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Posted September 27, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Firefighting Villa Hills councilman accused of sexual harassment
     An emergency medical technician has accused a Villa Hills city councilman, who also is a firefighter, of sexual harassment and has claimed the fire department ignored her concerns. Carissa Hoyle has taken leave for the entire month of September from the Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire Authority on doctor's orders due to the anxiety and stress of the situation, according to the lawsuit.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
KSP trooper dies in fall from barn roof
     A Kentucky State Police trooper died Monday when he fell from the roof of a barn he was helping repair, according to Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk. Mason A. Flynn, 24, hit his head and likely died instantly, Strunk said. Flynn lived in Pulaski County and patrolled neighboring Rockcastle County, Strunk said.



    Posted September 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Adopt-a-Highway groups to give roadsides a ‘Fall Sweep’
     Now that it’s officially fall, thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway program will give the state's roadsides a “Fall Sweep” from Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 to clear litter before it gets buried by leaves. Each year, KYTC employees and contractors spend 200,000 hours removing 96,000 bags of highway litter. To assist those efforts, in 1988, KYTC established the Adopt-a-Highway program to reduce roadside litter, keep Kentucky’s highways beautiful, promote a cleaner environment, foster civic pride and save taxpayer dollars.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State to co-host Kentucky Aviation Association Conference
     The Kentucky Department of Aviation in conjunction with the Kentucky Aviation Association will host the 40th annual Kentucky Aviation Association Conference at the Owensboro Convention Center this week. From Wednesday through Friday, about 300 aviation professionals will attend educational sessions and informational forums all while networking with aviation-related governmental entities and industry leaders, a state news release said.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Shelby lawmaker appointed to Education and Workforce Cabinet
     Gov. Matt Bevin Monday announced the appointment of Rep. Brad Montell of Shelby County as deputy secretary for the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Montell will resign his legislative post and begin his tenure with the Bevin administration on Oct. 1. A seven-term state representative from Simpsonville, he had previously chosen not to seek re-election this November.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green business startups thriving
     Bowling Green continues to be among the nation's hot spots for startup businesses. The city got on the national startup radar in 2014 when it posted the third-highest percentage rate of startups in America compared to regular businesses in the United States. Topping the nation's growth rate chart was Elizabethtown, which had 179 startups, or 9 percent of total businesses, a growth rate over the five-year period of 4.3 percent. Sandwiched between Elizabethtown and Bowling Green in the census statistics was St. Louis, which had 4,876 startup businesses in 2014, which was 9.7 percent of total businesses and a 3 percent growth rate between 2009 and 2014.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Voters to decide Tuesday on liquor sales in Butler, Barren counties
     Voters in Barren and Butler counties are going to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to open communities in those two counties to alcohol sales. In Barren County, a countywide wet-dry election will determine whether Barren will follow in step with a number of nearby counties that have voted to go wet this year. Butler County voters decided to keep the county dry in a January vote, but Tuesday will see wet-dry elections in Morgantown, Woodbury and Rochester – the county's incorporated cities.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Coroner waiting on toxicology reports on two who died at Beech Bend Park
     Two people died hours apart on Sunday at Beech Bend Park, though authorities do not suspect foul play to have played a factor in either death. The Warren County Sheriff's Office responded at 3:20 a.m. Sunday to the park on the report of an unresponsive man in the race track area. The park was hosting the American Motorcycle Racing Association's Fall Harley Rally and Drag Race events throughout the weekend. Officials responded to a second death at the park at 11:34 a.m. following a report of another unresponsive person. Deputies found Robert Howard, 67, of Lebanon, Tenn., unconscious in a camper near the track.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Interim Lewis Superintendent Donald Pace dies unexpectedly
     With the Lewis County Board of Education only days away from naming a new superintendent they received news early Monday that Interim Superintendent Donald W. Pace died unexpectedly. Board Chair Bryan McRoberts expressed sympathy upon hearing of Pace’s passing.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Man hurt in ATV rollover
     A Wingo man suffered severe injuries Saturday after a rollover ATV wreck in Graves County. Deputies said Richard Ballard, 41, was operating an ATV just after 7 p.m. when he lost control while turning onto Ballard Road from New Dublin Road. The action caused the ATV to overturn on top of him, causing serious injuries to his head and chest. Deputies said they believe alcohol was a contributing factor.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Police officers, instructors praise new cultural program
     As communities continue to protest police-involved shootings that have occurred across the country, a handful of officers with the Paducah Police Department have taken proactive and preventative measures in the form of education. Seven officers, ranging in rank from assistant chief to patrol officer, participated in an educational pilot program at Murray State University that spotlighted the need for racial and cultural sensitivity training.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Crowded jails creating income, and problems, for jailers
     During a recent inspection at the Daviess County Detention Center, the Department of Corrections noted that the jail's inmate population exceeded the jail's approved capacity. The next day, DOC called and said, 'Can you take a few more?'" Jailer David Osborne said. As of Friday, there were 24,128 state inmates, with 11,703 of those in county jails. Of the 742 inmates in the Daviess County jail on Thursday, almost 500 of them were state inmates serving time there rather than in a prison.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Are good workers hard to find for $30 an hour?
     If you’ve looked at the employment listings for professionals in Louisville lately, you’d see $30-an-hour jobs at big and small companies. Brown-Forman put out the call last month for a senior electrical engineer, an attorney and a digital portfolio man­ager. At Humana, where there’s always significant churn in a 12,000-plus work­force, the health care giant needs a phar­macy regulatory risk advisor and dozens of analysts focused on data, sales and market management, among a string of IT positions. The question local economic develop­ment and political leaders in the region are grappling with is how to fill the jobs when the size of the local, educated workforce isn’t big enough to slot into an estimated 9,000 professional jobs now open in this region.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Some experts say merely attempting higher-level coursework benefits students
     Jefferson County Public Schools again increased the number of its stu­dents taking Advanced Placement tests last year, even as Kentucky overall and other Louisville-area districts saw the number of AP test takers and scores dip slightly for the first time in recent years. Statewide, students performed better overall in obtaining scores of 3 or higher, which are typically needed for students to earn college credit for the AP class. However, less than half of the tests taken came back with a score of at least 3. The results, released this week, come as school districts around the country continue to put emphasis on getting a broader base of students to take AP classes. Some experts say students are often better prepared for college by even attempting to do the higher-level coursework.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
No more A for effort, extra credit or zeros at two Fayette schools
     Two Lexington high schools — Bryan Station and Paul Laurence Dunbar — are ditching traditional grading policies in search of more fair and meaningful grades. At Bryan Station High School, students will no longer be able to raise their grade with extra credit or with extra points for effort, participation or following class rules. Teachers won’t be allowed to deduct points for late or missing work or to give zeros for cheating. Dunbar has many of the same new policies as Bryan Station, but Dunbar is going even further.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Kentucky Power implodes Big Sandy Unit 2 cooling tower
     A cooling tower at the Big Sandy Power Plant that had been idled when EPA guidelines led to the closure of Unit 2 was imploded on Saturday. The Unit 2 cooling tower, measuring 395 feet in diameter at its base and reaching 370 feet into the sky, came tumbling down at 9 a.m. as Bob Armstrong, a retired 30-year employee of the plant, pushed the button that triggered the blast. Some 500 pounds of explosives were used to bring down the tower.


