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Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Commissioner and deputy commissioner named to Department of Insurance
     Nancy G. Atkins has been appointed commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI), and Patrick O’Connor has been named deputy commissioner of policy. Atkins is a 33-year veteran of the insurance industry, working as both a licensed agent and employee benefit manager. Atkins will work closely with Patrick O’Connor, the newly named deputy commissioner of policy for DOI.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
NKU baseball coach Asalon suspended for four games
     Northern Kentucky University baseball head coach Todd Asalon was suspended for four games by the NCAA for unsportsmanlike conduct in Wednesday’s game against the University of Louisville.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Prosecutor: Rapist told victims he would leave their bodies at a park
     A Bromley man found guilty of sexually assaulting minors threatened to kill his victims if they told anyone, prosecutors said. After an investigation by the Ludlow Police Department, police found that Alfie Compton, 40, had assaulted two minors in Ludlow and Bromley for a number of years. After the assaults, police said Compton threaten to kill the victims if they disclosed the abuse. He would take them to Devou Park and would tell them he would leave their bodies there if they ever reported him to police.

    Posted April 28, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Number of deaths on Kentucky roads rises nearly 10 percent
     Last year, 834 people died on Kentucky highways, the state police and Kentucky Office of Highway Safety announced Thursday. That’s up from 761 traffic deaths in 2015, a 9.6 percent increase. The most recent year when there were more than 800 traffic fatalities in Kentucky was 2008, when 826 people died.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Laurel deputies searching for duo in connection with robbery, assault at Walmart
     Thanks to the public’s help, Laurel County Sheriff John Root said deputies have identified the suspects wanted in connection with a robbery and assault at the Corbin Walmart Wednesday night. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department’s public affairs officer said the department received more than 100 tips identifying the man and woman shown in the video.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown City Council may sue former mayor
     After a long, closed-door meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council gave its permission for attorney Bruce Reynolds to answer former Mayor John Royalty’s lawsuit and possibly file a counterclaim. “We’ve been wronged too,” Reynolds said after the meeting, but would not say what kinds of claims the council might have against Royalty. He said he expected to have the documents ready to file with the circuit clerk by Friday or Monday.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘You are safe,’ Transylvania attacker says to Republican student in coffee shop
     A man who used a machete to attack a Transylvania University student in a campus coffee shop Friday first asked people about their political affiliations, a witness said. The assailant, thought to be a former student, was armed with a machete and knives, Police Chief Mark Barnard said. The university canceled classes for the rest of the day. The student victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, fire department Battalion Chief Joe Best said.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear: Kentucky legal community raises 175 tons of food for families, children
     Kentucky’s legal community has raised more than 350,000 pounds or 175 tons of food through donations for families and children across the state, Attorney General Andy Beshear said Friday. The effort is part of the inaugural Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy that takes donations of food, money and volunteer time during the competition announced in February by Beshear and partners. They announced the winners Friday via Facebook Live.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
What it costs to fund Kentucky fisheries
     The Peter Peiffer Fish Hatchery is a hidden gem among the bucolic twisting turns of Indian Gap Road in northern Franklin County, but with just a $1 million annual budget, its productivity requires a large net. For this installment of “It’s in the Budget,” Josh Pennington, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s fish hatchery manager, shared the costs of harvesting 2016’s 151,970 pounds of fish, from a 15-million-plus fish population, to stock many of the state’s lakes and rivers.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Two Bowling Green manufacturers to expand
     Two well-known businesses in the Bowling Green area may get bigger. The General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant and Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products LLC will benefit from preliminary approval of tax-related incentives approved Thursday by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Many families struggle to save for college
     As high school graduation ceremonies draw closer, families might wonder whether they’re saving enough to prepare for their own child’s future. “The biggest challenges are generally just getting started,” said Keith Bernhardt, vice president of college planning with Fidelity Investments. It’s a question that many families struggle to answer, with many asking for more specific guidelines. Fidelity reports through its 2016 College Savings Indicator Study that the average family is on track to save only 29 percent of the amount they want to save by the time their child graduates high school.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
A doctor’s view from the front line of the heroin epidemic
     When Dr. Robert Couch walks the halls of the emergency departments at Norton Healthcare’s Louisville hospitals, the anti-heroin medication naloxone, available in ever larger doses, is never far away. At the end of last August, Couch, the emergency department’s medical director, arrived at Norton’s downtown hospital, and his first patient had suffered an overdose. The second patient came in. Another overdose. Over nine hours, Couch said he saw nine overdose cases. It was a first in his 30-plus-years career. “They just kept coming in,” he said. “We knew something was different.”

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Man allegedly cut down utility pole to sell transformer back to the utility
     A Graves County man was jailed this week on theft and criminal mischief charges for allegedly chopping down a West Kentucky Rural Electric pole on Slaughter Road with plans to sell the transformer. Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said deputies responded Monday to a complaint from WKRECC concerning a power outage in the area in southern Graves County. The company reported that, when linemen arrived at 1701 Slaughter Road, they discovered that an electric pole was down behind the house.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Kentucky Attorney General: Corbin Library Board violated open meetings law
     The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has found that the Corbin Library Board violated open meetings laws by holding unscheduled meetings and meetings in which a quorum of members was present without proper public notice.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Man and juvenile stepson accused of conspiring to kill
     A Boyle County juvenile was arrested Saturday for allegedly being involved in a plot to kill other family members. The juvenile’s stepfather, Kenneth Brown, of Owenton, was also arrested for participating in the plot — a plan that was already being put into motion, according to the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office. Brown, 38, was taken in Tuesday by Kentucky State Police and has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. He is currently lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail, with no bond being set.

    Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Unused prescription drug disposal scheduled for Saturday
     The Kentucky State Police is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming levels. According to the DEA, the majority of prescription drug abusers report that they get their drugs from friends and family including the home medicine cabinet.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Madisonville couple pleads guilty to child endangerment
     A Madisonville couple accused of allowing their child to live in their home amongst illicit drugs and pornography has pleaded guilty in Hopkins Circuit Court. Kelsey D. Edmonson, 30, and Jennifer M. Perez, 37, pleaded guilty April 13 to individual charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree wanton endangerment. Edmonson also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of possession of marijuana, according to court documents.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Families say 'Some Mother's Son' may be their relative, Scott coroner says
     Members of families in two Kentucky counties and one from California say an unidentified youth buried in Georgetown nearly 100 years ago may be their relative, Scott County Coroner John Goble said. The three unrelated families contacted NamUs, a Texas-based group that tries to reunite unidentified deceased people with their families, Goble said. At this point, Goble said, a Pulaski County family appears to have a stronger claim to the youth, whose remains have lain in Georgetown Cemetery under a marker identifying him as "Some Mother's Son" since he died in a 1921 train accident in Georgetown.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Deaths called murder-suicide
     A woman on Harness Loop in east Daviess County was found dead in her home Thursday morning, after apparently being shot by her ex-husband in what detectives determined was a murder-suicide. Gloria Dorris, 74, was discovered dead at 9:45 a.m. by sheriff's deputies who had been called to the home to conduct a welfare check. At the home, deputies also found Larry Russell Dorris, 72, also dead and with a gunshot wound.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Severe storm causes damage in Hickman, Livingston counties
     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Thursday reported storm damage in Livingston and Hickman counties. A number of trees and power lines were blown down.


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