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Posted May 22, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Investment strengthens Corvette plant
     The $439 million new paint shop investment by General Motors at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant makes the Chevrolet Corvette DNA in southcentral Kentucky much stronger, officials said Thursday. The project will retain 150 jobs for the 874 employees – 753 hourly and 121 salaried – when the 450,000-square-foot paint shop is added to the 1-million-square-foot plant on 212 acres just off Interstate 65. GM pays $88.4 million in annual wages at the site. “We have thought for a long time that we needed a new paint shop,” said Jeff Wydner, chairman-elect of United Auto Workers Local 2164. “It is a reflection of how good the membership is. They take pride in their work.”


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Two arrested for leaving two sets of young twins unattended
     Two sets of twins, ages 4 years and 3 months, were removed from their home early Thursday morning after their mother and her boyfriend were found roaming outside an apartment complex while the children were inside alone and crying. Cecilia Rae Surber, 33, and Joshua Lamont Thompson, 27, were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Surber was also charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Five indicted in bourbon, steroid ring plead not guilty
     Five of the nine individuals indicted in a case involving more than $100,000 of heisted bourbon pleaded not guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court on Friday morning. Gilbert Curtsinger, Julie Curtsinger, Christopher Preston, Joshua Preston and Robert McKinney appeared before Judge Thomas Wingate for arraignment and through their respective attorneys entered not guilty pleas to engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate.



    Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP looking for new leads in murder of Bardstown police officer
     UPDATED: Nearly two years have passed since the murder of Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis. Kentucky State Police hope a new video plea for information will provide fresh leads about the case. KSP Public Affairs Officer Trooper Jeff Gregory hopes Friday’s video release will encourage someone, who may have information about the case, to contact authorities. KSP advises that the reward funds for this case have reached $185,000 for tips leading to an arrest and conviction.



    Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Construction projects suspended to ease holiday weekend travel
     Drivers traveling along Kentucky roadways may find their path a little easier this weekend. Although road construction season is now underway, work on most major roadways in Kentucky is being suspended through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Still, motorists are cautioned to be alert for lane closures in many locations.



    Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky prosecutors to attend vehicular homicide training
     The Kentucky attorney general announced Friday that his office will help host an annual training event that focuses on the effective prosecution of vehicular homicide cases, many of which involve drunk drivers. Commonwealth’s Attorneys from across Kentucky will join prosecutors from the Tennessee District Attorney’s office at the training, entitled “Lethal Weapon.” The training is set for May 26-29 in Franklin, Tenn.



    Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Perfect weather on tap for holiday weekend
     The Memorial Day holiday weekend looks to be sunny, hot and dry across Kentucky. There's no significant chance for rain until Tuesday of next week, weather.com reports. The high today will be in the upper 70s. On Saturday the mercury will climb to 81 while 86 will be the high on Sunday.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Little Sandy inmate dies after being attacked by another inmate
     An inmate at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex died Thursday after being attacked by another inmate last week. Justin Hilbert, 35, of Louisville, was assaulted by another inmate Friday at the prison in Sandy Hook, and was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Kentucky State Police.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Baseball series a hit for Paducah
     A national college club baseball tournament which opens today in Paducah will make aluminum bats ping - and cash registers ring - for the next seven days. The National Club Baseball Association brings eight teams to its Division I World Series to Brooks Stadium, with games at 11 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today. The tournament concludes with a championship game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams include Penn State University, East Carolina University, Florida State University, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, University of Texas, University of Oregon and Arizona State University.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Overnight shooting leaves one dead
     An Owensboro man was killed early Thursday morning after an exchange of gunfire with city police officers and a Kentucky State Police detective after a lengthy standoff at an Owensboro motel. Chrislon A. Talbott, 38, died at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital after being shot during the incident, which began at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Motel 6 on Frederica Street. The Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Eight new rides debut at Kentucky Kingdom
     Eight new attractions will be twisting, lurching and spinning at Kentucky Kingdom this season. The park opens its doors to the public this Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, and will be open daily starting May 30. "We're always looking for a way to add more thrill for every member of the family," said park spokesperson John Mulcahy, about the ranging audience for the new set of rides. Cyclos, Skycatcher, Enterprise, Up Up and Away, and the Wizard of Oz 5D experience will be ready to ride this weekend, and the other three attractions — T3, Flutterfly and Raging Rapids River Ride — will open May 30. Mulcahy said the addition of the new rides makes the park more of a "two-day experience."


