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Posted August 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet eager to ‘adopt’ your student’s ideas
     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Friday announced the beginning of the 2014 Adopt-a-Highway Poster Contest. Students across the state are invited to submit creative works for use in the Adopt-a-Highway calendar for 2015. The contest is open to all Kentucky students of elementary, middle and high school age, according to a state news release.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown woman dies in collision with dump truck
     A Nelson County woman died Thursday night when she turned into the path of an oncoming dump truck in front of the Jim Beam Stillhouse on Ky. 245 at Clermont. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings identified the woman Friday morning as Samantha Greenwell, 29.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Warren schools to move 6th graders to middle schools in 2017-2018 school year
     The Warren County Public Schools Board of Education voted 3-1 Thursday to move sixth-graders to the district's middle schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Superintendent Rob Clayton recommended the plan.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Man charged in child porn case pleads not guilty
     A Winchester man pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple charges of possession and promoting child pornography. Linville Strange, 45, was arrested in May by state police after his name surfaced in an investigation by Homeland Security. Those agents conducted an undercover online investigation, which led detectives from the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch to Strange’s residence in May.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Centre's Roush to McConnell and Grimes: 'Please let us know, yes or no?'
     Centre College President John A. Roush is calling on voters to take to social media to force a response from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes on the college's invitation for a debate. In an open letter Wednesday to "Fellow Kentuckians," Roush invited residents to make their views known on social media, to show support for Centre's invitation and to encourage a response from the candidates. Grimes is challenging McConnell in his bid for re-election this fall. "I invite those on social media to show support at #CentreDebate14. We also encourage any and all Kentuckians to post questions you would want the candidates to address on Twitter with this hashtag," he wrote.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
KSU urges community to Pay it Forward
     The Pay It Forward Frankfort campaign officially kicked off by Kentucky State University’s Interim President Raymond Burse started as a result of a chemical spill and university students who stepped up to help. KSU associate professor Shannon Brogan’s students who took her persuasive speech class watched the movie “Pay it Forward” and put the premise of doing good deeds not for a reward, but out of kindness into action. As a class service project, those students delivered water to a children’s hospital in Charleston, W.Va., during the Elk River chemical spill as a result of Freedom Industries’ leak of methylcyclohexane methanol into the water supply.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Lyon County Herald Ledger ]
New flood plain maps coming
     New maps will likely remove from a flood zone nearly 80 Lake Barkley homes inaccurately mapped in by a federal agency. The final maps are at least a year away, but preliminary data could be made available late this fall. That was the word Tuesday from Carey Johnson, program manager of a new Lower Cumberland River Watershed Risk Study. The issue stems from FEMA inaccurately mapping at least 77 high-ground residents into a flood zone two years ago. Mortgage holders demanded the homeowners either buy costly flood insurance or prove they were not in a flood zone. Flood insurance premiums run as high as $4,000 a year, and to prove they are not in a flood zone, homeowners must have their property surveyed at a cost of at least $600.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Rep. Ed Whitfield signs letter in support of Fort Campbell
     U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., along with a handful of Kentucky legislators, has sent a letter to Col. Robert C. Wittig, commander of the United States Army Environmental Command in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, expressing his support for Fort Campbell as the Army prepares for another round of defense spending cuts. A recently released environmental assessment predicts widespread effects on the communities surrounding Fort Campbell if worst-case scenario cuts materialize.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Oldham Era ]
Oldham mayor upset with media when it comes to cats and leashes
     A Goshen ordinance amending a pet law to include cats on leashes has become a local media hit but Goshen Mayor Bob Thacker isn’t too pleased. Thacker told attendees at a city commission meeting earlier this week that the press inaccurately portrayed the amendment to the ordinance. Thacker commented that the intent of the ordinance is not to require cats on leashes, although the amendment clearly states, “No dog or cat within the city shall be permitted off of the property of the dog’s or cat’s owner unless the dog or cat is being restrained by the owner through the use of a leash.”

