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Posted May 5, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Aeropostle closing 154 stores
     Aeropostle Inc., the teen apparel chain that's in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, said Wednesday that it plans to close 154 unprofitable stores -- 113 in the United States and 41 in Canada. The store in Owensboro's Towne Square Mall, which opened in 2002, is on the list. So are stores in Paducah and Elizabethtown.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Grant County News ]
Obstacles didn’t stop mom’s dedication to son
     The Wenderoth home in Dry Ridge is full of laughter, good-natured teasing and most of all expressions of respect and gratitude. When Niki Wenderoth Matt was a young mother of 9-month old McKenzie Matt, she went into premature labor at just 24 weeks into her second pregnancy. Seth was born on November 25, 1995, with the cord wrapped around his neck and legs and he suffered a stroke at birth. Niki was told that her baby was not going to make it, but he was stabilized and transported from University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UC) to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
Clark man charged with head-butting deputy
     A Clark County deputy sheriff is recovering from a mild concussion after being head-butted by a prisoner Tuesday afternoon at the jail. Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said Lt. Johnny Graves was transporting 23-year-old Cory J. Cox, of 518 Kimberly Drive, to the Clark County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon following his arrest on Kimberly Drive. Perdue said Cox was combative, so Graves drove into the sallyport underneath the jail. “(Cox) got out and head-butted him,” Perdue said. “(Graves) lost consciousness for a few minutes."

Posted May 5, 2016 [ WEKU News ]
Ky. aftercare program for trafficked women expanding
     A Kentucky-based program working to help sexually-exploited women is expanding. An awareness and fundraising event for the program occurred last weekend in Lexington. The-faith based Refuge for Women is described as “aftercare for the trafficked and sexually exploited.” There are four safe houses in Kentucky. Other programs are forming in states such as Georgia and Illinois.

    Posted May 5, 2016 [ WEKU News ]
Higher education court case receives second hearing
     There was more testimony in Frankfort Wednesday regarding the state attorney general’s lawsuit against the governor. Attorney General Andy Beshear argued Governor Matt Bevin didn’t have the authority to order funding reductions to the state’s universities earlier this spring. The governor’s attorney Steve Pitt told Judge Thomas Wingate the chief executive does have the ability to decide how to administer funds. Afterward both men felt good about a positive ruling.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
Lonnie Martin murder case moved to Morehead
     The first of Lonnie Martin’s two murder cases has been moved due to excessive publicity. Martin, 42, of Stanton, was scheduled to be tried in Montgomery County last week for the July 2013 death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline. According to the Mount Sterling Advocate, Montgomery Circuit Judge William Lane granted the motion from Martin’s attorney days before the trial was to begin. Martin’s attorney, Jay Barrett, cited a recent story in the paper where Martin was charged with assaulting a deputy jailer.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Two arrested on tampering charges related to April shooting
     Officers made two additional arrests over the weekend in the April shooting death of a Harrodsburg teenager. Zachary T. Lay and Meagan D. Sims, both 18, of Harrodsburg, were taken into custody on Friday by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, said Trooper Robert Purdy with the Kentucky State Police, which is in charge of the investigation.

    Posted May 5, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
‘The Bern’ briefly stops in Elizabethtown
     Self-proclaimed die-hard Democrat Julie Smith’s heart pounded with adrenaline as she met Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Wednesday afternoon.“At first, I couldn’t even speak almost,” she said. Smith and about three dozen others had a brief encounter with Sanders as he stopped to keep an appointment for a satellite television link with CBS News from the Brown-Pusey House in Elizabethtown.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Campbell Co. approves needle exchange
     Campbell County’s government has supported creating a needle exchange to give heroin users access to clean syringes, limit spread of diseases including hepatitis C and prevent a potential HIV outbreak. Campbell County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 in favor of a syringe access exchange at their Wednesday meeting after hearing more than an hour of debate from doctors and families of drug users supporting an exchange, and tea party and other opponents.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Believed road rage leads to head-on crash
     An apparent road rage incident in Franklin lead to a head on collision Tuesday night that resulted in injuries to five people including both drivers. Franklin Police were called to Ky. Route 1008 at 7:13 p.m. for a road rage incident and an altercation between people wielding baseball bats.

