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Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
NKU gag order in sexual assault lawsuit denied, lawyers sanctioned
     The federal judge overseeing the ongoing lawsuit against Northern Kentucky University by a female student over the handling of a possible sexual assault denied the school's request to impose a gag order and seal all the documents relevant to the case. In addition, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman sanctioned the school's lawyers, saying they should not have told NKU's athletic director not to answer certain questions during a deposition – and fined them the legal fees and court costs associated with the issues.

    Posted October 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Labor Cabinet receives $896,600 apprenticeship grant
     The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. – including $896,600 for Kentucky. The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of registered apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45 and older, veterans, and people with disabilities, a state news release said.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Ex-LaRue County High School principal makes court appearance
     Former LaRue County High School principal Kyle Goodlett made his first court appearance on more than 60 felony child pornography charges Monday morning in Hardin District Court. The appearance before Judge Kimberly Shumate was brief with Goodlett waiving a preliminary hearing in the case, pushing it to the Hardin County grand jury for potential indictment. Goodlett, 36, who had served as LaRue County High principal for three years, is not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 and must have Child Protection Services supervision to be with his own three children as part of his bond stipulation.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Nelson County deputy sheriff arrested Sunday
     A Nelson County deputy was arrested Sunday on a domestic violence charge and has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an ongoing internal investigation. Brandon Scott Bryan, a K9 officer, was arrested Sunday on a fourth-degree assault charge, according to an arrest citation.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green man guilty in investor scheme faces decade in federal prison
     A Bowling Green man convicted in a Tennessee-based investment scam is facing up to 11 years and three months in prison, a federal judge has ruled. Johnny Phillips, who was found guilty in February of conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, will be sentenced Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Phillips was one of 12 co-defendants who were indicted following an investigation into New Century Coal, which authorities said bilked investors out of more than $14 million from 2011 to 2014.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Domestic violence survivor urges others to protect themselves
     Protect yourself. That's the advice Connie Kingrey-Knapp offers to anyone in an abusive relationship. Kingrey-Knapp spent 27 years in a marriage where she was sexually assaulted and verbally and emotionally abused. The emotional toll became so extreme she developed an eating disorder. After her children were raised, Kingrey-Knapp got away from her husband, divorced him and maintained through the court system a domestic violence order of protection that she was able to keep in place for 15 years until the threat was gone when her ex-husband died.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
If cats could poop into a human toilet, wouldn’t life smell sweeter?
     For as long as mankind has kept cats, one question has nagged: How can you get rid of the smell that comes from the litter box. “I’m a longtime dog lover just because of the litter box (issues),” said Elizabeth Slone, the Lexington inventor of The Purrfect Potty. But then she acquired a cat the way so many dog people do — fortuitous accident — and “the first thing I thought was, I’m going to try to teach that cat to use the toilet.”

    Posted October 24, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Kentucky termed epicenter of addiction epidemic
     Geoff Wilson, a Lexington-based substance abuse counselor, was just a few minutes into his presentation this weekend at Baptist Health Paducah when he asked the audience a sobering question. "How many people here know a young adult between the ages of 18 and 30 who has died from a drug overdose?" Wilson said. Nearly everyone in the 140-person audience, most of them health care professionals or educators, raised their hand.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Bevin speech to launch river county development forum
     High-ranking representatives from the river and agricultural industries are joining politicians, area entrepreneurs and others today and Tuesday in Hickman County to share ideas about spurring economic development in the region's river counties. The Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy Annual Confluence kicks off at noon at Columbus-Belmont State Park with a speech from Gov. Matt Bevin. The discussions will continue through Tuesday afternoon. A series of panels and workshops will touch on everything from port development and workforce needs to agriculture technology and river import and export opportunities.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Deputies add 'less lethal' beanbag shotguns
     The Daviess County Sheriff's Department is adding less lethal beanbag shotguns to its cache of weapons deputies will have at their disposal. Sheriff Keith Cain said the shotguns will be part of the department's "continuum of force," falling between Tasers and the handguns carried by deputies.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Ledger Independent ]
Multiple ancient human remains found in Augusta
     A mystery that began as a building project to replace a burned home has been shifted to ongoing work by archaeology experts at the University of Kentucky, an official said on Sunday. Work is complete on exhuming at least six sets of skeletal remains from a construction site in the Ohio River town of Augusta. UK and University of Cincinnati archaeology students worked on the site until it was declared cleared. Over the last few days intense work has been done at the site, with archaeologists carefully documenting and removing at least six and possibly the remains of a seventh bodies, within the footprint of the home site, said Bracken County Coroner John Parker.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Elizabethtown police dog passes final certification
     The Elizabethtown Police De­part­ment’s newest recruit soon will be on the job, having passed his final credential Wednesday. Remmy, a 15-month-old Belgian Malinois, and his trainer, EPD officer Chris Smith, have been working together for weeks to bond as a team and nail down commands. Remmy is the department’s new drug detection animal, having replaced retired Niko, who served the station for a number of years.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Newspaper owner A.B. Chandler Jr., son of former governor, dies at 87
     Albert Benjamin “Ben” Chandler Jr., 87, longtime owner and publisher of The Woodford Sun and father of former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, died Saturday. Chandler was the son of former Kentucky Gov. A.B. “Happy” Chandler, and the last of his four children who was still living.

