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Posted September 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Daviess County, Owensboro may ban commercial delivery on golf carts
     Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says he will introduce an ordinance to Fiscal Court next month that would prohibit the commercial use of golf carts or other low-speed utility vehicles for delivering packages or mail. The ordinance, which officials said would likely be passed jointly with the city of Owensboro, might form a local response to a new statute Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law in April which permits such vehicles on public roads in residential areas.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Yarmuth: Latest ACA repeal plan fails ‘Kimmel test’
     Using late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s heartfelt plea as a yardstick, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth said the latest attempt to reverse the Affordable Care Act will only benefit funeral homes. “There is virtually no one in the medical universe that supports this bill,” Yarmuth said Thursday at his office in downtown Louisville. “Unfortunately some people have joked that the only people who would be for this bill in the medical community are the funeral directors.” The Graham-Cassidy bill — offered by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy — could come up for a vote as early as next week. It would get rid of the individual and employer mandates under Obamacare while keeping some of the health care law’s regulations and taxes, and also allow states to craft their own insurance systems using block grants.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
First Irma, now Maria: Kentucky National Guard on rescue missions in Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
     When members of the Kentucky National Guard flew out to the Virgin Islands the first week of September after Hurricane Irma, the soldiers had no idea they would soon be right back to another island providing even more relief after Hurricane Maria. A C-17 transport plane loaded with 21 troops and two Blackhawk helicopters left Louisville on Sept. 7 to help with search and rescue operations on the Virgin Islands. There were about two dozen guard members there to help a place with about 100,000 residents. But before they could go home, Hurricane Maria hit and nearby Puerto Rico needed their help.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky pension crisis: Save Our Pensions group secretive but mirrors Bevin's reform message
     The nonprofit organization called Save Our Pensions, Inc. declined this week to disclose the names of its donors or answer other questions about its relationship with the Bevin administration or its advertising plans as an apparent special legislative session on pension reform draws near. But its limited disclosures and activities to date show Save Our Pensions is a conservative pro-business organization that is advertising a message that is similar, if not identical, to that of Gov. Matt Bevin. And it shares the same chair and directors as another conservative non-profit group called Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, which has been operating for a decade and ran a big advertising campaign for the re-election of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Documentary asks: Can technology change Eastern Kentucky’s future?
     Thomas Hager, a senior at Pike County’s Belfry High School, said the upgrades in technology made at his school and others in the region “will change the outlook for us in Eastern Kentucky.” Hager is featured in a documentary called “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America” as a student at a school that is progressive in providing technology. Narrated by actor Jamie Foxx, the documentary is set to air at 10 p.m. Sept. 26 on the National Geographic channel. Directed by Academy Award nominee Rory Kennedy, the youngest child of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, the documentary is screening at the New York Film Festival, which begins this month. The film highlights schools around the country — some, like the Eastern Kentucky schools, that are aggressively trying to prepare students for a technological world, and others in various parts of the United States that have fallen short.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
McConnell shows off prized accomplishment to Kentucky: Justice Neil Gorsuch
     Whenever U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confronted with questions this summer about the lack of Republican legislative accomplishments, he trotted out three words: “Justice Neil Gorsuch.” Like a kindergartener showing off prized artwork to his parents, McConnell got to utter those three words again Thursday, this time introducing the man himself to about 500 of his constituents at the University of Louisville.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Plan for logging in Daniel Boone National Forest threatens rare flowers, groups argue
     Federal officials did not do enough to look for rare and threatened species when evaluating a project that would include the most commercial logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest in more than a decade, environmental groups have argued. However, a U.S. Forest Service supervisor said agency experts carefully analyzed the potential environmental impact of the project. The Forest Service is reviewing objections to the proposal, said Tim Reed, district ranger for the area that includes the project. The project at issue would cover 12,300 acres in the Greenwood area in northern McCreary County and southern Pulaski County.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
Boy, 12, pulled over while driving drunk dad home
     A Lawrenceburg man who was allegedly drunk while his 12-year-old son drove him home pleaded not guilty last week in Anderson District Court. John Peace, 43, was cited for endangering the welfare of a minor and first- and second-offense alcohol intoxication in a public place after police stopped the vehicle his son was driving last month on Fox Creek Road.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Prosecutor fears budget cut impact on local courts
     If Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed 17 percent budget cut across state agencies becomes reality, prosecutors across the state have warned it could bring the court system to a halt. Lynn Pryor, Christian County’s commonwealth’s attorney, said the local impact could be seen nearly immediately. Because her office’s budget is entirely funded by the state and is made up primarily of salaries, it would mean cutting staff or salary in an already overburdened office.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
MSA ranks Hardin, surrounding counties 21st in U.S. in economic growth
     Economic growth locally continues to be among the nation’s highest, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The local Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties, ranked 21st with gross domestic product growth of 4.6 percent, based on the study released Wednesday. That puts the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox MSA in the top 5 percent nationally.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
'Sounds of Silence': WNKU goes quiet next week
     The signal will cease for WNKU next week after 30 years. WNKU will spend its final day, Sept. 28, playing listener requests and telling listener stories on its final repeater station, 105.9 FM WNKN in Middletown. At 6 p.m., the album alternative station, known for promoting local music and bands, such as Big Star and Elvis Costello, will go silent, the station announced Thursday on its Facebook page. The end comes after the Federal Communication Commission approved the sale of 105.9 FM WNKN – the final piece of the sale of WNKU’s assets. Fans of WNKU have prepared for the end since Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents voted to sell the station in February.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Ky. public schools allowed to add Bible literacy classes
     The Bible could be part of your teenager's high school curriculum next fall. House Bill 128, signed by Gov. Matt Bevin in June, gives public schools' site-based decision-making (SBDM) councils the option to create Bible literacy courses as a part of social studies curriculum for students in grade nine and up. Under the law, any courses would be electives, not requirements. What's the Bible doing in public schools? According to the Kentucky Department of Education website, the purpose of these courses is to "focus on the historical impact and literary style from texts of the Old Testament or New Testament era, including the Hebrew Scriptures."

