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Posted June 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Heat, thunderstorms return Sunday afternoon
     If you thought it was hot Saturday afternoon, wait until Sunday when the heat index could soar to 103 degrees. The day's temperatures will nudge up around 93 to 94 degrees, which means that with high humidity, the heat index is expected to climb to 98 to 103 degrees, said Mark Jarvis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. That combination of high temps and excessive moisture will give way later in the afternoon to a line of thunderstorms.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Deceased students' ring returned to mother after 13 years
     For most people, using social media is just another way to share funny photos or easily reconnect with old friends. For one area mother, it reunited her with her deceased daughter.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah area has commonwealth's biggest income gap
     Mirroring a national trend, income inequality has grown significantly in Kentucky since 1979, and Paducah as a metro area has the biggest income gap in the state. According to a study released by the Economic Policy Institute last week, Paducah's top 1 percent of earners make 18.6 times more than everyone else. The average income of the top 1 percent in Paducah is $695,631, compared to an average income of $37,418 for the bottom 99 percent.

    Posted June 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
A politician, a court and absolute authority
     Back more than a decade ago when Senate Republicans were trying to seat Dana Seum Stephenson despite the fact that she hadn’t lived in Kentucky for the past six years as required by the state constitution, then-Senate Presi­dent David Williams was making his argument on the Senate floor. His position that day was that it didn’t matter what any court decided about what residency meant, that under the law, it was purely the decision of the Senate as to whether or not Stephenson, who garnered the most votes in her south Louisville district during the 2004 election, met eligibility requirements.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky ponders use of private prisons
     As Kentucky’s prison population rises and county jails become overcrowded, the state may reopen a pair of private prisons to temporarily take in more than 1,600 inmates. The state stopped housing inmates in private prisons in 2013, but there has been unexpected growth in the number of state prisoners over the last seven months, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said. State prisons are at capacity, and county jails are housing a record number of state inmates. The state could transfer around 1,642 inmates to the Marion Adjustment Center in St. Mary and the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, which are owned by the Corrections Corp. of America, Tilley said. Those facilities are closed but still are being maintained.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Harlan man accused of putting explosives in trail cameras
     A licensed counselor with offices in Harlan and Lexington was taken into custody by federal authorities last week in connection with an investigation into the explosion of a trail camera that injured a man in May. Mark Sawaf, 39, is in the Laurel County jail after ATF investigators connected him to the explosion, which caused a man to lose multiple fingers, according to an affidavit filed Wednesday. He has been charged in a complaint with possession of an unregistered firearm and making an illegal firearm.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington Pride honors victims of Orlando shooting
     Love wins was the rallying cry at last year’s Lexington Pride Festival, and this year it was that love endures. Saturday’s crowd, which had grown restless as burly, bearded members of the Kentucky Bourbon Bears plugged an upcoming convention, hushed as pastor Marsha Moors-Charles began to pray. From the main stage in a courthouse plaza filled with rainbows, the leader of Bluegrass United Church of Christ talked about how so many died simply because they had gone out at night to dance. So many, she said, gone because of hatred. But though mourned, “each are now safely in God’s arms,” she said, then asked the crowd to pray for the family and friends still fresh in grief.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Victim’s sister says killer got fair trial
     The sister of a murder victim believes her sister’s killer got a fair trial and justice has been served. Barbara Manley, of Meridian, Mississippi, spoke to the New Era by phone Friday after reading a report in which Dennis E. Sills accused his attorney of not representing him to the best of his ability. Sills was convicted in January of fatally shooting Manley’s sister, Lisa Roach, in October 2013. Sills was sentenced to 35 years in prison. He is now appealing his case to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Man who sparked search found dead in Big Bone Lick
     The Maryland man who prompted a multi-agency search last week at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site was found dead in the park Thursday, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. David Lee Rickerson, 62, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was found at approximately 11:30 a.m. by K-9 units from the Kentucky Search Dog Association along with maintenance workers, the sheriff's office stated in a press release Friday.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Northern Kentucky reports first case of Zika virus
     With summer barely a week old, Northern Kentucky public health officials announced Friday that a Boone County man is the area’s first resident to come down with Zika virus after he visited an area where the illness has been found. So far, there is no indication that Zika can spread through casual contact.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Lake News ]
KSP warns citizens of recent scams
     Kentucky State Police in Mayfield have received complaints in the past weeks from people advising there have been scam phone calls from someone stating they are with the “Financial Crimes Department.” The caller will say a debt is owed and if it's are not paid within three hours, a warrant will be issued and the “state police” will be at your residence to arrest you. But none of it is true.

