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Posted January 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
City of Franklin receives $997,000 Community Development Block Grant
     The Department for Local Government approved funding for a $997,000 Community Development Block Grant for construction of a rail spur off of the CSX railroad’s mainline to serve the Fritz Winter North America LP automotive parts plant, which is to be constructed in the Wilkey North Industrial Park in Franklin.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Times-Voice ]
Breathitt-born Sturgill Simpson hits home run on SNL
     Did you stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live this past weekend? If you did, you got to see country singer and Breathitt County native Sturgill Simpson deliver a one-two knockout punch on the NBC show. Performing, as they say - “Live! From New York!” - and backed up by a kickin’ horn section, Simpson melted the icicles off the network’s 30 Rock studio with two songs from his Grammy-nominated album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Times-Voice ]
'Creativity, drive and hard work'
     Although he lives in Southern California now, Eric Hudson still has fond memories of his Breathitt County home. He always wanted to be a scientist. In fact, his younger brother, Darren, helped to seal Eric’s fate. “Darren once set up a ‘lab’ in the closet of my parents’ house with a chemistry set he had gotten for Christmas. Playing in his closet lab really sparked my interest in science,” Eric said Monday in an email from his home in Topanga, a suburb of Los Angeles. Hudson’s fate as a scientist was sealed further last week, this time with a national honor.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Wynonna Judd to perform at Elizabethtown's State Theater
     Wynonna Judd is expected to make a big noise when she visits Elizabethtown in March for a concert at the State Theater. Born Christina Cimi­nella, the 52-year-old entertainer is a Kentucky native who has been in the limelight since her teenage years. She’s also familiar with Hardin County because her uncle, Mark Judd, served as a Baptist minister in the area, including a long stint in Colesburg.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Drug company that allegedly ‘fueled’ opioid epidemic in Ky. to pay $150 million
     One of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors allegedly failed to report suspicious orders in Kentucky and elsewhere, contributing to a spike in abuse of painkillers called opioids, federal authorities have charged. McKesson Corporation agreed to pay a $150 million penalty for alleged violations of federal drug law, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday. The case was a civil, not criminal, matter.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Adairville, Auburn vote to allow alcohol sales
     Voters in Auburn and Adairville chose to allow alcohol sales in their communities following wet-dry votes on Tuesday. Final results showed Auburn voters favoring allowing alcoholic beverage sales at a 108-34 margin. Voters in Adairville also favored allowing sales by a wide 168-83 margin.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Police investigate vandalism at Mercer state park
     Several buildings at Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg have been damaged by vandals. In addition, a sheep was killed and WLEX reports on its website that the animal's death was somehow related to the vandalism, police said.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
14 female Franklin County Regional Jail inmates busted for meth use
     Fourteen female inmates in the Franklin County Regional Jail tested positive for methamphetamine after one inmate allegedly hid the drugs in her genitals before her arrest and dispersed them.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Work to affect traffic on Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge
     Work at the Greenup locks and dam in the coming weeks will affect traffic across the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge (KY 10), which connects Kentucky to Ohio over the Ohio River. Under a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet permit, contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will restrict bridge traffic to one lane beginning Monday, Jan. 23, and continuing through at least Feb. 1. Traffic will be controlled using temporary signals, during daylight hours only. Schedules are subject to change depending on weather. Additional closures could occur later in February.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Times Leader ]
Inauguration to feature admiral with Caldwell County ties
     Rear Adm. Gene Forrest Price, a Princeton native, has been appointed to represent the United States Navy at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this week. Price, along with servicemen and women representing each branch of the armed forces, will be seated on the inauguration platform Friday.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Jessamine Journal ]
18-year-old pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of high school student
     A man who was arrested and charged with the murder of a 15-year-old student pled not guilty in court on Tuesday. Tyler Jeffers, 18, was arrested and charged on Friday, Jan. 13 with wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property/firearm and the murder of 15-year-old East Jessamine High student Leo Travers.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Casey County News ]
Former magistrate pleads guilty to amended charge
     Former Casey County magistrate David “Frog” Wethington, accused of hitting his successor with his car, pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge. Wethington, 71, of Liberty, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, a felony, but as part of a plea agreement, the charge was amended down to second-degree wanton endangerment, a misdemeanor.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Three winners announced in 'Big Ideas' competition
     Jason Newsome was awarded the top prize Tuesday night in Paducah's second annual "Small Town, Big Ideas" pitch competition for his creation of a tool that repairs threads for heavy machinery and auto businesses. Newsome will receive a prize package valued at $25,000, according to event organizer Jonas Neihoff.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Employees at JPEC honor fallen lineman with tribute
     Early Tuesday, Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation employees were part of a caravan that escorted fallen line technician Josh Franklin's body from the Tennessee state line back to Paducah for funeral arrangements, according to representatives of JPEC. Josh Franklin, 28, of Paducah, was injured Friday, Jan. 6 when he came in contact with a live electric line while working in Kevil. He died Monday at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
MVP moves jobs to Mayfield
      Sixty-nine jobs are moving to Mayfield from Fulton thanks to an expansion from Kayser Automotive Systems. Graves County Economic Development President Ryan Drane said he and local elected officials were very pleased with MVP's decision.

    Posted January 18, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Bills seek pathways for legal pot use
     Two bills filed for consideration by legislators in this year's General Assembly would legalize the use of marijuana in Kentucky. The bills were both filed by Sen. Perry Clark, a Louisville Democrat.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Gun control powers sought for Louisville
     Anti-violence activist Eddie Woods has been pleading with Louisville leaders for years to do something about the saturation of guns and ammunition on the city's streets. On many nights, Woods' team goes into neighborhoods where teens and young adults are well-armed but sometimes without the proper ammunition. When he approached city leaders a few years ago about drafting an ordinance to better track bullets, Woods said it was frustrating to learn that state law prohibited the city from regulating firearms. That's why Woods hopes city leaders and others put action to words now that a band of Democratic lawmakers has filed state legislation that would make Louisville the only local government in the state that could regulate firearms.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin's picks for U of L board almost a repeat
     Gov. Matt Bevin appointed a new University of Louisville board of trustees Tuesday that is nearly identical to the one he appointed last year that was blocked by court order. Nine of the 10 new board members are the same as Bevin appointed last summer through executive orders that triggered a lawsuit and led to the university being placed on probation by its accrediting agency — in part because of undue influence by the governor.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
EKU pedway reopens months after being damaged in crash
     An Eastern Kentucky University pedway that was severely damaged in September reopened Monday. A large truck with an upright hydraulic hoist crashed into the pedway just before noon Sept. 9. No students were hurt in the crash.

Posted January 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Whitley County woman charged with murder in deaths of her children, husband
     A Whitley County woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of her daughters and husband in Williamsburg, according to police. Courtney L. Taylor, 41, of Williamsburg was charged with three counts of murder-domestic violence and two counts of attempted murder of a police officer. Larry Taylor, 51, Jessie Taylor, 18, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, whose name wasn’t released, were killed Kentucky State trooper Lloyd Cochran said in a news release issued Tuesday. All three were found shot in the head in their beds, according to previous reports.


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