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Posted February 24, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Former Gov. Beshear to deliver response to President Trump address
     Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has been tapped to deliver the response to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi made the announcement Friday morning.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Statewide tornado drill is Tuesday, Feb. 28
     Kentucky's statewide tornado drill will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at approximately 10:07 a.m. The National Weather Service, in partnership with Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, and Kentucky Broadcasters Association will issue a tornado warning test message. Across Kentucky communities sirens will sound, weather alert radios will activate and television and radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the alert, giving the public the opportunity to practice tornado safety measures.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
Warm weather now could prove ‘devastating’
     Basking in the low 70s in February seems great now, but experts are warning there will be a heavy price to pay later this year if, as expected, winter makes a vengeful return. With temperatures having stayed relatively warm through the winter, this week’s warm streak is further advancing early growth to everything from lawns and shrubs in residential areas to crops such as alfalfa and grapes, both key contributors to the local economy. “I’m very concerned,” said Tommy Yankey, a natural sciences and agriculture agent at the Anderson County Extension office. “Mother Nature has a way of getting even.”

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Judicial redistricting plan advances
     A bill that would alter the number of judges in many of the state's judicial districts, including Daviess County, was approved Thursday evening by a Senate committee, after prolonged questioning from committee members and representatives of counties affected by the proposed changes. Senate Bill 9 has a number of sponsors but is based on a judicial workload study released last year by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The plan would shift some judges from districts where the workload study found more judges than necessary, to districts with higher need, based on their caseloads.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Attorney General Beshear warns of Facebook scam
     Reports of the scam suggest callers to the phony customer service number will be connected with a scammer who pretends to be a Facebook customer service representative. The fake employee acts as if they can help the caller with their account for a fee and asks the caller to purchase a gift card and then call them back in order to provide the activation code. Attorney General Andy Beshear also said Kentuckians could avoid falling victim to most scams by steering clear of payment via gift cards.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Stockings for Fishing in Neighborhoods lakes begin this month
     Five new lakes enrolled in the Fishing in Neighborhoods Program (FINs) will receive stockings of trout in February, a boon to anglers tired of being house bound. Flemingsburg Old Reservoir, an 11-acre lake in Fleming County, gets 900 trout while Leary Lake, a 5-acre lake on Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in Grant County, gets the same amount of trout. The 9-acre Logan-Hubble Park Lake just south of Lancaster in Garrard County will receive 900 trout as well. The 2-acre Kess Creek Park Lake in Mayfield in Graves County will get 500 trout as will the Clinton Rotary Park Lake in Clinton in Hickman County. Both of these lakes are in the Purchase Region.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Family witnesses father’s violent hit-and-run death
     Donald and Kathryn Savage bought their Scott County rural home for its isolation, but they and their two children had to put up with ATVs and four-wheel-drive vehicles that would roar along the cul-de-sac leading to their house. Early Monday morning, Donald Savage died on the street after being struck by a hit-and-run driver of a pick-up truck, a fatal impact witnessed by his children. Two people, 18-year-old Matthew T. “Taylor” Putty and a 17-year-old juvenile, have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid-fatality and tampering with physical evidence.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Radcliff woman found passed out with children in vehicle
     Brittany N. Getchel, 25 of Radcliff, was found passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of a car whose engine was running Thursday afternoon with two unrestrained toddlers in the vehicle. She faces several charges, including two counts of felony first-degree wanton endangerment. According to an arrest citation, Getchel admitted to authorities she had been smoking spice prior to police arriving.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Woman charged with taking $500,000 from job
     Jeanne E. Goodsell of Hodgenville was sentenced this week to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered to pay $541,224.88 in restitution for embezzling money through wire fraud over a seven-year period. She was a former bookkeeper for Communicare in Elizabethtown, a community behavioral health center.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Amid charter schools debate, Elizabethtown opponents plan local rally

