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Posted October 1, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Child found dead in Louisville's Cherokee Park
     A child was found dead in Louisville's Cherokee Park Tuesday evening, Louisville Metro Police said, and the incident is being treated as a death investigation. A park bystander found the preteen white male around 4:30 p.m. on a foot path in the woods off Scenic Loop near the Hogan's Fountain Pavilion, spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. It is not yet apparent how the child sustained his wounds, Smiley said.

Posted October 1, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Students describe chaos in Fern Creek shooting
     A high school freshman heard another student shout and curse in a third-floor hallway of Fern Creek High School Tuesday afternoon. The 14-year-old watched his teenage classmate flail his hands in the air and, when a teacher tried to calm him, pull out a gun. He fired a single shot — one that wounded one student, panicked a city and ignited a three-hour-long manhunt for the teenage gunman. The shooter fled the school just after the shooting, reported to authorities around 1 p.m. The school went into lockdown and the injured boy was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Fern Creek High School shooting suspect apprehended
     UPDATED: A Fern Creek High School student was shot in school Tuesday afternoon, causing non-life threatening injuries and leading hundreds of parents to rush to the school to pick up children before police arrested a fellow teenage student hours later. Reports of a shooting came in shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, 911 dispatchers said. Police say the shooter fled the scene, and officials were uncertain if the victim was an intended target. No one else was shot or injured. The victim was taken to University Hospital. At the scene, Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman Ben Jackey called the incident "senseless" and "unacceptable."

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear celebrates grand opening of Four Roses Bourbon’s new Visitor Center
     Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday joined Four Roses Bourbon executives and local leaders to open the bourbon brand’s new visitor center at the Cox’s Creek Warehouse and Bottling Facility in Bullitt County. It is Four Roses’ second destination on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The newly constructed 2,500-square-foot visitor center, located off of KY 245 in Cox’s Creek, along the Bullitt-Nelson County line, expects to attract more than 20,000 guests annually, and will create a dozen new local jobs.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville high school shooting suspect now in custody
     UPDATED: Louisville Metro Police confirmed that one student suffered non life-threatening injuries in a shooting at Fern Creek High School — and police confirm a suspect has been taken into custody. MetroSafe dispatchers confirmed that a shooting occurred at Fern creek High School just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the shooter fled the scene but was later apprehended.

    Posted September 30, 2014 [ Marshall County Tribune Courier ]
Harsh winter ahead? Experts say it's too soon to tell
     With autumn barely upon us, talk of a harsh upcoming winter season is making the rounds, giving early morning breakfast groups something to ponder over coffee. Talk has it the fuzzy worms are particularly fuzzy this year and word of an El Nino floating around in the Pacific Ocean are cause for some of the early predictions. In addition, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts our region will see below normal temperatures, with above normal precipitation. Translation: cold and snowy. But serious forecasters are saying, “Not so fast.”

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
More law enforcement agencies turning to body cameras
     Body-mounted cameras are proliferating among law enforcement agencies in the region as officers seek to better document what they observe while on duty. The Russellville Police Department purchased cameras for all patrol officers in April 2013. The Auburn Police Department also will be getting the devices for its two officers this month. They are on order, but no delivery date has been given, according to city clerk Becka LaGrone. The cameras have been more in the news lately following the incident in Ferguson, Mo., where a man was shot and killed by a police officer. There was no official recording of the shooting.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Former superintendent slander suit gets trial date
     Former Clark County school superintendent Elaine Farris’ libel and slander suit against former football coach Paul Columbia, his wife Patricia and Joan Graves, may go before a jury next year. Earlier this month, a March 2, 2015, trial date was set in the nearly two-year-old civil case against the Columbias and Graves. According to court documents, the trial is expected to take four days to resolve.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester's Univance Inc. honored for commitment to employee safety
     Secretary Larry L. Roberts of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Monday presented the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to employees of Univance Inc. in Winchester Monday. The honor recognizes employees for working 726,244 hours without a lost-time accident or illness. Univance is a subsidiary of Univance Corp., which is headquartered in Japan and is an automotive parts manufacturer for passenger and industrial vehicles. The facility in Winchester produces forklift transmissions, differentials and component parts for all-terrain vehicles and utility task vehicles, as well as transfer assembly and automotive companion flanges.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Hazardous materials delay demolition of Lincoln board annex
     Hazardous materials in the rubble of the Lincoln County Board of Education annex will cause some delay in demolition of the structure. A plan for removal of hazardous materials will have to be developed and then the demolition project will need to be rebid to include the extra work, architectural consultant Eric Loy told school board members Thursday night. Without an appropriate plan to handle things such as asbestos and mercury from thermostats, the Environmental Protection Agency could come in and shut down demolition for violations of the law, Loy explained. This follows an Aug. 6 fire which destroyed the board building.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Justice out, Texans in at Anderson Circle Farm in Mercer County
      The Jim Justice era in Mercer County is over before it ever really began. The West Virginia billionaire who made a splash nearly three years ago when he purchased all 5,500 acres of the former Anderson Circle Farm for $25 million has recently sold most of that property to a corn farming family from the Texas panhandle. In talking with the new owners, Justice said he got the impression the family was moving to Mercer County to escape the extreme drought that has plagued most of Texas in recent years.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Obama's case for keeping Democrats in control of U.S. Senate
     The White House declined to comment for this column. Can you blame them? Kentucky has never been fertile political ground for the 44th president of the United States, but lately, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies use President Barack Obama as a daily, sometimes hourly, punching bag. (How many times have you heard the phrase "Obama's war on coal" this month?) Meanwhile, McConnell's Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, feels compelled to declare on television that "I'm not Barack Obama."

