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    Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 25 officers from Basic Training
     Twenty-five law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated from basic training Friday at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction.

    Posted April 29, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Locals sound off on public school accountability
     Kentucky has just over a year to overhaul its K-12 accountability system, and western Kentucky got its chance Thursday to weigh in on what the new system should look like. Well over 100 parents, teachers, students and administrators filled the Murray Middle School auditorium for the Kentucky Department of Education's last of 11 town hall meetings on the subject in the past several weeks. Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and his team have crisscrossed the state gathering public input on what should stay, what should go and what matters most when it comes to measuring school and student success.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Former Bardstown Police lieutenant latest officer to resign
     Recently demoted Bardstown Police Officer Chris Brandon tendered his resignation Friday, adding his name to a growing list of officers leaving the department. “I must regretfully inform you that due to irreconcilable differences with the Mayor’s Office and the newly appointed command staff of the Police Department; my last day will be Monday, May 1, 2016,” Brandon wrote in a letter to Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KY 151 removed from National Truck Network on an emergency basis
     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received authorization from the Federal Highway Administration to delete KY 151 (Graefenburg Road) in Anderson and Franklin counties from the National Truck Network on an emergency basis for safety considerations. Based on FHWA’s emergency action, KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas Friday issued an official order banning certain types of commercial vehicles from traveling on KY 151.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State seizes moonshine, still in Letcher County
     Acting on a complaint, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) investigators began a month-long investigation concerning reports of a moonshine still in the Kona community of Letcher County. Three controlled buys were made from Patrick Collier with the last buy on April 27, an ABC news release said. The next day a search warrant was executed which resulted in the seizure of an operational moonshine still and 27 quarts of moonshine.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Frustrations and concerns voiced at WKU budget cut forum
     Frustrations and concerns about a planned budget cut of more than $6 million at Western Kentucky University brought students and staff together for an open forum Thursday. Sharing in one student's frustration was WKU President Gary Ransdell, who opened the discussion. Ransdell said he was optimistic about the higher education's financial future until Gov. Matt Bevin proposed the cuts in January.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Allen farmers charged with crop insurance fraud
     Two Allen County farmers have been charged by federal prosecutors with crop insurance fraud. In two separate informations filed this month by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, David Manion, 53, and Henry Manion, 48, are accused of knowingly making false statements and reports on applications for insurance to influence the actions of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and the Producers Agriculture Insurance Company.

    Posted April 29, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
REAL ID won’t be a fantasy for domestic flights
     Kentuckians will need more than a driver’s license to enter some federal buildings starting in October after Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill Wednesday implementing Homeland Security identification requirements. Kentuckians wishing to make domestic flights will need a REAL ID, passport or a passport card to board a commercial airplane starting in 2020.

    Posted April 29, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Voter portal increases enrollment by 6,000
     Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ statewide online voting portal drive has brought almost 6,000 new registered state residents to the registry just before the May 17 Primary. Kentuckians can use the portal GoVoteKy.com to update their voter information online and skip the lines at local county clerk offices. According to Grimes’ office, 42,608 new voters have registered since the November 2015 election, bringing the state’s total number of registered voters to 3,243,078.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Boyle County-wide ‘dog' ordinance voted into law
     After months of discussion, several public workshops and countless revisions by Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell “to get it right," a county-wide “dog" ordinance was voted into law Tuesday by Fiscal Court. The ordinance was conceived after the Chris Pope saga last year that captured the area’s attention for months.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
UofL, Louisville officials to remove Confederate monument on Belknap Campus
     Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced Friday that the Confederate monument on Third Street at UofL’s Belknap campus will be moved to a new location to be determined at a later date.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Jessamine County man with child sexual exploitation
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post-7 Richmond, arrested Cody B. Anderson, 19, about 8 p.m. Thursday for charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Anderson was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor and Mrs. Bevin invite public to Frankfort's Downtown Derby Celebration May 7
     Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin are inviting Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 pm. in downtown Frankfort.

    Posted April 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor makes appointments to state boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin has made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions, including the parole board and board of tax appeals.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Goshen family to air on Family Feud
     Although many see a game show on television and dream of competing, most never get the chance. However, for one Oldham County family those small screen dreams came true. The Hare family, consisting of Margaret, Dave and Sarah Hare as well as Tarah and Colby Decker, recently competed on “Family Feud,” an ABC game show where two families compete to guess the most popular answers to nationwide survey questions. The Hare Family will be featured on Family Feud May 2 and 3.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Ledger Independent ]
Flu sticking around for spring
     Despite the warmer temperatures that are a harbinger of spring and summer, one winter foe continues to stick around. Kentucky is in what medical professionals are calling a late influenza season, according to Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace Health District. Following a mild December and January, the incidence of influenza picked up in March and continues through April, Adams said.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Tornado reportedly touches down
     Supercell storms Wednesday resulted in reported funnel clouds across Hopkins County and a tornado touch-down in Earlington. Funnel clouds were observed in Hanson and Mortons Gap, but no damage was reported, according to National Weather Service Paducah Meteorologist Chris Noles.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Owensboro distillery opens $45M distribution center
     Mark Brown, the England-born president and CEO of the Louisiana-based Sazerac Company, cut the ribbon Thursday to dedicate the new 223,000-square-foot distribution center at Owensboro's Glenmore Distillery. And he's already talking about more expansions at the distillery, which dates back to the 1880s.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ali boyhood home dedication Sunday
     The restoration of the Muhammad Ali childhood home at 3302 Grand Ave. in Louisville, “is exactly like it was, right down to the sil­verware and the art on the wall, when the Clay family lived there in the 1950s.” That’s how Philadelphia lawyer George Bochetto, a longtime admirer of the three-time, Louisville-born heavy­weight boxing champion and humanitar­ian, described the newly completed res­toration of the house where then-named Cassius Clay grew up. A dedication of the house is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with Rahman Ali and some other Ali relatives expected to at­tend, along with Mayor Greg Fischer.

Posted April 29, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville waterfront, botanical funding vetoed
     In an action that Louisville’s Water­front officials found alarming, Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed the General Assembly-approved appropriation of $420,000 in each of the next two years for the Waterfront Development Corp. The decision could have a large dampening impact on popular water­front activity. David Karem, director of the wa­terfront agency, called Bevin’s era­sure of the waterfront agency’s fund­ing — nearly 20 percent of its budget — “a shock.”


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