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Posted July 24, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah nuclear plant workers honored with traveling tribute
     Cold War Patriots, a community resource and advocacy group for nuclear weapons and uranium workers, recently honored Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and Allied Chemical workers with its Remembrance Quilt Experience -- a traveling tribute to the industry's men and women. Featuring a 12-by-12-foot quilt fashioned into an American Flag, work on the Remembrance Quilt Experience began in 2011, and has since been displayed nationwide, including the U.S. Senate and Department of Labor.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Public input sought on Asian carp issue
     State officials are seeking public input on plans to limit Kentucky's rapidly growing Asian carp populations, which threaten to limit native fish in popular fishing destinations like Kentucky and Barkley lakes. A public meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville. Strategies are being considered to aid Asian carp management that include hiring commercial anglers, and offering warehouse freezer space and cash incentives, among other solutions.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
High number of homicide cases pending in Daviess Circuit Court
     There have been years when Owensboro and Daviess County didn't experience any homicides. But 2016 and the first half of 2017 were not typical years. There have been seven death investigations that resulted in criminal charges over the past 12 months. Of those, three -- the July asphyxiation death of an Ohio County man in Whitesville, a December fatal shooting of a man on Sycamore Street and the January beating death of a man on Breckenridge Street -- resulted in murder charges against four defendants. Also, a man was charged with fetal homicide, a capital offense, for a March assault on Walnut Street, and two men face manslaughter charges -- one for a November shooting on Hall School Road, and the other for an ATV accident that resulted in the death of a man earlier this month on Kentucky 2830.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Special Olympics: Scott man chosen for Team USA once again
     A fixture in the Scott County sports community is once again taking his talents to a national stage. Ryan Barts, a multi-time medalist in Special Olympics competition around the world, has been named to Team Kentucky for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The competition is scheduled for July 1 to 6 next summer in Seattle.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Bringing Chicago style to sidewalks of Radcliff
     On a warm afternoon in a parking lot in Radcliff, Dixie Highway traffic stormed by as George Willis sprinkled celery salt on a Chicago-style hot dog he was making at his food cart. While preparing, Willis stressed that no true Chicago hot dog can be made without the finishing garnish. Willis should know, he spent the majority of his life living in the Windy City, taking in its culinary culture. Willis, who now lives in Radcliff, is better known around the area as “Papa George,” owner of the hot dog cart Papa George’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Orphans come back to ‘The Home’ that took them in when no one else could
     For 150 years, the Masonic Homes of Kentucky have looked after the community’s most vulnerable — first for widows and orphans of Masons during the nation’s greatest tragedies, and now, for people of all ages. This summer, 62 orphans who once lived on the Frankfort Avenue campus in Louisville came back to reminisce and celebrate the impact that “the Home,” as they call it, had on their lives. Their stories are ones of heartbreaking loss, learned self-reliance and limitless love. Here are four of them.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Testing old rape kits leads to first indictment in Louisville
     A convicted rapist on the state's lifetime sex offender registry is the first person to be indicted as part of the statewide push to test old rape kits. The indictment is a long-awaited first for the initiative, which has already led to the testing of more than 3,000 kits from across Kentucky. “This really has been a massive undertaking,” said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kristi Gray. “The ... grant project is very important and this demonstrates that we are working our way through this backlog of untested kits.”

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
His passion was warning kids about guns. Then his grandson was accidentally shot.
     A burst of gunfire turned Luther Brown into an activist on May 18, 2006. Two men shot up a house on Wilson Avenue in Louisville’s West End neighborhood, killing Earon Harper, 41, and nearly killing her 2-year-old daughter, Erica Hughes. Bullets shattered the toddler’s teeth and left her blind in one eye. Brown, a retired construction worker who is active in his church, lived down the street, so the rampage literally struck home for him. He researched gun laws. He collected data from Louisville Metro police about the hundreds of shootings around his city and from area hospitals about the millions of dollars in medical costs from gun-related violence. He concluded that Louisville is “awash in guns.”

