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Posted September 1, 2014 [ Central City Leader News ]
Traffic stop ends in shooting, arrest in downtown Central City
     Shots were fired in downtown Central City Saturday afternoon leading to a man and woman being treated for injuries and charges being filed. Jesse Hailey of Mayfield was driving the car that was pulled over by a Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s deputy around 3 p.m. Saturday. Kristi Copeland of Wingo, was a passenger in the vehicle. Once the car was stopped, Hailey allegedly attempted to strike the deputy with the vehicle, causing the deputy to shoot.

    Posted September 1, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ky casino supporters are increasingly mum
     Support for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling appears to be waning, even among those who are for it. Champions of casino gambling aren't saying much, although the issue is unlikely to disappear completely from debate without being put on the ballot. The reasons are varied.

    Posted September 1, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Most Ky voters in poll want $10.10 minimum wage
     A majority of Kentucky voters want the federal government to raise the minimum wage, but say workers should be allowed to hold jobs at unionized businesses without joining the union or paying its dues. Meanwhile, voters are split on whether Democrats or Republicans are best suited to control the Kentucky House of Representatives, which is divided on both issues — largely along party lines. The latest Bluegrass Poll gauged the opinions of 647 registered voters on all three issues ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

    Posted September 1, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Making sense of Kentucky's soap opera U.S. Senate race
     While most of Kentucky labored toward a three-day weekend of barbecues and college football, the sleepless political world within was frenetically growing to a boil, blowing its lid late Friday about the time the rest of the Bluegrass was punching out to enjoy Labor Day.

    Posted September 1, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Gov. releases long list of appointees to state boards, commissions
     Gov. Steve Beshear has made a host of appointments to some Kentucky boards and commissions.

    Posted September 1, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
New school-based health centers off to great start
     When Tennille Rushing of Mercy Pediatrics sat down with McCracken County and Paducah school administrators last October to discuss opening two school-based health centers, she had one request. "Give us your biggest challenges," she told them. And that they did. Today will mark Morgan Elementary's second month with its new school-based health center, and Rushing hopes the center at Reidland Middle will be ready to open its doors next week. The two schools were identified by McCracken County and Paducah schools as the ones most in need of the services, and they are the first schools in western Kentucky to offer those services.

Posted September 1, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Trooper recovering from injuries he suffered moments away from retirement
     Kentucky State Trooper Sam Shacklette is recovering from injuries suffered Saturday after being hit by a vehicle while making a traffic stop on Interstate 65. The 20-year veteran of KSP was nearing the end of his last shift when the accident occurred.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville pork processing plant cited for slaughter violations
     Two men stand side by side, maneuvering wands with enough electricity to instantly kill the 280-pound hogs that come at them every few seconds. Locked in a battle with nearby residents in a gentrifying neighborhood a mile from downtown, the JBS Swift pork processing plant has struggled during the past decade with odor violations, zoning disputes and fights over truck traffic. It's also dealing with tighter rules on how hogs are humanely handled and killed. Twice in the last nine months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has slapped JBS with "egregious violations" of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act at its Butchertown facility on Story Avenue.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Plastic surgery scheduled for Lexington dog that was branded with an obscene word
     A pup that was scarred when someone branded an obscene word into its skin will receive plastic surgery from the Lexington Humane Society this week. Felicity, an 8-month-old pitbull mix, was brought in this month with scars that form a four-letter word on her hindquarters, said Lt. Lee Agee, cruelty investigator with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Pike coal company fined over EPA violation
     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comment on a consent agreement that could see a Pike County coal company paying more than $100,000 for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. According to a public notice filed on Aug. 20, Coal Operators 1’s Coal Essence Preparation Plant, formerly known as the Viking Preparation Plant, located at Millard Lane in Pikeville, is the target of a Consent Agreement and Final Order by the EPA related to several violations of the CWA.

