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Posted April 21, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
Man apparently burns home, shoots self
     A Lawrenceburg man is dead after apparently setting his home and shed on fire on Enterprise Road, getting into his vehicle and shooting himself. His name is not being released. All five Anderson County fire stations responded to the call around 1 p.m. Thursday after neighbors reported seeing a large plume of smoke and a series of small explosions at the residence, which sits about a half mile off Enterprise Road.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Farmers taking 'freaky' weather in stride
     Unusually warm temperatures have both backyard gardeners and farmers looking at crops early this year. The Kentucky Climate Summary for April 10 to April 16, a report compiled by several agencies, shows that above normal temperatures remained in place throughout that period throughout the state, peaking Friday and Saturday with highs in the low to middle 80s for much of Kentucky, pushing the state to a fourth straight week of above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across Kentucky, 11 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period.

Posted April 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Growth to be job one for new mayor
     Growing the economy and bringing more jobs to Bardstown will be his main priorities in the next 20 months, Mayor Dick Heaton told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. But his first task at hand this week would be to mend the frayed cords between the Mayor’s Office and the city workers. Heaton said he intended to have a staff meeting Wednesday. “I think one of the main things we need to do is to sit down with the employees and assure them,” he said, and rebuild their confidence and morale. “People do a better job when they’re happy at work,” he said.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Elizabethtown man charged in Grayson County homicide
     An Elizabethtown man has been arrested in a Grayson County homicide, according to Kentucky State Police. Chad Durbin, 39, has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. Durbin's ex-wife, Tiffany Durbin, 35, of Leitchfield, is charged with hindering apprehension, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. Robert D. Hayes, 56, of Lebanon Junction was found Wednesday on Frontage Road in Grayson County.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ The Record ]
Search for missing teen continues
     Grayson County authorities are repeating their pleas for the public’s help in finding a missing teen. According to the Leitchfield Police Department, Savanna C. Crawford, 16, was last seen leaving her home on Penner Drive shortly after 7 p.m. April 10. Leitchfield Police Detective Kevin Smith said Tuesday the teen has been listed as a missing person in a national database and with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
SGA passes resolution supporting reparations for black students
     Western Kentucky University’s Student Government Association passed a resolution Tuesday supporting reparations for African-American students. The resolution calls on WKU to create a task force to “assess the feasibility of test-optional admissions and geographically-weighted admissions,” citing research showing that using standardized test scores in the college admissions process “restricts the college opportunities for needy students, helping higher education perpetuate inequality.”

