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Posted July 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Perry County man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post 13-Hazard, arrested Donald L. Gilbert, 51, Thursday night on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Gilbert was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing an image of child sexual exploitation on a popular chat service, according to a KSP news release.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ McCreary County Voice ]
McCreary man indicted in son's slaying
     The discovery of a body in northern McCreary County has led to a murder indictment against the father, whom police say shot and killed his own son. Anthony Murphy, 46, has been indicted by the McCreary County Grand Jury this week with a charge of murder, for allegedly shooting his son, Charles on or about May 15, 2015. Kentucky State Police Detective Billy Correll presented evidence to the Grand Jury this month to obtain the indictment against the subject.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ McCreary County Voice ]
McCreary mine to reopen
     Wednesday evening a major announcement was made in front of a gathering of local business leaders that could bring about a significant change for McCreary County. Robert Crowder, co-owner of Stearns Energy, announced to the assembled group that the mines would be reopened as early as next year, ultimately bringing 80 to 100 jobs to the community. “Stearns Energy will be opening the Stearns mine number 2 seam for production in the first or second quarter of next year,” Crowder announced to a round of applause. Crowder’s next statement brought an even larger ovation: “Most importantly, we have an order for the coal for up to 100,000 tons per month,” he said.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Sept. 11 Mount Saint Joseph picnic will be its last
     The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph will host its last picnic Sept. 11, according to congregational leader Sister Amelia Stenger. In a press release from the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, Saint Angela Merici, the 16th century founder of the Ursuline Sisters in Italy, is quoted: "If, according to times and circumstances, the need arises to make new rules or do something differently, do it prudently and with good advice." Sister Amelia said Thursday that Saint Angela remarked that "you need to change with the signs of the times and sometimes you just need to do something different."

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Shots fired by, at police lead to two arrests
     An investigation of officer-involved gunfire Tuesday night in Hickman County resulted in the arrests of two Tennessee men. At the request of Tennessee Attorney General Kim Helper, special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into an officer-involved shooting that occurred just before midnight in Centerville. Agents said they learned an officer with the Centerville Police Department had initiated a traffic stop on Ky. 100. The driver did not stop, they said, and led police and sheriff's deputies on a pursuit.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Man killed in mowing accident
     A 79-year-old Farmington man was killed Wednesday night while operating a lawn mower at his home. Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said deputies responded to a call concerning a lawnmower incident around 10 p.m. on Durbin Street. Deputies found Neil Waggoner's body near a zero-turn lawn mower.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
Washed-away pickup located in Salt River
     First responders have located the pickup truck that washed away over night at the Rice Road Crossing the Salt River, The Anderson News has confirmed. An exact location of where the vehicle was located was not immediately available. No information was available about any possible occupants being located.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Tourism, attractions diversify with technology
     As the use of smartphones and applications increase, so does the availability of enhanced tourism experiences. This summer, a number of tourism organizations, parks and museums have embraced the addiction to technology by encouraging users to travel and learn with their smartphones, adding a digital element to traditional sightseeing. The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail released an online tour function to allow virtual visitors to see a number of Lincoln-related sites, such as his birthplace in Hodgenville.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Police seeking help identifying cold case homicide victim
     Kentucky State Police are asking for help identifying the victim of a Grant County 1989 slaying. On April 9 of that year, a man was found at a tobacco barn on Kentucky Highway 22 partially decomposed, with both hands severed off, police said. Police said the man was between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds. The slaying occurred elsewhere in an unknown location, police said.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Former police captain suing city of Bardstown, mayor
     Tom Roby, a former captain with the Bardstown Police Department, has filed a lawsuit after being fired from the department earlier this year. Roby announced his intention to file the lawsuit in June, for “wrongful demotion, discharge and the defamation of his character,” according to his attorney, Keith Sparks, after being accused of destroying records while cleaning out his office. On May 31, it was alleged that Roby had committed a felony by “tampering with public records.” On July 4, prosecutors decided not to pursue those charges.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown doesn’t want more whiskey warehouses
     The Bardstown City Council has voted down the Planning Commission’s recommendation to allow distilled spirits warehouses on agricultural tracts of 20-100 acres as a conditional use. “I would like to see a no vote to send a message to our county magistrates,” Councilman Bill Buckman said. “We’re seeing a lot more small distilleries, and they’re encroaching right up on our city limits.” Those distilleries and warehouses, he said, bring with them problems such as whiskey mold, which gets on people’s houses and cars and is hard to remove.

