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    Posted April 24, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Crit Luallen says she won't run for governor
     Muddied waters in the 2015 Democratic gubernatorial bid cleared some Thursday as former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen formally bowed out of consideration. Luallen’s announcement eases the path for Attorney General Jack Conway, who called the former auditor “the gold standard for public service,” and current Auditor Adam Edelen, who said her decision “certainly affects” his, should they open bids for governor.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Mother and daughter homicide victims recalled fondly by those who knew them
     To those that worked with them, Kathy and Samantha Netherland were two people who had tremendous passion for their respective crafts. Kathy, a special education teacher at Bardstown Elementary School, was known as an enthusiastic woman who loved teaching. Her daughter, Samantha, a sophomore at Bardstown High School, was a student who excelled academically and had dreams of becoming a marine biologist. Shockwaves ran through Bardstown City Schools, and the community, Tuesday when word spread that Kathy and Samantha were found dead at their home.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
WKU students celebrate Chinese major
     Students pursuing a degree in Chinese language at Western Kentucky University celebrated the new program Wednesday at the Confucius Institute. “In all my years at WKU, I have not been invited to a ... party for a new major,” said David Lee, dean of the WKU Potter College of Arts and Letters, which contains the modern languages department in which Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French and German are taught. In just a couple of months, the new Chinese major has climbed to the second largest in number of students behind Spanish, Lee said.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Jailhouse witnesses back Mercer murder suspect's claims
     On the third and final day of testimony in the Paul Estes murder trial, defense attorney Rebecca Lytle continued to focus attention on the conflicting stories told by Meagan Brooks about the night of, and days following, her mother’s murder in 2009. Estes, who did not take the stand Wednesday in his defense, is on trial for murdering Debora Brooks on May 20, 2009. He’s never denied being party to her death but insists fiancé Meagan Brooks urged him to carry out the strangulation and stage a suicide as part of a plan to start a new life together as a family.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Mother, grandmother of murdered Danville native cling to the good memories
     Jamie Thomas Bright and Juanita Hardgrove sit in purple solidarity as they reflect on the life and passing of their daughter and granddaughter, respectively, Danielle Thomas, who died at the hands of her boyfriend in June 2012 in her New York apartment. Thomas’ boyfriend, Jason Bohn, was sentenced to life in prison April 15. “I always thank God for my memories … I have good memories — except the last one — of Danielle …,” Hardgrove trails off as she speaks of her only granddaughter. The two Boyle County women had no idea of the abuse Thomas experienced leading up to her murder.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Stanford lottery winner testifies how entrepreneur bilked her for $2 million
     It was 24 years ago that Christopher Turner returned from church and settled in for an afternoon nap, during which he dreamt a “very vivid” dream about “apes who had been victimized by evil poachers.” Inspired, the Danville native quickly wrote down a three-page synopsis of that dream and, over the years, with God whispering in his ear, he worked to make it real, creating an animated movie, “The Avenging Apes of Africa,” that Turner envisioned he could parlay into a worldwide, Christian-themed entertainment empire. He sold that idea to dozens of like-minded church folk who invested millions of dollars to make it happen. Only it didn’t.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Canadian pet food maker to build company’s first U.S. kitchens in Kentucky
     Champion Petfoods USA Inc. plans to open its first U.S. kitchen in Logan County. The company, which specializes in pet foods using fresh local ingredients, will create 147 new jobs. The company is headquartered in Alberta, Canada.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be proving ground for 2014 World Equestrian Games
     When the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, kick off in July, odds are good that many of the competitors in eventing will have ridden this week through the Kentucky Horse Park. There were a record 82 entries for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held annually in the Lexington park, with possible riders from seven countries.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Churchill Downs, state Revenue Department want out of instant racing court case
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Department of Revenue want to be dismissed from the court case involving instant racing. Churchill Downs attorney Sheryl Snyder said the Louisville racetrack has no plans to install instant racing terminals and should be allowed to withdraw from the case, which has been sent back to Franklin Circuit Court for discovery. In February, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the authority to regulate electronic betting on previously run horse races — a form of gambling known as historical wagering or instant racing — but that the question of whether the games themselves are parimutuel has yet to be decided.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
University of Louisville Hospital seeing fewer uninsured
     The percentage of uninsured patients at University of Louisville Hospital has dropped significantly this year as more people gain coverage through the Affordable Care Act — but it may not be enough to offset a huge cut to a trust that helps pay for care for the poor. Ken Marshall, the hospital's chief executive officer, said Wednesday the percentage of uninsured was 13 percent for the first three months of the year, compared with 23 percent traditionally. He mentioned the reduction to a reporter after a meeting of the Quality and Charity Care Trust Board at which members heard about the recent cut by the state legislature. The hospital serves as a medical safety net for the poor.

