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    Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Traffic deaths continue to rise in Kentucky
     The rate of fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways is increasing in 2015, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. As of Oct. 24, there were 640 fatalities – 29 more than at the same time last year. The experts say more than 90 percent of highway crashes are due to driver error.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Owensboro industrial operation expands
     Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday congratulated Castlen, a fabricator and designer of material-handling equipment and infrastructure, on opening its $4.4 million industrial site in Owensboro, an expansion that created 30 jobs and will likely spur more in the future.

    Posted October 25, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
'From the farm up:' Commissioner discusses Kentucky Hunger Initiative
     Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles wants to stamp out hunger. "One in six Kentuckians and one in five school children suffer from food insecurity. A lot of folks ... didn't think that hunger in Kentucky was an issue," he said Monday during the Kentucky Women in Agriculture's "The Race to Solve Hunger in Kentucky" conference. "I've had legislators tell me, 'This isn't an issue in this district.' Hunger exists in every county, every city and every hamlet in Kentucky."

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Murder case against Candies readying for trial
     Much of the evidence in the investigation of a fatal shooting in August has been provided to the suspect and his attorney. Maurice Lonnell Candies, 34, of Bowling Green, appeared Monday in Warren Circuit Court for a pretrial conference in his criminal case, in which he is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. A separate indictment charges him with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Candies is accused of shooting Derek Lewis on Aug. 1.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Barren County body ID'd as believed victim of serial killer
     A body found in Barren County in 2011 has been identified as an Indianapolis woman believed to have been the victim of a purported serial killer. The Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains of a woman found along the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway near Glasgow as that of Carma J. Purpura, 31, of Indianapolis, according to a news release Monday from Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green. She was last seen at an Indianapolis-area truck stop July 11, 2007.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Garrard resident worked on famous NASA missions, including first moon landing
     Anyone can dream about the stars, but one Garrard County man can say he’s helped send people there. Steve Amsler, 71, was attending the University of South Florida in the 1960s when he was recruited for a co-op program with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1996, he and his wife Debbie returned to her home community of Garrard County. Amsler wound up working at NASA from 1964 until 1972.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
Police: Leave clown masks at home for Halloween
     Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggity beasties are due to arrive next Monday in downtown Winchester. Clowns, especially scary clowns, are not welcome. Winchester Police are encouraging parents to bring their children to Halloween MAIN-ia and trick-or-treat in downtown Winchester next Monday evening. Given recent national trends people in clown costumes scaring or terrorizing people, clown costumes should be left at home.

    Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State offers tips to avoid falling for an imposter over email
     In financial fraud, the con artists may not be obvious – they may look like just about anyone, and they will do anything they can to gain your trust. But in the online world, the cyber con artists have the ability to look like whoever they want – even masquerading as someone you know to trick you into falling for their attacks, a state news release. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Financial Cybercrime Task Force of Kentucky – a work group of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) – wants to take the opportunity to inform consumers about the dangers of phishing and spear phishing threats.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Paducah domestic violence shelter gets $500,000 grant
     Gov. Matt Bevin presented Merryman House in Paducah with a $ 500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently approved by the Department for Local Government. The Delta Regional Authority also awarded an additional grant in the amount of $250,000. Funds will be used to expand the facility from 24 beds to 36, along with building a new commercial kitchen. The Merryman House is a private domestic violence shelter.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Dogs found ill, neglected in Madisonville home
     A Hopkins County couple is facing an animal cruelty charge after humane society officials found almost two dozen small dogs living in deplorable conditions. Charles Reynolds, 66, and Susan F. Reynolds, 43, of Madisonville were individually charged Monday with second-degree cruelty to animals after the Hopkins County Humane Society and Kentucky State Police seized approximately 20 Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixes from their one-story residence.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Bevin lauds united effort in region's river counties
     Gov. Matt Bevin sees great potential in western Kentucky, and he told a roomful of regional political and business leaders Monday they are the key to "making or breaking" an economic upturn in the local river counties. The governor kicked off the Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy Annual Confluence at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Hickman County. The two-day conference was organized to help spur economic development in the region and raise funds for creation of a riverport in Ballard County. Some 200 people from the river and agricultural industries joined economic development, political and business representatives at the event, which continues Tuesday with a series of interactive panels.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Neiman painting ripped off wall at Ali Center
     Police are looking for a man be­lieved to have stolen a print of a paint­ing of Muhammad Ali worth thousands of dollars off the wall of the Muham­mad Ali Center. An unidentified man took the art­work by the late LeRoy Neiman from the center around 1 p.m., Saturday, said police spokesman Dwight Mitchell in an email. The signed piece of art, which hung in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, is valued at $5,000, Mitchell said. The painting features an image of Muham­mad Ali in white boxing trunks and red boxing gloves standing against an or­ange background.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Tourists flooding Ark Park
     Its science exhibits may have been called “absolutely wrong” by educa­tor Bill Nye, but Kentucky’s $100 mil­lion Ark Encounter biblical theme park has drawn more than 400,000 visitors since it opened in July, park officials said. The 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark rep­lica in Grant County, Ky., was predic­ted to attract 500,000 visitors in its first year by a state consultant and 1.2 million by Answers in Genesis, the Apologetics ministry behind the pro­ject, The Courier-Journal previously reported. The flood of visitors from as far as California, Texas and even some oth­er countries has also doubled atten­dance at the group’s 10-year-old Cre­ation Museum, located 44 miles away in Petersburg, Ky., which could hit 600,000 this year if attendance rates continue, according to the group. In April it won permission for a large expansion of the Creation Museum.

