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Posted August 28, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Solar eclipse opportunities coming into view
     Although the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous U.S. in nearly 40 years is still a year away, several communities - including Paducah - can clearly see economic opportunities. Paducah is sandwiched between Carbondale, Illinois, and Hopkinsville, two cities said to be among the best places to view the Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse at approximately 1:22 p.m. CDT. It will follow a mile-wide path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L Conn Center to study hemp’s potential for fuels
     University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is growing hemp, the university an­nounced Tuesday. The 40-by-40-foot experi­mental plot will allow re­searchers to study the mari­juana relative’s potential for fuels and use in manufactur­ing. Industrial hemp is worth­less as a recreational drug. The hemp plant does, however, boast long, dense fibers that al­ready are proving valuable in some manufacturing applica­tions. It also has a woody core that may be effective as an al­ternative to fossil fuels.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Saving others from pill scourge
     Emily Walden cries in her car every day on the way to work, tears of grief for the son she lost. She can still hear T.J.’s refrain about his painkiller addiction, part plea and part assurance: “Mom, I don’t want to die from this.” But Walden’s tears and memories also muster a resolve to fight the scourge that took her only son four years ago: the epi­demic of addiction still plaguing Ken­tucky. That resolve to transform tragedy into action pushes the 40-something Louisville woman to spend just as much time as an activist against prescription drug abuse as she does on her full-time job as an IT manager.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Fort Campbell shooter identified, charges decision is pending
     The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has released the name of the soldier who was apprehended Thursday by military police after responding to a report of shots fired near Campbell Army Airfield. The soldier has been identified as Spc. Bryan Castillo, 23, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer, who arrived at Fort Campbell in September 2013, according to a news release from the army. Castillo allegedly entered Hangar 8 on the airfield around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and fired two shots. Installation law enforcement were notified and pursued Castillo, who allegedly fled the hangar in his privately owned vehicle.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Missing person investigation in Bell County
     Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan is currently investigating a missing person from Bell County. KSP is asking the public for assistance locating Robert L. Caldwell, 43, of Kettle Island. Caldwell was last seen at the Daniel Boone Motel in Middlesboro on Aug. 12 at approximately 7 p.m. Caldwell is a white male, 5”10, and 225 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, tattoo of a tiger on his upper arm and a scar on top of his head.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Police charge man with murder in 15-year-old girl's shooting
     Kentucky State Police have charged a 27-year-old Georgetown man with murder in Saturday's fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Georgetown girl at a Stamping Ground trailer park early Saturday. Michael K. Davidson also is charged with discharging a firearm into a residence, KSP spokesman Trooper Bernis Napier said. Davidson was arrested in a Frankfort mobile home park sometime after the shooting death of Morgan Marie Penn, who was identified as the victim by her mother and aunt.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Should taxpayers spend millions to protect a 1,000-acre horse farm from development?
     Lexington’s Rural Land Management Board might decide Monday whether it will spend millions of dollars over the coming years to buy development rights for the 1,000-acre Castleton Lyons farm, which claims to be the largest privately owned unprotected parcel of farmland in Fayette County. The decision promises to be controversial, with Mayor Jim Gray saying the city can’t afford the multi-million dollar payment and a lawyer for the horse farm raising the possibility of legal action if it is shut out of Fayette County’s Purchase of Development Rights Program. Since its creation in 2000, the PDR program has allocated $77 million — $37 million in local money, $24 million in federal money and $16 million in state money — to buy conservation easements for 29,165 acres of land, protecting it from future development.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Hundreds gather to mark 10th anniversary of crash of Comair flight 5191
     Silence spoke as hundreds of people watched pastor Jon Weece hold up one white poster after another, each with a message hand-written in black. “5191 is not just a number” one read. “5191 was not just a flight,” read another. One read simply: “49” Forty-nine people died in a rush of fire and confusion in a field near Bluegrass Airport shortly after 6 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2006. Ten years later, on Saturday morning, 300 relatives and friends sat under a white tent near a memorial sculpture built at the Arboretum to honor the dead.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Partnership between WKU, Med Center Health raises questions among critics
     A new deal between Western Kentucky University and Med Center Health to build a sports medicine complex on campus has raised concerns among some who worry it will negatively affect health care choice for WKU faculty and employees. Orthopedist Craig Beard with Graves-Gilbert Clinic is one of the deal's most vocal critics. "This definitely shifts the power significantly," Beard told the Daily News. "When you start taking away that large of an employer's group from choice or from health care delivery of a large group, it's going to have an impact on a lot of people, not just their employees."

