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Posted September 19, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Sinkhole closes I-65 north of Elizabethtown
     Northbound lanes of Interstate 65 are closed north of Elizabethtown because of a possible sinkhole formation. Kentucky State Police said today that the closure is indefinite. The sinkhole reportedly is under the roadway at mile marker 97 about three miles north of the U.S. 62 exit.


Posted September 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Officials 'lucky' Oldham gas blast didn't ignite
     Police were still restricting traffic on U.S. 42 in Oldham County to one lane Thursday morning following a natural gas blast during the evening rush-hour Wednesday, authorities said. But North Oldham Fire Department officials were relieved the large volume of natural gas from a broken 12-inch main line near Goshen never caught fire. Still, two utility workers were hurt seriously enough to be sent to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.


Posted September 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Food hub 'job-generating machine' for Louisville's West End
     In a move to strengthen the production and distribution of locally grown food in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer this week granted a 24-acre vacant parcel of land in the West End worth $1.2 million to developers of a "Louisville Food Hub." Where National Tobacco Co. once dried, cut and packaged tobacco purchased from Kentucky farmers on 30th Street, the new commercial agriculture park will process, store and distribute locally grown foodstuffs.


Posted September 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Pie gate: Retiree stripped of blue ribbon
     Kentucky State Fair officials have stripped the blue ribbon from a Valley Station baker who admitted her winning buttermilk pie crust came from the store, not from scratch. Linda Horton "by her own admission, used a commercial pie crust, which is against the rules," Steve Lee, the state fair culinary director, said in an email. "Therefore her entry has been disqualified and the blue ribbon previously awarded to her has been withdrawn."



    Posted September 19, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Census: Kentucky ranks 45th in computer ownership and 42nd in broadband usage
     Computer ownership and broadband usage in Kentucky trail national levels as high-speed Internet service becomes more vital to the economy, new U.S. Census estimates show. Kentucky's poverty rate also remains stuck above the national rate. There was good news in the estimates as well, however, including growth in the percentage of Kentucky residents with a bachelor's degree or above and an increase in household income. The findings were from the U.S. Census bureau's one-year survey results for 2013, released Thursday.


Posted September 19, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Jim Beam honors namesake with statue
     In honor of what would have been James Beauregard Beam's 150th birthday, the Jim Beam American Stillhouse on Thursday unveiled a statue of the founder with a tot of Old Tub, a pre-Prohibition bourbon, in one hand while he waves his hat in welcome with the other. Master distiller Fred Noe and his son Freddie Noe, Beam's great-grandson and great-great-grandson, were on hand to toast the founder. And they had a little help from 10 lucky men named Jim Beam. The distillery invited them to come for the party, which coincided with the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. It continues through Sunday.


Posted September 19, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Racist remarks by write-in U.S. Senate candidate cause a stir at University of Kentucky
     University of Kentucky officials say they didn't mean to surprise a group of high school journalism students with the racist rantings of a U.S. Senate write-in candidate at a Constitution Day event on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said that journalism professor and Constitution Day organizer Buck Ryan and some of his students asked all the certified U.S. Senate candidates to appear at the event. When Robert Ransdell of Florence took the podium Wednesday, he let loose with a flurry of his white supremacist philosophy. UK's response was not good enough for DuPont Manual High School journalism teachers James Miller and Liz Palmer, who brought their students to Lexington for the event, where they each received a teaching award.



    Posted September 19, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky’s unemployment rate falls to 7.1 percent in August
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July, according to the state's Office of Employment and Training. The preliminary August jobless rate was 1.3 percentage points below the 8.4 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2013.


Posted September 19, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Ground broken on Breathitt Veterinary Center
     Ground was broken Thursday for the new Breathitt Veterinary Center at Murray State University’s Hopkinsville campus. The $32 million facility will bring the already nationally pre-eminent animal disease diagnostic laboratory into the 21st century.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Jobs effort targets Fort Knox
     Help is on the way for thousands of veterans and their families at Fort Knox looking for jobs. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined economic development leaders to announce the launch of Where Opportunity Knox — an initiative designed to connect transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs available across the region. They said 6,000 to 8,000 jobs are usually available in the Louisville region. Fort Knox is the headquarters for the Army’s Transition Assistance Program, and about 130,000 soldiers exit the Army annually, many of them looking for work.



