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Posted July 27, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Hardin family overwhelmed by support from near, far
     The letters, cards and notes have come from far away places such as Arkansas, Florida and Switzerland, and from as nearby as just down the road from their Hardin County home. The condolences have arrived from friends, neighbors and strangers — young and old. David and Tonya Taylor say they have been “overwhelmed” by the amount of love, compassion and support they have received over the last 34 days since they lost their only two children, Brice, 20, and Brianna, 17, in two different roadway collisions during a two-week stretch.

    Posted July 27, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Five things to watch for at this year’s Fancy Farm
     The biggest political event in Kentucky will likely be a lot bigger this year. The national spotlight will shine on the picnic grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church in far Western Kentucky as candidates in one of the most expensive Senate races in history and a possible 2016 presidential contender take the stage. Organizers for the Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday are expecting up to 20,000 people to attend the event, about double normal crowds.

    Posted July 27, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Hot, stormy day on tap
     There's the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms over much of Kentucky through tonight, according to the National Weather Service. High winds, torrential rainfall, lightning, flash flooding and hail are possible. And the chance for tornadoes cannot be ruled out, the weather service said.

Posted July 27, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Morehead State's space center proves Eastern Kentucky can aim high in job creation
     When people talk about diversifying an Eastern Kentucky economy dominated for a century by coal mining and poverty, they often don't aim very high: low-wage factories and corporate call centers. But you can see another possibility at Morehead State University's Space Science Center. Over the past decade, in partnership with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. and the University of Kentucky, the center has become a world leader in designing and building small, high-tech spacecraft of the future.

    Posted July 27, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Official warns of misleading unclaimed property postcards
     State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach has cautioned Kentuckians to be wary of suspicious mail, email or other contact regarding unclaimed property that does not include the Official Kentucky State Treasury letter head. The treasurer‘s office was recently notified of the suspicious mailings by the National Unclaimed Property Association.

    Posted July 27, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Limited job chances, low pay await high school grads who don't attend college, study shows
     A new study of recent Kentucky high school graduates shows that about 60 percent of those who did not attend postsecondary education entered Kentucky’s workforce and earned less than $8,000 in the year following graduation. The “No College = Low Wages” report by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics shows that even three years after graduation, of the students who entered the state’s workforce who did not attend college, only one in three were working full time. Charles McGrew, Ph.D., executive director of KCEWS and the author of the report, says the economic outlook for people who do not attend college or some other type of postsecondary school is not promising.

Posted July 27, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rep. Ed Whitfield under ethics investigation
     U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield is the subject of a House ethics inquiry that may involve a purported property deal involving his wife and a Washington lobbyist. The Republican, who represents the 1st District in Western Kentucky, acquired in 2003 an undeveloped homesite in the tony Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, according to a lengthy investigation recently published by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

    Posted July 27, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Jobs a key issue in McConnell-Grimes race
     In the days leading up to the primary election, Alison Lundergan Grimes traveled the state and — with a placard that highlighted a gaffe Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made while speaking with the editor of a small Eastern Kentucky newspaper — foreshadowed what has become a key issue in the 2014 Senate Race.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Special Civil War exhibit to be featured at Columbus-Belmont State Park
     "The Horse Solder," a special Civil War cavalry exhibit featuring rarely seen personal items belonging to Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan, will be displayed at Columbus-Belmont State Park through Nov. 1. The special exhibit will tell the story of the "Horse Soldier" during the Civil War and highlight items used by Confederate cavalrymen, particularly those of Morgan and some of his fellow soldiers, according to a state news release.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Health care jobs without extensive education grow
     Not only is it possible to have a lucrative career in health care without a bachelor’s degree, jobs requiring less education are likely to grow in demand. That's what Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, said this week in Bowling Green. “There are jobs in health care ... that do not require a B.A.,” Crouch said. “When we’ve had a hard time getting jobs, this is something someone can look at, both male and female.”

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Funds could help to widen I-65
     Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin is hoping the swift passage of a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and pending in the Senate will help a project to widen Interstate 65 move at a swifter pace. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a shout-out to Martin when speaking about the extension of the Highway Trust Fund on the Senate floor this week. The extension, if approved, could be used to resurface some Kentucky parkways and widen I-65 between Bowling Green and Elizabethtown, he said.