    Posted June 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Officials urge people to avoid bears, other wildlife if seen nearby
     Summer heat is bringing around more than just mosquitoes in the commonwealth of Kentucky with bear sightings reported in Allen County, Lake Cumberland and most recently in Danville. Conservation officer Brad Bowles said the bear population in Kentucky is increasing in the eastern part of the state so they're expanding their range.

Posted June 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
State Freight Plan puts Natcher interstate upgrade in pipeline
     A 2016 Kentucky Statewide Freight Plan puts a $1 billion upgrade of the William H. Natcher Parkway to federal interstate status in the pipeline. State Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, said Wednesday that the proposal identifies a new segment of Interstate 69 that will go from Bowling Green to Owensboro along the current Natcher Parkway. Officials in Owensboro have stressed it is important for Kentucky's fourth-largest city to sit on a federal interstate as it seeks to attract business and industry.

Posted June 25, 2016 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelbyville Walmart evacuated after suspicious package found
     Authorities cleared the scene Saturday at the Shelbyville Walmart after investigating reports earlier of a suspicious package found near the tire and lube department. Customer Jess Wright said she was shopping inside the store when an announcement over the intercom around 2:30 p.m. instructed customers to evacuate.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor makes appointments to boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin has made several appointments to various Kentucky boards and commissions.

    Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ky. Labor Cabinet Dept. of Workers’ Claims warns of workers’ comp scam
     The Kentucky Labor Cabinet Department of Workers’ Claims has learned of a telephone scam in which individuals are told that they have been awarded workers’ compensation benefits and that those benefits will be released once a certain “tax” or “fee” has been paid. Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey advises Kentuckians to be on guard for potentially fraudulent phone calls.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
No indictment returned in Floyd shooting
     A Floyd County grand jury has declined to indict a Hueysville man arrested two months ago on murder charges. Ronnie Lee Hall, 49, was arrested April 15 after Kentucky State Police responded to a call of shots having been fired at an apartment building on Rt. 7. Troopers found Daniel Ronnie Harvill, 30, and Rodney Keith Whitaker, 33, deceased at the scene, while Ricky Goble, 51, had been shot in the shoulder. Goble survived his injuries. At Hall’s preliminary hearing April 27, attorney Ned Pillersdorf, explained his case that Hall acted in self-defense. Kentucky’s “castle doctrine,” KRS 503.44, section 1B, says individuals can be considered to have a “reasonable fear of imminent peril or death” if they “had reason to believe an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful forcible act was occurring or had occurred.”

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Oldham man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post 5-Campbellsburg, arrested Daniel C. Swart, 39, Thursday night on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Swart was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online, a KSP news release said.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Sex offender gets 30 years for multiple charges
     A Logan County man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for crimes stemming from an incident in which he forced his way into a woman's house and sexually abused her. Jeffery Wayne Hall, 44, of Adairville, appeared in Logan Circuit Court to be sentenced on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count each of first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted sodomy, kidnapping, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree assault. Court records show that Hall was arrested July 9 after a woman reported that he forced his way into her Adairville apartment, struck her multiple times on the head and forced her to have sex with him after threatening to kill her and her daughter.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Corvette plant to add jobs
     General Motors will invest $290 million for new equipment and technologies at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant. The plan could bring 270 new, full-time jobs to the only plant in the world that manufactures the iconic Chevrolet Corvette, bring the plant's employment to more than 1,030 full-time workers. The expansion is part of General Motors' plans to improve quality across the company.


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