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Posted September 30, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
More law enforcement agencies turning to body cameras
     Body-mounted cameras are proliferating among law enforcement agencies in the region as officers seek to better document what they observe while on duty. The Russellville Police Department purchased cameras for all patrol officers in April 2013. The Auburn Police Department also will be getting the devices for its two officers this month. They are on order, but no delivery date has been given, according to city clerk Becka LaGrone. The cameras have been more in the news lately following the incident in Ferguson, Mo., where a man was shot and killed by a police officer. There was no official recording of the shooting.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Former superintendent slander suit gets trial date
     Former Clark County school superintendent Elaine Farris’ libel and slander suit against former football coach Paul Columbia, his wife Patricia and Joan Graves, may go before a jury next year. Earlier this month, a March 2, 2015, trial date was set in the nearly two-year-old civil case against the Columbias and Graves. According to court documents, the trial is expected to take four days to resolve.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester's Univance Inc. honored for commitment to employee safety
     Secretary Larry L. Roberts of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Monday presented the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to employees of Univance Inc. in Winchester Monday. The honor recognizes employees for working 726,244 hours without a lost-time accident or illness. Univance is a subsidiary of Univance Corp., which is headquartered in Japan and is an automotive parts manufacturer for passenger and industrial vehicles. The facility in Winchester produces forklift transmissions, differentials and component parts for all-terrain vehicles and utility task vehicles, as well as transfer assembly and automotive companion flanges.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Hazardous materials delay demolition of Lincoln board annex
     Hazardous materials in the rubble of the Lincoln County Board of Education annex will cause some delay in demolition of the structure. A plan for removal of hazardous materials will have to be developed and then the demolition project will need to be rebid to include the extra work, architectural consultant Eric Loy told school board members Thursday night. Without an appropriate plan to handle things such as asbestos and mercury from thermostats, the Environmental Protection Agency could come in and shut down demolition for violations of the law, Loy explained. This follows an Aug. 6 fire which destroyed the board building.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Justice out, Texans in at Anderson Circle Farm in Mercer County
      The Jim Justice era in Mercer County is over before it ever really began. The West Virginia billionaire who made a splash nearly three years ago when he purchased all 5,500 acres of the former Anderson Circle Farm for $25 million has recently sold most of that property to a corn farming family from the Texas panhandle. In talking with the new owners, Justice said he got the impression the family was moving to Mercer County to escape the extreme drought that has plagued most of Texas in recent years.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Obama's case for keeping Democrats in control of U.S. Senate
     The White House declined to comment for this column. Can you blame them? Kentucky has never been fertile political ground for the 44th president of the United States, but lately, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies use President Barack Obama as a daily, sometimes hourly, punching bag. (How many times have you heard the phrase "Obama's war on coal" this month?) Meanwhile, McConnell's Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, feels compelled to declare on television that "I'm not Barack Obama."

    Posted September 30, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Grimes launches online portal for military and overseas voters
     Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Monday launched her office’s new Online Portal for Military and Overseas Voters. The portal is part of the Kentucky Military Heroes Voting Initiative, which is the result of recommendations Grimes made following a trip to the Middle East in 2012 to visit Kentucky soldiers and evaluate military and overseas voting procedures.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Henderson man sentenced for choking boy
     A 24-year-old Henderson man accused of choking a 6-year-old boy in May has been sentenced to six years. Willis B. Blue III was sentenced Monday in Henderson Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse. Henderson police arrested Blue in May after he allegedly choked a then 6-year-old boy causing the child to have "severe petechial hemorrhaging in the face and neck and severe scleral hemorrhaging in the eyes," according to Detective Shannon Troutman. Scleral hemorrhaging is when the blood vessels break in the eyes, officials said.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Final bridge span set to fall
     Drivers who travel across the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River bridge will soon see no indication that another bridge once stood just west of the new structure. The third and final span of the old Ledbetter bridge is scheduled for demolition by explosives at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The spans on both the McCracken County and Livingston County sides of the 83-year-old bridge were taken down earlier this month. The center span will be demolished Wednesday.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Suspect sought in Paducah slaying
     Police are looking for a man who has been charged with shooting and killing a Paducah man last week. According to Paducah police, detectives obtained a warrant Monday to charge Mauricus S. Haynes, 32, of Clinton with the death of Nathanial G. Cody, 34, of Paducah. Cody was found lying in the road at 12:14 a.m. Wednesday. Paducah Officer David Carroll found Cody to have suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Beshear helps welcome new business to McCracken
     Gov. Steve Beshear joined company officials and local leaders in welcoming Genova Products Inc. to Paducah in ceremonies Monday at its location on Commerce Drive in the I-24 Park. Genova, which manufactures PVC pipe and fittings, is expected to create 125 jobs and invest $4.9 million in the project.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Legendary Owensboro High baseball coach Jack Hicks dies
     Jack Hicks, an iconic figure who overcame a lifelong physical handicap brought on by polio to become one of the greatest coaches in Kentucky athletic history, died early Monday morning at his home in Owensboro. He was 88, and he inspired thousands during his lifetime. In 22 seasons as baseball coach at Owensboro High School (1957-78), Hicks' teams compiled a record of 606-196 and won KHSAA state championships four times — in 1964, 1969, 1976 and 1977. Along the way, Hicks directed the Red Devils to 20 district championships and 15 regional titles.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Kentucky New Era ]
State auditor testifies in jail theft case
     A state auditor testified Monday in Christian Circuit Court that procedures for collecting cash at the Christian County Jail were impossible to track and that only one person was in charge of bookkeeping. Citing a lack of “separation of duties,” Shari Scott, auditor of public accounts, said Honey Darlene Summers handled all the money that went in and out of the jail where Summers allegedly stole $39,385 over a four-year period. A grand jury indicted Summers on four counts of theft by unlawful taking (more than $300) three years after $42,488 was discovered in her desk by incoming jailer Brad Boyd, prompting her firing and a state audit of the jail accounts. Summers’ trial began Monday.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Airstream camper marketed to millennials
     Recent studies show millennials don't plan to put down roots for a while. They aren't buying homes as much as members of previous generations and often plan to leave jobs quicker, searching for the next opportunity within two to five years. So travel trailer company Airstream had a thought: If millennials are on the move, why not give them wheels?

