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Posted July 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK violated open meetings law at trustees dinner, attorney general finds
     The University of Kentucky violated the Open Meetings Act when it did not keep minutes from a dinner meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office has ruled. UK is now required to produce minutes that reflect the “substance of the presentation” made during the dinner by an attorney. The July 25 opinion was in response to a complaint made the Herald-Leader after UK denied a request for minutes from a May 2 trustees meeting. At that dinner meeting, the board was briefed by a Washington, D.C. lawyer about $4 million it reimbursed the federal government because of billing problems at a Hazard cardiology clinic owned by UK.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Walmart brings its online grocery shopping to Lexington
     Walmart has brought online grocery shopping to Kentucky, with Lexington, Georgetown and Nicholasville stores the first to offer the service in the state. The Hamburg store went live with online grocery ordering on July 13. So far, the store is averaging about 10 orders a day; the Georgetown store is doing about 20 a day, according to Walmart officials.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Fire at Elizabethtown manufacturer causes evacuation
     A fire at an Elizabethtown plant in the industrial park on Ring Road caused a brief disruption in production Wednesday evening. According to Elizabethtown Deputy Chief Everett Roberts, the fire began in the friction department in the hot press area of Akebono Brake Corp. at 6:31 p.m. and employees who noticed the fire activated the alarm. The fire department was called to the scene on an activated alarm, but the call was upgraded to a structure fire while trucks were en route, Everett said.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Critical analysis cites need for 'new direction' for WKU police
     A recent analysis of the Western Kentucky University Police Department concluded that the agency was plagued by low morale and staffing and policy issues that require a "new direction" for the department. The conclusions were questioned by WKU Police Chief Robert Deane, who said in a statement the analysis "contains many untruths, exaggerations and inaccuracies." Deane also said in the statement he was not given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green doctor pleads not guilty to federal charges
     Former Bowling Green cardiologist C. Fred Gott pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to federal criminal charges based on allegations that he distributed painkillers that caused death or serious physical injury to patients. Gott, 63, was arraigned in U.S. District Court on a superseding indictment charging him with 32 counts of health care fraud, 14 counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances among other allegations.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Former Frankfort plant manager indicted for accepting bribes
     A former plant manager for Montaplast of North America Inc. has been indicted on charges that include commercial bribery, receiving stolen property and theft. Thomas Shuck, 28, of Frankfort, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week after being indicted in June by a Franklin County Grand Jury. Shuck is accused of receiving commercial bribes from six Montaplast employees without the knowledge or consent of the company. The bribes were allegedly for amounts ranging from $200 to $500 to secure summer employment or reassignment of employment such as a change in shift.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Boyle cutting down on out-of-county trash disposal with license checks
     Users of Boyle County’s convenience centers may have noticed a recent tightening of the rules about presenting identification before dropping off waste. The county is clamping down in order to eliminate out-of-county users who can potentially cost Boyle thousands in waste disposal fees. “What we are doing is we are moving out the people from other counties that come in and think they can have free disposal,” Solid Waste Director Donna Fechter told Boyle County magistrates this week. Boyle County provides free convenience centers for trash disposal in lieu of curbside pickup, but the centers are only supposed to be used by Boyle County residents.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Taylor County's Marketplace project gets city, county approval
     The proposed Campbellsville Marketplace, set to be located on the former Fruit of the Loom site, will likely be open for business a couple of years from now. As Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young sees it, it’s going to take large amounts of money just to clean up the area that was the Fruit of the Loom factory, and even more to develop it into a shopping center.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Man arrested for allegedly assaulting pregnant woman with crow bar
     A La Grange man was arrested for beating a pregnant woman with a crowbar on July 16, according to a citation. A sheriff’s deputy responded to a call from a woman who requested assistance to leave a La Grange residence, the citation stated. When the deputy arrived, the victim, who was five months pregnant, stated that she had been assaulted by Roy Stacey, 56.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Business owner warns against embezzlement
     A co-owner of a Crestwood business is sharing her story after two of her employees were arrested for allegedly stealing $127,536 from her company over the course of several years. In July, a husband and wife were indicted by the Oldham Circuit Court with theft and fraud charges after allegedly stealing for many years from The Nemeth Group Inc., a business that designs, manufactures and repairs radio frequency products. The business’s bookkeeper, Jessica Carlton, 35, was found to have been writing unauthorized checks in December of 2015.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ancient bison display at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
     A new "Ancient Bison" exhibit has been added to the interpretive displays at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County. The hulking beast depicted in the new diorama, Bison antiquus, was the precursor to the modern bison of our time. The ancient bison was about 25 percent larger than modern bison, weighed as much as 3,500 pounds and stood up to 7.5 feet tall at the top of the hump, state park's news release said.

