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Posted October 28, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
KU, LG&E sale expected to close Nov. 1
     European utility giant E.ON announced Wednesday that it expects Nov. 1 to be the closing date of its sale of E.ON U.S., which includes Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Crittenden Press ]
Western Kentucky city declares voluntary water conservation order
     Along with most of western Kentucky, Marion and Crittenden County have been declared part of a Level 2 drought by the state climatologist office. Despite recent rainfall, the city of Marion’s Water and Sewer Department is encouraging customers to begin following certain steps aimed at conserving water. These steps are voluntary.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Rural Casey County post office may close doors
     For the second time in less than six months, the U.S. Postal Service has announced the closure of a Casey County post office. According to Timothy Reynolds, USPS Post Office Review Coordinator in Hazard, the Bethelridge Post Office will close Nov. 5. Reynolds said that the closing is due to the retirement of the postmaster and the lack of qualified applicants.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ News Democrat ]
Carrollton businessman dies in Trimble County motorcycle wreck
     Carrollton business owner Mark Luhn, 53, has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Trimble County. Luhn was the vice president and co-owner of Luhn & Oak Construction Co. Inc., which he formed with his brother, Ricky Oak, in 1986.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Flemingsburg Gazette ]
Book is published about Kentuckian who helped raise WWII flag on Iwo Jima
     The long awaited book about the life of one of Fleming County’s most famous sons has been released. In a reception held Monday evening Peoples Bank sponsored the release of “From Hilltop to Mountaintop: the Life and Legacy of One Iwo Jima Flag Raiser.” The book, written by Ron Elliott tells the story of Pvt. First Class Franklin Sousley, who was one of five Marines and one Navy corpsman that raised the flag on Mount Siribachi after the battle to secure the island of Iwo Jima.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
A town of Awe: Destination unreachable, but landscape is awesome
     The town itself is just plain elusive. It's the trees that keep you moving in the direction of Awe, thinking there is more to see. To the right, there is a burned-out house with an empty clothesline out back. Then two old barns, long past their tobacco-hanging days. Soon enough, it is clear, there is no getting to Awe. The road has narrowed, become rocky and steep and impassable. Surrounded by the reverential forest of light, shadows and flabbergasted leaves, there is no way back.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky League of Cities, association of counties describe reforms
     Officials at the Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Association of Counties say they're remaking their groups to both meet legislative mandates and erase the shadows of recent scandals. Representatives from both groups appeared before a legislative committee to explain how they're fulfilling the requirements of a new law that demands greater accountability.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Six tornadoes hit Kentucky on Tuesday; Middlesboro was hit hard
     The National Weather Service reported six sightings of tornadoes across Kentucky in Tuesday's band of storms. One that extensively damaged Middlesboro in Bell County, in southeast Kentucky, is thought to have been the worst. Bullitt, Christian and Warren counties also experienced damaging winds during the storms. A tornado with winds reaching 90 mph was reported southeast of Bowling Green. EF-0 tornadoes (winds of 40-72 mph) were reported in Bullitt and Christian counties.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Mining industry plans to paint coal pink
     Coal miners may be tough, but they’ve been known to have a soft spot when it comes to family. In support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the coal industry plans to “Paint Coal Pink” on Friday with miners wearing pink articles of clothing to work.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Suspect in 19-year-old murder could get new trial in early 2011
     Judges in two courts and a string of attorneys are trying to bring closure to a 19-year-old murder and kidnapping case that connects people from three central Kentucky counties. But scheduling problems, appeals and changes in the lineup are making finality a difficult goal to reach. Schedules now under negotiation could result in Michael St. Clair being re-sentenced for the 1991 killing of Bardstown resident Frank Brady in Bullitt County early next year, before he returns to Elizabethtown for a third trial on charges relating to the victim’s abduction from a Sonora truck stop.

Posted October 28, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Bush, Dean strike a civil tone at NKU
     It's been an unusually divisive election season, but two national political figures demonstrated Wednesday that political debate doesn't always have to be contentious. Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Howard Dean found common ground on a wide range of issues - and civil, thoughtful disagreement on others - at Northern Kentucky University's 11th annual Alumni Lecture Series.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Western Kentucky coal miner dies in mishap
     A Western Kentucky coal miner died Wednesday morning in a mishap at a mine at Waverly, in Union County. The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing is investigating the death of James Jeffrey Faulk, 39, of Slaughters. There were no other injuries reported.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Twenty-five years later, ESPN anchor returns where it all began
     It was the fall of 1987. A young man from Sandusky, Ohio named Jay Crawford drove down to Eastern Kentucky. He was ready to begin a new job as a news reporter for a television station in Hazard that had gone on the air two years earlier. Jay dreamed of working someday at “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” ESPN. And he was confident that succeeding in Hazard would be the first step in his ultimate journey.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Records subpoenaed from Breathitt County Courthouse for second time
     For the second time this year, state investigators subpoenaed records from the Breathitt County Court Clerk's Office, in what's been referred to as “an ongoing investigation of voter fraud” by the state Attorney General's Office. Only this time, the state authorities were joined last Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kentucky State Police. The FBI has confirmed that an investigation is underway.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Five arrested for counterfeiting, drug dealing after raid on Corbin tattoo parlor
     Five people were arrested Monday in connection with a counterfeiting and prescription drug raid on a Corbin tattoo parlor by local police and federal Secret Service agents. Corbin Police officers, assisted by Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies and members of the U.S. Secret Service, descended on Slinging Ink Tattoo Parlor after receiving several tips about illegal counterfeit currency and drug trafficking at the business. Once inside, officers found and seized about $5,600 in fake $100 bills, numerous Oxycontin pills and drug paraphernalia.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Thieves strip copper wiring from communications towers all over Whitley County
     Williamsburg police say a thief or thieves have apparently stolen thousands of dollars worth of copper wire from cell phone communications towers in recent days. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that the thefts apparently took place between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
South Carolina man may take plea in deadly Warren County car wreck
     Attorneys in the case of a man accused of killing a woman while driving drunk have been negotiating a possible plea agreement, and the case is two weeks from going to trial. Saneres Santos, 26, of Columbia, S.C., is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and operating a vehicle while under the influence. Santos was allegedly behind the wheel of a car that crossed the center line of Warren County's Cave Mill Road on June 19, 2009, and collided with a motorcycle driven by Helen Reeves, 48, of Lewisburg. Reeves was killed instantly.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort teachers offered $20,000 to get creative
     Frankfort Independent school board members want to see innovation in the classroom, and they hope $20,000 in grants will generate it. Asking teachers to apply for grants will make the process more formal. The Board of Education OK’d a form last week that faculty will use to make requests to Superintendent Rich Crowe.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort man says pet store sold his stolen puppy, won't tell him who bought it
     Steve Gale, a Kentucky State University professor, has filed a criminal complaint against the owner of a Frankfort pet store, alleging the store obtained his stolen puppy and sold it. Larry Perkins, the store owner, is charged with receiving stolen property, a Class A misdemeanor, Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks said today. The maximum penalty, if convicted, is a $500 fine and/or one year in jail.

Posted October 27, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lincoln County magistrates ignore motion to build new jail
     When outgoing Judge-Executive Bill Demrow made a motion Tuesday to move Lincoln County’s commitment to build a new jail forward, no one stepped up with a second. But all four magistrates got behind Magistrate David Faulkner’s motion to try to secure property in the county’s industrial park to build a jail if that decision is finally made. Demrow later called that vote a “stall tactic,” but Jailer David Gooch said he considered it at least a small step forward in a jail debate that remains stymied after years of discussion and study.


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