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Posted March 23, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky congressman says ‘Hell No’ to Obamacare replacement bill
     A tweet from a Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican, went viral Wednesday afternoon after he used his voting card to double down on his disdain for the American Health Care Act, the GOP's attempt to replace Obamacare.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ The Journal Enterprise ]
Local mine celebrates 50 years of service
      The Lisman-based Dotiki mine has employed generation after generation of miners from the same families during its long history. On Friday, the mine celebrated its 50 years of operation on what the Webster County Fiscal Court had dubbed “Dotiki Day”. The celebration was closed to the public, and the media was not allowed to attend. The mine has an average yearly production of four million tons, and it has been the site of several fatal accidents involving miners over the years.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Times Leader ]
Sunday by-the-drink sales proposed for Princeton
     An ordinance proposing Sunday alcohol sales in qualifying local restaurants was presented to the Princeton City Council for first reading Monday. If approved, the proposal would open up the availability of the Sunday sales license to establishments holding non-quota type 2 (NQ-2) licenses — a category that includes restaurants with a seating capacity of 50 or more. Second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the council’s first regular April meeting, set for 5 p.m. Monday, April 3.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
$2.68M grant to ease homeowner, flooding issues at Pompey
     After two years of effort, some residents of Upper Pompey have been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to relocate them from an area deemed dangerous and to provide a safe avenue to travel to and from their homes. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, Floodplain Coordinator Jimmy Kiser said his office received a call last week notifying them that the $2.68 million grant had been awarded. Twelve structures will be purchased so the homeowners can move to an area which is not prone to washouts and flooding.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Expanded Sunday alcohol sales supported in Owensboro
     A proposed city ordinance that expands alcohol sales to Sundays for stores, bars, clubs and package stores found support when it was introduced on first reading at Tuesday's Owensboro City Commission meeting at City Hall. At the same time, no objections were heard to the proposal. Earlier this month, several members of the City Commission expressed support for considering the expansion of Sunday alcohol sales in the city during a work session at City Hall.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Bird flu found in Christian County
     Agriculture officials have confirmed at least one case of avian influenza in western Kentucky. Kentucky State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout says a flock of 22,000 breeding hens in Christian County were depopulated and buried Sunday after the H7N9 virus was discovered last week.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Robertson 4-year-old dies from gunshot wound
     A 4-year-old child was found shot on Tuesday morning after allegedly finding a gun in a truck. The child, later identified as Jacob Brockman, was transported to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville. Mason County Coroner David Lawrence confirmed that the child died at the hospital a short time after arriving.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Baptist Health CEO exits one week after job cuts
     Baptist Health chief executive officer Steve Hanson has left the company, effective immediately. His departure was announced Tuesday and comes just one week after the elimination of nearly 300 jobs systemwide. Last week, the organization said it was cutting 288 positions, including 149 at its Louisville headquarters, as part of a realignment.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
Kentucky Guild of Brewers announces inaugural Kentucky Craft Bash on June 24
     This summer, Kentucky breweries get their own beer festival. Kentucky Craft Bash was announced by the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, at Louisville’s Waterfront Park Festival Plaza. The announcement indicates the plaza “will transform into one of the nation’s largest taprooms,” with more than 30 Kentucky breweries scheduled to participate. Brewers will bring their “best and most innovative” beers for tasting at Craft Bash. No out-of-state breweries were invited to attend.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
‘He went there to try to save her’
     The North Carolina man charged with beating and slashing a 15-year-old girl earlier this month following an argument that started over Facebook apparently wasn’t the only one who had a knife when the altercation began. During a probable cause hearing last Thursday in Anderson District Court, the police officer who arrested Ryan Smith, 18, testified that Smith told him afterward that the 15-year-old had a butcher knife at the time. Smith's grandmother the girl had threatened suicide and to cut herself.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Renowned barbecue restaurant makes comeback
     Long a favorite of Fort Campbell soldiers and barbecue lovers from throughout the country, Knockum Hill will reopen in the coming weeks after recent tragic setbacks. The new owner will keep the same recipes, menu and employees.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ LaRue County Herald News ]
Alcohol petition circulating throughout LaRue County
     Several weeks after a wet/dry alcohol vote petition was started for the City of Hodgenville, there is now another petition for a wet-dry vote to determine if alcohol should be sold throughout all of LaRue County.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Kentucky's 225th anniversary will be celebrated in Middlesboro on Thursday
     In observance of the state's 225th anniversary, the Kentucky Historical Society will present a program on Kentucky past and present on Thursday in Middlesboro, "where Kentucky history begins."

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Mild winter saves Scott County about $90,000 in salt, labor
     After two winters that pounded Scott County’s road crew, Road Supervisor J.R. Brandenburg was ready for a break. The winter of 2017 provided one. "Global warming helps us, if it's real," quipped County Judge-Executive George Lusby.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Officials attempt 'global settlement' in Goodlett case
     Former LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett faces state and federal child pornography charges and could settle for a plea deal in both cases and serve sentences at the same time.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Why isn't this solution to the spread of Hep C being used in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati region?
     Potentially fatal hepatitis C, a virus commonly contracted through injected drug use, rose sharply across the Cincinnati region in 2016, two years after Northern Kentucky had already beat the nation's rate by nearly 20 percentage points. Yet a key tool that health experts say can cut those infections – needle exchange – is barely available here.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Local Trump pick for appeals court 'more than a judge'
     To many in Northern Kentucky, he's a friend, coach and volunteer. To the legal and political community, he's tough-but-fair judge many envision on the Supreme Court someday. In fact, Edgewood resident Amul Thapar made President Donald Trump's short list last year of potential Supreme Court nominees. Instead, Trump announced this week Thapar is his pick to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee — a move that has made his friends ecstatic.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
$40M 'mistake' found in Jefferson County Public Schools' salary study
     efferson County Public Schools said Tuesday that it has discovered that a controversial salary study that was released in April has a major mistake that made it seem that the district was paying a lot more in "premium" salaries than it is. The release of the salary study —as well as a district discussion about the idea of not giving step raises or cost of living increases in the 2016-17 school year for any employee making more than $14 an hour as "market reconciliation" — caused immediate outrage among JCPS employees and others in the community.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Report: Kentucky heavily dependent on federal funds
     Kentucky topped a list that compared state residents' and states' dependency on federal funds. The Bluegrass State scored in the top 10 states for both categories.

Posted March 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
A guide to 2017 Kentucky Derby
     Kentucky Derby 101 schools would-be attendees in information about tickets, accommodations, transportation and other details.


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