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Posted September 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
$2.7 million in homeland security grants awarded throughout Kentucky
     After an extensive evaluation and review process, Tuesday the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security announced 112 recipients for Kentucky’s $2.7 million 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program. For the current grant cycle, KOHS received applications requesting $15 million, more than five times the available funds.

    Posted September 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Tobacco-free school policies help drive youth smoking to historic lows
     Kentucky’s youth smoking prevalence is at a historic low, dropping nearly 10 percentage points over the past decade. Current smoking among Kentucky high school students is 16.9 percent, down from 26.2 percent just 10 years ago, according to the 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green man gets 20 years in vehicle death, attorney wanted new trial
     For his role in a deadly collision, Michael Hardy was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, over the objection of his attorney, who argued for a new trial. Hardy, 21, of Bowling Green, was found guilty in July of murder, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was charged in connection with the Nov. 21, 2014, crash in which his Jeep Wrangler sped into the back of the Mazda Miata driven by Arthur C. "Jeremy" Pryor, 32, of Bowling Green.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Woman denied early probation in vehicle death case
     A judge has denied a Bowling Green woman's bid for early release less than a year into a 12-year sentence stemming from a deadly crash. Kathy Keller's motion for shock probation was denied in an order issued Friday by Warren Circuit Judge John Grise.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville signs off on syringe exchange program for Boyle
     The creation of a syringe exchange program in Boyle County gained the approval of Danville City Commission Monday night. “I know it’s a difficult subject when you look at a community and we are looking at starting a harm reduction program, because honestly, nobody wants that, but it’s the reality of where we are and it’s something that we need,” Boyle County Health Department Director Brent Blevins said.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Charges dismissed against former Bluegrass Autism director
     In a quick action on Monday, the three counts of alleged Medicaid fraud against Edward Donzell Parker were dismissed amid allegations of investigator misconduct. “The matter will be dismissed on the Commonwealth’s motion,” Judge Darren Peckler said. Parker’s attorneys, Brent Caldwell and Noel Caldwell, would not comment other than to refer to the motion to dismiss the indictment, which was filed from their office. Parker was indicted in February on two counts of fraud more than $10,000 and one count of fraud less than $10,000.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Creepy clowns reported across Owensboro
     The national phenomenon of people dressed as clowns lurking in neighborhoods and sneaking along streets has made its way to Owensboro. Since Friday, the Owensboro Police Department has received four complaints from different parts of the city about people dressed as clowns acting suspiciously. Starla Baize, who was at as home on Towne Square Court on Sunday, said she and other family members saw several clowns just after midnight.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Airport fighting to keep essential air service in Owensboro
     The new federal fiscal year begins Saturday. And Bob Whitmer, manager of Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, is fighting to keep essential air service in the community for another year. In a letter to Kevin Schlemmer, chief of Essential Air Service for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Whitmer promised that "Owensboro will continue to devote the resources necessary to reach and maintain the DOT's required (passenger) levels."

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah convention center marketing to expand
     Kentucky's convention and meetings markets are in a "position of steady growth," according to a statewide business publication, and local officials say that's doubly true in McCracken County. Paducah's Julian Carrol Convention Center was included in a feature story on the markets in the September issue of The Lane Report, a publication targeting corporate managers, business owners and civic and political leaders.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Social workers told to limit statements to press
     State officials have warned social ser­vice workers they could face disciplin­ary action “up to and including dismiss­al” for talking to the news media without permission. The warning, in an email Friday from the Cabinet for Health and Family Ser­vices to all employees, follows several news stories in which social workers who investigate child abuse and neglect have voiced growing frustration about acute staff shortages and rising case­loads they say puts them and the families they serve in danger.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Triple-murder defendant allegedly threatens judge while restrained
     Triple-murder suspect Brice Rhodes, who spat on his attorney and another in­mate, is now charged with threatening to kill a Jefferson County judge and her family. Deputies took extra precautions, strapping Brice Rhodes in a restraint chair by his wrists and ankles, covering his mouth with a spit mask and wheeling him into court for a Friday afternoon ar­raignment, yet he still managed to get into more trouble when he repeatedly threatened to track down the judge and kill her and her family, shouting: “What, you don’t think that we can’t find out where you live at?”

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Center funded by Koch brothers, pizza magnate splits UK council
     The University of Kentucky’s Senate Council split its votes over approval of a proposed free enterprise center funded by the Charles Koch Foundation and pizza magnate John Schnatter, but the matter will still move to the full university senate. The Senate Council is the executive body of the university senate, which must approve all new academic programs. The Koch/Schnatter gift included $10 million for a free enterprise institute in the Gatton College of Business and Economics and $2 million toward the $65 million Gatton expansion and renovation.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
$1 billion aid proposal for coal areas has strong support in poll
     There is strong support among voters of all stripes for a proposal that would provide $1 billion for mine reclamation projects in Eastern Kentucky and other areas hurt by a slump in coal jobs, according to a seven-state poll released Monday. The poll found that 89 percent of registered voters back what is known as the RECLAIM Act. The proposal would speed up the release of $1 billion from the federal abandoned mine land fund.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Business Lexington ]
Alltech pulling all Pumpkin Barrel Ale, batch of Bourbon Barrel Ale
     Alltech is recalling the entire run of its seasonal Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale along with a batch of its Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Susanna Elliott, spokeswoman for the Nicholasville-based nutrition company and parent of Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., stressed that the recall is voluntary and was spurred by quality, not safety, issues. “These particular batches did not meet our stringent quality standards for flavor and color,” company officials said in a statement.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
New details emerge in Christian County murder
     The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the murder of 62-year-old Bobby L. Jones. The victim, who lived on Dawson Springs Road, was found fatally shot Saturday morning in his home. Bradley Profitt, 53, Hopkinsville, admitted he killed Jones, according to the sheriff’s office. Jones was found sitting in a chair in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to the head.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ The Gleaner ]
Riverport seeks foreign trade zone status
     The Henderson County Riverport hopes to bring something new to the county -- a foreign trade zone. Upon request by riverport Director Greg Pritchett, Henderson Fiscal Court this week agreed to draft a letter to the Foreign Trade Zone Board as part of the application process to designate the local riverport -- located on Riverport Road along the Ohio River -- as an active foreign trade zone.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Trooper injured in collision
     A Kentucky State Police Trooper was involved in an automobile collision at the intersection of U.S. 25E and KY 1629 on Saturday. According to a press release, at approximately 4:11 p.m. KSP Post 10 received several calls that a trooper was involved in a collision.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Troubled cemetery's owner jailed after indictment
     The owner of a troubled cemetery who was indicted early this month is now in jail. Dale Allen Shackelford, facing trial on a theft by deception over $10,000 charge, was arrested Saturday night by sheriff's Lt. Josh Hutchison, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said. The arrest stems from the indictment.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
U.S. 25 to get increased speed enforcement
     Truck drivers, motorists and residents along U.S. 25/Cincinnati Road in Scott County can expect an increased presence of state police and sheriff's deputies for some time to come. "If we can do something to prevent further loss of life in this area, or others, we can come out and evaluate this area," said Kentucky State Police Major J.W. Thompson. "This roadway is highly traveled by commercial vehicles, because of the landfill and due to its proximity to the interstate. It's going to be that way for a long time," Thompson said.

Posted September 27, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Kidnapping suspects to be tried together
     Five people accused of robbing, beating and kidnapping a now-deceased woman will stand trial together in March, according to the prosecutor in the case. The cases officially were consolidated last week, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary said. McCrary said having so many defendants on trial at the same time doesn’t often occur.


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