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Posted January 18, 2018 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Covington teacher suspended, investigated by police
     A Covington teacher got a three-day suspension after he was accused of soliciting sexual photographs from a minor. Tyler Perkins, a social studies teacher at Holmes High School, was reported to the Covington Police Department on Dec. 19 after allegations he “had possibly been soliciting a juvenile for sexual photographs via kik,” according to a police record. Kik is a social messaging app.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
University president makes a welcome cold call
     Murray State University’s president, Dr. Bob Davies, helped make one student’s snow day extra special on Tuesday. Sydney Owen, a junior from Owensboro, tweeted to Davies late Monday night asking if he could bring her an egg so she could make cookies.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville didn't make the cut for Amazon's second HQ, but some nearby cities did
     Louisville didn't make the cut for Amazon's top 20 locations for its second headquarters, but some nearby cities did. Among the Amazon finalists are three of Louisville's "peer" cities, according to a list by Greater Louisville Project, an independent civic initiative that conducts various urban research projects.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State releases December 2017 unemployment report
     FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to a Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics press release. According to the agency, which is part of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Jeffrey collaborating in 'Songs of Elvis Presley'
     It's well-known that the King of Rock 'n' Roll will never die -- and performers are about to renew his memory in Nashville. Paducah native Terry Mike Jeffrey is collaborating with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for "The Songs of Elvis Presley." Joining them for an appearance is Priscilla Presley, former wife of the legend.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Men hurt in Carlisle stabbing were trying to assist woman
     BARDWELL — Two men injured in a roadside stabbing on New Year's Day were attempting to help a woman who was uncomfortable with the man she was riding with, police testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Hill, the only witness to testify at the hearing, said Aaron Parker and Dale Simon were found injured on the side of U.S. 51 in Carlisle County. Simon was in a pool of blood from injuries.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Bill calls for state guidelines for substance abuse treatment centers
     A bill up for consideration in Frankfort during the current legislative session would require the state to develop quality standards for all state-licensed substance abuse treatment centers. House Bill 124 is sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, a Florence Republican, and Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, a Taylor Mill Republican. The bill calls for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services to review the state's current licensing standards for substance abuse treatment programs and develop "enhanced licensure and quality standards" by January of next year.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Coal severance funds going towards the purchase of new Whitley ambulance
     Whitley County EMS will be getting a new ambulance thanks to coal severance money. The Whitley County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to transfer $74,000 in coal severance funds to Whitley County EMS.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Grant County News ]
Duke Energy brings solar field into service
     Duke Energy Kentucky’s solar energy plant went into service Dec. 14, 2017, and is now producing additional electricity for local homes with its 11,500 solar panels. Approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in July 2017, the renewable energy project can produce 2.7 megawatts of electricity, or enough power to supply 550 average-sized homes with electricity, at full capacity.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Buffalo Trace announces record-breaking year for visitors
     As bourbon sales continue to grow, bourbon tourism is growing at an equally rapid pace, at least for Buffalo Trace Distillery. In 2017, the Frankfort-based distillery set a new record for visitation, Buffalo Trace announced Thursday. The distillery ended 2017 with 201,491 guests — an increase of 18 percent in visitation over last calendar year, and a total increase of 287 percent since 2010.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Budget bill would make it easier to lay off state workers
     As proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin, the budget bill before state legislators would make it easier for agencies to lay off state employees. Bevin presented his budget proposal in a speech to a joint session of the General Assembly Tuesday night. Among the major items in House Bill 200, which lays out the state’s budget, is the elimination of some 70 state programs. It also includes language that would rewrite the process agencies follow when laying off workers.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Lexington TV show host’s comment riles Frankfort residents
     After a co-host on a talk show called for the city of Frankfort to be demolished in conjunction with the convention center, he and the TV show have come under fire for the statement. During Monday’s episode of “Hey Kentucky!,” Dr. Ricky Jones, professor and chair of the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies, said, “The city of Frankfort should be destroyed along with the convention center.”

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Utility asks consumers to reduce power use as temperatures plummet
     With frigid temperatures straining the power supply, the Tennessee Valley Authority is asking consumers to reduce their use as much as possible. “We do ask that our members reduce their usage as much as possible to help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout the Tennessee Valley and to avoid interruptions in service,” Kim Phelps, a spokeswoman for Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp, said in an email.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky State Police officials 'feel good' about their place in Gov. Bevin's budget proposal
     Millions of dollars were trimmed from Kentucky State Police's requested budget, but the agency will still get its big ticket items — new cars, guns and a modern radio system — if lawmakers pass Gov. Matt Bevin's proposal. "Considering others got cut, we feel good," KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders told the Courier Journal Wednesday.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky's budget puzzle is missing a huge piece: pension reform
     FRANKFORT, Ky. – A major missing piece in the lean 2018-20 state budget proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday is the impact of a pension reform bill that legislative leaders are secretly writing and hope to file soon. “If the General Assembly intends to pass a pension bill, then I don’t think the budget outlook is complete. And from what I’m expecting in the pension bill, it would make a very big difference,” said Jason Bailey, executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
University leaders realizing depth of budget cuts
     After Gov. Matt Bevin announced his proposed two-year budget Tuesday night, higher education leaders breathed a sigh of relief. The Republican governor’s plan to cut the state’s allocation to public higher education by 6.25 percent — about $72 million a year — was less than many had expected.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Racial slur left on note stuck in dog feces at Bowling Green complex
     Emani Boards was returning home early Wednesday morning after taking her dog for a walk when she was confronted by a racial slur written on a note embedded in dog feces that was smeared on an exterior wall of her apartment building. The words "eat it up n----r and "make America great again" were scrawled on a Post-it note that was stuck to smeared dog feces on the wall of the 100 building at The Crown Bowling Green apartments on Patton Way. A bag with dog feces was stuck to a window of the same building.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin takes $201 million from state workers’ health plan to balance proposed budget
     FRANKFORT — Like other governors before him, Matt Bevin would balance his proposed two-year state budget using “fund transfers” — shoveling cash earmarked for one specific purpose into the larger General Fund, where it can be spent on a wider variety of needs. Overall, the governor relies on $472.3 million in transfers over the biennium to make his $22 billion spending plan work.

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hopkinsville surgeon says president’s alleged statement was insulting
     A local surgeon felt insulted after reading that President Donald Trump allegedly used the word “s—hole” to describe certain African countries, but what was even more hurtful was the implication that people from Africa were viewed as unworthy of immigration to the United States. “I took it as a personal insult,” said Dr. David W. Kabithe, a board-certified general surgeon. “Many of my African friends are first-generation immigrants, and we all felt like it was a personal attack. It opened a wound. It was offensive to all people of African descent, including Black Americans and people from the West Indies.”

Posted January 18, 2018 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Med school student prints 3D hands for children
     Macy Presley, 11, and Christopher Olvera, 7, both of Loudon, Tennessee, who had their first fitting of custom 3D printed prosthetic hands on Dec. 11. The hands were a gift from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) student, Cole Carter.


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