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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell does not expect any major tax reform legislation to pass in the current Congress. The Kentucky Republican accuses Democrats of pushing the issue to generate extra revenue for the federal government…

“Well, I honestly don’t see how we get there. Back in the 80’s, there was a bi-partisan agreement between President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill that the whole purpose of comprehensive tax reform was to make the country more competitive, not to raise revenue for the federal government.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell

MCTC Bans Tobacco

Aug 2, 2013
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Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has become the latest school to adopt a tobacco-free policy. Jessica Kern is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at MCTC. She says this change reflects a growing desire among students and visitors…

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President Obama’s nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service is a graduate of Ashland Blazer High School. 74-year-old John Koskinen is widely recognized as a corporate restructuring expert. He most recently served as chairman of mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Koskinen was also deputy director for the federal Office of Management and Budget.

In an August, 2011 speech before the Chautaqua Institution in Washington, Koskinen talked about economic and housing policy. He also took questions from the audience…

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Fleming County will hold a 4-H Rally Day August 6th for youngsters interested in competing for prizes in horticulture, arts and crafts and photography and sewing. A co-owner of the Proctorville Flea Market has been sentenced to prison on charges that he sold stolen items there…and an official with the Kentucky Department of Education thinks too many local school districts are neglecting capital projects to cover operational expenses.

Martin County High School Closed

Aug 2, 2013
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The doors of the only high school in Martin County will remain closed this school year.

WYMT reports the school board voted Thursday night to close Sheldon Clark HS after concerns were raised that nearby blasting was too dangerous. Officials say it was not an easy decision, and it is getting mixed reactions from people in the community. Hundreds of people came supporting their school and supporting their kids.

Fort Campbell Trims Military

Aug 2, 2013
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The former commander of Fort Campbell is back on post this week preparing to help the Army slim down. He says some who thought they’d make a career of the military will have to leave. 

The Army is already marching its numbers down to fewer than 500,000 in uniform. And further budget cuts being considered could chop another 100,000 from the ranks at the post on the Tennessee/Kentucky line. Gen. John Campbell says being in the military is a privilege, not a right…

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The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $400,000 grant to Morehead State University to launch the Appalachian Rural Dental Education Partnership Program. It’s a joint effort with the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and will increase awareness and support for dental careers among K-12 students in eastern Kentucky.

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Chuck Mraz speaks with Health Matters host Dr. Tony Weaver.

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a request by Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative for a rate increase that will allow the utility to maintain its financial stability. The PSC authorized Grayson to raise rates to generate an additional 1.9 million dollars in annual revenue. The commission, however, termed the increase "problematic." It said the utility has been aware since 2010 that lower energy sales and rising costs were causing its financial position to deteriorate but waited until late last year to seek a rate adjustment.

Megabus Expands Lexington Service

Aug 1, 2013
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A bus ride from Lexington to northern Ohio should be quicker and cheaper.  Megabus is launching a new connector service to Cleveland.

Catching a Megabus at Lexington’s downtown transit center can start you on your way to Cincinnati.  It’s there, where connectors are available for trips to Chicago, Cleveland, and Buffalo.  Cut rate tickets, which are sold over the internet, can be as low as a dollar.  Megabus spokesman Mike Alvich says low fares are available, if travelers plan ahead…

The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 161 in southern Mason County on Monday, August 5 for a drainage pipe replacement. The work, and road closure, will take place approximately from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 5, 2013 between Flat Fork Road and KY 324. Motorists may detour using KY 324 and KY 170. Road work schedules are dependent upon weather. Motorists should heed all warning signs, and drive carefully by remaining aware of workers and construction equipment at all times.

Keeneland Predicts Increased Sales

Aug 1, 2013
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Keeneland will see an increase in the number of yearling thoroughbreds in the sales ring this September.  Its catalogue, which was released this week, lists three-hundred more horses than were auctioned-off last September.  Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson says the increase comes despite the smallest crop of foals in North America in modern times...

“We figured that we would probably be down somewhat but, we’re happy to be up and I think it’s just a higher percentage of the people are putting their horses on the market this year.” --Walt Robertson

Feature: Kentucky's Energy Future

Aug 1, 2013

It's no secret that Kentucky's coal industry has been hurting in recent years, and renewed pledges from the federal government to curb carbon emissions pose even more challenges...but as MSPR's Joshua Grandison reports, Kentucky may still have a fighting chance in energy...

Fleming County 4-H

The cancelation of the Ewing-Fleming County Fair does not mean 4-H youngsters from Fleming County will be prevented from entering projects at the Kentucky State Fair…So says Fleming’s Extension Youth Agent Staci Thrasher.

She says 4-H members used to qualify for the state fair by winning ribbons during the week-long county fair but the termination of the local event left them without a venue to display their projects. Now, says Thrasher, they’ll have that opportunity with Fleming County’s first 4-H Rally Day on August 6th…

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Programs operated by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services have been impaired by the federal budget sequester imposed earlier this year…That’s according to the Cabinet’s Executive Director for Policy and Budget Beth Jurek. She says the Congressional stalemate that triggered the cuts reduced funding to the Cabinet by about five percent…

A top official with the Kentucky Department of Education believes the state legislature should prohibit local school districts from spending capital outlay funds for operations. Hiren Desai is the department’s associate commissioner of administration and support…

"I am concerned about continuing to allow school districts to use capital outlay funds, through the budget bill, for operating funds…there are six districts who have used some capital funds for salary type expenditures, which is a huge concern of mine." - Hiren Desai

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An official with the Federal Aviation Administration says it could be several months before the cause of Monday’s helicopter crash in Breathitt County is determined. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells a Lexington audience Kentucky needs a new US senator because the incumbent has been an obstructionist for nearly three decades…and the US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting an open house at Grayson Lake Saturday. 