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Unsung hero to be portrayed by son
     Claude Hammond had heard the tale many times from his father about his role in apprehending the shooters in a classic murder case in Shelby County that made national news back in the 1930s. When he heard that Main Street was going to close down Saturday for a re-enactment about the sensational murder and trial that took place 80 years ago, he had to make sure that his father, Claude Hammond Sr., a Shelbyville policeman, would be not left out, the way that he has been since the incident happened, he said. The re-enactment will represent the dramatic scene of Sept. 20, 1937, when a gunshot resonated through the streets of downtown Shelbyville when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt.

Posted September 22, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Rural fire districts receive far less revenue than city departments
     Although chiefs from the Paducah Fire Department and McCracken County's six fire protection districts agree it's not an "apples-to-apples" comparison, rural fire districts see 3.7 cents in funding for every dollar allocated to the Paducah Fire Department. The county's fire districts get nearly 95 percent of their funding through real and personal property tax assessments. The Paducah Fire Department is funded through the city's general fund, which draws on a variety of revenue streams.

Posted September 21, 2017 [ Institute for Rural Journalism blog ]
Probe finds postal workers delayed lots of mail, then badly under-reported the delays
     Weekly newspaper publishers have noticed that deliveries outside their home counties have slowed. Now an investigation by the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General found that postal workers deliberately slowed the delivery of more than 2 billion mailed items in the year studied. It said workers also manipulated delivery records and inaccurately reported delays. The eight processing facilities examined "had about 1.8 million late arriving mailpieces during the week of our observations; however, the facilities only included 121,000 of them (or less than 7 percent)" in their mail-condition reports, the OIG said in the report. The centers were chosen "based on changes in their delayed mail reported" from fiscal year 2014 to 2016: Brooklyn, Dallas, Greenville, S.C.; Louisville; Mobile; Omaha; Southern Maryland; and South Suburban, a Chicago center.

Posted September 21, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Shock probation denied in DUI case
     Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate denied a request for shock probation for a Frankfort man who claimed to be the devil while suffering “an adverse reaction to alcohol and cocaine” when he ran a red light in his truck and crashed into an SUV containing four young children. Wingate said in open court Friday that he would review the case. Wednesday, he turned down the motion.

Posted September 21, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Realtors expect bump from new Scott County school districts
     Spring break can’t come soon enough for Scott County’s real-estate agents and developers. That’s the deadline Scott County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub set last week for completing the process of drawing district lines to determine which neighborhoods’ youngsters will be sent to which schools, including the new Great Crossing High School. “The sooner he announces it, the better,” real estate agent Bret Halverson said. “People would really like their kids in that new high school,” he said. The district lines for the new high school has become a deciding factor for many potential homebuyers in what is Kentucky’s fastest growing county, according to several agents and developers.

Posted September 21, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
International Center projects fewer refugees next year
     Facing uncertainty about the number of refugee arrivals President Donald Trump will set, Bowling Green’s International Center is planning to resettle fewer refugees next fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. “I hope (fiscal year) 2018 is better, though there is no hope for that,” said Albert Mbanfu, the center’s executive director, to a group of community resettlement partners Tuesday during its last meeting of the fiscal year.

Posted September 21, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Police: Accused burglars smoke pot, sleep in victim's bed
     Two men accused of burglarizing homes had apparently smoked marijuana just before Bowling Green police found them under the covers of a bed belonging to an elderly homeowner who was away at an assisted living facility.

Posted September 21, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
U.S. recommends Conn psychologist be sentenced to 15 years
     With his sentencing scheduled for Friday, Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins, a clinical psychologist convicted of working with Eric C. Conn to pass off fraudulent medical evidence to support disability claims, has submitted his objections to the federal government’s requested sentence calculation.


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