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Posted September 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
KSU president: Taking pay cut was a message
     Raymond Burse, the interim president of Kentucky State University who cut his own salary this summer to help out low-wage employees, sat in his office on Tuesday holding a red shoe. The leather footwear — which had arrived from Des Moines, Iowa — was inscribed with words of praise from two fans who wished to "click their ruby red slippers together" and travel to KSU to celebrate his generosity. Indeed, since Burse announced plans in July to slash his pay by $90,000 and distribute the money to 24 campus workers who earn less than $10.25 per hour, he has received attention in the national media and emails of thanks from as far away as France, Germany and Japan.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Accused cannibal fell through legal cracks
     Joseph Oberhansley walked into a Utah prison 14 years ago, a bullet lodged in his brain, and chose two words to tattoo across his back: "murderous deeds." It was a confession — maybe a warning — from a man who had killed his teenage girlfriend and would later slip through the system to be accused of butchering a Jeffersonville woman and eating her flesh.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Grimes owns small part in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines
     Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has a small ownership stake in a vacant Lexington property that city officials have repeatedly cited for code violations and threatened legal action against for nonpayment of more than $20,000 in storm-sewer fees and fines. Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who is running against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has reported on Senate financial disclosure forms that she holds stock worth between $15,001 and $50,000 in Glenncase, LLC, which owns the former Continental Inn property at the corner of Winchester Road and New Circle Road.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester woman gets lifesaving kidney donation from lifelong best friend
     Lifelong best friends Kelsey White, 19, and Meredith Merrell, 20, said their friendship was meant to be. The friends have known each other since they were born and Meredith’s mother worked at Markey Cancer Center in Lexington with Kelsey’s grandmother. Twenty years later, the inseparable friends have discovered they are compatible in more ways than they ever imagined. Two weeks ago, Kelsey got news she was a match to donate a kidney to Meredith, who was diagnosed with a genetic kidney disorder creating the need for a kidney transplant.

    Posted September 21, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
House Bill 463 created more alternatives to incarcerations
     In 2011, state legislators passed House Bill 463, which changed the way the courts dealt with low-level drug offenders. The bill was crafted after a task force, which included legislators, the head of the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and representatives from the Pew Center on the States' Public Safety Performance Project, studied the state's rising prison population. The task force's goal was to find ways to stem the tide of people being sentenced to Kentucky prisons, to reduce state spending on corrections and to funnel more people facing drug charges into substance abuse treatment.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Odds of deer-vehicle collisions rise
     Kentucky drivers are 11.2 percent more likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. Kentucky ranks 13th, in a tie with Arkansas, by State Farm's list of states where deer-vehicle collisions are most likely. State Farm calculates the odds of a Kentucky driver colliding with a deer as 1 in 107. Last year Kentucky ranked 16th, with odds of a deer-vehicle collision at 1 in 123.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Murray State, UK lead state in 4-year grad rates
     If past data are any indication, of the 1,500 or so freshmen hitting the books full time at Murray State University this fall, fewer than 30 percent will graduate within four years. It’s a figure that may seem discouraging to some, but MSU administrators see it as one of many tools at their disposal in the never-ending work of improvement. It’s also a percentage that’s on par with the national average and steadily rising.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Fort Knox will slash gate operational hours beginning Oct. 1
     Fort Knox's Wilson and Chaffee gates currently allow access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But after changes take effect, Wilson gate only will allow access between 6 a.m. and 6.p.m. everyday except weekends and federal holidays. Chaffee gate (main gate) will see no change. The changes come after troop deactivations and relocations have reduced Fort Knox’s soldier population to 3,500, according to Fort Knox public affairs officer Ryan Brus.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Covington to recoup money from embezzlement
     Covington has learned it will regain nearly all of taxpayers' embezzled money just more than a year after discovering that former finance director Bob Due stole almost $800,000 over about a dozen years. Covington will get $605,300 at minimum through settlements with various defendants in a lawsuit and money from Due's pension, City Solicitor Frank Warnock said. Due is in prison, sentenced on June 6 to 10 years for the fraud and theft that rocked the city.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Auditor says partisan talk about Obamacare not realistic
     State Auditor Adam Edelen said Friday that current discussions about health care from Kentucky’s federal delegation are polarized against the Affordable Care Act. “The conversations going on right now about the Affordable Care Act or ‘Obamacare’ or whatever you want to call it, it’s not tied to the real world at all,” he said. There are problems with the law, but the idea of taking away health insurance from people who have obtained it through the Affordable Care Act isn’t realistic, Edelen said.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Former police officer pleads guilty to prescription fraud
     Tony Satterly pleaded guilty, while still maintaining his innocence, Friday to charges stemming from a Kentucky State Police investigation against the former Bardstown Police officer. Satterly entered into an Alford plea, meaning he maintains his innocence, but recognizes that there may be enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty. As part of the plea agreement, Satterly was found guilty of two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Prosecutors recommended dropping the other eight counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Campbellsville firefighter dies surrounded by friends and family
     Surrounded by friends and family, Tony Grider took his last breath Saturday afternoon. Grider’s death comes about a month after he and three other Campbellsville Fire & Rescue firefighters were injured while helping with an ALS ice bucket challenge on the Campbellsville University campus. Grider, 41, a captain who lived in Columbia, died Saturday at about noon, and his body was to be transported from the University of Louisville burn center to a Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in Columbia.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Woman sentenced in ambulance service embezzlement case
     A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a now-bankrupt ambulance service has been sentenced in Pike Circuit Court. In a hearing Wednesday before Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman, Mary Morton, 47, of Elkhorn Creek, Ashcamp, was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in stealing at least $68,000 from the now-defunct Elkhorn Ambulance Service after pleading guilty to charges of theft and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Posted September 21, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
School district drops student weight loss contest
     The Pike County School District is considering plans to promote the fight against childhood obesity, but they are nixing plans to conduct a weight loss competition amongst the district’s students. After permission slips were sent home from some schools asking parents to allow their children to take part in a weight loss competition sponsored by the school district, Pike County Schools Superintendent David Lester told the News-Express the district has decided to cancel the competition and, instead, move forward with a different plan. The competition would have guaranteed prizes to the winners, including money, a scholarships or a tablet computer.

