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Posted February 12, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
New Corvette Cave-in exhibit marks 2-year sinkhole anniversary
     Many people already know the story. Now they can experience the world’s most famous sinkhole collapse up close and personal through the magic of 3-D, actual pieces of rock and other electronics. “Corvette Cave-in!: The Skydome Sinkhole Experience,” a new exhibit at the National Corvette Museum recently arrived inside two semi-tractor trailer trucks from Florida. On the two-year anniversary of the sinkhole, NCM visitors will be able to walk through a new permanent, interactive, electronic exhibit detailing the collapse, the aftermath and what was learned from the experience, museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Stockyards fire was an accident, officials say
     The Jan. 30 fire that destroyed the Blue Grass Stockyards near downtown Lexington was the result of an accident. Fire department officials made the announcement Friday. The blaze began when sparks from a construction worker's circular saw set some combustible materials on fire. From there, the fire spread and destroyed the stockyards and several nearby businesses. The blaze ended up being one of the largest fires in the city's history.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Fire destroys Laurel chicken restaurant
     A Thursday night fire after 9 o'clock destroyed the Lee's Famous Recipe restaurant in London. The restaurant was closed at the time and no one was injured. The blaze eventually caused the building's roof to collapse, WYMT reported on its website. There were several flare-ups at the scene of the fire during the early morning hours.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Conn clients' hearings underway: Feds ask to enter civil case
     The Social Security Administration’s lengthy process of redetermining eligibility for benefits for 1,787 former clients of Eric C. Conn has been underway since September, and according to attorney Ned Pillersdorf, the process has been a fulfillment of the bleak prophecy he outlined before the hearings began. The office of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who previously negotiated with the SSA to keep Conn’s clients’ benefits intact until their individual redetermination hearings, has again stepped in to ask that the SSA now refrain from further hearings until the litigation in the case has been exhausted. According to Pillersdorf, Rogers’ staff has said the SSA did not immediately deny the request.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Paul puts his focus on Senate campaign
     U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, is trading in his flight-heavy itinerary for a road trip around the state as he transitions from a presidential bid to focusing on his re-election to the Senate. “I haven’t been in as many airports, which has been good,” Paul said with a laugh Thursday. Paul’s campaign this week announced he will host 18 town hall meetings over four days, starting with a breakfast town hall at 8 a.m. Tuesday at The Washington Center in Scottsville. Paul dropped his presidential bid last week after a fifth-place finish in the Feb. 1 Iowa Republican caucus.

    Posted February 12, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Governor's proposed budget still looms
     Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed state budget cuts, especially those to higher education, continue to generate much of the discussion in Frankfort as the General Assembly finishes its sixth week. Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse said this week that the 2,000-student school in Frankfort may have to close if Bevin’s proposed cuts are approved. Bevin’s budget proposal calls for $650 million in state cuts, including a 4.5 percent cut to higher education for the remainder of this year and 9 percent more the next two years.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Some lawmakers support CVE officers over pay issue
     Commercial vehicle Enforcement officers who testified Thursday before the House Labor and Industry committee said they are hopeful that some lawmakers are supporting their quest for equal pay. The committee passed House Bill 312 that would bring CVE officers pay equal to that of Kentucky State Police troopers with the same rank, grade and position. The estimated cost to do that is $1.7 million. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Rick Nelson (D-Middlesboro) and Rep. Russ Meyer (D-Nicholasville).

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Man facing robbery charge in attempt to steal meat from grocery
     It could be described as “grand theft – meat,” but when a Gray man allegedly started hitting and choking Sav-a-lot employees, who tried to stop him from fleeing the store with a roll of hamburger and a pork tenderloin Wednesday afternoon, it upped the charge to robbery. Corbin Police arrested 40-year-old Ronnie C. Joyner after finding him at a nearby business.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin official grilled on mental health care cuts
      The top mental health of­ficial with Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration was in the hot seat Wednesday, being grilled by House Demo­crats who want details about potential budget cuts. “We don’t know where the cuts are com­ing from,” Rep. Darryl Owens, a Louisville Democrat, told Mary Reinle Begley, commis­sioner of behavioral health, at a meeting of the House human re­sources budget subcom­mittee. “I’m worried that nobody knows where they are coming from.”

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ripley’s exhibit coming to Louisville's Slugger Museum
     Have you ever seen a replica of Yan­kee Stadium made out of toothpicks? Now you can. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has booked the exhibit “Rip­ley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball” that will run March 5 to Jan. 8, 2017. The exhibit showcases Ripley’s bi­zarre baseball treasures and other find­ings.