    Posted April 24, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky divided over Rand Paul 2016 bid
     Kentucky voters are almost as divided as Sen. Rand Paul says his household is on whether he should run for president in 2016, according to a New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday. Almost a third of registered voters in Kentucky, or 31 percent, say Paul should seek the Republican nomination for president, while 34 percent say the freshman senator shouldn’t make a White House bid. Another 32 percent say they don’t know enough about Paul to say what he should do in 2016.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Regional colleges reach out to Mid-Continent students
     Three regional colleges will hold sessions in the next week for displaced Mid-Continent University students. Murray State University will host two events today. Meanwhile, University of Tennessee at Martin is hosting an information night, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Tuesday in Mayfield. And Kentucky Wesleyan College will offer a Residential Scholarship to students transferring from Mid-Continent. The scholarship will be to assist in their transition to campus life at KWC.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Work resumes on river overlook at Owensboro
     Smith Contractors of Lawrenceburg has resumed converting the former Executive Inn Rivermont Showroom Lounge platform to "The Pier," an observation deck and event venue overlooking the Ohio River on the north side of the Owensboro Convention Center.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin man gets 12 years for killing daughter's boyfriend
     "I'll go to prison over this but it's worth it," William Cox allegedly told 911 dispatchers after shooting his daughter's boyfriend in 2012 near their Corbin home. On Monday afternoon, Cox officially found out how much time in prison he would have to serve for his crime. Circuit Judge Paul Winchester followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced Cox to a total of 12 years in prison.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Interior Journal ]
Rescue crews locate men who got lost while canoeing on Dix River
     It took more than 50 emergency responders from Lincoln and Garrard counties about three and a half hours Tuesday night to find three men who went canoeing on the Dix River and got lost in the woods. “It got darker quicker than they thought,” said Jeremy Blansett, deputy emergency management director for Lincoln County. “They didn’t have any food; they didn’t have any water; they weren’t prepared.”

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray State opens capsule from the 1980s
     Murray State University took a trip into the past this week when members of the Student Government Association and Pogue Library staff opened up a 25-year-old time capsule on campus Wednesday.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Ledger Independent ]
Searchers find missing Robertson County woman
     A day long search for a missing Robertson County woman came to a conclusion shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday when Nancy Pugh was found alive in a barn on a property near her home. Rescuers were able to drive the ambulance to her location and took her to Nicholas County Hospital to meet an air ambulance, officials said.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Madisonville woman receives online theft felony charges
     A Madisonville woman was arrested by Kentucky State Police, charged with stealing more than $179,000 from an online Internet business. Michelle M. Radford, 29, was charged with first-degree unlawful access to a computer and theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more but under $1 million, a felony, Monday at her home following a four-month investigation.

Posted April 24, 2014 [ Oldham Era ]
Bus driver, monitor resign after preschooler left on Oldham bus
     Oldham County Schools have made policy changes and two employees have resigned after a preschool student was left unattended on a bus for three hours Monday, Oldham County Schools Superintendent Will Wells said. According to Wells, the student was unattended after all other students were dropped off for afternoon preschool at 11:30 a.m. Monday. When the child's parents showed up to pick the student up at 2:20 p.m., school officials realized the student was missing. Ten minutes later, school employees located the missing student on the bus that was supposed to drop the student off, Wells said. The student was still strapped into his seat, as preschool school buses included harnesses to keep students in seats, Wells said.

    Posted April 24, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
March jobless rates decline in 69 counties in past year
     Unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between March 2013 and March 2014, while 43 county rates went up and eight counties stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 5.7 percent. It was followed by Campbell County at 6.3 percent. Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 19.3 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County at 17.1 percent.


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