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    Posted July 28, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
No bride, no groom, no gender on Ky. marriage form
     Do we need to know how many same-sex marriages have happened now or in the future? Kentucky’s marriage licenses no longer track gender after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage June 26. Northern Kentucky county clerks say they have not been tracking same-sex marriages separately and first names are not a way to tell gender. Marriage license forms created by Kentucky’s Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) record “Party 1” and “Party 2” now instead of “Bride” and “Groom.”

Posted July 28, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Stumbo: Arnold, Sherman on hook in LRC case too
     Former state Rep. John Arnold and former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman will also pay cash settlements as part of the agreement to resolve high-profile lawsuits against the Kentucky legislature, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Monday. Stumbo did not say how much Sherman or Arnold will pay under the agreement. But he said those payments to three legislative staffers and their attorney are in addition to a $400,000 payment that the Legislative Research Commission made last week.

    Posted July 28, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Study: ‘Pill mill’ law has cut doctor shopping
     Kentucky’s prescription drug reforms from 2012 have resulted in a large drop in doctor shopping among addicts and a major decline in the number of questionable pain clinics operating in the state, a study shows. The University of Kentucky Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy conducted a yearlong review of the state’s “pill mill” legislation, finding a 52 percent decrease in the number of addicts who bounced from doctor to doctor in search of prescriptions.

Posted July 28, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Keith ruled competent to stand trial for triple homicide
     A former Pulaski County preacher charged with triple murder in Danville was determined to be competent to stand trial. In a closed hearing Monday, Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler passed down an order ruling Kenneth Allen Keith is competent to stand trial in the shooting deaths of Michael Hockensmith, 35, and his wife, Angela Hockensmith, 38, both of Stanford, and gold broker Daniel Smith, 60, of Richmond. The three were killed in September 2013 at ABC Gold, Games and More on South Fourth Street, a store co-owned by the Hockensmiths.

    Posted July 28, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Religious group threatens lawsuit over Ky. policy banning anti-gay comments at juvenile jails
     A religious group is threatening to sue the state of Kentucky over a year-old policy that prohibits anti-gay comments to youths at the state's juvenile detention centers. The Liberty Counsel, based in Lynchburg, Va., says it wants the policy revoked by Friday.

Posted July 28, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Rupp Arena to get $15 million in technology upgrades, including LED scoreboard, Wi-Fi
     The Lexington Center Corp. board voted unanimously Monday to approve a $15 million Rupp Arena technology overhaul that includes a new center-hung scoreboard, wireless Internet for fans, and changes to the roof infrastructure so the arena can attract more concerts and major events.

    Posted July 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
UK study shows prescription drug law’s effectiveness
     Since Kentucky’s landmark prescription drug abuse legislation took effect in 2012, the state has seen a significant decline in the number of prescriptions for the most commonly abused medications, doctor shopping has decreased by more than 50 percent and more Kentuckians are seeking treatment for prescription medication addiction. These findings, among others, are part of a yearlong study conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and compiled in a report to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Two Kentucky men killed in Wisconsin plane crash
     Two men from the Louisville area have reportedly died in a small plane crash in Wisconsin. It's believed the two were on their way to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association meeting in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
I-64 reopens after accident with bus in Franklin County
     Eastbound Interstate 64 is back open after an accident involving an SUV and a bus carrying 32 children Monday morning near exit 58, the Frankfort/Versailles exit. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the bus was headed from Fisher, Ind., to Gatlinburg, Tenn., for a church conference when traffic was slowed because of an accident further down I-64. The bus failed to stop and rear-ended an SUV with a mother and child in it causing it to roll onto the right shoulder of the highway.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Dogs escape, attack woman
     Seven dogs released back to a Danville man and moved to Lincoln County have escaped, run amok in a neighborhood and attacked a woman. Numerous witnesses said the woman, identified as Loretta Stevens, 46, went out to her garden and was attacked by the dogs. Her own dogs reportedly fought back until law enforcement could arrive. Stevens was airlifted to the University of Kentucky's Chandler Medical Center, where she is listed in fair condition.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
Clark woman leaving law enforcement job to pursue canine training full-time
     A Clark County woman who made waves in the dog training world is leaving her career in law enforcement to pursue training full time with a new business venture. Emily Wills Smith worked her last day as a canine handler with the University of Kentucky Police Department Thursday, with plans to tend to her family’s farm, spend time with her daughter and dedicate herself to the development of Prime K9 Training.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
State probes accident at Beech Bend
     Within minutes of the Jitterbug Swing ride toppling over at Bowling Green's Beech Bend Amusement Park on Saturday evening, the park called state amusement park ride incident responders. Twelve people were treated at The Medical Center emergency room Saturday night and released, said Doris Thomas, a vice president at Commonwealth Health Corp., parent company of The Medical Center. “It’s under investigation right now,” said Chad Halsey, an administrative branch manager in amusement park rides within the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection, referring to the ride incident.

