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Posted February 18, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Destin flights won't return
     Commercial air service at Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport is being grounded after a two-year run. Contour Airlines will not continue providing commercial flights from Bowling Green to Destin, Fla., in 2018. The service ran for two seasons. Airport Manager Rob Barnett, however, said he is in negotiations with other carriers to bring commercial flights to the airport.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Kentucky Standard ]
State leases amphitheater to county
     The state government is leasing the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park to the Nelson County Fiscal Court so that the county can make safety and structural repairs. The week after the county magistrates voted Feb. 6 to authorize County Judge-Executive Dean Watts to enter into a lease agreement with the state, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced that the state, too, had signed off on the deal. The plan is for the county to in turn sublease the property to the Stephen Foster Drama Association and use private money and contractors, as well as in-kind city and county services, to get the outdoor theater back in proper condition in time for the 60th anniversary of “The Stephen Foster Story.”

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Insider Louisville ]
State approved: ‘Top Chef’ eligible for more than $3.5 million in film incentives
     NBC Universal could leave Kentucky with up to $3.526 million in state incentives after committing to film the 16th season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in the Bluegrass state, according to Kentucky Office of Film and Development. Jay Hall, executive director of Kentucky Office of Film and Development, said he could not reveal how much the network would invest in producing the new season in Kentucky but noted that it could lead to further television and film exposure for the state and provide jobs to Kentuckians in the industry.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘This has gone on too long.’ Erin Brockovich offers help in state’s ‘worst water district’
     As national media outlets and environmental activist Erin Brockovich weigh in on Kentucky’s “worst water district,” some residents have responded with cautious optimism that change may finally come to this rural Appalachian county. Publications including the Los Angeles Times, Weather.com and the New Republic recently featured the Martin County Water District and the plight of its 3,500 customers as a localized example of what some say is a national water crisis.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
After legislator’s suicide, his widow campaigns on — and embraces — a troubled legacy.
      The bar was crowded at Half-Time’s Bar and Grill, but the tables reserved for Rebecca Johnson’s meet and greet were not. A few trays of appetizers cooled to the side as Johnson sat with three other people at a table for 30 minutes. She didn’t work the room, there were no campaign signs. It looked like a woman meeting friends at the local bar to watch the University of Louisville take on Georgia Tech. Johnson declared her candidacy in the special election to represent the 49th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives less than 24 hours after the incumbent, her husband, killed himself with a .40 caliber pistol next to a bridge in Bullitt County.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
2 used innocent boy to make school threat, but social media exposed them, police say
     Two 18-year-olds face terroristic theatening charges after allegedly using the image of an uninvolved third person to make a threat on social media against Jessamine County schools, according to police and jail records. Tristan H. Kelly and Cody T. Ritchey were jailed Sunday after they were arrested and charged about 5:21 a.m. by Nicholasville police who worked through the night, officer Kevin Grimes said.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
We'll finally see a pension reform bill in the coming days, lawmakers say
     Key legislative leaders say the long-awaited pension reform bill is about to be filed. "I would say certainly the bill is going to be filed next week. Hopefully, it will be on Tuesday," Senate Republican Leader Damon Thayer, of Georgetown, said Friday. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, said, "I think it will likely be filed the first of next week. I'm hopeful that it will be filed Tuesday."

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Lawmakers want to slash Kentucky's unemployment checks ... to motivate the jobless
     One premise behind a bill pending in the Kentucky House that would roll back long-established unemployment benefits is that limiting benefits will motivate laid-off workers to try harder to find a job. Instead of getting unemployment checks for the current maximum of 26 weeks, they would only be able to get them for a number of weeks tied to the state unemployment rate. Right now, that means they'd get 14 weeks.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Ledger Independent ]
Maysville woman charged in stabbing death
     A Maysville woman has been charged in connection with the Dec. 7 death of a man at a Maysville motel, police said. Taylor Nicole King, 20, was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with reckless homicide related to the death of Patrick O'Hare at the Winstay Inn on Moody Drive in Maysville.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Ledger Independent ]
Ohio River flood forecast upped for area
     The Ohio River is rising more than originally anticipated and could reach flood stage by Monday, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. A Flood Warning for the Ohio River at Maysville was issued by NWS on Friday, effective from late Sunday night until further notice

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Legislation aimed at cutting electric rates
     Sen. Ray S. Jones II has filed legislation that seeks to offer relief from high electricity rates in economically distressed counties. If approved, according to a statement issued Wednesday, Senate Bill 147 would require the Public Service Commission to reconsider previous electricity rate increases in economically-distressed counties and consider whether future increases would have an adverse economic impact on the citizens of those counties.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Winchester Sun ]
Shooting case going to grand jury
     A judge found there was enough evidence to send assault and wanton endangerment charges from a downtown Winchester shooting to send it to the grand jury. Grmyko Chenault, 25, is charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree assault for the Jan. 31 incident. A co-defendant, 26-year-old Alexssandra Chenault of Winchester, was also charged with complicity to first-degree assault.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Former fire chief arrested for theft
      In May 2017 the Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland began an investigation into a reported theft of funds from the Fallsburg Fire Department. During the course of the investigation it was determined William Hall, acting chief of Fallsburg Fire Department at the time of the theft, had used department funds for personal gain, state police said.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes state appointments
     Gov. Matt Bevin made several appointments Friday to Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin orders flags to half-staff to honor victims of tragedy in Parkland, Florida
      In accordance with the proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump, and with respect for those who lost their lives in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Gov. Matt Bevin Friday directed both American and state flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Feb. 19 to honor the victims and their families.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Cellphones bought for underage girls in exchange for nude photos. Kentucky man charged.
     A 68-year-old man allegedly bought cellphones for underage girls in exchange for them sending him nude photos, according to court records. William Seale, 68, of Louisville, admitted to sending nude photos to three juveniles and receiving nude photos back, according to his arrest citation. He purchased two phones for juveniles and he had multiple nude photos of the juveniles on his own phone, his arrest citation said.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Suspect in child death to have competency hearing
     A man charged in the death of his infant daughter in Logan County will be subject to a hearing to determine his competency to stand trial. Michael Anthony Thigpen, 33, of Brandenburg, faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and three counts each of tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment and failure to report child neglect/abuse. Authorities suspect Thigpen of being responsible for the death of 5-month-old Emma Grace Thigpen, who died June 10 of hyperthermia

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
WKU cut recommendations expected next week
     A group at Western Kentucky University that has been meeting behind closed doors to discuss how to address a $15 million budget shortfall is close to releasing its recommendations, according to university officials. History professor Eric Kondratieff, who chairs WKU’s University Senate, said at the group’s meeting Thursday that the university’s Budget Council should be releasing its recommendations next week.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
PSC to take public comments Feb. 22 in Owensboro in Atmos Energy rate case
     The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold a public meeting next week to provide information and receive public comments on an increase to natural gas base rates proposed by Atmos Energy Corp.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Debris removal, flood safety reminder Issued due to forecast of heavy rains, possible flooding
     With locally heavy rains predicted for the state over the next week, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and state Emergency Management officials are warning residents to watch for possible flash flooding. With 89,431 miles of rivers and streams, Kentucky is especially susceptible to flood events during sustained, heavy precipitation, especially when the ground is saturated, as it is now, a state news release said.


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