picnic

Bevin-Beshear grudge match set for Fancy Farm picnic

Bill Stephens

August 2nd, 2019

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It’s a showdown that’s been boiling for years — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear competing in the cauldron of Kentucky’s foremost political event. As they prepare to square off in the summer heat Saturday at the […]

Dennis J. Beck, MD, named Methodist Hospital Chief of Staff

Dennis J. Beck, MD, named Methodist Hospital Chief of Staff

Bill Stephens

August 1st, 2019

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Dennis J. Beck, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates, has been named Chief of Staff at Methodist Hospital. A one-year term, Dr. Beck assumed the position on August 1, 2019. As part of a partnership between Methodist Hospital and Orthopaedic Associates that began in August […]

Mining Accident in Muhlenberg County

Mining Accident in Muhlenberg County

Bill Stephens

August 1st, 2019

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EEC on site at Paradise Mine FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 1, 2019) – Officials from the Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet (EEC), including Secretary Charles Snavely and Department for Natural Resources Commissioner John Small are on site at Paradise Mine in Central City, Kentucky where an accident occurred […]

KET founder O. Leonard Press dies at age 97

KET founder O. Leonard Press dies at age 97

Bill Stephens

August 1st, 2019

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — O. Leonard Press, who built Kentucky Educational Television into a nationally respected model for educational, cultural, historical and public affairs programming, has died. He was 97. In a statement on its website, KET says Press died Wednesday night at Lexington’s Central […]

The Latest: Nearby residents says pipeline blast shook homes

The Latest: Nearby residents says pipeline blast shook homes

Bill Stephens

August 1st, 2019

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JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion in Kentucky (all times local): 10:50 a.m. People who live near a gas pipeline that exploded in central Kentucky say they were awakened by noise and shaking homes. The blast […]

Bevin points to suicides as reason to oppose gambling

Bevin points to suicides as reason to oppose gambling

Bill Stephens

July 31st, 2019

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin claimed Wednesday that gambling-related suicides are nightly occurrences as he criticized his political opponent’s support for expanded gambling as a way to help fund the state’s struggling public pension systems. Bevin’s remarks in which he linked suicides […]