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Posted April 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rain dampens numbers - but not spirits - of Thunder Over Louisville crowd
     David Becker is all about the boom. A self-described Thunder fanatic, 2017 marked his 11th year of claiming his spot early along the Ohio River. He taped off a section of pavement near the Belvedere Friday afternoon and then camped out overnight near the spot so by 7 a.m. Saturday he could sit - beneath an umbrella - and look out at the Second Street Bridge with an unobstructed view. His first Thunder was in 1992 when he was 4. He remembers being down by the river, amazed and scared at the same time by fireworks.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Daviess Family Court grapples with long nights, difficult cases
     Recently, on a night when most court activity in the Holbrook Judicial Center on Second Street in Owensboro was long since completed, cases were still being heard in Daviess Family Court. The clients and attorneys waiting for their cases to be called, and the court staff, were tired and hungry. "We were on until 9 p.m. that day," Family Court Judge Julie Hawes Gordon said. "Part of it was it was the week after spring break, but mainly that's just our caseload." While the occasional criminal trial might go into the night hours in Circuit Court, night sessions have been happening at least weekly in Family Court.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Central Kentucky invaded by Abraham Lincoln ‘look-a-likes’
     Under the imposing, 14-foot bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in the center of Kentucky’s Capitol Rotunda Friday morning, 27 men decked out in black coats and top hats gathered for a group photo with their hero. “So glad to be back in Kentucky,” said 85-year-old Cortland Savage of Fort Worth, Texas, who has portrayed for 40 years the native son of Kentucky who led the United States through its Civil War in the 1860s. Members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters invaded Central Kentucky this weekend to visit sites associated with the 16th president of the United States.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Ambulance crew pulls man from burning truck
     Two Frankfort firefighters transporting a patient in the early hours of Saturday morning had to get out of their ambulance and take quick action to remove a man from a burning vehicle after a collision on Ky. 676/East-West Connector. The ambulance, which was traveling west along the road on its way to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, came across the head-on collision at 2:17 a.m., Battalion Chief Charles Thompson wrote in a department news release. The collision, between a pickup truck and a Mercedes sedan, caused the car to hit concrete barriers and the truck to roll over and catch fire.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Taylor DUI law brings added penalty
     If Harry Gulyard Jr. had been convicted 13 months ago of driving under the influence of intoxicants as he was Friday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court, he would have been sentenced to 30 days in jail, lost his driving privileges and fined. With the Brianna Taylor Act now in place — a state law that broadens the window that allows for stronger penalties for repeat drunken driving offenders — the Elizabethtown man was given a 20-year sentence for his fifth DUI conviction in the last eight years. It was Gulyard’s ninth DUI conviction — all in Hardin County — since 1998.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Former district judge charged with human trafficking
     An arrest of a former district judge in Northern Kentucky on a human trafficking charge has shocked the community. Police arrested former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan on charges of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to court documents and a release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Automobile enthusiasts drive tourism for Bowling Green
     Bowling Green’s trio of automotive tracks brings thousands of cars and automobile enthusiasts who fill hotels, dine out and shop, representing a large segment of local specialty tourism. “It probably goes back to when the Corvette assembly plant came here and started giving public tours, and prior to that Beech Bend Raceway was bringing in national events that were coming for several days,” said Vicki Fitch, executive director of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Development pressures pit farmland versus accelerated housing growth in Warren County
     When property developments are initiated in Warren County, the fight to approve projects can pit neighbor versus neighbor and neighborhood versus neighborhood. They can also pit the agriculture community versus people who would like to live out in the countryside but still have city conveniences.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Teacher shortage affects Kentucky
     Like many superintendents across Kentucky, Superintendent Gary Fields of the Bowling Green Independent School District struggles to fill job openings for teachers. “We’re struggling to find math teachers, science teachers, special education teachers,” Fields said, adding the problem is greatest at the middle and high school levels. “We’re seeing difficulty now, as are other districts.”

