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Posted August 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
President declares disaster for Kentucky
     The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Kentucky to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of July 2-9. Counties eligible for assistance include Adair, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Clay, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Hart, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, Metcalfe, Ohio, Todd, Trigg, Union, and Webster.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Rival football teams show support for ill teacher
     Retired Sgt. 1st Class Auntwoin Smith didn’t worry about the sudden bouts of fatigue that disrupted his days until he started experiencing shortness of breath with it. He visited Ireland Army Community Hospital, Hardin Memorial Hospital and Norton Hospital, expecting to be diagnosed with a common cold. He learned in January the fatigue was because of acute myeloid leukemia. Donations for the family will be collected during tonight’s John Hardin-North Hardin football game. The game is at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium at John Hardin.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin has made a number of appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
41st annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held in Louisville
     The 41st Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference ended Friday at the Galt House in Louisville, with 830 local elected officials and community leaders and advocates in attendance. The conference offered a series of general sessions, workshops and networking opportunities to educate local officials. The theme was “Building a Better Kentucky.” Gov. Matt Bevin gave the keynote address at the Governor’s Luncheon on Thursday, where he and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton presented the Spirit of Kentucky Award to the Todd County Career Path Institute.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
High-speed chase ends in flames in E'town
     UPDATED: A Friday morning high-speed chase stretched from Bardstown to the Bluegrass Parkway on-ramp to southbound Interstate 65, where it ended in flames that police say were set by the driver being pursued. Police said they believe the man, Herbert McGowan, was involved in a stabbing at a convenience store in Bardstown.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Barren man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 3-Bowling Green, arrested Mark F. Berry, 54, Thursday evening on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Berry was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. Berry distributed images of sexual acts involving children, a KSP news release said.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Saturday is 10-year anniversary of ill-fated flight
     When Comair flight 5191 crashed on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport 10 years ago Sturday, it left a gaping hole in Lexington’s heart. But the 49 people who perished that Sunday morning — Aug. 27, 2006 — also left legacies and lessons that continue to shape this community and beyond. The public is invited to a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Eggners Ferry to open to 4-lane traffic Wednesday
     The Eggners Ferry Bridge should be ready to open up to all four lanes of traffic by 1 p.m. Wednesday. Beforehand, the public is invited to walk along the unopened eastbound lanes of the new bridge from 8 a.m. until noon. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon on the center of the bridge. The deck will then be cleared of pedestrians and the bridge opened to 4-lane traffic around 1 p.m., according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
High-speed chase ends in flames in E'town
     A Friday morning high-speed chase stretched from Bardstown to the Bluegrass Parkway on-ramp to southbound Interstate 65, where it ended in flames that police say were set by the driver being pursued. Police said they believe the man, whose identity was not immediately released, was involved in a stabbing at a convenience store in Bardstown. Nelson County Sheriff’s deputies chased the black Chevrolet at speeds up to 90 mph, according to witnesses on the roadway.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green company approved for incentives in $7.5M expansion
     American Howa Kentucky is planning a $7.5 million expansion that will mean 44 new jobs for Bowling Green. The operation in the Kentucky Transpark has been approved for state tax incentives and a tax rebate by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. KEDFA on Thursday approved a $600,000 negotiated tax incentive over 10 years and a $100,000 tax rebate on materials for a $7,586,727 expansion. The facility on Jody Richards Drive makes interior products for the automotive industry.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Smith indicted for murder in death of woman found in river
     A Barren County man suspected of causing the death of Kristen Edwards was indicted Tuesday by a Barren County grand jury. Clark Wayne Smith, 53, of Cave City, has been formally charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse, according to a news release from Barren County Commonwealth's Attorney John Gardner. Smith will be arraigned Monday in Barren Circuit Court. Smith was arrested Aug. 19 in connection with the death of Edwards, 22, of Barren County, whose dismembered body was found July 23 in a container floating on the Green River.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester couple charged after two assaulted
     An early morning stabbing led police to another assault victim who said he had been beaten and held against his will for seven hours. Winchester Police were called at 12:08 a.m. Friday for a possible stabbing. Officers said they found John Johnson on the ground near Winn Avenue and Pendleton Street with multiple knife wounds to his torso, including a puncture wound under his left armpit, according to court records. Johnson told officers “Scott” stabbed and cut him several times. Officers followed a blood trail to 149 Winn Ave. Apt. 2, the residence of James Scott Ball.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
Veterans to make D.C. trip on ‘Honor Flight’
     It’s bound to be a very exciting, emotional and patriotic experience. For the first time under the newly formed Honor Flight Kentucky hub, 43 veterans from across the commonwealth with stories of bravery will fly Saturday from Lexington to Washington, D.C. to see memorials dedicated to them — all free of charge — thanks to Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Honor Flight Kentucky is part of the Honor Flight Network comprised of more than 130 non-profit charitable chapters in 42 states.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Laurel County barrel maker planning $20 million expansion
     To make bourbon, you have to have barrels, and Kentucky distillers need a lot of them. To accommodate that demand, East Bernstadt Cooperage in Laurel County is considering a $20 million expansion. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday gave preliminary approval for up to $2,145,000 in tax incentives for the $20,250,000 project.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Judge rejects venue change for hit-and-run murder case
     For the time being at least, the trial of a Mexican national in a fatal 2015 hit-and-run will remain scheduled in Scott County, a judge ruled Thursday. "At this point, I don't see any evidence of a broad spectrum of publicity that would prevent him from having a fair trial," Scott County Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs said. Isaacs made his comment as he ruled against a motion to change the trial of Odilon Paz-Salvador, who is charged in the May 23, 2015, death of bicyclist Mark Hinkel, who was killed while participating in that year's Horsey Hundred Bike Tour.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Tri-State Clinic trio plead not guilty
     A Louisa medical practice and three of its providers who were recently indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury on charges of Medicaid fraud and forgery of prescriptions, appeared in court Tuesday for their plea arraignments. Dr. Alfred Baldera, 63; Janice Gauze, 47; and Kevin Gauze, 47; all entered not guilty pleas before a Lawrence County judge.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Thousands have opened RiverLink accounts for new Ohio River bridge
     Thousands of people have opened RiverLink accounts during the first month of operations. More than 4,000 people have opened personal accounts, and more than 100 businesses have opened commercial accounts. RiverLink launched operations July 21, with tolling not expected to start until late this year. RiverLink is the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There are no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. Initial toll rates range from $2-$12. The lowest toll rates are for drivers with transponders. Drivers must set up a prepaid account to get a transponder, a news release said.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Reformer in youth services will lead Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Department
     Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Friday that Carey D. Cockerell, the former head of family and child protection in Texas, has been named as the new commissioner for the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
E’town man arrested for pointing gun at officer
     An Elizabethtown man was arrested early Thursday morning after reportedly pointing a gun at a Hardin County sheriff’s deputy. Kelly Scott, 30, is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison if convicted.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Stabbing suspect claims self-defense
     "I was just trying to defend myself. I was scared for my life. I know I did wrong, but I was scared because I was being assaulted from two sides." That was what murder suspect Robert Lambert wanted McCracken District Judge Chris Hollowell to know Thursday during his arraignment at McCracken County Jail. Lambert, 27, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday night after he allegedly stabbed 28-year-old Jerry Staten in the chest during an altercation earlier in the day. Staten died at Lourdes hospital shortly afterward.


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