Posted September 26, 2016 [ The Gleaner ]
Mother mourns son's murder
     She was on her way to Roselawn Cemetery Friday to visit the final resting place of her son when Henderson County resident Carole Cleveland took a slight detour. “Did you know that Sunday is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims?” she asked a Gleaner reporter. “We have a lot of (murder) victims in Henderson County. I want to do anything I can do to keep their names out there.” Cleveland is right. There are several murder cases in and related to Henderson County in which the slayings remain unsolved. The case involving her son, Shane Breedlove, is one of them.



    Posted September 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Showers, cooler temps expected Monday
     The high temperature Monday is expected to just cross the 70-degree mark after showers move through the area in the morning and early afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are expected before 1 p.m., with the likelihood peaking at 11 a.m. There also a small chance of rain between 1 and 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The high Monday is expected to be in the low 70s.


Posted September 25, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hopkinsville man charged with murder
     The Christian County Sheriff's Department has changed a Hopkinsville man with murder in the death of a man who was found fatally wounded Saturday morning in his home. Sheriff's officials said Bradley Profitt, 53, admitted he killed the man, whose identity is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.


Posted September 25, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Judge orders woman not to babysit
     A woman was ordered to never babysit again as part of her sentence Friday in Franklin Circuit Court. Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Katrina K. Whalen, 45, to three years probated for three years and to pay court costs and $250 to the Department for Public Advocacy, along with submitting to drug testing as part of her probation and parole. Whalen pleaded guilty in July to one count of second-degree criminal abuse after it was discovered that while babysitting a 1-year-old infant, she wrapped the child tightly in heavy blankets and placed it face-down in a downstairs closet at her residence, according to her indictment.


 

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