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Posted October 19, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear’s settlement with General Motors yields $1.3 million for state General Fund
     Attorney General Andy Beshear Thursday announced his office secured $1.3 million for the state’s General Fund from a settlement against General Motors for violating Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and GM, concludes a multistate investigation into the automaker concealing safety issues related to ignition switch defects in over 9 million GM vehicles in the U.S.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
School bus route ended 11 minutes before crash was reported
     A Warren County Public Schools bus driver accused Tuesday afternoon of driving under the influence had finished his route – which included about two dozen students – 11 minutes before a crash that led to his arrest. A Warren County Public Schools bus driver accused Tuesday afternoon of driving under the influence had finished his route – which included about two dozen students – 11 minutes before a crash that led to his arrest. Robert Marlette, 63, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief following a collision at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of North Hewitt Road, according to his arrest citation. The latter charges are both felonies. Robert Marlette, 63, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief following a collision at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of North Hewitt Road, according to his arrest citation. The latter charges are both felonies.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
High on hemp: New crop slowly makes inroads with farmers
     What Chad Elkins chose as a double crop for his northern Warren County farm this fall may be causing a few double takes because of its distinctive leaf structure. After his corn silage crop was harvested, Elkins opted to plant industrial hemp, a member of the cannabis family and a close cousin to marijuana that is slowly catching on among Kentucky farmers after the 2014 federal Farm Bill authorized growing the plant. Elkins is one of only three Warren County farmers growing hemp this year, the third for Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. Before that pilot program, no industrial hemp had been grown in the state since 1949.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Police: Man tried to run over girlfriend with car
     A Radcliff man was arrested late Wednesday afternoon after police say he slammed a woman’s head into the ground and attempted to run her over with a vehicle. Harvey L. Webb, 37, is charged with felony assault — domestic violence and wanton endangerment.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Drivers not paying their bridge tolls to get registration holds on their vehicles
     Thousands of drivers in Kentucky and Indiana have paid tolls owed to the two states, via RiverLink, and will avoid having a hold placed on their vehicle registration. A registration hold is placed when a toll is not paid after repeated notices, a news release said. The first holds are expected to be placed next week. Drivers will not be allowed to renew their vehicle registration until tolls and fees owed are paid in full.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State coalition launched to improve health, reduce costs of smoking
     Determined to move Kentucky from its dismal rankings as the nation's worst state for cancer and the second-highest for smoking, more than 100 health, business and community leaders gathered in the Capitol Wednesday to launch the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow. The broad-based statewide alliance will support state and local policy changes to improve Kentucky's health by reducing tobacco use and protecting Kentuckians from secondhand smoke and other tobacco emissions, according to a news release.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State's jobless rate declines slightly from August to September
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. The unemployment rate for September 2017 was down from the revised 5.5 percent reported for August 2017.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Widened AA Highway open to traffic
     More than three years after the project began, widening of Kentucky 9 AA Highway in Mason County is complete and motorists may be pleased to know the orange barrels are gone and the highway open. All that is left is a final inspection of the roadway, according to state officials.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Times Journal ]
State orders Russell Springs daycare to close
     Little People's Playhouse, a daycare facility in Russell Springs, was ordered to shut down by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after its license was suspended on Oct. 12. In a letter obtained by The Times Journal that was sent to Barbara Hadley and Kathy Bray, owners of the daycare, the CHFS said the suspension was issued "as a result of your failure to protect the health, safety and welfare of children in your care."


