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    Posted July 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service]
State representative indicted for alleged campaign finance violations
     Attorney General Jack Conway Tuesday announced the indictment of state Rep. Forrest “Ben” Waide, 51, of Madisonville for alleged violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws. Tuesday morning, a Franklin County grand jury returned a two-count felony indictment charging Waide with knowingly accepting contributions from a corporation, in violation of KRS 121.150(20), and causing funds in his campaign account to be expended for purposes that were not allowable campaign expenditures, in violation of KRS 121.175. The charges relate to Waide’s 2010 campaign for state representative and are the result of an investigation conducted by Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations.

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Posted July 29, 2014 [ Business Lexington ]
$1 million purse to be a first for a Keeneland stakes race
     The Oct. 4 running of the Shadwell Turf Mile will mark the first time a stakes race at Keeneland will carry a seven-figure purse. In partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm, Keeneland announced the Grade 1 race, slated for its 29th running on Saturday, Oct. 4, will rank as one of North America’s richest races held at a mile on the turf.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Elkton to get new manufacturing plant, 75 jobs
     Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday joined company officials and local leaders to celebrate the opening of Custom Cooler Inc. in Todd County. Custom Cooler, which manufactures custom walk-in coolers, freezers and freezer doors, is creating 75 jobs and investing nearly $5.8 million into a manufacturing facility.



    Posted July 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Attorney general announces settlement in predatory lending scheme
     Attorney General Jack Conway, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 12 other state attorneys general, Tuesday announced a settlement resolving allegations that consumer lender Rome Finance, which specialized in providing consumer financing to military servicemembers, engaged in predatory lending practices that cost servicemembers tens of millions of dollars.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Central City Leader News ]
Murder pretrial hearing reveals details, evidence
     A new prosecutor has been assigned to the case of Brenda Hardin, the 61-year-old Central City woman accused of murdering her ex-husband Ronnie Hardin earlier this month. Barbara Maines Whaley was assigned by the Office of the Attorney General after Commonwealth’s Attorney Ralph Vick asked to be excused from the case. Brenda Jean Hardin was charged with murder - domestic violence and tampering with physical evidence following a police investigation.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Self-defense offered in murder trial
     A jury seated Monday in Simpson Circuit Court for the murder trial of Daniel Lee Moss heard competing theories about the events surrounding the gunshot that killed Shawn Thompson outside Moss’ house. Testimony will continue in the case today regarding the Jan. 25, 2013, death of Thompson, who was shot just outside Moss’ home in Simpson County near Woodburn. Moss, 33, is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Farmers needing more rain
     Rain and thunderstorms hit many areas of Kentucky last weekend, but Bowling Green remained mostly dry, compounding what has already been a dry season for local farmers and increasing the risk for fire. Bowling Green’s total rainfall for July as of today stands at 2.48 inches, less than the normal 3.9 inches by this date for the month. June was a dry month, too.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Road work on Interstate 64 in Clark County temporarily postponed
     Road work on a portion of Interstate 64 in Clark County has been temporarily postponed, according to the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Work will resume Monday, Aug. 18, from mile point 95.3 to mile point 98. The lane closures were scheduled so pavement could be resealed.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Quarry project produces lawsuit against company, government units
     Members of the Southwest Clark Neighborhood Association filed suit Monday in Clark Circuit Court against the Clark County Fiscal Court, the Winchester-Clark County Planning Commission and The Allen Company, alleging that the court had no basis for approving a zoning map amendment to allow quarry activity in the Boonesboro area.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Tornado touched down briefly in Leslie, weather service says in revised report
     A tornado touched down briefly in southern Leslie County during Sunday's storms, the National Weather Service office in Jackson reported. The Louisville weather service office said Monday afternoon that it had not received confirmation of any twisters in its service area, which includes Lexington and Central Kentucky. Storm damage in Lexington Sunday was caused by straight-line winds, not a tornado, the National Weather Service office in Louisville said.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Model stunt plane hobbyist's passion will take him to world championships next month
     Kenny Stevens fell in love with airplanes at age 9, and he still loves them at age 54. He's particularly passionate about airplanes of a certain size — ones that weigh about 65 ounces and have electric engines. Stevens flies and builds delicate, control-line model stunt planes, and he does both with world-class skill. Next month, the Lexington auto mechanic travels to Wloclawek, Poland, where he will be one of two pilots from the United States competing in the World Cup for control-line planes.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Owner of potbellied performer says his pig will steal the show with his tricks
     Most of the animals on Mo Thomas’ 11-acre La Grange property live there until the day they die, but he jokes that Oink, Oink, the trick-performing pig, may be a different story. “We’re gonna sell you,” Thomas, 71, joked last week to the 15-monthold, 170-pound Vietnamese potbellied pig. “Get you to Hollywood.” Oink, Oink — whose arsenal of tricks includes lying down and sitting on command, eating from a spoon and drinking Big Red cream soda from a bottle — catches his big break today as his repertoire debuts at the Oldham County Fair.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Student found dead was U of L cheerleader
     A 22-year-old student at the University of Louisville was found dead in the Cardinal Towne apartment complex on the north edge of U of L's campus on Monday morning, school officials confirmed Monday night. Danielle Cogswell, a transfer student who grew up in Washington, was a cheerleader at U of L for a year. School officials said Louisville police are handling the investigation. Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Monday night that no obvious signs of foul play were found in the initial investigation into Cogswell's death.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah fighting loss of postal jobs
     Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler spoke with Sen. Mitch McConnell this past week to try to keep the city's USPS Carrier Annex, which is scheduled to close next year along with 81 other mail processing centers in a cost-saving consolidation. Although the mayor believes preventing the Paducah consolidation is unlikely, she said it is worth the effort. "We might not be successful, but we can't just stand back and let things happen," she said. "They've already begun the process, so why would they make an exception for us? But we have to try."


