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Posted October 14, 2009 [ Cadiz Record ]
Mental illness entered as part of defendant's triple-murder defense
     Public defender James Gibson, the lead attorney for Roaring Springs triple murder suspect Kevin Dunlap, is claiming mental illness as part of Dunlap’s defense, it was announced last week.
Gibson filed the notice last week in Livingston County Circuit Court, and though the notice doesn’t specify what type of mental illness Dunlap suffers from, it does indicate that Gibson will introduce expert testimony relating to a mental illness or other mental condition that would bear on the issues of Dunlap’s guilt or innocence.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Judge-executive wrong in open records dispute
     For the second time in a little more than a year, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has found Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts in violation of the Open Records Act. Watts said he still believes that allowing the public to view material such as time cards is an “invasion of personal property,” and that the statute protected this material. “I think it’s a clear mistake on the part of the Attorney General for allowing that to happen,” Watts said of the decision. “I have no problem with Open Records,” Watts said, (but this decision is) “setting people up for home invasions,” and more.

    Posted October 14, 2009 [ Beattyville Enterprise ]
Inmate death under investigation
     The death of former Three Forks Regional Jail inmate Shannon D. Reed is under criminal and internal investigation, according to the jail’s administrator. Responding to an open records request from The Beattyville Enterprise, Jail Administrator Harvey Pelfrey said in a fax last Friday, “At this time your request for open records in reference to Shannon D. Reed cannot be granted due to the fact the incident is still under investigation criminally and internally.”

Posted October 13, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Garrard County to add warning sirens
     Garrard County is receiving $40,000 in grant money from Homeland Security for emergency sirens and digital radio equipment. Judge-Executive John Wilson said the county will receive a pair of emergency sirens, 40 handheld digital radios and 10 mobile data computers.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville student part of UK team hoping to win Solar Decathlon
     The nation’s capital may be clouded by politics, with legislators, lawyers and lobbyists arguing viciously on many different issues, but for the remainder of the week there is at least one sunny spot along the National Mall. Twenty teams from around the world, including one from the University of Kentucky, have gathered at the footsteps of the Capitol building to display their cutting-edge solar-powered homes in the Department of Energy’s fourth Solar Decathlon.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Times-Voice ]
Jackson part of Commerce Lexington tour of Eastern Kentucky
     By the time the two buses from Lexington arrived at Kiwanis Park on Monday morning, Glen Leveridge and Luther Deaton had pretty much prepped those on the buses with facts about Jackson and Breathitt County. So when approximately 60 members of Commerce Lexington, Inc. - The Greater Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce - got off the buses, they were more than prepared to meet with scores of local people who showed up to meet with their Bluegrass brethren.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Springfield Sun ]
Barbeque cookoff competitors enjoy their stay in Springfield
     Springfield has seen its share of visitors over the years, but chances are pretty good that none of them smelled as good as some of the customized barbeque rigs that made the town their home this past weekend for the Jim Beam Barbeque Classic.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Sentinel-News ]
Video store roof collapses for second time
     For the second time in recent months, the roof of a new video store under construction in Shelbyville has collapsed. But what's puzzling investigators is that a different contractor was in charge of the project this time. It has officials scratching their heads as to the cause of the collapse. No one was injured this time.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelby County to open second high school next August
     Shelby County, a county that's enjoyed growth in recent years, will open a second high school next August. It will relieve crowding at Shelby County High School. The new school will be named after former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, a Shelby County native. Parents whose children will attend the new high school will get a chance this week to ask school officials questions.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray State University's Paducah campus fails test
     A state legislative committee has approved recommendation for continued construction of a new physics building on the Murray State University campus; however proposed construction of an extended campus in Paducah did not make the cut.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Greensburg Record Herald ]
Green County 911 in need of financial boost
     Greensburg Mayor Lisle Cheatham and members of the Greensburg City Council are in agreement that the local 911 center is in dire financial straits. “If we don’t change the way 911 is financed, we probably won’t have 911 by the first of the year," the mayor said.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Wrongful death suit could hinge on murder trial
     The family of a man shot to death last year by the married woman with whom he’d been having an affair is seeking compensation for his death. It’s unlikely, however, that the wrongful death suit the estate of Eric Christopher West filed against Angie Terresse Ricketts will be settled prior to a disposition in the state’s murder case against her.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Country store faces uncertain future
     Past sticks of burley curing in a barn, a farmhouse with a windmill and clopping Amish buggies sits a store that seems untouched by time. Its time may be running out, though. Cardin’s Flint Hill General Store is scheduled to be auctioned off at 10 a.m. Oct. 24. After that, its fate is unclear.

Posted October 12, 2009 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelby County continues to court Harley-Davidson
     Shelby County Fiscal Court has continued its aggressive – if a bit anonymous – courtship of new industry for the county. Magistrates wholeheartedly approved a request by County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to begin advertising for bids for engineering services and industrial site development for 214 acres of property in and near the Shelby County Industrial Park, "should our business prospect pan out."

Posted October 12, 2009 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Arboretum friends hope to raise funds for facility
     Murray State University officially kicked off its Friends of the Arboretum group Friday afternoon to raise money for the completion of what officials promise will be one of the finest displays of horticulture in western Kentucky.

Posted October 12, 2009 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
World War II veteran tells of escaping Nazis
     84-year-old World War II veteran now lives at Wilmore; will soon get some long-overdue wartime medals.

    Posted October 12, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
State uses message boards as reminder of highway losses
     Since 2006, electronic message boards along interstate roads in Kentucky have reported somewhat good news to drivers: a decline in the number of fatal wrecks statewide. That could change, however. Beginning Tuesday, Kentucky’s Office of Highway Safety starts using Kentucky's 50 electronic message boards to alert drivers to this year’s fatal collision statistics.

Posted October 12, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
E’town woman hopes to raise lupus awareness
     You may have heard October is a national awareness month for breast cancer and domestic violence. Less known, perhaps, is that this also is Lupus Research Awareness Month. Lisa Rowe-Briel of Elizabethtown said not much is said about the illness, which she has.

Posted October 12, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Casey community comes together after tornado
     In the wake of the tornado that ripped through Casey County on Friday afternoon, a plethora of emergency responders have made their way to the Crockett Trail General Store at the intersection of Ky. 70 and Ky. 206.

Posted October 9, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Winds damage Hardin County buildings
     Straight line winds of an estimated 80 mph Friday damaged several buildings near Upton, in southern Hardin County, near the LaRue County line.


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