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Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ballard County water company to close in February
     The Kentucky Public Service Commission has given permission for Lovelaceville Water Company in Ballard County to cease operations and to close and abandon its system. Service to any remaining customers will end on Feb. 2. In an order issued Friday, the PSC said it wants Lovelaceville Water customers to have enough time to make alternative arrangements for water service. Those could include drilling wells or installing cisterns.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Police investigating suspected counterfeiter
     Bardstown Police are investigating a man they believe has been passing counterfeit bills at several local businesses. Bardstown Police Capt. Tom Roby said the suspect used several $50 counterfeit bills at five area businesses. All of the bills dated back to the 1950s. “They look like real, old money,” Roby said of the counterfeit bills.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Former accountant pleads guilty to embezzling from monastery
     The former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani admitted to embezzling more than $1 million from the monastery and agreed to serve a 20-year prison sentence Friday. John Hutchins entered into a plea agreement, in which he pleaded guilty to more than 100 embezzlement charges stemming from a months-long investigation that revealed that Hutchins and his wife, Carrie, used the monastery’s funds to purchase cars, trips, televisions and several other items during a timeframe that spanned more than five years. Carrie Hutchins also entered into a plea agreement Friday. As part of their plea agreements, the couple must turn over their home, two vehicles, cash and several items to police.

    Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Cold weather headed for Kentucky; some may see snow
     The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 8 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday for extreme eastern and southeastern Kentucky. Meanwhile, Central Kentucky could see some light snow showers -- an inch or less east of a line from Frankfort south to Albany. Areas west of I-65 will see little if any snow.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
WKU student dies in fire
     A Western Kentucky University student died today in an early morning house fire that left another man injured. The Bowling Green Fire Department was called at 5:12 a.m. after a structure fire was reported in the old brick home that is divided into apartments. Three people were inside when the fire occurred. It is the first structure fire fatality in Bowling Green since 2006, a fire department official said. The body of Tyler English, 20, of Louisville, was found inside the home, Warren County Deputy Coroner Chris Smith said.

    Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Natural gas costs will increase only slightly this winter, state says
     Natural gas costs at the start of the 2014-2015 heating season will be only slightly higher than last year, the Kentucky Public Service Commission said Friday. Gas prices remain well below the peak reached in 2008, the PSC said in a news release.

    Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
More sleep: Time changes from Daylight Saving to Standard on Sunday morning
     Daylight Saving Time will come to an end Sunday as the nation switches back to Standard Time. The change, as usual, will be at 2 a.m., but most people change their clocks before going to bed the evening before which, in this case, will be Saturday.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ McCreary County Voice ]
McCreary manufacturer to expand operations
     J.C. Egnew, president of Outdoor Venture Corporation, has announced the purchase of Sotera Defense Solutions’ Engineered Solutions division, and will be moving operations to Stearns. Egnew said he expects to create about 50 new jobs in McCreary County through the acquisition and production should begin as soon as next month, with the first products rolling off the line by the start of the new year.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Teen charged with abusing 2-year-old
     The Madisonville Police Department has charged a local teen with first-degree criminal abuse of a 2-year-old. Austin T. Alfred, 19, of Madisonville, was charged Thursday — six days after the abusive incident is said to have occurred. MPD officers were contacted Sunday by the Baptist Health Emergency Room. Upon arrival, officers found that the child had suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns to the lower half of her body, according to a release. The injury was reported to have come from scalding hot bath water in an incident that occurred on Oct. 24.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Convention center debt to be paid early
     Daviess Fiscal Court has decided to pay off the $20 million borrowed in 2009 to build the Owensboro Convention Center six years early. That means the bonds will be paid off sometime in 2024 rather than February 2030. And the extra 4 percent tax, added to the insurance premium tax of people living outside of the city limits, to finance the debt will end when the debt is paid, Judge-Executive Al Mattingly said Thursday.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Overnight freezes (but no snow) over the weekend for Western Kentucky
     Snow on Halloween? The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of snow showers tonight in the Louisville area, but NWS meteorologist Kevin Smith with the Paducah office said there's no chance of that in in the local area. "Not in western Kentucky," he said. "The closest we see anything is in south central Indiana." The only thing today and Saturday will bring, Smith said, is colder air.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Taylor man charged with reckless homicide
     It was first thought to have been an accident, but now, grand jurors say they believe someone is responsible for the death after all. William E. Tillett, 21, of Campbellsville, has been indicted and charged with reckless homicide in the death of Thomas Morgan. Tillett was also charged with possession of a defaced firearm, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug supplies. Thomas Wayne Morgan II, 21, died in May after being treated for a gunshot wound.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Soldiers return from 9-month Afghanistan deployment
     Two welcome home ceremonies were held early Thursday morning at Fort Campbell for three units returning to post after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. A total of 111 soldiers returned Thursday morning, with 94 of those being members of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery and 17 coming from the 72nd Medical Detachment (VSS).