Minority Business Expo

Jul 31, 2013

Efforts to diversify the kinds of businesses working with the city of Lexington are showing some success.  The 11th annual Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo takes place Thursday and Friday (August 1-2).  The expo’s designed to help spur business for companies owned by women and minorities.  Expo Co-Chair Marilyn Clark also works in purchasing for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

Free Health Screenings

Jul 31, 2013

Kings Daughters Medical Center has obtained a federal grant to conduct free health screenings in Morehead on August 21st. KDMC’s Outreach Specialist Tracy Woods says a mobile unit will be stationed outside the Rowan County Public Library beginning at 10 a.m:

“They get a total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse oxygen…they get all of those results there on the spot. We also do an E-K-G. The E-K-G is actually brought back to our cardiologist to read and we call people back if they have an abnormal.”

Budget Cuts Reach Lewis County Programs

Jul 31, 2013

A reduction in the size of a federal grant distributed through the Kentucky Department of Education has forced the suspension of all programs and services offered by the Lewis County Boys and Girls Club…that’s according to the chairman of the club’s advisory board Kevin Duff.

Duff says the club has been told there have been cuts to the 21st Century Community Learning Grant, which funnels money into Lewis County for free after-school programs that benefit hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 6 and 18.  Duff says a fundraising effort is underway to try to salvage the club:

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Kentucky’s drug czar says deaths from heroin overdoses have risen rapidly over the past year. Governor Beshear says he is not likely to add any other items to the agenda for a special legislative session next month…and the Rowan County Public Library prepares for a Thursday evening visit from Simon Kenton.

MSPR will broadcast Kentucky Educational Television's (KET) coverage of Fancy Farm 2013, with a special program to air at 9:00a.m. on Tuesday, August 6.

KET hosts Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw will present highlights from the Fancy Farm picnic and offer excerpts from the speeches in a one-hour Fancy Farm 2013 Special.

“We do our best to bring viewers the flavor and feeling of one of the oldest political picnics in the nation,” Goodman says.

Grimes Launches Campaign

Jul 31, 2013
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Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has officially launched her bid the US Senate seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell. Grimes told supporters in her hometown of Lexington Tuesday evening the incumbent has held the office for almost three decades and has prevented votes on more than 400 bills…

“He has stood in the way and blocked votes from ever even coming to the floor. While Senator McConnell might be thriving…Kentucky is only barely surviving. After nearly 30 years in office…it stops now.” - Alison Lundergan Grimes

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The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding an open house Saturday at Grayson Lake to give people a chance to see how the lake helps reduce flooding in the region. Michelle Mirus is a senior park ranger with the Corps…

"We are offering the public an opportunity to look inside the Grayson Lake dam intake structure…so that you can learn about how the Corp of Engineers helps to reduce negative impacts of flood damage. To go inside the intake structure of a dam…those opportunities aren’t usually there." -  Michelle Mirus

MSU Receives Grant to Study Language

Jul 30, 2013
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Morehead State University has received a grant from the National Institute of Health for a three-year study of the language process.

Leading the research will be Dr. Katy Carlson, Associate Professor of English at MSU. She says the project will explore how emphasizing certain words contributes to the understanding of a sentence. She says it’s the sort of work that can benefit doctors treating patients who’ve lost or have impaired language abilities…

Simon Kenton to Visit Morehead

Jul 30, 2013

The Rowan County Public Library plays host to “Simon Kenton: Frontiersman” Thursday night in Morehead. The Rowan County Historical Society and Kentucky Chatauqua are presenting a living history program on the famous explorer at 6 o’clock in the community room. 

Gary Lewis serves as president of the Morehead-based historical group…

KY Heroin Deaths Rising

Jul 30, 2013

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky declined in 2012 compared to the previous year but the state’s drug czar says deaths connected to the use of heroin skyrocketed. Van Ingram is director of Kentucky’s Office of Drug Policy and Control.

He says 1, 004 people died in Kentucky from drug overdoses last year, 19 fewer than 2011. However, he says, deaths from heroin jumped more than 550 percent. The lower price, says the former Maysville police chief, had a lot to do with that…

Governor Beshear says it’s unlikely he’ll ask state lawmakers to deal with regulations on pipelines when they assemble in Frankfort next month for a special session. The governor says he called the special assembly to draw new maps for House and Senate districts and doesn’t plan on adding anything else to the call.

Concerns about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline have prompted some officials to recommend that legislators review Kentucky’s pipeline rules when they convene August 19th. However, the governor doesn’t think that’s necessary…

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Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins is confident the General Assembly next month will come up with a redistricting plan for House and Senate seats that can withstand a constitutional challenge. The Boyd County Democrat says that work is already underway…

"That’s our job and I think we will achieve that job when we go in on August the 19th.There’s a lot of work going on right now to try get those maps put together and I think all of us who serve in the general assembly understand our responsibility." - Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins

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A helicopter involved in Kentucky’s marijuana suppression efforts has crashed near the Magoffin-Breathitt County line. Governor Beshear has appointed a Pikeville physicians to the Morehead State University Board of Regents…and Kentucky’s education commissioner warns of a school funding crisis in the Commonwealth. 

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