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Posted July 1, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Judge takes prosecutor off assault case
     Because her teenage daughter could be called to testify, Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor won’t be allowed to prosecute any of the four young men accused of sodomizing a 15-year-old Hopkinsville boy in October 2014. Addressing a motion that was filed June 1 by one of the defendant’s attorneys and subsequently joined by the other three defense teams, Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins decided Thursday that a special prosecutor will be necessary to try Tyler Perry, Sam Miller, Dayton Jones and Colton Cavanaugh. All four defendants were between the ages of 17 and 20 when they allegedly sodomized the boy with a sex toy as he lay incapacitated amidst a house party at Miller’s residence.

Posted July 1, 2016 [ The Gleaner ]
Governors sign agreement to ramp up plans for I-69 bridge
     It's still years away from spanning the Ohio River, but an agreement signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Thursday is the first step in rebooting plans for an Interstate 69 bridge from Evansville to Henderson. The states agreed to spend a combined $17 million for an environmental and design study to figure out how the two states can pay for the bridge and where it will run.

Posted July 1, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
College students help find missing satellite
     Two Morehead State University Space Science Center students have given back an out-of-this-world learning tool to 10,000 grade school children in Virginia after tracking down a satellite that was deemed lost in space. Cody Robinson, who is a 2013 graduate of Scott County High School, and his MSU classmate Maria LeMaster were the duo that took on the task with the assistance of staff member Bob Kroll. Students from St. Thomas More Elementary School built the STMSat-1 satellite that has received a viral following and was even blessed by the Pope.

Posted July 1, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Blasting begins on I-75 interchange, will continue until Aug. 24
     Blasting has begun on Interstate 75 at mile marker 127 in Scott County as crews continue to work on the new interchange project, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. A rolling roadblock (mobile operation) will take place in both directions during the actual blast from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays now through Aug. 24. Blasting delays will be approximately 15 minutes.

Posted July 1, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Government officials: Public transportation comes down to financing
     A history of studies and reports dating back to at least the early 2000s reveal more public transportation options in Hardin County are a long-standing interest in the area. Local government leaders agree having a public busing system is an idea with which they can get on board. The hesitation comes with funding and sustainability.

Posted July 1, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
NKY manufacturer on the hunt for new workers
     A Northern Kentucky manufacturer is on the hunt for new workers after finishing a year-long $1.5 million expansion project. Logomat Automation Systems Inc., a Hebron manufacturer of conveyor systems for assembly and test applications, added 11,600 square feet of space to its previously 22,300-square-foot building. The company plans to hire skilled employees to support new sheet metal fabrication capabilities. Job openings include project and sales engineers, mechanical and sales technicians and assembly workers.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Health and Family Services Cabinet announces two top appointments
     Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson Thursday announced the appointment of two top officials in the agency. Dr. Hiram Polk, a prominent Louisville surgeon, has been appointed commissioner of the Department for Public Health and Robert S. Silverthorn Jr., an attorney and retired U.S. Army Major General, has been appointed inspector general.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Hearing postponed for man accused of planning to blow up school
     An evidentiary hearing scheduled Wednesday in a U.S. District Court case involving a Franklin man accused of making Molotov cocktails in a plan to blow up Franklin Middle School has been reset to 11 a.m. Aug. 3. Trey Alexander Gwathney-Law, 19, is in Warren County Regional Jail awaiting trial on federal charges of possessing an unregistered firearm, making a firearm, attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of fire or explosive and possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
No new leads turning up in Manning cold case
     It’s been three months since investigators followed what they hoped was a lead in the cold case of Anna Lee Manning’s disappearance. They searched and dug in the ground at a Lincoln County property, but little came of it. Boyle County Deputy Philip Dean, who launched the renewed investigation last year, said investigators are continuing to gather leads, but nothing concrete has turned up.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
French manufacturer to locate plant in Corbin, hire 90
     Gov. Matt Bevin Thursday announced Euro Sticks Group, a French family-owned manufacturer of ice cream- and coffee-stir sticks that he visited in April during an economic development mission to Europe, plans to open a 90-job facility in Corbin with an initial $15 million investment.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Man killed by Knox County deputy after reported kidnapping
     A man was killed Wednesday night when a Knox County sheriff’s deputy shot him on Ky. 223 following a reported child abduction, according to Kentucky State Police. The Knox County sheriff’s office received a call Wednesday night saying Jessie J. Mills, 30, of Flat Lick was intoxicated and had abducted a child, according to state police. When a Knox County deputy and constable found Mills and the child walking along Ky. 223 at about 11 p.m., there was an altercation. Mills died on the scene after being shot by the sheriff’s deputy, according to state police.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
New technology used to repair old bridge
     A bridge built in 1951 received a facelift with brand new technology never before used on a county road. Damaged bridge beams on Oldham County's Centerfield Drive over South Curry’s Fork were in a fast-deteriorating condition, before a few weeks of work and some strips of carbon fiber fabric that can carry more than 750,000 times its own weight reinforced the structure and prolonged its life by another 50 years. The structure was particularly worrisome because a nearby school, Centerfield Elementary, utilized the road every day to carry students on heavy buses.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Floyd County school jobs not renewed
     While tackling a long list of items on its agenda on June 27, the Floyd County Board of Education quietly approved the non-renewals of 32 employees. The motion to not renew contracts for 16 certified and 16 classified, non-tenured employees came alongside approval of nearly 30 consent agenda items that were not discussed at the meeting. The personnel report also showed the resignation and retirements of 14 other employees. Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb said the employees were not laid off and the positions were not cut because of any budgetary issue. He said, instead, that the cuts were made by school leaders for other reasons — loss of students, poor performance and/or class or program changes.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Old Bridge deck removal is almost 50 percent complete
     A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet official said Wednesday that the demolition process for the Old Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake is progressing smoothly. Keith Todd, public information officer for the KYTC District 1 Office in Paducah, said that work to remove the concrete road decking of the structure is nearly halfway complete. That process started last week.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Owensboro 35th best place to teach in America, GoodCall says
     Owensboro has been getting a lot of national attention lately for its downtown renovations and the new Smothers Park. And now, it's being recognized as one of the best places for teachers to live and work. GoodCall, a Web-based information company, ranks Owensboro as the 35th best city in the country for teachers. That's based on affordability, school ratings, job competition and amenities.

