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    05/15/2005 3:35:48 PM PDT · by toddst · 22 replies · 935+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Sun, May. 15, 2005 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    GEORGETOWN - United Autoworkers hopes its new digs near a Central Kentucky Toyota plant lift the union's presence and garner support from thousands of plant workers. The 900-square-foot office building is an organizing feat for the union, which once used rented hotel space to organize its campaign and failed in prior attempts to establish a union. Larry Moffatt, union organizing coordinator for the Kentucky-Indiana region, said that the building, which opened about a week ago, will be "mainly a working center" for the 150 to 200 workers who volunteer from the nearby Georgetown plant. "It's a place for them to...

    06/10/2004 6:43:00 AM PDT · by toddst · 45 replies · 537+ views
    LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER ^ | Thu, Jun. 10, 2004 | By Andy Mead
    Kentucky is No. 2 in the nation in the estimated rate of deaths caused by soot from coal-fired power plants, according to a report released yesterday. The other states in the top five, including No. 1 West Virginia, all border Kentucky. "Dirty Air, Dirty Power" was produced by an advocacy group called Clear the Air. It says soot, also called fine particle pollution, cuts short the lives of nearly 24,000 Americans each year. In Kentucky, the estimated toll is 745 deaths a year. The problem is especially bad in Kentucky and neighboring states because coal-fired plants dominate the region, said...
  • Officers will respond only to life-threatening calls LOW STAFFING LEVELS PROMPT CHANGE

    01/15/2004 5:16:55 AM PST · by toddst · 3 replies · 125+ views
    Lexington Heralr-Leader ^ | January 15, 2004 | Officers will respond only to life-threatening calls
    By spring, Lexington police will respond in person only to life-threatening calls unless the department's staffing levels increase, Chief Anthany Beatty says. In general, the decision means police officers won't respond to reports of non-injury traffic accidents on private property, barking dogs and other nuisance calls, and general complaints of motorists speeding and running red lights reported by citizens after 5 p.m., Beatty said in an interview. Other reports and complaints will be prioritized, Beatty said. For example, someone who calls police about a burglary that is not in progress would be considered a lower priority than a crime in...
  • big bucks Ben Chandler, Alice Forgy Kerr are campaigning heavily on TV and hardly at all in person

    01/11/2004 6:11:46 AM PST · by toddst · 6 replies · 211+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Sun, Jan. 11, 2004 | Ryan Alessi
    Handshaking his way into a Lexington VFW Post 680 meeting room, Democrat Ben Chandler sat down at a table of veterans and pledged, as political candidates have done forever, to fight for them in Washington. It was his first public event in the fast-approaching special election to fill Gov. Ernie Flet-cher's old 6th Congressional District seat. But make no mistake: This was not just another pressing of the flesh. The candidates in this campaign are counting on television advertising, not face-to-face contact, to win votes. So, as Chandler waved his arms and leaned in to punctuate his promises to the...
  • Fletcher defends cuts in education spending 'DISCRETIONARY' PROGRAMS AFFECTED

    01/10/2004 6:06:18 AM PST · by toddst · 7 replies · 201+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Fri, Jan. 09, 2004 | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT - Gov. Ernie Fletcher rushed yesterday to defend his $6.9 million of cuts in elementary and secondary education funding to help balance the state budget, saying the action would cause a minimal amount of pain. But House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, said he had assumed from Fletcher's earlier statements that the new Republican administration was planning "to make cuts only in fat and waste. This is not fat and waste." The cuts, ordered on Monday, will reduce the money available for such programs as early childhood development, technical and career education, family resource centers, gifted and talented programs,...

    12/27/2003 6:58:20 AM PST · by toddst · 48 replies · 299+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Sat, Dec. 27, 2003 | Laura Yuen
    The public furor over Lexington's smoking ban is growing into one of the noisiest and most vigorous brawls rumbling toward Frankfort. That is where three state lawmakers have filed separate bills that would prohibit local smoking bans -- and possibly strike down Lexington's, which was enacted in July but has been blocked under a court appeal. Forces on both sides are summoning their lobbyists for the tactical battle that begins Jan. 6, the first day of the legislative session. Interests from all corners -- from farmers to retailers to county magistrates -- are itching for a punch. "We'll be on...

    12/26/2003 5:20:08 AM PST · by toddst · 8 replies · 148+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Fri, Dec. 26, 2003 | Frank E. Lockwood
    Most regular churchgoers want to re-elect President Bush. Most non-churchgoers plan to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. That's the finding of a recent poll by the Pew Center for the People and the Press -- and it's a finding that Lexington's Albert M. Pennybacker hopes will change between now and November. Pennybacker, a former Lexington Theological Seminary professor, a Disciples of Christ minister and a lifelong Demo-crat, is chief executive officer of the Clergy Leadership Network, a new organization that hopes to mobilize thousands of moderate and liberal religious leaders before the Nov. 2 election. Due to the group's...
  • Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck (Special Effects Errors?)

