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Posted May 24, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Auto economic footprint strengthens in southcentral Kentucky
     Kentucky's automotive renaissance hit a higher gear last week. The smooth-shifting auto economy has helped bring the state’s unemployment rate down to 5 percent and is cementing a bright economic future for the next generation of the state’s auto workers and those who work in the growing number of vehicle-related industries, local and state officials said.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Tempers flare as Pike school board discusses forensic audit
     The ongoing forensic audit of the Pike County Board of Education remained a hot topic at the board’s May meeting, as the audit sparked a lengthy and contentious discussion which led to several revelations being brought to light. The May meeting, held Thursday evening, was the first monthly meeting since accounting firm Balog and Tamburri, which is conducting the forensic audit of the school district’s central office, submitted a report detailing preliminary findings of the in-process forensic probe. The discussion regarding the audit quickly became contentious, however, as District Finance Officer Nancy Grubb responded to some of the audit’s preliminary findings.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Ohio County woman appeals conviction in disappearance of ex-sister-in-law
     Debra Calloway, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of helping plot the killing of her ex-sister-in-law and assisting in covering up the crime, is asking the state Court of Appeals to overturn her conviction. Calloway, 61, was found guilty of facilitation to commit murder, tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor retaliation against a witness in a legal proceeding after a three-day trial last August in Ohio Circuit Court.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Forester says LBL changes good for plants, animals
     If you ask forester Dennis Wilson why logging and burning is taking place at Land Between the Lakes, he'll tell you it improves the health of the forest. But he's well aware that many members of the public, particularly local residents, disagree. Wilson, LBL's timber program manager, led a group of about 25 Southern Illinois University forestry students on a tour Thursday through some of the areas where environmental changes are taking place at the national recreational area. A debate over the future of LBL has taken place over recent months. A group of Land Between the Lakes area citizens and visitors have formed the LBL Coalition, which has led an effort to discourage the U.S. Forest Service, which manages LBL, from completing further burning and logging.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Bodies of missing boaters found
     A pair of boaters were found dead Saturday afternoon in the water off a Devil's Elbow boat ramp in Trigg County. Just after 3:30 p.m., two people fell out of a boat in the area. Soon after, rescuers arrived and found the bodies of Michael A Bussell, 52, Hopkinsville and NyDarion Bussell,13, Hopkinsville, said Trigg County Public Affairs Officer James Flood.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
'Bogus Beggar" pleads guilty to sex charges
     The man dubbed as the “bogus beggar” pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct Friday in Franklin Circuit Court. Gary Thompson, 32, was originally charged with third-degree rape and being a persistent felony offender. However, with the plea agreement, the rape charge was amended to sexual misconduct, which is a class A misdemeanor, and the PFO count was dismissed. Thompson is accused of having sex with a mentally disabled woman he befriended in February 2014.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Company to move more than 100 jobs to Franklin County
     Franklin County will soon get more than 100 new jobs after the fiscal court approved a resolution granting a tax incentive for an industrial company to move its headquarters here from Louisville. At its regular meeting Thursday night the fiscal court voted unanimously to approve a .5 percent reimbursement of occupational tax revenues paid by the Roller Die and Forming Company for 10 years. In return, the company will move its headquarters to Franklin County.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
State senator found not guilty of DUI
     It took a Franklin County jury just 10 minutes to find Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, not guilty for a DUI charge from January. Prosecuting Assistant Franklin County Attorney Christopher Broaddus said the verdict didn’t surprise him given the small amount of evidence the commonwealth had for a conviction. Smith was found guilty for speeding and was given a $40 fine and court costs.

    Posted May 24, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Court blocks pipeline eminent domain
     A Kentucky appeals court has upheld a ruling that prevents the developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline from using the power of eminent domain to purchase property easements. And the Louisville attorney who has been representing a group of Kentucky landowners fighting Bluegrass said the ruling is broad enough to apply to another controversial pipeline that seeks to carry hazardous natural gas liquids through Kentucky from fracking zones in Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast. That's the proposed re-purposing of Kinder Morgan's existing Tennessee Gas pipeline.

