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Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin Thursday made several appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
More office furnishings from Capital Plaza Tower for sale Aug. 23
     On Aug. 23 more office furnishings from the now empty Capital Plaza Tower building will be sold through a second spot bid sale, to be held at 500 Mero Street, in Frankfort. Hundreds of items including desks, filing cabinets, lateral filing cabinets, credenzas, tables, buffets, bookcases, shelves, hutches, typing stands, white boards, bulletin boards, pictures, typewriters, rolling partitions, projector screens, lamps, refrigerators, televisions, projectors, trash cans, chairs, and more are available.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Office of state budget director launches pension reform website
     The Office of the State Budget Director Thursday launched a comprehensive new website aimed at keeping Kentuckians informed, as the Bevin administration works with state legislators to address the state's public employee pension crisis. Visitors to KentuckyPensions.com can obtain answers to frequently asked questions, view detailed reports and a glossary of key terms, follow the latest developments and offer feedback, a state news release said.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Plastics manufacturer to locate plant in Morgantown
     Stratus Plastics International Inc., an automotive and consumer goods supplier, will invest $4 million to locate a factory in Morgantown, creating 29 full-time jobs in Western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. Stratus, a privately held Canadian company, will purchase a 165,000-square-foot facility in Butler County to house its first Kentucky operation.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Farmers praise crop outlook
     It may not be a bumper year, but crops across Graves County are looking good as the harvest gets nearer, farmers say. "Everything that I've seen is positive," said Samantha Anderson, Graves County agriculture extension agent. She noted there have not been as many reports of crop diseases this year, including angular leaf spot on dark-fired tobacco.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Graves woman charged with felony child endangerment
     A Graves County woman was arrested on felony child endangerment charges Sunday after two children, ages 2 and 4, were allegedly found walking alone along Ky. 339 North in the Lowes community. Kentucky State Police Post 1 reported receiving a call around 9:30 a.m. concerning two small children walking in the roadway. Trooper Aaron Jestes responded and located the children along with the caller, who had assisted in moving the children to a safe place. It was the second such incident with the mother and her children, a KSP report said.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin announces $150,000 in refunds to coal counties
     Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday fiscal courts in 29 counties will receive refunds totaling $149,425 from mining permit and acreage fees. The amounts of refunds are based on acreage fees paid by coal companies. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources collects mine permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of those fees to coal-producing counties for projects to be determined by the local fiscal courts, a state news release said.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Casey County News ]
Federal lawsuit reveals rift in Casey County family business
     International travel and intrigue. Luxury cars and houses in exotic locations. An overseas factory that didn’t manufacture products though millions of dollars of orders were placed. Accusations of financial mismanagement and fraudulent wire transfers. Knowingly selling defective equipment at a profit. Although these allegations read like a novel, they form the basis for a lawsuit among family members of Casey County’s largest employer.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Woman arrested for drug charges tells authorities juvenile in home alone, two days after arrest
     Two juveniles were removed from a residence with the assistance of social services Tuesday afternoon, more than 42 hours after their mother was arrested by the Danville Police Department on drug-related charges. Karen S. Henry, 41, was arrested by Danville Police following a traffic stop about 10 p.m. on Sunday. Boyle County Attorney Lynne Dean said on Wednesday afternoon that officers were not aware that Henry had children; she offered up no information about them.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Adair County Community Voice ]
Green River conservation program contracts won’t be renewed
     Farmers in Adair and 13 other south central Kentucky counties are being told contracts coming out of a conservation program aimed to protect the Green River watershed will not be renewed. County Farm Service Agency offices recently received letters notifying them that the Green River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) has concluded. The first group of contracts with farmers covering more than 8,200 acres will end Sept. 30. All contracts will be honored but once their agreement period ends, there will not be an opportunity to renew them. Adair, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Metcalfe, Russell, Taylor, Allen, Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Logan and Simpson counties were all in the program.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear: 120 Former Kentucky Corinthian College students to receive $790,000 in loan debt relief
     Attorney General Andy Beshear Thursday announced that 120 former Kentucky Corinthian College students will receive more than $790,000 in loan debt relief from a proposed settlement with Aequitas Capital Management. Beshear joined with 12 states and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the proposed settlement with a court-appointed receiver representing the Oregon-based private equity firm and related entities. The settlement ends claims Aequitas enabled the defunct for-profit Corinthian College to take advantage of student borrowers through predatory private student loans.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Rally calls for removal of Davis statue
     Frankfort’s Capitol rotunda once again found itself in the spotlight Wednesday following recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A rally organized by the Pegasus Institute, a Louisville-based conservative think tank, brought together Kentucky politicians calling for the removal of the rotunda’s statue of Confederate President and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Grand jury indicts Franklin parolee on attempted murder, 12 other charges
     A Simpson County parolee with a lengthy criminal history is now charged with attempted murder and 12 other criminal counts. Zachary West, 30, was served with an indictment warrant Tuesday at the Simpson County Detention Center, where he has been held since June after he was initially charged with two counts of assault.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Attorneys look at 4-week federal trial involving Bowling Green doctor
     Four weeks have been set aside beginning next month to complete a federal trial involving a Bowling Green doctor accused of improperly prescribing drugs, leading to the deaths of three patients. C. Fred Gott, 63, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court with his attorney, David Broderick, for the final pretrial conference in his criminal case. A longtime Bowling Green cardiologist who also provided pain management services, Gott is charged in a federal indictment with three counts of unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substance resulting in serious injury or death; health care fraud resulting in death; 14 counts of unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances; 31 counts of health care fraud; and conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Winchester Sun ]
Assault sent to grand jury after alleged knife attack
     A Winchester man facing a felony assault charge will now wait to see what action the grand jury will take in his case. Kim Dwight Dearing, 46, was arrested July 30 for second-degree assault following an altercation with Mark Wooten. Winchester Police Detective Eric Campbell testified Wednesday in Clark District Court that Mark Wooten said he was cut on both legs following another physical altercation with Dearing.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
A high school dropout was a school’s custodian. Today he returned there as a teacher.
     Lowell Outland was a custodian at Tates Creek High School for seven years, a high school dropout who dreamed of becoming a teacher. The 59-year-old Air Force veteran made it happen. On Wednesday, the start of the school year for Fayette County Public Schools, Outland stepped to the front of his classroom as the new graphic arts and photography teacher at Tates Creek High School. Outland, born in Tennessee and raised in Wisconsin, was a high school dropout. “I had no interest in education 40 years ago,” he said. “Life has a funny way of changing things.”

