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Posted July 25, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Special Civil War exhibit to be featured at Columbus-Belmont State Park
     "The Horse Solder," a special Civil War cavalry exhibit featuring rarely seen personal items belonging to Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan, will be displayed at Columbus-Belmont State Park through Nov. 1. The special exhibit will tell the story of the "Horse Soldier" during the Civil War and highlight items used by Confederate cavalrymen, particularly those of Morgan and some of his fellow soldiers, according to a state news release.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Health care jobs without extensive education grow
     Not only is it possible to have a lucrative career in health care without a bachelor’s degree, jobs requiring less education are likely to grow in demand. That's what Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, said this week in Bowling Green. “There are jobs in health care ... that do not require a B.A.,” Crouch said. “When we’ve had a hard time getting jobs, this is something someone can look at, both male and female.”

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Funds could help to widen I-65
     Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin is hoping the swift passage of a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and pending in the Senate will help a project to widen Interstate 65 move at a swifter pace. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a shout-out to Martin when speaking about the extension of the Highway Trust Fund on the Senate floor this week. The extension, if approved, could be used to resurface some Kentucky parkways and widen I-65 between Bowling Green and Elizabethtown, he said.

    Posted July 25, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
'Look out cancer, here comes Ford'
     Democrats rallied around a beloved party figure battling lung cancer while also rallying for their candidates in this fall’s elections Thursday. The Kentucky Democratic Party’s Wendell Ford Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel was as much about the event’s namesake as it was the Democratic slate of contenders, notably U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ford, a former U.S. senator and governor, announced last week he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. “Right now I’m in the fight of my life,” Clay Ford said, fighting back tears as he read remarks penned by his grandfather to a crowd of more than 700.

    Posted July 25, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Medicaid expansion showing promise
     The expansion of Medicaid eligibility to more poor Kentuckians has shown positive trends in its first six months of implementation, Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner told a legislative committee Thursday. Some lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, however, questioned the program’s long-term health, particularly in paying for a deeper pool of participants once federal assistance gradually scales back. One result of Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility is a steep drop in the number of uninsured Kentuckians. More than 330,000 residents who enrolled in health coverage through kynect, the state’s health exchange created through the Affordable Care Act, qualified for the low-income health program, according to data as of April 21.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Oldham County town adopts a cat-leash law
     Goshen Mayor Bob Thacker doesn't expect to see many cats on leashes — even though his small Oldham County city recently added cats to an existing ordinance requiring dog-owners to leash their pets. Under the new ordinance, all pets — cats included — must be "under owner's control with a leash" if taken off the owner's property. In truth, he said, the city isn't in a position to enforce the cat ordinance. "But it does remind people to be responsible pet owners in our community."

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin man, ex-girlfriend accused of abusing two-year-old
     The felony child abuse case against a Corbin man and his estranged girlfriend that began with a two-year-old child brought into Baptist Health Corbin with severe burns will be presented to a Knox County grand jury in August. Twenty-two-year-old Tyron Person and 21-year-old Sierra P. Shepherd of Flat Lick both waived their right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Knox District Court, sending the case to the grand jury. Person and Shepherd are each being held in the Knox County Detention Center.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Business owners begin salvage process after downtown Murray blaze
     Monica and Daniel Spiceland built the Profiles beauty spa and salon in downtown Murray together. Thursday morning, they were going through the process of salvaging items from the business together, after its building had been one of three badly damaged by a fire early Wednesday morning on the west side of the city’s court square. Adding to the irony is that Daniel, who had handled most of the carpentry and interior construction work in preparing the building for hairstylist Monica to establish a successful business on Fifth Street, is also a Murray firefighter and had been among those seeking to minimize the damage a day earlier.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
'Ineffeciencies' led to pawn shop cases mistrial
     A criminal trial involving five Madisonville pawn shop employees was declared a mistrial Thursday due to several "inexcusable" issues in district court, according to Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool. "The commonwealth and the defense were prepared to proceed with the trial, but inefficiencies in our court system created a mistrial," he said. P'Pool said the court was unable to select eight jurors out of a 75-person pool due to scheduling conflicts and staffing issues.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Floyd man pleads guilty to charges of helping run significant cockfighting operation
     A Floyd County man charged with helping operate what authorities called one of the nation's largest cockfighting pits pleaded guilty Thursday, according to federal court records. Walter Dale Stumbo, 52, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to sponsor or exhibit an animal in a fighting venture and conduct an illegal gambling business. An investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the business had arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Democrats gather to cheer Ford, jeer McConnell
     The state's top Democrats took the stage at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday night to toast a former U.S. senator and roast a current one. More than 700 Democrats gathered at the Kentucky Democratic Party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner to honor the former senator — who recently disclosed that he is battling lung cancer — and blast current U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. While much of the evening was devoted to pep talks in support of U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, the crowd heard several tributes to Ford, including moving remarks by the former senator's grandson, Clay Ford.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
World War II planes to visit Paducah airport
     A piece of World War II history will visit Paducah from Wednesday through Aug. 1 at Barkley Regional Airport's Midwest Aviation at 200 Hardy Roberts Drive. The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will be displayed. The tour brings rare bomber and fighter aircraft for local living history display as part of a 110-city nationwide tour.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
$2.6 million Green River Steel sale is finalized
     The sale of the former Green River Steel property to Castlen Welding and Manufacturing for $2.6 million has been finalized, Owensboro Riverport Authority board chairman Rod Kuegel said Thursday. "The purchase agreement has been signed, and in 60 days, it will be his," Kuegel said, referring to Castlen Welding owner Matt Castlen. Kuegel said the 92-acre property on the Ohio River was appraised at about $2 million, making it a good deal for the riverport. More importantly, Castlen's eventual development of the property will be good for the community, Kuegel said.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Cattle rustling increases in Kentucky
     Cattle rustling, an old crime more associated with Western movies and stories from frontier days, is increasing in Kentucky, cattlemen say, as record prices entice thieves in the biggest beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River. Lincoln County farmer Boyd Coleman lost about $30,000 worth of cattle this year in a recent theft. That doesn't count the $15,000 a year he'd have received from selling the cow's offspring in future years. "I've lost income for years down the road," he said. About a half dozen incidents have been reported in Lincoln County since May, said Dan Grigson, the agricultural agent there for the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.

