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Posted February 17, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Federal appeals court says BGPD officer used excessive force in shooting
     Upholding a ruling made last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit determined that a former Bowling Green Police Department officer used excessive force when he fatally shot an unarmed man in a 2012 incident. A panel of three judges with the federal appeals court issued a 14-page opinion on Thursday that affirmed the awarding of summary judgment to the estate of Gregory Harrison on a claim that Officer Keith Casada acted with excessive force in the shooting of Harrison, which occurred around 2 a.m. Aug. 12, 2012, on the railroad tracks along Clay Street near 11th Avenue.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
More than 15 school districts close schools because of illnesses
     At least 16 school districts and Christ the King Elementary School in Lexington closed schools on Friday because of widespread student illnesses, including flu. The closings occurred as the state is considered to have widespread flu activity, along with most of the country. Closing schools can prevent further spread of illness and allow additional time to clean and disinfect. On Thursday, in Scott County there were nearly 900 students out of class due to sickness and more than 200 students missed part of the school day, Superintendent Kevin Hub said in a statement.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear, AARP partnering with churches, ministries to prevent scams
     Attorney General Andy Beshear Friday joined AARP of Kentucky and members of the faith-based community to launch a partnership to protect local congregations and the communities they serve from con artists and the latest scams. The Interfaith Travel Series Scam Alerts, hosted by Beshear’s Office of Senior Protection, will hold events at more than 20 different locations around the state with members of the faith-based community. Beshear launched Scam Alerts last year as the state’s first direct messaging service that notifies Kentuckians of financial schemes by con artists to steal money or a person’s identification.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Pulaski man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph A. Koger, 28, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Koger was arrested Thursday night as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP news release. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Somerset on Feb. 16. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP accepting applications for Trooper Island Camp
      KSP is accepting applications for children to attend Trooper Island Camp this summer. Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Heiner announces newest ‘Kentucky Work Ready Communities’
     Secretary Hal Heiner Friday announced that Anderson and Graves counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Carter, Clinton and Pendleton counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. The counties of Adair, Anderson, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bullitt, Caldwell, Campbell, Carlisle, Clark, Daviess, Fleming, Graves, Greenup, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Kenton, Madison, Marshall, McCracken, Mercer, Montgomery, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Pulaski, Rowan, Shelby, Trigg, Union, Warren, Washington and Woodford have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities since certification began in February 2012.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Lake News ]
Some Marshall families struggle with polluted water
     They can’t drink their water, take a bath or brush their teeth with it. They have had their water tested more than once and every time it is tested it has more dangerous E.coli and bacteria than can be counted. That is right more bugs in their well water than a laboratory can count. Even immediately after the water is chemically treated there is E.coli in their water. Why does this nightmare continue for the Adams and the Hollifield families and their neighbors? A health department official said during the Marshall County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday morning the ground water where they live in the Harvey community of western Marshall County is polluted. They can’t install a new well and solve the problem. One of their neighbors did that not too long ago and had it tested and it is polluted too. Commissioner Bob Gold said Tuesday there were an estimated 700 families in Marshall County who do not have safe potable drinking water.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
UofL interim president says $48 million in expenses must be cut from next year’s budget
     University of Louisville Interim President Greg Postel told the board of trustees Thursday that balancing UofL’s budget next year will require cutting roughly $48 million in expenses, which amounts to just over 4 percent of the total budget. A final draft of a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will not be given to the trustees for approval until May, but Postel briefed the board about the challenges ahead in crafting a budget that remains balanced.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Chase yields more than a dozen criminal charges
     Marcus D. Etheridge, 25, of Memphis was arrested on 13 charges in Calloway County Thursday morning after a chase by local and state law enforcement officers. According to information from the Kentucky State Police, the department was notified by the Henry County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Department of an ongoing pursuit of Etheridge, traveling north on U.S. 641 in a 2005 Ford Escape. KSP took over the chase as the suspect entered Kentucky.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
The noise you may hear is for the birds
     Starlings roosting in areas of the East Kentucky Power Spurlock Plant on Kentucky 8 are creating health hazards for employees, according to EKP spokesman Nick Comer. In an attempt to get the birds to move along and perhaps find a more appropriate spot to roost, personnel at the plant are using non-lethal cannons, called bird or air cannons to convince the birds to go elsewhere, Comer said.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Man thankful for 2013 heart transplant
