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Posted September 24, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Kentucky’s original Constitution returns to place it was written — Danville
     Though many outside the “City of Firsts” may not know it, the original 1792 Kentucky Constitution was drafted in Danville. On Friday, the state’s founding document returned to the city where it was born for a brief visit. The Constitution was available for public viewing at Grayson’s Tavern in Constitution Square Park, where the original constitutional conventions drafting the document were held. It’s not common for the public to have access to see the first Kentucky Constitution — it’s usually kept locked in an archival, climate-controlled safe at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
NKY restaurant closes its doors: 'Sorry, we quit'
     A Northern Kentucky restaurant has apparently closed its doors. Gourmet Wok, located at 56 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., posted a sign on Aug. 31 to inform customers. It simply reads, "Sorry, we quit."

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Universities will see increased flexibility in sexual assault investigation
     Universities will have more flexibility in the standard they use for investigating campus sexual assaults following a move Friday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to withdraw Obama-era guidance on the matter. The change rescinds guidance released in 2011 and then updated in 2014 that instructed universities to use a “preponderance of evidence” standard when responding to sexual assault claims, according to The Associated Press. New temporary guidelines allow colleges to choose between that standard and a “clear and convincing evidence” standard, which is harder to meet.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Two female police officers report on-duty sexual assaults
     Two Bowling Green Police Department officers have reported being recent victims of sexual assault while on duty. “It’s rare that it happens,” BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said. The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Inc. doesn’t have research on sexual assault of police officers on duty. However, the rate of sexual assaults in Kentucky overall is high, KASAP staff attorney Laela Kashan said.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State graduates 28 law enforcement officers from Basic Training Academy
     Twenty-eight law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated Friday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Menifee man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Ryan A. Yarber, 19, Thursday night on charges related to a sexual performance by a minor. Yarber was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after receiving a complaint that Yarber was having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, a KSP news release said.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Campbellsville and Ave Maria reschedule football game for Oct. 21 in Naples, Florida
     After natural disasters the past couple weeks forced Campbellsville University to cancel and postpone football games, the Fighting Tigers finally received good news. Campbellsville and Ave Maria, who had to postpone their original matchup on Sept. 23, have rescheduled the Mid-South Conference non-divisional game for Oct. 21 in Naples, Fla., a news release said.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Three arrested in Leitchfield funeral home burglary
     Three Hardin County residents have been arrested in connection with a burglary of a Leitchfield funeral home earlier this month. Police said the prime suspect is James Neal Sullivan, 35, of Cecilia, who is alleged to have entered Watson & Hunt Funeral Directors pm Sept. 13 and taken among other items, clothes out of a funeral home hearse belonging to a U.S. Army veteran whose funeral was scheduled two days later.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Yarmuth warns that newest bill to repeal and replace ACA will hit Kentuckians especially hard
     Speaking with reporters at his district office in downtown Louisville on Thursday, Congressman John Yarmuth said he was very concerned about the prospects of the latest bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — the Graham-Cassidy bill — passing when it comes to a vote in the Senate next week, warning that it would particularly devastate health coverage in states like Kentucky. “More people will die than would have ordinarily died because of this legislation, if it passes,” said Yarmuth. “Because there will be hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who will lose coverage and have no way of getting coverage… our health as a state would be severely jeopardized.”