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington-based website counts the bodies as they fall to gunfire across America
     When gunshots make national news, Mark Bryant’s phone rings in Lexington. Bryant, 62, is neither a law enforcement officer nor a trauma specialist. He runs a private website, Gun Violence Archive, that updates on an hourly basis, with street-level details, most of the gun-related incidents that have occurred in the United States since 2013.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Democrats remove Sen. Julian Carroll from leadership, call for his resignation
     The Senate Democratic Caucus voted to remove former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll as minority whip on Sunday and called on him to resign following a TV report that Carroll propositioned and allegedly groped a then-30-year-old man in 2005. The fallout continued from Saturday when the story first broke on Spectrum News Pure Politics, as both state political parties expressed concern about the allegations.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Bracken man missing, boats lost during flooding
     A Bracken County man, Delmar Nickoson, is missing after flooding apparently washed away his mobile home late Saturday or early Sunday during heavy rainfall. Bracken County Judge-Executive Earl Bush said search and rescue officials were notified of the situation Sunday morning when residents of a home located in front of the mobile home site on Kentucky 435, Augusta Minerva Road near Bracken Creek, noticed at daylight that the trailer was gone. Search and rescue crews were out Sunday trying to locate Nickoson, 82, Bush said.

Posted July 24, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Properties, roads damaged by flooding in Mason County
     Five or more inches of rain in a few hours overnight Saturday into early Sunday took a massive toll on area property, officials said Sunday. No injuries were reported in Mason County, although a Bracken County man was reported missing after his mobile home was swept away. In Maysville, a couple escaped their home after they discovered their house had been moved off its foundation by flood water from Lawrence Creek.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Madisonville-North Hopkins High School graduate confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Japan
     A former Hopkins County resident has been named the top diplomat to one of the United State's most important allies. Bill Hagerty, a 1977 graduate of Madisonville-North Hopkins High School, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this month as ambassador to Japan.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Everything you need to know about the solar eclipse
     Some Kentuckians won’t have to travel far from their homes to watch an astronomical phenomenon happening next month, they’ll just need to hang out in their backyard. A total solar eclipse is heading to the U.S. on Aug. 21, and its path of totality is set to cross 14 states, including the southwestern part of Kentucky.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Wake-up call on teenage sleep
     Le Anna King’s rose gold iPhone vibrates next to her head at 5:45 every morning on school days, alerting her to the start of another day at Central High. It’s hard for the 16-year-old to shake her grogginess. The snooze button often proves tempting, and even when she does force herself off her pillow, she often sits on her bed for a few minutes before getting up to splash water on her face and dig around for an outfit. High schools across the greater Louisville and southern Indiana area have start times that range as early as 7:20 a.m. to as late as 8:40 a.m., and often parents, students and school districts themselves take those start times for granted. But an ample and growing body of evidence shows that later class start times have significant benefits, not only for students’ rest but also for their academic performance and even social-emotional well-being.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
A child accidentally shoots a child in Kentucky every 7 weeks
     Christopher and Angelica San Martin were watching a basketball game in their Radcliff duplex one Sunday afternoon in 2012. During a commercial, Angelica went upstairs to use the bathroom. The San Martins’ 3-year-old son and 15-month-old daughter followed her to play in the master bedroom. A few minutes later, Angelica heard a loud crack from down the hall. Her son began screaming. “I’m sorry, Mom! I’m sorry, Mom!” It’s a Class D felony in Kentucky, punishable by up to five years in prison, to provide a handgun to a minor.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Shooting at Fayette Mall leaves one injured
     One person was injured in a shooting in the parking lot of Fayette Mall Friday night, according Lexington police. The shooting was an isolated incident and the victim and the shooter knew each other, according to Brenna Angel, the spokeswoman for Lexington Police.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Corn fungus found, but most crops doing well
     Officials have found samples of a fungus that has the potential to create high yield losses for corn crops. Southern Rust was discovered in the community earlier this week, but Christian County Extension Agent for Agriculture Jay Stone says most of Christian County’s corn has already been pollinated and is protected from Southern Rust, a leaf disease caused by a fungus. He encourages farmers, especially those whose corn hasn’t pollinated, to treat their crops with a fungicide.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Former Frankfort photographer alleges Carroll asked for sex acts; Carroll refutes recorded account
     A Saturday news report included allegations that Julian Carroll, Frankfort’s state senator and a former Kentucky governor, solicited sex acts from photographer and former Frankfort resident Jason Geis in early 2005. Carroll has denied the allegations. In the report from Pure Politics, a newscast by cable operator Spectrum, Geis also alleges Carroll groped him in the same meeting. Audio tapes of someone identified as Carroll document the alleged encounter.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Survey: Drugs, lack of skills biggest problem for Boyle businesses looking to hire
     What are the biggest problems Boyle County employers run into when they’re trying to hire new employees? Drugs and lack of skills, according to the results of a business survey conducted by the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership. “63.08 percent said inadequate skill sets (contributed to difficulty in hiring),” EDP President Jody Lassiter said. “46.15 percent said drug and alcohol abuse … these were by far the largest of the factors leading to difficulty in recruiting personnel.”


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