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Posted January 18, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
Schools engage students during recent snow days
     With students out of school for most of this week, teachers and schools have worked to engage students and keep them learning. Neither Hardin County Schools nor Elizabethtown Independent Schools uses non-traditional instruction days, so the snow days will be made up either during the school year or at the end. So far this month, Hardin and LaRue County students have had four days off and EIS has taken six days. Three of those days were weather-related while the other three were a result of maintenance issues at two Elizabethtown schools.


Posted January 18, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
Governor’s budget proposal has deep cuts for education
     Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget could put a squeeze on local school districts as they’ll be asked to pay more for transportation and to make up a decrease in state funding. The proposed budget cuts spending by 6.25 percent and eliminates 70 programs, most of which were related to either Preschool through 12th grade education or higher education. Bevin, a Republican, delivered his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night and discussed his budget process for the next biennium.


Posted January 18, 2018 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown hires new fire chief
     Billy Mattingly has been named Bardstown’s new fire chief, but it’s not the Billy Mattingly who is chief of Nelson County Fire and Rescue. Mayor Dick Heaton announced his appointment of the retired battalion chief of the Okolona Fire Department in a press release Wednesday.


Posted January 18, 2018 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Settlement reached in Roby lawsuit
     A former Bardstown Police captain who was demoted and later fired in former Mayor John Royalty’s shakeup of the department in 2016 has reached a settlement with the city and ex-mayor, who has since been removed from office. Tom Roby’s attorney, Keith Sparks, said the terms of the settlement are confidential, so he doesn’t feel comfortable discussing any payments the defendants might owe his client in the lawsuit in which he sought up to $2.7 million in damages.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Spencer Magnet ]
Minister honored after 43 years in pulpit
     Near the end of his life, the apostle Paul wrote that he had fought the good fight, finished the race and had kept the faith. After 43 years behind the pulpit at Second Baptist Church in Taylorsville, Rev. Charles Burton can say the same thing.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Willie Nelson and Family coming to Owensboro April 17
     Country music legend Willie Nelson is slated to return to Owensboro on April 17 for a performance at the Owensboro Convention Center. Nelson, who will turn 85 later that month, performed several times at the Executive Inn Rivermont through the years — as recently as 2002.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Court drops criminal charges against Owensboro businessman
     The judge presiding over Billy Joe Miles' criminal case dropped all the charges against the Owensboro businessman Tuesday morning, shutting the door on the case in most respects. At a Tuesday hearing, special Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton ordered the first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and bribery of a witness charges be dismissed against the 78-year-old Miles. The only issue that wasn't resolved Tuesday was whether the charges will be dismissed in a way that would not allow prosecution on the same charges in the future.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin wants to cut all state funding for these 70 programs
     Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two-year state budget would provide no state funding of any kind for these 70 programs. In addition, Bevin has proposed 6.25 percent spending cuts for most state agencies.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Murders at record high, but Lexington still ‘one of the safest cities,’ mayor says
     In his final State of the City speech, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray touted his record of righting the city’s finances, increasing the number of high-paying jobs and putting more police officers on the street. In his eighth State of the City speech, the two-term mayor did not unveil any new initiatives or capital projects. Instead, Gray focused on ongoing initiatives, such as the renovation and restoration of the former Fayette County Courthouse on Main Street and bringing high-speed internet to all of Lexington.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Kentucky State University names Palmer new police chief
     Kentucky State University officials recently announced the addition of a new police chief. Alonzo “Bernard” Palmer has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and has served in numerous leadership roles.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Tensions boil over between utility board members, staff in Frankfort
     Tensions between the Frankfort Plant Board’s staff and board members boiled over Tuesday night. Reading from a prepared statement, FPB Vice Chairman Walt Baldwin accused the interim general manager and general counsel of violating and fabricating the law in an effort to undermine the board’s authority.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Henry County Local ]
Juvenile justice grants $174,000 to help youth
     A coalition working in Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties have received a $174,410 grant for the Youth Strong Initiative to build on existing mentoring efforts and to implement a parental training program, according to information from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The $900,000 dedicated to the statewide grants came from the savings by turning to more community-based services, treatment programs or alternatives to out-of-home placement for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, according to a news release.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
Elizabethtown police investigating armed robbery at White Castle
     The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Sunday morning at White Castle on 2006 N. Mulberry St. EPD spokesman John Thomas said the robbery occurred shortly after 5 a.m. and involved two suspects wearing white hoodies and black ski masks.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Suspect in fatal stabbing captured in Williamsburg
     A New York man, who allegedly stabbed a Siler man to death Monday afternoon and stabbed a Williamsburg tow truck driver early Tuesday evening, is now behind bars. Jeffery Cole, who was wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred Monday afternoon was arrested Tuesday night.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Woman freed after boyfriend spent two days torturing her with a bat, she says
     A Liberty man has been arrested on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and held her against her will for two days. Casey County sheriff’s deputies went to the home of Jeffrey McQueary, 43, on Dry Ridge Road in response to a domestic violence call just after noon Monday, Casey District Court records.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ethics commission has a copy of Hoover’s secret sexual harassment settlement
     A prosecutor for the Legislative Ethics Commission has a copy of a secret settlement that four Republican House members made with a legislative employee who accused them of sexual harassment. Garry Adams, an attorney representing the former legislative employee, said the prosecutor had already obtained the settlement when Adams met with the prosecutor to hand over subpoenaed text messages between his client and the House members.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Backlog of untested rape kits reduced
     Attorney General Andy Beshear is setting up a new unit in his office to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cold cases. The state has tested thousands of old sexual assault examination kits since 2016, creating a need for the new unit to work with local and state officials to investigate and prosecute cases that have been on the books for a long time, Beshear said at a news conference Tuesday in his Capitol office.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin orders end to expanded Medicaid if courts block work requirement, other changes
     Gov. Matt Bevin says he will end Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program that provides health coverage for more than 400,000 low-income people if a court blocks the work requirements, premiums or other changes that he wants to impose later this year. In an executive order signed Friday, Bevin said he is directing the Health and Family Services Cabinet to terminate expanded Medicaid if any part of his Medicaid waiver — approved last week by the federal government — is successfully challenged in court and he can’t get an unfavorable final judgment overturned on appeal.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Homeless man found dead in tent after Winter Storm Hunter hits Louisville
     A homeless man was found dead inside a tent in a wooded area in the Portland neighborhood Saturday, when a layer of snow blanketed much of the city during Winter Storm Hunter. The man, Haywood Robinson, 49, was homeless and living close to the flood wall near the intersection of 16th Street and Northwestern Parkway, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Autopsy results are pending but no foul play is expected, according to an email from the office.


Posted January 17, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky's 'adoption czar' is gone 7 months after Gov. Bevin gave him a $240,000-a-year job
     A pastor and Baptist seminary professor hired by Gov. Matt Bevin as the state's adoption "czar" has left Bevin's administration midway through the first year of his controversial $240,000-a-year contract. The departure of Dan Dumas comes one year after Bevin pledged in his 2017 State of the Commonwealth address to name a "czar" to oversee reform of the state adoption and foster care system, one of his priorities as governor.


 

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