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Institute for Rural Journalism blog ]
Rural hospitals alarmed at Graham-Cassidy bill
     "Leaders of cash-strapped rural hospitals worry that the latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could destroy them," Dave Barkholz reports for Modern Healthcare. Many rural hospitals are already on the ropes. "Of the nation's 1,160 rural hospitals, 41 percent are operating at a financial loss. Eighty-two have already closed since 2010. And one in three of the survivors is considered at risk of closing," Barkholz reports. "If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital," Lauren Weber and Andy Miller report for the Huffington Post from three counties in rural Georgia that are struggling to keep their hospitals alive.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear announces legal firms assisting AG’s office in litigation against ‘contributors’ to opioid crisis
     Attorney General Andy Beshear Friday announced the legal team his office will partner with in the investigation and prospective litigation against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers where there is evidence that they contributed to the opioid epidemic by illegally marketing, distributing and selling opioids to Kentuckians. To support this litigation, Beshear in June issued a public request for proposal for legal services to assist the state in multiple lawsuits and to ensure that Kentucky tax dollars are not used for the costs of litigation, a state news release said.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Butler double murder suspect returns to court
     A Butler County man accused of fatally shooting a retired minister and his wife returned to court Thursday with a new defense team that has filed several motions on his behalf. Kevin Dye, 35, of Morgantown, appeared in Butler Circuit Court for a pretrial conference in his case. He is charged with two counts of murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and receiving stolen property (firearm). Dye is accused of killing Kenneth Neafus, 71, and his wife, Dorothy, 70. Kenneth Neafus was a pastor at Little Muddy Cumberland Presbyterian Church before retiring several years ago.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green's newest manufacturer celebrates grand opening
     Fittingly, visitors to Thursday’s Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel grand opening in Bowling Green's Kentucky Transpark were handed souvenir steel coins at check-in. Steel was definitely the currency of the day. As German-based Bilstein celebrated its first North American venture, more than 300 visitors – steeling themselves against the 90-degree heat – took tours of a shiny new plant built with about 2,500 tons of steel and viewed many of the rolls of steel – some weighing nearly nine tons – churned out by the highly automated plant.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Casting for 'Star Light' begins next week
     An independent film crew will visit Mayfield next week to search for local sites as backdrops for action scenes as well as local acting talent for production of the movie "Star Light." Cheryl Dillard Staurulakis, the film's co-producer, said the crew would tour Mayfield-Graves County for site selection before production begins in late October. However, the film's producers will host auditions for local actors.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Drug roundup begins in Lewis County
     Operation Fall Harvest is underway in Lewis County where Sheriff Johnny Bivens says he expects more than 40 suspects will be arrested and jailed on drug-related charges. Bivens says the operation is a collaborative effort by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Vanceburg Police Department. It began at 6 a.m. today with a briefing and assignments prior to officers fanning out across the county to make arrests. Bivens says this is the largest drug sweep in the history of Lewis County and adds the next sweep is already in the works.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Alliance touts benefits of I-69 project
     The benefits of Interstate 69 were brought home Thursday when I-69 Industry Alliance President Kent Waide announced a large Mexican freight company had signed an agreement with Carhartt, a large workwear and outdoor apparel manufacturer with a Madisonville plant. Waide said the agreement between Carhartt and Potosinos, "the UPS of Mexico," is an example how Hopkins County is uniquely located to become a transportation hub. Not only will I-69 directly link Mexico and Canada, but Hopkins County is also centrally located between UPS in Louisville and FedEx in Memphis.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
State fair board seeking two GMs to run expo, convention centers
     Kentucky Venues president and CEO Jason Rittenberry’s successor may not be hired for some time. Instead, the Kentucky State Fair Board voted Thursday to search for two general managers, one to oversee the Kentucky Exposition Center and the other to run the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Louisville snags trade show with estimated $6.7 million impact
     Connect Marketplace’s trade show will bring 1,500 to 2,000 meeting and event planners to Louisville in 2019. Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Thursday afternoon that the trade show would be held in the new convention center downtown in August 2019, and have an estimated total impact of $6.7 million. For trade shows such as this and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the big fish is actually the attendees. Host cities and hoteliers hope that they enjoy their experience enough to book their own events there. Some planners book events on behalf of five to 15 groups.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State distributes luggage for children in foster care
     Cabinet for Health and Family Services leaders distributed several hundred duffle bags, backpacks and luggage to Service Region Administrators who are meeting in Richmond this week. The administrators will take the bags back to their multi-county regions and pass them on to front-line staff. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags for their belongings. “I do not want anoher child to have to put their belongings in a trash bag,” Kentucky first lady Glenna Bevin said in a statement. “Kentucky’s citizens have taken steps to help change that. The duffle bags that were collected will give kids something to call their own. I am so humbled by everyone's generosity!”

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
McLean sheriff: threat at high school 'unsubstantiated'
     McLean County Sheriff Ken Frizzell said threats of violence Thursday at McLean County High School are unsubstantiated. According to Frizzell, a threat made Tuesday afternoon was addressed by both school and law enforcement, but a subsequent report of a threat made Thursday was unfounded and, contrary to rumors, there have been no guns found at the high school or shown to other students.


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