Posted October 31, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Kentucky counties get waivers for virtual schools
     A southern Kentucky county is the latest to get a waiver to keep students in class in cases of inclement weather. The Todd County School District applied to pursue nontraditional instruction through an application process through the Kentucky Department of Education, one of 13 Kentucky school districts chosen to do so. Corbin Independent Schools and Boyle, Grant, Jessamine, Johnson, Lawrence, Leslie, Owsley, Pike, Taylor, Washington and Wolfe County schools also received waivers.

    Posted October 31, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
McConnell widens lead over Grimes in final Bluegrass Poll
     U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday's election. McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent. In a Bluegrass Poll released early last week, McConnell was clinging to a one-point lead, with 44 percent backing him and 43 percent choosing Grimes.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Nunn pleaded guilty in murder case to have wrongful death suit dropped, attorney says
     Steve Nunn, the former Kentucky lawmaker spending life in prison for the death of his ex-fiancée, testified in Fayette Circuit Court Thursday that he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea because he had ineffective counsel from his attorney. "Somehow or another, I was lied to, misrepresented, misled," Nunn said at the conclusion of a 51/2-hour evidentiary hearing. Nunn, 61, the son of former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn, is serving a life sentence without parole but now contests his 2011 guilty plea. Nunn claims that his former attorney, Warren Scoville of London, gave him bad advice about pleading guilty rather than going to trial in a death penalty-eligible case.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Police advise anyone who doesn't need to go downtown to stay away on Brooks concert nights
     Lexington police are urging commuters to be cautious traveling downtown this weekend due to heavy traffic for the Garth Brooks concerts. Officials are expecting 80,000 people to flood the streets of downtown for the four shows scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Those attending the concert should give themselves enough time to drive into downtown and find parking. Roberts said the best place to park is on Old Frankfort Pike and allow shuttles to transport concertgoers to and from their cars.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Judge denies request for injunction in candidate suit
     A Scott County judge denied Thursday a request made by 28th District Senate candidate Ralph Alvarado and his attorney to pull a campaign advertisement run by his opponent, incumbent Sen. R.J. Palmer. Circuit Judge Robert Johnson said he sees issues with the way information in the ad, which began running Oct. 22, is edited and portrayed, but Kentucky Supreme Court case law does not allow for him to issue an injunction or restraining order on material until a jury rules the content in false or defamatory. Johnson cited the Kentucky Supreme Court ruling in a 2010 case, Hill v. Petrotech Resources Corp. in which it states "that governmental units and courts may not impose a prior restraint on speech."

    Posted October 31, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Balance of power in Kentucky House up for grabs
     The balance of power in the Kentucky House of Representatives could be determined on Tuesday by the outcome of several competitive races in Jefferson and Bullitt counties. Republicans, who hold 46 seats in the 100-member chamber, hope to gain at least five more on Tuesday to take a majority for the first time since 1921 and join a solidly Republican Senate in putting the GOP's agenda into law. But Democrats say they have the better candidates and will hang on, or build, their majority. And local races for two-year House terms — including those in the 29th and 32nd districts in Jefferson County and the 49th in Bullitt — are among the most hotly contested in the state.

Posted October 31, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Prosecutor with history of anger issues fired
     A prosecutor with a history of angry outbursts was fired Thursday after a fiery tantrum in which he belittled a defense lawyer and told the judge, "For the record, I think this is bulls---." Division chief Robert Fleck was terminated from his $80,449 job by County Attorney Mike O'Connell for "unprofessional conduct" in court Wednesday and "clearly violating" a zero-tolerance agreement he signed in February, when he was suspended for 30 days for threatening a public defender and forcing her out of a conference room. Fleck, who lives in Shelbyville, doesn't have a listed number and couldn't be reached for comment. The public defender's office declined to comment.


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