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Posted January 30, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Taking on he hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky
     The End Of The Line — a new documentary produced by 34-year-old filmmaker Sellus Wilder — is expected to debut as early as April. Wilder, who formerly served as a Frankfort commissioner, says the 90-minute documentary follows a diverse coalition of farmers, religious orders, environmentalists and constitutional conservatives as they joined together to protect their land, liberty and even their lives from a controversial hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Caretaker indicted for stealing money from elderly woman
     Steven Benton was supposed to be caring for an elderly woman suffering from dementia, but prosecutors say he was actually stealing money from her. Benton, 29, was indicted Thursday for misuse of electronic information and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
Woman charged with abusing child
     A Clark County Preschool teacher has been charged with criminal abuse after police discovered significant bruising on her daughter. Cheryl Lockhart, 45, was charged late Wednesday evening with second-degree criminal abuse.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Pair accused of killing WKU student face November trial date
     Two people charged in the slaying of a Western Kentucky University student will have their day in court in November. Domonique Wortham, 23, of Bowling Green, and Adriana Mason, 20, of Paducah, are scheduled to go to trial Nov. 12 in Warren Circuit Court. The pair appeared separately for hearings Thursday in Warren Circuit Court to learn about their cases.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky Bourbon Trail overflowing with record number of visitors
     The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is becoming a whiskey superhighway. The Kentucky Distillers' Association reported on Thursday that in 2014 there were 723,503 visits to at least one of the 18 distilleries on the trail or the affiliated craft tour. This is a 14 percent increase over the 633,000 visits reported by the KDA last year.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Ledger Independent ]
Future of Fleming County Hospital up in the air
     A letter of intent to purchase the Fleming County Hospital has been filed with LifePoint hospitals. In a statement released by his office, FCH District Board Chairman Tony McGlone said, "The Fleming County Hospital District Board of Directors has selected LifePoint Hospitals as its preferred strategic partner for the acquisition of FCH." Despite the implications of the use of "acquitistion" in the statement, McGlone said the hospital is not being sold. He said he could not comment further on negotiations with LifePoint Hospitals. LifePoint Hospitals owns 60 hospitals in 21 states, including Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, according to McGlone.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Transgender school-bathroom use petition circulating at school
     A Madisonville-North Hopkins High School student has created a petition asking the school district to accommodate transgender students with regard to the use of school restrooms. The petition, which currently has more than 50 signatures, demands that transgender students have the right to use the bathroom of their choosing, rather than a handicap bathroom the students are being asked to use. The petition also insists that school staff call transgender students by their chosen pronoun, 17-year-old Ashley Marks, the petition's author and a transgender student at the school, said.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Judge clears way for McCracken murder trial
     Keith Griffith, 56, will still be facing the death penalty when the case of his wife's killing goes to trial Monday. Griffith is accused of shooting his wife three times on Jan. 17, 2014, before setting their home on fire with her and the couple's two dogs inside. Griffith claimed he was at a hotel near Louisville during the time of the killing. Investigators, however, said they later found a video of him leaving the hotel around 11 p.m. and returning at about 5:30 a.m.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
$8M gated community coming to Paducah
     Local companies Mobley Holdings and Mobley Properties are partnering to develop an $8 million gated apartment community near Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah. Or, another way to put it: son Patrick Mobley and father Jim Mobley are working on their first shared venture. Patrick Mobley described the apartments as "high end." Rent will range from $700 to $1,200 a month.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Way to Right to Work is at county level, speaker says
     Right to Work legislation won't make it out of a House committee during the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, and that is a good reason for county governments to push ahead and pass their own ordinances for work force freedom. That was the main message Brent Yessin brought as a discussion panel member for the Public Policy Update session of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development on Thursday morning at the Western Kentucky University-Owensboro campus. But Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly, who also spoke to the group on another issue, said Right to Work is not on Daviess Fiscal Court's radar.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Sentinel-News ]
New outlet mall expanding, adding new buildings
     It’s only been six months since the ribbon cutting, but patrons of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass could be shopping at several more new stores next holiday season, Officials with the shopping center have confirmed that plans for an expansion are underway at the 365,000-square-foot retail center off Exit 28 in Simpsonville.

