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    Posted May 2, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
State suicide death hike mirrors nation
     Although the number of suicides increased nationally between 1999 and 2014 after years of decline, Kentucky saw an even greater increase than the national average, according to data from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that suicide rates for both men and women nationally increased from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 in 2014.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Sunday earthquake felt across west Ky. region
     Things went bump in the night Sunday when a magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred near La Center in Ballard County. The quake was felt by people in western Kentucky, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, according to the National Weather Service. No damage or injuries were reported.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Suit planned to stop monument's removal at UofL
     A Republican candidate for Congress wants to stop Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey from removing the controversial Confederate monument from the school's campus. "It is a political version of book burning," Everett Corley, a real estate agent, said in an interview Sunday evening. "And the fact is, I'm not in favor of book burning." Corley said he will be filing a temporary restraining order in Jefferson Circuit Court on Monday against Fischer that will demand he cease and desist from any efforts to take down the memorial.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky Derby is chefs' payday & nightmare
     While the pageantry unfurls at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week, Louisville's finest restaurants brace for the rush back from the track. Chefs feel glee. Big spenders will drop $75 for a pull of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon or $100 on a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape red wine. Lobster claws and dry-aged steaks, quail eggs and grilled oysters star on the $125, per person menu, for example, at River House on Derby Day.

    Posted May 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bill Clinton to campaign in Louisville
     Former President Bill Clinton will be in Louisville Tuesday to campaign for his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to her campaign. The former president will also make stops in Lexington and Morehead. The visit will come exactly two weeks before the Kentucky primary election and means that, like Bernie Sanders who is campaigning in Louisville as well on Tuesday, the Clinton campaign could get a boost in Southern Indiana as well. Hoosiers will be casting ballots in the Indiana primary on Tuesday.

    Posted May 2, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville to feel the Bern
     Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful, will rally his supporters on Tuesday at Waterfront Park in Louisville near the Big Four Bridge. The visit is Sanders’ first visit to Kentucky and comes two weeks before the Kentucky Democratic primary and on the same day as the Indiana primary.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
One killed, one injured in Campbellsville shooting
     Campbellsville police are investigating the shooting of two women, one of them fatally, on Saturday evening. In a release, police said they responded to a 6:17 p.m. call about a disturbance on Catawata Circle, where they discovered two shooting victims. Brianna D. Washington, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shenitrea M. Vaughn, 25, was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Clay County woman dies after shooting; boyfriend charged with attempted murder
     A Clay County woman has died from a shooting, the Fayette County Coroner’s office announced Sunday. Alicia Tye, 35, of Manchester, was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center early Saturday in critical condition from a gunshot wound. Her boyfriend, Samuel Cornett was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the case.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Aging boomers fuel flurry of new senior living options
     Step inside the soon-to-open Magnolia Springs and see the future of senior living. The soaring entrance looks like a high-end resort hotel. A concierge will staff the lobby to help residents and visitors. Further in, you’ll see a grab-and-go bistro with a cappuccino machine. Pick up a snack. Grab a Gatorade or an ice cream cone.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Dolphins draft WKU’s Doughty, sign UofL’s Burgess
     With the 223rd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected former Western Kentucky University quarterback Brandon Doughty, a hometown product, in the seventh round on Saturday. Doughty grew up playing football in Davie, Florida, where the Dolphins practice and becomes the first WKU quarterback taken in the NFL Draft as well as the second-ever player drafted out of WKU by the Dolphins. He becomes WKU's 30th draft pick in program history and fifth of the FBS era.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Ruffling feathers: E’town council could revisit livestock ordinance
     Elizabethtown city government has issued an order for a Central Avenue family to remove the estimated 20 chickens on their property as Hardin County cities are in the midst of a chicken craze. Radcliff has been in recent discussions with residents over the urban farming movement where homeowners keep chickens for eggs or to sell. Elizabethtown isn’t immune to the new trend.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Defying the odds: Elizabethtown man kicks Stage 4 skin cancer diagnosis in five months
     Sonny Allen hadn’t had as much as broken a finger, had stitches or been hospitalized until he was 73 years old. He had spent a life between Kentucky and Florida boating, swimming and golfing during the summertime and seldom worrying about the repercussions. Then a small lesion that looked no different than a pimple appeared on his shoulder in 2014, and he was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
An 'invitation': Judge's comments in sex abuse case stir concern
     A Northern Kentucky judge's comments after finding a former Xavier women's basketball coach not guilty of inappropriately touching a player have drawn widespread concern and some condemnation. The woman's father said in a recent interview that he was "disgusted" by Kenton County District Judge Ann Ruttle's statements from the bench April 11 when she announced the verdict. An official with the Cleveland-based Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence said they had been contacted about what Ruttle said.

Posted May 2, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Confederate memorial at U of L to be removed
     Saying it no longer has a place in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced Friday morning that the 121-year-old Confederate monument on the Belknap campus is being removed. The two gathered at the monument across from the Speed Art Museum on Third Street, joined by several city and university officials and U of L students.

    Posted May 1, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto breaks ‘Powerball Promise’
     Rep. James Kay (D-Versailles) says his efforts to correct an error that removed $40 million in lottery funds from needs-based student college scholarships in the final hours of the legislative session was thwarted by a veto from Gov. Matt Bevin. It breaks the spirit of the “Powerball Promise” sending money from the lottery to fund education, Kay says.

Posted May 1, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Minor earthquake hits western Kentucky
     The first day of May saw a minor earthquake strike western Kentucky at 2:12 a.m. CDT Sunday. The 3.5-quake was centered 14 kilometers north-northwest of La Center in Ballard County, according to the earthquaketrack.com website. That equates to nearly 9 miles.

Posted May 1, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ex-Wildcat star Davender dies at 49
     Ed Davender, a 49-year-old former University of Kentucky basketball star who suffered a heart at­tack on Tuesday, died late Thursday night. Retired Wildcats coach Joe B. Hall confirmed the sad news.

Posted May 1, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ex-Montgomery superintendent speaks out about revoked certificates
     Former Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Powell said Friday he is appealing the revocation of his superintendent and principal certificates by the Education Professional Standards Board. The revocation is in effect until July 1, 2020. The certificates were revoked amid accusations of unlawful and unethical practices. Powell, 41, said in an interview he didn’t think his certificates should be eligible for revocation until after his appeal, which under Kentucky law is heard by a circuit court.

    Posted May 1, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin veto undermines GOP relationships
     So Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill that would have created a new Kentucky driver's license in compliance with federal standards that, beginning in 2018, would be required for Kentucky citizens to enter federal government buildings and fly on airplanes. It’s a move that certainly can’t make some Republican members of the Kentucky General Assembly happy.

Posted May 1, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Officer acquitted
     A little more than eight months after what his defense counsel called a “nightmare” for Radcliff Police Department officer Terry Moore, his ordeal ended Friday afternoon. Following 135 minutes of deliberation by Hardin County jury, he was cleared of charges that he assaulted his wife, Meghan, and handcuffed her.


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