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Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear announces Louisville's new Downtown Bridge to open ahead of schedule
     Speaking from the deck of the new Interstate 65 bridge in downtown Louisville, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday the bridge will open to two-way traffic ahead of schedule. “In January, I stood at the base of this massive project and announced we were accelerating the schedule,” Beshear said in a statement. “Today, I’m walking on this beautiful new bridge and telling you we’re moving even faster than expected. Drivers will get an early present – you will be driving on the new bridge by Christmas!”

    Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
September budget results: General Fund up, Road Fund down
     State Budget Director Jane Driskell reported Monday that General Fund receipts rose 2.6 percent in September compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $945.0 million, compared to $920.6 million during September 2014. The General Fund has grown 4.5 percent year-to-date for fiscal year 2016.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green man scammed out of more than $11,000
     A Bowling Green man is out more than $11,000 after someone scammed him him out of his money. A thief called him pretending to represent the federal government. The caller told the victim that he owed taxes and needed to pay them immediately through money grams at Wal-Mart to avoid arrest. He sent out money Sept. 24 to seven different people. One Sept. 25, he sent more money to another seven people. He reported the incident to police late last month.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Simpson County track faces federal lawsuit
     Kentucky Downs and the company that supplies instant racing games to the Simpson County horse racing track are accused of infringing on the trademarks of Churchill Downs and several other racetracks in a lawsuit filed in federal court. Churchill Downs in Louisville is joined by other plaintiffs, including Oaklawn Jockey Club in Arkansas, Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, the New York Racing Association and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The suit, which was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Bowling Green, claims Kentucky Downs and Encore Gaming are inappropriately using trademarks belonging to the other tracks in connection with the historical racing games at Kentucky Downs.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Dead man found in Pulaski cabin
     The sheriff's department in Pulaski County is conducting an investigation after the body of Danny J. Poore, 34, was found in a rental cabin. The victim had been shot to death within the past 24 hours, officials said.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Bulleit Distillery hits halfway point
     Construction has reached the halfway point on the future home of Bulleit Distilling Company in Shelby County, according to company officials. Located on an approximately 300-acre site between Shelbyville and Frankfort, the 1.8 million-proof gallon distillery is on track to be up and running by the end of 2016. When complete, the distillery will produce Bulleit bourbon in addition to other North American whiskey brands.