    Posted September 30, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Who cares? McConnell, Grimes ads say they do
     U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, his chief opponent in November's election, are beginning advertising blitzes meant to convince voters they care about average Kentuckians. Grimes was first out of the block Monday with a social media campaign that will feature videos of people talking about her and what her election would mean to them. It features a tag line of "Alison cares" and urges others to post videos. The first ad stars Grimes' husband, Andrew Grimes. Meanwhile, the McConnell campaign announced that starting Tuesday, it will begin a "high-six-figure" television buy featuring a woman who says McConnell helped get her young daughter out of the African nation of Mali after the woman's ex-husband abducted the child and took her there.

    Posted September 30, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky's struggles with drug abuse take higher profile in U.S. Senate race
     News about the expansion of a federal anti-drug program in Kentucky on Monday provided U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell an opportunity to tout his record on an issue that has taken on a higher profile recently in his race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. The administration of President Barack Obama on Monday added two more counties to the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which provides money for drug investigations. McConnell's news release — which came out minutes before the official announcement from the White House — quoted HIDTA chief Frank Rapier saying Madison and Nelson counties would not have been added without McConnell's efforts.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Four UK football players suspended 1 game for air-gun incident on campus
     Four Kentucky football players, including a key running back and wide receiver, have been suspended for Saturday's game for their part in an incident that locked down part of campus late Sunday night. Freshmen Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley "Boom" Williams will sit out against South Carolina and will face additional internal team discipline for the violation of team rules as they related to an "airsoft pistol" incident.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Judge wants jury to hear arguments for, against former state trooper in sex case
     A Meade County Circuit Court judge has ruled against the defense in a motion to dismiss a sex case against a former state trooper involving a 15-year-old girl. According to court documents, Judge Bruce T. Butler issued an opinion saying the defense for Stratford Young, indicted on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy, did not meet the burden necessary to prove the indictment as unconstitutionally vague. In the motion to dismiss, Kenton Smith, Young’s attorney, questions the definition of a person in a position of authority or position of special trust in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Several from National Guard education program at Fort Knox indicted
     A Leitchfield man who has been working at Bluegrass Challenge Academy on Fort Knox has been charged by a federal grand jury with violating federal laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse, as well as threatening/intimidating a witness. In addition, several other school officials have been charged with failing to report the abuse, said David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Stephen E. Miller, 44, previously worked as a police officer in Leitchfield and resigned from the position, according to a federal courts news release, following complaints of inappropriate sexual activity toward two women. He then went to work at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard, on Fort Knox.

Posted September 30, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
McConnell hopes repeated Northern Kentucky visits pay off
     Northern Kentucky appears to play a big part in Sen. Mitch McConnell's strategy in the final weeks before the November election. During a visit in July, McConnell called Northern Kentucky the heart of the Republican Party due to the large number of registered Republicans in the region. He's likely hoping that his frequent presence in Northern Kentucky will bring many of its 131,000 registered Republicans to the polls.


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