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4:46 am
Sun October 26, 2014

No. 1 Mississippi State Survives Kentucky 45-31

LEXINGTON — Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Josh Robinson rushed for two TDs and top-ranked Mississippi State beat Kentucky 45-31 on Saturday.

Playing for the first time atop the rankings, the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) showed no rust coming off a bye. That was a good thing in a game that resembled a shootout at times, which Mississippi State won with timely touchdowns that held off the stubborn Wildcats (5-3, 2-3).

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Local News
12:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky Has the Most Distilleries Since Prohibition Ended, Report Says

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

A new study shows Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector primed for another round of expansion.

The report released Tuesday was done by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.

(You can reach the full report here.)

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Local News
12:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Help Name the Louisville Zoo's Newest Hippo

A 7-week-old pygmy hippo at the Louisville Zoo will soon have a name.

More than 2,500 names were submitted in a contest. The zoo's hippo keepers chose three of those names. And the public will vote for the final choice.

The names are Ace, Jahari and Kimani.

Zoo visitors can vote through Sunday for their favorite name by making a contribution in the voting kiosk on the zoo's Front Plaza.

The name that receives the most votes will be given to the hippo and will be announced next week.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

McConnell Campaign Heads East; Grimes Campaign Goes West

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell embarks on a three-day campaign bus tour of Eastern Kentucky's coal country today with the help of three Republican congressmen also seeking re-election in November.

McConnell will visit 15 counties in eastern Kentucky as he seeks a sixth term to the U.S. Senate. Joining him will be Republican U.S. Representatives Hal Rogers, Andy Barr and Thomas Massie.

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Local News
11:16 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

College Football: Kentucky Falls at LSU, 41-3

 Terrence Magee amassed 220 all-purpose yards and rushed for two touchdowns, Tre'Davious White scored on a 67-yard punt return and LSU routed Kentucky 41-3 on Saturday night.

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Local News
6:50 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs Jostling Over Race Dates

Credit Rick Howlett/WFPL

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs are still jockeying over racing dates, and state horse racing regulators say they'll step in to settle the dispute if the tracks can't reach agreement.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's executive director, John T. Ward, met privately Tuesday with top executives of both tracks.

The track executives couldn't reach a deal in time for a racing commission panel to propose racing dates for September 2015. The commission must award 2015 racing dates by Nov. 1 under state law.

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Local News
7:57 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

College Football: Louisville Cards Come Up Short at Clemson, 23-17

 Ammon Lakip bounced through the go-ahead, 40-yard field goal and Clemson stopped Louisville on fourth-and-goal from its 2 with 21 seconds remaining for a 23-17 victory today.      

The Tigers (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on despite losing freshman phenom quarterback Deshaun Watson to injury in the second quarter. But it took a dramatic late stop to do it after Will Gardner's 73-yard pass to James Quick put the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2) on Clemson's 8 with 1:08 left.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Campaign for Grimes in Louisville

Hillary Clinton
Credit Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting help from another Clinton — this time from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Kentucky Democrat's campaign says the former U.S. secretary of state and potential presidential candidate in 2016 will campaign for Grimes next Wednesday night in Louisville. Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said Friday the event is open to the public, and free tickets will be available at Democratic headquarters in all 120 Kentucky counties.

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Health
1:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Kentucky's First Flu Case of the Season Reported In Louisville

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Kentucky's first influenza case of the season is in Louisville, according to the Department for Public Health.

State health officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.

Kentucky's flu activity will be classified at the lowest level.

Flu season in Kentucky typically begins in October or November.

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Local News
2:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Kindred Healthcare buying Gentiva in $719.6M deal

Kindred's building in downtown Louisville.
Credit James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Kindred Healthcare Inc. is buying home health and hospice care provider Gentiva Health Services Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $719.6 million, sealing a deal after previous rejections by Gentiva.

Kindred will pay $14.50 per share in cash and $5 of its common stock.

The companies put the transaction's value at $1.8 billion, including the assumption of debt.

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