    Posted July 25, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
'Look out cancer, here comes Ford'
     Democrats rallied around a beloved party figure battling lung cancer while also rallying for their candidates in this fall’s elections Thursday. The Kentucky Democratic Party’s Wendell Ford Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel was as much about the event’s namesake as it was the Democratic slate of contenders, notably U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ford, a former U.S. senator and governor, announced last week he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. “Right now I’m in the fight of my life,” Clay Ford said, fighting back tears as he read remarks penned by his grandfather to a crowd of more than 700.

    Posted July 25, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Medicaid expansion showing promise
     The expansion of Medicaid eligibility to more poor Kentuckians has shown positive trends in its first six months of implementation, Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner told a legislative committee Thursday. Some lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, however, questioned the program’s long-term health, particularly in paying for a deeper pool of participants once federal assistance gradually scales back. One result of Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility is a steep drop in the number of uninsured Kentuckians. More than 330,000 residents who enrolled in health coverage through kynect, the state’s health exchange created through the Affordable Care Act, qualified for the low-income health program, according to data as of April 21.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Oldham County town adopts a cat-leash law
     Goshen Mayor Bob Thacker doesn't expect to see many cats on leashes — even though his small Oldham County city recently added cats to an existing ordinance requiring dog-owners to leash their pets. Under the new ordinance, all pets — cats included — must be "under owner's control with a leash" if taken off the owner's property. In truth, he said, the city isn't in a position to enforce the cat ordinance. "But it does remind people to be responsible pet owners in our community."

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin man, ex-girlfriend accused of abusing two-year-old
     The felony child abuse case against a Corbin man and his estranged girlfriend that began with a two-year-old child brought into Baptist Health Corbin with severe burns will be presented to a Knox County grand jury in August. Twenty-two-year-old Tyron Person and 21-year-old Sierra P. Shepherd of Flat Lick both waived their right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Knox District Court, sending the case to the grand jury. Person and Shepherd are each being held in the Knox County Detention Center.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Business owners begin salvage process after downtown Murray blaze
     Monica and Daniel Spiceland built the Profiles beauty spa and salon in downtown Murray together. Thursday morning, they were going through the process of salvaging items from the business together, after its building had been one of three badly damaged by a fire early Wednesday morning on the west side of the city’s court square. Adding to the irony is that Daniel, who had handled most of the carpentry and interior construction work in preparing the building for hairstylist Monica to establish a successful business on Fifth Street, is also a Murray firefighter and had been among those seeking to minimize the damage a day earlier.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
'Ineffeciencies' led to pawn shop cases mistrial
     A criminal trial involving five Madisonville pawn shop employees was declared a mistrial Thursday due to several "inexcusable" issues in district court, according to Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool. "The commonwealth and the defense were prepared to proceed with the trial, but inefficiencies in our court system created a mistrial," he said. P'Pool said the court was unable to select eight jurors out of a 75-person pool due to scheduling conflicts and staffing issues.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Floyd man pleads guilty to charges of helping run significant cockfighting operation
     A Floyd County man charged with helping operate what authorities called one of the nation's largest cockfighting pits pleaded guilty Thursday, according to federal court records. Walter Dale Stumbo, 52, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to sponsor or exhibit an animal in a fighting venture and conduct an illegal gambling business. An investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the business had arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Democrats gather to cheer Ford, jeer McConnell
     The state's top Democrats took the stage at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday night to toast a former U.S. senator and roast a current one. More than 700 Democrats gathered at the Kentucky Democratic Party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner to honor the former senator — who recently disclosed that he is battling lung cancer — and blast current U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. While much of the evening was devoted to pep talks in support of U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, the crowd heard several tributes to Ford, including moving remarks by the former senator's grandson, Clay Ford.

Posted July 25, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
World War II planes to visit Paducah airport
     A piece of World War II history will visit Paducah from Wednesday through Aug. 1 at Barkley Regional Airport's Midwest Aviation at 200 Hardy Roberts Drive. The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will be displayed. The tour brings rare bomber and fighter aircraft for local living history display as part of a 110-city nationwide tour.


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