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Body of missing Frankfort man found on Kentucky River
     UPDATED: The body of missing fisherman Will Rawlings was recovered Wednesday, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton and Coroner Will Harrod announced at a news conference. After a five-and-a-half day search for the 26-year-old, who went missing early Friday morning, his body was recovered at 11:58 a.m. by sheriff’s deputies and Franklin County firefighters, Melton said. Rawlings was discovered in the water 1.5 to 2 miles downstream from where the search was initiated and where it appeared someone had fallen into the river off of Lewis Ferry Road behind Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State encourages Kentuckians to test residences for radon
     As part of Earth Day 2017, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is helping to spread the word about the important role the environment plays in health. The department encourages Kentuckians to learn more about the potential health effects of radon exposure and how to check their homes for the potentially dangerous gas.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington steps up police patrols downtown as complaints about panhandlers increase
     Lexington police are stepping up patrols downtown and asking people not to give to panhandlers as complaints grow about the number of people begging on streets and at intersections. In the meantime, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said he has formed a task force to look at the issue of panhandling. Lexington police have increased the number of police bike units downtown. The city has also distributed thousands of fliers that encourage people not to give to panhandlers but instead to direct panhandlers to social service agencies that provide food, clothing, housing and employment opportunities.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Health-care company to expand in Louisville, add jobs
     Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Matt Bevin Yhursday announced Care Innovations LLC, a telehealth company specializing in designing, developing, and optimizing remote care delivery programs, will invest nearly $1.7 million to relocate and expand its research and development center, creating 24 jobs in Louisville.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Unused prescription drug disposal scheduled for April 29
     The Kentucky State Police is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29. “Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans,” KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said in a statement. “However, leftover or expired drugs can be harmful in a variety of ways.” Medications can be dropped off at area state police posts.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains at 5 percent in March
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate remained unchanged from February at 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The preliminary March jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the 5.1 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2016, a state news release said.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Mayfield police chief talks about active shooters and what to do
     During a recent Mayfield/Graves County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent detailed what people should do if they ever encounter an active shooter. Kent said an "active shooter" is anyone wanting to inflict mass casualties on a group of people. Their motivations usually include anger, revenge, ideology or untreated mental illness, as well as a desire to gain notoriety or fame, he said. Ninety-eight percent of the time, these shooters act alone, and they are males in 97 percent of cases, he said.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
New House panel will try to streamline Kentucky’s adoption process
     It took about three years for state Rep. David Meade, R-Stanford, and his wife, Rebecca, to adopt their daughter, Cara, from Korea. The average length of time to adopt a child in Kentucky is about 1.5 years. Both types of adoptions can be done in a shorter amount of time, said Meade. “There’s a lot of redundancy involved in the process,” he said. House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, tapped Meade and Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville, Wednesday to co-chair an eight-member, bipartisan Adoption Work Group to study how to streamline Kentucky’s adoption process for people who want to adopt children in and out of the state.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Levisa Lazer ]
August trial date set for Kentucky teen accused of murder of coal executive
     The murder trial for a young Lawrence County, Kentucky man accused of murdering a former coal executive in West Virginia will be heading to trial in August, after the outcome April 14 of his pretrial hearing in Mingo County, West Virginia. Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, 19, of Louisa, is accused of murdering Ben Hatfield in May 2016.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Police: Boxer Adrien Broner found in shot-up SUV, arrested on warrant
     Professional boxer Adrien Broner was found in a vehicle riddled with bullets and arrested on an open OVI warrant overnight, according to Cincinnati police. The one-time four-division champion, who lives in Cincinnati, was booked into the Kenton County Detention Center at 1:18 a.m. and released at 5:10 a.m. after posting $503 bond, jail records show. Broner, 28, is scheduled to appear in court April 27. Covington police took him into custody overnight after stopping a white Chevrolet Suburban crossing into Kentucky, according to police. The Suburban had been shot about eight times.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear: Kentucky receives more than $93 million in tobacco settlement money
     Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday that Kentucky received more than $93.4 million in tobacco settlement money this week. Since 1998, tobacco companies have had to compensate states for some of the medical costs associated with tobacco-related illnesses and restrict advertising and promotion of cigarettes in the United States.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Body of missing Buffalo Trace security guard found in Kentucky River
     The body of a man missing since last week was found and recovered Wednesday from the Kentucky River near Frankfort, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said. The body of Will J. Rawlings, 26, of Frankfort was found shortly before noon about 2 miles downstream from the point where the search began on Friday. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Walkaway inmate previously had fled work-release
     When Hardin County Detention Center inmate Kenneth William Townsend walked away from an off-campus work assignment last week, it wasn’t the first time he had fled through work-release programs. Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen said Townsend, 55, of Covington, escaped custody on at least two other occasions decades apart, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Townsend has a lengthy criminal history and was serving a sentence as a state inmate at the detention center.

Posted April 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Trading coal for renewable energy would create jobs in Kentucky, group says
     Greater emphasis on energy efficiency and on producing electricity from renewable sources would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky, reduce electricity bills and help improve the health of residents by cutting pollution, according to a report by a social-justice organization. Other recommendations in the report from the liberal-leaning Kentuckians for the Commonwealth include taxing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to discourage use of coal and natural gas while generating money to invest in efficiency programs, such as weatherizing homes.


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