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Posted November 21, 2014 [ Interior Journal ]
Stanford mayor-elect dies unexpectedly
     Stanford mayor-elect T.J. Hill has died, Police Chief Keith Middleton confirmed Thursday. Hill apparently died at his home Thursday afternoon. The Lincoln County Coroner’s office transported his body from the scene at about 5 p.m. Middleton said Hill’s body will be taken to Frankfort for an autopsy. Foul play is not suspected, he said.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ Business Lexington ]
Bluegrass start-ups created 272 jobs, raised $57 million last year, survey shows
     Early-stage companies created 272 new full-time and part-time jobs in the Bluegrass region and raised more than $57 million in capital funds in the last fiscal year, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Bourbon auction brings record price
     A bottle of bourbon that has yet to be distilled already has established a record price. Boundary Oak Distillery auctioned the right to purchase Bottle No. 1 of Batch No. 1 with the proceeds going to a charity of the winner’s choice. When the online sale ended, the price of $25,500 defined it as the most expensive bourbon or whiskey ever sold. The auction success establishes an immediate legacy for the new distiller and should earn Hardin County a stop on the tourism-rich Kentucky Bourbon Trail, said Brent Goodin, master distiller for the family-owned Boundary Oak operation.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Homeless couple's odyssey ends in marriage, housing
     Three years ago, Ed Owens was broke and homeless and living on the streets in Northern Kentucky. One day he met Ellen Cole, who was also homeless. Today, Ed has a job, a roof over his head and a new wife.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Obama plan would benefit immigrants in Kentucky, Ohio
     An estimated few thousand undocumented immigrants in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky stand to benefit from President Barack Obama's new executive order on immigration. Obama announced in a prime-time speech Thursday night that he plans use his executive power to provide work permits for as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States and extend deportation protections for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents – provided the undocumented parents have lived in the country for five years. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants live in a wide swath running from southern Boone County, Ky. to the northern tip of Butler County, Ohio, say immigrant and Hispanic advocates.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Man indicted on 542 counts of possession of child pornography
     A Nelson County grand jury has indicted Jeffrey R. Lugenbeal on several hundred counts of possessing child pornography after police conducted a forensic investigation of his computer following his initial arrest in December and found multiple images. The 79-page indictment against Lugenbeal, 29, of Bardstown, was filed Wednesday afternoon and detailed 542 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a class D felony.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
In Hoptown, ag chief touts farmers’ success
     Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer went before a packed house of farmers Thursday at Hopkinsville's James R. Bruce Convention Center to say the state’s farm economy “remains strong” despite the ups and downs of the industry over the last few years and burdensome federal regulations.

Posted November 21, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Army cuts: Fort Campbell to lose aviation brigade
     Fears that Fort Campbell, the only U.S. military installation with two combat aviation brigades, could lose one of them were realized Thursday as the Department of Defense announced it will inactivate the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade by October 2015. DoD plans call for the number of troops at Fort Campbell to be trimmed by 2,400, a more than 8 percent decrease in its total force. After the cuts, Fort Campbell is projected to have roughly 26,500 soldiers on post.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Cynthiana Democrat ]
Pendleton sheriff talks about son’s suicide in community program
     Teen suicide is not inevitable. It is preventable, said Pendleton County Sheriff Craig Peoples in his keynote speech at the annual Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County community meeting Monday night. Speaking before a standing room only crowd in the community room of the Cynthiana Christian Church, Peoples gave an abbreviated version of “Evan’s Story,” his account of a personal family tragedy when his teenage son unexpectedly committed suicide on Oct. 8, 2013.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Cynthiana Democrat ]
Arrests not answer to heroin problem, say officials
     It was an unintended consequence, but state laws that made it more difficult to abuse prescription pain medication and crystal meth was one of the factors that fed an epidemic rise in heroin abuse across Kentucky in the last five years. This was but one of the alarming statistics repeated several times at the annual community meeting sponsored by Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County Monday night.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Luallen leads state meeting on health care
     The kyhealthnow oversight team has met for the third time. The meeting took place in Frankfort Thursday – the day of the Great American Smokeout – to review the implementation of the state’s tobacco-free initiative on state properties and discuss other issues impacting the health of the state. THursday marks the first kyhealthnow meeting led by Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen, who was sworn into office last week following former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson’s departure to accept an appointment at the White House.

    Posted November 20, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
State finalizes 20-year transportation plan
     A plan meant to assist in planning for Kentucky’s transportation system during the next 20 years was finalized last week. The plan, “Kentucky’s Long-Range Transportation Plan: Planning to Make a Difference in America’s Tomorrow: 2014-2035,” has been in development since 2012, according to Jeff Moore, transportation planner with the Department of Highways in the Bowling Green district and co-manager of the transportation plan project. The last long-range transportation plan for the state was laid out in 2006, he said.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Daughter seeking answers in father's '94 disappearance
     Destiny Crain wants answers. The 20-year-old who lives in Independence wants to know why her father, William Scott Crain, who was last seen 20 years ago in Bowling Green, disappeared. The last time anyone heard from Scott Crain, 22, was Thanksgiving Day in 1994.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Dental initiative expanding in Clark schools, aiding decline of decay rate
     Over the last five years the dental decay rate in Clark County has declined drastically, thanks in large part to the Clark County Dental Initiative. Dr. Larry Sharp, a dentist at the Clark County Health Department, said the initiative began in 2008 when the decay rate was 50 percent. “That was right in line with the state average at the time,” he said. As of this spring, when screenings were performed on seventh-grade students at Campbell Junior High School, the rate was just 12.5 percent.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Fire wipes out Boyle barn, tobacco
     Fire wiped out a barn and a cash crop Wednesday afternoon on Lancaster Road east of Danville. Boyle County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Wilder said Earl Robinson noticed the blaze about 3:36 p.m. as he exited the property. “He was storing tobacco in the barn,” Wilder said. “When he drove by, he noticed fire coming out of the backside of the barn.” It's estimated 20,000 pounds of tobacco was lost.

    Posted November 20, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky’s jobless rate plunges to 6.2 percent in October
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in October at 6.2 percent from a revised 6.7 percent in September, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Mike Nichols, husband of Kentucky native Diane Sawyer, dies at 83
     Famed director Mike Nichols, husband of Kentucky native and ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer, has died at 83. Nichols was one of a very few who won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. He died Wednesday night, according to the CNN website. Nichols directed some major Hollywood hit films including Silkwood and The Graduate.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Pike judge-executive pleads not guilty
     Pike Judge-Executive-elect Bill Deskins has entered a not guilty plea to a criminal charge alleging he threatened a political rival at a pre-election rally for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Deskins was originally scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a charge of menacing filed against him by United Steelworkers of America Local 14581 President Gypsy Cantrell Ratliff, stemming from an alleged Nov. 3 incident.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
New plan approved for old Ledbetter bridge site
     Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Wednesday it approved a contractor's alternate demolition plan for the remaining in-water piers at the old Ledbetter bridge site. The cabinet said in a news release that, according to District Chief Engineer Mike McGregor, the contractor plans to excavate the river bottom outside the navigation channel and knock over the top half of the piers so they will fall into the excavated areas. McGregor said the natural silting process along the river bottom will cover the piers, leaving them below the river bottom.

Posted November 20, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Feds have $360 million for 2015 plant cleanup
     The U.S. Department of Energy will have about $360 million in cleanup funds to spend in 2015 at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, members of the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization were told Wednesday.


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