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Posted May 27, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
University of Kentucky reorganization bringing 75 layoffs
     The University of Kentucky will lay off up to 75 people across several departments as part of an administrative reorganization, officials announced Thursday. The layoffs of staff members and administrators will make up $1 million out of nearly $6 million in cuts and efficiencies. The layoffs will be concentrated in administrative and academic units under Provost Tim Tracy’s office, including student affairs, undergraduate education and enrollment management. Anyone who is laid off would receive up to 90 days of pay and benefits.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Christian County jury convicts man of murder
     Tremel J. Smith was found guilty of murder, kidnapping, first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property and tampering with physical evidence Thursday in Christian Circuit Court. A jury of eight women and four men returned with the verdict following a nine-day trial in Judge John Atkins’ courtroom.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Fort Knox to mark 35th anniversary of 'Stripes'
     It was 35 years ago when Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis and John Candy stepped onto the silver screen and into Army life with the making of the comedy film “Stripes.” A portion of the movie, especially the Army post scenes and some of the Czechoslovakian scenes, were filmed on location at Fort Knox. The movie was released June 26, 1981. Maj. Gen. Thomas Seamands, commander of the Human Resources Command on Fort Knox, is the brains behind an idea of collaborating on a celebration of the movie and its ties to Fort Knox and Hardin County.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
NKU professor accused of sexual harassment twice yet kept teaching
     One night after class in 2007, Northern Kentucky University philosophy professor Dennis D. Miller was counseling one of his students who was having trouble in his class. Then Miller put his hand on her knee, kissed her on the cheek and swept her hair back into place while walking to her car, both Miller and the student agreed at the time. She complained to school officials of sexual harassment. In a subsequent meeting with NKU administrators in an office at the school, Miller was warned against working with students after class even as he claimed it was innocent affection.

Posted May 27, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Cavers wade to safety through shoulder-deep water
     UPDATED: Flash flooding threatened a group of college students during a guided tour of Hart County's Hidden River Cave, forcing a hasty evacuation Thursday afternoon amid rising waters. The group of 19 students visiting from Clemson University in South Carolina, plus four local tour guides, made their way to safety and emerged unharmed into a steady rainfall.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Flash rain traps cavers in Hidden River Cave
     UPDATED: Kentucky State Police have confirmed that the group initially trapped in Hart County's Hidden River Cave was comprised of 19 Clemson University students and four tour guides. The group entered the cave at 10 a.m. Thursday for an extended tour and around 2 p.m. a severe thunderstorm swept through the area causing water to rise. "This stranded the cavers in a portion of the cave called the 'The Attic', which has a higher ceiling, where they stood by until the water rose to where they decided to attempt to make their way out of the cave," according to a KSP news release.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Flash rain traps cavers in Hidden River Cave; all are now out
     Cavers who went into Hidden River Cave on Thursday got more than they bargained for when a thunderstorm caused the underground river to rise, trapping them inside. Rescue workers, including dive teams, converged on the cave shortly after 3:30 p.m. CDT. But all cavers were able to make it out by 4:45 p.m.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Police trading cards collect attention
     Children are flagging down La Grange Police officers, but it’s not because they need help during an emergency. Two weeks ago the department began its newest public relations incentive and stocked each officer with trading cards, similar to keepsake baseball cards children used to collect and trade. But unlike the cards of the past, each of the new cards profiles an officer in the force. Every La Grange police officer carries their own card, which has a photograph of them, their name, title and a brief description. It is the departments hope that children will try to collect all 16 of the cards