    Posted October 25, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
The Bluegrass State – once largely a blue one among voters – has shifted dramatically
     Kentucky is a solidly red state. Seven out of eight members of the state’s dele­gation to Washington are Republican. So is its governor, most of its other constitu­tional officers and its state Senate. The state House of Representatives, with a big Donald Trump victory expect­ed in the presidential contest here, could fall next month. Just about the only place that Ken­tucky isn’t Republican is in voter regis­tration — but that is changing.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Murder trial begins for man accused of shooting, dragging brother
     Whether a Florida’s man 2014 shooting death was intentional murder or an accident is at the crux of a trial that began Monday in Woodford Circuit Court. Vernon Saunders, 59, is accused of shooting his brother Tim Saunders, 51, in the chest and dragging the victim’s body behind a pickup truck 1 1/2 miles on Ky. 33 south of Versailles. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
No flip-flops or exposed belly buttons for Kentucky state workers
     Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has banned flip-flops and exposed midriffs in a new dress code for Kentucky’s more than 31,000 executive branch employees. Personnel Secretary Thomas B. Stephens set the policy, which took effect Oct. 16, for all state workers in the executive branch. Violators could face disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Jodi Whitaker, a spokeswoman for the Personnel Cabinet, said Monday that individual state cabinets may initiate policies with more stringent guidelines based on their needs, but all must follow the four points in Stephens’ code.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Andy Barr, Nancy Jo Kemper debate over state of the nation
     U.S. Rep Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Democratic challenger Nancy Jo Kemper sharply disagreed Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight about whether the United States is on the right track under President Obama. Barr condemned Obama’s eight years in office, and said he is pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, environmental rules that have made coal less attractive and “the avalanche of regulations” that he said is crippling the nation’s economy. The less government, the better, Barr said. By contrast, Kemper said she largely supports Obama’s record. Moments after the program began, she accused Barr of lying about her own record with a recent televised attack ad that ran positive comments she made about new economic data against a video of ISIS soldiers, suggesting that she was speaking favorably of the terrorists.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ The Gleaner ]
New Henderson team will join summer baseball league
     A growing collegiate summer baseball league is expanding into Henderson as the Henderson Flash was selected as the eighth member of the Ohio Valley League on Saturday and will begin play in June 2017. The team, which will play a 40-game schedule in June and July, will have a roster of college players from junior college to NCAA Division I levels.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
KSP plea brings ‘several responses’ in Goodlett case
     UPDATED: A plea from the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch seeking information from students of two area high schools received “several respon­ses” after it was issued Friday. Investigators are seeking students who might have had their cellphones confiscated since 2010 at Elizabethtown and LaRue County high schools, where Kyle Goodlett once worked. Goodlett, 36, faces 63 felony charges related to child pornography. Lt. Jeremy Murrell of KSP said the responses have come by email and phone and from parents and students of the schools.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Rand Paul in Northern Kentucky to pump up voter turnout
     U.S. Sen. Rand Paul spent Saturday in Northern Kentucky campaigning for re-election. Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, is running against Democratic Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. Paul spent part of the morning knocking doors in Independence, focusing on getting voters to the polls on Election Day, not changing their minds.


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