Opponents of charter schools and of supporting legislation filed in the current session of the General Assembly will hold a rally against charter schools is at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Nolin RECC, 411 Ring Road, Elizabethtown. Hardin County Education Association is hosting the rally. The event is aimed at educating people about what is included in the pieces of legislation.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Mourners of teen whose caregivers let him 'rot,' were told: 'Cherish the good memories'
     Mourners paid respects Thursday to 18-year-old Joseph "Joey" Bishop, who died Feb. 11 from an infection caused by multiple bedsores discovered on his body. The teen had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and neighbors were unaware that he was still living at home. His mother, Jamie Bishop, 40, and his grandparents, Raymond Martin, 67, and Sharon Martin, 65, remain jailed on second-degree manslaughter charges in his death. Among Joey's pallbearers were Ludlow Police Chief Scott Smith and Detective Eric Love, who are investigating his death.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Report: Poor Kentucky road conditions cost area drivers $1,700 a year
     Northern Kentucky drivers shell out nearly an additional $1,700 a year because of deteriorating or congested roadways and bridges throughout the state according to a new study released Thursday by a national transportation group.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Missing person found dead in Hart County
     The body of Hugh K. Gossett, 77, of Horse Cave was found in an open field near the 61 mile marker of Interstate 65. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Veterans nursing home financing heads to state Senate
     Long-sought Kentucky bond financing for a proposed 90-bed Bowling Green Veterans Center nursing home planned for the Kentucky Transpark sailed through the state House of Representatives on Thursday and now heads to the state Senate.
The House overwhelmingly voted 99-0 for House Bill 13 to authorize $10.5 million in bonds for the project expected to support some of the 40,000 military veterans in southcentral Kentucky.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Long run of Carl Casper Auto Show to end this weekend
     The Carl Casper Custom Auto Show will make one last appearance at the Kentucky Exposition Center this Saturday and Sunday, ending what the show producers say will be a 55-year run at the fairgrounds. The auto show is likely one of the country's longest-running, annual public events of its kind. The state fair board, which manages the Expo Center, hasn't been told why the auto show is ending.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Transgender order to have little effect in Louisville public schools
     A Trump administration decision rolling back protections for transgender students likely won't affect JCPS students, but the move has not been without local criticism. Jefferson County Public Schools, which revised its anti-discrimination and anti-bullying policy to include gender expression and identity two years ago, will continue to provide protections to transgender students despite the recent change in interpretation of the law, district spokeswoman Allison Martin said. All JCPS schools are expected to follow the policy, she said.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Mayor Greg Fischer calls 'war on Louisville' bill 'micromanagement'
     A peace treaty was reached late Wednesday night in the so-called "war on Louisville" after Metro Council Democrats and Republicans hashed out changes to a controversial bill that state lawmakers pushed through committee. But Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer still opposes the measure, Senate Bill 222, and traveled to Frankfort on Thursday morning to urge state senators to slow down and table the measure for a while.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Anti-Trump movement may be spawning liberals' answer to the tea party
     Much like the conservative tea party groups that sprung up in the aftermath of President Barack Obama's election in 2008, citizens who see themselves as liberals, progressives or libertarian-leaning have organized to oppose Trump's policies. Many have used an online document called the “Indivisible Guide" — produced by a group of former Democratic congressional staffers — as a blueprint. The Louisville chapter was founded in January by the Rev. Dawn Cooley and Kim Hibbard, a computer systems administrator, before Trump even took office. It has since protested outside the offices of Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, drawing 300 people to McConnell's office in one demonstration.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
House pushes neighborhood schools plan for JCPS
      A proposal that would make it easier for parents to send their children to the public school closest to their home passed the Kentucky House of Representatives Thursday afternoon despite concerns that it will make Jefferson County's schools less diverse.

Posted February 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Feds rip Kentucky child protection system
     Kentucky's beleaguered child welfare system was slammed in a review by federal officials, who provide much of the $415 million in funds for the state to protect children from neglect and abuse. The state failed to achieve "substantial conformity" with any of seven standards related to child safety and well-being, according to a report by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, which provides periodic reviews of state programs.


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