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Posted January 23, 2017 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray equality march draws large turnout; local protestors number nearly 800-strong
     In the parking lot of Faculty Hall at Murray State University Saturday morning, many began to gather in concert with others across the state, nation and globe to participate in a march meant to call attention to not only women’s rights, but fundamental human rights for all. The March for Equality and Social Justice, which took place in Murray, was held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, which included sister marches in participant cities from around the nation and the world. Within the commonwealth, three cities were hosting sister marches of their own: Louisville, Lexington and Murray.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Distillery visitors drink it in
     The O.Z. Tyler Distillery at 10 Distillery Road in northwestern Owensboro won’t be listed on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s Craft Tour until fall. But it’s already drawing hundreds of bourbon fans from across the country and around the world for its daily tours. And the tours, which aren’t heavily promoted, didn’t start until September.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Area teen makes first cut on 'The Voice'
     A 16-year-old Hopkins County resident recently made it through the first round of auditions for NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Singer and guitarist Tori Bullock said her love of music is deep-rooted and began when she was very young.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Public paying attention to restaurant health scores
     Three years after requiring food establishments to post inspection letter grades at entrances, Purchase Area Health Department Director Kent Koster said, "Most of the public has picked up on this, and there's evidence that it affects consumer behavior." Joel Barrett, environmental health program manager at the health department, said the agency inspects about 530 restaurants and food service businesses in McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties twice each year. The inspections are unannounced.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Beaver Dam vendor search begins
     Kentucky officials have targeted a July reopening for a popular rest area along the Western Kentucky Parkway in Ohio County. The Kentucky Finance and Administration's Department for Facilities and Support Services has issued a new request for proposals for vendors interested in Beaver Dam Service Area, which abruptly closed earlier this month. The rest area, a 9-acre site and 8,000-square-foot structure at mile marker 75, contained an Arby's restaurant and a convenience store/gas station.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
LG&E plants slash toxic air pollution
     Louisville’s two largest power plants have dra­matically cut air pollution through tighter smoke­stack controls at one site and converting another from coal-powered to natural gas, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local air officials. The pollution reductions follow enforcement of the Clean Air Act during the eight years of the Obama administration.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Norton Hospital goes local for beef, veggies
     Hospital food tastes better at Norton Healthcare, where the Louisville hospital chain is the first to introduce organic, grass­fed hamburgers and first to prepare locally farmed squash and other vegetables in cafe­terias year-round. “We know that eating local is healthy for us. The main message is the journey to your plate is shorter,” Norton Healthcare clinical nutritionist Erin Wiedmar said. The health care chain that recently closed a longtime McDonald’s to bring in the healthi­er Au Bon Pain restaurant this spring to Nor­ton Children’s Hospital “is in the midst of im­proving our food culture,” Wiedmar added.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Body found in car in Madison County, state police investigating
     Kentucky State Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found in a car in rural Madison County. Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday first responders were alerted to a car spotted in Silver Creek, according to Robert Purdy, public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post 7 in Richmond. The creek is located at the end of Duck Branch Road near Poosey Ridge Road in rural Madison County.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
They were refugees. Now they’re introducing others to life in Lexington
     David Balondani knows from experience: “To be a refugee is like you don’t have a future.” A native of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Balondani spent 10 years in Mozambique, in a refugee camp where travel was restricted, food was scarce and access to education was non-existent. But four years ago, the former teacher and his wife and daughter were granted refugee status by the State Department and resettled in Lexington with the help of Kentucky Refugee Ministries.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Expansion at ag center to ensure next generation’s future
     Upgrades to the UK Research and Education Center at Princeton will bring the facility into the future and help ensure success for future generations of the state’s farmers. “What spurred all of this was farmers, particularly in that part of the state, wanting to make sure that UK was conducting research relevant to their operations,” said Dr. Chad Lee, director of the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.


Posted January 23, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Students show off skills at robotics tourney
     Teenagers from nearly 30 schools gathered around two rings Saturday in Gateway Academy watching their robots win them victories. The robots weren’t directly battling each other; rather, the robots were tasked with moving different objects across a fence, explained Gateway principal Penny Knight. This was the second VEX Robotics tournament the school hosted, inviting students from towns all over the area. The hours-long match was considered a qualifier for the state championships.



    Posted January 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains at 4.8 percent in December
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was unchanged from November 2016 to December 2016 at 4.8 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The preliminary December jobless rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the 5.7 percent rate recorded for the state in December 2015, a state news release said.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown students encounter D.C. protesters
     Bardstown High School students got to see two quite different sides of American democracy this weekend. On Friday, the 31 students in grades eight through 12 were in the crowd on the Washington Mall watching the peaceful transfer of power and hearing President Donald Trump give his inaugural address. The next day, on the way back to their hotel, their bus was mobbed by some protesters who were part of the Women’s March on Washington.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Man accused of assault after striking woman with sausage
     A Bardstown man was indicted on assault and endangerment charges Wednesday after allegedly using a frozen roll of sausage to physically assault a woman. According to an arrest complaint, Derek Kiesler, 24, is accused of striking a woman several times in the arms and face on Jan. 11. Kiesler also allegedly struck an infant in the chin before using a frozen log of sausage to hit the woman in the head.



    Posted January 22, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Lawmaker wants to set 11 as minimum age of criminal responsibility
     A Louisville lawmaker wants to establish 11 years old as the minimum age a child in Kentucky can be charged with a crime. Current state law does not have a minimum age at which a child can be held criminally responsible.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Boyle inmates find chance to beat addiction with in-jail drug rehabilitation program
     For Boyle County Detention Center inmate William Newman, an addiction to opioids started with being prescribed Tylenol-Codeine when he had a broken leg at the age of 13. About eight years ago, Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon told the Department of Corrections that he wanted to provide a treatment program for inmates in the Boyle County Detention Center, SAP Director Liz Cook said.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
KSU seeks accreditation for business school
     Kentucky State University is looking into accreditation for its business school as part of a larger effort to “build the university,” interim President Aaron Thompson told the Board of Regents at Friday’s meeting.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Attempted murder arrest
     A Lynch man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, after allegedly attempting to run over an officer with his vehicle. Donald Allen, 50, was arrested by Lynch City Police Chief Hunter Luttrell on Thursday.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Three arrested in Henderson and ID'd after chase; link to fatal shootings being investigated
     After the death of two people from a shooting in Morganfield Friday evening, police pursued and captured two men in Henderson. Another person was jailed early Saturday morning, but as of Saturday morning officials weren't making a direct connection between those arrested and the Union County killings. Union County Coroner Stephen Shouse told The Gleaner Friday night that the shooting happened on West O'Bannon Street in Morganfield. The victims apparently died from gunshot wounds, he said. The bodies were scheduled to be autopsied in Louisville on Saturday. Caesarrae Rapier, 33, and George Black Jr., 28, were identified as the victims by Shouse.


Posted January 22, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Defense: 'Jailhouse snitches' only link to suspect
     An attorney for the man accused of the 2014 murder of Keon Grant told the jury in opening statements the case was based on nothing more than the testimony of “jailhouse snitches” and that there was no forensic evidence to implicate his client. The trial for Brandon Demar Smith, 24, got underway Friday in Christian Circuit Court after two delays last week. He appeared before Judge Andrew Self as his attorneys, Ted Shouse and Annie O’Connell, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor began the day by narrowing down the jury pool to 14 jurors, which includes two alternates, before proceeding with opening arguments.


 

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