    12/19/2003 6:11:43 PM PST · by toddst · 22 replies · 27+ views
    The Movie Box ^ | October 1, 2003 | Paramount publicity dept.
    Film Release Date: December 25th, 2003 (wide) An electrical engineer, Jennings (Affleck), who has been working on a top secret project for two years wakes up one day to discover that his employer has erased the parts of his memory concerning his top secret work. Trying to collect his "paycheck", he discovers that instead of a cash payment, he had agreed to receive a package of seemingly meaningless objects instead. As he tries to put the "pieces" of his life back together, he also discovers that the government is apparently after him, aiming to put him in jail for something...

    12/11/2003 5:19:22 AM PST · by toddst · 7 replies · 83+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Thu, Dec. 11, 2003 | Ryan Alessi
    If Democrat Ben Chandler runs for the congressional seat vacated by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, as expected, he'll face an avalanche of national Republican money similar to the one that helped beat him in this year's governor's race. A Washington-based GOP organization has quietly pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into a special account that it established specifically to help win a special election in Kentucky's 6th District. The group is ready to transfer the cash to the party's candidate -- and continue raising more -- as soon as state Republican delegates name one. They'll make that choice Saturday. Chandler hasn't...
  • High court says wait on smoking ban

    12/11/2003 4:57:56 AM PST · by toddst · 4 replies · 216+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Thu, Dec. 11, 2003 | Laura Yuen And Michelle Ku
    Kentucky's highest court stepped into the fray of Lexington's smoking ban yesterday, unanimously blocking the ordinance for an additional three months -- ample time for the debate to be picked up by the state legislature. The last-minute stay overturned a ruling by an appeals court, which just hours before had agreed to let the ban start today as scheduled. The Court of Appeals had been asked to review a Fayette circuit judge's upholding of the ban, the first of its kind in Kentucky. But the Supreme Court agreed to settle the appeal directly. The justices set a hearing for March...
  • Garage, meet thy doom: Court backs deed restrictions

    12/10/2003 6:02:42 AM PST · by toddst · 87 replies · 385+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Wed, Dec. 10, 2003 | Cheryl Truman
    The $70,000 garage at Lexington's Stonewall Equestrian Estates must come down, the Court of Appeals has ruled. That's the latest in a long-running battle between the neighborhood association and Carolyn and Don Colliver, who built the all-brick garage. Nobody claims it isn't well-built. Nobody disputes that the Collivers, who lived in neighboring Stonewall for 30 years, have put about $110,000 of improvements into their $265,000 house at Stonewall Equestrian, not including the garage. Nobody disputes that the argument has gone on too long: The Collivers broke ground for their garage more than three years ago. What has been hotly disputed...

    12/03/2003 2:11:57 PM PST · by toddst · 13 replies · 166+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Wed, Dec. 03, 2003 | Louise Taylor
    As the former state cabinet secretary whose duties included overseeing health care, Masten Childers II has spent a lot of time dealing with hospitals. Case in point: Howard Chapman, a patient in whose abdomen UK surgeons left a blue surgical towel, an oversight that was not discovered for more than two years after he had kidney surgery. Chapman, who is represented by Childers, sued UK, two doctors and a scrub technician in September. Since that filing, UK has not denied that its doctors and a scrub technician left the towel behind, or that it caused Chapman serious problems and had...
  • Beef up police or face cuts in service, chief tells council

    12/02/2003 3:07:25 PM PST · by toddst · 11 replies · 146+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Tue, Dec. 02, 2003 | Laura Yuen
    Unless Lexington beefs up its police force, the public can expect visible consequences such as the end of funeral escorts and the depletion of neighborhood support, Chief Anthany Beatty said yesterday. Although Beatty and police officers have made the pay and staffing issues well known, the chief yesterday offered the Urban County Council's intergovernmental committee a closer look at the ways residents could be affected. If your neighbor's dog is barking, or if your car has been smashed in a non-injury collision, the police might no longer respond, he said. "We've reached the point where we were hoping it never...
  • BUSH'S PERFORMANCE COULD BE AN ISSUE (2004 election battles to begin in 6th District)

