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Posted December 14, 2017 [ Jessamine Journal ]
Group gives homeless man in Nicholasville a proper burial
     Most knew him simply as Mr. Ross but, thanks to a group of caring Jessamine County residents, the indigent man received what many in his situation do not: a proper burial. After passing away at the local Diversicare in Nicholasville, the deceased’s next of kin could not be reached. That is when a group stepped up to give this man what they say everyone deserve.

Posted December 14, 2017 [ WEKU News ]
Barren County approves needle exchange
     Another community in south central Kentucky has signed off on the creation of a needle exchange for drug abusers. In a 4-3 vote, the Barren County Fiscal Court approved the program that will allow intravenous drug users to swap dirty needles for clean ones at the local health department.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
ACA deadline for healthcare is Friday
     The deadline to sign up for marketplace health care coverage is fast approaching, and those needing insurance are being urged to enroll quickly if they have not already done so. Officials say they are concerned because thousands of people have not yet enrolled – in fact, a recent study found that one-third of Americans haven’t even heard about open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health plans. Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said that many Kentuckians may be eligible for assistance with healthcare plans, but they have to act quickly to take advantage of it.

Posted December 14, 2017 [ Spencer Magnet ]
No arrest in fatal shooting of Mt. Washington man
     Kentucky State Police investigators are being tight-lipped about details surrounding the shooting death of a 33-year-old man last week in Spencer County. The shooting took place shortly after midnight Thursday morning at a home on Essex Way, which is located off Elk Creek Road. The victim, Joshua Moore, of Mt. Washington, was found outside the home but it’s not been revealed whether he was shot inside or outside the home.

Posted December 14, 2017 [ Grant County News ]
Commissioner takes over as interim Corinth mayor
     Former Corinth Mayor Billy Hill swore in Commissioner Barbara New as interim mayor Dec. 11 for the rest of Hill’s term. New will serve until the end of 2018.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky's Appalachian hills are a shared drug needle away from the next big HIV outbreak
     Addiction is endemic in Kentucky's Appalachian hills. It’s gained so much ground that the nation’s foremost health experts fear one plague will spawn another, that rampant intravenous opioid use will lead to a drug-fueled HIV outbreak like the one that struck Austin, Indiana in 2015. That outbreak was the largest to hit rural America in recent history, with a rate comparable to countries in Africa.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville Public Media 'deeply sad' to hear of Dan Johnson death
     The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting said in a statement that they were "deeply sad" to hear about Rep. Dan Johnson's death by suicide, just two days after an investigative article accused the politician and preacher of sexual abuse. "All of us at Louisville Public Media are deeply sad to hear that State Representative Dan Johnson has died, apparently of suicide," a statement from Michael Skoler, President of Louisville Public Media said.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
University of Louisville sues former basketball coach Rick Pitino for damages
     The University of Louisville Athletic Association is countersuing former men's basketball coach Rick Pitino for damages allegedly caused by his role in recent scandals. The claim, filed Wednesday in federal court, requests Pitino repay losses that may arise from damaged business relationships, the loss of records or wins including the 2013 men's basketball national championship as well as "bonuses and other compensation" paid during that time.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
It will cost more to live and eat at UK next fall. Here’s how much.
     Most University of Kentucky housing and dining rates will go up about 3 percent next fall, mostly because of contractual obligations between the university and its private housing and dining partners. The UK Board of Trustees approved the rate increases Tuesday. Other costs, including tuition, won’t be decided until after the 2018 legislative session, when the state’s budget for the next two years will be decided.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Accused of molesting teen, Ky. Rep. Dan Johnson commits suicide
     A Kentucky lawmaker who on Tuesday denied accusations that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012 died Wednesday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Bullitt County coroner. State Rep. Dan Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road at an undetermined time Wednesday night, Bullitt County coroner Dave Billings confirmed.

