Local/Regional News

Lexington, KY – Friday racing at Keeneland always draws a crowd but today, the racetrack has literally been taken over by the University of Kentucky and its SEE BLUE event. Hundreds of blue-clad students, faculty, and staff are spending the day celebrating the state's flagship university, and raising money for a charitable cause. Former UK quarterback Tim Couch and some of his old teammates are autographing special commemorative hats. Sale proceeds go to the university's Dance Blue charity.

Louisville, KY – Reforms like steroid bans and safety rail requirements have been hard to mandate in the racing industry, because each track is governed by its own board and the laws in that particular state. There is no national governing body. NTRA President Alex Waldrop says it wasn't hard getting tracks to join the new alliance.

Frankfort, KY – Attorneys for the gambling sites argued in court last week that Kentucky courts have no jurisdiction over the 141 domain names seized by the state, because none of the names are registered in Kentucky. But in a 43-page order, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate disagrees, saying after thorough review the court finds reasonable bases to conclude that the Internet gambling operators and their property, the Internet domain names, are present in Kentucky.

Frankfort, KY – Three days after Steve Beshear was elected governor last year, he announced that Mary Lassiter of Midway would be his Budget Director. You all know how important this position is. As the budget goes, so goes state government.

Lexington, KY – Lexington's new solar-powered parking meters use 21st century technology to offer parkers more payment options. The A-T-M style machines not only accept coins, but also take paper bills as well as credit or debit cards. Gary Means, Executive Director of the Lexington/Fayette County Parking Authority says payment flexibility isn't the machine's only feature.

Frankfort, KY – Frankfort Rep. Derrick Graham was returning from a legislative committee meeting in Murray Monday afternoon when his car went off the I-65 ramp to the Blue Grass Parkway. The vehicle went down a ravine after Graham tried to avoid a construction barrel. Graham was not severely injured, but spent the night in Hardin Memorial Hospital.