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Posted April 20, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Butler officials, others see Green River for its revenue potential
     Butler County Judge-Executive David Fields can remember going for swims in the Green River as a boy and still fishes there from time to time. For all the time Fields has spent along the river, though, there are many other people who might not be aware of its potential as an attraction and a driver for the local economy. He recently joined other officials from places along the Green River’s winding path to try to formulate a plan to maximize the river’s assets as a magnet for tourists.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Juvenile hurt in Danville during train incident
     A juvenile who was injured by a train Friday morning was actually a runaway teen, according to Danville Police. Police and the Boyle County EMS were called to Norfolk Southern Railroad, where they located an injured teen. He was missing from Cincinnati, Ohio, and had been last seen in Georgetown.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
E’town couple returns to Boston Marathon one year later
     The thrill of finishing the Boston Marathon last April quickly gave way to horror for Rick Torres and his wife, Leslie, of Elizabethtown. The rush of overcoming the 26.2-mile trek for Rick was erased by two explosions near the finish line, which could be heard and seen from their nearby room at the Marriott Copley Place hotel. He knows Monday will be an emotional day and understands getting too caught up in the events could impact his performance. Weighing especially heavily on his mind is an image of youth snuffed out in the attacks — among those killed last year was Martin Richard, 8.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Officials: Lawmaker's girlfriend not singled out
     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet did not single out the girlfriend of Rep. Keith Hall in her filing of a financial disclosure form with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe said Friday. Chea Coleman, a non-merit executive secretary at the cabinet’s Office of Legal Services, had to submit a disclosure report under a policy implemented by Executive Director Rebecca Goodman, Wolfe said. Goodman, who came into the role in 2010, requires all non-merit personnel in the Office of Legal Services to file disclosure forms because she considers it “prudent” in a branch that is often involved in sensitive matters, according to Wolfe.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Landfill’s methane to power Toyota's production
     A windows-down drive through a Scott County landfill treats visitors to the slight odor of methane that wafts out of galvanized steel vents. But sometime next spring, those vents will be shut off, and methane generated by rotting solid waste will instead be piped to a small complex of generators, where the gas will be burned to generate electricity. From there, the electricity will be transmitted to Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, where it will help power the production of 10,000 vehicles, including Camrys, Avalons, Venzas and, starting in the fall of 2015, the Lexus ES350.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Harlan woman wins Calipari’s slogan contest
     Don’t bother Rene Cornette during a University of Kentucky basketball game. Don’t call her house, don’t knock on her door and don’t make any plans for family or other gatherings that you need her to be a part of when a game is scheduled. “I understand I am a fan to the extreme,” she said. Her passion for UK sports has continued to grow and has now earned her a bit of notoriety. She is now known as the mother from Harlan County who is behind coach John Calipari’s new slogan — “Succeed then proceed.”

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Two are accused of stealing from Frankfort man who sought sex online
     A 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man have been charged with first-degree robbery of a man who had tried to solicit sex online, police say. When the man, from Frankfort, met the girl on the 1000 block of North Limestone at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a man wearing a bandana approached with a gun and robbed him of "several hundred dollars in cash," said Lexington police Lt. Eddie Hart.

