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Posted September 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Conway, Dept. of Education and BBB warn schools of fake invoice scam
     Attorney General Jack Conway, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are joining together to warn Kentucky school districts to be vigilant of a scam targeting schools throughout the country. Schools nationwide, including at least one school in Kentucky, have received invoices in the mail from Scholastic School Supply for books they never ordered.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Japan-based metalworking firm to locate plant in Knox County
     Further proving Kentucky is a great place for foreign investment, Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined company officials and local leaders to announce Kowa Kentucky Inc. plans to open a facility in Knox County. For Kowa, which specializes in metalworking and treatment, the southeastern Kentucky location will be the company’s first operation in North America. Kowa plans to create 30 jobs and invest $8.3 million into the project.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Johnson County mother, son indicted on prescription drug charges
     Attorney General Jack Conway Monday announced the indictments of a mother and son on prescription drug charges. On Sept. 18, a Johnson County grand jury indicted Mary Lou Chandler, 63, of Paintsville, on one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units and two counts of complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units. Both charges are class D felonies. Additionally, Matthew Chandler, 34, of Paintsville, was indicted on similar charges.



    Posted September 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State urges propane customers to plan now for winter
     The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and state's propane industry are taking proactive steps to ensure that adequate propane supplies are available to meet the needs of Kentuckians this winter. Tod Griffin, executive director of the Kentucky Propane Gas Association, pointed out that the issue is not supply but getting the propane to where it is needed.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky Labor Cabinet to hold free OSHA training
     The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will hold free training courses Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 on topics that will benefit nearly all types of workers and employers in Kentucky. The training will be held at the UAW Local 862’s Gettelfinger Hall in Louisville. Participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of courses, including an overview of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program; chemical hazard classification and labeling; injury and illness recordkeeping; noise and hearing conservation; powered industrial truck training requirements; electrical safety work practices; crane safety requirements and regulations regarding working in confined spaces.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Florida man charged in $46,000 electronics 'smash and grab'
     A Florida man is back in Whitley County after being arrested in Florida on charges of smashing and grabbing approximately $46,000 worth of electronics from the Williamsburg Walmart. According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, 32-year-old Jovan Yohanson was taken into custody in Broward County, Fla. last week on the arrest warrant. Bird said about 3 a.m. on July 20, Yohanson went to the electronics section of Walmart and smashed the glass of one of the display cases. After removing a number of tablets and other devices, Yohanson was able to walk out of the store without incident. Through a review of Walmart video surveilence, Bird said police were able to get the license plate number of the van in which Yohanson got into after leaving the store.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Robbery suspect gets extradited to Kentucky
     A Paducah man wanted in connection to a Ballard County bank robbery last week was extradited to Kentucky and lodged in the Ballard County Detention Center, according to Kentucky State Police. Haywood W. "Wesley" Jones, 25, waived extradition before a Missouri judge on Saturday evening and was immediately transported to Ballard County, where he faces charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Jones allegedly robbed the First Community Bank in Kevil last Wednesday.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
New flight school taking off
     Jason Fuller, owner of X-Cell Aviation and Flight Training Center, has wasted no time in establishing his satellite business with Ayer Flying Club at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport. "Why do pilots get their license? So they can fly somewhere to eat," Fuller said, only half-jokingly.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Falling rocks: Brent Spence's cry for help?
     Call it a sign from above. And mix in chunks of concrete and some impeccable timing. Concrete falling from the Brent Spence Bridge recently smashed a car parked beneath the span – foot-wide pieces that happened to fall during the bridge's biennial inspection. The plummeting concrete smashed the windshield of a 2008 Ford Fusion belonging to Jeff Brothers of Amelia. No one was hurt. Brothers was attending the Bengals' game at the time. The car had to be towed, but at least Brothers' team won.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
These Kentucky House incumbents face stiff challenges in Nov. 4 election
     The first priority for Democrats and Republicans in their quest to rule the Kentucky House for the next two years is to defend the turf they already hold. It won't be easy. Several incumbents from both parties are facing stiff challenges in the Nov. 4 elections. As Republicans and Democrats fight over control of the 100-member Kentucky House this fall, 29 Democratic and 16 Republican incumbents are trying to keep their district seats. Eight other contested districts are "open," meaning they don't have an incumbent seeking re-election.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Firefighter charged in hit-and-run was found hiding after he fled the scene
     A Lexington firefighter charged in a hit-and-run accident outside a bar on Friday night was found hiding behind garbage cans in a neighbor's yard after he fled the scene, according to police and court documents. Jarad McCargo, 36, "readily admitted" to wrecking and fleeing, the police citation says. The victim, a man sitting outside the bar, was taken to UK Hospital with critical injuries. Court documents show that McCargo has now been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, first degree assault and driving without insurance.


