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Posted February 8, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Group seeking volunteers to assist children
     Janet Fugate has taught and volunteered with children for many years. Nearly 28 of those years have been spent as a volunteer for the Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The 22-county CFCRB is seeking volunteers to help children in foster care. The counties with the most need are Barren, Bell, Bourbon, Bracken, Butler, Clark, Edmonson, Fayette, Grayson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Logan, Madison, Mason, Muhlenberg, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Taylor, Todd, Trimble and Warren. Volunteers are not required to live in these counties to participate.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Elderly woman dies in Logan fire
     A 90-year-old Logan County woman was killed Friday evening in a house fire. Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies received a call at 8:37 p.m. about the fire near Lewisburg, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. When emergency crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, with the woman, later identified as Marilyn Gill, trapped inside. Once the fire was extinguished, officials found Gill in the rear of the home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
KSU president: School could collapse financially, close amid Bevin's budget cuts
     Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse says funding cuts proposed under Gov. Matt Bevin’s legislative budget could be so detrimental to the university it might have “to declare financial exigency and/or prepare a closure plan. I do not like either one of those options and I am working hard to make certain we can do our work smarter, logically and effectively to ensure that Kentucky State University is here for another 130 years,” Burse wrote in a letter to university colleagues and constituents today.

    Posted February 8, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Officials encourage flu vaccinations now to protect against severe flu illness
     With flu activity increasing across the country, Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated against the flu if they haven’t already received a flu shot or other type of flu vaccination. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals 6 months of age and older.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Study: Proposed youth sports complex would be a boon for Lexington
     If Lexington moves forward with a proposed 130-acre youth sports complex for baseball, softball, soccer and other sports, it could generate as much as $23 million a year in revenue for Fayette County, a recently released economic impact study showed. Over 20 years, that could be as much as $450 million spent at Lexington hotels, restaurants and other businesses, according to the Hunden Strategic Partners report.

    Posted February 8, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Poll: Raise age to buy tobacco products
     A majority of Kentucky adults support increasing the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, according to new data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Data also show that adults in the state are split on whether to increase the state's excise tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack. Poll data were released Monday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health. According to the Foundation, 64 percent of those who have never smoked favor raising the minimum age, while 57 percent of current and former smokers were in favor.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
KSP reports several arrests from cockfight in Calloway County
     Kentucky State Police say a report of an alleged cockfighting event did result in several arrests Saturday night at a location in the Lynn Grove community of Calloway County. KSP Post 1 Acting Public Affairs Michael Robichaud said that troopers responded to the Lynn Grove area at about 7:20 p.m. Robichaud said information received indicated that a cockfighting event was happening in a building off of Protemus Road. Robichaud said that when troopers arrived, they found more than 30 dead gamecocks as well as more than 35 live roosters and hens. Robichaud said troopers located 22 individuals a the site with 19 of them being cited and released for cruelty to animals in the second degree.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
U.S. Supreme Court decision may give some hope, others fear
     Two men convicted of notorious murders in Kentucky as teenagers, including Kev­in Stanford of Louisville, could become eligible for release because of a U.S. Su­preme Court ruling. The court ruled Jan. 25 that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without­ parole sentences for virtually all juvenile killers must be applied retroactively. That means hundreds of inmates serving sentences for murders they committed as youths could be­come eligible for parole hearings or new sentencing hearings. They include two in Kentucky, Stanford and Sophal “Saggy” Phon of Bowling Green, whose lawyer this week asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to apply the ruling to his case.

    Posted February 8, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Breastfeeding gets attention in Kentucky legislature
     Brittany Green wasn’t too sur­prised when the male employees at a Louisville car dealership started to gawk at her as she breastfed her 8­month-old son on Wednesday. Then came the boorish remark: One man suggested that he would like to trade places with the child. “The point where a 50-year-old man would make a comment — in a business setting at that — was pretty disgusting,” Green said. “I was ex­tremely disgusted and wanted to leave.” Green and her friend promptly de­parted — without buying a car.

