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Posted February 16, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Arraignment in Marshall shooting expected today
     The suspect in the Marshall County High School shooting last month is expected to be arraigned today in Marshall Circuit Court. Gabe Parker, whom The Sun has identified as the suspect in the Jan. 23 shooting, faces two counts of murder for the deaths of Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, and over a dozen counts of first-degree assault. Officials have said that, in addition to the two deceased, 21 people were injured, 14 by gunfire.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Marshall school board approves safety policies
     In its first meeting since the Jan. 23 shooting that claimed the lives of two students, the Marshall County school board Thursday approved more comprehensive search and seizure policies. Superintendent Trent Lovett told the board that students requested tighter security measures in the schools.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Dog kills man, injures woman
     A man was killed and a woman was injured as the result of a dog attack in southwest Owensboro early Thursday evening, according to information provided by the Owensboro Police Department. Officer Andrew Bell, the police department’s public information officer, said the attack occurred about 6 p.m. in the Heritage Park subdivision, which is in the vicinity of Tamarack Road and Carter Road. Details were sketchy, and Bell said additional information about what happened would not be available until Friday morning.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Ledger Independent ]
Minor flooding expected along Ohio River
     With more rain expected and well-above-normal temperatures predicted over the next several days, Mason County residents can expect to see area rivers and streams on the rise. But just how high flood waters may get remains to be seen. Currently, the forecast from the National Weather Service calls for the Ohio River to crest at about 49 feet in Maysville on Tuesday. According to NWS, flooding of lowland areas near the river occurs in Mason County at that stage. Backwater flooding into creeks and streams can also be expected.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Insider Louisville ]
Education commissioner: State ‘up a creek’ if charters don’t get funded
     State education leaders said that unless the state legislature figures out — soon — how to permanently fund charter schools, the state likely won’t see any charter schools next year. Earl Simms, director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Charter Schools, told Insider that it was “extremely unlikely” that any charter schools would open in the commonwealth unless legislators establish a permanent way to allocate money for such schools. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt put it more bluntly: “Without it, we’re going to be, kind of, up the creek.”

Posted February 16, 2018 [ The Gleaner ]
Former teachers indicted in alleged drug network; 4 more to be charged
     Two former Webster County teachers accused in a web of drug trafficking, and for one possession of child porn, have now been indicted by a grand jury. And prosecutors say more people will be charged. This week a Webster County grand jury levied 35 indictments against Lucia Jenkins, 49, Providence, who at the time of her arrest in October, was teaching social studies at Webster County Middle School.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
State rep addresses deleted Twitter exchange
     State Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabeth­town, and a Knox County educator traded barbs this week on social media. The conversation ended Tuesday afternoon in a now-deleted tweet, in which DuPlessis wrote: “I support those things. It’s up to you and your community, not Frankfort, to create jobs or move to where they are. However to keep children impoverished because you won’t move (or create opportunity) is not acceptable. Neither is allowing your students to be controlled by money.” Christina Trosper, a social studies teacher at Knox Central High School, said she thought DuPlessis insulted eastern Kentucky with that one tweet. DuPlessis said the tweet was misunderstood and taken out of context.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
School shootings: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blames violent video games and shows, not guns
     It's not the guns, it's the video games. A day after a student opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called for the nation to consider restrictions on violence in video games and movies, not guns. "We need to have an honest conversation as to what should and should not be allowed in the United States as it relates to the things being put in the hands of our young people," Bevin told The Enquirer during a stop in Covington on Thursday.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Taylor superintendent says state could force major cuts for schools
     Taylor County Schools Superintendent Roger Cook has been outspoken about some of the potential cuts to education in the upcoming state budget. He doubled down on those stances at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. With potential increases in costs coming for school transportation, employee insurance, retirement, and other areas, Cook told the board that the district could see as much as a $1.2 million increase in expenditures coming out of the school’s general fund.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Student accused of making threat against Thomas Nelson High School
     A Thomas Nelson High School student was arrested and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening Tuesday after allegedly making a threat against the school. According to a district press release, the threat was made over the weekend and apparently arose from an altercation that had occurred Feb. 8 between two students. Neither student attended school on Friday, and the district was closed for weather on Monday. School administrators learned Tuesday morning a threatening image had been posted on Snapchat, a popular instant messaging app.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Madison County couple charged with murder in 2-year-old boy’s death
     A Madison County couple has been charged with killing a 2-year-old boy, police said. William H. Butler, 31, and Seara M. Clements, 26, both of Berea, were charged with murder, criminal abuse of a child and failure to report neglect/abuse, according to jail records. They were arrested Thursday.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
More guns in schools, colleges? These bills by Kentucky legislators would do just that.
     After a moment of silence, along with thoughts and prayers, in reaction to Wednesday’s Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people, chairmen of the Kentucky House and Senate Education committees said Thursday they would meet again to discuss school safety. However, almost all the gun legislation filed so far this session would expand access to guns in schools, including one bill that would allow guns on university campuses, and another that would allow unlicensed guns in public.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Heavy rain on soaked ground increases flooding risk. Snow possible Saturday?
     Rounds of heavy rain are back in the state and could cause additional high water ssues over the next few days, said WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey. A cold front is dropping into Kentucky from the north Friday, bringing heavy rains and gusty winds. Temps will also take a big tumble as colder air works in for the afternoon and evening hours. (The cold follows a Thursday in the low 70s.)

