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Posted October 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Law school applications plummet - at U of L too
     Brandon McReynolds seemed an ideal fit for the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.
McReynolds, 23, already had undergraduate and Master's degrees in sociology from U of L. He'd been chief justice of the student government association's Supreme Court. He had a passionate interest in addressing inequality. And he not only had applied to Brandeis, he'd gotten in. But he decided not to go. The reason, he said: "There are too many lawyers out there." Even paying in-state tuition of $18,578 a year, he feared he'd be forever saddled with debt.



    Posted October 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
McConnell takes one-point lead over Grimes in Kentucky's toss-up U.S. Senate race
     Kentucky's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat two weeks before Election Day, with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell regaining the slimmest of leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new Bluegrass Poll. The poll of 655 likely voters found McConnell leading Grimes 44 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian David Patterson received 5 percent support, drawing voters from across the political spectrum. Eight percent were undecided. In a Bluegrass Poll released two weeks ago, Grimes led McConnell by two points. In late August, the Bluegrass Poll showed McConnell with a four-point lead.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Police explain what to do in a traffic stop
     Many drivers pulled over by a police officer aren't aware of the proper procedure to follow when flashing lights suddenly appear behind them. The question of what exactly a driver should do has come up following a felony traffic stop by Paducah police several weeks ago that generated extensive news coverage. Local officers say drivers often don't know the first step: how to pull over. McCracken County Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow explained that it's state law for drivers to pull a vehicle over as far to the right as possible and stop.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
54-year-old freshman is kicker for KSU
     Kentucky State University freshman Quenton Karlberg stepped onto the Alumni Stadium football field Saturday in full uniform for the first time this season. Karlberg was ruled eligible to play in the Thorobreds’ homecoming game against Miles College, and participated in the warm-ups and drills the same as all the other KSU football players. But unlike the rest, Karlberg’s journey to the field stretches over a longer period of time. He had always wanted to be a kicker on a football team, and although that dream got put on the back burner often, at 54 years of age, he decided to make it happen.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Seasonal workers have plenty of local options
     It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas will be brighter this year for seasonal workers looking for extra cash and a choice of positions. Because of lower unemployment rates in Indiana and Kentucky and a smaller labor pool, retailers, warehouses and some chain restaurants have been forced to boost hourly wages this year from averages of $8 and $9 an hour to $10 and higher, depending on the position.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Hotel is 'fighting the elements'
     Bad weather has played havoc with the $15 million Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront construction schedule, but the builder remains focused on opening the city's second downtown hotel during the first three months of next year. An official with the hotel said last week that the project has been "fighting the elements" since day one, and to date, from 45 to 50 days have been lost to weather. However, many of those days have been made up.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Fluor rehiring most former USEC workers
     About 300 remaining employees of Centrus Energy Corp., formerly known as USEC Inc., will be laid off today as part of the transition to return the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to the U.S. Department of Energy. "For months we've been going through a very formal process to transfer the site back to DOE," said Steve Penrod, Centrus vice president. "This is part of that process." According to Penrod "nearly all" of the former USEC employees will be re-hired by Fluor Federal Services, the DOE's deactivation contractor, and start on Tuesday - a quick turnaround intended to make the transition a smooth one.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Postal clerks' jobs uncertain after consolidation
     Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to close more than 80 mail processing plants across the country beginning in January, but the Paducah facility - slated for consolidation on April 1, 2015 - likely won't know how many of its workers will remain in Paducah until that date, according to the American Postal Workers Union and the Postal Service's Kentuckiana District.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Freeman to sign copies of 'Lights Out,' the real story behind '23 Blast,' this Friday
     The upcoming movie “23 Blast” is a stylized retelling of Travis Freeman’s battle to overcome the loss of his eyesight while in middle school, but now he wants you to know the real story. Freeman will be signing copies of his recently released autobiography “Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World” Friday — the second of three book-signing appearances. At the age of 12, Freeman was diagnosed with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, which left him completely blind after an emergency surgery to remove the infection. Through the support and prayers of his community, Freeman pulled through and fulfilled his dream of playing football at Corbin High School.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Louisville man critically injured in Boyle after jumping from moving car
     A Louisville man was critically injured Saturday in Boyle County after leaping from a moving vehicle. Richard Arthur Blocker Jr. of Louisville jumped from a moving vehicle around 11 p.m. Saturday as it traveled west on US 150, just west of Perryville. According to a Boyle County Sheriff's press release, Blocker's girlfriend, Nancy Jane Schook, was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident under the influence of alcohol. They were the only two in the car.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Snow days will mean school days for students in Boyle County
     No school for snow no longer means a day off for students in the Boyle County School system. That’s because the district is one of 13 in the state that has been approved by the Kentucky Department of Education to use alternative types of instruction when school is cancelled because of weather. In addition to Boyle County, 12 other school districts were given the waiver, including Corbin Independent Schools, Grant County, Jessamine County, Johnson County, Lawrence County, Leslie County, Owsley County, Pike County, Taylor County, Todd County, Washington County and Wolfe County.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Grant will allow UK researchers to help students with autism build a life after high school
     Jay Tyner-Wilson, a 21-year-old with autism, aged out of Fayette County Public Schools in May but has not yet landed his first paying job. His mother, Melanie Tyner-Wilson, is concerned because she says many people with similar disabilities end up living in poverty. The mother and son have been part of a focus group in a new three-year study at the University of Kentucky College of Education addressing the transition from school to work for people with autism spectrum disorder, marked by social communication impairment and repetitive patterns of behavior.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Georgetown College swears in new president
     Dr. M. Dwaine Greene took his place in the storied history of Georgetown College on Friday as he was officially inaugurated as the 24th president of the institution. In his inaugural address, Greene spoke about Georgetown College’s prestigious past and mapped out a future to ensure the future is just as bright.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Man indicted on 14 sex charges; accused of of impregnating 13-year-old
     A 50-year-old White Mills man who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a then- 13-year-old girl who now is pregnant has been indicted on 14 felony charges, including rape. Eugene Edward Hunt is indicted on four counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, three-counts of second-degree rape, one count of second-degree sodomy and six counts of possession and viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.