    Posted July 29, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ideas are rolling in for Bevin’s red tape initiative
     Since Gov. Matt Bevin launched his Red Tape Reduction Initiative three weeks ago, people have submitted around 385 suggestions on regulations that could be revised or repealed. Public engagement is key for this long-term endeavor, said Jessica Ditto, Bevin’s communications director. About half of the recommendations the admini­stration has received so far came from businesses while the rest came from res­idents and state employees.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ramsey: A legacy of success and scandal
     When James Ramsey, the former state budget director, was unani­mously selected by the University of Louisville’s board of trustees in 2002 as the school’s 17th president, the school’s marching band played the university fight song when he was introduced and sang him happy birthday. Now, after years of successes and scandals on the job, Ramsey has resigned from his position.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Mom who's running for state House; Hair policy 'stinks of racism'
     Changes to a school's dress code to prohibit many of the hairstyles favored by black students with natural hair ignited a social media firestorm this week and has led the school to hastily convene a meeting to examine its policy. Attica Scott, a mother of a student at Butler Traditional High and a state House candidate, first raised questions about the policy Wednesday on Twitter after her daughter brought back a paper from school registration that outlined the school's dress code for the year.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ten-year anniversary of Flight 5191 to be observed
     To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Comair Flight 5191 crash, a memorial service will be held at the UK Arboretum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Scheduled to attend are more than 300 family members and friends of those who died in the early morning crash. The event will be open to the public.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Leaving UK radio network, Oscar Combs says it’s time ‘for different direction’
     Oscar Combs covered his first Kentucky Wildcats basketball game in 1965-66. He was a 20-something reporter for the Hazard Herald. In 1976, Combs made coverage of Kentucky football and men’s hoops his full-time gig by founding the UK sports publication The Cats’ Pause. Even after Combs sold TCP in 1996, he continued as a presence in Kentucky sports media by appearing on pregame shows for the UK radio network. On Thursday, via his Twitter account, Combs, 72, announced he would not be returning to the Wildcats radio network in 2016-17.

Posted July 29, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UPS considering $106 million expansion in Lexington
     United Parcel Service is considering a $106 million expansion of its ground hub in Lexington, according to the state. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved up to $500,000 in tax incentives for construction materials and building fixtures. KEDFA explained that the expansion would “increase the sorting capacity to 43,000 pieces per hour with the expansion of the building and additional sorting automation added.”

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK violated open meetings law at trustees dinner, attorney general finds
     The University of Kentucky violated the Open Meetings Act when it did not keep minutes from a dinner meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office has ruled. UK is now required to produce minutes that reflect the “substance of the presentation” made during the dinner by an attorney. The July 25 opinion was in response to a complaint made the Herald-Leader after UK denied a request for minutes from a May 2 trustees meeting. At that dinner meeting, the board was briefed by a Washington, D.C. lawyer about $4 million it reimbursed the federal government because of billing problems at a Hazard cardiology clinic owned by UK.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Walmart brings its online grocery shopping to Lexington
     Walmart has brought online grocery shopping to Kentucky, with Lexington, Georgetown and Nicholasville stores the first to offer the service in the state. The Hamburg store went live with online grocery ordering on July 13. So far, the store is averaging about 10 orders a day; the Georgetown store is doing about 20 a day, according to Walmart officials.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Fire at Elizabethtown manufacturer causes evacuation
     A fire at an Elizabethtown plant in the industrial park on Ring Road caused a brief disruption in production Wednesday evening. According to Elizabethtown Deputy Chief Everett Roberts, the fire began in the friction department in the hot press area of Akebono Brake Corp. at 6:31 p.m. and employees who noticed the fire activated the alarm. The fire department was called to the scene on an activated alarm, but the call was upgraded to a structure fire while trucks were en route, Everett said.


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