    Posted October 12, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Health insurer closing because of risk, cuts
     The Kentucky Health Cooperative, which sold 75 percent of the policies bought through the state health-insurance exchange, is going out of business because it lost so much money and Congress cut subsidies for insurers who wound up with a costlier group of policyholders under the federal health-reform law. Co-op officials said they were expecting $77 million from the federal government to cover past and expected losses, but got only $9.7 million. The co-op lost $50 million last year, the most of any of the 22 co-ops created with subsidies from the reform law. Less money was available from the federal government because of a restriction that Republicans added to the omnibus spending bill last December.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Veterans Benefit Expo Oct. 21 in London
     The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a Veterans Benefits Expo in London Wednesday, Oct. 21. “Too many veterans are unaware of the benefits and services they have earned,” KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry said in a news release. “Others try to apply themselves for federal and state benefits, and suffer unnecessary delays in receiving compensation.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
MISA Metal Fabricating Inc. Set to Expand in Louisville
      MISA Metal Fabricating Inc. will expand at the Jefferson Riverport International Industrial Park in Louisville, Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday. MISA, which provides steel cutting, welding, machining, fabricating and other services to industrial clients, will create 18 jobs and invest more than $4.3 million in the project.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Physician admits to illegally distributing thousands of pain pills in several Ky. counties
     A former Georgia physician has admitted in federal court that he conspired with the owner of a Georgia pain clinic, and others, to unlawfully distribute thousands of prescription pills to Kentuckians. Michael Johnston, 58, pleaded guilty, before U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar, to conspiring to unlawfully distribute oxycodone. Johnston admitted that, from May 2011 until November 2011, he conspired with Joel Shumrak, the owner of a Tucker, Ga., pain clinic, and others, to illegally distribute large quantities of oxycodone and Xanax to residents of numerous Kentucky counties, including Clay, Laurel, Rockcastle, Pulaski, Floyd, Knox, Bell, Pike, Jefferson, Whitley, Madison, Montgomery, Fayette, and Magoffin counties.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Grand jury set to review homicide case next month
     A Hopkins County grand jury is set to judge the findings of an ongoing death investigation next month. The jury will convene Nov. 17 to review evidence connected to the homicide of 42-year-old Dawson Springs resident Joey L. Pleasant, who was involved in a fight prior to his passing in July. After investigating the findings, which will be presented by Commonwealth's Attorney Kathy Senter, the jury will determine whether or not a criminal indictment should be issued.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
'Let's lock our doors and be safe': Officials say elementary school lockdowns are balancing acts
     Schools, as required by law, have plans for how to deal with emergency situations, including armed intruders. In Kentucky, schools are required to conduct lockdown drills at least twice a year. The FBI reports there were 27 shooting incidents at schools between 2000 and 2013. While middle and high school students, who see news reports and social media, understand the purpose of lockdown drills, elementary school students present a challenge to teachers. While younger students must be taught to take lockdown drills seriously, giving students too much information could result in scaring them.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Should juries, not judges, hear DUI trials?
     Pulled over March 14 in Louisville's Germantown neighborhood after hitting a curb and nearly striking a garbage can, Joshua Wilcox seemed to be caught dead to rights driving under the influence. His eyes were bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol, Louisville Metro Police Officer Kyle Jordan wrote in a citation. But demanding a trial before a judge only, Wilcox, 33, and his lawyer, DUI specialist Paul Gold, presented an unusual defense: Wilcox was impaired, they conceded — but not by alcohol or drugs.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Wisconsin athlete wins Louisville Ironman
     James Burke, who lives near Milwaukee, won Sunday's Ironman competition in Louisville completing the triathlon in 8 hours and 45 minutes. "The conditions were perfect," Burke said in an interview after winning the event. "The bike course was hilly and challenging, but the running course was great. The staff support was also great." Burke, 37, who works in construction management, said he has been competing in Ironman events for about three years, and this was the first time he had entered the Louisville event.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Second chances for more than 100 Jefferson dropouts
     More than 100 former Jefferson County Public Schools students who dropped out but are under the age of 18 have been re-enrolled in classes this school year, according to data just released by the district. The state's largest school district has been making a push to bring back dropouts in light of a new state law that raised the dropout age from 16 to 18. Students who had previously dropped out but are still under the age of 18 are required to come back to school under the law or face possible truancy charges, which means JCPS has had to work to track down teens who had left school and to find them a spot in a system they'd already once forsworn.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington man is shot to death at Lawrenceburg convention center
     An 18-year-old Lexington man was killed Sunday morning in a shooting in the parking lot of Lawrenceburg convention center. Kentucky State Police officers were conducting a traffic stop near Eagle Lake Convention Center when they heard what sounded like multiple gunshots, state police said. Officers rushed to the scene and found Damycal Tre Bolton unresponsive. The Anderson County Coroner pronounced Bolton dead at the scene.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Tiny Kentucky arrow darter may be listed as threatened, possibly limiting future coal mining
     A little fish called the Kentucky arrow darter — up for listing under the Endangered Species Act — isn't likely to create as much of an uproar as its famous Tennessee relative, the snail darter. A fish barely 3 inches long, the snail darter delayed construction of a dam on the Little Tennessee River in the 1970s. Litigation on whether the dam would alter the habitat of the river to the point of wiping out the fish went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Kentucky arrow darter, a more colorful fish barely 5 inches long, was proposed Wednesday by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service to be listed as a threatened species. If the fish is listed, there would be a limited impact on the coal, logging, and oil and gas industries, biologists say.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Pike man dies in crash at Letcher County race track
     William H. Hicks, 61, of Shelby Gap has died after he crashed his car at the Mountain Motor Speedway in Isom. He was in a drag race on Saturday night when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, authorities said.

    Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hemp project applications available
     Applications are now available for the 2016 hemp pilot projects through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program. The department received 326 applications and approved 121 in 2015, according to a news release. Plans are bigger for 2016 though, as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has previously stated. In 2015, 922 acres were planted, which skyrocketed from 2014 when only 30 acres were planted.

Posted October 12, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Hiker from Ohio dies after fall in Red River Gorge
     An Ohio man died after falling from an overlook at Red River Gorge Saturday night, according to the Wolfe County Search & Rescue. Michael Hacker, 30, was climbing over the railing on Chimney Top Rock at approximately 10:15 p.m. Saturday night and fell, authorities said. A nurse on the scene confirmed the man had died before the search and rescue crews got to the site, according to a Facebook post from the Wolfe County Search & Rescue team.


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