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Posted November 22, 2017 [ Marshall County Tribune Courier ]
New bridge on track
     A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is making good progress on the new U.S. Hwy. 68/State Route 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton in Trigg County. Construction of the new bridge remains on track to be ready for two-lane traffic as planned in the spring of 2018.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ News Democrat & Leader ]
Manure law dissipates in Auburn
     The lengthy saga involving horse manure in the city of Auburn is over, at least for the Amish population who travel through the town on a daily basis. For those in the community who have complained about poop on the streets, the problem is sure to continue. “This is excellent news,” said Travis Lock, attorney for the Amish. “I hope this means my clients and all members of the Amish can go about living their peaceful lives among other members in the community without feeling they are being singled out. I applaud the city council for taking such a positive step forward. It is a good day for all members of the Auburn community.”

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky Talking Book Library presented with service award
     The Kentucky Talking Book Library received the James Carl Dotson award for providing long-standing service to blind and visually impaired Kentuckians during the Kentucky Council of the Blind’s recent 2017 convention in Louisville.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Finance Cabinet sues State Journal reporter over AG’s Capital Plaza transparency decision
     The Finance and Administration Cabinet is hauling a State Journal reporter into court in an effort to overturn the attorney general’s decision last month that a state committee is subject to the Kentucky Open Meetings Act. The committee in question is specifically charged with selecting a developer to demolish and replace the Capital Plaza Tower.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Stolen speech-generating computer returned to 14-year-old girl
     At the Thanksgiving dinner table, 14-year-old Layne Barlow will have plenty to talk about now that she has her voice back. Layne, who was born with a condition that has left her unable to walk and talk, uses the Tobii Dynavox speech-generating computer to communicate with others. The computer, along with her cell phone, keyboard and charger, were stolen from her family’s van while they attended service Nov. 1 at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene. Two juveniles turned in the computer to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 6 or 7, said Melinda Graves, Layne’s grandmother.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
One year later, Tommy Ballard’s killing still unsolved
     Going into another holiday with two empty seats at the table is difficult. As families around Nelson County prepare for a season of togetherness, Sherry Ballard is faced with holding together the family she has left, a heavy task for even the bravest and strongest of women. It seems like yesterday she was learning of her husband’s death, but it seems like an eternity, she said, since she saw his face. In the crisp early morning of Nov. 19, 2016, Tommy Ballard was preparing to go deer hunting on family property with his grandson. It was a bonding experience that quickly turned tragic when a gunshot rang out and Tommy collapsed, shot in the chest. It’s possible the shot came from the direction of the Bluegrass Parkway, not far from where Tommy was standing at the time.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Former Councilman Dan Johnson's lawyer owed $13K in unpaid taxes while billing the city
     Attorney Thomas McAdam billed the city of Louisville for more than $15,500 during former Councilman Dan Johnson's sexual harassment scandal while he still owed Louisville Metro Government a growing amount in back taxes. Jefferson Circuit Court records show the Metro Revenue Commission, which is responsible for collecting the city's local levies, is suing McAdam in order to recoup roughly $13,380 in unpaid occupational taxes. The delinquent taxes are so serious that Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell's office is advising that the city withhold McAdam's fees from the Johnson removal trial until the case is resolved, according to a Nov. 20 letter addressed to Metro Council members obtained by Courier Journal through a metro government source.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L says in appeal of Katina Powell ruling that players 'did little wrong'
     With the hopes of saving its 2013 national championship, the University of Louisville is arguing that the NCAA strayed from its own playbook with an "excessive" punishment against players "who did little wrong" in the Katina Powell case. The NCAA Committee on Infractions in June ruled Louisville must vacate as many as 123 wins, including its 2012 Final Four appearance and 2013 national championship, and repay what could be millions of dollars in shared NCAA Tournament revenue.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Babysitter said a toddler fell downstairs in Richmond. Here’s what really happened.
     A babysitter was arrested after admitting to shoving an 18-month-old child, causing brain injuries, police said. Angela Powers, 27, called 911 on Sept. 23 and said the little girl she was babysitting in Richmond had fallen down the stairs and lost consciousness, according to police records. The toddler was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that included brain bleeding that wasn’t consistent with a fall, according to police records.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
A wave of overdoses hit, killed in Central Kentucky. Now, a man will spend decades in prison.
     A Mount Sterling man was sentenced Monday to 35 years in federal prison for supplying the potentially deadly painkillers fentanyl and carfentanil that led to a series of overdoses and one fatality last year. Wesley Hamm was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Lexington of conspiring to distribute fentanyl, distributing carfentanil that resulted in a death, and distributing carfentanil that resulted in serious bodily injury, according to court documents.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘Repulsive.’ Bevin renews call for House members in harassment scandal to resign
     Gov. Matt Bevin is not satisfied with the repercussions for the four Republican Representatives who secretly settled a sexual harassment claim made by a member of their staff. In an interview with Terry Meiners of WHAS on Tuesday, Bevin said it’s not enough that the representatives step down from leadership; he said they need to resign from office.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Times-Voice ]
New center at HCTC – Lees to open next year
     The City of Jackson got an early Thanksgiving gift last Thursday. It came when Jackson City Council got word that the long-awaited Intergenerational Training Center - to be built on the Lees College Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) - is a firm “Go.”

