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    Posted December 15, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
In-home service grants available from Department of Juvenile Justice
     The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that approximately $222,000 in federal money will be available for community programs that provide in-home services for at-risk youth.

    Posted December 15, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Make safe choices for children's toys during holidays
     In recognition of the holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is recognizing Toy Safety Awareness Month and offering tips to avoid injuries that might result from gifts children receive this month.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ The Journal Enterprise ]
Former Webster County constable arrested less than a year after taking Alford plea on four sexual assault charges
     A former Webster County constable is back in jail following his arrest in Daviess County on a sodomy charge stemming from an alleged incident in July involving a juvenile victim. While still serving as constable, Dennis Shelton was arrested four times between September of 2015 and November of 2016, each time on a sex-related charge.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
New distillery eyeing property in Shelby County
     The Triple S Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday as commissioners consider the development plan of another new distillery proposed for the county. The plan calls for a 30,000-square-foot distillery on 184 acres of agriculturally zoned property near Waddy. Just south of Interstate-64 at Bardstown Trail and Buzzard Roost Road, the proposed facility would also feature a 2,600-square-foot visitor’s center, two 20,000-square-foot warehouses and an additional eight 20,000-square-foot warehouses to be developed at a later date.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
$372 M battery factory promises to recharge Eastern Kentucky economy after coal’s decline
     A project to open a battery manufacturing plant in Pikeville would jump start efforts to diversify the anemic economy of Eastern Kentucky if it works as projected, supporters said. The company, currently based in Riverside, Calif., plans to build a $372 million plant in Pikeville to make lithium-titanate oxide batteries for transit buses, commercial and military vehicles, and other applications, officials said. The company projected that plant would employ 875 people in its fourth year of operation, which would be in 2024 if construction goes as planned.

    Posted December 15, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky Appeals Court ruling revives Bevin's Planned Parenthood lawsuit over abortions
     The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lawsuit by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration that had claimed Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its clinic in downtown Louisville was wrongly dismissed. The ruling on Friday sent the case back to the lower court.

    Posted December 15, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rep. Dan Johnson's widow says media 'attacked' her husband because 'he is not liberal'
     The widow of Rep. Dan Johnson, in several television interviews a day after her husband's suicide, blamed the media for his death and vowed to continue his work as a state legislator. "This city has lost a good man," Rebecca Johnson told Chris Williams, an investigative reporter with WHAS 11. "And just because he is not liberal, he's not a Democrat, he's not a certain religion, he's not a certain race, he's been attacked. He's been attacked for his faith. And that's a shame."

    Posted December 15, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Beshear warns he will join legal action against the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality
     Kentucky’s attorney general pledged Friday to join other states in legal action if the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t delay its roll back of internet regulations that kept broadband providers from blocking or slowing traffic.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Second suspect apprehended in Lexington middle school shooting
     The second suspect in a September shooting at a Lexington middle school was arrested early Friday. A warrant was issued for Randy Roberts, 32, of Detroit, last October after he and Antonio Loyd Jr. were accused of kidnapping. Loyd was apprehended shortly after the Sept. 28 shooting.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington Humane Society moves up reopening to Saturday
     The Lexington Humane Society now plans to open two days ahead of schedule following an outbreak of a highly contagious and deadly bacteria that shut down its adoptions for nearly two weeks. Its main Old Frankfort Pike campus was closed Dec. 5 and will now reopen at noon on Saturday.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
E-commerce is Louisville's mixed bag. There's job growth, but wages can't support a family
     The 750 employees at a former eBay distribution center in Bullitt County still form a modest slice of the region’s e-commerce sector, estimated at about 24,000 employees plus more than 10,000 seasonal workers. It’s an industry that’s scooped up warehouse space and workers as consumers grab their phones and laptops to shop the internet. Credit the arrival of UPS's Worldport hub south of the Louisville International Airport and the region’s central location for the boom. But the resulting surge — with predictions of more growth — is no longer viewed as the opportunity that local economic development leaders are pursuing for young job seekers.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Bridge to friendship
     The world has changed dramatically during the past 60 years.
But, one thing has remained the same for eight ladies in Lebanon.
Every two weeks, for the past six decades, they have gathered together to play bridge.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort city officials set to hire Capital Plaza consultant
     Frankfort is poised to officially hire urban planning consultant CityVisions on Monday to gather local input on how to redevelop the land on which the Frankfort Convention Center and Fountain Place Shops now stand.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Campbellsville man building an airplane in his basement
     While David Banahan’s love of aircraft and aviation has always been a source of recreation, it has also recently led him to embark on a new project: building his own airplane in the basement of his Campbellsville residence. Banahan’s basement seems normal at first glance. A door opens into a large area with tools and other equipment placed throughout. However, in an area off to the side through a doorway, one can find an experimental aircraft. The finished product will have a wing span just shy of 30 feet.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
State troopers provide Christmas gifts, food for children and families
     Thursday during Shop with a Trooper at the Meijer story in Bowling Green, 34 children were paired with a trooper, a commercial vehicle enforcement officer or a fish and wildlife conservation officer. A local restaurant donated dinner for the children in a back room before they shopped. The children had a budget of $175 each. In addition to their budget, each child received a pair of shoes and a backpack. Their parents or guardians were given a food basket, half of a ham and canned goods.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Logan murder suspect to have competency hearing
     A man accused of shooting a Russellville woman in front of several children made his first court appearance Thursday. Demetrius Ulysses Roberson is accused of shooting and killing Lexus Bell, 21, on Aug. 21, 2016, in a unit at Robinwood Apartments on Highland Lick Road in Russellville.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Birds of a feather: Thousands of cranes make Barren River Lake rest stop
     Every year around this time, thousands of sandhill cranes make a rest stop in and around Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The park will offer public tours of the spectacle in January, and park officials offered media members an advance tour Thursday. David Kem, Nolin Lake State Park manager, said the cranes arrived locally about three weeks ago. There might be as many as 10,000 birds.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Winchester Sun ]
Eight indicted in Winchester double homicide
     The Clark County grand jury indicted eight people today in connection with the Nov. 10 shooting that left two teens dead at a Winchester apartment building.

Posted December 15, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Reclaiming Appalachia: AppHarvest still coming to Pikeville
     The revitalization of reclaimed mine land in the Appalachian region has been one of the ways in which regions hit hardest by the downturn of coal production are getting back on their feet. The Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park is one of those efforts. AppHarvest, according to city officials, still plans to be one of the pioneers at the park.

    Posted December 15, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Coalition pushing $1 cigarette tax hike
     A broad coalition ranging from health advocates to business groups is pushing for an increase of at least $1 per pack in the state's cigarette tax. The goal is to reduce smoking in the state and reduce the rates of tobacco-related deaths and diseases. Kentucky has the highest rates of cancer and cancer deaths in the country and is No. 2 in the percentage of the adult population that smokes at 24.5 percent.


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