    Posted February 8, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Winter Weather Advisory issued through Tuesday
     Looks like winter weather is back. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through Tuesday evening. Rain rolled in over the Louisville area after midnight, but snow showers are expected to begin Monday afternoon and could accumulate despite temperatures projected to be above freezing. "The next week or so, through Valentine's Day, we've got a colder and stormier period," said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Schoettmer.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Historian uses social media to highlight Kentucky’s ‘everyday’ architecture
     When Janie-Rice Brother saw black smoke rising over downtown last weekend and heard the Blue Grass Stockyards was burning, she was heartbroken. And not just because the Montgomery County farmer’s daughter had spent time there as a child. Brother uses social media to promote appreciation for Kentucky’s vernacular architecture — buildings that reflect people’s needs, materials and traditions over time. Blue Grass Stockyards was on her long list of places to document and share before they disappeared.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Warning: Deadly fentanyl invades Kentucky, Ohio
     As killer fentanyl snakes its way into communities across the country, deaths from the potent analgesic are growing in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Hamilton County, Ohio Heroin Coalition on Friday urged community and law enforcement awareness of the powerful synthetic opiate that's sometimes mixed with heroin to enhance a user's euphoria. Early counts of fentanyl-related deaths for roughly the first three-quarters of 2015 from both Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky illustrate the deadly results of the drug on the streets.

Posted February 8, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Man accused of shooting at trooper
     A Kentucky state trooper arrested a Hardin County man Sunday morning on a warrant stating the man shot at him Saturday evening. Dustin Ray Thomas, 22, of Cecilia, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer. He was being sought for an interview by Kentucky State Trooper Luke Durbin concerning a burglary under investigation by a fellow trooper, according to the warrant for Thomas’ arrest.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rand Paul nothing like the old man
     Ever since Rand Paul started making rumblings in 2007 about running for the U.S. Senate, reporters have poked and prodded to find out how the younger Paul differed from the old man – his father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, whose once-thought-of-as-outlandish ideas had become more mainstream. Were they simpatico on foreign policy? Did they both break with their libertarian bent to argue for more government controls on abortion? Did the younger Paul adhere to the Austrian school of economics? Obviously, we weren’t asking the right question.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Friends, family attend funeral for Jill Conley
     Jamie Brzezinski came into the world within minutes of his sister Jill Brzezinski-Conley and shared with her the mysterious and powerful bond of a twin. But Saturday, he stood before a church full of mourners and spoke of cherishing her legacy as he – and they – go on without her. Jill, 38, died Tuesday of cancer that began in her breast and eventually spread to her bones, lungs and liver. The Courier-Journal chronicled her journey as well as her dying missions – to grow her cancer charity, Jill’s Wish, and spread her belief that not even fa­tal illness can erase beauty.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Now a cancer survivor, Shelby Hilton returns to UK
     For most of her time as a Kentucky student, Shelby Hilton walked around campus and heard people say “oh that’s that UK gymnast.” Now, she fears her identity is “the girl who has cancer.” A 117-pound bundle of muscle and energy last school year, Shelby now weighs only 94 pounds and gets tired just walking to class. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the University of Kentucky, it seems safe to say few have overcome as much in the past year to be in school as Shelby Hilton.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Grand jury brings fresh scrutiny to Alison Grimes’ campaigns
     During her three political campaigns, including an $18 million run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reported paying $111,831 to Lexington companies owned by her father, former state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Lundergan, and $41,745 more in direct payments to him and other family members, for various services. These family ties — and the question of whether candidate Grimes properly reimbursed businessman Lundergan — are getting fresh scrutiny now that a federal grand jury in Lexington has subpoenaed records from the pair related to her campaigns and his corporations.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Restaurant deal raises questions of fairness
     Susie Henry has been in the restaurant business for 29 years, having started out at the same eatery she now owns and runs. “I’ve come 360 degrees,” she said with a laugh during an interview with the New Era on Wednesday, a day after the Cadiz City Council voted 3-1 to give Harper House Hospitality $170,000 out of the city’s general fund over the coming decade. The money will help a group of investors who’ve announced their plans to relocate a popular Hopkinsville restaurant to Cadiz this summer.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ The Gleaner ]
Alliance announces layoffs at mines across region
     Alliance Resource Partners has announced a round of layoffs affecting several hundred miners across the region. Locally, approximately 75 jobs were eliminated at its River View coal mine in Union County and White County Coal in Southern Illinois, according to a statement from Heath Lovell, Alliance vice president of operations. A statement from River View spokeswoman Kim Humphrey said about 45 workers at River View Coal near Waverly were let go. In her statement, Humphrey said River View General Manager Ken Ford told workers about the cuts Friday morning.

Posted February 7, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Investigators getting little cooperation in shooting probe
     Investigators with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office are still looking for information about who shot a man to death Jan. 23 at a south County trailer park. The problem is, those who know something about the slaying may be afraid to talk, one official said. Witnesses told investigators they saw three men in the middle is a snow covered street just off Lexington Road and a couple hundred yards across the Fayette County line.


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