    Posted February 12, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky bill to require pre-abortion ultrasound goes to full Senate
     A Senate panel approved a bill Thursday to require that Kentucky women who are seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound, with a doctor describing the image to them. Senate Bill 152 proceeds to the full Senate, which has passed ultrasound bills in previous years, only to see them blocked in the House Health and Welfare Committee. But this year, the House’s Democratic majority is politically defensive about its shrinking size, and it has allowed another abortion bill to become law, one that requires live consultations between doctors and patients at least 24 hours before an abortion.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Gabe's developer: Work to resume
     The developer in charge of the currently stalled renovation of Gabe's Tower said Thursday that work is planned to resume this spring after a decision is made on what brand of hotel will open at the Triplett Street site. Bruce Jones, CEO of Professional Hospitality Services of Milwaukee, the company attempting to refurbish the former hotel, responded briefly Thursday to several emailed questions about the progress of the project, which has seen no activity since about the middle of November. At that time, the interior demolition of the building had been completed and debris removed. A few of the tower's exterior panels had been removed as well.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
'Leader in Me' making positive impact at local middle schools
     Before this school year, Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" was just a best-selling book that teachers and students in western Kentucky may or may not have heard about. Today, however, it's at the core of the culture taking shape at 10 area middle schools that are now part of a program called Leader in Me that's based on Covey's "Seven Habits."

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Search for missing woman continues to yield few clues
     Very few in the way of clues were being uncovered Thursday in the search for a missing Calloway County woman. A missing persons report was filed by the family of Jennifer Hicks, 31, Tuesday evening at the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Sam Steger said. He said this happened between 6 and 7 Tuesday after Hicks, who is the current marketing director/teller at the Lake Chem Federal Credit Union in Murray, was last seen at about 12:30 that afternoon.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Madisonville, Lexington to co-host KPA state awards ceremonies
     Madisonville and Lexington will co-host awards ceremonies for the Kentucky Press Association's 2015 Advertising and News Contests, where around 175 newspapers across the state will be represented. The events, originally scheduled to take place during KPA's annual convention last month in Lexington, were postponed due to a winter storm and will now be held simultaneously Feb. 25 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington and the Brown Badgett Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center at Madisonville Community College.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Boundary Oak Distillery to premiere Lincoln spirits
     A new line of spirits featuring America’s 16th president on the bottle will make its debut this summer from Hardin County’s own Boundary Oak Distillery. The Lincoln bourbon will be one of two premier bourbons for the distillery, along with the Samuel Goodin bourbon, named for master distiller Brent Goodin’s great-great-grandfather.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK’s Capilouto says ‘draconian cuts’ will affect every area of campus
     University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said budget cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin would negatively affect every area of the state’s flagship university. “We can’t easily absorb cuts of this magnitude,” he told the House Postsecondary Education Budget Subcommittee on Thursday. “We can’t protect any part of our campus in the face of these draconian cuts.” Bevin has proposed a 4.5 percent cut during the second half of this fiscal year and then a 9 percent cut in fiscal 2017. In 2018, Bevin’s plan would put a third of state funding into a performance-based model that doles out money depending on criteria such as graduation rates. However, Bevin has not said what criteria he thinks should be used.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Attorney general might defend consumer-protection law after Bevin drops court appeal
     An “outraged” Attorney General Andy Beshear said Thursday he will try to defend a consumer-protection law challenged by the life insurance industry. On Monday, Gov. Matt Bevin’s Department of Insurance dropped the state’s legal defense of the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, which was being challenged by three insurance carriers owned by Kemper Corp. of St. Louis, Mo. Oral arguments in the case were scheduled for Friday at the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Posted February 12, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky bill would ban sale of tobacco, 'vaping' products to those under 21
     The sale of tobacco and nicotine vaporizing products would be prohibited to Kentuckians younger than 21, rather than the present age of 18, under a bill headed to the House of Representatives. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 10-4 for House Bill 299, sponsored by Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson. Watkins, a doctor, acknowledged that his bill faces tough odds in the General Assembly, given Kentucky’s culture as a tobacco-growing state where 26 percent of adults smoke. Hawaii is the only state to restrict tobacco products to adults age 21 and older, although a few local governments also do so, including New York City.

    Posted February 12, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Beshear on ending kynect: 'I cannot sit idly by'
     Barely two months out of office, former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday launched a campaign to try to stop his successor, Gov. Matt Bevin, from dismantling the health care initiatives he enacted. "Gov. Bevin is working to take health care away from people who needed it desperately and for so long didn't have it," he said at a news conference in Louisville. "I'm not going to let that opportunity be taken away from them without a fight." Bevin fired back a few hours later by blasting Beshear's health initiatives enacted through executive order.


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