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Posted September 29, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Grand jury gets murder case
     Warren District Judge Sam Potter found probable cause Monday morning to send the cases against a Brownsville woman and Warren County Drug Court case specialist Judy Reid to a Warren County grand jury. The women are accused of attempted murder of Reid’s husband, Dewayne Reid, a probation and parole officer. Both women entered not guilty pleas last week.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Felony suspect arrested in North Carolina
     A fugitive from Pennsylvania who eluded capture last week after being spotted by Bowling Green authorities was arrested Sunday in North Carolina. Police said Chad Marshall Wilcox was arrested by the U.S. Marshal Service. Wilcox was a suspect in a felony case in Pennsylvania. The Lycoming County, Pa., Sheriff’s Office held a warrant for Wilcox’s arrest and requested information from the public on his whereabouts in a Sept. 15 post on the office’s Facebook page.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Community colleges win $10 million grant for tech training
     Training for a new career in a high-demand information technology field like mobile app development or medical billing may get faster and easier thanks to a new federal grant announced Monday. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded six Kentucky community colleges $10 million to support job-driven training programs.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Forums look at what Kentucky can learn from former Welsh coalfields
     People in the remote hills and valleys were subsistence farmers before the mining industry came. For generations afterward, King Coal provided most of the decent jobs and dominated almost every aspect of life. But mechanization gradually eliminated tens of thousands of mining jobs. When economic and political conditions suddenly changed, most of the coal industry shut down. Communities were left with high unemployment, a ravaged landscape and an uncertain future. This is the story of Eastern Kentucky. It also is the story of South Wales. These two regions separated by the Atlantic Ocean share many traits and experiences. Community leaders working to create a post-coal economy in Central Appalachia think there are lessons to be learned from Wales, which has been dealing with many of the same challenges for three decades.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Fall fire hazard season begins Oct. 1
     The Kentucky Division of Forestry is using noses and paws to catch arsonists as the fall wildfire season, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15, gets underway. Bloodhounds trained to investigate arson cases will be available for forest fire cases for the first time. Through a partnership with the Bell County Forestry Camp, multiple bloodhounds and handlers are now available to assist KDF with arson investigation.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murder victim remembered at special service Saturday
     Friends and family of Erica Faith Hagan gathered to celebrate her life Saturday at Hardin Baptist Church in Western Kentucky. Hagan, 22, died Sept. 5 in Temuco, Chile while assisting in teaching English at Colegio Bautista, a Baptist secondary school. Hagan, a Murray native, majored in psychology and minored in Spanish at Georgetown College and graduated in May.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Downtown disasters a heavy toll on Murray
     Officials called it a year that started it off very promising for Murray’s historic downtown court square. Real estate blog Movoto called Murray the No. 1 place to live in Kentucky, and cited the older district as one of its finest attractions. Disaster struck only a month later in downtown Murray when a building suddenly collapsed, leaving much debris falling onto Fourth and Main streets. About a month after that, a partial roof collapse left another Fourth Street building cordoned off and a Murray business temporarily without a home.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Woman allegedly beats victim with fists, baseball bat
     A Hopkinsville woman was arrested Saturday night for allegedly assaulting another woman in an apartment, according to a Hopkinsville police report. According to the report, Tiffany Carneal, 29, allegedly jumped Tiffany Woods, 21, around 9:30 p.m., punching her multiple times, choking her and then hitting her with a baseball bat

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Brescia, Kentucky Wesleyan see enrollment hikes
     Owensboro's Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College are both reporting strong enrollment increases for the fall semester. At Brescia, total enrollment stands at 1,040 — a 10 percent increase over last fall. KWC has 709 students students enrolled this fall — an 8 percent increase from a year ago. Those increases come at a time when college enrollment nationally is declining.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Prosecutor: Head of Hardin County drug ring accepts prison term
     An Elizabethtown man arrested on a number of drug charges in August has accepted a plea agreement in Hardin Circuit Court. Jashaun Lamar Curry, 31, pleaded guilty to being a first-degree persistent felony offender and trafficking in a controlled substance-methamphetamine, more than 10 ounces. The recommended sentence from the commonwealth is 12 years, with 10 to serve before parole eligibility.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
State Senate election battles to watch this fall in Kentucky
     Races this fall for the Kentucky Senate are not getting as much attention as those for the Kentucky House, where Republicans hope to win control for the first time since 1921. But the Senate is offering up some spirited elections, along with the possibilities of the first Latino and the first Muslim to serve in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK issues alert after report of shots fired on campus
     University of Kentucky released an emergency alert shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday after a report of shots fired in the Kirwan/Blanding complex area. Just before midnight Sunday, UK announced an all clear, and said students could return to their normal activities. Jay Blanton, a spokesman for UK, said no injuries or victims had been reported to UK officials as of 11 p.m.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Year after LRC scandal, report still unreleased
     One year ago this month sexual harassment complaints against state Rep. John Arnold triggered the resignations of both Arnold from the Kentucky House and Robert Sherman from his long-held post as director of the legislative staff. And part of the effort by legislative leaders to respond to the controversy was to contract with a national legislative organization to review operations of the legislative staff. That group, the National Conference of State Legislatures, issued findings in April. But in response to an Open Records Act request from The Courier-Journal, the Legislative Research Commission declined to release that report last week because it is an unfinished "draft" not required to be disclosed under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