    12/01/2003 9:59:57 AM PST · by toddst · 2 replies · 143+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Mon, Dec. 01, 2003 | Charles Wolfe, AP
    FRANKFORT - The special election to replace Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher in Congress figures to get more than the customary amount of outside attention, thanks to its timing. Assuming Fletcher will not delay in issuing the call, the election of his replacement in the 6th District could take place in mid-January. It apparently would be the first Democrat-Republican contest in the nation and, as happened in Fletcher's recent run for governor, would be scrutinized for signs of President Bush's strength or vulnerability. Maybe the Democrats will "make this another referendum on Bush," Brian Goettl, the Jessamine County attorney, said at a...
  • For the sake of the acres

    11/28/2003 9:24:44 AM PST · by toddst · 28 replies · 183+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Fri, Nov. 28, 2003 | John Stamper
    Jim Dwyer received the highest amount paid per acres for his 205-acre farm on Houston Antioch Road, and used his $864,444 PDR payment to buy another 127-acre farm across the county line in Bourbon County. Lexington's farmland preservation program has plowed through more than $25 million in the past two years, protecting more than 10,000 acres of rural Fayette County from future development. More than $15 million has been doled out to area landowners since July, setting a blistering pace of preservation that few expected from a 3-year-old program designed to preserve 50,000 acres over 20 years. "We're starting to...
  • Smoking ban gets go-ahead by judge

    11/22/2003 12:16:26 PM PST · by toddst · 6 replies · 128+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Sat, Nov. 22, 2003 | Laura Yuen And Michelle Ku
    A circuit judge yesterday removed a roadblock to Lexington's stalled smoking ban, ruling that the ordinance should begin Dec. 11 because "there is no just reason for delay." A group of restaurant, bar and nightclub owners that had sued the city, however, said it will swiftly appeal Fayette Circuit Judge Larry VanMeter's dismissal of the lawsuit, opening the potential for many more weeks of waiting and possible intervention by the state legislature. The Lexington-Fayette County Food and Beverage Association will ask the court of appeals to review VanMeter's decision and to temporarily block enforcement of the ban, said the group's...

    11/20/2003 4:23:46 AM PST · by toddst · 11 replies · 154+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader | Nov. 20, 2003 | John Cheves
    FRANKFORT - Bernie Kunkel waited years for a Republican governor who would appoint conservatives like him to state boards and commissions. He'll have to wait a while longer. With less than three weeks left in office, Democratic Gov. Paul Patton is methodically filling every seat on the more than 300 boards that help decide government policy, steer the huge bureaucracy and regulate industries, from the State Fair Board to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Republicans and their incoming governor, Ernie Fletcher, are crying foul. Although Patton has the authority to pack seats with anyone he chooses until Dec. 9, that-doesn't...
  • ACLU Files Suit to Block  GOP Poll Challengers

    11/01/2003 4:56:23 AM PST · by toddst · 20 replies · 158+ views
    The Courier-Journal ^ | Saturday, November 01, 2003 | GREGORY A. HALL
    <p>Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union filed lawsuits in state and federal courts yesterday alleging that the Jefferson County Republican Party's plan to post Election Day challengers at 59 precincts in the Louisville area is aimed at intimidating African-American voters and violates their civil and constitutional rights.</p>
  • Shots fired into home of Edmonson prosecutor

    10/22/2002 4:59:47 AM PDT · by toddst · 2 replies · 195+ views
    The Courier-Journal ^ | 10-22-2002 | Deborah Highland
    <p>The Edmonson County attorney, whose home was fired on Saturday night, likely was targeted for a drive-by shooting because of his job, authorities said.</p> <p>''Right now we're investigating this as if he was targeted because he's a prosecutor,'' Sheriff B.J. Honeycutt said yesterday.</p>
  • Bowling Green (KY) plant to build new Cadillacs

    09/14/2002 9:31:37 AM PDT · by toddst · 6 replies · 659+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Sat. Sept. 14, 2002 | Not Specified
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------Posted on Sat, Sep. 14, 2002 Bowling Green plant to build new Cadillacs BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Test production of a new line of Cadillac sports cars will create 128 new jobs at the General Motors factory here, although most of them will go to outsiders. The plant is expected to reach full production by April of the Cadillac XLR, a $70,000, two-seat sports car that goes on sale next year. All but about 20 of the new jobs will go to workers already employed by GM in factories elsewhere. The Bowling Green plant was specifically chosen for the production...
  • The militia movement in Kentucky, once a stronghold of paramilitary activity in the US, waining.