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Three weeks after Marshall County shooting, survivors watch Florida tragedy unfold
     His mouth still wired shut, teenager Gage Smock returned to work this week at a barbecue restaurant in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. It's been 23 days since he was shot in the face at Marshall County High School about 10 miles away in Benton. And 23 days since he lost his girlfriend, 15-year-old Bailey Holt, and classmate, 15-year-old Preston Cope. But while he's still recovering, Gage, one of 12 surviving shooting victims, focused his attention on Valentine's Day elsewhere — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, the site of the country's most recent deadly school shooting.

Posted February 16, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
An investment group is putting up money to lure the NBA to Louisville
     Efforts to bring the NBA to Louisville, long seen as a longshot, may finally be shortening the distance to the goal. It’s not yet a layup — far from it — but the percentages should be more promising after Wednesday’s announcement that Dan Issel has joined some of the city’s deepest pockets in pursuit of a professional basketball team.

Posted February 15, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Carrollton spa manager charged for allegedly promoting prostitution
     Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Thursday announced a spa manager has been charged for allegedly promoting prostitution (two or more prostitutes) out of the Blue Accu Spa in Carrollton. Jackie June Hong, 69, of Carrollton, was charged with the Class D felony Feb. 8 after Beshear’s office obtained a search warrant for Blue Accu Spa, located at 2529 U.S. Highway 227, Suite D, in Carrollton, a state news release said.

Posted February 15, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Trump vowed miners would go back to work. A few have in Eastern Kentucky — for now.
     President Donald Trump promised a revival in coal jobs on his watch, but Kentucky didn’t see significant improvement his first year in the White House. An estimated 6,503 people had jobs in the state’s coal industry at the end of 2017, up 0.7 percent over the figure from late 2016, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. However, the state’s eastern coalfield fared better. Pike County, the biggest producer in the region, saw jobs increase 23 percent over 2016, while Perry County had an increase of 14.4 percent, according to the report.

Posted February 15, 2018 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Southwest launches nonstop flights between Cincinnati and Denver
     Getting to the Mile High City from the Queen City just got easier. Southwest Airlines will start nonstop service from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Denver starting Aug. 7. The connection will make it easier for Greater Cincinnatians to get ot the west coast with minimal interruptions. Airport representatives said one-stop service on Southwest will be available to destinations like Reno, San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland, Los Angeles, Ontario, Tucson and Salt Lake City.

Posted February 15, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Mammoth Cave guide works to fund memorial for ancestors
     A seasonal tour guide at Mammoth Cave National Park is working to have a memorial built for his ancestors who explored Mammoth Cave as slaves. Jerry Bransford’s family history is tied to the cave. His great-great-grandfather Mat Bransford and Nick Bransford were born into slavery and leased to Franklin Gorin, who owned Mammoth Cave in 1838, for $100 a year so they could work as cave explorers and guides.

    Posted February 15, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear and AARP: Take steps to prevent your tax return from being stolen
     With tax season in full swing, Attorney General Andy Beshear and AARP Kentucky Thursday issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families protect their tax returns from being stolen by scammers. Beshear and AARP said tax identity fraud occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to file a tax return in your name, before you file in order to steal your refund.


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