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Posted April 21, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Ransdell: WKU will not adopt SGA reparations resolution
     Western Kentucky University will not provide reparations for African-American students, President Gary Ransdell said Thursday in response to a student-supported resolution calling for “full and free access for all black people” and other groups to WKU. The university's Student Government Association approved the resolution earlier this week in a 19-10 vote, with one senator declining to vote. “We appreciate the Student Government Association’s interest in these issues,” Ransdell said in a statement. “But it’s important to clarify that their resolution is not an official position taken by the university. I have read the SGA resolution, and I understand that their intent was to spark a conversation, but the university will not adopt any such policy.”


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Doctor to serve one year and one day in federal drug case
     A former physician whose prescribing practices were tied by law enforcement to multiple deaths was ordered Thursday to serve one year and one day in federal prison. Clella Hayes, 41, of Glasgow, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell to the prison term on five counts of dispensing/distributing controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice. Hayes, who maintained a family practice in Tompkinsville, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green in 2014 on 13 criminal counts.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort woman named Kentucky Democratic Party’s new executive director
     Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe co-owner, progressive and former Democratic National Convention delegate Mary Nishimuta plans to build a bridge between experienced party faithfuls and energized newcomers from the last presidential election as the next executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Downtown Owensboro looks 'amazing,' master plan creator says
     Scott Polikov, president of Gateway Planning in Dallas, stood outside the ballroom on the third floor of the Owensboro Convention Center on Thursday, looking east along Veterans Boulevard with a big grin on his face. Work was progressing on the International Bluegrass Music Center and The Enclave condo/restaurant complex. People were strolling in the $68 million Smothers Park. There was heavy traffic on the Glover H. Cary Bridge. And the sun was shining brightly. "It's amazing," Polikov said as he looked at an area so different than it was when he first saw it in 2008.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Weeks after state extends arena TIF, UofL still negotiating Yum! Center lease agreement
     When state legislators voted last month to alter the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) of the KFC Yum! Center so the arena would avoid a potential default, they were reassured by the Bevin administration that the University of Louisville already had agreed to pay an extra $2.5 million annually to pay down the arena’s debt. Three weeks later, however, the university still is negotiating the financial terms of any amendment to its lease with arena officials, and questions remain on how long such negotiations will last.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Alleged embezzlers indicted by grand jury
      A Hopkins County grand jury has indicted seven Madisonville residents on a combined total of 183 charges following a lengthy police investigation into local bank fraud. All charges stem from a March investigation led by the United States Secret Service and Madisonville Police Department that a local syndicated crime ring had systematically embezzled nearly $40,000 from several area banking institutions during November and December of 2014.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Business Lexington ]
Lexington's Fayette Mall builds on upscale retail momentum after 2014 expansion
     Since the redevelopment of its former Sears location in 2014 into a new corridor of retail and dining outlets, Lexington's Fayette Mall has reinvigorated its overall tenant mix, inspired additional renovations by existing retailers and boosted its overall sales volume, said Sarah Enlow, Fayette Mall marketing director.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
1 killed and 1 injured in Oak Grove shooting
     Police were called Thursday night to the Days Inn on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Oak Grove for reports of shots fired. Two people were shot in a room and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Zach Lamb, assistant Christian County coroner, a 22-year-old white female from Tennessee was pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Henderson shooting leaves 18-year-old critically injured
     An 18-year-old Henderson student is in critical condition after being shot in the chest Wednesday night on South Adams Street. Henderson Police Detective Shannon Troutman identified the victim as Rashaud Harvey, a student at Central Academy. Troutman said the shooting occurred around 9:45 p.m., but at this time police don't know the circumstances related to the incident.



    Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Saturday to be a soggy one
     All regions of Kentucky will likely see substantial rainfall this weekend starting later today.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
E'town man, ex-wife charged in Grayson County slaying
     UPDATED: An Elizabethtown man and his ex-wife were arrested late Wed­nesday night in connection with a homicide in Grayson County. Chad Durbin, 39, has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. Durbin’s ex-wife, Tiffany Durbin, 35, of Leitchfield, is charged with hindering apprehension, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. Authorities were called Wednesday to Frontage Road in Gray­son County where the body of Robert D. Hayes, 56, of Lebanon Junction, was found.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Pressure mounts against Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad as councilwoman calls for him to resign
     Citing Louisville’s rising violent crime rate and the department's Youth Explorer program sex abuse scandal, Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet is calling for police Chief Steve Conrad to resign. "Unfortunately, I believe the time has come for a change in leadership,” Leet said. "I will no longer sit by and say it’s the mayor’s call and hope that action will follow. Instead I will step out and say that I no longer have the confidence that Chief Conrad has the ability to right the ship and help direct this city and its many neighborhoods to be the safe places we all desire." But Mayor Greg Fischer stood by his top cop in a statement on Thursday, saying that Leet "laying all of crime and societal problems at the feet of one man is an unrealistic" solution to a complex crime problem.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L expects NCAA ruling in 6-8 weeks
     One by one, the men tasked with representing the University of Louisville and its men’s basketball program in front of an NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing panel on Thursday filed out of a nondescript ballroom on the third floor of the downtown Westin. U of L coach Rick Pitino was there, wearing a black suit with a red tie. So were Tom Jurich, the university’s athletics director. The hearing, conducted by a panel of about a half-dozen, started at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and lasted nearly 11 hours.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington woman turning 107 likes juice, cookies and usually gets them
     Audrey Moore Stewart says one of her favorite pastimes is sleeping. “I’m not particularly active when it comes to work,” she said. Given that Stewart will turn 107 years old Friday, she’s probably entitled to a little laziness. Stewart has lived at Signature Healthcare at Tanbark in Lexington since 2011, and she said she’s pretty self-sufficient.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Judicial workers bought state cars at huge discounts in private sale
     Four vehicles sold by a state agency at an “employees only” sale in 2014 fetched prices that are 70 percent or more below their current value, according to Transportation Cabinet records. The sale of those vehicles by the Administrative Office of the Courts is under investigation by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, the AOC acknowledged last week. One employee has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Man pleads guilty in shooting
     The first of three men accused in last year's fatal shooting at the Brickhouse, a nightclub near Lower Town, a residential area of Paducah, accepted a plea deal Thursday morning. Denzell Powell, 23, faced charges of murder and three counts each of first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief in two separate cases. The murder charge stems from a shooting April 16, 2016, that resulted in the death of a bystander, 46-year-old Gary Johnson.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Defense blames Lourdes hospital in Carlisle killing
     A motion to dismiss the charges against a Bardwell woman accused of shooting and killing her husband alleges that Paducah's Lourdes hospital failed to ensure the woman received proper mental health care prior to the shooting. Martha Ligon, 68, was charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder after she allegedly shot at bystanders on July 1, 2016, in a Carlisle County neighborhood, then fatally shot her husband and wounded another man. In a motion requesting the charges be dropped, defense attorneys Billy McGee and Ryan Yates allege the shootings might have been prevented had Lourdes hospital intervened.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Winchester Sun ]
Suit filed against Delta Gas
     A shareholder in Delta Natural Gas has filed a class action suit against the Winchester-based company concerning its recent acquisition by Peoples Natural Gas. The purchase was announced in February, and Pittsburgh-based Peoples agreed to pay $30.50 per share of Delta stock. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. The shareholder, Jacob Halberstam, claims the Delta board of directors breached its fiduciary duties in the merger and prevented other companies from bidding.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Sun's rays turned into shampoo in Northern Kentucky factory
     A factory in Northern Kentucky will use the sun's rays to make shampoo and other hair products. In doing so, L'Oreal executives hope to have an impact in halting climate change. L'Oreal on Wednesday began installing the first of what will be 5,000 solar panels on the roof of the company's factory in Florence. It will be the largest solar array in Kentucky.


Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Giant Ferris wheel still a go in Newport
     Newport won't give up on the giant Ferris wheel on the banks of the Ohio River after all. A modified design for the SkyWheel will likely pass muster with the Army Corps of Engineers, said Harold Dull, general manager for Newport on the Levee. If all goes well, people in Newport can enjoy views of the city and river from enclosed gondolas atop the 235-feet Ferris wheel in the summer or fall of 2018. The Ferris wheel by the Newport Aquarium at Newport on the Levee is expected to spin 500,000 riders a year.


 

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