    Posted July 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State to launch safety campaign for emergency responders, public safety personnel
     In an effort to protect emergency responders and public safety personnel, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is joining the Kentucky State Police to promote the message: "Move Over. It’s the Law." Ads, along with outdoor billboards, will complement the existing “Move Over” signs located on major roadways. In addition, memorial signs will be placed in all Kentucky welcome centers, naming Transportation Cabinet employees who were killed on the job.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Times Leader ]
Radio station may go silent
     After 65 years of continuous broadcasts, Princeton’s local radio station may go silent next month. Caroline Garcia, operations manager at Princeton’s WAVJ-FM 104.9 The WAVE/WPKY-AM 1580, said if a buyer does not come forward by Aug. 1, parent company Commonwealth Broadcasting, Inc. has plans to close the local radio station. Based in Glasgow, Commonwealth Broadcasting purchased the local station in 1998. The Princeton station is one of 17 licensed radio stations in the state owned by Commonwealth.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Ospreys leave nest on Eggners Ferry Bridge at Kentucky Lake
     A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to continue daytime lane restrictions on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora all week. The lane restrictions on the existing bridge are to facilitate the pouring of concrete for construction of the new structure. Activity has been able to ramp back up at two of the piers. Work on Pier 4 and Pier 5 of the new bridge had to be curtailed after a pair of ospreys established a nest in the work zone.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Medical marijuana meeting set for Aug. 8
     Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana, a state group that advocates for law that would allow people with certain health problems to legally receive and use marijuana, will hold a town hall meeting on the issue Aug. 8 at the Daviess County Public Library. The event begins at 10 a.m., and representatives from the group will be at the library all day. Bills that would allow for certain patients to receive medical marijuana have been introduced in previous General Assembly sessions. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 23 states have laws that allow certain patients to receive medical marijuana.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
SafeRide targets drunk drivers
     An initiative to reduce drunk driving in Daviess County has gotten off the ground. After introducing the plan last year, Owensboro City Commissioner Bob Glenn and Mary Kinney, Owensboro Community and Technical College's coordinator for academic programs, have begun implementing the service they call Owensboro-Daviess County SafeRide. Glenn said the program's purpose is to provide free rides to people who have consumed too much alcohol while out at a restaurant, bar or any other outlet that serves beer, wine and spirits.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Troopers allege man on mower was drinking
     A Bardwell man, who was reportedly driving a lawnmower on U.S. 51 in the Arlington community near Bardwell, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly became combative with Kentucky State Police troopers. State police said officers responded to several complaints that Phillip Bright Jr. was driving a lawnmower in the roadway while drinking alcohol.

    Posted July 27, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Governor candidates coming to Saturday's Fancy Farm picnic
     More than 20,000 pounds of barbecue are on the way to Graves County as organizers prepare for this weekend's St. Jerome's Fancy Farm Picnic. The picnic is famous for hosting big names in Kentucky politics, who spread their message and often butt heads with rivals in an event that harkens back to traditional stump-style speaking and campaigns of yesteryear. Headliners for this year include the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates, Attorney General Jack Conway and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, as well as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Steve Beshear.

Posted July 27, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Non-physicians take on growing role in medicine
     Nurse practitioner Melissa Lamaster balanced 6-month-old Kelsey Ducette on her knee and listened to her heart with a stethoscope before discussing developmental milestones, vaccinations and feedings with Kelsey’s aunt. She even passed along a tip about freezing homemade baby food in ice-cube trays. By the end of the appointment, aunt Erica Ducette, who has custody of Kelsey, was ready to make Lamaster the baby’s regular care provider. Nurse practitioners, as well as physician assistants, are a fast-growing part of the medical marketplace, providing care some people associate more often with doctors, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.


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