Local News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Breeders' Cup Will Be Run at Keeneland

Keeneland Race Course
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The Breeders' Cup is coming to Keeneland Race Course.

Citing unnamed sources, The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday morning that the Breeders' Cup, one of thoroughbred racing's most notable annual events, would be held at the Lexington in 2015, Santa Anita in 2016 and Del Mar in 2017. 

Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders' Cup eight times and delivered its most successful dates in attendance and betting handle. The C-J's Gregory Hall reports:

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8:45 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Democrat Reggie Thomas Wins Race to Succeed Kathy Stein in Kentucky Senate

Reggie Thomas
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Democrat Reggie Thomas is the winner in a special election in Kentucky’s 13th state senate district, which covers part of Lexington.

Thomas garnered just over 4,000 votes, besting runner-up Richard Moloney, an Independent, who got about 2,600 votes, according to unofficial results from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Moloney serves as a Democrat on the Lexington City Council, but ran as an Independent after his party backed Thomas.

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4:48 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky State Sen. Kathy Stein, a Liberal Voice, Accepts Fayette Co. Judgeship

Kathy Stein
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FRANKFORT — Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein has been appointed to an open family court judgeship in Fayette County, which removes one of Kentucky's most liberal lawmakers from the Legislature.

Gov. Steve Beshear made the appointment on Monday.

Stein had been in the state Senate since 2009. She also served in the House for 11 years, including a stint as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

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Local News
6:42 am
Fri October 4, 2013

VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths

On July 29, after a fight landed Tim Fazio in a VA emergency room, an agency doctor prescribed oxycodone. “I opened (the bottle) up a couple of times a day for three or four days to take one out,” but never swallowed a pill, he said. He later flushed the pills down the toilet.
Credit Adithya Sambamurthy/The Center for Investigative Reporting

This reporting will be explored further on air at 1 p.m. today on Reveal, a news special produced by the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting. Tune in to 89.3 to stream at WFPL.org.

Because of a technical issue, we're rescheduling Reveal. It's air at 9 p.m. Friday.

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Local News
10:23 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Three Dead in Lexington House Fire

Lexington firefighters say three people have been found dead inside a burning home.

WLEX-TV reported the fire broke out before dawn Wednesday in the Clays Mill area of the city.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the victims appear to be an older couple and their son, all of whom lived at the address. He declined to release names until the victims could be positively identified.

Ginn told WKYT-TV that all the victims were oxygen-dependent, and oxygen tanks could have accelerated the blaze.

Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Fund Drive Launched For Lexington's Kentucky Theatre

Photo by Raymond Adams from kentuckytheatre.com

The  Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington is preparing to celebrate its 90th birthday and a group of local volunteers is working to raise up to $1.5 million for renovations to the movie house.

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5:13 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Lexmark Layoffs Leave Workers, City Reeling

News that Lexmark will lay off hundreds of local workers has Lexington city officials assessing how it will impact tax revenues.

The Lexington-based firm will reduce it's workforce by 350 full-timers and 200 contract employees locally. According to one city official that could result in a $1 million revenue loss.

Mayor Jim Gray said "our hearts go out to this folks who have been hit with this bad news, losing their jobs."

But the mayor says Lexmark remains a competitive electronics business.

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1:30 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Mayors of Louisville and Lexington Want to Boost Kentucky's Exports

Kentucky’s two largest cities are looking to help businesses expand their markets.

Louisville and Lexington have formed a business partnership called the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, or BEAM. On Monday, BEAM officials announced plans for an export service for businesses in each city and along Interstate 64 between them. 

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