Posted September 22, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
One shot, others hurt during bar brawl
     Several people, one of whom was shot, went to hospitals early Sunday after a bar fight involving dozens of people, Louisville Metro Police said. Many of the patrons of the Happy Ending bar on South Fourth Street were involved in a brawl about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. A man was apparently thrown through a plate-glass window and went to retrieve a weapon from his vehicle, according to police. He was apparently struck from behind, causing the weapon to fire, Smiley said.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
KSU president: Taking pay cut was a message
     Raymond Burse, the interim president of Kentucky State University who cut his own salary this summer to help out low-wage employees, sat in his office on Tuesday holding a red shoe. The leather footwear — which had arrived from Des Moines, Iowa — was inscribed with words of praise from two fans who wished to "click their ruby red slippers together" and travel to KSU to celebrate his generosity. Indeed, since Burse announced plans in July to slash his pay by $90,000 and distribute the money to 24 campus workers who earn less than $10.25 per hour, he has received attention in the national media and emails of thanks from as far away as France, Germany and Japan.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Accused cannibal fell through legal cracks
     Joseph Oberhansley walked into a Utah prison 14 years ago, a bullet lodged in his brain, and chose two words to tattoo across his back: "murderous deeds." It was a confession — maybe a warning — from a man who had killed his teenage girlfriend and would later slip through the system to be accused of butchering a Jeffersonville woman and eating her flesh.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Grimes owns small part in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines
     Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has a small ownership stake in a vacant Lexington property that city officials have repeatedly cited for code violations and threatened legal action against for nonpayment of more than $20,000 in storm-sewer fees and fines. Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who is running against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has reported on Senate financial disclosure forms that she holds stock worth between $15,001 and $50,000 in Glenncase, LLC, which owns the former Continental Inn property at the corner of Winchester Road and New Circle Road.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester woman gets lifesaving kidney donation from lifelong best friend
     Lifelong best friends Kelsey White, 19, and Meredith Merrell, 20, said their friendship was meant to be. The friends have known each other since they were born and Meredith’s mother worked at Markey Cancer Center in Lexington with Kelsey’s grandmother. Twenty years later, the inseparable friends have discovered they are compatible in more ways than they ever imagined. Two weeks ago, Kelsey got news she was a match to donate a kidney to Meredith, who was diagnosed with a genetic kidney disorder creating the need for a kidney transplant.



    Posted September 21, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
House Bill 463 created more alternatives to incarcerations
     In 2011, state legislators passed House Bill 463, which changed the way the courts dealt with low-level drug offenders. The bill was crafted after a task force, which included legislators, the head of the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and representatives from the Pew Center on the States' Public Safety Performance Project, studied the state's rising prison population. The task force's goal was to find ways to stem the tide of people being sentenced to Kentucky prisons, to reduce state spending on corrections and to funnel more people facing drug charges into substance abuse treatment.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Odds of deer-vehicle collisions rise
     Kentucky drivers are 11.2 percent more likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. Kentucky ranks 13th, in a tie with Arkansas, by State Farm's list of states where deer-vehicle collisions are most likely. State Farm calculates the odds of a Kentucky driver colliding with a deer as 1 in 107. Last year Kentucky ranked 16th, with odds of a deer-vehicle collision at 1 in 123.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Murray State, UK lead state in 4-year grad rates
     If past data are any indication, of the 1,500 or so freshmen hitting the books full time at Murray State University this fall, fewer than 30 percent will graduate within four years. It’s a figure that may seem discouraging to some, but MSU administrators see it as one of many tools at their disposal in the never-ending work of improvement. It’s also a percentage that’s on par with the national average and steadily rising.


Posted September 21, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Fort Knox will slash gate operational hours beginning Oct. 1
     Fort Knox's Wilson and Chaffee gates currently allow access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But after changes take effect, Wilson gate only will allow access between 6 a.m. and 6.p.m. everyday except weekends and federal holidays. Chaffee gate (main gate) will see no change. The changes come after troop deactivations and relocations have reduced Fort Knox’s soldier population to 3,500, according to Fort Knox public affairs officer Ryan Brus.


 

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