    Posted June 30, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Summertime, and the stealin' is easy
     When law enforcement officials talk about the everyday occurrence of thefts from vehicles, they often lament that such thefts would be drastically reduced if people would take the common-sense steps of locking their vehicle doors and not leaving items of value inside their cars, trucks or SUVs. But this year, there's a little more incentive for people to make sure their vehicles are locked. Owensboro Police Department reports say there have been more thefts from vehicles so far this year, compared to the same period in 2015.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Regional parks set to receive nearly $4 million in upgrades
     Four regional parks will receive an estimated $3.7 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years. Using Lake Barkley as a picturesque background, Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Don Parkinson and Commissioner of Kentucky State Parks Donnie Holland delivered the funding news Wednesday to regional business leaders and local parks staff at Barkley Lodge. The $3.7 million slated to be divvied out to Lake Barkley, Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village and Pennyrile Forest state resort parks is part of Bevin's "Refreshing the Finest" campaign, an $18 million budget allocation approved by the legislature.

    Posted June 30, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Weekend road travel expected to set record
     The July 4th holiday weekend may be the busiest ever for road travel in the U.S., thanks in large part to low gas prices. The number of holiday travelers could will be the highest on record with 5 million more than took to the roads Memorial Day weekend, according to the AAA motor club.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Parklands on pace to top 1.8M expected visitors
     Halfway through the year, visitation to The Parklands of Floyds Fork has exceeded one million in 2016. The donor-supported, public park is thus well on its way to surpassing the 1.8 million visitors initia­lly expected by the end of 2016. The recreation cor­ridor includes four sepa­rate large, connected parks. The Parklands lies along the Floyds Fork wa­tershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville.

Posted June 30, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville minimum wage to go up Friday
     Cashier Devin Bale is looking forward to this Friday for more than just the weekend break. It’ll be a pay day that puts an extra 20 cents in his pocket. “By the time I pay car insur­ance, my phone bill and gas, I only got $70 for the rest of the week and that can go quick,” Bale said. For the second straight year Louisville’s lowest-paid workers will get a raise thanks to the city’s minimum wage law, which will boost hourly salaries to $8.25 an hour on Friday. The new rate remains in limbo, however, as city officials, labor unions and business leaders await a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling this year that will determine if Metro Council Democrats over­stepped their authority by approv­ing the law.


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