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Posted April 12, 2010 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
South 641 project faces obstacles
     A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plan to widen U.S. 641 South to the Kentucky-Tennessee state line from Murray to four lanes has faced obstacles for many years. Although the project is on the KTC's long-range drawing board there are many more hurdles remaining; including a struggling economy, other transportation projects in the region that are taking priority as well as working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the other side of the state line to get the job completed through to Paris, Tenn.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Jail sale: Former jail deputy opens inmate supply store
     Most suspects who get booked into jail don't pack suitcases before police arrest them. That's why a former Christian County deputy jailer has opened an inmate supply store just a block away from the county jail. The store sells underwear -- you only get one pair in jail -- radios, pencils and puzzles. The store even takes orders from inmates and makes daily deliveries.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
'Taxed enough already,' Henderson TEA Party Patriots plan Thursday rally
     Another tax day tea party is planned for Thursday afternoon in Henderson. Congressman Ed Whitfield is scheduled to speak.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Ohio men arrested in Harlan County on drug charges
     The Benham Police Department confiscated nearly 1,000 pills after making a traffic stop on an anonymous tip on two Ohio men Saturday. The pills were hidden in the engine compartment of a vehicle, police said.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Woman accused of using cocaine during 2 pregnancies back in jail
     A Frankfort woman accused of using cocaine during two pregnancies and endangering the life of her infant children is back in jail after she failed to complete drug treatment.

    Posted April 12, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Frankfort deems sage plant illegal
     Its tiny azure-colored, delicate bell-shaped blossoms make salvia the type of plant most any toddler wouldn’t hesitate to pluck from the lawn and proudly return as a gift to his or her mother. Several types of salvia, including the bluish-purple type that grows between 6 and 12 inches tall in lawns and gardens throughout the region, are native to Kentucky. Some of salvia’s 95 species, however, have grown popular not for their beauty, but for their ability to cause a high not unlike marijuana that can give users a bit of euphoria for up to half an hour. That’s why Kentucky lawmakers have declared salvia a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Jogger attacked by dog
     A Louisville woman will undergo plastic surgery after a dog broke off its chain and attacked her face and upper body while she was jogging in Mercer County.

    Posted April 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Overdose deaths multiply
     With drug deaths increasing across Kentucky, and the nation, Carol Wagner of Fort Mitchell believes most people - especially in the suburbs and rural areas - still don't realize the problem's extent. Her son Chad Wagner, a 1985 Covington Catholic High School graduate, was living in Fort Wright and Madeira during his addiction - and he died at age 37. The man described as "a very, very good player" by the current general manager of the University of Kentucky's hockey club team died from a heroin overdose, after several years of being hooked on painkillers.

    Posted April 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Kentucky drug death reporting imprecise
     Four years ago, Northern Kentucky drug-treatment advocate Charlotte Wethington of Transitions Inc. thought she helped win a significant battle against drug abuse in the commonwealth. She and others successfully lobbied for a bill that might finally give people an idea just how pervasive drugs were in killing people in various age groups. But The Kentucky Enquirer informed Wethington and the bill's sponsor recently that House Bill 67's drug-reporting requirement for coroners was written out of the bill, so coroners have not been reporting drug deaths to the state. Instead, the state has been using less-precise death certificate information.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
May primary will be test for Northern Kentucky tea party power
     The tea party movement got its start in Northern Kentucky on April 15, 2009, when about 100 people gathered in the cold outside the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington to rail against federal bailouts and stimulus spending, and proclaim a need to "take our government back." Since then, it has evolved into a force to be reckoned with at all levels of politics.

Posted April 12, 2010 [ Cadiz Record ]
Bill including Cadiz class change passes
     House Bill 172 reclassifies Cadiz from a fifth-class to a fourth-class city. The bill now awaits Gov. Steve Beshear's signature. Among other things, the change in classification could open the door to additional alcohol sales in the city.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
New channel to televise sports and events
     A new cable TV venture will bring local programming to residents of several counties in the state's Bluegrass region.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Julio's home, but for how long?
     A Frankfort teen fights federal deportation back to his native Honduras. Immigration and Customs Enforcement considers him a fugitive and is ready to deport him because he missed an immigration hearing in 1999 when he was 8 years old.

    Posted April 11, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Education legislation awaits final decisions
     As state lawmakers near the end of their 60-day session this week, the fate of key education legislation is up in the air. Lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene in Frankfort Wednesday for a two-day wrap-up session. Their focus will be passing a $17 billion, two-year budget by the April 15 deadline, but high-profile education bills are still on the table.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Army recruiting takes on a new role
     The newly established U.S. Army Career Center on Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown has a different look than its predecessors. With interactive training simulators and video games standing center in the roughly 3,000-square-foot facility, technology is leading the way in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Saturday wrecks snarl I-65 traffic
     Travel Saturday morning along Interstate 65’s stretch through Hardin County slowed to a creep in both directions after injury wrecks jammed traffic.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Federal monitoring concerns Boone County
     A lack of adequate oversight in the monitoring of federal funds identified in a report from the state auditor is a cause for concern as Boone County embarks on an ambitious highway project. In a recent report, Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen determined the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which provides direction for local agencies, lacks cabinet-wide policies to monitor grant recipients of federal funds.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Future is bright in Franklin
     In early 2009, the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority was licking its wounds after the company in charge of a mega electric vehicle plant closed, leaving the project’s future uncertain. Fast forward to Tuesday: Franklin is celebrating its fifth economic development announcement since December. Over the past few months, companies have announced plans to either expand or locate in the small town, investing a total of $40 million and eventually bringing about 300 jobs to the area.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Meth a major problem in Logan County
     The number of meth labs discovered statewide by police so far this year is on pace to exceed the total found in 2009, and recent events have situated Logan County at the epicenter of the fight against the drug.

Posted April 11, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown's Talbott Tavern featured on British travel Web site
     Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown is not lacking in history, and now it has a new chapter to add to its long story. The establishment has been listed as one of the 20 most historic places to stay in the United States by British travel Web site “Nights in the Past” at www.nightsinthepast.com.


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