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Posted October 30, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Elizabethtown's Ring Road to I-65 a step closer with added funds
     In front of a crowd filled with local politicians Wednesday morning, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the accelerated release of nearly $5 million to purchase rights of way for Elizabethtown's Ring Road extension to Interstate 65. The timing of the announcement six days before the election raised questions for some. In an interview following the announcement, Beshear said if releasing the money early would help Democratic Rep. Jimmie Lee, seeking re-election in the 25th District, then so be it.

Posted October 30, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Meade County candidate could be erased from ballot
     A Meade County clerk candidate could be kicked off the ballot days before the election. Circuit Judge Bruce Butler today will hear from Democratic county clerk candidate Susan Masterson and Patricia Ann Schutt, a county voter who filed a lawsuit to have Masterson removed from Tuesday’s vote. Masterson, a deputy clerk, has worked in the county clerk’s office for 11 years and is a registered voter in Meade County, but she also is a convicted felon meaning she is legally ineligible to vote, and by extension to run for office, without a governor’s pardon.

Posted October 30, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Northern Kentucky lawmakers vow the fight against heroin won’t fizzle
     Northern Kentucky lawmakers next year don’t want to see legislation to fight heroin abuse crash and burn like it did this year. More than two months out from the start of the General Assembly session, they’ve already filed two bills addressing the heroin epidemic and have announced their intention to file more.

Posted October 30, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Suspected heroin ODs inundate hospital, two die
     A cluster of 10 suspected heroin overdoses in 48 hours including two deaths at St. Elizabeth Healthcare hospitals has emergency staff alarmed. It was the talk Tuesday evening at the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Task Force community update in Park Hills, where panelists provided evidence of growing heroin in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati and issued a more detailed plan of attack on the crisis.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Group looks to purchase theater site
     Kentucky Stages theater company has made an offer to purchase Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave. Becky Moore, asset protection manager at Citizens First Bank in Horse Cave, has handled the contract for the sale. The bank purchased the property, which includes the theater building, the old Horse Cave State Bank building and the old telephone exchange building, last winter. A fourth building, a warehouse, has already been sold.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Siting Board receives application for Greenup County plant
     The Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting has received an application requesting a construction certificate for an electric generating plant and associated electric transmission line in northern Greenup County. The application, from SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC, of Lisle, Illinois, proposes construction of a 90-megawatt plant in conjunction with a coke plant to be built on about 250 acres along the Ohio River 2 miles northeast of the city of South Shore. The site is currently in agricultural use, but is near other industrial facilities, according to a PSC news release.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear presents funding for Ring Road extension in Hardin County
      Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday presented a ceremonial check representing preconstruction funding for a project long sought by leaders in Elizabethtown and Hardin County – the final extension of Ring Road to create a needed bypass around Elizabethtown.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
PSC closes review of Campbellsville firefighter electrocution
     The Kentucky Public Service Commission has completed its review of an Aug. 21 accident that killed one Campbellsville firefighter and injured three others. The review found that the 69-kiloVolt transmission line involved in the accident was built, maintained and operated in accordance with all applicable safety standards. Therefore, the PSC will take no further actions in the matter, the agency said in a letter to Kentucky Utilities Co., which owns and operates the line.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Aleris Corp. breaks ground on $350 million expansion in Hancock
     Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday joined company officials and local leaders to break ground on Aleris Corporation’s $350 million expanded aluminum rolling mill in Hancock County. The expansion will equip Aleris with the capabilities and the technology to serve the North American automotive industry as it shifts to broader aluminum use to make lighter vehicles. It’s the single-largest project investment by a company in Kentucky in more than a year.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin explosion traced to old fuel tank
     An explosion that was felt and heard throughout the Corbin area Monday was caused by a cutting torch being used to scrap a fuel tank at Three Rivers Cutting off of 19th Street. West Knox Fire Chief Daryl Baker said firefighters were paged out about 10 a.m. in response to multiple calls from residents that had heard or felt the explosion.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Eagle Post ]
Murder suspect kills self after chase
     A 23-year-old man wanted for murder in Oak Grove killed himself Friday in Mississippi after leading authorities there on a chase that spanned two counties. Oak Grove police have released little information in connection to the case, but a Tuesday news release confirmed Jake Defrates, 23, Oak Grove, was wanted in connection to the March shooting death of a Louisiana man, Michael Joe Parson II. Parson’s body was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a field on March 16.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Jessamine Journal ]
Man indicted on manslaughter charge in the death of a fellow inmate
     Michael B. Jones was indicted by a grand jury last week for his involvement in the death of a fellow inmate in August. Jones now faces charges of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree promoting contraband. He had initially been charged with murder. The indictment comes following the Aug. 21 death of Corey D. McQueary. Both men were inmates in the Jessamine County Detention Center at the time of McQueary’s death.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Central City Leader News ]
Charges dropped in Facebook lyrics case
     Felony charges against James Evans were dropped at an Oct. 27 pretrial hearing in Muhlenberg County District Court. Evans, of Central City, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening on Aug. 26 and spent nine days in jail after posting song lyrics to his Facebook page. “Mr. Evans is relieved that the criminal case is over with,” said William Sharp, legal director for Kentucky ACLU and attorney for Evans. “These were very serious criminal charges that we thought were unfounded from the beginning, so we’re glad to see them successfully concluded today.”