    Posted August 31, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Nurse practitioners get more rights under law
     A recently enacted Kentucky law has expanded the rights of nurse practitioners in the commonwealth. Local practitioners say the move will provide patients with better access to care, but not everyone in the medical community embraces the idea. The measure, which went into effect July 15, gives nurse practitioners who have worked with a physician for four years the right to prescribe routine medications, such as those used to treat diabetes and blood pressure, without a doctor's involvement.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Summer sees bridge repairs across Western Kentucky
     As any driver knows, summer is road construction season. And, to anyone driving around Paducah and western Kentucky on a regular basis, this summer also has been bridge repair season. Whether it was repair work on the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah and Metropolis, Illinois; the closure and/or repair of the U.S. 45 Irvin Cobb Bridge connecting Paducah and Brookport, Illinois; the new Eggner's Ferry Bridge in Trigg and Marshall counties under construction; or what seemed like daily updates on land slippage and the ultimate collapse of part of the old Ledbetter Bridge which connects McCracken and Livingston counties, bridges have been front and center.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Motorcyclists injured in Interstate 75 crash
     A group of motorcyclists seeking shelter from a storm were struck by a passing car on Interstate 75 in Scott County Saturday night. The crash occurred around 10 p.m. near exit 129, reports indicate. The riders were sheltering from the storm beneath an overpass when a van slid on the road-soaked roadway and crashed into the cluster of bikes and riders, according to reports.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Trooper on final shift struck on I-65
     A Kentucky state trooper working his final shift on the force was hit by a vehicle Saturday in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 afternoon while walking on the shoulder of the road to issue a speeding ticket. Sam Shacklette, 46, a 20-year veteran of KSP, had “about an hour left in his shift,” said KSP Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory. Gregory said Shacklette was scheduled to retire at midnight Saturday.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Sold for sex at 5 years old
     At 5 years old, Margeaux Gray was a sex slave living in southcentral Kentucky. Her trafficker, whom she declined to identify, first exploited her and then trafficked her for sex in and out of the state until she was 18. He was someone she and her family trusted. Gray, who is now 35 and has changed her name, is living in Louisville where she works as an artist, advocate and public speaker.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Corvette Museum board decides to fill in the sinkhole
     The sinkhole's fate has been decided, and Corvette enthusiasts feel the right decision was made. The National Corvette Museum board of directors decided during its quarterly meeting Saturday to completely fill in the sinkhole that opened in the Skydome after museum hours Feb. 12, causing eight Corvettes to go down with the collapsed floor. The board received information in the June board meeting that it would cost about $500,000 more to keep the sinkhole than the cost to put the Skydome back as it was, but after reviewing incorporation of safety measures and vapor barriers for humidity control, the cost spiked to $1 million more.

    Posted August 31, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bluegrass Poll: Gaining momentum, McConnell holds 4-point advantage over Grimes
     The re-election campaign of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gained momentum in the last month, propelled by huge leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Western and Eastern Kentucky and among men, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. With less than 10 weeks until Election Day, the poll of 569 likely voters shows McConnell with a 4-point lead over Grimes, up from a 2 point margin a month ago. McConnell now leads Grimes 46 percent to 42 percent, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson at 5 percent.

Posted August 31, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
How scandal could touch Rand Paul, McConnell
     Jesse Benton may have mitigated harm to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign when he resigned in reaction to a burgeoning bribery scandal on Friday, but it could send shock waves through the expected 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul, who is his uncle by marriage. Benton quit following the guilty plea announced Wednesday of Kent Sorenson, a former Iowa state senator who admitted to switching his support in the 2012 Iowa caucuses from former Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul's father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, in exchange for $73,000.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Medicaid swindler gets one year probated but must repay more than $14k
     Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the sentencing of a former Consumer Directed Options (CDO) employee on a charge involving Medicaid fraud. In May, 29-year-old Ahmad Davis pleaded guilty in to one count of presenting fraudulent claims to defraud the state Medicaid program over $300, a class D felony. Today, Davis received a one-year prison sentence, which will be probated for three years. He was also ordered to pay $14,505.36 in restitution.

Posted August 29, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Georgetown law enforcement heads say ‘militarization’ is misunderstood
     Tactics used by police in Ferguson, Missouri, have prompted a national debate over the “militarization of policing.” But Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse said the rigid discipline of the military adopted by modern police departments is intended to engender accountability among officers.


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