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Posted May 27, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
State terminates workforce contract from Bluegrass ADD
     The state will ends its contract with the Bluegrass Area Development District to provide services to unemployed and underemployed workers in a 17-county region June 30 because of ongoing financial issues at the district, state officials said Wednesday. In a letter sent to the leadership of Bluegrass, Gov. Matt Bevin told the district the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet was already seeking a different provider for services for the area that includes Fayette County.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Demand overruns TSA Pre-Check in Louisville
     Transportation Security Administration officials are touting a pre-check process to help travelers avoid nightmarishly long security lines being seen at some airports across the country. But it turns out that getting TSA Pre-Check in Louisville is a torment all its own. As of Wednesday, there were no appointments available during the next 45 days for anyone trying to visit a tiny Dupont Circle office that's only open for travelers to provide their fingerprints and proof of identification as part of the application, according to the agency's website.

    Posted May 27, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Recanvass confirms Clinton
     Hillary Clinton re­mains the winner of Ken­tucky’s Democratic presidential primary af­ter Thursday’s Recan­vass of votes. “The Recanvass re­sults that we received to­day are the same as those certified totals that my office received on Friday. The difference between Hillary Clinton and Sen. (Bernie) Sanders: 1,911 votes,” Kentucky Secre­tary of State Alison Lun­dergan Grimes an­nounced Thursday after­noon at the State Capitol.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Forfeitures provide funds for local law enforcement
     McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden has a goal, one he concedes is a stretch, when it comes to money coming from criminal forfeitures. "My goal has been, before I'm no longer in office, to be able to fund an entire year's budget on the backs of drug traffickers and not the taxpayers," he said. "I don't know that I'll ever be able to meet that goal." As it stands now, Hayden said money derived from seizures, most often drug cases, provides more of a supplement than a primary funding stream for operations.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
KSP, forensic students seek victim in 1993 case
     The Kentucky State Police, Ohio County sheriff's deputies, a search and rescue team and students from the forensics program at a Maryland university were on Hoopee Hill Road north of Hartford on Thursday morning, searching once again for the remains of Patricia "Patsy" Calloway. Vernon Calloway, Patsy Calloway's brother-in-law and the man charged with killing her, died in 2013 while awaiting trial, and a letter found on Vernon Calloway's property connected him to Patsy Calloway's death. Debra Calloway, Vernon's wife, was convicted of tampering with physical evidence in Patsy Calloway's disappearance and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2014.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Traveling for Memorial Day? Here's what to know
     Summer-like temperatures and relatively cheap gasoline prices will be incentives for a near-record number of travelers to hit the highways and use other forms of transportation this Memorial Day weekend. That is the forecast from AAA, the country's leading monitor of the nation's travel habits. About 38 million people are expected to travel Memorial Day weekend, the AAA forecast, a number that would make it the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the highest since 2005.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Sentinel-News ]
After nearly five decades, man meets friend from Vietnam
     Barry Campbell, a Vietnam vet from Spencer County, never dreamed he would run across any of the celebrities he met while serving in Vietnam, especially not one that he held in such high regard. But on Wednesday, as Campbell set up his Vietnam memorabilia at the Flying J in Waddy as a part of the welcome for the Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall event, he waited patiently. The parking lot was full of displays for the group, who stopped there in their annual Run for the Wall on the way to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. And as Campbell looked over at the soldiers’ silhouettes, there he was – someone he never expected to see again – a figure out of his past that he had not seen since 1967 in Vietnam.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray doctor saves Army colonel’s life after heart attack
     Dr. Nicholas O’Dell was spending Sunday afternoon performing routine office work at the Boone Training Center in Frankfort. O’Dell is a captain in the Kentucky National Guard and was performing duties associated with that when his medical training was called into action. A 50-year-old colonel appeared in the office complaining of shortness of breath, having just participated in a mandatory physical training test. Two minutes later, O’Dell and another soldier in the office were battling to keep the colonel alive.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
New state office building set to open June 1
     Hundreds of state workers this week are getting a tour of their new workspace — The 300 Building, a five-story, 371,160-square-foot Frankfort structure with amenities such as filtered water fountains, much natural lighting and beautiful outdoor views. Employees will begin moving into the new office building on June 1. It sits atop one of the bluffs at 300 Sower Boulevard off the East-West Connector, offering views from the back of the top floor that include a water tower in Lawrenceburg, about 14 miles away.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
University of Kentucky reorganization bringing 75 layoffs
     The University of Kentucky will lay off up to 75 people across several departments as part of an administrative reorganization, officials announced Thursday. The layoffs of staff members and administrators will make up $1 million out of nearly $6 million in cuts and efficiencies. The layoffs will be concentrated in administrative and academic units under Provost Tim Tracy’s office, including student affairs, undergraduate education and enrollment management. Anyone who is laid off would receive up to 90 days of pay and benefits.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Christian County jury convicts man of murder
     Tremel J. Smith was found guilty of murder, kidnapping, first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property and tampering with physical evidence Thursday in Christian Circuit Court. A jury of eight women and four men returned with the verdict following a nine-day trial in Judge John Atkins’ courtroom.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Fort Knox to mark 35th anniversary of 'Stripes'
     It was 35 years ago when Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis and John Candy stepped onto the silver screen and into Army life with the making of the comedy film “Stripes.” A portion of the movie, especially the Army post scenes and some of the Czechoslovakian scenes, were filmed on location at Fort Knox. The movie was released June 26, 1981. Maj. Gen. Thomas Seamands, commander of the Human Resources Command on Fort Knox, is the brains behind an idea of collaborating on a celebration of the movie and its ties to Fort Knox and Hardin County.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
NKU professor accused of sexual harassment twice yet kept teaching
     One night after class in 2007, Northern Kentucky University philosophy professor Dennis D. Miller was counseling one of his students who was having trouble in his class. Then Miller put his hand on her knee, kissed her on the cheek and swept her hair back into place while walking to her car, both Miller and the student agreed at the time. She complained to school officials of sexual harassment. In a subsequent meeting with NKU administrators in an office at the school, Miller was warned against working with students after class even as he claimed it was innocent affection.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Cavers wade to safety through shoulder-deep water
     UPDATED: Flash flooding threatened a group of college students during a guided tour of Hart County's Hidden River Cave, forcing a hasty evacuation Thursday afternoon amid rising waters. The group of 19 students visiting from Clemson University in South Carolina, plus four local tour guides, made their way to safety and emerged unharmed into a steady rainfall.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Flash rain traps cavers in Hidden River Cave
     UPDATED: Kentucky State Police have confirmed that the group initially trapped in Hart County's Hidden River Cave was comprised of 19 Clemson University students and four tour guides. The group entered the cave at 10 a.m. Thursday for an extended tour and around 2 p.m. a severe thunderstorm swept through the area causing water to rise. "This stranded the cavers in a portion of the cave called the 'The Attic', which has a higher ceiling, where they stood by until the water rose to where they decided to attempt to make their way out of the cave," according to a KSP news release.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Flash rain traps cavers in Hidden River Cave; all are now out
     Cavers who went into Hidden River Cave on Thursday got more than they bargained for when a thunderstorm caused the underground river to rise, trapping them inside. Rescue workers, including dive teams, converged on the cave shortly after 3:30 p.m. CDT. But all cavers were able to make it out by 4:45 p.m.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Police trading cards collect attention
     Children are flagging down La Grange Police officers, but it’s not because they need help during an emergency. Two weeks ago the department began its newest public relations incentive and stocked each officer with trading cards, similar to keepsake baseball cards children used to collect and trade. But unlike the cards of the past, each of the new cards profiles an officer in the force. Every La Grange police officer carries their own card, which has a photograph of them, their name, title and a brief description. It is the departments hope that children will try to collect all 16 of the cards