Posted September 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
'ER' jolted George Clooney's career 20 years ago
     George Clooney wasn't exactly rushed into the "ER," but the NBC drama which premiered 20 years ago changed his life and the lives of his co-stars. Northern Kentucky University's most famous drop-out was a 10-year Hollywood journeyman until he debuted as womanizing pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross at Chicago's fictional County General Hospital on Sept. 19, 1994.

Posted September 28, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Judge's political talk leads to deputy misstep
     In open court, a judge facing re-election beckoned defense lawyers who support her to the bench to discuss her failure to win a key endorsement and its implications for her campaign. Despite a judicial canon that says judges shall "refrain from inappropriate political activity," Jefferson District Judge Gina Kay Calvert showed the lawyers a handwritten note saying, "The FOP did not endorse me!!" "Can you believe that?" Calvert asked attorney David Lambertus, according to the courtroom video, which recorded the conversations on March 27. "Well, they're dumb bastards anyway," Lambertus responded. Northwestern University law professor Steven Lubet, who teaches judicial ethics, said that under the Code of Judicial Conduct, which also requires judges to maintain the dignity of the office, "There should be no campaign discussion of any support from the bench."

    Posted September 28, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Grimes, McConnell: Paid for by outside donors
     In May about 40 executives of the Wall Street investment firm Blackstone wrote checks totaling more than $170,000 for the re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. And in late June, more than 100 trial lawyers with the firm Morgan & Morgan gave at least $106,000 to the campaign of McConnell's Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at a fundraiser near Orlando, Fla. Money is pouring into Kentucky from across the country in what some experts predict will be the most expensive election in U.S. history for a U.S. Senate seat.

    Posted September 28, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Economists reject GOP claims that health law is decimating Kentucky jobs
     Key Republicans running for election Nov. 4 say the federal Affordable Care Act is putting Kentuckians out of work, but employment data and interviews with Kentucky-based economists suggest otherwise. In a television ad, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, criticizes his Democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen, saying she "supports Obamacare, which has decimated Kentucky jobs." Mitch McConnell's ads suggest the same. Factually, the claim doesn't appear to be accurate. Kentucky had 26,271 more people working last month than it did in March 2010 when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state's unemployment rate in that same period fell from 10.5 percent to 7.1 percent.

Posted September 28, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Attorneys out in ’94 double-homicide
     A Christian Circuit judge ordered on Friday that the Christian County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office be excluded from prosecuting a 20-year-old double-homicide in which two former Oak Grove police officers have been charged with murder and complicity to murder. Judge Andrew Self also removed defense attorney Rick Boling from representing Frank Black Jr., who’s charged with two counts of murder in the slaying of two women who worked at an Oak Grove brothel in 1994.

Posted September 28, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Police: Woman calls 911, demands officers help with cell phone
     A 36-year-old Georgetown woman faces charges after becoming angered when police refused to program her cell phone, a Georgetown police report says. Angie D. Roberts is charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal mischief, Scott County Detention Center records show. Roberts allegedly called 911 when she was unable to program her cell phone.

    Posted September 28, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Franklin County with front row seat to state's lethal injection debate
     Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd plans to issue an order within the next two weeks deciding how much information the state must divulge about how and why it arrived at what drugs to use in a lethal injection and at what doses. The issue is the latest in the decade-long battle over how Kentucky executes people and whether the current system passes constitutional muster and was properly adopted. It is heard in Franklin County because this is where the Kentucky Department of Corrections is based.


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