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Authorities work two separate water recoveries Saturday
     Emergency personnel were called at 12:15 p.m. Saturday to Drakes Creek about a mile from the confluence of the Barren River where kayakers found a body floating in the water. "We don't know who this individual is or how the individual got into the water or how long this individual has been deceased," Warren County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Pearson said. In a separate water incident Saturday morning in Allen County, a Portland, Tenn., man drowned while boating on Hurricane Creek.

Posted August 28, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Nun with Ky. ties fatally stabbed in Mississippi; suspect arrested
     A Nelson County religious community is heartbroken and looking for answers after one of their own was killed late last week. Paula Merrill, a nurse practitioner with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and Margaret Held, a nurse practitioner with the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, were found fatally stabbed in their, Durant, Miss., home Thursday.

Posted August 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
President declares disaster for Kentucky
     The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Kentucky to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of July 2-9. Counties eligible for assistance include Adair, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Clay, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Hart, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, Metcalfe, Ohio, Todd, Trigg, Union, and Webster.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Rival football teams show support for ill teacher
     Retired Sgt. 1st Class Auntwoin Smith didn’t worry about the sudden bouts of fatigue that disrupted his days until he started experiencing shortness of breath with it. He visited Ireland Army Community Hospital, Hardin Memorial Hospital and Norton Hospital, expecting to be diagnosed with a common cold. He learned in January the fatigue was because of acute myeloid leukemia. Donations for the family will be collected during tonight’s John Hardin-North Hardin football game. The game is at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium at John Hardin.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin has made a number of appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
41st annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held in Louisville
     The 41st Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference ended Friday at the Galt House in Louisville, with 830 local elected officials and community leaders and advocates in attendance. The conference offered a series of general sessions, workshops and networking opportunities to educate local officials. The theme was “Building a Better Kentucky.” Gov. Matt Bevin gave the keynote address at the Governor’s Luncheon on Thursday, where he and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton presented the Spirit of Kentucky Award to the Todd County Career Path Institute.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
High-speed chase ends in flames in E'town
     UPDATED: A Friday morning high-speed chase stretched from Bardstown to the Bluegrass Parkway on-ramp to southbound Interstate 65, where it ended in flames that police say were set by the driver being pursued. Police said they believe the man, Herbert McGowan, was involved in a stabbing at a convenience store in Bardstown.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Barren man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 3-Bowling Green, arrested Mark F. Berry, 54, Thursday evening on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Berry was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. Berry distributed images of sexual acts involving children, a KSP news release said.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Saturday is 10-year anniversary of ill-fated flight
     When Comair flight 5191 crashed on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport 10 years ago Sturday, it left a gaping hole in Lexington’s heart. But the 49 people who perished that Sunday morning — Aug. 27, 2006 — also left legacies and lessons that continue to shape this community and beyond. The public is invited to a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Eggners Ferry to open to 4-lane traffic Wednesday
     The Eggners Ferry Bridge should be ready to open up to all four lanes of traffic by 1 p.m. Wednesday. Beforehand, the public is invited to walk along the unopened eastbound lanes of the new bridge from 8 a.m. until noon. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon on the center of the bridge. The deck will then be cleared of pedestrians and the bridge opened to 4-lane traffic around 1 p.m., according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Posted August 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
High-speed chase ends in flames in E'town
     A Friday morning high-speed chase stretched from Bardstown to the Bluegrass Parkway on-ramp to southbound Interstate 65, where it ended in flames that police say were set by the driver being pursued. Police said they believe the man, whose identity was not immediately released, was involved in a stabbing at a convenience store in Bardstown. Nelson County Sheriff’s deputies chased the black Chevrolet at speeds up to 90 mph, according to witnesses on the roadway.


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