    Posted September 18, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky to honor Vietnam-era veterans
     The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will honor Vietnam War veterans and their families in Frankfort on Sept. 25 at what is being promoted as Kentucky’s first major event commemorating the Vietnam War. The event is part of the national 50th anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, which runs through 2025. The purpose is to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, honor and sacrifice. The event will be at 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Vernon Cooper Lane in Frankfort.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Man faces charges in connection to bomb threat
     Kentucky State Police have arrested a Benton man in an alleged connection to two reported bomb threats made against the Pella plant in Murray this week. According to KSP, the agency responded to a bomb threat at Pella at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. After an investigation, KSP Detective Trevor Pervine charged Jacob V. Scott, 24, of Benton, with two counts of Terroristic Threatening second degree.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Former high school softball player files suit against coach
     Former Greenwood High School softball pitcher Elizabeth Moss has filed a civil lawsuit against coach Penny Reece, alleging the longtime coach “breached her duty ... by failing to exercise reasonable care in following the medical advice and restrictions” after Moss suffered a back injury. Reece did not respond to the Daily News’ multiple requests for comment.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Clark County takes part in multi-county chemical weapons exercise
     Local officials, community leaders and city and county employees took part in a 10-county exercise centered on the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County on Wednesday. Clark Emergency Management Director Gary Epperson said the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program exercise went well. The simulated plume from the “accident” at the depot didn’t end up threatening any surrounding counties during the exercise.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Pike County suing state over coal tax
     The Pike County Fiscal Court voted to move forward with a lawsuit to address legislation passed in Frankfort that changed how coal severance funds are distributed in the county. At Tuesday’s meeting, the court unanimously approved a motion to authorize the county attorney to file a legal action to seek an injunction challenging the legality and constitutionality of House Bill 235 as it relates to Pike County, against the Kentucky Department of Local Government and any other necessary or indispensable partners.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington filmmaker hopes to encourage females to run for office in 'Raising Ms. President'
     If you have ever wondered why there aren't more women wielding political power, the documentary Raising Ms. President is the film for you. Following the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, Lexington filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker wondered why, too. "There were a record number of Republican women running for office in 2010 but ultimately women lost seats overall," she said. "I started to ask why."


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Missing Calloway man found dead in Tennessee
     The Henry County Sheriff’s Office in Paris, Tenn. is investigating the death of 80-year-old Calloway County resident Bobby Dozier as a homicide. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Dozier was first reported missing on Monday. Dozier’s body was found Tuesday afternoon on Tennessee Trail, which is a small, gravel road near the Tennessean Golf Club, authorities said.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Ledger Independent ]
Events planned around statue unveiling
     A commemoration service and public reception will be held Sept. 28, to celebrate the life and achievements of U. S. Army Col. Charles Young. Young was born into slavery in a log cabin in May's Lick in 1864 and went on to have an illustrious military career from 1889 until his death in 1922. For more than four years, the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations has worked to have Young promoted posthumously to the rank of brigadier general.


Posted September 18, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Evidence mix-up surfaces in murder case
     Nearly four years ago, a woman’s partially clothed body was found on the side of a Christian County road. On the same day, police arrested Tremel Smith, a mentally disabled former factory worker, and charged him with the murder of 50-year-old Susan James. Since then the case has bounced around in Christian Circuit Court, and while it has appeared close to going to trial multiple times, each time it has been met with another delay. Now there's been a mix-up involving evidence collected in the case.



    Posted September 18, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Grimes, McConnell in shootout over guns
     The television ad campaign has turned into a shooting war in Kentucky as Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has grabbed her gun for a commercial that began airing Monday in an effort to capture November's election. But Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign took aim at that ad on Tuesday with its own 30-second spot that mocks Grimes and draws comparisons to a 2012 photo of President Barack Obama firing a gun while vacationing at Camp David.


 

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