    09/08/2002 4:34:02 AM PDT · by toddst · 17 replies · 335+ views
    The Courier-Journal ^ | September 8, 2002 | Joseph Gertg
    <p>LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The militia movement in Kentucky, once a stronghold of paramilitary activity in the United States, appears to be waning.</p> <p>With former Kentucky State Militia commander Charlie Puckett in prison and Steve Anderson -- another high-profile member of the group -- being sought as a fugitive, the militia is in disarray, despite recent efforts to regroup.</p>
  • Campaign Funds Stalemate Hardens

    06/06/2002 5:12:06 AM PDT · by toddst · 181+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | June 6, 2002 | Jack Brammer
    HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton told Senate President David Williams yesterday that he sees no reason to spend more time and money on a special legislative session to break the budget impasse unless Republicans change their position on public financing for campaigns for governor. But Patton also told Wil-liams that the Senate leader's comments on a radio show yesterday and in a letter last week indicated that such an agreement "does not appear likely." The Democratic governor, in a letter to Williams, a Republican, said he is willing to meet with legislative leaders to discuss the budget,...
  • Puckett Claims He Was Misled By ATF

    05/23/2002 5:45:36 AM PDT · by toddst · 20 replies · 366+ views
    Lexington Herand-Leader ^ | May 23,2002 | Louise Taylor,staff writer
    Posted on Thu, May. 23, 2002 Kentucky Militia leader Charlie Puckett's attorneys argued yesterday that five of 10 charges against their client should be dropped because the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms led him to believe his permit was OK, then arrested him. Puckett truthfully filled out the permit application, which failed to ask whether he was a convicted felon but instead posed specific questions about drunken-driving, drug and other convictions, defense attorney Patrick Nash told U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman during a hearing yesterday. When Puckett showed an ATF agent the permit, he was never told it...
  • Getaway Motorcycle Linked to Sheriff's Rival

    04/15/2002 4:38:42 AM PDT · by toddst · 17 replies · 274+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader | Posted on Mon, Apr. 15, 2002 | By Bill Estep
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------Posted on Mon, Apr. 15, 2002 Getaway motorcycle linked to sheriff's rival Murder charge filed against suspected assassin By Bill Estep SOUTH-CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU SOMERSET - The man charged with assassinating Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron was caught fleeing on a motorcycle registered to a candidate who is trying to unseat the sheriff, state police said yesterday. At 3:45 a.m. yesterday, state police filed a murder charge against Danny C. Shelley, 30, of rural northern Pulaski County. Shelley allegedly hid in woods overlooking the Shopville-Stab Volunteer Fire Department 10 miles east of Somerset. The sheriff and other candidates had been...
  • Attorney: Puckett has quit militia

    04/10/2002 4:20:31 AM PDT · by toddst · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Wed., Apr. 10, 2002 | Greg Kocher
    Posted on Wed, Apr. 10, 2002 Attorney: Puckett has quit militia EX-COMMANDER OF KY. UNIT FACES REVISED CHARGES By Greg Kocher CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU Charlie Puckett wants it known that he is no longer with the Kentucky State Militia. Friends of the former commander of the civilian paramilitary organization intended to file a legal notice in the Garrard County Clerk's Office notifying the public that Puckett will not be affiliated with the group any more, said Puckett's attorney Gatewood Galbraith. Galbraith read the signed statement yesterday morning after Puckett pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment in U.S. District Court...

    04/05/2002 2:39:01 AM PST · by toddst · 218 replies · 252+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Fri, Apr. 05, 2002 | Louise Taylor and Greg Kocher
    Posted on Fri, Apr. 05, 2002 WANTED MILITIA LEADER SURRENDERS PUCKETT HAD FLED FROM HOUSE ARREST By Louise Taylor and Greg Kocher HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITERS Charlie Puckett, the commander of the Kentucky State Militia, quietly turned himself in to authorities yesterday after three weeks on the lam and was promptly lodged in the Fayette County jail. During a brief hearing in U.S. District Court, Puckett's attorney, Gatewood Galbraith, stipulated that his client had slipped out of an electronic monitor and "absconded" from house arrest on March 13. "We don't want to insult this court's intelligence," Galbraith told Magistrate Judge James...
  • Stewart Shrugs off Criticism

    05/28/2001 4:48:46 PM PDT · by toddst
    Associated Press ^ | MAY 28, 2001 | JENNA FRYER
    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — When his grueling 1,100 miles of racing were over, Tony Stewart had one word for his critics: Idiots. Stewart, called selfish and accused of putting 42 other Winston Cup drivers in danger by trying to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, successfully completed the double on Sunday. He finished sixth in the IRL race, then flew to Concord for a third-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. That was an improvement from the first time he tried the double in 1999, when he finished ninth at Indy and fourth ...
  • Federal agents seize hundreds of guns; 16 held

