Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service]
Significant snowfall on the way for most of Kentucky
     UPDATED: A significant winter storm is looking more likely Wednesday and Wednesday night all across Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service. As a result, most of the state will see snow accumulations of several inches. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch from Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service]
Annual spring time change is this weekend
     Right in the midst of the winter that won't end, the annual return to Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday. With the return of DST, 2 a.m. Sunday becomes 3 a.m. In reality, most people turn their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday and they lose an hour of sleep.


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Posted March 3, 2015 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Stabbing victim dies; stepson now charged with murder
     A Williamsburg man, who was allegedly stabbed by his stepson on Feb. 24, died Monday morning just hours after he was released from the University of Kentucky Medical Center and his stepson is now facing a homicide charge. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced Sidney L. Satterfield, 59, dead at his residence about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Fresh from his CPAC victory, Rand Paul faces another big test this weekend
     Rand Paul just finished up a great weekend. If he wants to run for both his Senate seat and the presidency next year, Paul had better hope the good times keep rolling this weekend. Last Friday, Paul supporters at the annual CPAC conference just outside of Washington, D.C., began chanting "President Paul" while Kentucky's junior senator spoke of liberty, presaging Paul's victory in the conference's straw poll, his third in a row. This weekend will be a much bigger test with a less certain outcome.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Midway College becomes a university on July 1
     Midway College announced Monday that it will become Midway University effective July 1. The college's board of trustees began the process at its November 2014 board meeting with a unanimous vote, the college said in a news release. The Woodford County institution's staff has worked over the past several months to notify accrediting agencies and gain the necessary approval from the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Corps of Engineers solicits proposals for new commercial marina on Lake Cumberland
     The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday released a solicitation for proposals from private companies to build a 10th commercial marina on Lake Cumberland. The solicitation covers up to 407 acres of land and water at Rowena, in Russell County, north of Albany, according to a news release from the agency. There is already a boat ramp at the site, which is accessible from Ky. 90 by way of Ky. 558, the corps said.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Business Lexington ]
Jockey Club buys controlling interest in Blood-Horse magazine
     In a deal announced Friday, the Jockey Club has purchased a controlling interest in Blood-Horse magazine and related properties. Jockey Club Chairman Ogden Mills Phipps and Peter S. Willmott, chairman of The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, announced the deal, which in addition to a 51 percent stake in Blood-Horse magazine also includes the horse racing publication’s printing and digital assets, as well as its 50 percent share of True Nicks LLC.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ The Gleaner ]
Escaped Henderson County inmate quickly captured
     A Henderson County man who escaped the custody of McLean County authorities Monday morning was found about two hours later hiding in a wooded area less than a mile from where he went missing. The Kentucky State Police said Ronald Hardrick, 51, will face new charges in connection with the incident which occurred around 8 a.m.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Marshall County Tribune Courier ]
Petition drive underway to legalize alcohol sales in Marshall County
     The board of directors of The Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau voted unanimously Thursday to launch a petition drive to gain signatures in support of a vote to legalize alcohol sales in Marshall County. The group made it clear in the meeting last week they hope this year’s effort will be different than it was three years ago.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville tells Airbnb homeowners to stop
     Some Louisville property owners renting out space in their homes to travelers through popular online home-sharing sites have been told by metro government they are operating illegal hotels or motels and need to stop immediately or risk significant fines. Several owners and their attorney want to work with the city to find a solution, and they said they are not opposed to regulations, paying a fee or purchasing a license.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Natural chemical in soil blamed for odd odor
     Louisville city officials are blaming a chemical found in soil that has, in the past, caused taste and odor issues in local drinking water as the likely source of a musty smell reported widely across Louisville. With the help of the Louisville Water Co., the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District Monday put the blame on something called geosmin, a naturally occurring chemical with a very low odor threshold. Air district spokesman Tom Nord said the odor has been "exacerbated by the wet, muddy conditions in the wake of the recent snowfall and rain."