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Cable merger may have Owensboro impact
     Owensboro's Time Warner Cable customers likely will become part of Charter Communications if or when the merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast is completed. Comcast is planning to divest certain subscribers to Charter Communications, and Kentucky will be part of that, a TWC spokesperson confirmed Monday.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Main Street manager: Downtown Murray moving past fire
     Amid the stress of either relocating or trying to maintain normalcy after last week’s court square fire and the two partial building collapses earlier this year, Murray’s downtown is doing its best to bounce back once again. One partial building collapse occurred downtown on Feb. 22, and another partial roof collapse happened on the court square on March 29. Then last Wednesday, Murray Fire Department officials say an early morning appeared to have started at Wilson’s Florist, damaging several nearby businesses. Murray Main Street Manager Deana Wright said downtown business owners are doing their best to move forward.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Bill Cosby concert set for Murray State in October
     One of the best-loved comedians of all time is coming to Murray. Bill Cosby will be performing in Murray State University’s CFSB Center at 8 p.m. CDT Oct. 11. The concert is billed as “An Evening with Bill Cosby.” Pre-sales begin Wednesday and tickets go on sale for the general public on Friday.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Ledger Independent ]
Governor, tourism lend support to Young project
     They came from all walks of life and across the country Saturday to spend a day working at the log cabin of Col. Charles Young. Young was born into slavery at the log cabin in May's Lick in 1864. His family later moved to Ripley, Ohio and Young went on to have a distinguished military career in the United States Army. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1889; served as a Buffalo soldier, as well as military attache' to Haiti and Liberia during his career; served as acting superintendent of Sequoia National Park; was a honorary member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Among those who are closely following the project is Gov. Steve Beshear.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Salvage company contests OHSA penalties
     Owners of a Providence salvage company are contesting $69,300 in penalties after being cited with 17 violations by the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency said company employees worked in unsafe conditions where asbestos was present following an unauthorized demolition at Madisonville's Kruger International plant in February.



    Posted July 29, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Why is there no tax-free weekend in Kentucky?
     Once a year, a third of U.S. states give shoppers a free pass on paying the sales tax on back-to-school purchases. Shoppers respond in droves. Mall parking lots fill. Cash registers beep tirelessly. It’s like Black Friday for back-to-school and clothing purchases, just not in Kentucky. Shoppers in Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia will shop tax-free this weekend, but the Bluegrass state has never offered a break on back-to-school sales tax, and the possibility looks bleak.


Posted July 29, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Whitfield calls ethics complaint ‘strategy’ to kill bill
     Responding to an ethics complaint against him, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., said on Monday that he believes it’s an attempt to derail a bill designed to curb the cruel practice of “soring” Tennessee Walking Horses. The House Ethics Committee confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that it is looking into potential ethics violations of two congressmen, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Whitfield. While members of the committee wouldn’t give the basis for the complaints, the committee is expected to announce its actions on both investigations by Nov. 10.


 

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