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AP NewsBreak: UK, deaf fan settle suit

By Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Charles Mitchell won’t be able to hear the crowd noise or announcements when he goes to a University of Kentucky football game this fall, but he will be able to track announcements and read the words to “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Mitchell, a deaf football season ticket holder from Lancaster, and the university have settled a lawsuit over closed-captioning at Commonwealth Stadium. The parties told U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood on Tuesday they had reached an agreement.

One of Mitchell’s attorneys, Laren Knoll of Columbus, Ohio, told The Associated Press that captions for all public address announcements, including play-by-play and player introductions, should be on the scoreboard and ribbon boards, as well as televisions in the concourse areas when the Wildcats kick off on Sept. 8 against Kent State. Knoll said the practice started late last year, but should be fully implemented by the 2012 season.

“It’s a good start,” Knoll said. “Hopefully, he feels more included this year.”

University of Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy said the school added the captioning when it spent $6.5 million to install new [...]

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