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Posted December 13, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Coast Guard approves I-69 Ohio River crossing bridge options
     The United States Coast Guard has given its preliminary approval for various bridge options being considered for the I-69 Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky. Those could include both single span or twin span configurations, said Dan Prevost, lead environmental consultant for the I-69 crossing project.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Police: Man bites neighbor’s face
     Helping a neighbor led to a violent attack around midnight Monday, Elizabethtown police say, after a man was bitten on the face seconds after he directed another man away from traffic on Westport Road. According to Elizabethtown police, the injured male “had a significant piece of flesh missing from the left side of his face near his eye with (the) cheekbone exposed.” Stefan Batts, 32, of Eliza­beth­town, is charged with second-degree assault. The other man, who lived near Batts, was transported to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment that likely will include surgery, police said.

    Posted December 12, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
     The Paducah Sun's editorial Sunday incorrectly reported that state Rep. Bam Carney is one of four lawmakers who resigned a leadership position in connection with a sexual harassment settlement that felled Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover. That is incorrect.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Republican lawmaker denies sexual assault accusation and rejects GOP’s call to resign
     State Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, denied allegations Tuesday that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012 and said he will ignore calls from leaders of his own party to resign from the Kentucky House of Representatives. The Republican Party of Kentucky and leaders of the House Republican Caucus called for Johnson to step down Monday after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a lengthy article that said Johnson allegedly forcibly kissed, groped and used his finger to penetrate Maranda Richmond, then 17, despite her asking him to stop, on New Year’s Eve 2012.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Chase, standoff end peacefully
     An attempted traffic stop in Franklin ended Monday in Warren County after the man accused of running from Franklin police briefly barricaded himself inside a relative’s home on Nashville Road before giving up. Franklin Police Department Officer Serhiy Varyvoda attempted to stop the man at Ky. 1008 and U.S. 31-W, FPD Sgt. Duey Vaughn said. Kentucky State Police identified the man as James K. Ray, 44. “Mr. Ray fled north on 31-W and refused to stop for the officer,” Vaughn said. “The officer fell back and followed from a safe distance.”