    Posted May 5, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Sanders makes stop in BG, meets with campaign workers
     When Bowling Green's Katrina Oldham heard presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was making a stop in Bowling Green Wednesday, she dressed her 9-year-old nephew, Tyler Warden, in his Sunday best. Dressed in a three-piece suit (sans jacket), Tyler caught the eye of Sanders as he made a 20 minute speech to about 50 supporters at the local Sanders campaign headquarters on Russellville Road.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Residents victims of neighbor’s wack snack attack
     A woman accused of breaking into her neighbor’s home in the 800 block of Pea Ridge Road and bringing her dog with her while she ate some of their food and watched TV was indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury. Christie L. Wise, 44, was indicted on one count of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony.

    Posted May 5, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Thousands attend Decision America Rally at Capitol
     Christian Evangelist Franklin Graham urged thousands of attendees at the Capitol Wednesday to vote their faith at the ballot box. Church buses from Bullitt County to Bedford lined the streets around the Capitol Wednesday as hundreds gathered to hear Graham, son of well-known Christian Evangelist Billy Graham, speak during his Decision America Tour stop in Kentucky

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
200 PRP students walk out Wednesday
     About 200 Pleasure Ridge Park High students ditched classes Wednesday afternoon to stage a walkout in support of their teachers. The student-led walkout, which began in the early afternoon and was over well before the last bell of the day, appeared to focus mainly on the district-level discussion about changing the student code of conduct, although some students also mentioned concerns with the district's idea to possibly freeze many of its employees' salaries next school year.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Infield's party has mellowed but still buzzes
     One of the better stories about life in the infield at the Kentucky Derby involves a couple of industrious drinkers who volunteered for the Boy Scout Scout-O-Rama with ulterior motives. The Scout-O-Rama, with hundreds of Scouts camping in the infield, was held in March of 2009. The Kentucky Derby, of course, is the first Saturday in May. The men waited until dark and buried their booze, carefully mapping the location. They rushed to that spot on Derby morning and happily drank away their day.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Low-quality Derby glasses draw disappointment
     In an antique shop near Bardstown Road, store owner Andy Albatys scraped his fingernail across a 2016 Kentucky Derby glass, removing a small strip of green paint. That shouldn't be easy to do with the 12-ounce cups that will serve thousands of Mint Juleps this weekend at Churchill Downs and which have become well-sought souvenirs since the track introduced them in 1939, Albatys said.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L faculty votes to back embattled Ramsey
     In a vote that could help save his presidency, a majority of the University of Louisville’s Faculty Senate say they have confidence in James Ramsey’s ability to lead the university. Asked if they believe in Ramsey's ability to be an "effective leader," 55 percent of the 60 who cast votes said yes, while 40 percent voted no and 5 percent abstained.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Historic James Pepper Distillery to reopen on Manchester Street
     The James E. Pepper Distillery will be making bourbon again. A businessman from the Washington, D.C., area who owns the James E. Pepper label plans to put a distillery in the historical home of the brand on Manchester Street, Mayor Jim Gray announced Wednesday afternoon. Schenley rebuilt the James E. Pepper Distillery in 1936 after Prohibition ended. With its location on railroad tracks and near major roads, it became a major whiskey producer

    Posted May 5, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bernie Sanders asks Lexington to join his 'political revolution'
     U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders asked a Lexington crowd of nearly 5,500 people Tuesday night to join his “political revolution” aimed at taking America back from the billionaires. Sanders, who is trailing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, won thunderous cheers by promising to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for free college education, expanded daycare and repairs to the nation’s failing infrastructure. But he reminded his crowd — many of them in their late teens or 20s — that if they want this future, they must show up at the polls on May 17 when Kentucky holds its Democratic primary.

Posted May 5, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Defendent in Versailles boy's death evaluated; report pending
     The prosecution and defense are still waiting for a report on a mental evaluation of the Indianapolis man charged with murder in the death of a 6-year-old boy. Ronald Exantus, 32, appeared briefly Wednesday before Woodford Circuit Judge Rob Johnson. Exantus is accused in the death of Logan James Dean Tipton, who was killed while he slept in his family’s Versailles home. The prosecution intends to seek the death penalty


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