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Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for Supreme Court seat in E. Ky.
     The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr.,Thursoday announced nominees to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat for the 7th Appellate Court District. The district is comprised of 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The vacancy was created when Justice Will T. Scott stepped down Jan. 2 to run for Kentucky governor. The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are David Allen Barber of Prestonsburg, Roger Donald Riggs of Mount Sterling and Janet L. Stumbo of Van Lear, according to a state news release.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Dozens of WKU employees victimized with false tax returns
     "Plus or minus 50" employees of Western Kentucky University have reported fraudulent tax returns have been filed in their names, a university official confirmed Thursday. Tony Glisson, WKU human resources director, said the university has sent out an email asking any employees to report such activity.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
New mental health docket unveiled for Clark County
     It’s taken months to bring a dream to reality, but it finally arrived Wednesday when Clark County’s mental health docket was officially announced. Local officials have been planning the new specialty court for several months. While the concept and format are similar to the established drug court program, the goals are a different. Rather than punishing people for crime fueled by an addiction, the mental health court seeks to provide the help for those whose mental issues led to broken laws.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Christian County manufacturer to expand
     Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Fimco Inc. - doing business as Ag Spray Equipment - plans to consolidate production into a new facility in Christian County. Ag Spray Equipment-Hopkinsville will manufacture agricultural sprayers as well as smaller scale equipment for lawn and garden use. The company is expected to create up to 15 jobs and invest $3.5 million into the project.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bowling Green firm to expand
     Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced that NHK of America Suspension Components Inc. (NASCO) is planning a $15 million expansion in Bowling Green. NASCO will invest $15.2 million to construct a new building next to its existing facility on Nashville Road. The project will be completed in the next two years. NASCO’s facility will house a compact line for the manufacturing of automotive suspension coil springs.

    Posted February 26, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
A lot of fracking questions in Kentucky
     While landowners pleaded to senators for a moratorium on fracking during a bill hearing to update regulations on oil and gas production, some later felt silenced at a permit hearing, which could allow the first deep-well horizontal fracking site in the state.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Convicted killer seeks new trial
     A convicted killer from Bowling Green serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of his ex-girlfriend is set to appear in court today to argue for a new trial. An evidentiary hearing in Warren Circuit Court will take up a motion filed last year by 48-year-old Randall Creek. A jury convicted Creek in 2010 of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with the shooting death of Debbie Rediess, 46, on Oct. 5, 2008, outside her Smiths Grove house.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Three die in Greenup County house fire
     Kentucky State Police confirm three people died Wednesday night in a Greenup County house fire. The home was in the Load community. Two of the victims have been identified as Wilma Osborn, 48, and Jensyn Archey, 6, according to WSAZ-TV's website. The third victim has not been identified yet. Police told the TV station they believe all 3 victims were related.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Tailgating to continue as is for another year
     An effort to legalize the tradition of tailgating will have to wait another year, according to the lawmaker sponsoring a bill to address what is a common — but, in many cases, technically illegal — practice. State law bans drinking alcoholic beverages in unlicensed public places, which includes common areas of professional offices and apartment complexes. While there are enforcement efforts against under-age drinking, adult drinking at sporting events is largely ignored, if not expressly allowed.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State police charge Fayette and Madison men with distribution of child porn
     State police have arrested men in Richmond and Lexington and charged them with possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

    Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Snow showers, slick spots expected in Eastern Kentucky
     By early next week, much milder weather will invade Kentucky. But before it arrives, stay tuned for another dip into arctic temperatures.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Former U of L player Chris Jones accused of rape, sodomy; pleads not guilty
     UPDATED: Warrants have been signed by a judge for the arrest of former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones on felony charges of rape and sodomy. Jones is charged with counts of each offense, WDRB reported on its website. The warrants said Jones raped one woman and sodomized another.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Man charged after woman walks off into Clay County woods to her death in cold weather
     A Clay County man is accused of leaving a friend alone in the woods where her frozen body was found nine days later. Coy Scott Bowling was charged with wanton endangerment, in part because he didn't tell others that the woman had walked off, according to county Sheriff Kevin Johnson. Deputies found the body of Traci Beth Alvey, 34, about 3 p.m. Tuesday in woods in a secluded part of the county. Her mother had reported her missing Monday.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Bridge bill passes, tolls not banned
     The controversial bill that would allow private companies to partner with Kentucky on major highway projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge passed through the state House Wednesday, but without the anti-tolling provisions that doomed the legislation last year. That passage came with hours of debate and the introduction of six amendments by state Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, including three that were passed. "Tolls are an abomination ... and will unfairly burden the residents of my district and Northern Kentucky," Simpson said.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Expert: No evidence of braking in deadly crash
     An accident reconstructionist said when Kyle Thomp son’s van with three children in it careened into a Jeep Liberty driven by Ashlee Berry last June, he made no attempt to stop his vehicle. In the second and last day of testimony Wednesday in Thompson’s murder trial, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bryan Washer, who is trained in accident reconstruction, said he and others were able to determine the moment of impact and maximum engagement, when vehicles “crumple together,” in the June 3 wreck on Ky. 313 that killed Berry. By being able to determine that instant and how the vehicles collided from the reconstruction, which was performed within hours of the crash, Washer said the scene was telling.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
71 laid off at Hopkinsville plant
     As of Tuesday, 71 employees of PTC Seamless Tube Corp. were laid off and will have to look for new employment. In August 2013, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Hopkinsville plant would create 283 jobs. The company was planning to create seamless steel tubing in for the energy industry. The layoffs are the result of a declining market for the product, said Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Council.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
‘Where’s our mail?’: Snow still disrupting postal service
     Marty Dawson, a 72-year-old retired teacher, was pretty frustrated when the mail did not come to her house for several days after the winter storm piled about a foot of snow on Hopkinsville. Twice she tried to chase down a mail truck passing through her neighborhood. One truck kept going. The other stopped but the driver said he only had packages — not the mail they wanted. Over and over, people have asked, ‘Where’s our mail?” Often, the answer is that it’s on a truck that won’t make deliveries because of snow and ice packed at the edge of streets and on sidewalks.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Water restored to more Kentucky customers, but progress is slow, emergency official says
     The number of Kentucky households without water continued to fall Wednesday as crews fixed broken water lines and other problems caused by days of subzero temperatures. Just less than 28,000 were without water Wednesday, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Services. More than 45,000 homes, primarily in Eastern Kentucky, were without water earlier in the week.

    Posted February 26, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky lawmakers explore their differences on anti-heroin bills
     The House and Senate aren't ready to agree on a bill that would address Kentucky's heroin epidemic, but they're starting to agree on where they disagree. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the House's proposal, House Bill 213, and asked about its needle exchange program. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee expects to return the favor Thursday by studying the Senate's plan.

Posted February 26, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Broken neck doesn't stop 'Heavy Hitter'
     Back at work this week after nearly being killed Jan. 19 on his bicycle, attorney Darryl Isaacs, known as "Heavy Hitter," faces a new challenge. He said his doctors tell him he needs to gain weight. Since he was hit by a car from behind on River Road, breaking his neck, he has lost 52 pounds and is down to 233, he said during an interview Wednesday at his office off Bluegrass Parkway. Isaacs, who may be Kentucky's best known lawyer thanks to a huge advertising budget, said he is still in pain. He must wear a neck brace and collar 24 hours a day and cannot drive.


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