Kentucky not hauling in official Christmas Tree for Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky will avoid the minimal cost of
hauling in an official Christmas tree, opting instead to decorate
an evergreen growing on the Capitol's front lawn.
Finance Cabinet spokeswoman Cindy Landham said Monday that Gov. Steve Beshear's administration had opted not to follow the
traditional route of issuing a public request for a donated tree
that state workers load aboard a truck to be hauled to Frankfort.
The move is drawing kudos from environmentalists, including
leaders of the forest protection group Heartwood who said they're
pleased Kentucky has opted to decorate an existing tree rather than
kill one.
Donated trees typically have stood at the end of the lengthy
walkway leading to the Capitol's front doors, a location where a
stage is now under construction for Beshear's pre-Christmas
inaugural ceremonies.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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