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
First steps taken in new pipeline project
     Last year, two companies announced a joint project that would convert 900 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline — including 19.7 miles in Marion County — to carry up to 200,000 barrels of natural gas liquids daily. At this time, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline carries natural gas, but Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and MarkWest Utica EMG have plans to close down part of that pipeline so it can be switched to carry NGLs instead. The Marion County Clerk’s Office received a letter dated Oct. 2 from Lisa Welch, a senior environmental manager with Stantec, a consulting service working on Kinder Morgan’s behalf. According to that letter, Kinder Morgan has started the process of filing an “Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” with FERC.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Henry County Local ]
Severed arm found floating in Kentucky River
     The banks of the Kentucky River in Lockport produced a gruesome catch Friday afternoon. Fishermen found a human arm floating along the riverbank near the locks. “Our preliminary assessment, and this is totally preliminary speculation on our part until we can do more testing, is that the arm had been in the water for a minimum of three weeks,” said Henry County Coroner James Pollard.

    Posted October 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
More sleep: Time changes from Daylight Saving to Standard on Sunday morning
     Daylight Saving Time will come to an end Sunday as the nation switches back to Standard Time. The change, as usual, will be at 2 a.m., but most people change their clocks before going to bed the evening before which, in this case, will be Saturday, Nov. 1.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Trimble Banner ]
Dignitaries dedicate new Ohio River bridge
     The communities of Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., turned out in large numbers Tuesday afternoon as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — joined by other dignitaries — led a public dedication of the new Milton-Madison Bridge.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Letcher jury convicts man charged in the abuse of a girl less than 12
     A Letcher Circuit Court jury has convicted a Camp Branch man of first-degree sex abuse and is recommending that he serve six years in prison. The jury determined that Carl David Adams, 39, was guilty of sexually abusing a female juvenile under the age of 12 in 2013.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Governor visits Elizabethtown today for highway announcement
     Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to release money today to start the final project connecting Ring Road to Interstate 65, according to those with knowledge of the governor’s plans. Beshear is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. today at the interchange connecting Ring Road with the Western Kentucky Parkway at Exit 133 alongside 25th District State Rep. Jimmie Lee and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 Chief District Engineer Patty Dunaway.

Posted October 29, 2014 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Girls basketball coach indicted on multiple charges
     A longtime girls basketball coach for the Harlan County School System has been indicted on multiple charges including attempting to promote a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16. Anthony Nolan, 41, of Harlan, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Alford on Tuesday. Harlan County Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird said the indictment is the result of an investigation that started following complaints concerning Nolan. “The sheriff’s office began an investigation over some complaints that alleged Mr. Nolan was hiding a recording device in the girls locker room and recording individuals in the locker room,” said Lipfird.


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