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Posted August 24, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky Dems get $783,000 from Clinton panel
     A Hillary Clinton political committee transferred $793,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party in July — a huge and apparently sorely needed infusion of cash for Ken­tucky Democrats, who so far this year have struggled to compete with the Re­publican Party of Kentucky in the fund­raising battle leading up to the Novem­ber elections.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville archdiocese sued over ‘erotic’ photos
     Parents of a young boy who claim their son was inappropriately photo­graphed by a Roman Catholic priest, now a convicted sex offender, are suing the Archdiocese of Louisville for negli­gence. The Rev. Stephen Pohl pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge of viewing child pornography, admitting to access­ing more than 100 pornographic images of nude underage boys on computers at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church rectory and office.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
WKU meteorology programs offers 'real world' experiences
     For students in Western Kentucky University’s Meteorology Program, the forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of professional learning experiences through innovative student engagement activities. “The common theme is thinking outside of the traditional classroom in ways that put the ‘real world’ in the hands of students prior to graduation,” Dr. Josh Durkee, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Geology, said in a news release.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Patton's image adorns new cane spirit
     The newest product from Boun­dary Oak Distillery is connected with the legendary life of a World War II combat hero. But it also is rooted in Hardin County tourism and a life-long friendship that began in elementary school. Bottles of the barrel-aged liquor will carry the likeness of Gen. George S. Patton, who was known for his rapid deployment of armor troops when he commanded the U.S. Seventh Army and later the Third Army during the war. Known as Patton Armored Diesel, the product borrows its name from a mobile bar that accompanied the general’s forces as they crossed France and Germany after D-Day.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ky. Division of Surplus Property sends helpful items to Louisiana for flood relief
     As soon as Keith McNeil saw the news about the flood ravaged areas in Louisiana, he knew the Kentucky Division of Surplus Properties had items that would be useful for helping flood victims and cleanup efforts. DSP packed a truckload of items and shipped them out late last week.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Gov. Bevin submits Medicaid waiver to Feds, with some changes
     Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday submitted his Medicaid waiver proposal to the federal government, hoping to reshape the program that provides health insurance for 1.32 million Kentuckians. The plan Bevin sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — which he calls Kentucky HEALTH — had some changes that reflect public criticism of the original waiver proposal he unveiled in June. The federal government pays most Medicaid costs, and it must approve changes to how the states operate their individual programs.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort fire chief earns statewide honor
     At the annual conference in Bowling Green Saturday, Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs named Frankfort Fire and EMS Chief Eddie Slone Career Fire Chief of the Year. Slone joined Frankfort Fire and EMS in 1994 and was promoted through the ranks until taking over as chief in 2013. His Department has 82 fulltime employees and responds to 7000 EMS and 1,000 fire runs a year.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville not ready to pull trigger on fireworks ordinance
     Danville City Commission on Monday night heard more public comments on a proposed ordinance that would restrict the use of fireworks within city limits. But the commission took no action because it’s waiting to hear more on the ordinance from City Attorney Stephen Dexter. “The city commission is requesting that we not take up the fireworks ordinance until we’ve had our city attorney review it,” City Manager Ron Scott said. “… We’ve not had the chance to talk with our city attoney.”

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Apartment complex fire origin 'undetermined'
     The cause of the Aug. 13 fire that engulfed Building H at Lovers Lane Apartments and left eight refugee families homeless was ruled "undetermined" by the Bowling Green Fire Department. Investigators established that the fire started in the living room area of apartment four and that there were several electrical components, but investigators aren't sure what caused the flames, according to a news release from the department.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Business Lexington ]
Blue Grass Airport to offer non-stop service to Minneapolis year-round
     Starting Oct. 29, Delta Air Lines will provide daily nonstop service from Blue Grass Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The service, which was previously offered seasonally from June through October to Blue Grass Airport travelers, will provide more than 60 onward connections to more than 45 destinations.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Marion Adjustment Center, two other private prisons to reopen
     Because of the overcrowding of jails throughout Kentucky, the state is looking toward private facilities to alleviate some of the stress. According to Marion County Jailer Barry Brady, that means the Marion Adjustment Center will open sometime in the near future. “The contract with CCA will be resigned for all three private prisons,” Brady told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting Aug. 18. “I’m not sure when, but it’s on short order. The communication to me is that it’s a done deal and they are working on the contracts right now.” He said that in addition to opening MAC, the state will also work with CCA to open Otter Creek and the Lee Adjustment Center.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Dawson Springs Progress ]
State report: Dawson Springs superintendent violated statutes
     Two allegations recently brought against the Dawson Springs Independent School District have been resolved through an Office of Education Accountability investigation, according to a report released from the state office and handed out at Monday night’s school board meeting. The allegations were that the district’s resources were being used for non-district purposes and that surplus property was improperly disposed of by district personnel, according to the report.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Adair County Community Voice ]
Police warn of phone scams
     The Columbia Police Department is warning residents to be aware of a phone scam that has been reported in the area. The calls are showing up as coming from Jacksonville, Florida and Orlando, Florida. The caller is trying to convince recipients that they have won a large prize and they need to get your exact mailing address to send it you. They will eventually start trying to recover some of the recipients' personal information. Persons who receive such calls should just hang the phone up, police said in a news release.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
Naked man charged with biting cops is apprehended
     A Lawrenceburg man is behind bars months after police say he bit them, kicked them and intentionally exposed his genitals to them and others. William Whetzel, 22, was wanted on a host of charges since an incident in April that started as criminal trespassing and ended up with charges that include indecent exposure. Police say they found Whetzel working on a farm in Harrison County after he apparently posted a copy of a recent paycheck he received on his Facebook page.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Man charged with DUI after he was found driving with head out window
     If you’re driving around a hospital parking lot with the hood of your car sticking through its windshield you are probably drunk. That was the conclusion drawn by Whitesburg City Police Officer Sara Damron when she arrived at the Whitesburg hospital about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday to find a man driving around the parking lot with his head stuck out the driver’s side window because he couldn’t see through the heavily damaged windshield.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Meth-related cases on rise in Letcher
     Nine of 15 people named in new felony indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury face charges related to the manufacture or possession of the extremely addictive stimulant methamphetamine. Four of the nine named in the most recent indictments handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in a car in West Whitesburg on June 24.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Casey County News ]
Nepotism law violated for years
     Recent disclosures that Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman was in violation of the county’s nepotism ordinance when he hired his nephew as a deputy has brought to light other cases where county officials used family members in paid positions.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Casey County News ]
Casey County votes to stay dry
     Depending on who is asked, the defeat of the question to sell alcohol in Casey County will either promote the moral character of the county or hinder economic growth in the county. Nonetheless, voters in Casey County Tuesday put to bed the issue of allowing alcohol sales throughout the county, with “no” votes winning by a slim margin of 127 votes.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Monroe County Citizen ]
Monroe County to close jail
     Surrounded by a room of law enforcement officers, jail employees and the media, the Monroe County Fiscal Court has voted 5-1 to close the Monroe County Jail as of Aug. 31. Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner Rodney Ballard was scheduled to address the fiscal court about the mandate but he arrived after the court had taken the vote. Ballard's presence would not have changed the outcome, however.

Posted August 24, 2016 [ Lake News ]
Accident involving ambulance sends four to area hospitals
     A two-vehicle collision Monday involving a Ballard County ambulance sent four people to area hospitals. The crash occurred at the intersection of Fisher Road and U.S. 60.


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