    Posted January 30, 2015 [ Sentinel-News ]
Lawmaker: AT&T bill should pass this year
     A bill that would allow telephone companies such as AT&T to abandon landlines in rural areas could pass the Kentucky General Assembly this year after a four-year effort, lawmakers say. “[In the beginning] everybody was against it when I first proposed it, and now I feel like everybody’s for it,” said state Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville. AT&T has argued that although it has no plans to abandon any landlines, the legislation would allow the company to withdraw basic landline services that it is currently required to maintain by law and allow it to spend more money developing cellular, voice-over-internet-protocol and other technology in the state.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Sentinel-News ]
Some parents upset with Shelby schools over handling of matter
     A note discovered at Shelby County's East Middle School last week has left several students feeling unsafe during the school day and numerous parents enraged. The note, according to a parent, contained a list of student’s names and was titled Death Note and the district says it’s considered a play on a Japanese anime series of the same name. The series features a student that finds a notebook that will bring death upon any person whose name is written within. While the note was not a direct death threat to the students, several parents of the named students say they are not pleased with the way the district handled the matter.

    Posted January 30, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Here we snow again
     Some areas of northcentral Kentucky may see light snow showers off and on this morning. But no significant accumulation is predicted even though some roads could become slick in spots. However, all that could change this weekend. The National Weather Service said a storm system will develop this weekend and it could spread precipitation across parts of Kentucky late Saturday night through Monday morning.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ford hourly workers to get lower profit share
     Local Ford Motor Co. workers recognized that if the company sank big chunks of cash into launching new Lincolns and F-150 pickups last year, profit-sharing check arriving this winter would take a hit. They were right, and on Thursday morning Ford executives announced that a "challenging year" would result in an average of $6,900 in profit-sharing checks to hourly workers, nearly $2,000 less than last year. Roughly 9,600 UAW workers at the Louisville Assembly Plant and Kentucky Truck Plant will receive the bonus.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Inmate stabbed in Eddyville lock-up
     An inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville was stabbed Thursday in a general population dormitory at the prison. The assault occurred shortly before 8 a.m. CST. Herbert Eades, 58, was stabbed multiple times in 6 cellhouse by Sean Noakes, another inmate in the dormitory. Eades was transported by ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

    Posted January 30, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Frankfort summit focuses on changing health care landscape
     Your doctor's visits might get longer, you deductibles probably will be higher and you might be paying cash to be treated at a Wal-Mart near you as Kentucky adapts to a vastly changing health care landscape. Nearly everything you know about how health care is paid for and provided will change during the next few years as patients and providers sort out the nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act. "The old model is rapidly falling apart," said Chas Roades, chief research officer for The Advisory Board Company, a Washington-based health consultant firm. The board led a health care summit organized by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Kentucky Hospital Association and Gov. Steve Beshear in Frankfort on Thursday.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Missing Hardin woman safely returns home
     An Eastview woman missing for about a day returned home Thursday morning when she drove onto the driveway and walked into her home. Patty Helm, 63, left her Meeting Creek Road home around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and law enforcement issued a news release seeking the public’s assistance in locating her. Helm suffers from various ailments including dementia and cannot speak.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Huffington Post features Northern Kentucky in heroin stories
     Huffington Post stories that focus on opiate treatment reach into Northern Kentucky, a center of the nationwide heroin epidemic. On Wednesday evening, the Huffington Post published the results of a yearlong investigation into the opiate treatment industry, with a focus on the prevalence of an abstinence-only approach, which, it says, may be doing more harm than good.

Posted January 30, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Health-care company to locate in Louisville area, bring 150 jobs
     Another health-care company is bringing its headquarters to Louisville. Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer Thursday announced that OncoMed Specialty LLC (Onco360) will establish a facility in Jeffersontown. Onco360, a provider of oncology and hematology pharmacy services, is expected to create up to 150 new jobs and invest $2 million in the project.


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