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Posted August 28, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Fort Campbell division cited for success in Liberia
     The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was presented with the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Thursday for its work in Liberia to help stem the Ebola virus epidemic from September 2014 to March 2015. A campaign streamer was also unveiled with the award. The award is the second-highest award an Army unit can receive, second only to the Army Presidential Unit Citation. It was presented Thursday by Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the commanding general of U.S. Africa Command (AfriCom), at a ceremony held at Division Headquarters at Fort Campbell.

Posted August 28, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Arrested Radcliff officer suspended with pay
     For now, a Radcliff Police Department patrol officer will remain on the city payroll following his arrest late Wednesday night on charges he assaulted his wife and held her against her will in their home in Rineyville. RPD Chief Jeff Cross called the suspension of Terry A. Moore, 51, “the right thing to do.” Cross said he served Moore with suspension papers Thursday afternoon at the Hardin County Detention Center and said he was suspended “until further notice.”

Posted August 28, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
In one small NKY town, a police shooting gets another look
     It seemed like an open-and-shut case three years ago when an Elsmere police officer shot and killed a 21-year-old man as he was fleeing a bar parking lot in his car. Officer David Byrd has been back on the force since he was cleared by the Kenton County commonwealth’s attorney in the June 23, 2012, shooting death of Michael Godawa. Then, in 2014, a judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Godawa’s parents in federal court in Covington. But that lawsuit is back in court.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Hancock Clarion ]
Losing Century Aluminum: The impact
     Century Aluminum's announcement that it will idle its Hawesville smelter and lay off 615 workers has reverberated throughout the region, and the effects will be felt in more than just those workers' homes. The smelter also heavily impacts Hancock County with the taxes it pays and with the associated revenues it creates.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Jefferson man arrested on child sex exploitation charges
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 4-Elizabethtown and the Louisville Metro Police Department, arrested Jeffrey T. Martin, 45, on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Martin was arrested Thursday morning as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
McLean County recognized for improvements to a central water system
     Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder Thursday presented the 2015 Spirit of Kentucky Award to the McLean County Regional Water Commission, a partnership consisting of city and county groups that joined together to centralize the region’s water system. The award was presented as part of the 40th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear recognizes sacrifice of Air Force officer from Lexington
     Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday recognized the sacrifice of an Air Force officer from Kentucky who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. Roland was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Connolly iHealth Technologies to open facility in Louisville
     Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Thursday announced Connolly iHealth Technologies is expanding in Louisville, creating 45 jobs and investing nearly $3.5 million into the project. Connolly iHealth Technologies will movie into a new state-of-the-art facility in the Meidinger Tower as the company looks to accommodate its continued growth.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Oldham Era ]
Accused hatchet murderer trial set
     New motions have been filed in the case of Gail Kelley, a Pewee Valley woman accused of killing her boyfriend with a hatchet. Kelley is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender in regard to the death of Michael T. Evans, her boyfriend at the time. According to police records, Kelley allegedly struck Evans in the head with a hatchet on July 6, 2013, and then tried to hide the hatchet in a towel, according to a previous Era report.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Bond set for officer charged in assault
     A $10,000 cash bond has been set for a Radcliff Police Department patrol officer who was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges that he assaulted his wife and wouldn't allow her to leave their Thomas Road home in Rineyville. Terry A. Moore, 51, was arraigned in Hardin District Court this morning. His next scheduled court appearance is 2 p.m. Sept. 3. A retired Kentucky State Police trooper, Moore has served on the RPD staff for about five years, according to police chief Jeff Cross.

    Posted August 27, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Most Kentucky grads not ready for college
     By and large, recent Kentucky graduates aren’t ready for college-level coursework, according to state and national ACT scores released early Wednesday. While 60 percent of students who graduated from Kentucky schools last spring hit ACT’s benchmark score — the achievement level that reflects a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher in a 100-level college class — in English, far fewer did in math, reading and science. Only 32 percent of students in Kentucky hit the benchmark score in math and science, and 39 percent earned or surpassed the benchmark score in reading.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Rowan clerk denies marriage license for gay couple for third time
     Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continued to withhold marriage licenses from local residents Thursday, a day after a federal appeals court upheld an order telling her to end her protest. James Yates and William Smith Jr. were turned away by a deputy clerk in Davis' office Thursday morning when they asked for a marriage license. The deputy told the men Davis thinks she can legally withhold marriage licenses until Monday, Aug. 31, under an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage June 26.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Harlan County teen, 14, accused in shooting death of his grandfather
     A Harlan County man was found dead Wednesday night, and police suspect that his 14-year-old grandson shot him. Teddy Jackson, 56, of the Blair community in Harlan County, was found with a shotgun wound about 8 p.m. in his home, according to Kentucky State Police. The teen was taken into custody and charged with reckless homicide, tampering with evidence and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
New manufacturer to open in Somerset
     A hardwood molding company has decided to expand to south-central Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Menzner Hardwoods is locating a new facility in Somerset. Menzner Hardwoods will invest $2.65 million into the project and create 90 jobs.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Biker gang murder case to start Monday
     A man charged with murder in Casey County will be tried by a Warren County jury Monday. William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon, 30, of Lebanon, is accused of shooting Wendall Gleason Pyles, 50, on Sept. 26, 2012, at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County, where Pyles worked. The case garnered considerable publicity in Casey County, leading to a change of venue for the jury trial.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
Murder trials postponed
     It will be at least another six months before a jury gets to hear evidence against murder suspect Lonnie Martin. His murder trial in Clark County has been pushed back even farther. Martin’s first murder trial was set to begin Sept. 15 in Mount Sterling, but the judge was forced to postpone the trial until Feb. 29, 2016, for evidence concerns. Martin, 41 of Stanton, has already been in jail for more than two years after being arrested for the death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline in July 2013.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Officials share grim picture of synthetic marijuana's impact on community
     As part of Wednesday’s “Smart Start” Community Forum on local youth substance abuse, a panel comprised of medical, law enforcement and legal authorities shared their points of view on the impact of synthetic marijuana on the Danville and Boyle County community. Known primarily as Serenity in Boyle, the synthetic drug is causing a rise in emergency room visits to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Consolo announces expansion in Lexington
     A software company that specializes in the hospice and palliative care industry is increasing its presence in Lexington. Gov. Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Thursday announced Consolo Service Group is expanding its current location, creating 30 jobs and investing $730,700 into the project.

    Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Jobless rates down in 115 Kentucky counties in July
     Unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between July 2014 and July 2015, but rose in five counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 4 percent. Meanwhile, Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent.

Posted August 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Disaster loan applications for McCracken flash flooding due next month
     The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters in Kentucky of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by flash flooding on July 7. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is Sept. 22, according to an SBA news release. Low-interest disaster loans are available in McCracken County and the adjacent counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, Livingston and Marshall in Kentucky; Massac and Pulaski in Illinois.


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