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A state alcohol beverage control investigator is credited with breaking up an illegal alcohol sales operation

 An investigation is underway into a biodiesel leak last month near Little Eagle Creek in Scott County creek 

that killed an estimated 2000 small fish.  Officials said there’s no further significant threat to the creek.

State and local environmental officials are searching for the source of the 3,000 gallons of biodiesel that made its way into the waterway.  State Natural Resources Spokesman Lanny Brannock said the exact cause is not known although a nearby Love’s Travel Shop  is being examine.

    Lexington authorities are following up on a dozen or so cases of fake $100 bills or "prop" money. Police Sergeant Brad Williams said many of the bills recovered have the words "for motion picture use only' on them.  “Most people when they’re given a bills they don’t read the words on it,” Williams said. “They basically just see the amount of it, maybe see the picture of who’s on it and that’s about it.”

Lexington city officials appear headed toward establishing an ‘infrastructure fund’ to help funded downtown developments.

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Kentucky farmers are grappling with continuing challenges in the world agriculture economy.  There’s no immediate relief in sight.

A review of this year's Kentucky's agricultural production with an eye on 2017 is on the agenda at the state Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention.  The convention is underway in Louisville through Saturday. Some 2,000 people are expected to attend.

The Eastern Kentucky/Western Kentucky men’s basketball rivalry comes to McBrayer Arena Thursday.  It’s the first time the Hilltoppers have come to Richmond since 2007.

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Ten Kentucky candidates have filed to run for U.S. Senate including the incumbent and the mayor of the state’s second largest city.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed candidacy papers Tuesday morning, just hours ahead of the deadline.

With family at his side and a room full of cameras and reporters, second term Gray signed his candidacy papers in the Secretary of State’s office.

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By mid-afternoon Friday, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says about 10 gay couples had visited his office seeking marriage license applications. 

Wade Payne — Herald-Leader

The director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association expects horse racing trainers to take note of Bob Baffert's winning strategy. 

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    Sights and sounds filled the state capitol rotunda Wednesday, all in the name of the arts across Kentucky.  The event included a visit by a 'cool' puppeteer named Johnny.

Leaders of both houses of the Kentucky general assembly remain committed to passage of legislation to address heroin problems.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers appeared Thursday on WEKU's Eastern Standard program.  Both men are confident that a heroin bill will be passed this session.

Efforts to pass heroin legislation last spring fell apart at the end of the session.  Neither leader is saying when final approval might come during the current session.

Crews are working this week at Lexington City Hall to repair damage following a recent sewer line break above the first floor ceiling.

Transylvania University is moving toward a test-optional admissions policy.

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Universities must comply with numerous laws, regulations and policies. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says there are federal reporting requirements for everything from financial aid, to accounting, to on-campus crime statistics.

The director of Kentucky Youth Advocates says the most important challenge facing the state's children is poverty. 

Terry Brooks is responding to a report just released by WalletHub, a personal finance social network.  In it, Kentucky ranked 44th nationally in the percentage of children living in households with below poverty level income. 

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's Rupp Arena project.   Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the Rupp/Convention Center project forward. 

In the letter dated May 20th, UK President Eli Capilouto expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled. 

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies.  Beshear has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects.   The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.

An early spring forest fire has led to the closure of a Southeast Kentucky state park.  The woodland fire fed by gusty winds forced the Sunday shut down of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and Letcher counties.    Local fire departments and about 50 Division of Forestry firefighters worked to contain the fire, which at one point covered about 465 acres including some state park property. Forestry officials set up an emergency command center at the park.

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are staying in St. Louis for the weekend for another game in the 2014 NCAA tournament.  It took some doing, but UK held fast in beating Kansas State by seven.  Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, brought a yeoman's effort against number-two-seeded Kansas before falling 80-69. 

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Kentucky day care centers would be required to be tested for radon under legislation approved by a House committee.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says Kentucky ranks in the top ten nationally when it comes to radon levels.  “It’s a piece of legislation that requires where young children spend nine or ten hours a day, day care centers actually get a test from a licensed professional for radon which cause lung cancer,” said Riggs.

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Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday.  If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.

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Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor.  There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure.  Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.