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Posted January 25, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Airline meeting its goals at Owensboro
     Cape Air, the Hyannis, Massachusetts-based airline making three daily flights to St. Louis from Owensboro, is continuing to have enough passengers to meet the requirements of its federal Essential Air Service contract. But Airport Director Bob Whitmer wants Owensboro-area travelers to know how important it is to keep those numbers climbing.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Women mayors common in far western Kentucky
     With about twice as many women serving in Congress today as 20 years ago, it's no secret that the number of women serving in public roles has increased nationwide. In Western Kentucky, some cities elected their first female mayors only in recent years. Some of those leaders say that as women, they can bring different perspectives to leadership roles. Women in the region currently serving as mayors include Gayle Kaler in Paducah, Teresa Cantrell in Mayfield, Rita Dotson in Benton, Jo Wilfong in Barlow, Phyllis Campbell in Clinton, Nancy Slaton in Eddyville, Deana Gerding in Carrsville, Kay Ferguson in Columbus and Jenny Sewell in Dawson Springs.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
'No-jail' jailers defend jobs
     Benjamin "Benji" Guill's daily shift as Livingston County's jailer is, as he puts it, kind of weird. He's on call at 2 a.m. and comes into his office for at least eight hours every day, he said. The job is unpredictable: some days, he takes inmates to and from court, but on rare occasions, he sits for hours - even days, in shifts - while inmates are in the hospital. More often, though, he looks over budgets, executes bonds and takes people who've been arrested to jail. That's where Guill's job becomes even more unusual: Livingston County hasn't had a jail for a decade.

    Posted January 25, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Wendell Ford was Kentucky
     It's fitting that Wendell Ford will say goodbye to Kentucky on Sunday in the rotunda of the state capitol, just two floors below where he started his political career in the Kentucky state Senate and just yards from the office where he served as governor. Ford, who died at age 90 on Thursday after a battle with lung cancer, will lie in state at the Capitol on Sunday before going back to his beloved hometown of Owensboro for burial on Tuesday.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Nurse fatigue's dangers targeted by new policy
     Operating room nurse John Kauchick said he's worked 17-hour shifts and once stayed on the job for 23 hours straight — risking fatigue that could lead to medical mistakes. Now, the American Nurses Association seeks to reduce such risks with a policy spelling out the dangers of nurse fatigue and recommending ways employers can reduce it. The group is spreading the word to nurses and health care facilities across the nation.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
With Rupp plans stalled, Lexington turns attention to downtown park
     The row of asphalt parking lots behind Lexington's government center and the Kentucky Theater along Vine Street provides parking but little else. In 100 years, no one will remember it, said Jeff Fugate, president of the Downtown Development Authority. Under plans for the Town Branch Commons, those asphalt lots could turn into green space with a water feature, benches and trees.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hoptown high school rejects yearbook quotes
     Three Hopkinsville High School seniors are circulating a petition to have their senior quotes published in the school’s yearbook after the quotes were rejected by school staff for being “inappropriate.” Seniors are asked to submit quotes that symbolize who they are or that have personal meaning to appear in the yearbook. However, the quotes submitted by 18-year-olds Marlee Simms, Brooklyn Fosberg and Rachel Summers, were rejected, Fosberg said. “Certain seniors have been told to change their senior quote because it includes their sexual orientation,” reads the petition circulating on www.change.org.

    Posted January 25, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Little separation between GOP gubernatorial candidates
     Republican gubernatorial candidates showed only small degrees of separation at a forum Friday in Louisville regarding how their administrations would differ in handling Kentucky’s future. At the Kentucky Press Association Convention, Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism, moderated a forum featuring candidates Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Supreme Court justice Will T. Scott, past Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and former Democrat U.S. senatorial candidate Geoff Young.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
KSU president takes hard line stance during speech
     Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse invoked a mandatory attendance policy for students Thursday, in a state of the university speech that took a hard line at documenting well-known problems, while offering glimmers of hope. Burse recognized that classroom attendance is one of just several “bricks” in a wall that hinder progress at the struggling school. “It will be tracked and it will be enforced,” he said of the new policy aimed at holding KSU students more accountable.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Video captures driver traveling wrong direction on U.S. 31W
     A video of a car traveling against traffic on U.S. 31W in Radcliff has gone viral with more 24,000 views on social media. The video’s owner, Ty Daniels of Louisville, said he first observed a small, blue sedan Jan. 18 at the intersection of Ky. 313 and U.S. 31W come through the intersection and turn to travel south in northbound lanes. “She turned into the northbound lanes with her blinker on no less,” he said. That’s when Daniels began recording.

Posted January 25, 2015 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Police on the lookout for two suspects after van tied to kidnapping found in Bardstown
     Local police and the FBI are on the lookout for two men with ties to a kidnapping in Missouri who were last seen near Bardstown. Police announced that they’re looking for the suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous, after a stolen van involved in the abduction was found wrecked on the Blue Grass Parkway Thursday.

    Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Senator Wendell Ford to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda
     Retired Senator Wendell Ford will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Sunday, followed by a funeral service and interment in Owensboro on Tuesday.

    Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
kynect enrollment climbs as deadline approaches
     More than 131,000 Kentuckians have newly enrolled for health care coverage or renewed their current plans through kynect in the two months since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, 2014, the state announced Friday.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bluegrass Supply expands in Bowling Green
     Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen Friday joined company officials and local leaders to cut the ribbon on Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC’s expansion in Bowling Green. Bluegrass Supply Chain Services, a third party logistics provider, will create 55 jobs and invest $5.2 million into the project.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Louisville bridge to open ahead of schedule
     Motorists will be driving on Louisville’s new Downtown bridge within a year – at least three months ahead of schedule, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is accelerating construction of the bridge, part of the Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project, to allow for more extensive improvements that will extend the life of the 51-year-old John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Knott man sentenced 17 years for shooting corrections officer
     A Knott County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison Thursday for shooting at four probation and parole officers, one of whom he hit, in September of 2013.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Update: Bell County murder victim identified
     Kentucky State Police have identified a woman from a murder investigation in Bell County. According to WYMT, Debra K. Baker, of Middlesboro, was found dead inside a home in East Pineville Friday morning.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
1 killed, 1 injured in Covington shooting
     Police are searching for a male suspect after a shooting that left one person dead and another injured in Covington on Thursday night. Delaun Hayes, 22, of Covington is wanted by police and is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
Court rules in favor of Winchester firefighters
     The City of Winchester will have to pay a group of 60 firefighters overtime after it did not properly calculate the payments. A partial summary judgement was issued in favor of the firefighters Jan. 14, saying the City of Winchester did not properly include state incentive pay and sick leave buy back money into their overtime payments and did'nt make the appropriate retirement contributions.

Posted January 23, 2015 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Three people injured when dump truck crashes into minivan in Whitley
     A woman and two children were taken to Baptist Health Corbin when their minivan was t-boned by a dump truck coming off of I-75 at exit 25 Thursday afternoon.


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