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State Auditor Adam Edelin says Kentucky needs to strengthen its cyber security protections. A Morehead business owner is under investigation for consumer-related complaints…and a nearly one year old landmark coal export deal between Kentucky and India is still in limbo. 

Bath County Injury Accident

Jul 25, 2013

A three-vehicle, chain reaction accident last night on Interstate-64 in Bath county left three people injured, including one critically.

Kentucky State Police say a car driven by 45-year-old Michelle Walters of Ashland was at a standstill near the 124-mile-marker on I-64 because of an earlier accident, when it was struck from behind by another vehicle piloted by 51-year-old Darinda Marriner of Morehead.  Shortly after that happened, Marriner’s auto was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Sarah Caudill of Owingsville.

Feature: Electric Shock Drowning

Jul 24, 2013
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Four years ago, a woman swimming in Cave Run Lake fell victim to a silent killer. Earlier this summer, that killer struck again at Lake Cumberland.

MSPR’s Joshua Grandison has the story…

Coal Plants Blamed for Water Pollution

Jul 23, 2013
Environmental Integrity Project

Coal-fired power plants in Kentucky and eleven other states have become the largest source of toxic water pollution in the country…That’s one of the findings in a new report released today by a coalition of environmental organizations. The groups say almost 70 percent of the more than 270 plants that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into rivers, lakes and streams have no limits on the toxins they’re permitted to dump.

New City Building in South Shore

Jul 23, 2013
Portsmouth Daily Times

South Shore could have a new city building by the end of next year…That’s according to Mayor Cheryl Moore who has been working out of a temporary office since the former municipal structure was destroyed in a 2010 fire. She’s hoping the construction contract is bid in September…

"The architects should have the plans finalized by mid-August...and then we'll have to submit it to the state...to get the building permit. We are hoping to be in by next September, a year from now. " - South Shore Mayor Cheryl Moore

AK Steel Reports Loss

Jul 23, 2013
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  AK Steel has reported a second quarter loss of more than 40-million dollars. Company Chairman James Wainscott says the performance was actually better than the raw numbers indicate. He says scheduled and unplanned outages at the firm’s Middletown, Ohio blast furnace affected the results…

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Morehead’s mayor says his city is a good place to open new restaurants but companies pondering such a move should do their homework. Camden Park plans to re-open Tuesday after a fire there forced the park’s closure Sunday…and Ashland city commissioners will likely turn to a Florida-based consulting firm to help them select the next city manager. 

One area news station can now add an Emmy to its list of credentials. MSPR's Tanner Boyd has the story... 

WYMT was recognized at the 49th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards in Cincinnati for its broadcast during the tornado outbreak on March 2, 2012.

More information: http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/WYMT-wins-first-Emmy-in-station-history-216324861.html

Morehead Lacks Restaurants

Jul 22, 2013

Despite the volume of business being done by Morehead’s new Cracker Barrel, no other major restaurant chains have announced plans to open an eatery in the area anytime soon. Mayor David Perkins believes several things are holding them back. He says they want a return on their investment too quickly and there’s still uncertainty about the economy.

He says, for those willing to crunch numbers in greater detail, they’ll find the Morehead market is a good place to be…

Rowan County’s Jailer is disappointed he’ll leave office next year without accomplishing one of his key goals.

When he retires after his current term ends, Don Hall says Rowan’s new 300-bed detention still won’t have been built.   The county and the State Department of Corrections are still in the planning stages for the project.

According to Hall, when he won re-election three years ago, he figured construction for the facility would be nearing its completion by this point in time…

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers is applauding the House Appropriations Subcommittee for its approval of a State Department foreign operations budget for next year that is 19 percent below 2013 funding levels. The Somerset Republican chairs the full Appropriations Committee.

 He insists the 34.1 billion dollar measure makes necessary cuts but does not shortchange security at America’s embassies overseas…

#500 Show Summary (Health Matters 500: What Went Wrong? Show):

The lawyers are preparing their closing arguments, and a Senate subcommittee will open hearings next week – how did Health Matters get on the air? And how have we stayed on the air for 10 years? Health Matters marks our 10 year anniversary with a look back, devastating news on prescription narcotic drugs, and a glimmer of hope regarding deaths from all-terrain vehicles.

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A Morehead police official warns that the community could be battling heroin for some time. State Representative John Will Stacy is skeptical of any plan to deregulate the telecommunications industry if it does not include a guarantee of support for landline phone service in rural communities…and Ashland city commissioners are asked to permit the Boyd County Farmer’s Market to operate in Central Park. 

Highlands Boy Scout Exhibit

Jul 22, 2013

The National Boy Scout Jamboree is taking place through Wednesday in Beckley, West Virginia and an Ashland, Kentucky museum is trying to tap into the excitement. Ashland is about a 2 hour drive from Beckley and the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is hoping some of the scouts and their supporters make the trip to view a special exhibit.

 Carole Allen is director of the Highlands…

Ashland May Sell Water to Big Sandy District

Jul 22, 2013

The city of Ashland may soon become a supplier for the Big Sandy Water District. City commissioners last week heard the first reading of an ordinance that would authorize Ashland to sell and distribute water within Big Sandy’s boundaries. Commissioner Kevin Gunderson says the deal could generate about $300,000 in additional revenue for the city…

Gunderson says Ashland certainly needs to produce extra income. The agreement could get formal approval next month.