    Posted July 25, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rand Paul hits the road eyeing 2016 bid
     U.S. Sen. Rand Paul takes his crusade for a more inclusive Republican Party to Cincinnati on Friday, where he will talk to a national civil rights conference about reforming education and changing the criminal justice system to enhance opportunities among minorities. The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky's junior senator said in an interview with The Courier-Journal Thursday that he considers his remarks before the National Urban League Conference to be a major speech that will outline issues that "have the ability maybe to attract new voters to the Republican Party and to our cause." New polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show Paul enjoying early front-runner status in the GOP field for 2016, but he insisted that his tentative schedule for deciding whether to seek the White House is not changing.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Incumbent Magoffin judge-executive won disputed May primary, Court of Appeals says
     The incumbent Magoffin County judge-executive should be declared the winner of the disputed May primary, a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. A circuit judge had refused to certify a winner in the contest after the results of a recount differed with the results from Election Day. However, the appeals panel told Circuit Judge Kimberley Childers to direct that the local election board certify Judge-Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin as the winner of the Democratic nomination for the office.

    Posted July 25, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Affordable Care Act refunds due from four Kentucky insurers
     Kentucky families will receive $6.2 million in refunds, an average of $43 per family, under a provision of the Affordable Care Act known as the 80/20 rule. The refunds announced Thursday by the federal government are the result of the rule requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the money paid in premiums on patient care. If the companies don't reach that amount with spending on bonuses or red tape, it must be refunded to their customers. According to a news release from the federal Department of Health & Human Services, consumers nationwide will receive $330 million.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Judge will not recuse himself in murder case
     The judge presiding over a 20-year-old murder case involving two former Oak Grove police officers is refusing to step aside. “I was not involved heavily, or directly, or exclusively, in the investigation,” Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins said Thursday in denying a defense motion requesting he recuse himself from the proceedings. The two ex-officers — Edward T. Carter, 44, and Leslie A. Duncan, 51 — were indicted in November on allegations that Carter killed two women working at an Oak Grove brothel and that Duncan covered up the crime.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Hall of Fame jockey goes from Derby winner to actor
     Looking back on the spring of 2009, Hall of Fame Jockey Calvin Borel remembers it as a “crazy, crazy time” with things happening so fast his “head was fixin’ to blow.” That’s because on the first Friday in May he won the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on a lovely filly named Rachel Alexandra. The next day, he won his second Kentucky Derby on an unlikely winner — a crooked-footed racehorse with 50-to-1 odds who came from the back of the pack to win by 6 lengths. It’s that second crazy day that Borel helps re-create in a feature film that opens in Henderson Friday. “50 to 1” is the story of a horse named Mine That Bird and his journey to becoming a Kentucky Derby winner.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Judge considers dismissal in LaRue superintendent's case
     A judge has taken two motions into consideration in a DUI case against LaRue County Schools Superintendent Samuel D. Sanders. During a hearing Thursday in LaRue District Court, Special Judge Lisa P. Jones withheld ruling on two motions made by Sanders’ attorney, Doug Hubbard. Sanders is charged with driving under the influence and speeding March 29 while operating a school-owned vehicle. A Hodgenville police officer pulled him over within 200 yards of his home.


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