Latest Lexington Herald-Leader Stories

2008-08-07 03:00:28

By Raviya H. Ismail, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 7--Fayette County middle school students can opt to attend a virtual school this year if their schools failed to meet federal No Child Left Behind math and reading goals. The Fayette County Public Schools Virtual Middle School was established last year to give students another transfer option since many district middle schools are crowded. It is housed at Crawford Middle School. NCLB requires all schools that receive federal...

2008-08-06 21:00:28

By Ashlee Clark, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--RICHMOND -- For the second time in less than two weeks, Army officials detected a mustard agent leak Wednesday at Blue Grass Army Depot. The mustard was detected at extremely low levels and confined to the interior of the igloo in which it is stored. The leak occurred in a different storage igloo than the leak detected July 28. The agent poses no threat to the community or environment, according to Blue Grass Chemical Activity,...

2008-08-06 03:00:50

By Scott Sloan, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--The Kentucky Public Service Commission on Tuesday warned that consumers are likely to see higher heating prices this winter because of the rise in natural gas costs. "Natural gas prices this summer have hit levels not seen since the fall of 2005, when supplies were disrupted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita," PSC Chairman David Armstrong said in a statement. "Although prices have fallen in recent weeks, it still seems likely that...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Raviya H. Ismail, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--Fayette County's five high schools and most of those in surrounding counties failed to meet federal No Child Left Behind goals, according to data released Tuesday. Fayette County's Bryan Station High became the only school in the district to fail six years in a row, but students won't get the option of transferring to a better-performing school because no other high school in the county passed. Overall, Fayette's public...

2008-08-06 03:00:41

By Andy Mead, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--PLEASANT HILL -- When people gather here to talk about mining, it's usually coal mining. This week, the discussion is out of this world. The 18 people attending the "Asteroid Mining 'X' Seminar" at Shaker Village are discussing extracting natural resources from the thousands of little planet-ettes found in our solar system. No kidding. Getting to an asteroid, mining it, and getting back, would be the (relatively) easy part, the...

2008-08-05 21:00:19

By Raviya H. Ismail, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 5--Nearly three-fourths of Fayette County public schools met their federal No Child Left Behind goals, but none of the district's five high schools -- including Bryan Station High, which failed for the sixth year in a row -- met targets. While district schools made steady progress, gains may not be fast enough to meet the federal mandate of getting 100 percent of students to reach proficiency by 2014. "Our people are working...

2008-08-05 21:00:19

By Raviya H. Ismail and Linda J. Johnson, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 5--Kentucky schools struggled to meet tougher federal No Child Left Behind goals this year. Only 70 percent of schools met targets -- a drop from last year when more than three-fourths of schools reached goals, according to data released Tuesday. Of the state's 1,174 public schools, 354 didn't meet NCLB targets this year. Of those, 34failed to meet goals for six or more consecutive years. The federal...

2008-08-05 03:00:20

By Shawntaye Hopkins, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 5--Male 89 years old Richmond, Kentucky United States Scroll down this MySpace.com page. The About Me section reveals more appropriate details about the user than the biographical sketch, including the page creator's mission: to protect life and and reduce crime. The page belongs to the Richmond Police Department. Three Kentucky police departments have created pages on the popular social-networking Web site to...

2008-08-04 09:01:05

By Sarah Vos, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 4--Sammy Yolanda Miranda wanted to breast-feed her children because she remembered her mother breast-feeding her younger brother. That makes her unique in Letcher County, where approximately one-third of new mothers begin breast-feeding in the hospital and many have never seen another woman breast-feed. August is World Breastfeeding Month, and Kentucky Public Health officials are calling on health professionals, employers, families...

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