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Traveling over the river? Save with a prepaid account
     Officials say it’s important to remind family and friends traveling to the area this Thanksgiving week that tolling is in place on three bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana. All-electronic tolling started late last year on the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge, improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge and new SR 265 Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting Prospect, Ky. and Utica, Ind. Drivers will save money by opening a prepaid RiverLink account before using the three tolled Ohio River bridges.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Acute Hepatitis A outbreak – cases reported in multiple counties
     The Kentucky Department for Public Health has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky. In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years. Twenty-two cases have been reported in Jefferson and surrounding counties. Jefferson County has had 19 confirmed cases, most of which have occurred since August,a news release from the Department for Public Health said.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to state boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions on Tuesday.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Twenty-five percent of vehicles in Kentucky have unrepaired recalls, free repairs available
     As holiday preparations occupy the thoughts of Kentuckians, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said it urges travelers to add an important task to their to-do lists to stay safe on the road: check for unrepaired vehicle recalls. By visiting www.CheckToProtect.org, drivers can conduct a free search for open recalls on their specific car using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A search using the vehicle’s year, make and model yields a list of potential open recalls. Authorized dealers will repair recalls for free.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Man charged in Bowling Green probe of online communications with juveniles
     Kentucky State Police served a search warrant Monday at a Bowling Green residence and seized equipment allegedly used by a man involved in illegal communications online with juveniles.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hopkinsville officer resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations
     A Hopkinsville police officer resigned Monday after being charged with official misconduct for allegedly not taking a woman to jail in exchange for sex. Former officer Daniel Gray was charged by Kentucky State Police with two counts of first-degree official misconduct. According to a criminal complaint, on Nov. 25, 2016, Gray reportedly served an arrest warrant for a probation violation, but instead of taking the woman to directly to Christian County Jail, he drove her to the Fairview Inn in Hopkinsville where the two engaged in intimate relations.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky locks up more women than most states. Will lawmakers change that?
     Kentucky incarcerates women at a rate that is nearly twice the national average, according to advocacy group Kentucky Smart on Crime. Although far more men are locked up overall, the number of Kentucky women in prisons or jails over the last five years jumped by 27 percent to 3,156 as of last week, the state Department of Corrections reports. When the 2018 General Assembly convenes in January, criminal-justice reform groups that lobby for measures to reduce the state’s mushrooming inmate population will make a specific push for women like Hall.

Posted November 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK professor resigns amid investigation into alleged improper relationships with students
     A University of Kentucky professor has resigned in the midst of an investigation of alleged inappropriate relationships with two students. Jeffrey Bewley was hired in 2007 as an extension professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science with expertise in dairy science. According to documents obtained under the state open records law, Bewley officially stepped down on Nov. 8, a week after he met with officials from the UK Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity to announce an investigation into potential policy violations.


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