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Posted July 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Former Logan teacher arraigned on sex charges
     A former Logan County Schools teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was arraigned Friday on multiple sex offenses. Adam L. Decker, 29, of Leitchfield, appeared in Logan Circuit Court with his attorney. A not guilty plea was entered on Decker’s behalf.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Board names acting superintendent for Nelson County Schools
     Nelson County Schools, for the time being, will be under new leadership with a longstanding local investment. The Nelson County Schools Board of Education named Tom Brown as acting superintendent Saturday morning at a special called meeting. Brown, who has previously served as a teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal at Nelson County High School, will serve in the role as the district begins its search for a new superintendent. The special called meeting was held after Anthony Orr announced his resignation as superintendent Thursday night.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Elizabethtown
     Erin Boley, or at least a painting of her, stared out at her grandparents Saturday afternoon. “I have so many good memories seeing her in that E’town 21 uniform,” Carol Boley said. Boley’s visage is paint­ed on a wall inside the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening this weekend. She inducted into the hall of fame Sat­urday night. Before the ceremony, Jim and Carol Boley toured the new hall of fame during an open house.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Officials cut ribbon at Radcliff Veterans Center
     A large U.S. flag dangled in the thick, humid air Friday between the extended ladders of two Radcliff fire trucks at the entrance of 100 Veterans Drive. Pat Gentry drove south from Louisville for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Radcliff Veterans Center. His 88-year-old father, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, moved in slightly more than a week ago becoming one of the first dozen residents of the veterans center. Approximately 300 elected officials, veterans, guests and U.S. Army officers — including Col. Patrick Kaune, Fort Knox’s new garrison commander — braved the extreme heat for the ribbon cutting.

Posted July 23, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education
     Gov. Matt Bevin Friday made four appointments to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. The individuals appointed are from Hillsboro, Nicholasville and Bardstown.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Tourism officials suspend $18 million incentive for Noah’s Ark site over property transfer
     The Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet has suspended an incentive agreement worth up to $18 million with a Noah’s Ark-themed attraction in Grant County because the park transferred its main property to a non-profit affiliate. The July 18 cabinet letter to Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons said the ark park’s recent actions put it in breach of the agreement with the state to refund a portion of sales tax collected at the site, which opened last July with a large-scale replica of Noah’s Ark.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
State of Kentucky must pay nearly $225,000 in legal fees for Kim Davis case
     The couples who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 for the right to be granted marriage licenses are entitled to nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs, and the state of Kentucky — not Davis herself or Rowan County — must pay them, a federal judge ruled Friday. Although Kentucky county clerks are elected at the county level, the Rowan County Fiscal Court had no influence over Davis’ decision in the summer of 2015 to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States by refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone, U.S. District Judge David Bunning wrote in his decision. Therefore, it would be unfair to hold the county government responsible for her actions, Bunning wrote. By contrast, Bunning wrote, Davis’ authority to issue marriage licenses was awarded to her by the state government.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Work finally begins on telling public what Jefferson Davis statue in Capitol represents
     It’s taken a state panel almost half the time the four-year Civil War was fought to keep its promise to start creating educational materials for the public about the controversial statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda. The Historic Properties Advisory Commission on Thursday appointed a Rotunda Committee to develop educational materials that will accompany the Davis statue and the four others in the Rotunda. The commission had promised in August 2015 to produce the materials to help put the statues in historical context.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Federal judge denies Hammadi's bid to vacate life sentence
     The federal judge who sentenced Mohanad Shareef Hammadi to life in prison for terror-related offenses four years ago has denied Hammadi’s bid to vacate his sentence. In an 18-page ruling issued Wednesday, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Russell denied a motion from Hammadi, 29, to have his life sentence set aside. Hammadi, through his appeals attorney, Patrick Renn, had argued in court filings that he received ineffective assistance from his previous attorney, James Earhart, when Hammadi was under indictment on 12 criminal counts alleging that he attempted to provide weapons, money and other support to al-Qaida in Iraq and lied on paperwork about his prior terror activities in Iraq in order to gain entry into the U.S.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Weather service issues heat advisory
     A heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The National Weather Service said peak heat index values of 105 to 109 degrees will occur each afternoon.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Coroner releases name of man killed in crash with horse
     A man driving to work early Friday morning was killed when a horse ran out into his path in Bourbon County, according to the local coroner. Donald Ray Smith, 80, of Carlisle was contracted to work for a postal service and had been on his way to Lexington to pick up deliveries, coroner Dee Gee Ison-Roe said. He was near the Fayette County line, where the road turns into Paris Pike, when an escaped horse ran in front of his car. Smith died at the scene.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Cynthiana Democrat ]
Cynthiana Sunday liquor sales gets city go-ahead
     Residents and visitors in Cynthiana will soon be able to purchase alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The Cynthiana City Commission voted Monday night during a special meeting to allow liquor-by-the-drink and package sales on Sundays.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah to help keep folks 'in the dark' for eclipse
     The city of Paducah and Paducah Power System are working together to keep visitors to the downtown area in the dark during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Large crowds are anticipated in Paducah for the eclipse, particularly because the city is in the "path of totality" of the solar event. The total eclipse will begin at 1:22 p.m. and last 2 minutes, 21 seconds.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
NASA: Unsafe eclipse glasses in circulation
     NASA is reporting that unsafe, paper solar eclipse glasses are being distributed by unscrupulous companies. NASA also warns that citizens should not use old glasses, as they become unsafe after three years.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Officials: Owensboro Metalsa jobs safe
     The decision by a local auto parts manufacturer to either expand its plant in Owensboro or invest elsewhere does not put existing jobs at risk, economic development officials said Thursday. Helen Mountjoy, interim president of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp., said representatives with Metalsa Structural Products Inc. have made it clear to her that they remain committed to their 200,000-square-foot industrial plant and 215 employees on Airpark Drive.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Alorica aims for 500 workers
     An Alorica Inc. official said on Thursday that 500 people will be working for the company at its Owensboro customer service center by the end of this year, more than six months sooner than earlier projections. Alorica, which has already moved into the yet-to-be completed former BB&T bank building, is well on its way to the 500-employee level. A company official said 200 people are already working on the third floor of the building, with the fourth floor all but finished and the second floor finished and in use for recruiting, hiring and training purposes.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L approves new KFC Yum Center lease, but not without frustration
     Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter, a trustee, called the revisions a short-term, inadequate fix. "This thing was set up to be doomed from Day One," he said. Fellow trustee Nitin Sahney added, "There's no assurance this going to get better. ... Here we are counting pennies for this university." When asked what he'd do to rectify the situation, athletic director Tom Jurich told the trustees that he'd sell the arena.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville attorney John Bush confirmed 51-47 for seat on federal court of appeals
     Despite his controversial blog posts, Louisville attorney John K. Bush was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate for a lifetime appointment on the 6th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals. Although some Democrats said the posts — including one in which he equated abortion with slavery as America's greatest tragedies — rendered him unfit for office, the Senate voted 51-47 to confirm.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Road network in Appalachia has created billions in benefits, study says
     A largely federally funded highway network in Eastern Kentucky and other areas of Appalachia has created billions of dollars’ worth of benefits, according to a study released Thursday. Economic activity associated with the Appalachian Development Highway System has helped create or support more than 168,000 jobs in the 13-state Appalachian region, with $7.3 billion in added income for workers in 2015, the study said.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington Convention Center plans include changes for Rupp Arena
     Newly released designs of the long-awaited expansion of the Lexington Convention Center include changes to Rupp Arena along with new exhibition, ballroom and meeting space that would be built to the north of the current Main Street complex.


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