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Posted July 21, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Students get extra day off eclipse weekend
     Considering the Monday afternoon traffic that might not leave so quickly, members of the Christian County School Board have voted in favor of a measure that will give students an extra day off during eclipse weekend. The board, on Thursday, voted unanimously to dismiss students Aug. 22, the day after the eclipse. A decision had already been made to dismiss school Aug. 21.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Overdoses more than double at St. Elizabeth hospitals for first half of the year
     Overdose cases have deluged St. Elizabeth emergency departments this year, escalating to more than double the number the six hospitals had seen by this time last year. The hospital system released the second quarter heroin-overdose reversal numbers on Thursday. Emergency staff at the six St. Elizabeth hospitals around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky turned around 1,238 overdoses so far this year. During the first half of 2016, the total was 554.

Posted July 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Beekeepers call for revision of Kentucky Proud requirements
     Kentucky beekeepers are becoming some of the loudest critics of a program aimed at promoting Kentucky products. The Kentucky Proud label that has been promoted for the past several years is misleading to consumers, they say, but it could take changing the law to ease their concerns.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Nelson County school superintendent resigns from position
     Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr resigned his position Thursday evening, effective July 31, but will likely remain part of the school system in some fashion. At a special-called meeting of the Nelson County Board of Education, Orr handed representatives of the media a resignation letter.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Hot and humid through Saturday
     Afternoon temperatures will reach well into the 90s today through Saturday, with heat index values near or above 100 degrees. The hottest day will be Friday, with heat indices possibly exceeding 105 degrees in some locations. The best chance for dangerously hot conditions will be along and west of Interstate 65, and in urban Louisville, according to the National Weather Service.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
GOP parts ways with county chairman after indecent exposure arrest involving stun gun
     A Kentucky Republican Party county chairman has resigned after he was arrested in Tennessee on charges of indecent exposure and resisting arrest in a department store, the GOP and police said. David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg was arrested Saturday night in a Belk department store in Kingsport, Tenn., according to police there.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Charitable fund invests over $5M to boost life outcomes for young black men
     The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust announced Thursday more than $5 million in new funding over the next three years will be used to improve the life outcomes of young black men and boys aged 16-25. The grant will support creation of two civic leadership fellowships for young men in Lexington and Louisville in partnership with local city leaders and advocates, along with national partners coordinated by Cities United. The fellowships will be directed toward young men impacted by community violence.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Police find decomposing body, begin investigation
     The Bowling Green Police Department was called Wednesday to investigate an odor in the 2100 block of Southland Drive. Police discovered a decomposing body at 2118 Southland, police spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Barren fugitive, reported missing, arrested in Alabama
     A Barren County man wanted on arson and other charges who was reported missing last year was arrested this week in Alabama. Spencer Huddleston, 28, of Glasgow, was arrested Monday by the Baldwin County, Ala., Sheriff’s Office following a pursuit, according to a news release from that agency.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Eclipse could block out school day for Warren County schools
     Ahead of a highly anticipated solar eclipse, school board members at Warren County Public Schools will decide during their Thursday night meeting whether to cancel classes Aug. 21. In a districtwide email Wednesday, Superintendent Rob Clayton expressed concern about busing students to the southern part of the county for optimal eclipse viewing, which will occur about 1:30 p.m. and close to dismissal time for middle and high school students. Additionally, traffic and heat conditions are concerns because buses do not have air conditioning.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort works to remove abandoned vessels from the Kentucky River
     The city of Frankfort has been working this week to remove abandoned vessels from the Kentucky River in the city limits. A barge and crane from Ohio-based Aquarius Marine pulled two sunken houseboats and another vessel out of the river Wednesday. Emergency Management Director Tom Russell said the remaining two boats would be removed and all would be offloaded on Thursday. Most of the boats abandoned on Frankfort’s banks sank 20 or more years ago, Russell said.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Buffer zone sought at Louisville abortion clinic ahead of protests
     Federal prosecutors in Louisville are seeking a court order to stop protesters from blocking access to Kentucky's last abortion clinic, with heightened, weeklong protests expected to start Monday outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville. Prosecutors want a judge to enforce the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law to keep a group from attempting to block the EMW entrance as it did earlier this year, according to a motion filed late Tuesday in federal court by the U.S. attorney's office for Kentucky's Western District.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Juvenile trying to hide weapon during traffic stop shoots friend
     A juvenile who was trying to hide a pistol during a traffic stop in Jessamine County early Wednesday accidentally shot his friend, according to the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office. The juvenile tried to hide the gun and it went off, striking one of the adults in the arm, Chief Deputy Allen Peel said. The wounded man was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Horses run from national cemetery onto highway; controversy ensues
     Motorists on U.S. 27 in Jessamine County faced some tense moments Monday when two horses ran from Camp Nelson National Cemetery and headed south in the northbound lanes of the four-lane divided highway. There were no collisions between vehicles and the animals, and no motorists were injured, said Tracy Lucas, commander of the Camp Nelson Honor Guard. That volunteer organization provides a horse-drawn caisson and a cannon salute at the funerals for all active-duty personnel and veterans. But witnesses Holly and Ray Willis of Sadieville described a surreal scene in which a horse jumped a concrete barrier and landed on the southbound side of the highway while still connected to the caisson on the northbound side.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Muhlenberg mine worker pleads guilty in federal case
     The chief of maintenance at Ken American Resources Paradise #9 Mine located in Muhlenberg County pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. Daniel L. Couch Jr. pleaded guilty on July 13 to falsifying an inspection record and will be sentenced Sept. 17 by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., according to a news release from U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Medicaid cuts loom – even without ACA repeal
     As the fate of the Affordable Care Act and health care for millions of Americans hang in the balance, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited the White House Wednesday afternoon to discuss the proposed repeal of the ACA with President Donald Trump. McConnell, R-Ky, still plans to hold a vote on the measure in the U.S. Senate next week. The senator initially had wanted to repeal and replace the ACA, informally known as Obamacare, but could not convince enough colleagues to support the replacement bill he introduced in late June. But the straight repeal bill, too, is headed for failure.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Former Kentucky beauty queen in Ohio jail for allegedly smuggling pot into prison
     A 28-year-old Louisville woman, the 2011 Miss Kentucky USA winner, has been jailed in Allen County, Ohio for allegedly trying to smuggle pot into a prison. Kia B. Hampton was indicted this month by a grand jury for attempting to smuggle nearly 3 grams of marijuana into the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution on May 26, according to the Lima (Ohio) News.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Legislator files 'ban the box' bill for consideration in 2018 session
     A Lexington Democrat has filed a bill that would, if approved, prohibit businesses from asking about a person's criminal history on a initial job application. Rep. George Brown Jr. filed the bill last week. The bill is the "Ban the Box - The Criminal Record Employment Discrimination Act." The state has already removed questions about a person's criminal record from state job applications. In February, Gov. Matt Bevin announced applications for state jobs would no longer include questions about criminal history.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Owensboro Health, UK partner for cancer research
     A research partnership between Owensboro Health and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network will bring access to hundreds of experimental trials and cutting-edge technology to cancer patients in Owensboro, according to officials from both organizations. The health group and research network announced the partnership at a Wednesday press conference at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital where specialists and administrators from Markey and Owensboro Health Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center spoke on potential outcomes of collaboration.

Posted July 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State's jobless rate edges up slightly in June
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The unemployment rate for June was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May. Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working.


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