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Police: Man charged in fatal stabbing of brother
     A Martin man was arrested this week in connection with the fatal assault of his brother. According to his arrest citation filed by Trooper Bradford Martin with Kentucky State Police Post 9, Trenton M. Ward, 43, “was involved in a physical assault” that took place at his residence Sunday evening. “The victim was found at the residence deceased as a result of the assault,” court documents said.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Attorney: West Virginia lawsuit could help former Conn clients in disability situation
     On Wednesday, Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf invoked President Franklin Roosevelt as he convened a meeting of class members who are party to several lawsuits pending in courts around the region. “Today is a day which will live in infamy,” Pillersdorf said. “It was today one year ago that these (Social Security disability) letters got sent out.” Pillersdorf has routinely said he feels Roosevelt, who helped establish Social Security, “would be appalled” to see its actions today.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
28-year-old Little League coach dies at game
      A South Central Floyd Little League assistant coach died during a game at the Allen ballpark on Tuesday. Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson pronounced Gary Chris Jarrell, 28, dead at St. Joseph Martin Hospital, where he was transported by after collapsing in the ballpark dugout. South Central Floyd Little League Vice President Kris Hall said Jarrell had sought medical care recently at an out-of-county hospital, and had been diagnosed with “a touch of” pneumonia and bronchitis. Hall said Jarrell experienced pain in his chest prior to the game, but “felt good” prior to the game.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Police seek woman missing since Jan. 23
     The McCracken County Sheriff's Department has requested the public's assistance in finding a Paducah woman who has been missing since Jan. 23. Lori Zervas was reported missing in January by a concerned friend and has not been seen since. She is described as 140 pounds, white, with green eyes and blonde/gray hair.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville denies funding to ‘pay-what-you-can’ restaurant Grace Café
     The Danville City Commission denied funding to Grace Café on Monday, citing “inadequate record-keeping to justify the appropriation of funds.” Several weeks ago at a preliminary budget hearing, the commission denied the “pay-what-you-can” restaurant’s request for $20,000 based on its inability to account for the number of residents helped through their operations, one of the requirements for a community agency’s request for city funding.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville man indicted on 20 new charges related to sexual activities
     Four months after he was indicted on felony counts relating to illegal sexual activities with minors, Bobby Cassady’s name came before a Boyle County grand jury again — this time, for 20 charges stemming from the same initial investigation. Cassady, 28, of Danville was charged with 20 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor: one count for having the minor send sexually explicit video and 19 for having a minor send sexually explicit images.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lawsuit alleges Danville AT&T employee stole nude photos from iPhone
     A Harrodsburg woman has filed a lawsuit against AT&T and a former employee of the Danville AT&T retail store after the employee allegedly stole nude photos from an Apple iPhone she relinquished to the store. Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell said “the case never came across my desk,” but noted that it likely would have been a misdemeanor offense, and if no criminal charges were filed within 12 months from the date the incident occured, the statute of limitations likely ran out.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Nearly 600 bikers pay their respects at Vietnam memorial
     Memorial Day is a time when the nation is reminded to stop and remember those who have served this country. Not only those who are currently serving, but those who have served, fallen in battle, become prisoners of war and those who are missing in action. Early Wednesday afternoon, the gentle hum of a motorcycle sounded off near Frankfort's Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Coffee Tree Road as hundreds of bikers filled the area.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
State retiree group files complaint after Bevin personnel threaten two state pension board members
     After threatening one board member with arrest and threatening another with an investigation if he ran for chairman, the state employees advocacy group Kentucky Government Retirees and Kentucky Retirement Systems align on a complaint that members of Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration may have violated open public meeting statutes.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green's Medical Center Joins UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate
     The Medical Center announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center on Wednesday. The Medical Center has joined the UK Markey Center Affiliate Network, which was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region. It is also designed to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care and access to research. Markey is Kentucky's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. It is one of 68 in the entire country. The Medical Center is one of 16 hospitals across Kentucky that are in the affiliate, which began in 2006.

Posted May 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Market strengths drew Contour Airlines to region
     A strong local economy, positive feedback from business leaders and a study showing about 1,000 people in the region fly each day helped lure commercial air service to Bowling Green. It was announced May 17 that, after a 44-year absence, commercial air service will again be offered from Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport starting in August.

    Posted May 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State strengthens response efforts to fight the bite as summer draws near
     With the Memorial Day holiday signaling the start of summer and vacation season for Kentuckians, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has strengthened its response efforts to Fight the Bite against Zika virus to include the ability to now test for Zika virus at its public health laboratory in Frankfort, in addition to urging people to follow mosquito precautions and avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas.


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