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Posted March 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lumber truck’s load falls onto van, kills 16-year-old girl in Montgomery County
     A 16-year-old girl was killed and her mother was injured Thursday morning in a crash involving a lumber truck in Montgomery County, according to media reports. The truck lost its load on Levee Road and the wood fell onto a van, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s news partner

Posted March 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Beshear intervenes in WKU, KSU lawsuits against student newspapers
     Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has intervened in two more cases in which a university has sued students newspapers over open records cases involving sexual assault. Beshear found both schools in violation of the Kentucky Open Records Act. In order to appeal that decision, both schools had to sue the student newspapers in circuit court.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville train depot could be preserved as museum, café
     The old train depot and railroad tower in Danville’s historic warehouse district could become tourism attractions if the city can successfully negotiate a deal with Norfolk Southern.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Wild time at Pikeville Walmart
     A female whitetail deer was found inside the Pikeville Walmart on Sunday. Fish and Wildlife were called to the scene and were able to securely remove the deer from the housewares department and the store. They successfully released her back into the wild without injury.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Proposed budget cuts would hurt badly in Letcher County
     Budget cuts proposed by the Trump White House would affect government, education and community development agencies at nearly every level in Letcher County, decimating some programs that rely on federal funds, officials in multiple local agencies and organizations said. The proposed cuts would adversely affect schoolchildren, unemployed miners, college students, the elderly, nonprofit corporations and for-profit business, according to interviews with people familiar with the finances of agencies across the county. Many of the programs would be eliminated entirely.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Grant County News ]
Needle exchange program hits 1-year mark
     The Grant County syringe access program had 130 participants, 63 of which visited two or more times, during its first year of operation.
.The program launched March 16, 2016, and is the only needle-exchange program operating in the health department’s jurisdiction. The goal of the program, which allows participants to exchange dirty, heroin-tainted syringes for clean needles, is to halt the dramatic rise of hepatitis C cases in northern Kentucky during the heroin epidemic.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Doc, patient recall heart transplant surgery 30 years later
     The lives of Kathy Anderson and Dr. Laman A. Gray Jr. intersected in a big way, 30 years ago on April 16, when the then-20-year-old woman delivered twins and her already deteriorating heart muscle worsened. Gray, who helped establish the heart transplant program in Louisville in the mid-1980s, was able to transplant a donor heart in her. They will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her transplant with family.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Papa John joins the billionaires' club
     John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John's International, climbed into the ranks of the world's billionaires in the last year, according to a new list compiled by the business news organization Forbes, which reported recently that Schnatter hit $1 billion, making him a newcomer to the list. He was tied at 1,940 with 11 others from around the globe.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Jefferson County Schools contractor: Study still good despite error
     The contractor that compiled a salary study for Jefferson County Public Schools admits its $40 million error made it seem the district was paying a lot more in "premium" salaries than it actually was, but said the error was limited to a supplemental report and does not negate the entire study. Still, the revelation of the error on Tuesday caused a new round of furor this week over the controversial salary study that was originally released in April.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin signs charter schools measure into law
     Gov. Matt Bevin signed the hotly debated charter schools bill into law on Tuesday, according to the online legislative record. Proponents say charter schools will give some parents the choice to send their children to a school that better serves their children's needs and can boost the performance among poor and vulnerable students. But opponents say the new law will take money from underfunded traditional public schools and does not explicitly require charter schools to target underprivileged students.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Green River dam demolition scheduled
     Demolition of a dangerous, aging dam on the Green River near Brownsville, Ky., is scheduled to begin the last week of March, offering hope for the restoration of endangered freshwater mussels and improved water recreation in and near Mammoth Cave National Park.No explosives will be used to take down the dam.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer urged to order police to report sex abuse
     Mayor Greg Fischer's allies and critics on Metro Council are wondering why he isn't ordering the Louisville police department to report child abuse allegations involving officers to state authorities.
Louisville police won't say whether they reported allegations made in a lawsuit that two officers raped a teenage boy in the department's Youth Explorer program to the state.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Barren County Schools cancels school for rest of week
     Outbreaks of the flu and strep throat have closed Barren County Schools Thursday and Friday. But they're not free days: Students must still do the work.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Barris, famed TV host, producer with Bowling Green connections, dies at 87
     The rest of the nation knew Chuck Barris as the creator of "The Gong Show," "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game," but people in Bowling Green remember Barris, who died Tuesday at age 87, as a longtime friend, neighbor and community supporter.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Confidential info taken from Med Center patients
     A federal agency is investigating a breach of confidential information from 160,000 patients at certain Med Center Health facilities. Irregularities were discovered during a January internal investigation, and the information was then given to law enforcement officials, who discovered the apparent breaches happened August 2014 and February 2015, according to a news release from Med Center Health. David Habich, chief counsel for FBI in Louisville, confirmed it was his agency investigating the matter, which was ongoing..

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Police: Suspected drunken driver in Tuesday crash was pantless, apparently watching porn
     A Utah man suspected of being drunk when the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed Tuesday on Scottsville Road was naked from the waist down when police encountered him. James R. Joy's citation also said he reeked of alcohol and a porno film was playing. He faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and reckless driving.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘A big hole has been left in Lexington' after longtime Fayette County teacher dies of crash injuries
     A former longtime Lexington math teacher who was passionate about making learning fun has died from injuries she suffered Friday in a crash on New Circle Road. Jennifer Smith, 69, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office. Former students often approached Smith, who taught for almost 25 years, out in public to tell her how much of a difference she made in their lives. "She had a way of loving children where they were," said a friend and former colleague

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin signs charter school bill; teacher petition demands apology
     Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Tuesday that would allow charter schools in Kentucky for the first time, according to his spokeswoman, Amanda Stamper. Under House Bill 520, local school boards and the mayors of Louisville and Lexington could approve and oversee an unlimited number of charter schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin signs Real ID driver’s license bill
     Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law Real ID legislation to bring Kentucky into compliance with federal security regulations for driver’s licenses. He vetoed it last year. If Kentucky did not comply with the federal Homeland Security regulations enacted in 2005, the state’s driver’s licenses could not be used to access military bases starting June 6 or commercial airplanes starting Jan. 22, 2018.

Posted March 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘Pure bile’ awaits Calipari in Memphis, a city that once regarded him as a god
     Already a polarizing figure, John Calipari turns the love-hate to full volume with his return to Memphis this weekend when the University of Kentucky Wildcats play the UCLA Bruins. The hard feelings are still rock hard among some who still scorn the coach for leaving Memphis for Kentucky in 2009.


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