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Posted May 27, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Campbell County disaster drill hones skills
     Wreckage from two planes that, on paper, collided Wednesday morning over Cold Spring littered the ground at Municipal Park and was strewn throughout the nearby woods. As emergency responders reached the scene, pleas from 10 volunteers portraying injured survivors carried across the Carole Huber Ballfield. The aircraft disaster exercise took about a year to plan and involved personnel and equipment from more than a dozen agencies.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ News Democrat ]
Abramson addresses Carrollton group, stresses regional teamwork key to growth
     Cities or communities looking to grow should play to their strengths, nurture a well-educated workforce and work cooperatively with neighboring communties to promote regional opportunities. These are the key areas of advice given by Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson during an appearance at the Carroll County Courthouse.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ News Democrat ]
Carrollton honors Vietnam War soldiers
     Hundreds of local residents filled bleachers at Carrollton's General Butler State Resort Park last week to honor the men and women who died fighting in the Vietnam War. The event was the opening ceremony for the Moving Wall, which visited the community for four days.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Helping the Gulf Coast with hair
     A national organization is tackling the oil spill in the Gulf Coast armed with hair and pantyhose. And a Bowling Green business has joined the effort. Ohana’s salon is donating hair clippings to Matter of Trust, an ecological charity that’s using hair to help stop oil from spreading along the Gulf Coast.

    Posted May 27, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Rand Paul seeks more clarity
     Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul refuted recent reports that he advocated for the repeal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “It’s never been my position, and is not my position,” Paul said in Bowling Green. Paul’s comments came after post-election interviews on National Public Radio and MSNBC in which Paul insinuated that the federal government shouldn’t have the authority to enforce desegregation at privately owned businesses. What followed was a torrent of news stories, opinion columns and political cartoons about Paul and his statements.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Dixie Bell to resume progress toward Shaker Village home Thursday
     The Dixie Belle riverboat got temporarily hung up Wednesday at a Camp Nelson camping site in Jessamine County on its way home to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Mercer County. The boat is being moved home over land after it was knocked from its moorings and traveled several miles on the Kentucky River following heavy rains in early May.

    Posted May 27, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Report: Number of Kentucky Medicaid patients will surge
     The number of Kentucky residents with Medicaid coverage could shoot up by nearly 424,000 patients by 2019, and the federal government will foot most of the cost of their treatment. The Kaiser Family Foundation on Wednesday released a study projecting nationwide increases in Medicaid enrollment over a five-year period beginning in 2014, when most provisions of the health care reform bill will take effect.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington woman indicted on manslaughter charge for fiery crash
     A Lexington woman who was driving a car involved in a fiery crash that killed one of her passengers last year has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury after police read her post on Facebook that said she drank alcohol before the wreck. Meredith Lewis Browning, 21, was indicted Tuesday on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the death of passenger Cierra James, 22. Browning also was indicted on a charge of second-degree assault for allegedly causing serious physical injury to passenger Christina Lauren Fraley.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Doctor touched patients' backs, then prescribed pain pills, feds say
     A doctor at a South Florida clinic fed Eastern Kentucky's debilitating drug problem by improperly giving residents prescriptions for tens of thousands of pills, according to federal charges. When police searched the office of Michael R. Shook, they found 1,400 patient files, most of them for people from Eastern Kentucky, according to a sworn statement filed in court.

Posted May 27, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Messy downtown Lexington expected to be ready for WEG
     Torn-up sidewalks and closed traffic lanes confront downtown pedestrians and motorists as Lexington attempts to remake its appearance before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this fall. Downtown's two major east-west streets — Main and Vine — are obstacle courses of destruction and construction, but the city expects the work to be finished by Aug. 20, more than a month before the Games begin.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Students, friends head for the hill for Jackson City School's 100th anniversary
     After 100 years, Jackson City School is still high up in Kentucky's mountains, and still nestled in the hills. And this Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of former students, friends and family will return to their dear old Alma Mater, as JCS reunites once again. Those coming back love her still.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Man kills himself after fleeing from police
     An estranged relationship turned violent, then deadly Tuesday morning when a man pursued his wife to Winchester before he killed himself. Leon Johnson, 66, of Lexington, took his own life Tuesday, following a brief pursuit by deputy sheriffs and Winchester Police officers. Johnson’s wife was not injured during the event, in which Johnson reportedly pointed a gun at her and struck her vehicle as they drove from Lexington to Clark County, where she has family, police said.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Trial begins today for brothers accused of 2008 slaying
     James Allen Anderson, 35, is expected to argue to a Whitley Circuit Court Jury this week that he shot Larry D. Jones in self-defense nearly two years ago. Lawyers for his brother, James W. Anderson, 41, are expected to tell the same jury that he was knocked unconscious during a scuffle inside the vehicle where the three men were riding prior to the shooting, and that he only came to after the shots were fired. Prosecutors contend that the shooting was anything but self-defense with the victim shot three times in the head, including two shots from close range with a bolt-action rifle. The case made headlines numerous times in 2008 with six other people related to the two brothers being charged as accessories after the fact.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Springfield Sun ]
Four juveniles charged after racist graffiti spray painted
     Four juveniles have been charged by Springfield Police after graffiti depicting racist phrases and logos were painted on several local buildings, signs and other property.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
State audit: Shelby County has slight problem with bookkeeping
     The annual audit of the Shelby County Fiscal Court turned up an issue that auditors say needs to be addressed immediately: a lack of internal controls for the ambulance payments the county receives. The audit summary report, compiled by state auditor Terry Sebastian, says the same employee has been responsible for too many EMS-related duties, such as billing for ambulance service, collecting money for billings and for tracking accounts receivable.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Woman pleads guilty in baby’s death
     A Lexington woman charged with giving birth and throwing her baby in a Shelbyville dumpster pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter. Tonya Nicole Brown, 27, who was originally charged with murder, accepted a plea agreement from Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell to the lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence for concealing the birth. Court records say that Brown gave birth to the infant, a full-term, living baby girl, in April 2008.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Owenton News Herald ]
Owen County schools decline to renew superintendent's contract
     After serving 10 years as Owen County schools superintendent, Mark Cleveland’s contract was not renewed by the Owen County School Board in a special called meeting Monday. The school board made a statement after announcing its decision to not renew Cleveland’s contract. The board’s statement did not condemn Cleveland for recent controversies that have dogged the superintendent in recent weeks.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Flood victims encouraged to contact FEMA
     Federal emergency management officials want anyone who was affected by the recent flooding to remember one thing - 1-800-621-FEMA. The deadline to apply for individual assistance is 60 days after the federal disaster declaration was issued. That declaration was issued May 11 for Kentucky. In addition to calling the phone number, flood victims can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Flood victims can also visit one of the agency's disaster recovery centers. To date centers have been opened in Adair, Carter, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Rowan and Woodford counties, according to the agency's website.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Big Sandy Detention Center gets new administrator
     After months of wrangling and disputes over operations and a scandal at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, the board of directors voted 8-2 to hire a retired prison officer as the temporary administrator pending the outcome of longtime administrator Butch Williams’ trial on felony charges of taking a bribe.

Posted May 26, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Oak Grove police unveil first motorcycle
     After weaving through a series of orange cones at 5 mph and even faster, and then demonstrating an accelerated U-turn, Oak Grove motorcycle patrolman Erick Hernandez was greeted with the cheers and claps of about two dozen residents as city officials gathered. Oak Grove, near Fort Campbell, saw 161 traffic accidents on Fort Campbell Boulevard in 2009 resulting in 35 injuries. The city hopes motorcycle patrols will reduce the number of traffic mishaps.


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