    Posted May 24, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Billboard proposal draws environmentalists' ire
      Proposed state regulations would give billboard companies the authority to cut trees that block the view of their signs — a power the companies have sought, but failed to get, from the General Assembly for years. But environmental groups raised a wide range of objections to the proposal Friday at a hearing at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Following tornado, Morgan paid $1.65 million for property previously valued at $315,000
     Morgan County is struggling with debts resulting from the March 2012 tornado that wrecked this community. One of those debts stems from the purchase of a 30-acre lot just outside West Liberty, which holds a small office building, a garage and rusting heaps of scrap metal. Before the tornado hit, the vacant property was assessed for tax purposes at $315,000. Three weeks after the tornado, Morgan County paid $1.65 million, more than five times the assessed value, to Rifle Coal Co. to buy it.

    Posted May 24, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Intravenous drug use in rural Kentucky carries risk of explosion of HIV
     A small town in rural Indiana had more needle-using drug users infected with HIV this year than New York City, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same thing could happen in Kentucky. A drug-fueled HIV outbreak infecting 160 people in Austin, Ind. — population 4,200 — is shocking the nation. But it didn't surprise University of Kentucky researcher Jennifer Havens. The infection rates in Austin, which continue to rise incrementally, rival those of HIV-ravaged areas of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the CDC.

Posted May 24, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Morgan County, Lexington firm battle over $1M bill after tornado leveled town
     Cash-strapped Morgan County is being sued for nearly $1 million by Emergency Disaster Services, a Lexington company from which it rented trailers, generators, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment after a March 2012 tornado leveled this place and killed a half-dozen people. In its response, Morgan County accuses EDS — owned by Jerry Lundergan, a past chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party and father of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — of "price-gouging." Cash-strapped Morgan County is being sued for nearly $1 million by Emergency Disaster Services, a Lexington company from which it rented trailers, generators, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment after a March 2012 tornado leveled this place and killed a half-dozen people. In its response, Morgan County accuses EDS — owned by Jerry Lundergan, a past chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party and father of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — of "price-gouging."

Posted May 24, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Illegal substance in e-cig leads to 2 arrests in Meade Co.
     An investigation in Meade County on Friday involving high school students and an electronic cigarette has led to two arrests. One Meade County High School student, 15, was arrested Friday after bringing an electronic cigarette containing illegal substances to school and passing it among a group of students. Meade County Sheriff Butch Kerrick said six students were transported to the hospital Friday morning after becoming ill from using the e-cig device. Kerrick said some of the students were vomiting, had critically high blood pressure or had passed out.

    Posted May 24, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor makes appointments to boards, commissions
     Gov. Steve Beshear has made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State police graduates sixth glass of telecommunicators
     Ten Kentucky State Police telecommunicators from throughout the state were recognized Friday at graduation ceremonies for the sixth class of the agency’s in-house Telecommunications academy. “Across the state, KSP telecommunicators provide a lifeline to both citizens in need and officers in the field,” KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said. “They serve as an unseen, but vital link in keeping law enforcement officers and the public safe at all times of the day or night.”

Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky's fallen police officers honored at ceremony
     Kentucky’s police officers killed in the line of duty were honored once again Thursday at the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s annual law enforcement memorial ceremony in Richmond. 2014 marks another historic year where Kentucky suffered no sworn officer, line-of-duty deaths.

Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Twenty officers graduate from sergeant's course
     Law enforcement officers from 18 agencies across the state were recognized Friday for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 120-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants, according to a state news release.

Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear to lead trade mission to Canada next week
     More than a dozen Kentucky small businesses will connect with key liaisons in the international marketplace next week. Gov. Steve Beshear will lead a Kentucky Export Initiative trade mission to Canada starting Monday. The companies, which represent a variety of industries throughout the state will be personally matched with Canadian businesses and distribution networks. These meetings will allow the companies to form partnerships and begin selling products to Kentucky’s largest trade partner.

Posted May 22, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Coast Guard urging life jackets, sobriety
     With Memorial Day weekend, which usually marks the beginning of the recreational boating season, coming up, the Coast Guard is launching a campaign to raise awareness about boat safety. According to the Coast Guard, there were 560 boating fatalities nationwide in 2013. Of those deaths, 71 percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, with 328 not wearing life jackets. That's why officers from the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Unit in Paducah hosted a media day Thursday at the new Ohio River boat launch on North Sixth and Burnett streets to get the word out about National Boat Safety Week.


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