     He may be a happily married man, but Kerry DeHaven's heart will always -- quite literally -- belong to a mysterious young lady. "She was only 21 years old, and involved in an automobile accident," the Clay resident said. "The only reason we know that is because my wife overheard the surgeons talking in the hallway." DeHaven was waiting to receive a heart transplant at Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital. The critical operation would conceivably put an end to severe complications the 44-year-old paramedic had suffered for the past decade.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Crime bill hits skid in committee
     A criminal justice bill geared largely toward creating job training programs for felons both inside and outside prison ran into opposition Thursday morning, despite having the endorsement of Gov. Matt Bevin and other Bevin administration officials. Senate Bill 120 was praised by Bevin and the secretaries of the Justice and Public Safety and Labor cabinets, who called it a necessary first step in helping people with felony convictions obtain employment and housing. But opponents of the bill said the effect would be to drive down wages for Kentuckians without felony records. Members of the Senate judiciary committee members adjourned Thursday's meeting without taking a vote on the bill.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Murray State to shoot video to entice NBC's Roker to visit campus
     Murray State University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to show their school spirit Tuesday afternoon in an effort to host "Today Show" weatherman Al Roker during his upcoming cross-country tour. Students from the journalism and mass communications department and The Murray State News will host a one-minute promotional video that spotlights why Roker should visit Racer Nation.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bridgeman resigns from U of L board
     Businessman and en­trepreneur Junior Brid­geman resigned from the University of Louisville board of trustees on Thursday, saying he didn’t have the time to de­vote at a time when his business responsibilities have escalated. Bridgeman said in an email “it became appar­ent that I would not be able to have the time to participate fully in the board requirements.”

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Proposed bill targets Planned Parenthood
      Described as a “small, but important, measure to pro­tect unborn life,” a Senate committee on Thursday approved the bill that would put Planned Parenthood at the end of the line in getting federal family planning dollars that come to Kentucky. The Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Pub­lic Protection Committee approved Senate Bill 8 on an 8-3 vote and it now goes to the Senate floor. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbells­ville, said the bill would also “deny access to any state and local funds as well” for the “na­tion’s largest abortion provider.” The committee vote came in spite of testimony from five women, including a representative of Planned Parenthood and a doctor, who said that Planned Par­enthood does not now perform abortions in Kentucky but does provide sorely needed health and family planning ser­vices to women who cannot get the same care elsewhere.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Eduction bill moves forward
     The Kentucky Senate’s education committee unanimously passed a sweep­ing education bill Thursday that would overhaul the state’s education account­ability system, change the way educa­tion standards are reviewed and give more local control in the handling of teacher evaluations. Senators on the committee as well as some people in attendance praised Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, the sponsor of Senate Bill 1, for taking the time to listen to stakeholders and make some significant changes to the original version of his bill.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Judge: Deny request to overturn conviction of ex-Morgan County leader
     A federal judge has recommended denying a request to set aside the conviction of former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley, saying Conley took part in a textbook kickback scheme. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier rejected Conley’s arguments in a decision filed Thursday. Wier’s recommendation is to U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, who will have the final say on Conley’s request. Federal judges don’t have to adopt recommendations from magistrate judges, but often do.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Troubled Kentucky pension system might need billions more than assumed
     Kentucky Retirement Systems, the state pension agency that officially faces an $18.1 billion unfunded liability, might be in far worse financial shape than previously thought. That means taxpayers could be on the hook for much more money to honor pension commitments to about 365,000 public employees. KRS made serious math errors in recent years by relying on overly optimistic assumptions about its investment returns, the growth of state and local government payrolls, and the inflation rate, KRS board chairman John Farris told his fellow trustees Thursday at a board meeting.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Monticello man charged with shooting at school bus with BB gun
     Police charged a Wayne County teenager with wanton endangerment Wednesday after he allegedly shot at a school bus with a BB pistol, according to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron. Wayne County school officials reported a bus had been shot at on Kentucky Avenue in Monticello. A student was sitting close to the window of the bus when the BB hit, but was not hurt, according to a news release.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Suspected sister killer competent for trial, may use mental illness defense
     A competency hearing was Thursday in Christian Circuit Court for the man accused of killing his two sisters in August. Judge John Atkins ruled Robert Rogers, 65, was competent to stand trial but also lacked the ability to understand his conduct the day of the murders. The ruling came after nearly an hour of testimony via conference call from Dr. Timothy Allen, a forensic psychiatrist at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange. Allen evaluated Rogers at the center between Sept. 7 and Dec. 13.


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