    Posted September 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear makes appointments to boards and commissions
     Giov. Steve Beshear has made numerous appointments to various Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted September 19, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Sheldon Clark High School on lockdown, officials say
     Authorities remained at the Sheldon Clark High School in Martin County early Friday afternoon, but Kentucky State Police said the school is safe. "I don't think there is any imminent danger, nor was there any at the beginning to my understanding," said Trooper Shaun Little, a spokesman with the Pikeville Kentucky State Police post. Little indicated that no one was trying to enter the school. "They were in a lockdown due to something that occurred within the school itself," he said.

Posted September 19, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
All northbound lanes of I-65 have reopened
     All northbound lanes of Interstate 65 reopened shortly after noon today after being closed earlier in the day north of Elizabethtown. Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie says the road sank in the center lane of northbound I-65 where the pavement cracked. After daybreak, crews were dispatched to mill the road and dig out the damaged pavement. The pavement then was patched and traffic barriers removed,

Posted September 19, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Man accused of stealing $58,000 from woman he met on Internet
     A Leitchfield man with a lengthy criminal history is accused of bilking a Hart County woman out of more than $58,000 after the two met online. Danny Joe Crabtree, 52, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in Hart Circuit Court to one count each of theft by deception $10,000 or more and theft by failure to make required disposition of property $10,000 or more, Hart Circuit Court records show. A Hart County grand jury indicted Crabtree on Sept. 2. “He made contact with the victim through social media and asked for money on a fraudulent investment scheme,” Hart County Sheriff Boston Hensley said. “He received the money with the intent to invest it in a business that did not exist.”

Posted September 19, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Crowds - some of whom camped - turn out for devices at area stores
     Kenn Glenn of Bowling Green wants a bigger phone. “I have ape hands,” Glenn said. As a web and app developer, Glenn said his large fingers and hands cause him to often make mistakes in emails and text messages, and he finds it difficult to test apps he develops on his iPhone 5s. Glenn and about 200 other people waited outside the AT&T store beside Panera Bread on Bowling Green's Campbell Lane this morning for the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. AT&T opened at 8 a.m. rather than its usual 9 a.m. Hopeful customers began lining up at AT&T on Thursday night. Pre-orders for the new phones began Sept. 12.

Posted September 19, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Good on his promise: KSU's Burse fires three
     Since last Friday’s special-called meeting of the Kentucky State University’s Board of Regents, three administrators have been fired and replaced in the last two days. Most notably among those gone is Lorenzo Esters who was KSU’s vice president for student success and enrollment management. Esters, who was absent from the meeting, began at the school in August 2012. Esters oversaw 85 employees and key offices: the office of admissions, the university’s registrar and financial aid. Those offices were involved in what was repeatedly described as broken processes by Interim President Raymond Burse.


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