    Posted April 20, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Who were the biggest winners, losers of the 2014 General Assembly?
     Many people were left unhappy by the 2014 General Assembly that ended Tuesday. It's an election year, and with Republicans hoping to win a House majority in November, which would give them full control of the legislature, lawmakers shied away from anything they feared could prove controversial back home. That included tax reform (although they handed out an estimated $10 million a year in tax breaks to select industries), casino gambling and a statewide smoking ban.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
University of Louisville pays $346K settlement
     The University of Louisville is paying another large settlement in connection with the retirement of a high-ranking official — this time, $346,844 to its top lawyer. University counsel Angela Koshewa is on a three-month leave of absence before she officially retires June 1. Documents obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act show the university is paying Koshewa — who has questioned some expenditures and proposals backed by President James Ramsey and Dr. David Dunn, the executive vice president for Health Affairs — twice her final salary.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Appalachian food bank highlights needs of hunger
     Lorraine Maggard, 75, pushed a cart through a free food pantry full of bins of vegetables, beans and cereal, filling two boxes that she carried toward her car. With obesity rampant across Kentucky, it may be hard for many to imagine that hunger still exists, but food pantries remain an essential lifeline for many in the state, according to Carolyn Lindsey, director of the Christian Appalachian Project's Rockcastle County food pantry.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Ledger Independent ]
Carlisle man charged with kidnapping
     A Carlisle man was arrested and charged with kidnapping early Friday. According to police, Jeff Farrow is in Clark County Detention Center charged with kidnapping and burglary after police say a fight with his girlfriend got out of control. Farrow allegedly broke into a home, dragged the woman out by her hair and drove away with her.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Corvettes rescued, now attention turns to filling in the hole
     By now, the international story of a massive sinkhole swallowing up eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is in the archives. All eight of the iconic sports vehicles have been pulled from the fallout below the museum's Skydome. But Michael Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy & Daniel, and some of his staff — including Ben Hartz of Owensboro and Timmy Vaughn of Beaver Dam — are still on the job after their company recovered the cars. They're preparing for the next phase — filling in and remediating the sinkhole and putting back a structured floor system.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Organic food producers to get boost from Walmart
     Walmart's recent announcement it will offer organic food at discount prices could help Kentucky producers and businesses marketing non-traditionally grown crops, state agricultural officials and economists suggest. The nation's largest retailer and grocer will offer a variety of Wild Oats brand groceries. While Walmart is emphasizing price with its announcement, the move will increase awareness about the organic products in general, according to Adam Watson, organic certification program manager for Kentucky's Department of Agriculture.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Murray State reaches out to Mid-Continent students
     Murray State University is working to extend admission and transfer assistance to displaced students of Mid-Continent University following a meeting between Murray State President Tim Miller, Provost Jay Morgan and Mid-Continent administrators. Murray State has been assisting Mid-Continent students since last week with as many as 20 students per day with transfer inquiries, according to assistant vice president of communications Catherine Sivills.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
No timeline set for start of Pike air service
     An official at the lead of the project to get commercial air service established at the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport said there is no timeline to getting the service going, but that the subsidy the airline, Corporate Flight Management, has been promised will not be paid until the service launches. The service, called Appalachian Air, was originally set to begin April 14. However, in the days leading up to the expected launch date, officials admitted the service was not ready, due to the lack of a needed certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Posted April 20, 2014 [ Russell Register ]
Injunction halts operations at controversial animal rendering plant
     An injunction granted Thursday by Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard Jr. against A&S Proteins has ordered all operations at the controversial animal rendering plant in northern Russell County to halt. In the order, the judge ordered all animal carcasses and other noxious odor producing substances be removed from the property. The injunction remains in force until further orders of the court, Miniard wrote.

Posted April 18, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Magistrate arrested on domestic violence charge
     Franklin County Magistrate Larry Perkins is facing charges after an alleged domestic violence incident. Sheriff Pat Melton confirmed his office was dispatched to a doctor’s office Thursday afternoon after a female arrived with assault injuries. “Upon investigation of that, there was enough probable cause to make an arrest on domestic violence,” Melton said. Perkins, 55, was taken into custody at his home Thursday night, charged with fourth-degree assault.

Posted April 18, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Vehicle backfire leads to brief lockdown at five schools
     A backfiring vehicle had Scott County schools briefly on lockdown Friday afternoon. As a person was entering Anne Mason Elementary around 1 p.m., they heard a loud sound, said Georgetown Police Capt. Robert Swanigan. The person also saw a jogger running away from the area and notified police. Officers responded and spoke with the jogger and walked through the school. Witnesses at the scene confirmed hearing a passing automobile backfire. As a precaution, Anne Mason, Royal Spring Middle School, Scott County Middle School, Ninth Grade School and Scott County High School were also briefly placed on lockdown.

Posted April 18, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Pike doctor allowed pharmacy to sell drugs he had received as samples
     A Pike County doctor has pleaded guilty in a case in which he was accused of letting a pharmacy sell drug samples he had received. Osteopathic physician Thad R. Manning, 48, will forfeit $250,000 to the federal government, which was the approximate value of what he received as a result of illegal conduct, according to a court record. Manning also faces up to 12 months in prison and a fine of $100,000 when he is sentenced in July, and will take part in treatment for addiction to pain pills, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey's office.

    Posted April 18, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
McConnell super PAC raises more than $730,000
     The super PAC supporting the re-election of Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has reported raising $739,300 in the first quarter of this year in very few — mostly very large — contributions. The largest came from retired Humana executive David A. Jones, of Louisville, who gave $125,000. Another large contribution was $100,000 from the JWC III Revocable Trust, of Tulsa, Okla. The trust is affiliated with Joe Craft, chairman of Alliance Coal, and lists the same Tulsa business address as Craft listed last year when he gave an earlier $100,000 to the super PAC.


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