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Family faced with two childhood cancer diagnoses a few years apart
     The first time Billie Jackson was told her son had cancer was on Sept. 21, 2012. Trevor wanted to go to the park and play. Shortly after arriving, Billie noticed her son started walking in an odd way. Maybe he was just goofing around. But when her often-rambunctious toddler sat down and said he wanted to go home, she knew something was wrong. It took only about 20 minutes of tests and scans for the doctors to find the tumor. At just 4 years old, Trevor was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. Brain cancer.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Woman rids home of almost 30,000 bees
     A Pryorsburg woman recently rid the inside of her home of up to 30,000 bees, saving herself from potentially life threatening stings. Debbie Travis said that after she started noticing a few bees flying around her yard last summer, she thought there must be a small hive hidden somewhere around the house. She never would have guessed, though, that an estimated 20,000-30,000 honeybees had been living inside one of her bedroom walls for years.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
New Regional Cancer Center expects to see patients in July
     Construction of Baptist Health Paducah’s Regional Cancer Center is on schedule, and the new facility will begin seeing patients July 10. Ground-breaking for the $18.3 million, two-story, 44,000-square-foot center took place Sept. 22, 2015. It will feature private chemotherapy rooms and family and lab space, with physician offices lining the entire second floor.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
'Blue Zones' initiative plans moving forward
     Plans to have Paducah become the first designated “Blue Zone” community in Kentucky are moving forward, according to a local doctor spearheading the effort. The initiative is based on principles identified in studying areas of the world where people live the longest, called Blue Zones, and using those principles to help communities adopt healthy behaviors to improve quality of life, decrease medical costs and improve productivity.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Some 30,000 coming to Paducah for QuiltWeek
     Paducah is again prepared for the annual arrival of at least 30,000 QuiltWeek visitors. The American Quilter’s Society Spring QuiltWeek begins with an awards presentation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Center, where $125,000 in prizes will be awarded. From Wednesday through Saturday, the Carroll Convention Center, Robert Cherry Civic Center, Schroeder Expo Center and the National Quilt Museum will have more than 700 quilts displayed, along with the Paducah Dome Pavilion on Sixth Street. Last year saw a record 32,322 visitors; this year’s participants will hail from 47 states and 15 countries.

Posted April 23, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Hillbilly Days 2017 opening ceremony focuses on the kids
     The Hillbilly Days opening ceremony took place at the Pikeville City Park Stage Thursday, with a focus on the event’s primary mission -- helping needy children.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear: Former Campbell County district judge charged with human trafficking
     Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday that a former Campbell County district judge has been charged with human trafficking, a Class B felony; first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class C felony; and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, a state news release said.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Giving animals the breath of life
     Confessing she has difficulty remembering an individual’s name, Cathy Clapp is quite the opposite when it comes to pet names. “I can remember a dog’s name with no problem,” said Clapp, president of Mid-Ken­tucky Kennel Club. Each year, the organization dedicated to purebred dogs and the Central Kentucky area, selects a community project. In October, club members were trying to decide what their 2016 service project would be. A member recalled seeing a news report regarding oxygen masks for pets used specifically by firefighters when rescuing animals suffering from smoke inhalation.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
I-75 standoff with suspect ends
     A standoff with a suspect on Interstate 75 in Richmond has ended without injury, according to Kentucky State Police. Troopers and Scott County law enforcement pursued a suspect through multiple counties Friday before the standoff that shut down both directions of the interstate. Georgetown police were attempting to arrest a suspect at a BP gas station on U.S. 460 when the pursuit began, Assistant Chief Robert Swanigan said. The suspect, who was wanted on a felony warrant related to a home invasion, fled down Newtown Pike in Scott County and through Fayette County before stopping in Richmond.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear: Somerset doctor receives 5-year sentence on Medicaid fraud
     Attorney General Andy Beshear Friday announced that a Somerset doctor was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution. Dr. Ezekiel O. Akande, 58, of Somerset, was sentenced by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge David A. Tapp. Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse handled the prosecution of the case and alleged that Akande billed for counseling where the patient was a nonsmoker or a smoker who did not desire to quit smoking.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Green County man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Mark Nelson, 59, Thursday afternoon on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Nelson 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 images of child sexual exploitation online, a state police news release said.


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