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Jessamine Journal ]
Kentucky Supreme Court denies review of Jessamine County residents' lawsuit
     The State Supreme Court will not review a 2013 appeals court decision against northern Jessamine County residents seeking reimbursement of fire-subdistrict taxes. The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down an order Aug. 13 denying discretionary review of a case against the Jessamine County Fiscal Court and the Jessamine County Fire District. Denying review of the case allows the year-old appeals court decision in favor of the fiscal court to stand.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Symsonia man charged with animal cruelty
     A Symsonia man was arrested Thursday on charges of cruelty to animals and terroristic threatening for allegedly killing a cat, injuring a dog and threatening to burn down the owner's home, according to the Graves County Sheriff's Department. The agency received a report that James Henderson, 18, had shot a cat three times, broken a dog's ribs and threatened to burn the house of the caller to the ground.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Sentinel-News ]
Diageo tabs distillery as Bulleit Distilling Company at groundbreaking ceremony
     With shovels in hand, Diageo and Kentucky officials stood before a crowd Thursday morning and took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for The Bulleit Distilling Company, and officially tabbed the bourbon and rye distiller’s home as Shelby County. The projected $115 million facility on Benson Pike will include a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery and six barrel warehouses and, Diageo officials hope, push the Bulleit brand over 1 million barrels a year.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Sentinel-News ]
Former school board employee indicted for embezzlement
     A former Shelby County Public School payroll clerk has been indicted on embezzlement charges, with a minimum theft of $80,000; the actual amount has not yet been disclosed. Benita W. Anglin, 54, of Frankfort, is charged with 24 counts in all, including 8 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $1 million. The indictment alleges that the thefts occurred over the past 7 years, beginning in March 2007, and continuing through March 30 this year.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
It's gonna be hot, hot, hot
     Temperatures in Paducah may not reach triple digits over the weekend, but it's going to be a hot, sticky one. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Smith, the high today will reach 96, and the heat index - a combination of temperature and humidity - will make it feel like 104. Going into the weekend, highs will stay in the mid to upper 90s with lows in the mid 70s, but it will be the humidity that will be hard to swallow. "With 40 to 50 percent humidity, the afternoon and evening hours will seem oppressive," he said.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Three arrested in connection with Owensboro pharmacy theft
     Three Owensboro residents were charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance Thursday evening, after federal agents and police detectives discovered tens of thousands of pills missing from a pharmacy. Officials believe more than 50,000 prescription pills were taken from Don and Daisy's Pharmacy Plus. About 3,000 Lortab pills were found during a search of a home -- the home of the woman detectives believe was taking the pills from the pharmacy. Agents from the DEA's Louisville office, along with narcotics detectives from the Owensboro Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, executed a search warrant at the pharmacy Thursday afternoon.

    Posted August 22, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
AT&T still pushing to reform telecom laws
     AT&T is campaigning once again for legislation that would free it from investing in its old landline business so it can focus on newer technologies, its state president told a Kyndle breakfast audience Thursday. “We have got to keep up in Kentucky or we’ll fall behind,” Hood Harris declared. There is resistance to changing state law. “There are those who say, we can’t do this — that if we go to IP technology, someone will lose their phone service or won’t be able to call 911,” Harris said. “They’re scare tactics,” he said.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Family discord lands three in jail
     The routine task of serving warrants ended with a woman, her husband and a son all going to jail on various charges. Sherry Jones, 54, Fred M. Jones, 58, and Robert Anthony Marlowe, 30, all of Loyall, were arrested on Wednesday by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Southern Living touts Georgetown as getaway spot
     In a recent online feature, Southern Living named Georgetown as one of its top 17 small-town weekend getaways. The list featured towns from across the U.S., spanning from the peak of the Northeast all the way down to Texas.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
McConnell’s close ties with Delta CEO doesn’t mean lower CVG fares
     U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s close ties with Delta Air Lines CEO Rick Anderson made headlines this week. McConnell’s campaign, however, wasn’t clear on whether his close relationship with Anderson will have any effect on lowering fares and/or increasing flights at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, which ranks No. 1 in high ticket prices. A National Journal story this week drew parallels between big donations Anderson made to McConnell’s re-election efforts and an exclusive breakfast he had with the senator in the Senate Dining Room.

Posted August 22, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ham brings record $2 million at state fair
     Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were upstaged Thursday by a ham. It wasn't a typical ham, mind you. It was the Kentucky State Fair's grand champion ham, a delicious mixture of pig flesh and salt that fetched a record $2 million at a charity auction minutes after the two political heavy weights squared off. Their talk largely centered around the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as it's known, and whether it's been good for Kentucky or is a financial house of cards ready to collapse.


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