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
White nationalist leader says ‘no public action’ planned for Lexington council meeting
     The leader of a white nationalist group said his supporters will take “no public action” during a Thursday evening meeting of the Lexington Urban County Council, which is expected to take a final vote on a proposal to move two Confederate statues from the old courthouse lawn. Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Workers Party, said via a text message to the Herald-Leader that he and other white nationalist leaders will meet Thursday with Lexington “community members to create our plan for our grassroots organizing campaign.”

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State figures show unemployment rate up slightly from June to July
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. The unemployment rate for July was up 0.2 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in June. The preliminary July 2017 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage points from the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in July 2016.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Hancock Clarion ]
Hawesville plant plans $30 million in upgrades
     Southwire Co., a maker of wire and cable used in electricity transmission and distribution, has announced plans to spend about $30 million to upgrade its Hawesville plant and bring stability to the location and its 400 employees. A family-owned company, Southwire has grown to become a $5 billion company and a leading North American maker of wire and cable products used in the transmission of electricity.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Firefighters come to rescue of stranded motorist who lost keys
     It's something every driver fears -- dropping the car keys in a spot where they seem irretrievable. That fear came true for a Maysville Walmart shopper Wednesday when he dropped the keys to the family car through a grate covering a storm drain in the parking lot. The problem was compounded where he attempted to remove the heavy grate to grab the keys. Instead, Billy Florence saw the grate drop to the bottom of the 25-foot drain shaft where the keys and the covering were out of reach.


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