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Posted August 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
EPA finds Louisville violates soot standard
     Rejecting recommendations by Kentucky and Indiana, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided much of the Louisville area fails to meet the newest clean-air rules for soot. The decision, if made final later this year, would help extend the region's decades-old dirty air stigma, even as air monitoring shows continued improvement.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Former UK professor allegedly misused $400,000, required students to work privately for free
     A former University of Kentucky professor faked invoices, made graduate students work for his private consulting business for free while he pocketed more than $1 million, and ultimately misused more than $400,000, UK officials alleged Wednesday. The allegations against Dongping "Daniel" Tao have been turned over to local, state and federal authorities for possible criminal charges. The university completed two investigations of Tao, a mining engineering professor who was hired at UK in 1996. The investigations began last fall, after a graduate student complained that work for Tao's private clients went uncompensated. The investigations then turned up apparent financial improprieties.

    Posted August 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
McConnell and Grimes assail each other, talk farm policy at Farm Bureau forum
     In a warm-up for their only scheduled debate this fall, Kentucky's two major U.S. Senate candidates assailed each other as they discussed farm-related policy at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Measure the Candidates" forum. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, didn't break much new ground as they divided the afternoon into a punctuated stump speech by Grimes and wonkish filibusters by McConnell.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Second person charged with murder in Martin County house fire
     Three people whose bodies were found in a burned house in Martin County last weekend were shot and stabbed before the fire, according to authorities. State police on Wednesday announced a second arrest in the triple-homicide case. Amanda Bowen, 26, of Inez was charged with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree robbery, police said.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky-Indiana board approves contract for toll marketing services for Ohio River bridges
     The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board Wednesday approved the hiring of a Louisville company to provide marketing, branding and communications services related to an all-electronic tolling system for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The agency, New West, will head a full-service team given the job of educating and acclimating motorists to a tolling system in which traffic always flows at expressway speeds, and the lowest toll rates are reserved for drivers who use transponders for automatic payments.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Jail officer admitted double dipping for years
     A former corrections officer accused of doctoring his timecards to bilk more than $5,000 from taxpayers was charged only after a woman called to allege a different misdeed. She claimed that Joshua Spenton, working as a private security guard at the Kroger in Portland, cursed her, called her names and slammed her into a wall, leaving bruises as he handcuffed her for misdemeanor trespassing, according to the jail’s 300-page internal investigation. Her allegations of excessive force were dismissed. But her complaint prompted the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections to investigate Spenton, who was unapproved for off-duty security work and clocked in for his job at the jail the day the incident occurred.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Officials forecast lower utility bills for some
     Electricity bills could be a bit less than they have been in recent months because of mild weather, a Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman said this week. The September total monthly fuel cost will be 2.091 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is about 11 percent less than the three-year average for September of 2.351 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Scott Brooks, TVA spokesman in Nashville.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Allen County man gets life in prison
     Charles Copass will never see freedom again. That’s what the family of his victims wanted. “I got just what I wanted,” said Diane Mahaney, the grandmother of slain 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney. Chelsey was four months pregnant at the time of her brutal June 11, 2012, murder. “I just don’t want another family to go through what we went through.” Copass, who admitted killing Chelsey and her unborn son, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Murder suspect denies setting fire, killing anyone
     Brandon Guy was as shocked as anyone when he was arrested Monday morning for murder and arson charges. Guy, 27, was in Clark District Court on unrelated charges when he was served an indictment warrant charging him with murder, first-degree arson and tampering with physical evidence for the death of his stepfather Kenneth Payton Jr. in 2012. A co-defendant, 24-year-old Aaron Spencer, was also indicted on the same charges and was served Monday as well. "I didn't kill nobody and I didn't set fire to no house," Guy said Tuesday in an interview at the Clark County Detention Center.

