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Posted July 23, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Ex-trustee: MCU admission policy led to downfall
     Removed Mid-Continent University trustee Gale Hawkins says the school became a "student mill" by lowering admission standards and promoting financial aid in recent years to boost enrollment. The university's steadily increasing enrollment in the past few years, he said, was due in part to lax admission guidelines and the enticement for students to receive federal grants and loans. The June 30 closing of Mid-Continent has been attributed to improper paperwork filings for federal financial aid. But Hawkins says the paperwork was improperly submitted because of neglect to collect proper admissions information.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Big Rivers to pay coal firm $19.5M
     Big Rivers Electric Corp. will pay Oxford Mining Co. $19.5 million in a mediation agreement reached as part of a contract termination case. The agreement was included in parent company Oxford Resource Partners' filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Marty Littrel, Big Rivers' manager of communications and community relations, confirmed the agreement Tuesday. Oxford Mining signed a five-year coal contract with Big Rivers in 2010. Big Rivers terminated the agreement, and Oxford sued the utility in 2012 for breach of contract.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Business Lexington ]
Five million bourbon barrels mark Kentucky’s highest inventory since 1970s
     For the first time since 1977 there are more than 5 million bourbon barrels aging in Kentucky warehouses, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Kentucky’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels last year, the most since 1970, figures released Tuesday by the KDA state. Production has skyrocketed more than 150 percent in the last 15 years, resulting in 5,294,988 aging barrels at the end of 2013.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Jenkins man, 52, charged after kitten thrown, killed
     Police say a kitten died after it was “body slamed” by an intoxicated Jenkins man. Robert Markham Machniak, 52, was arrested July 17 by Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and menacing. The dead kitten belonged to his brother’s girlfriend. Kentucky State Police received a complaint that Machniak had threatened to stab his family members on the same day he allegedly killed the kitten and was arrested.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Ex-pharmacist describes his struggle with addiction
     A former pharmacist and county commissioner convicted of a raft of drug and forgery charges is talking about his experience with addiction in hopes it might help others find their redemption. “I want to be a message-bearer,” said Jeremy Bowles, a former commissioner in Montgomery County, Tenn., during an interview with the Kentucky New Era. “(Addiction) happened to me as it happens to a lot of people, and people deserve a second chance.”

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Times Leader ]
Cemetery cleanup upsets many families
     The nature of a recent cleanup at the Piney Grove Cemetery in eastern Caldwell County, and the manner in which it was handled, has drawn fire from residents with loved ones buried there. The cemetery is located on Ky. 672, near Lake Beshear and close to the Caldwell/Hopkins county line. Recent visitors to the cemetery found a large pile of items, including flowers, benches, plaques, flags, even some grave markers, dumped in a pile near a woodline on the property.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Century Aluminum, Steelworkers reach new pact at Sebree smelter
     Century Aluminum Sebree LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Co., announced Tuesday that a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement with the United Steelworkers Local 9443-00 was ratified last Thursday for its Sebree aluminum smelter. The agreement is effective through Oct. 28, 2019. The agreement covers approximately 400 hourly workers at the Century Sebree operation. Century acquired the smelter in June 2013 from Rio Tinto Alcan.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Harlan city agrees to set strict curfew
     A discussion to amend the city’s curfew ordinance was held at a meeting of the Evarts City Council. Mayor Eddie Manning said the curfew is for any person under the age of 18 and is currently from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. "This curfew was also put in place to keep kids safe,” said Evarts Police Chief Lupe Blas. “What I’m recommending is that a fine be imposed on those persons violating the curfew ordinance and requiring that their parents be responsible for the payment of those fines.”

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Arch Coal idles coal complex
     In a press release on Monday, Arch Coal Inc. officials announced they were idling the Cumberland River Coal Company complex, located in Wise County, Va., and Letcher County, near the Harlan County line. Cumberland River comprises two underground operations and related facilities. In total, 213 full-time positions were eliminated by idling Cumberland River, and in the press release the company said it's taking steps to provide opportunities at other Arch subsidiaries where available.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Defense Department: Fort Knox remains on list to receive unaccompanied alien children
     The possibility of housing unaccompanied migrant children taken into custody after entering the country across the Mexican border remains an object of debate following an announcement by Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, spokesman for the Department of Defense, told The News-Enterprise in a phone interview Monday that initially the post was identified as a potential site for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Unaccompanied Alien Children program shelter in May, but because of the influx of ROTC cadets to the U.S. Army installation this summer, the process was placed on hold.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Personal communications unveiled in case involving ex-Hodgenville mayor
     After being sealed for more than a year, a LaRue County judge has ordered evidence, including personal communications, to be unsealed in a case against former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback. The personal communications may be entered into evidence for Cruse and Hornback’s Sept. 8 trial, pending a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 29 in LaRue Circuit Court. Cruse was indicted on nine counts of abuse of public trust; one count of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of campaign contribution restrictions/expense limits; and two counts of second-degree forgery. Hornback is charged with 54 counts of abuse of public trust and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

