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Posted September 4, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Three more counties eligible for disaster jobless assistance following severe July weather
     Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced Friday that three additional Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Kentuckians in Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred from July 11-20, may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, a state news release said.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK to restart pediatric heart surgery program in deal with Cincinnati Children's Hospital
     UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have signed a letter of intent for a partnership to return pediatric heart surgery to the University of Kentucky under the guidance of one of the nation's top children's hospitals. Under terms of the proposal, a heart surgeon will be recruited jointly and have a primary appointment at Cincinnati Children's in a "two sites, one program" model; the surgeon will be based in Lexington and will perform services at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK hopes to create statewide consortium to measure sexual assaults at Kentucky schools
     On Monday, the University of Kentucky released a ground-breaking student survey about campus safety, which found that more than 1,000 students said they'd been sexually assaulted in one year. Now, UK is offering the software for its Campus Attitudes Toward Safety survey to other colleges and universities in Kentucky. That could result in the first-ever statewide survey about campus sexual assault.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Harmful algal bloom recreational advisory issued for Ohio River and tributaries
     The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Department for Public Health have issued a harmful algal bloom recreational advisory for the Ohio River, including tributary confluences from Meldahl Dam to the West Virginia state line. This advisory includes the tributary confluences of the Little Sandy River, Tygarts Creek, Kinniconick Creek and Salt Lick Creek. Water swallowed during recreational activities in this body of water may increase the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Skin, eye and throat irritation and/or breathing difficulties may also occur after contact.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Authorities say woman used children to get narcotics
     A Paducah woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly used her children to obtain duplicate prescriptions. According to Paducah police, Angel Wilkinson, 40, had obtained written prescriptions for Adderall, a stimulant, from two doctors, one in Paducah and one in Metropolis, Illinois. Officials said they were contacted by the local physician saying the woman had decided to transfer her children to the care of an Illinois physician and was acting "suspiciously" about having the youngsters' medical records transferred.

    Posted September 4, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
U.S. smoking rate drops to 15 percent
     The national smoking rate among adults has reached an all-time low since anti-smoking efforts began decades ago, according to a report this week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health leaders aren't sure what that means for Kentucky, though, where tobacco use is much higher than most states.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Confucius deal fuels questions
     Western Kentucky University faculty and students are expressing concern over a contract signed by President Gary Ransdell for a new Confucius Institute building. Faculty Regent Barbara Burch said some are bothered that the building would be solely for the use of Hanban – an institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education – and that WKU would have to return a prorated amount of money if the university wants to repurpose the building over a 50-year obligation with Hanban. “We do not need a building for which the purpose of it is singularly controlled by Chinese Hanban for 50 years,” she said.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
KSP: Rigdon's DNA at crime scene
     A cigarette butt that police recovered from the scene of Wendell Gleason Pyles’ death contained the DNA of Pyles’ suspected killer, according to a state police forensic scientist. Megan Duff, forensic scientist specialist I at the Kentucky State Police Central Lab in Frankfort, testified Thursday in Warren Circuit Court that the genetic material found on the cigarette butt matched a DNA sample from William “Bobby” Rigdon. Rigdon, 30, of Lebanon, is on trial for murder in connection with the death of Pyles, 50, of Columbia, who was shot three times Sept. 26, 2012, at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County, where he worked.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Kennedy Bridge closes until further notice
     The Kennedy Mill Bridge/Ky. 152 will be closed until further notice for repairs by the state. It closed Thursday at 4 p.m. The bridge is located on the Garrard and Mercer County line.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
Woman charged with hitting boyfriend with car
     A domestic dispute turned violent after a Clark County woman allegedly pinned a man in the open door of his truck with her car Wednesday morning. Teresa Campbell, 45, was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment for the incident at her residence.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
A community mourns the loss of high school student
     The mood at Frankfort High was somber Thursday as students, teachers and staff mourned the loss of junior Bradley Camic. They gathered at an assembly early in the morning where they solemnly remembered the 16-year-old’s short life. “We brought everyone together to let them know we are family,” said FHS Principal John Lyons. “We all lost a brother.” Camic died Wednesday night at UK Children’s Hospital in Lexington where he’d been in a medically-induced coma since Aug. 13. He suffered from seizures and collapsed at soccer practice a few days before that. Family members ultimately pulled him from life support Wednesday, a decision his mother Julie Camic said was difficult to make.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Crews in the groove on downtown Louisville bridge work
     The new downtown Louisville Ohio River bridge is still on track to open for two-way traffic by January, according to an official with the Ohio River bridges project. Andy Barber, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project manager for the bridges project, Thursday said: “We’ve been talking about building bridges in this community for decades. I’ve talked to more than one person who never thought they would live to see it happen. I’m excited to say the long wait is almost over."

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Two family members added to child rape case
     Two people are now accused of keeping silent as a family member sexually assaulted young relatives. Prosecutors say Judy and William Hiser were told about the alleged crimes and did nothing to prevent repeated abuse, according to documents filed in Jefferson Circuit Court. Judy Hiser's father, convicted sex offender Larry Wayne Lewis, was charged in May with multiple counts of rape, incest and sodomy against relatives who are minors.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Twenty-three police officers from across the state graduate from basic training
     Law enforcement officers from across the state graduated Friday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond.

    Posted September 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Politicians and advocates react to jailing of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
     Politicians and advocates reacted Thursday to the jailing of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Theft reported at burned Pike church
     The problems facing the Maynard family of Pike County and the members of the burned Piso Freewill Baptist Church continue to mount after family and church members that showed up to work on what remains of their church discovered that they were victims of a theft. Family members, including Pastor Bill Maynard, that converged on the burned-out walls of their church Monday notified other family members across the county, state and region that some of the tables and many of the chairs at the location had been removed.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Daviess Fiscal Court OKs $300,000 incentive for firm
     Daviess Fiscal Court approved Thursday night the $300,000 incentive package that will allow Hollison LLC to add 34 jobs and expand its operation. The $300,000 is coming out of the $1 million economic fund the county set up in 2011 to help grow and attract businesses.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
McCracken County babysitter charged with criminal abuse
     Paducah police arrested a McCracken County woman Thursday after an investigation showed she had allegedly given prescription medication to a child in her care. Officials said police were called to Baptist Health Paducah when a mother brought in her 5-month-old child late Tuesday evening. The infant was lethargic and the mother said she was unable to fully wake the child. Tests indicated the baby was given benzodiazepine, an anti-anxiety medication, police said. The infant was admitted to the hospital and has since been released.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Spill closes part of Mississippi River
     A 16-mile portion of the Mississippi River along Kentucky's border was closed Thursday as crews worked to contain an oil spill that developed Wednesday night after a collision between two towboats ruptured a barge tank. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that the collision happened at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday at river mile marker 937, just north of Columbus. The barge owned by Inland Marine Services that ruptured could hold about 1 million gallons of clarified slurry oil, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets.

Posted September 4, 2015 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Memorial service set for Saturday for Kentucky teacher killed in Chile
     A service will be held at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday in Murray Calloway County Central Park to memorialize the one-year anniversary of the murder of Calloway County native Erica Faith Hagan while teaching in Chile. Hagan, who was 22 years old when she died, was a 2010 graduate of Calloway County High School and graduated from Georgetown College in May 2014. Through an arrangement with Georgetown College, she was working as a teaching assistant at Colegio Bautista in the southern Chilean of Temuco last fall. Hagan was found unresponsive in her dormitory bathtub on Sept. 6, 2014, and authorities began investigating it as a homicide.


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