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Posted March 4, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Duck collision in McLean forces medical helicopter's emergency landing
     A medical helicopter carrying a patient was forced to make an emergency landing in Calhoun on Monday night. According to Shelly Schneider, public relations specialist for Air Evac Lifeteam, a duck crashed through the helicopter's windshield about 9:41 p.m. while in flight. She added that four people — the pilot, a paramedic, a nurse and a patient — were on board the aircraft when the collision occurred.

Posted March 4, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
State, region gain national economic kudos
     Both the state of Kentucky and the Paducah area have received national recognition for their economic development efforts over the past year. Kentucky placed first in Site Selection magazine's annual Governor's Cup rankings for new and expanded industry activity per capita in 2014. The state ranked sixth among all states, regardless of population, for the number of projects. Paducah was ranked 13th on the magazine's 2014 Top Micropolitans by number of job creation projects recruited to the area in the past year.

Posted March 4, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
March 'coming in like a lion'
     Western Kentuckians should brace themselves today for another winter storm. In the late morning hours, rain will gradually turn into sleet and freezing rain as temperatures drop across the region. According to the National Weather Service's local Paducah station, the area may see up to an inch of sleet and freezing rain before today's wintry precipitation morphs into snow. "Across our area, we'll see anywhere from 6 to possibly 10 inches of snow, on top of sleet," said Rachel Trezino, Paducah-based NWS meteorologist.

    Posted March 4, 2015 [ The Western Recorder ]
Kentucky Disaster Relief on alert
     More than 7,000 Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were placed on alert Tuesday afternoon as another major winter storm heads toward Kentucky. “We could have multiple call-outs across the state if this storm plays out as predicted,” said Coy Webb, head of disaster relief for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

    Posted March 4, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State fire marshal: ‘Change the batteries’ this weekend
     The Kentucky state fire marshal is reminding Kentuckians to change the batteries in each of their home’s smoke alarms to coincide with the change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time - which causes clocks to jump ahead one hour on Sunday morning.

Posted March 4, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Dog rescued from pond
     A Labrador retriever is safe and warm following a close call on a melting ice-covered pond in Vine Grove. Hardin County Animal Control and Vine Grove and Radcliff Fire Departments responded to a call Tuesday afternoon that a black lab had fallen through thinning ice in the middle of a pond. The dog, named Jesse, had been treading water for a few minutes before Debi Dirolf saw her and called authorities fearing for the dog’s safety, Animal Control Director Jerry Foley said.

Posted March 4, 2015 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Missing Bardstown teen located in California
     Haley Yates, a Bardstown girl who had been missing for more than three weeks, has been located unharmed. Yates’ mother and the Louisville Metro Police Department Tuesday morning verified Yates had been located. While LMPD could not disclose where the 16-year-old was located, her mother, Fran Smith, says she has been found safely in the city of Bakersfield, Calif.

Posted March 4, 2015 [ Ledger Independent ]
West wins special election in 27th District senate race
     Republican Steve West won Tuesday's special election to fill the unexpired state senatorial seat for the 27th District against Democrat Kelly Caudill. Both men were nominated by their parties in early January to run for the seat, vacated when former state Sen. Walter Blevins (D) resigned after winning the judge-executive position in Rowan County in the November 2014 general election.

    Posted March 4, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville in line for possible 12 inches of snow
     The Louisville metro area could likely see its largest snowfall of the year starting Wednesday afternoon and lasting into Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said late Tuesday. The forecast calls for between 8 to 12 inches of snow to generally fall around the region, with some isolated pockets of amounts greater than that. The weather service said the last time Louisville had as much as a foot of snow was March 7-8, 2008.

    Posted March 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
State Senate appears poised to approve civil protective orders for dating partners
     The Kentucky Senate could vote this week on a bill to expand civil protective orders to dating partners, including young students — an idea the Senate has rejected for years, while most other states accepted it. Kentucky law currently limits court-issued protective orders to people who are married to, living with or have children by their alleged abusers. Supporters of HB 8 say that leaves thousands of Kentuckians unprotected when dating relationships turn violent and a keep-away order could save lives.