    Posted September 30, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Grimes launches online portal for military and overseas voters
     Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Monday launched her office’s new Online Portal for Military and Overseas Voters. The portal is part of the Kentucky Military Heroes Voting Initiative, which is the result of recommendations Grimes made following a trip to the Middle East in 2012 to visit Kentucky soldiers and evaluate military and overseas voting procedures.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Henderson man sentenced for choking boy
     A 24-year-old Henderson man accused of choking a 6-year-old boy in May has been sentenced to six years. Willis B. Blue III was sentenced Monday in Henderson Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse. Henderson police arrested Blue in May after he allegedly choked a then 6-year-old boy causing the child to have "severe petechial hemorrhaging in the face and neck and severe scleral hemorrhaging in the eyes," according to Detective Shannon Troutman. Scleral hemorrhaging is when the blood vessels break in the eyes, officials said.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Final bridge span set to fall
     Drivers who travel across the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River bridge will soon see no indication that another bridge once stood just west of the new structure. The third and final span of the old Ledbetter bridge is scheduled for demolition by explosives at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The spans on both the McCracken County and Livingston County sides of the 83-year-old bridge were taken down earlier this month. The center span will be demolished Wednesday.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Suspect sought in Paducah slaying
     Police are looking for a man who has been charged with shooting and killing a Paducah man last week. According to Paducah police, detectives obtained a warrant Monday to charge Mauricus S. Haynes, 32, of Clinton with the death of Nathanial G. Cody, 34, of Paducah. Cody was found lying in the road at 12:14 a.m. Wednesday. Paducah Officer David Carroll found Cody to have suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Beshear helps welcome new business to McCracken
     Gov. Steve Beshear joined company officials and local leaders in welcoming Genova Products Inc. to Paducah in ceremonies Monday at its location on Commerce Drive in the I-24 Park. Genova, which manufactures PVC pipe and fittings, is expected to create 125 jobs and invest $4.9 million in the project.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Legendary Owensboro High baseball coach Jack Hicks dies
     Jack Hicks, an iconic figure who overcame a lifelong physical handicap brought on by polio to become one of the greatest coaches in Kentucky athletic history, died early Monday morning at his home in Owensboro. He was 88, and he inspired thousands during his lifetime. In 22 seasons as baseball coach at Owensboro High School (1957-78), Hicks' teams compiled a record of 606-196 and won KHSAA state championships four times — in 1964, 1969, 1976 and 1977. Along the way, Hicks directed the Red Devils to 20 district championships and 15 regional titles.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
State auditor testifies in jail theft case
     A state auditor testified Monday in Christian Circuit Court that procedures for collecting cash at the Christian County Jail were impossible to track and that only one person was in charge of bookkeeping. Citing a lack of “separation of duties,” Shari Scott, auditor of public accounts, said Honey Darlene Summers handled all the money that went in and out of the jail where Summers allegedly stole $39,385 over a four-year period. A grand jury indicted Summers on four counts of theft by unlawful taking (more than $300) three years after $42,488 was discovered in her desk by incoming jailer Brad Boyd, prompting her firing and a state audit of the jail accounts. Summers’ trial began Monday.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Airstream camper marketed to millennials
     Recent studies show millennials don't plan to put down roots for a while. They aren't buying homes as much as members of previous generations and often plan to leave jobs quicker, searching for the next opportunity within two to five years. So travel trailer company Airstream had a thought: If millennials are on the move, why not give them wheels?


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