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Posted December 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
1 killed, 2 arrested after break-in at church
     A suspect was killed Friday morning by a Sheriff's deputy and two others were arrested after an attempted break-in Friday at a Simpsonville church, which had been the target of a burglary the day before.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Body of missing man is found
     The body of Charles T. Fields, 35, was found around 9:30 a.m. Thursday in an overgrown field near the intersection of KY Highway 160 and Rise Branch, between Roxana and Kingscreek. Authorities believe he died in crash of all-terrain vehicle.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ The Gleaner ]
World AIDS Day service in Evansville pushes back against HIV stigma
     Evansville observers of World AIDS Day on Thursday used candles, hymns, Bible verses and prayers to commemorate the people who have died from and live with HIV and AIDS, locally and globally.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Water, sewer board working to get funds for prison projects
     Applications have been submitted to the Division for Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for funding the water lines and sewage treatment facility to serve the proposed federal prison at Roxana.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
The road that brought Eric Chrisman home
     The family of a trooper killed in a wreck 18 months ago chose Ninevah Road (state Highway 326) to be named for Eric Chrisman because of the special place it held in his 23-year life.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Fiscal Court to consider needle exchange support
     On Nov. 5, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department’s board voted to begin needle exchanges in its counties to combat the spread of HIV as a result of intravenous drug use, but it first needs the consent of Nelson County and Bardstown officials. On Tuesday, Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts will ask the Fiscal Court to approve a resolution authorizing it. Watts, a member of the health board, said he thinks it has the votes to pass.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Woman missing from Florida has ties to Nelson County
     Rachael Madison was last seen when she left her aunt’s Florida home early afternoon Nov. 27 to go for a run on the beach. Now, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is looking for her estranged husband, Wayne Madison, who is wanted on a charge of criminal confinement and is believed to be armed. A Florida law enforcement report indicates Rachael had fled to Florida seeking safety from Wayne after he allegedly fired a gun at her Nov. 14 in Indiana. Prior to her disappearance, Nelson County records reflect the troubled relationship.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Franklin judge grants hearing for Frankfort Police and detective against alleged misconduct in 2015 homicide
     Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd will grant the Frankfort Police Department and one of its detectives an opportunity to convince him that he shouldn’t find them in violation of an order to disclose evidence in the department’s handling of a 2015 homicide case. Shepherd last month unsealed court documents related to the 2015 stabbing death of Thomas Ellison of Frankfort for which Nichols was charged with murder. In his order, Shepherd rebuked the police department for what he called a pattern of unethical behavior, sexual misconduct and lack of supervision in the investigation

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Trump supporters bring guns to anti-Trump meeting
     Two men wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and firearms sat in a room at the Covington library and watched as 15 people made posters for an "anti-hate" rally this Saturday to protest policies of President-elect Donald Trump. A library official said "everybody was very respectful of one another."

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
WKU president search narrows as committee conducts 'airport' interviews
     The field of candidates vying to be Western Kentucky University's next president is tightening as the university's Presidential Search Committee sit down to interview candidates in private meetings in Nashville on Thursday and Friday. The committee will be interviewing seven candidates in meetings taking place in the Nashville Airport Marriott hotel. The committee's been searching for a new president since President Gary Ransdell announced plans to retire next year after 20 years with the university.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Spectacular Christmas display absent this year
     Time constraints and other obligations have prevented Murray's John Paschall from mounting his annual Christmas display, which included moving parts, pixels, animatronics, tens of thousands of lights and untold channels of computerization. The display draws about 2,000 visitors each year and serves to raise money for charity. He promises it will be back next year, bigger than ever.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Memorial to Lexington lawyer killed in bicycle accident was stolen
     Georgetown assistant police chief Robert Swanigan said police think the memorial to Mark Hinkel was stolen in the past two weeks. The memorial, featuring a bicycle painted white, was secured through a concrete mount and had to be physically taken apart to be removed. Hinkel, 57, was killed after he was hit by a truck in Scott County while on his bike in 2015 during the Horsey Hundred, a bike event sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
University of Kentucky security officer charged with off-campus rape
     Richard J. Gorman, 22, a security officer at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, is accused of having sex with a woman Tuesday while she was unconscious, according to court documents. He also is accused of deleting photographs that were taken “during the encounter.”

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin skips Capitol Christmas tree lighting, speaks at Trump rally in Ohio instead
     Kentucky's governor urged people to attend the annual tree lighting in Frankfort, but skipped the event to appear at a rally for Donald Trump in Ohio, in which he compared the president-elect to Winston Churchill.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Magoffin County officials sentenced in vote-fraud conspiracy
     A Magoffin County magistrate convicted in a vote-buying conspiracy was sentenced Thursday to two years and nine months in federal prison. Another county official was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and fined. A third was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. Several people testified members of the vote-buying ring paid them $50 apiece in the 2014 election.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
West Louisville VA hospital campaign heats up
     A movement to bring the long-planned new Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center to west Louisville is gaining momentum, and supporters were gathering petition signatures at a town hall meeting Thursday evening to "invalidate" the current plan to build it at a controversial site on Brownsboro Road site in east Louisville. A public comment period ends Dec. 12 on a new federal VA Draft Economic Impact Statement that was done on the Brownsboro site, the current Robley Rex VA hospital site on Zorn Avenue and a second choice site on Factory Lane that's slated for private development now.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bridge officials reveal target opening date is weekend of Dec. 17-18
     The Dec. 17-18 target date for opening the nearly completed East End bridge connecting the Prospect area in Kentucky with the Utica area in Indiana was disclosed Wednesday at a meeting of bridge officials. Testing and inspections are still in progress, and a firm date for opening is expected to be known by early next week.

Posted December 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky Kingdom rolls out big plans for 2017
     A new thrill ride and a major upgrade of its classic coaster, Thunder Run, are on the horizon for Kentucky Kingdom for the 2017 season.
The continued improvements at the ride and water park at the Kentucky Exposition Center follow what its operators have termed a "very successful 2016 season." They also said they hope relatively soon to be drawing 1 million visitors a year.

Posted December 1, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Rain helps extinguish wildfire emergency across Kentucky
     For the first time in weeks, there were no active forest fires in Kentucky Wednesday afternoon, according to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Fire crews had already gotten the upper hand on the outbreak of fires after more than a month of battling blazes in the state’s powder-dry woods, but significant, welcome rain this week helped finish the job, state and local officials said.

Posted December 1, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
East Kentucky Power Cooperative selling solar farm licenses
     After receiving approval from the state Public Service Commission, East Kentucky Power Cooperative will begin offering licenses for its new Clark County solar farm in 2017.


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