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Warm and wet, then snow Wednesday
     After a brief taste of spring Tuesday, Old Man Winter will return Wednesday with a blast of cold air that turns steady rain to sleet then up to several inches of inches of snow. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Southern Indiana and North Central Kentucky through Thursday afternoon. Additionally, the weather service has issued a flood watch for the area due to heavy rains expected to fall late Tuesday into Wednesday.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky Senate approves phone deregulation bill, sends it to Beshear to sign
     Don't get attached to those land lines. The Kentucky Senate voted 30-3 Monday to send a long-controversial phone deregulation measure to Gov. Steve Beshear, who has endorsed it. Supporters said deregulation would encourage phone carriers to spend more money expanding high-speed broadband networks rather than maintaining outdated land lines. Opponents said the bill doesn't require any investments by the carriers, and it would force Kentuckians with basic land-line phone service to be upgraded to costlier and less reliable options.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Audit: Former Harlan sheriff should repay $27,000 spent on dating website, other items
     The former sheriff of Harlan County spent more than $27,000 over two years for purchases that were poorly documented, unreasonable or improper, including personal clothing, food and alcohol, and a subscription to a dating website, according to audits released Monday. Marvin Lipfird, who left office at the end of the year, should repay the money to accounts in his old office, auditors recommended.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear announces Kentucky Work Ready Communities
     Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced that Fleming County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community and Ballard and Marshall counties have achieved Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress status. The Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
IRS opens tax appointment center in Paducah
     The IRS began testing an appointment-based service approach Feb. 23 in 10 of its larger Tax Assistance Centers in the U.S. Testing was expanded beginning Monday to 34 other offices, including Paducah, the IRS reported.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ The Gleaner ]
Three sentenced in Henderson bar slaying
     Three men were sentenced Monday for their role in the March 1, 2014, death of Adam Hogan during a fight at Henderson's Double Dukes Saloon. Robert Brantley, 39, of Sebree, was sentenced Monday in Henderson Circuit Court to two years in prison. He was found guilty in January of reckless homicide. Both Benjamin Perry, 39, of Morganfield, and Justin Kiper, 25, of Owensboro, were sentenced to one year. They were both found guilty of complicity to reckless homicide. All three were found guilty of lesser charges after a three-day trial.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky awarded grant to help reduce childhood hunger
     Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced a $3.6 million federal grant for a pilot project to help rural families with children receive more substantial food benefits. The project will focus on poverty and food insecurity among children in southeastern Kentucky and will test the impact of providing households with children with an additional transportation deduction that may increase the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits they receive.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Old Friends Farm loses retirees Creator, Williamstown
     Old Friends Farm lost a pair of retirees recently as Creator died Saturday at age 29 and 25-year-old Williamstown passed away last week. Creator was one of Old Friends’ longest-tenured thoroughbred retirees, having arrived at the farm in 2004. His death came as a heavy blow to the farm’s staff and volunteers, said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. Williamstown, a son of Seattle Slew, was euthanized on Feb. 25 due to complications caused by the neurological disease EPM.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Eleven bars could open in Elizabethtown
     Proponents for revitalizing downtown Elizabethtown had their spirits lifted at Monday’s city council meeting. In an unanimous vote, the council approved an emergency ordinance to take advantage of relaxed state laws allowing by-the-drink alcohol sales, which would provide for the establishment of bars. According to the ordinance, the city is allowed 11 licenses for by-the-drink sales. “It could be a really nice catalyst to downtown development, which we are very much in favor of,” said Sherry Murphy, executive director of Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau.

Posted March 2, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Officials: Man, 39, molested teenager
     A Bowling Green man is accused of molesting a teenage female relative. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office opened a sex abuse investigation Friday after receiving a call from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. A girl there told police that Samuel Baltazar, 39, fondled her genitals, according to Baltazar’s arrest citation. The girl told police in St. Louis that the incident occurred in December 2014 in Baltazar’s Bowling Green home. Baltazar was arrested at his home Friday night and charged with first-degree sexual abuse.

Posted March 2, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Local option sales tax faces uncertain fate
     As the legislature enters the final full week of its 2015 session, the local option sales tax — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's top legislative priority — is as close as it has ever been to getting the necessary votes from lawmakers to get a statewide referendum. But it still has a long way to go and a diminishing amount of time to get there. House Bill 1, sponsored by Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, is a constitutional amendment that would allow local communities to propose an additional sales tax of up to 1 percent — over the state's current 6 percent — for a limited time to pay for projects. The tax could not be imposed unless the local community voted for it in a referendum.


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