Ridin' Shotgun

Ever wondered what it's like to ride in a Crown Victoria with lights on top? Stay out of trouble; there's a better way. The Lexington Division of Police will offer the Citizen Police Academy beginning August 26th at 6:30pm. During classes, officers will take you for a ride-along and talk about what they do and why they chose to do it, among other things. For more information or to sign up, call Officer Debbie Wagner at 859/258-3634.

Moms On The Move

The Central Kentucky Chapter of the Million Mom March will have a booth at the Woodland Arts Fair this weekend, from 10am to 6pm Saturday, August 16th, and from noon to 6 pm on Sunday, in Woodland Park. The group, which advocates sensible gun laws for the safety of children, will lead an interactive activity called "Hands Without Guns."

No Thru Traffic

Parts of Interstate 75 in Scott County will be closed through the morning of August 15th due to the removal of an overpass. From 9pm Thursday to 5am Friday, southbound I-75 will be closed at mile post 125. Traffic will be detoured via Exit 126 to U.S. 62 to U.S. 460 back to I-75.

Gatewood's Going At It Again

Gatewood Galbraith has now decided to run for office yet again, even after he said he wouldn't seek office after his last attempt. Galbraith is now seeking the office of Kentucky's Attorney General. In the past, he had run for governor (three times), Congress (twice), and agriculture commissioner (once). He has run as a Democrat, an Independent and on behalf of the Reform party. Galbraith's decision to run was based on the support he received after getting out in the public at meeting with citizens. In the course of doing that, he collected more than seven thousand signatures.

New Jobs, No New Taxes?

Republican candidate for governor Ernie Fletcher wants to create new jobs in Kentucky by waiving the sales tax on construction materials and using "other incentives."

The goal being, to attract new businesses to counties that would pay wages higher than the county's current average salary and exempting businesses from paying sales tax on construction materials should they look to expand or move to Kentucky.

Fletcher had previously proposed bringing a federal research laboratory to Kentucky, making sure the state has broadband Internet access, and improving literacy among schoolchildren.

The issue of jobs is big. The issue of specifics will be one to watch.

The Three Rs

The Kentucky Department of Education announced Kentucky students are making steady, albeit slow improvements in reading, language arts, and mathematics.

Third-graders had the best performance in all three subjects tested. Sixth- and ninth-graders also showed improvement in areas.

The Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills/5 Survey Edition (CTBS/5) was given in April to all students in the 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades.

Individual district and school results are available from school districts' central offices. Also, scores can be accessed through the department's Web site at http://www.kentuckyschools.org.

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