    Posted August 20, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Grimes' bus tour illegal?
     Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign released quotes Tuesday supporting its claims of paying fair-market value to rent a campaign bus from her father’s business. The claims come after a national media outlet raised questions as to whether the rental included illegal in-kind contributions from former state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Lundergan’s company. That didn’t stop Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign and GOP groups from using the report by POLITICO to question Grimes’ ethics for her family’s role in “improperly” subsidizing her political apparatus.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Manhunt ends with Nicholasville hotel arrest
     An alleged Springfield drug dealer is behind bars at the Boyle County Detention Center after a month-long manhunt. U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members arrested 51-year-old John Michael Essex on Monday night at an unnamed Nicholasville motel, according to Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott. “They called for local agencies for assistance,” Elliott said. Boyle and Mercer county deputies, Kentucky State Police troopers and Nicholasville police responded.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor’s Safety and Health Award goes to Carhartt in Edmonton
     Deputy Secretary Rocky Comito of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Wednesday joined company officials from Carhartt in Edmonton to recognize employees for earning the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The clothing manufacturer has not had a lost-time incident in more than 500,000 work hours, going back to November 2011.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Central City Leader News ]
Central City police now wearing cameras on duty
     Officers with the Central City Police Department will now be able to capture video during their working day, with new clip-on cameras they can wear right on their shirts. The force has 12 of the new body cameras, made by Taser, which were purchased with funds from the department’s drug forfeiture account, said Central City Police Chief Brent Roberson. They were $399 each and can record for more than nine hours. “Every officer will have one. They have audio and video capability so if we have a citizen complain, we can go back and pull the video and look at it, see if there’s anything to it,” Roberson said

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Henry County Local ]
Woman charged with murder solicitation of ex-husband pleads to lesser charge
     A 69-year-old New Castle woman charged last December with murder solicitation of her ex-husband pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser charge in Henry County Circuit Court. Kentucky State Police charged Shirley Truman on Dec. 3 after she met with an undercover officer and provided information to use to find her ex, Donnie Trail, according to information from police. On Thursday before Judge Karen Conrad, public defender Jessica Schulte informed the court that Truman had reached an agreement with prosecutors on her charge.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Casey County News ]
Foster mother arrested, jailed
     A Casey County woman, 41, who served as a foster parent, has been arrested after two young children were found wandering around a store parking lot near the apartment where they live. Crystal Lange was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. The children are 2 and 3 years of age, police said.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Bringing heritage to life at Jenny Wiley
     The popularity of the story of the Hatfield-McCoy feud has spawned songs, movies, books and an award-winning miniseries. But a series of plays produced by the Jenny Wiley Theatre is exploring the story in a different way, telling the story on a personal level. “Feud” is a three-part series of plays, each offering a close-up portrayal of the relationships involved in the feud. The first part of the story opens Thursday at Mainstage, the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Gallatin County News ]
Gallatin school board hires Maysville man as its superintendent
     Gallatin County's board of education has hired Travis Huber, 47, of Maysville, as its new superintendent. He replaces Dr. Dot Perkins who retired in June.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Man sentenced to 7 years for killing stepfather, but remains free for now
     Monday afternoon, Whitley Circuit Judge Paul Winchester sentenced Keith Edward Mason to seven years in prison for shooting and killing his former stepfather, Robert "Bobby" Vanover, nearly two and one-half years ago but Mason didn't go to jail. He is still free on bond and will be until at least Oct. 22 when Winchester will conduct a hearing to determine whether he will allow Mason to remain free on bond while he appeals his case, a procedure that could take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Winchester Sun ]
Clay City man killed in motorcycle crash
     Speed is believed to be the main factor in an accident that killed a Clay City man at the entrance to the Mountain Parkway Tuesday night. John Dodson, 50, was traveling east on Interstate 64 when he merged onto the Mountain Parkway around 10:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Dodson lost control of his 1976 Harley Davidson in the curve, struck the guardrail and was ejected.

Posted August 20, 2014 [ Ledger Independent ]
Bracken County teen dies after shooting incident
     The Bracken County Sheriff is investigating a shooting incident, which happened at a residence in rural Bracken County Monday night. A 17-year-old male was found there, suffering what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Hospital where he later died, police said.


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