Posted October 20, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Leitchfield manufacturer to expand, add 65 jobs
     Dozens of new jobs are coming to Grayson County. Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced Plastikon Industries plans to expand its Leitchfield production plant. Plastikon, a manufacturer of plastic injection molding for the automotive industry, is expected to create 65 new jobs and invest $10.3 million into the project. Plastikon already has two facilities in Grayson County and employs 200.


Posted October 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Analysis: Nike schools land most top recruits
     As University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino readies his team for a new season, he's thinking about his future rosters, too, and he is dismayed that shoe companies could affect which players come to his program. Pitino said the Cardinals' recruiting prospect pool shrinks because they're sponsored by adidas instead of Nike. Asked this month if he thinks college coaches are displeased with the system, Pitino said with a laugh, "I'm sure the Nike coaches don't feel that way because they're winning the battle."


Posted October 19, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Citizens chime in on city hall's fate in Paducah
     Following a six-week appeal to community members to weigh in on issues surrounding the future of Paducah City Hall, city officials are preparing to take the next step regarding the aging building on South Fifth Street. Pam Spencer, city public information officer, said she and other staff have been busy compiling all the emails and Facebook comments received concerning renovation versus rebuilding, the location of a possible new city hall and its overall design.


Posted October 19, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Owensboro HIV survivor: 'I didn't always think I'd live this long'
     As Robbie Stone waited to go into surgery for tumor removal in Louisville in 1989, a routine blood test brought back unexpected news. He was diagnosed with HIV. "I was mad at the way some of the doctors reacted," said the 60-year-old Owensboroan who had read about the virus before his diagnosis. "They were trying to make people put on masks and suits to visit my room. I just thought, ‘You idiots.' I guess they didn't know better."



    Posted October 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
McConnell close to Senate pinnacle
     Three decades have passed since an almost 43-year-old, former Jefferson County judge-executive took the oath of office as a newly minted U.S. senator from Kentucky. Even then, Mitch McConnell was thinking about the day, if he was lucky, that he might become Senate majority leader. Mitch McConnell After 30 years of honing his skills in the culture of Capitol Hill, working his way through key Republican Party jobs and enduring Democratic triumphs and GOP near-misses, McConnell stands atop his party in the Senate. And now, seeking a sixth term, Addison Mitchell McConnell is a hair’s breadth away from attaining his life’s ambition.


Posted October 19, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington man accused of endangering son in drug deal gone bad
     A man who allegedly took his 5-year-old son along to buy drugs was charged with wanton endangerment after the boy was taken by three people and then put out of their vehicle alone on Woodland Avenue. William R. Hanks, 30, brought his son with him to Lexington to buy narcotics Friday night and at some point befriended two women in their 20s and a man in his 30s, according to a news release by Lexington police. The three took Hanks and his child to a field along Winchester Road, where the man assaulted Hanks and took his cellphone, wallet and drugs.


 

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