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Bevin says sexual harassment scandal has interfered with pension reform plans
     The sexual harassment scandal plaguing the Kentucky House is a stain on the state that’s distracted legislators from working on pension reform, Gov Matt Bevin said Monday. Taking questions from reporters after a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Bevin said it’s important to finish pension reform soon. Bevin added that he wants pension reform to occur during a special session but that the House’s sexual harassment scandal has interfered with his plans. Meanwhile, a majority of Republicans in the House recently signed a letter asking Bevin to hold off on calling a special session in 2017.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
1 killed in Richmond construction accident at store site
     A Madison County man was killed Monday in a construction accident at a store building site in Richmond, authorities said. Richmond and Lexington firefighters responded to the site where two track hoes, large heavy equipment, could be seen digging at the future site of a Menards retail store.The 20-acre Richmond site is behind Walgreen’s on the Eastern Bypass. Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison identified the man who died as Loren Richmond 38, of Richmond. An autopsy will be conducted in Frankfort to determine cause of death, Cornelison said.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin orders flags to half-staff Wednesday in honor of Kentucky World War II serviceman
     Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in honor of a Kentucky serviceman who was killed in action during World War II but whose remains were only recently recovered and returned home. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Albert Strange, of Mammoth Cave, was 18 years old when he died in battle in the Pacific theater on Nov. 20, 1943. Assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, he was among approximately 1,000 U.S. casualties from the Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
One of Texas' most wanted arrested, charged in Murray
     A man on the Texas 10 most wanted list was arrested Monday in Murray. Herman Henry Fox, 35, was wanted in Texas for trafficking of persons; compelling prostitution by force or threat; and possession of marijuana. His total bond was $1.02 million. The Murray Police Department and United States Marshals Service received information regarding Fox being in Murray. Officers began surveillance on a residence and after several hours, Fox was seen and taken into custody.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
FERC denies Big Rivers' rehearing request for Coleman plant
     The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently declined to re-hear an earlier ruling regarding Big Rivers Electric Corp.’s Coleman power plant in Ohio County. In February, FERC denied Big River’s request to keep Coleman connected to the Midwest Independent System Operator, commonly known as MISO. That electric transmission agency is an essential link to electricity for much of the nation. Big Rivers idled the Coleman plant in 2014 after the generation-and-transmission cooperative lost its largest direct-serve customer – Century Aluminum’s smelters in Hawesville and Sebree.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Former Lewis County emergency official pleads guilty
     A former Lewis County Emergency Management Director entered a guilty plea to one count of Class D felony abusing public trust Monday in Circuit Court. Carl Chaney pleaded guilty to abuse of public trust in an amount less than $10,000.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
A bourbon and beer bond: Kentucky brewers meet at Willett Distillery for barrel-sharing experiment
     Two thriving Kentucky industries came together Monday morning for one common cause — creating tasty beverages for beer and bourbon fanatics alike. One might assume factors like competition, jealousy or holding a grudge would get in the way of an event of this nature, but if you’ve spent any time with anyone from either the beer or bourbon world, you know it’s quite the opposite. More than two dozen members of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers met at the Willett Distillery Monday morning to pick up used bourbon barrels they’ll create new beer with. Those bourbon barrel-finished beers will debut at the second annual Kentucky Craft Bash, held June 23 at Waterfront Park.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
From child brides to human trafficking, UofL event tries to raise awareness of ‘everyday citizens’
     While child marriages have steadily declined, Kentucky ranks third for the highest number of child brides in the country from 2000-2010, according to a recent estimate from The New York Times. “This is a significant concern, not only because of the numbers but because of what they speak to,” said Jeanne Smoot, senior counsel for policy and strategy at the Tahirih Justice Center. “There are some very young ages of girls getting married and some very large age differences of the adults that they’re marrying.” Smoot was the keynote speaker at a United Nations Human Rights Day Conference at the University of Louisville last week in recognition of Human Rights Day — celebrated internationally on December 10 each year.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Many Republicans don’t want a special session on pensions. Bevin says ‘we’ll see.’
     Gov. Matt Bevin said Monday he hasn’t ruled out calling a special legislative session to overhaul Kentucky’s ailing public pension systems before the end of the year, despite a request from dozens of Republican lawmakers to put off the issue until January. “Is it still possible? Yes,” Bevin told reporters Monday. “Will it happen? We’ll see.” Bevin’s comment is a significant change in tune for the Republican governor, who in an interview with Terry Meiners on WHAS radio last month was adamant a special session would happen in 2017.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Former Bath County attorney wanted on drug charges turns himself in
     A former Bath County attorney who served 21 months in federal prison on perjury and vote-buying charges has turned himself into Montgomery County authorities on drug and other charges. A warrant for the arrest of Donald “Champ” Maze, 57, of Bath County, was issued for trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of wanton endangerment and one count of being a persistent felony offender. Mt. Sterling Police Department issued a plea via its Facebook page Dec. 8 for the public to contact them if they know the whereabouts of Maze, who served three terms as Bath County attorney before being defeated in 2002.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
McKenzie Moore overcomes radical brain surgery to graduate college
     On Friday, Dec. 15, McKenzie Moore will walk across the stage of Hill Chapel at Georgetown College and receive a diploma, certifying she has earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Like many in her graduating class, she has spent the last several years studying – learning of life and relationships and scholarly things. Yet, unlike any of her classmates, McKenzie Moore successfully accomplished these tasks with literally half a brain.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville police searched black drivers more often than white drivers in 2016, study shows
     Black drivers in Louisville were nearly twice as likely to have their car searched during routine traffic stops than white drivers in 2016, according to a study from the University of Louisville. While white drivers accounted for the majority of people stopped during routine traffic stops in 2015 and 2016, the study showed that black drivers were more likely to be searched once they had been pulled over.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky gave $15M to a manufacturer. Now, one of its investors is raising money for Bevin
     Investor Charles Price hosted a lucrative fundraiser for Gov. Matt Bevin a few months after the governor announced that Braidy Industries, a company at which Price is a director, would receive an unusual $15 million state investment. Price is listed as “sponsor” of a September fundraiser that raised $68,000 for Bevin's 2015 gubernatorial campaign in reports filed Friday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. The event is one of the largest fundraisers for Bevin during the past year and raised nearly 10 percent of the total amount Bevin reported raising during the past year.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Interstate 75 closed in Whitley County; section won’t reopen for hours
     A crash involving two tractor-trailers has shut down Interstate 75 in both directions for hours early Tuesday, police said. The crash happened about 3:35 a.m. Tuesday in the northbound lane near the Corbin exit, according to Kentucky State Police. The interstate was shut down between Corbin and Williamsburg. One of the tractor-trailers was hauling gasoline and diesel and gas leaked onto the road, according to state police.

Posted December 12, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky Republicans call for resignation of GOP lawmaker accused of molesting girl
     The Republican Party of Kentucky called on a GOP member of the Kentucky House of Representatives to resign from office in the wake of a news report Monday that he was accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl in 2012. “Last October, after local media reports about reprehensible and racist posts on his Facebook page, we asked then-candidate Dan Johnson to drop out of the race for state representative,” said Mac Brown, the chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky. “Following today’s extensively sourced and documented story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, we once again find ourselves in a position where we must call for him to resign, this time, from the Kentucky General Assembly.”


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