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Police: Man charged in fatal stabbing of brother
     A Martin man was arrested this week in connection with the fatal assault of his brother. According to his arrest citation filed by Trooper Bradford Martin with Kentucky State Police Post 9, Trenton M. Ward, 43, “was involved in a physical assault” that took place at his residence Sunday evening. “The victim was found at the residence deceased as a result of the assault,” court documents said.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Attorney: West Virginia lawsuit could help former Conn clients in disability situation
     On Wednesday, Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf invoked President Franklin Roosevelt as he convened a meeting of class members who are party to several lawsuits pending in courts around the region. “Today is a day which will live in infamy,” Pillersdorf said. “It was today one year ago that these (Social Security disability) letters got sent out.” Pillersdorf has routinely said he feels Roosevelt, who helped establish Social Security, “would be appalled” to see its actions today.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
28-year-old Little League coach dies at game
      A South Central Floyd Little League assistant coach died during a game at the Allen ballpark on Tuesday. Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson pronounced Gary Chris Jarrell, 28, dead at St. Joseph Martin Hospital, where he was transported by after collapsing in the ballpark dugout. South Central Floyd Little League Vice President Kris Hall said Jarrell had sought medical care recently at an out-of-county hospital, and had been diagnosed with “a touch of” pneumonia and bronchitis. Hall said Jarrell experienced pain in his chest prior to the game, but “felt good” prior to the game.


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