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Regular PGA Tour event coming to Central Kentucky
     The PGA Tour, professional golf’s top series, will be making a regular stop in Central Kentucky when the Barbasol Championship begins play next year at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions Trace course in Nicholasville. Gov. Matt Bevin joined a host of current and former golf professionals from the commonwealth and local officials in announcing the event Wednesday at the club.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Former governor’s son shares story of downfall, redemption with inmates
     Andrew Wilkinson remembered when, growing up, his family had it all. His father, successful textbook magnate Wallace Wilkinson, won the 1987 governor’s race in Kentucky, and the family lived in style with large homes in Kentucky and Florida. Then it all came crashing down: The business collapsed, his father died and Andrew fell into a drug-induced cycle that resulted in a year in a Florida prison.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Fishing line hung across park trails
     Those who walk, run and cycle around the trails at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabeth­town should be on the look out. A local woman reported she received a facial injury Tuesday night after being struck by fishing line strung between trees across the path. The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, filed a police report Wednesday afternoon. She was struck by the line while riding a bicycle on the trails.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville mayor: Time for ‘serious conversation’ about combating Kinder Morgan pipeline plan
     Thanks to a recent approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, plans are moving forward for the repurposing of a natural gas pipeline that runs through Boyle County, despite years of strenuous objections from local leaders of all stripes. Now, it’s time for those leaders to begin having a “serious conversation” about next steps in preventing the pipeline plan from becoming a reality, Danville Mayor Mike Perros said during a public meeting Wednesday.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Police: 2 rapes reported at NKU housing in 1 week
     Northern Kentucky University Police are investigating two rapes that have been reported in one week. Police said one was reported on Oct. 14, and another on Oct. 10. According to police, on Oct. 14, the suspect, who was another student, used marijuana possibly laced with an unknown substance to incapacitate the victim. On Oct. 10, the victim told police she thinks the suspect had been following her. The suspect is also believed to have been another student.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Why do rankings say living in Lexington is a smart choice?
     Turns out you were right when you chose to make a home in Lexington. A slew of recent rankings heaped praise on the city, including it in listings of the best places to live. Various consumer and business websites regularly cull through data collected from public and private agencies — Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Bankrate, FBI and more — to make rankings and comparisons. If you feel like there’s a new listing every month, you’re not wrong.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
He offered $25,000 to have a prosecutor murdered. Now he’ll serve more time in prison.
     A man facing drug charges has been convicted of offering $25,000 to have the prosecutor on his case murdered. A jury in federal court in Lexington convicted Edgar Villa-Castaneda, 43, on charges of threatening to murder the prosecutor and soliciting someone to commit the murder, according to U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman. The object of the threat was Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Duncan, who has been nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky but has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Former Eric Conn employee pleads not guilty to helping fugitive lawyer escape
     A former employee of fugitive Eric C. Conn pleaded not guilty Wednesday to helping the disgraced former disability lawyer escape before Conn was to be sentenced in a massive fraud case. Curtis Lee Wyatt allegedly took several steps to help Conn abscond, including opening a bank account that Conn used to transfer money out of the country and buying a truck for Conn. Wyatt also crossed the border into Mexico to test security measures in place for people entering from the United States, according to the indictment.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Ford recalls 1.3M F-Series pickups, including 2017 Super Duty
     Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duty trucks because a defective door latch could compromise driver and passenger safety. The company estimates that the recall will cost it $267 million in the fourth quarter, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Some of the trucks were manufactured in Louisville.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Here’s what we know about Louisville’s Amazon bid
     While other cities are publicly touting potential sites and incentives for Amazon’s secondary headquarters or crafting gimmicks to attract attention, the city of Louisville has remained relatively mum when it comes to its bid. Louisville’s economic development arm Louisville Forward is spearheading the effort, but it has culled information from various other entities inside and outside of Jefferson County to help strengthen its proposal.


Posted October 19, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rick Pitino on trustees: 'They're not the University of Louisville'
     Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino took aim at board members at the University of Louisville in his first interview since the school fired him. Pitino, speaking with ESPN's Jay Bilas in a taped interview that aired late Wednesday night, said the university he knows is not represented by trustees that he believed moved prematurely against him. He referred to the school's board of trustees, though it was the University of Louisville Athletic Association that unanimously voted to fire Pitino on Monday.


 

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