Friday April 25, 2014

The University of Kentucky will loosen its longstanding alcohol ban to allow legal drinking at some places on the Lexington campus. In another policy shift, the state's flagship school said it will extend its code of student conduct to apply to student behavior at places off campus. The changes, coming after a lengthy review, are expected to take effect in the upcoming fall semester. UK said it will revise the campus alcohol policy to allow some legal drinking under guidelines and conditions that weren't specified.
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Wednesday evening, some homeowners in Perry County came home to a frightening scene. Fire officials say a wildfire burned nine acres of grassland near Chavies, but did not damage any homes or buildings. The fire began around 6:30pm, and the Grapevine/Chavies Fire Department extinguished it a couple hours later.  Kentucky Division of Forestry is investigating the incident as arson.
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After the President announced the Promise Zone Initiative for eight counties within southeast Kentucky, leaders are now turning to students for ideas on how to improve the region. These students have grown up in one of the most beautiful counties in Kentucky, but they’ve also grown up in a county with some of the highest poverty rates.  Teams are listening to students from all of the eight counties within the Promise Zone Initiative.
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A man charged in the murder of an Eastern Kentucky woman was in court this morning. 55 year old Melvin Slone pleaded not guilty in a video arraignment. State Police arrested Slone Wednesday. They say he shot and killed 79 year old Martha Hollar. Hollar was found dead inside her burning Lee County home earlier this month. It is not clear if Slone knew the victim.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called Wednesday on the President  to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as she tries to defeat an incumbent Republican in the heart of coal country. Grimes' statement comes on the day a group committed to blocking the pipeline announced it will spend $500,000 setting up field offices in Kentucky to try to defeat U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Grimes has criticized the administration's energy policies before.
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The East Kentucky Leadership conference kicked off yesterday morning with several sessions, ranging in topics from applying for grant funding, to engaging young professionals and women in the fight to improve our region's economy. About 400 are registered for the East Kentucky Leadership Conference. The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is hosting this year's event.