Posted October 24, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Police fatally shoot man in Metcalfe
     Kentucky State Police fatally wounded a 38­-year-old man in an inci­dent early Sunday four miles east of Edmonton in Metcalfe County in South­ern Kentucky. The shooting was re­ported just before 1 a.m., Sunday. Metcalfe County dispatch received a call from a female stating that she and her boyfriend had been involved in a physi­cal altercation and that he was outside shooting a gun into the air, the State Police said in a release.

    Posted October 24, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky House races to watch
     Democrats have held power in the Kentucky House of Representa­tives since 1921, and the Kentucky House is the only state legislative chamber in any South­ern state where Demo­crats hold a majority. But that margin is nar­row — 53 Democrats to 47 Republicans during this year’s session. Re­publicans are confident the Nov. 8 elections will give them control of the chamber, but Demo­crats are just as confi­dent they’ll hang on. While many races are competitive, here are 10, in no particular order, considered to be among the most com­petitive.

Posted October 23, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Rare white thoroughbreds start journey toward racing
     At Megson Farms in Draffenville live over a dozen spotless white horses, one of the largest groups of rare white thoroughbreds in the world. But for owner Berva Megson, they're not as much a group of prized horses as they are four-legged family members she raised from birth, embodying memories shared with her late husband. The five were being sent to an Ohio trainer, Ed Crothers. It's the first step in their journey toward racing success, and Megson celebrated the send-off with a large get-together.

Posted October 23, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Market demand for uranium hampering project in Paducah
     Market conditions and investor changes appear to have slowed progress toward a planned laser uranium enrichment facility near the U.S. Department of Energy's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Local, state and federal officials applauded the announcement three years ago by Global Laser Enrichment, a subsidiary of GE-Hitachi, that it had entered into exclusive negotiations with the U.S. Department of Energy for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory and potential construction of a commercial uranium tails processing facility in Paducah.

    Posted October 23, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Research points to preventable conditions for rising health care costs
     Many hospitalizations are preventable and may be to blame for the rising American health care costs, according to new research out of Western Kentucky University. Several researchers in Bowling Green have found a link between access to primary care services and hospitalizations for preventable conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma among Medicaid enrollees in comprehensive managed care plans. Dr. William N. Mkanta, associate professor in the Department of Public Health at WKU, headed up the study published in the current edition of Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology.

Posted October 23, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Daviess County detention center program sees success
     When state legislators and then-Gov. Steve Beshear approved House Bill 463 -- which made changes in the way the courts and law enforcement handle some drug offenders -- the goal was to save money that would have been spent on incarceration and funnel those dollars into substance abuse treatment. Since then, the number of available spots in jail and prison treatment programs have more than doubled. In 2010, for example, there were 1,509 slots in corrections-based treatment. By fiscal year 2015, there were 3,563 slots, according to a 2015 report prepared for the Department of Corrections.

Posted October 23, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Report: Steve Beshear considered for cabinet post
     Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is on a list of people being considered by Hillary Clinton for U.S. Agriculture Secretary, according to Bloomberg Politics. Citing "unidentified persons close to the matter," Bloomberg said the list also includes California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross; former U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, of Arkansas; former U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan; and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Beshear seemed to confirm in a one-sentence statement that he may be in line for the job.


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