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Posted October 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Rupp, city officials announce plans for 80,000 on the 2 nights of Garth Brooks concerts
     When country superstar Garth Brooks comes to town next week, Lexington knows it will be a big deal. With crowds of 80,000 — many from out of town — expected for four back-to-back concerts, Rupp Arena, Lexington Center, police and buses have made plans to smooth the way to country concert heaven. On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Brooks will do shows at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Concertgoers are urged to come early and stay late.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
State Democrats accused of identity theft in House race
     A candidate in the race for state House District 23 is calling on the attorney general to investigate the Kentucky Democratic Party for using his Social Security number in mailers sent to voters.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Congressional candidates Barr, Jensen find little common ground during debate
     U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Elisabeth Jensen, his Democratic challenger, laid out stark differences in their ideologies Monday night during a televised appearance on KET's Kentucky Tonight. Jensen told host Bill Goodman that she supported a proposed raise in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank banking reform law. Barr said he opposed all of those, preferring free-market solutions rather than government intervention. The election is Nov. 4. Barr is finishing his first term representing Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Gas prices continue to drop in Kentucky
     Paducah drivers are being greeted by good news at the pump this month as gas prices throughout the state continue to fall and local prices have dipped below the $3 mark.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Chemical spill shuts down portions of Interstate 75 in Madison County
     A chemical spill Tuesday shut down nortbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in northern Madison County, an emergency management official said. The spill from a tanker truck had shut down the interstate to northbound traffic at Exit 90 at Richmond and southbond traffic at Exit 97, just south of the Kentucky River and the Clay's Ferry Bridge, said Michael Bryant, deputy emergency management director for Madison County. The truck is at the northbound 96 mile-marker, he said. The truck was leaking ferric chloride from one of its valves, Bryant said.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ky. lawsuit against OxyContin maker could deal huge blow
     No one rises as Circuit Judge Steven Combs enters his courtroom. Combs wears a white shirt and yellow tie, no robe. Lawyers approach the bench as their cases are called, shake the judge's hand and exchange small talk before getting to business. Today's docket includes a woman convicted of public intoxication, an accused trafficker of painkillers, and a procedural matter involving Purdue Pharma, a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company based in Stamford, Conn., that's effectively accused of laying waste to this Appalachian coal town.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky’s bourbon industry smashes records
     In the time it takes to age a Kentucky straight Bourbon – that’s two years – the Kentucky Bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce, tripled its number of distilleries, and set new modern records for exports and barrel inventories.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Henderson man arrested after I-164 chase, crash
     A 29-year-old man faces several preliminary charges after authorities said he fled a traffic stop on Interstate 164, crashed his vehicle and then tried to run on foot to evade arrest on Monday.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Cops: Man forced to burglarize home
     With a 2-year-old child in tow, police said two Shelbyville men held another man at gunpoint and forced him to participate in a burglary over the weekend.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Handyman wants prosecutor to pay for mistaken identity
     Dana J. Davis wasn't quite sure what was happening. The 50-year-old handyman had been employed doing maintenance and janitorial work at a Covington property for a few years, but suddenly the owner wasn't returning calls. His neighbors were acting funny, too, ducking inside to avoid eye contact and conversation.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Man admits guilt in internet sex case
     A Todd County man acknowledged on Monday in federal court to blackmailing two underage girls in order to receive sexually explicit images of them.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Ledger Independent ]
Fleming County man indicted on child pornography charges
     A Fleming County man facing charges of child pornography possession was indicted by a Fleming County grand jury Friday. Shawn Michael Tumey, 21, was indicted on three counts of distribution of a matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Posted October 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Law school applications plummet - at U of L too
     Brandon McReynolds seemed an ideal fit for the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.
McReynolds, 23, already had undergraduate and Master's degrees in sociology from U of L. He'd been chief justice of the student government association's Supreme Court. He had a passionate interest in addressing inequality. And he not only had applied to Brandeis, he'd gotten in. But he decided not to go. The reason, he said: "There are too many lawyers out there." Even paying in-state tuition of $18,578 a year, he feared he'd be forever saddled with debt.

    Posted October 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
McConnell takes one-point lead over Grimes in Kentucky's toss-up U.S. Senate race
     Kentucky's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat two weeks before Election Day, with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell regaining the slimmest of leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new Bluegrass Poll. The poll of 655 likely voters found McConnell leading Grimes 44 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian David Patterson received 5 percent support, drawing voters from across the political spectrum. Eight percent were undecided. In a Bluegrass Poll released two weeks ago, Grimes led McConnell by two points. In late August, the Bluegrass Poll showed McConnell with a four-point lead.

Posted October 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Police explain what to do in a traffic stop
     Many drivers pulled over by a police officer aren't aware of the proper procedure to follow when flashing lights suddenly appear behind them. The question of what exactly a driver should do has come up following a felony traffic stop by Paducah police several weeks ago that generated extensive news coverage. Local officers say drivers often don't know the first step: how to pull over. McCracken County Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow explained that it's state law for drivers to pull a vehicle over as far to the right as possible and stop.

Posted October 20, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
54-year-old freshman is kicker for KSU
     Kentucky State University freshman Quenton Karlberg stepped onto the Alumni Stadium football field Saturday in full uniform for the first time this season. Karlberg was ruled eligible to play in the Thorobreds’ homecoming game against Miles College, and participated in the warm-ups and drills the same as all the other KSU football players. But unlike the rest, Karlberg’s journey to the field stretches over a longer period of time. He had always wanted to be a kicker on a football team, and although that dream got put on the back burner often, at 54 years of age, he decided to make it happen.

Posted October 20, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Seasonal workers have plenty of local options
     It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas will be brighter this year for seasonal workers looking for extra cash and a choice of positions. Because of lower unemployment rates in Indiana and Kentucky and a smaller labor pool, retailers, warehouses and some chain restaurants have been forced to boost hourly wages this year from averages of $8 and $9 an hour to $10 and higher, depending on the position.

Posted October 20, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Hotel is 'fighting the elements'
     Bad weather has played havoc with the $15 million Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront construction schedule, but the builder remains focused on opening the city's second downtown hotel during the first three months of next year. An official with the hotel said last week that the project has been "fighting the elements" since day one, and to date, from 45 to 50 days have been lost to weather. However, many of those days have been made up.

Posted October 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Fluor rehiring most former USEC workers
     About 300 remaining employees of Centrus Energy Corp., formerly known as USEC Inc., will be laid off today as part of the transition to return the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to the U.S. Department of Energy. "For months we've been going through a very formal process to transfer the site back to DOE," said Steve Penrod, Centrus vice president. "This is part of that process." According to Penrod "nearly all" of the former USEC employees will be re-hired by Fluor Federal Services, the DOE's deactivation contractor, and start on Tuesday - a quick turnaround intended to make the transition a smooth one.

Posted October 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Postal clerks' jobs uncertain after consolidation
     Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to close more than 80 mail processing plants across the country beginning in January, but the Paducah facility - slated for consolidation on April 1, 2015 - likely won't know how many of its workers will remain in Paducah until that date, according to the American Postal Workers Union and the Postal Service's Kentuckiana District.


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