 

Guthrie Supports Education Bill

Jul 19, 2013
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A Kentucky congressman who chairs a House subcommittee on higher education and life-long learning says “federal overreach” has failed to improve academic performance in local school districts. Brett Guthrie is a Republican from Bowling Green. 

 Guthrie is backing a rewrite of the federal “No Child Left Behind Law”, which backers call the Student Success Act. He says it eliminates dozens of federal education programs and permits states to craft their own accountability standards…

Cave Run Lake in eastern Kentucky offers many outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, fishing and camping. One activity there has been in operation for more than twenty years, but is often overlooked by visitors.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story:

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Morehead State University hosts some of the state's best and brightest high school students during the 2013 Governor's Scholars.

 

Rep Stacy Phone Deregulation Skeptic

Jul 19, 2013
Kentucky Legislature

State Representative John Will Stacy is skeptical of any state or federal deregulation proposals that don’t guarantee support for landline phone service in rural communities. The West Liberty Democrat’s district includes Morgan, Rowan, Menifee and Wolfe Counties. 

Stacy says the terrain of eastern Kentucky requires major investments in cell phone towers that companies may not be willing to make. Besides, he says, the March, 2012 tornado that devastated parts of his district proved how unreliable cell phones can be during a storm…

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Steve Beshear has been named One of the Worst Governors in America by the Washington-based citizens watchdog group CREW. Scuba diving is the new adventure tourism activity being offered at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park…and officials at Kosair Childrens Hospital are warning parents not to leave children in unventilated cars during the current heat wave. 

Fancy Farm Showdown

Jul 18, 2013

When Senator Mitch McConnell faces off against prospective general election opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, it will be the first time the Republican has met his Democratic challenger this far in advance at the event.

Director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Al Cross says McConnell had one such opportunity in his first bid for re-election, and didn’t take it.

Kentucky Skilled Worker Shortage Addressed

Jul 18, 2013
Kentucky Labor Cabinet

Governor Beshear’s labor secretary says his cabinet is developing new initiatives to address Kentucky’s shortage of skilled workers in advanced manufacturing. Larry Roberts testified in Frankfort today before House and Senate members of the Labor and Industry Committee.

He says a pilot program is being launched this fall that could be expanded statewide in 2014 if all goes well…

Scuba Diving at Greenbo Lake

Jul 18, 2013

Scuba diving is the newest adventure tourism activity being offered at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. The park is opening a ten-acre scuba refuge that will allow divers to use the lake between April and October.

Manager Cary Lyle says there will also be other times designated between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m…

Lyle says the scuba area is about 25-feet deep and the daily fee is $12. A special ceremony to mark the opening of the scuba refuge is set for Saturday.

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An Owingsville man is held in the Montgomery County Regional Detention Center following his arrest for the murder of a four-year-old girl in Florida in 1999. The Kentucky Farm Bureau says retail food prices dropped more than three-percent in the Commonwealth in the second quarter compared to the same period last year…and leaders in both parties call on Governor Beshear to get out front on tax reform in Kentucky. 

Feature: Farm to Table

Jul 18, 2013

Morehead State University's Derrickson Agricultural Complex partners with Kentucky Proud and Aramark to supply campus dining facilities with high quality fruits, vegetables and beef. 

Barr Blasts Fiscal Policy

Jul 18, 2013

Congressman Andy Barr says 54 consecutive weeks of unemployment over seven and a half percent and five straight years of declining wages have convinced him there are serious flaws in the nation’s fiscal policy. The Lexington Republican made the observation Wednesday to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernacke during a hearing in Washington.

Even though the Fed has kept interest rates near zero for the past four years, Barr says three-quarters of the country is still living paycheck to paycheck…

Kentucky Tax Reform Urged

Jul 17, 2013

  Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky appear to agree that the state needs to overhaul its tax system but getting the job done will be complex and difficult. Senators and state representatives from both parties discussed the issue this week on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.

Republican Jeff Hoover is minority leader in the Kentucky House. He says he’s no stranger to tax reform efforts…

Mason County CECC to Receive Grant

Jul 17, 2013

Mason County’s Community Early Childhood Council is among 58 organizations throughout Kentucky receiving grants to promote school readiness for youngsters. The Mason CECC is getting $9,800 from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.

Kathleen Mellencamp is with the Maysville Community and Technical College. She serves on the Mason Early Childhood Council…

"Part of the money we use for training for our early childcare providers and this year we are centering in on readiness for Kindergarten" - Kathleen Mellencamp, Maysville Community and Technical College 

US Senator Rand Paul has joined a bipartisan effort in support of a bill that would take sexual assault complaints in the military outside the chain of command. The Kentucky Republican spoke at a press conference in Washington Tuesday…

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Gas prices in Kentucky are more than 20-cents higher than they were a week ago. A Morehead man is held on charges of attempting to set fire to the mobile home where his mother lives…and Congressman Brett Guthrie says he will not run for Governor in 2015. 

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