    Posted March 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Winter storm could drop a foot of snow on Kentucky, but flooding may come first
     A winter storm is on its way that could drop 8 to 14 inches of sleet and snow across Central Kentucky, and 5 to 10 inches on southern Kentucky, WKYT-TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service said to plan for "snow-covered roads and dangerous travel conditions," especially from Wednesday afternoon, when rain will change over to snow, through Thursday morning, when the snow will end. Snowfall could be "intense" on Wednesday evening and is expected to accumulate quickly, the weather service said.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Weather service issues winter storm warning; significant snow headed our way
     UPDATED: The National Weather Service said Tuesday afternoon that a major winter storm will impact Kentucky Wednesday and Thursday. Rain will change to snow Wednesday afternoon. It will become heavy at times Wednesday night and should end Thursday morning.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Up to 8 inches of snow possible with storm
     The Louisville National Weather Service's short-term forecast for the Louisville area includes heavy rain Wednesday, temperatures near zero by Friday morning and 4 to 8 inches of snow in between. That accumulation estimate appears to be a bit of a guess, at this point. "Somewhere in Kentucky — and we're not sure where — will most likely get a foot or more," said Ron Steve, a weather service meteorologist.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Two Lexington woman indicted for withholding health insurance premiums
     Two Lexington women have been indicted for allegedly withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in health premiums they collected. A Franklin County grand jury on Monday charged that Ann S. Giles, 50, and Lu Anne Wallace, 61, failed to properly apply the taxes on those premiums on multiple occasions from July 2012 to August 2013. The women have been identified as owners or managers of Resources in Healthcare Management, a business that serves 17 clinics in the Central Kentucky area. The company handles staffing needs, including administrative, clerical, nursing, providers, physicians and specialty technicians.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Boyle County Sheriff's Office cautions against IRS scam
     The Boyle County Sheriff's Office has received numerous calls from local residents and business owners reporting a scam involving the Internal Revenue Service. "The call comes from a 206 area code, usually," said Sheriff Marty Elliott. "But that's probably spoofed off of the internet." Elliott explained they were often based overseas, and had a middle eastern accent, but told a generic American name — such as "John Smith." The caller gives a deadline, sometimes calling two or three times, stating that law enforcement and the IRS will arrive at the resident if they do not pay by that time.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Severe weather drill reset for next week
     Tuesday's statewide tornado drill has been postponed until next Tuesday, March 10, at 10:07 a.m. The decision was prompted by the next round of winter weather moving into Kentucky.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
PSC to take public comments in Kentucky Power rate case
     The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold three meetings to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. The meetings will be March 24 in Hazard, March 25 in Louisa and April 16 in Pikeville. The Pikeville meeting will be held in conjunction with a public comment meeting on the rate increase sought by Mountain Water District.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Significant snowfall on the way for most of Kentucky
     UPDATED: A significant winter storm is looking more likely Wednesday and Wednesday night all across Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service. As a result, most of the state will see snow accumulations of several inches. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch from Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.

Posted March 3, 2015 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Stabbing victim dies; stepson now charged with murder
     A Williamsburg man, who was allegedly stabbed by his stepson on Feb. 24, died Monday morning just hours after he was released from the University of Kentucky Medical Center and his stepson is now facing a homicide charge. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced Sidney L. Satterfield, 59, dead at his residence about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

    Posted March 3, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Fresh from his CPAC victory, Rand Paul faces another big test this weekend
     Rand Paul just finished up a great weekend. If he wants to run for both his Senate seat and the presidency next year, Paul had better hope the good times keep rolling this weekend. Last Friday, Paul supporters at the annual CPAC conference just outside of Washington, D.C., began chanting "President Paul" while Kentucky's junior senator spoke of liberty, presaging Paul's victory in the conference's straw poll, his third in a row. This weekend will be a much bigger test with a less certain outcome.


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