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Posted February 12, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort bank robbed Thursday
     Frankfort Police are looking for a man who robbed a Whitaker Bank branch on the city's eastside about 2:40 p.m. Thursday. No one was injured.



    Posted February 12, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Radcliff restaurateur reports scam attempt
     A Hardin County restaurant manager reports a workplace poster scam -- a report confirmed by Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet. Mostly done via phone solicitations, labor officials claim scammers are conning employers into spending up to $89 for a set of state and federal workplace law posters. Warnings of potential fines are used as a tactic to convince the business owners to plop down money for the posters, labor officials say. Such posters are mandatory but Kentucky and the U.S. Department of Labor provides them for free to employers.


Posted February 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Drug suspect still at large after chase from Newport, through Downtown
     An afternoon drug investigation in Newport turned into a police chase through Downtown and the arrest of a man released two weeks ago from an Ohio prison for trafficking heroin.


Posted February 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Murder trial has second hung jury
     After deliberating since Tuesday, jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked Thursday afternoon in the retrial of a man accused of slaying a storekeeper in March 2006. Darius "Slim" Harris, 26, of Covington faced up to life in prison if found guilty of murder in the death of Haithan Asad, 40, also of Covington. The prosecutor's office said that considering the jury was 11-1 for conviction, their inclination was to try it again.


Posted February 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
European tractor-pull enthusiasts make Kentucky stop on 13-day tour of the U.S.
     A group of more than 20 European tractor-pull enthusiasts visited Nelson County Thursday to examine “Blue Blazes,” Mike Wilhite’s New Holland competition tractor. On a 13-day trip, the group visited spots in Wisconsin, Illinois, including the Caterpillar factory, Indiana and Kentucky for the highlight of the trip, the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.


Posted February 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Medley ordained as Owensboro Bishop
     A former Bardstown pastor, William Francis Medley, was ordained Wednesday as Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro. About 4,000 people attended the ordination. Medley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro. Medley succeeds Bishop John J. McRaith.


Posted February 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown City Council takes smoke-free idea under review
     Bardstown's city council will meet next week to review and discuss a draft ordinance that would make public buildings in Bardstown smoke-free. Three of the council's six members have said they favor such an ordinance.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Judge orders hospital settlement to be open
     A Casey County woman who filed suit against the Casey County Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville more than three years ago has accepted a settlement agreement with one of the defendants. The judge in the case refused to allow details of the settlement to remain confidential.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Christian County man gets 10 life sentences
     A Christian County man convicted of numerous counts of rape and incest will learn Feb. 24 if a judge will impose the 10 life sentences set by a jury. David Hoff, 45, will appear that day before Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self for final sentencing. A jury found him guilty Monday of eight counts each of incest and first-degree rape, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester police seeking Walmart jewel thieves
     In three straight nights, a man and woman took thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from the cases at the Winchester Walmart. Police, so far, have not identified the suspects recorded on the store’s surveillance video system.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Salt supplies running low in Warren County
     Three winter weather events since the beginning of the year have been responsible for whittling down the city of Bowling Green’s salt supply. “Normally, we have just about four events a year and use about 400 tons of salt,” said Bobby Phelps, operations supervisor for Bowling Green. “This year it just went crazy; we had all the extreme temperatures that kept the snow around into a second week the first time and then we had 5.5 inches last week and now this latest one.” And more snow could come this weekend.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Grant County News ]
Rock quarry moves forward in Grant County
     Rumors of a rock quarry moving into Williamstown have swirled since a Tennessee company signed a purchase agreement on land in Williamstown almost two years ago. Vulcan Materials made its first public presentation concerning locating a rock quarry in Williamstown to Grant County’s Industrial Development Authority last month. The company is expected to make a more detailed presentation to the Williamstown City Council on March 1.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Authorities raid Corbin apartment complex for meth lab; three arrested
     A Tuesday meth lab raid in northern Knox County resulted in the arrest of three suspects and a trip to the emergency room for Knox County Sheriff John Pickard.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Tobacco tax proposal voted down by House committee
     Dark-fired tobacco growers in Calloway County and across western Kentucky have been fighting a proposed change in Kentucky's taxing system that would levy higher taxes on smokeless tobacco based on price instead of weight; one of many moves the General Assembly is considering to help balance the Commonwealth's estimated $1.5 billion budget shortfall. They got their wish Tuesday afternoon as the proposal included in House Bill 296 was rejected by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee by a 14-12 vote.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Crittenden Press ]
Officials optimistic about U.S. 641 plans
     Local and state officials are somewhat optimistic that the long-awaited U.S. 641 improvement project will move into construction phase in the coming months. Rep. Mike Cherry (D-Princeton) said Monday from Frankfort that the proposed new super highway could be moving traffic between Marion in Crittenden County and Fredonia in neighboring Caldwell County by late 2013 or 2014. This is only the first phase of a two-pronged project. The final stage will take the highway from Fredonia to the Western Kentucky Parkway.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Greensburg Record Herald ]
Company officials vow to rebuild Greensburg restaurant destroyed in fire
     Corporate officials said that the Greensburg's Dairy Queen restaurant destroyed last week by a fire will reopen by at least early summer.



    Posted February 11, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Kentucky approves Common Core State Standards
     School superintendents are excited about a new plan that puts Kentucky leading the nation in education reform. Kentucky is the first state to implement the Common Core State Standards for math and English, as part of an initiative from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Snow spurs creative streaks
     The latest wave of snow showers continued Wednesday, shuttering school doors another day and extending work for road crews. But while some saw the snow as an opponent, others have embraced it as a muse for creative expression. Whether it was a towering, painted snowman with carefully carved features and a sharply detailed top hat or a frozen fort fit for a night’s rest, residents took advantage of wet snow suitable for molding.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Secretary files suit against Kenton County deputy judge-executive
     A longtime secretary for Kenton County resigned and filed a civil rights complaint this week against Deputy Judge-executive Scott Kimmich in which he is accused of using county resources for personal gain. His supporters say the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. district court is the "latest dirty trick" by Steve Arlinghaus, one of Kimmich's two opponents in the May primary for judge-executive.


Posted February 11, 2010 [ News Democrat ]
High river level hampers work at Markland Dam
     Disruptions due to current river and weather conditions will lengthen the duration of repair work to the 1,200-foot lock chamber at the Markland Locks and Dam. The dam is located on the Ohio River near Warsaw, 14 miles upstream from Carrollton.


 

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