    03/08/2001 5:35:32 AM PST · by toddst
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 3-8-2001 | Kimberly Hefling, AP ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BOWLING GREEN Federal agents raided gun shops and homes in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee yesterday, seizing hundreds of weapons and arresting 16 people as part of an 18-month investigation into illegal firearms sales. About 500 guns were seized including one used in the shooting of a police officer in Indiana, authorities said. In all, 1,000 firearms were either seized or purchased by undercover agents during the investigation, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced at a news conference. Some of the weapons have been linked to robberies in California, Illinois and Tennessee, said Karl Stankovic, ATF agent in ...
  • Legislature Seems Intent on Protecting Gun Rights

    02/05/2001 5:16:16 AM PST · by toddst
    Herald-Leader ^ | 1-5-2001 | Mark R. Chellgren, Associated Press
    FRANKFORT Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, is one of a tiny group of legislators who might be considered gun control advocates. Their efforts in the General Assembly are largely futile and in one particularly noteworthy incident, backfired completely. Stein is preparing for another round of probably losing battles in the short session that begins Tuesday. Handgun Control Inc. last year gave Kentucky a grade of F-minus on gun safety issues, the first time the organization had awarded such a poor rating. ``Gun fanciers,'' such as Rep. J.R. Gray, D-Benton, calls himself, took the rating as a badge of honor. Gray ...
  • Board Votes to Stick With Existing Runway

    01/30/2001 5:25:54 PM PST · by toddst
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 1-30-2001 | Jefferson George, H-L Staff Writer
    Idea for parallel strip dropped; foes applaud Hoping to win the support of neighbors and city leaders while still keeping an eye on the future, the Urban County Airport Board reversed its earlier vote for a new runway at Blue Grass Airport yesterday, deciding instead to add safety areas to the existing runway. The board's 10-0 vote approved a new alternative that would add 340 feet of pavement to one end of the existing runway and create 600-foot safety areas on both ends while still keeping 7,000 feet available for takeoffs and landings. The plan will be submitted to ...
  • Airport Solution Lies to the East

    01/21/2001 10:46:48 AM PST · by toddst · 154+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 1-21-2001 | Bill Lear, Developer Attorney
    Question for the Urban County Council: Did you notice that the airport board even after you lambasted it, tore it apart, reconstituted its membership and showed it who was boss three years ago has come back with the same plan for airport expansion that originally sent you into a swivet, basing its recommendation on the not-so-revolutionary premise that the best way to have a viable, full-service, adequate-to-meet-the-needs-of-a-metropolitan-area-in-the-21st century airport, is to have parallel runways? Question for the airport board: What was it about ``no, never, not in our lifetime, not over our dead bodies'' that you didn't understand?,P. Questions ...
  • Miller Asking Board To Drop Runway Pick

    01/19/2001 5:34:05 AM PST · by toddst
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 1-19-2001 | Jim Warren, H-L Staff Writer
    Mayor Pam Miller said yesterday that she is lobbying members of the Urban County Airport Board to quickly call a special meeting and reverse the controversial, and surprising, decision it made Wednesday to build a new 7,000-foot runway at Blue Grass Airport. For that to happen, at least one of the six board members who voted for the new runway must ask for another vote on the matter. The mayor previously opposed a new runway on grounds that it wasn't needed and would divide the community. There's no division, however, among owners of major horse farms adjacent to the ...
  • Bill Widens Deadly Force Limit

    01/16/2001 3:02:07 PM PST · by toddst · 212+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 1-16-2001 | Jack Brammer, Frankfort Bureau
    Bill widens deadly force limit Includes burglary, robbery, `deviate' sexual acts FRANKFORT. You look out a window of your home late at night and see a stranger using a crowbar to pry open the front door of your car parked on the street. Under a bill filed in this year's Kentucky General Assembly by Rep. Bob Damron, you would have the right to shoot that person to stop him. The Nicholasville Democrat who was instrumental in allowing Kentuckians to carry concealed deadly weapons is pushing legislation that would broaden the situations in which people could use deadly force to ...
  • Runway Extension Is Most Sensible Option

    01/16/2001 3:42:32 AM PST · by toddst
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 1-14-2001 | editorial board
    Runway extension is most sensible option Proposal solves airport problems without creating any new ones Blue Grass Airport is safe. At what cost should the Urban County Airport Board try to make it marginally safer? Of all the options studied, the extension of the existing runway makes the most sense. It probably would satisfy federal safety officials. At an estimatd $28 million, it will certainly cost less and affect the fewest people, houses and land, and it seems to have the strongest public support. This week, the airport board should recommend this more modest plan to the Federal Aviation Administration ...