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Girl Scouts group to discuss transgender policy
     Amid a recent conservative attack on a Girl Scouts of America policy welcoming transgender children, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana said Thursday it plans to discuss the issue next week at a board meeting. Jackie Ford, the group's chief executive officer, said while she is not aware of any transgender child who has sought to join a local troop, national attention spurred the board to review the issue next Tuesday. It's not clear if any action may be taken.



    Posted May 22, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
As Matt Bevin focuses on fall election, questions about Mitch McConnell, GOP divide linger
     In his first public appearance since Tuesday night's election, presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin got a glimpse of the trouble he might have uniting his party in coming months. Bevin wrapped up his remarks Thursday to the Women Republicans of Central Kentucky and then opened it up to questions. Patrick Moores of Lexington asked Bevin the question that many Republicans have asked about him for a year. "I've had several friends tell me yesterday, on the Republican side, that they're very concerned about even voting for you," Moores said. "And one of the things that sticks in their craw still is your not supporting (Mitch) McConnell after the primary last year, coming out actively in support of him, and they're saying, 'We're not going to support him (Bevin).'"


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Man dies in plane crash in Perry County
     A man was killed in a plane crash in Perry County on Thursday. Perry County Coroner Jimmy Maggard said the plane crashed on a hillside in the Lower Lost Creek area. Authorities did not immediately identify the man. It was initially unclear what caused the crash, but there is an airport not far from the crash site, Maggard said.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Six-county chase lands Vine Grove man in jail
     A six-county chase early Thursday morning has landed a Vine Grove man in jail and facing a number of charges. Joshua Nunn, 22, was arrested in Bowling Green following a pursuit that saw driving speeds reach as high as 90 mph, according to an arrest citation. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police pursued Nunn through Hardin, LaRue, Hart, Barren, Edmonson and Warren counties. Police used spike strips to stop the silver GMC pickup truck on Louisville Road in Bowling Green.


Posted May 22, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Covington PD on day care: Don't contact us
     The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is investigating allegations that a Covington day care worker left a child in a vehicle for hours on Friday, but almost a week later, Covington officials aren't talking. "Please do not attempt to contact the police department for further information as this is an open investigation," the Covington Police Department stated in a press release issued Thursday. The release stated that a 6-year-old child was left in a van for "several hours" May 15, but it does not provide any further details.


Posted May 21, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Reporter learns how Lexington officer spots seat-belt violations and why it's important
     Those red-and-blue police lights flashing in the rearview mirror send a clear message: You're in trouble. It is the adult equivalent of being called to the principal's office, and dread settles in. Lexington police officer Brandon Muravchick is not trying to inconvenience people, though. Muravchick works to save lives. He took me on a ride-along Wednesday morning as a part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign runs through May 31, and police focus on seat-belt violations, a passion for Muravchick.


Posted May 21, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Franklin County Health Department to conduct e-cigarette survey
     The Franklin County Health Department is conducting a community-wide survey to determine if e-cigarettes should be added to the county’s existing smoking ordinance.


Posted May 21, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Centre College invites gubernatorial candidates to debate
     While the outcome of the Republican gubernatorial primary election is pending, Centre College has extended invitations to Attorney General Jack Conway and his two potential Republican opponents, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer, to participate in a gubernatorial debate Oct. 6.


Posted May 21, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
GM to invest $439 million in Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant
     A major expansion is in the works at the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant. Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen joined General Motors’ leaders and community officials to announce that GM will invest $439 million for facility upgrades, including a new paint shop. The 450,000-square-foot facility will be almost half the size of the company’s entire operation in Warren County.


 

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