    Posted July 28, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Unemployment rates down in 64 Kentucky counties in June
     Unemployment rates fell in 64 Kentucky counties between June 2015 and June 2016, rose in 49 counties, and remained the same in seven (Fleming, Henderson, Morgan, Simpson, Trigg, Trimble and Whitley), according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training news release. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.6 percent. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.8 percent.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Local businesses to be featured on Animal Planet
     Every week on the Treehouse Masters, a television show broadcast on Animal Planet, host Pete Nelson takes viewers across the country to watch as a treehouse is constructed. These deluxe treehouses are not your typical structure, however. They are handcrafted by professionals who take into account every detail. On Friday, the program will feature a treehouse project being constructed in nearby Cadiz, using two Murray businesses to complete the structure.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Murder trial could begin next year
     A murder trial involving two area residents will begin next year if a final effort to settle the case out of court proves unsuccessful. Madisonville residents Norman M. Barassi, 52, and Zachary R. McPeak, 24, who are both accused of murder and tampering with physical evidence in relation to the 2014 stabbing of Nebo resident Phillip "PJ" Phelps, are scheduled to attend mediation Oct. 25, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Kathy Senter.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Fancy Farm speaker lineup taking shape
     On the heels of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, the local political event that kicks off the general election season in Kentucky will take place Aug. 6 in Graves County. The 136th annual Fancy Farm Picnic will feature a conservative-leaning emcee, candidates sparring in two hot-button state races, and surrogate speakers for the presidential candidates. Along with the speeches will be a total of nearly 20,000 pounds of barbecue pork and mutton and all the other picnic amenities that attract upwards of 10,000 people to the event annually.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Arrest made in Paducah theater feud
     An Illinois man who allegedly pulled a gun Saturday at the Cinemark Theater in Paducah was arrested Tuesday night when he turned himself in to police. According to the Paducah Police Department, warrants were issued Tuesday for John Grabinski, 64, charging him with first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and menacing. Police said Grabinski began cursing at a 14-year-old boy Saturday who was kicking the back of his seat in the movie theater. The boy's father, John Hempen, 38, of Paducah, told police he intervened, and he and Grabinski began arguing.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville leaders: 2016 spike in shootings a ‘health crisis’
     Though overshadowed by the city’s decades-high homicide tally, shootings in Louisville are on pace to more than double from just two years ago. Nearly 250 people were shot in Louisville through June this year, according to newly released Louis­ville Metro Police fatal and nonfatal shooting data. City and community leaders have labeled the alarming statistic a “public health crisis” and a “sig­nificant problem.” Nearly three times as many peo­ple have been shot in the first half of this year compared to the same midyear mark five years ago.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L Board: Ramsey out
     After seven hours of closed-door meetings and negotiations, President James Ramsey agreed to resign as the university’s 17th president. The Board of Trustees agreed to a deal in which Ramsey will be paid $690,000, the equivalent of about two years of his university salary only. Board Chairman Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman said the board rejected his pro­posal to serve for up to one year as interim president with his current salary and benefits. Bridgeman indicated that at one point the board considered firing Ram­sey outright.

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Candidate Gray lays out climate, coal views
     Senate candidate Jim Gray elaborat­ed this week on coal and climate change, stepping into an issue that pits main­stream science against a traditional but eroding pillar of Kentucky’s economy. “Climate change is real and it’s an is­sue that deserves serious attention,” Gray told the Courier-Journal in a writ­ten statement on Wednesday. “But that fact does not mean that coal and the peo­ple who have dedicated their lives and careers to coal should be hung out to dry.”

Posted July 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Benham voters approve alcohol sales at historic inn
     Residents in the historic coal town of Benham voted by a wide margin Tuesday to allow alcohol sales at the School House Inn, which many saw as a way to help keep the motel in operation. The tally was 74 in favor of alcohol sales and 15 against, according to Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins’ office. The vote will allow the inn to sell alcohol at events such as school reunions and in the restaurant.


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