Posted December 14, 2017 [ Business Lexington ]
UK trustees approve land swap deal with Lexington
     The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved a proposal for a historic land swap with the city of Lexington. UK would convey 50 “shovel-ready” acres of land within the Coldstream Research Campus, and another 200 acres near Coldstream and the city’s existing business park also would be conveyed for future development. In exchange, UK would assume control of several important roads totaling about 13.5 acres in and around the campus, including Rose Street, Hilltop Avenue, and part of Woodland Avenue, among others.

    Posted December 14, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
AG says Finance Cabinet stands in way of suits against drug-makers
     Attorney General Andy Beshear says he’s going to make the opioid epidemic a major focus of his office’s efforts in 2018, but there’s a state government barrier in his way. Beshear said Wednesday he plans in 2018 to file lawsuits against multi-national companies; bring opioid-related national initiatives to the state, such as pressing insurance companies to prioritize non-opioid forms of pain management; and ensure search warrants are served on rogue clinics.

Posted December 14, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Covington report accuses previous mayor, manager of possible criminal conduct
     Many of the city employees who worked for former Covington Mayor Sherry Carran’s administration have left city hall over the past year. But their names still come up a lot at public meetings. Since Mayor Joe Meyer beat Carran in Nov. 2016, the city commission has looked at how the previous administration was run. It doesn’t look good, according to Meyer and a report detailed Tuesday night. In a two-hour presentation, the Covington City Commission heard a report that accused Carran and former City Manager Larry Klein of possibly violating campaign finance and records retention laws.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to state boards and commissions
     Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Central City Leader News ]
Constable charged with bribery following escape
     A Muhlenberg County Grand Jury indicted a Muhlenberg County constable Friday on bribery and second-degree escape by complicity charges. Kentucky State Police arrested Constable Willie Parker following an investigation into the escape of Muhlenberg County Detention Center inmate Anthony White. White escaped from custody in June while being transported by Parker from the Muhlenberg County Justice Center to the jail. Investigators said the investigation revealed Parker had agreed to accept a bribe from the White’s girlfriend, Kelly Dooley, to assist in the escape.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ News Democrat & Leader ]
Trial set for next year for former Logan educator charged with several sex crimes against a student
     A former Logan County educator will go to trial May 21, 2018, facing numerous sexual crimes against a student. Adam L. Decker, originally from Grayson County, was indicted by a Logan County Grand Jury on June 30, 2017, on one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor referenced sexual offense; 10 counts of third degree rape; 11 counts of third degree sodomy; among other allegations.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Mayfield ordinance would prohibit bars
     An ordinance prohibiting future Mayfield taverns passed unanimously Monday 6-0 with four council members abstaining but does not affect alcohol sales at restaurants or liquor stores. The ordinance had not been on the council's agenda, but councilman Johnny Jackson brought it up as part of business from the finance and administration committee and asked to move forward with it immediately. The measure requires a second reading, which would come at the council's January meeting, to be adopted.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Boyle man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     At 5:44 p.m. Tuesday, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Leonard Riley, 42, on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Riley was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect in possession of images depicting child sexual exploitation online, a KSP news release said.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Adkisson: 2018 Legislative Session will be toughest in years
     The upcoming 2018 session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be the most challenging in decades, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson told business leaders in Pikeville Tuesday. Adkisson, keynote speaker for the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Breakfast, said there are numerous opportunities present for the moving of the state chamber’s agenda forward, but issues such as the need to deal with pension reform and the possibility of tax reform could complicate an already difficult 2018 budget session for the legislature.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Casey County News ]
Murder case heading to trial
     A Casey County man’s second-degree murder case will go to trial before Judge Judy Vance after a year and a half. Larry Jason Buis, 38, of Yosemite, is accused of causing injuries that led to the death of Mark Ponder, 65, of Casey County, during an altercation at Breeden and Withers Grocery in Yosemite on June 25, 2016. He allegedly struck Ponder multiple times with an instrument. Buis was originally arrested for assault, but Ponder died days later on July 3 of a heart attack he suffered after the fight. A Casey County grand jury indicted Buis Aug. 22, 2016 for second-degree murder.


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