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    Posted May 30, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Trump plan strikes poor
     If Congress follows President Donald Trump’s advice on the next fiscal year’s federal budget, impoverished Kentuckians — many of whom voted for America’s new commander-in-chief — should brace for cuts. Cuts to government programs that help them get food and health care could be coming.

Posted May 30, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
What’s the No. 1 law violation in Kentucky’s public schools?
     In Fayette County and all Kentucky public schools, marijuana/hashish use and possession was the number one law violation committed by students on school property in 2015-16. In Kentucky, that accounted for 26.45 percent of all law violations. The Kentucky Center for School Safety on May 1 released its 2015-16 School Safety Data Report examining law violations committed by students at Kentucky’s public schools.

Posted May 30, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Wait, what? A bear at Wal-Mart in Pulaski. Armadillos in Whitley County?
     An armadillo has been spotted in Whitley County. A bear showed up at the Wal-Mart in Pulaski County early Monday morning. It’s been a wild weekend for wildlife in Eastern Kentucky.

Posted May 30, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Georgetown remains Kentucky’s seventh-largest city
     Georgetown has maintained its position as Kentucky’s seventh-largest city, with a mid-2016 estimated population of 33,440, projections from the University of Louisville show. The population rose by 1,212 over last year’s adjusted estimate of 32,310. Last year, the UofL’s Kentucky State Data Center’s projections showed Georgetown moving from ninth to seventh among Kentucky’s largest cities in 2015, leapfrogging both Hopkinsville and Florence compared with 2014’s estimates. Georgetown remains behind Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington and Richmond, and leads Florence, Hopkinsville and Nicholasville.

Posted May 30, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Ceremonies honor sacrifices of America's fallen
     The Elizabethtown and Radcliff communities gathered Monday for Memorial Day services to honor and remember military servicemen and women who died. One hundred crosses were placed in the ground at American Legion Park to represent the Hardin County veterans who died since Memorial Day 2016. Their names were read at the annual ceremony organized by American Legion Post 113.

Posted May 30, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
State seeks death penalty in 2016 E'town case
     The first person arrested and charged in a 2016 robbery and death of an Elizabethtown man in January 2016 could face the death penalty when the much-delayed case goes to trial in October. Taliyah Rochea Woods, 21, of Rad­cliff, is charged with complicity to commit murder, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted. She is charged with the killing of Windell Jones, 22, inside his townhouse.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Windows shattered at Herald-Leader building; suspected bullet damage found
     Several windows were shattered at the main office of the Lexington Herald-Leader in downtown Lexington, amid suspected signs of small-caliber bullet damage to the building. The Herald-Leader filed a report on the damage with Lexington Police, who were at the building investigating early Monday morning.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
State survey underlines need for skilled workers
     A new workforce survey projects job growth for Kentucky, but there aren't enough skilled workers to fill those jobs. The Bridging the Talent Gap survey, sponsored by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, received input from more than 1,000 businesses across Kentucky. Paul Schreffler, vice chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce for KCTCS, said the talent gap is a vexing problem though not a new one. And it's being seen in many other states.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Experts offer tips to protect loved ones from scams
     A quick summary: Never make arrangements to give money over the phone to anyone you don’t know, including sending money via prepaid debit cards or Western Union. Don’t be afraid to hang up on these callers. And, if someone calls claiming that one of your relatives is in trouble and needs money, try to make contact with that relative or someone else who knows that person’s whereabouts before sending any money.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Cursive could return to classrooms
     Kentucky students would be required to learn cursive for the first time under revised state standards under review that also include new standards for calculus. The state will collect public feedback on the English language arts and mathematics standards until Sept. 15, and going forward, educators will be heavily involved in the standards review process through grade-level advisory panels that also include higher education representatives.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Boil water advisory in effect until further notice in Taylor County
     Heavy rains and thunderstorms accompanied by lightning across Taylor County Saturday night left the county facing flash flooding, fires and property damage. And all of that was on top of a county-wide water emergency.Much of Taylor County was without clean water over the weekend due to the storms, and as of Sunday afternoon, a boil water advisory remained in place.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Rabies case reported in Shelby County
     The death of a Shelby County puppy is the first in more than two decades to be caused from rabies, health officials say. The 3-month old puppy, a Great Pyrenees, had been adopted from puppies born in Spencer County. It tested positive for rabies and died at the veterinarian's office. Animal Control visited the Spencer County home where the parent dogs were located and quarantined those dogs, as well as some goats.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Times Leader ]
Plans take shape as Aug. 21 eclipse nears
     With the countdown to the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse now at less than three months, local and state officials are continuing to refine plans to handle the thousands of visitors expected in the area for the event.
Traffic issues and emergency response capabilities remain primary concerns for the days leading up to the eclipse. Security considerations are also being brought into focus, with the larger crowds increasing the potential for criminal activity.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Recovering addict credits Casey's Law for new life
     Casey's Law, in effect since 2004, allows loved ones of individuals struggling with addition to petition the court to order him or her into involuntary inpatient substance abuse treatment. Vanessa Hesler said her parents exercising that law and committing her to treatment for her heroin addiction saved her life.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
72 years later, Georgetown man recalls serving on Okinawa as a Marine
     Wilbur Jenkins signed up for the Marines when he was 15 years old, an impulse that eventually led him Okinawa in World War II. Jenkins shared his recollections last week, just days before the Memorial Day holiday that celebrates the sacrifices made by 117,000 Americans in World War I, 416,800 in World War II, 36,574 in Korea, 58,220 in Vietnam, 4,491 in Iraq and 2,386 in Afghanistan.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Grieving mother requests entrance to Bevin's anti-violence meeting with religious leaders
     The mother of a 7-year-old Louisville boy recently killed by a stray bullet wants to attend a meeting Gov. Matt Bevin has planned with religious leaders on Thursday.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Muhammad Ali still adding punch to Louisville tourism
     Muhammad Ali died June 3, and since his death the impact of the three-time boxing champion and humanitarian extraordinaire has been felt across his hometown. Visitation and donations to the Muhammad Ali Center, dedicated to his life and career, are on the rise. A steady stream of fans visits his gravesite in Cave Hill Cemetery. And Louisville is planning a six-week festival from June 3 to July 15 called "I am Ali."

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Arrests made following robberies, murder in Franklin County
     Frankfort police have made arrests following a late Friday attempted robbery and murder at a gas station. Police arrested James Andrew Johnson Jr., 22, and Emmanuel Gunpay Bush, 24, both of Frankfort, Sunday morning and charged them with the murder of 54-year-old Adan Vicente Juarez, according to a press release from the Frankfort Police Department.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bath County teacher charged with sexual abuse of teenager
     An Owingsville teacher has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse. Darvin Andrew Crouch, 38, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to a news release from state police. According to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, police say he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
School transformed into home for female veterans gets nearer to opening
     Homeless female veterans are closer to having a place to call home. Lady Veterans Connect is transforming the former Clark County Trapp Elementary School into a home for female veterans and their children. The transformation of the building — which has 22,000 square feet — began late last year, and it has a while to go before it’s complete.


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