    Posted July 23, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Gov. Beshear to sign angel investor bill in Covington
     Northern Kentucky has become the epicenter of the state’s startup industry, despite obstacles such as a less favorable tax climate than neighboring Cincinnati. That’s about to change, however. On Wednesday, Gov. Steve Beshear will visit Covington to sign a bill that will level the playing field.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Naloxone bus to make first stop in Fort Thomas
     Casey's Bus, a mobile overdose-prevention vehicle provided by the family of Matthew "Casey" Wethington, will make its first appearance Wednesday evening in Fort Thomas. The 1967 Volkswagen Kombi Bus will provide naloxone, a drug that pulls people out of an opiate overdose, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Fort Thomas.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Couple pleads guilty to money laundering in case involving Morgan judge-executive
     A married couple charged along with Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley in a federal corruption case pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Kenneth and Ruth Gambill of Salyersville each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Gambills operated a Salyersville company, PBTHNOJJ Construction, that received contracts in Morgan County to build bridges, install culverts and clean up debris after a March 2, 2012, tornado devastated West Liberty, according to the federal indictment. The company also is known as Praise Be the Holy Name of Jesus and Jehovah Construction Inc.

    Posted July 23, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State senator pre-files bill to reduce fatalities when kids left in hot cars
     Determined to reduce the number of child fatalities and injuries resulting from children being left alone in vehicles during extreme temperatures, state Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, pre-filed BR 80 Tuesday. The “Look before you lock” bill provides limited civil immunity for individuals who take emergency actions to remove a child from a vehicle when they believe conditions are endangering the welfare of the child.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Brain-dead baby taken off life support
     A brain-dead baby was taken off life support Tuesday, hours after a judge decided his mother cannot force a hospital to continue treating a legally dead child. His heartbeat and breathing, maintained by machines for nearly three weeks, soon ceased. The 2-month-old baby, Issac Lopez, was declared brain dead on July 2, days after police allege his father beat his head into the bathtub. Brain death, meaning no functioning brain cells remain, is medically and legally the same as death by cardiac arrest. But the child's mother, Iveth Yaneth Garcia-Menchaca, filed suit, asking a judge to forbid Kosair Children's Hospital from removing the ventilator and feeding tube. She argued that only the child's parents, not the hospital, have the right to make decisions about his medical treatment.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Feds award $420 million cleanup pact
     The U.S. Department of Energy selected a contractor Tuesday to oversee cleanup operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, long seen as the first step in helping many of those laid off by the plant's closing get back to work. The DOE selected Fluor Federal Services Inc., a global engineering, procurement and construction firm headquartered in Irving, Texas, for deactivation activities at the plant, currently leased to the United States Enrichment Corp. The estimated value of the contract is $420 million over three years.

Posted July 23, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Mail processing for Lexington scheduled to be moved to Louisville and Knoxville
     Mail processing for Lexington is scheduled to be moved to Louisville and Knoxville next year. The U.S. Postal Service said the processing center on Nandino Boulevard is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for "consolidation" in 2015. The processing and distribution center in Paducah is also among those scheduled to be closed next year. After the 82 facilities have been closed, the postal service estimates that 44 percent of its first-class mail will be delivered in three days; 35 percent would be delivered in two days; and 20 percent would be delivered overnight

    Posted July 22, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Sixty-one Kentucky water treatment plants recognized for performance
     The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced Tuesday that 61 drinking water treatment plants in Kentucky consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards. The 61 systems are among 149 public and private water treatment plants in the state that participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program. The program challenges plants to reduce turbidity levels below those required by state and federal regulations.

Posted July 22, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Four counties unhappy with training from BRADD, look to control nearly $1 million
     Judge-executives in Warren, Allen, Simpson and Logan counties have notified the state they want to break away from six other counties in southcentral Kentucky over workforce development services. That proposed split from the Barren River Area Development District could take up to two years and would have to be approved on the local, state and national levels. A federal stipulation mandates that the break-away must be voluntary. It’s not clear if the voluntary mandate applies to the four counties or all 10 counties in the region.


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