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    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
New dirt track at Keeneland passes first tests from horsemen, Mother Nature
     The true verdict on Keeneland's latest grand undertaking won't come for months. But on Thursday morning, ample smiles were all around as the sound of hoofbeats rang out in a way that hasn't been heard in eight years. Having recently completed the installation of its new dirt racing surface, Keeneland opened its main 11⁄16-mile track for training at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Numerous horses and riders tested the layers of sand, silt and clay that replaced the synthetic Polytrack surface that had been in place since Fall 2006.

Posted August 29, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Pickup truck wreck in Breathitt County kills 3; driver is charged with murder
     Three men who were riding in the bed of a pickup truck in Breathitt County were killed in a wreck Wednesday night, and the driver has been charged with murder. Two other men were injured in the crash, state police said. State police said the driver, Shawn Hardin, 19, of Jackson, was under the influence. Hardin was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck north on Ky. 3193 when the truck swerved across the road and went into a ditch, according to a news release. Hardin apparently overcorrected, and the truck flipped. It went into a yard and came to rest against a home at about 9:20 p.m.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Baby's grandmother: 'Why do we have to kill?'
     Twyman Reed loves the Shawnee neighborhood where he's lived for more than 40 years, but like other residents, he's watched it become a "hot spot" of activity, with growing signs of trouble. In August alone, Louisville Metro Police made 74 calls to the area, including on Wednesday night in the 100block of South 37th Street, where 1-year-old Ne'riah Miller was shot and killed. "People can't keep turning a blind eye to what's going on," Reed said. "Nobody wants to lose a loved one, but to lose a child? Jesus. It's senseless."

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Grimes bus lacks permit to carry passengers
     The company owned by Jerry Lundergan that is leasing a tour bus to the U.S. Senate campaign of his daughter, Alison Lundergan Grimes, does not appear to have the proper permits required to operate the charter bus. Grimes' campaign tour bus has come under scrutiny in the last two weeks since Politico ran a story suggesting that the campaign paid less than the market rate to charter the bus, which if true would violate federal campaign finance law. The revelation that the bus itself could be operating outside the law keeps alive a story that has some focused more on Grimes' mode of transportation than on the issues upon which she has been attacking Sen. Mitch McConnell in her bid to unseat him.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L cheerleaders to be drug tested due to heroin OD
     Members of the University of Louisville's spirit teams will have to undergo the same drug testing as the rest of the school's athletes, the university said Thursday after it was confirmed that cheerleader Danielle Cogswell died of a drug overdose. U of L sports information director Kenny Klein confirmed that the cheerleaders would now be subject to the policy. Cogswell, 22, died of an overdose of heroin, amphetamines and Xanax, Jefferson County Coroner Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones said Thursday.

Posted August 29, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah police respond to criticism of force
     Responding to an outcry in social media regarding the treatment of a Paducah couple during a traffic stop on Tuesday, the Paducah Police Department issued a statement Thursday explaining its action and saying it was in accordance with policy. "It is customary during any felony traffic stop to have weapons drawn and pointed at any potential threat, and loud verbal directions given by the officers in order to gain control of the incident," Police Chief Brandon Barnhill stated. The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Paducah police with help from the McCracken County Sheriff's Department stopped a black Dodge truck in the 100 block of Lone Oak Road. The vehicle reportedly had a stolen dealer's license plate.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Business Lexington ]
Lexington-based website battles online sexism
     There was no moment, no one thing that made Drew Curtis say enough’s enough when it came to trying to end the foul treatment of women online, or at least on his corner of the Internet. Lexington’s Curtis, who founded Fark.com in 1999, put a long discussed policy in place last week on his site banning users from being misogynistic on his forum that attracts millions. “Somehow we’ve outlawed racist speech on most online communities, why is this that difficult of a step to make,” Curtis said when asked about what Internet followers are calling a revolutionary step in keeping people from making anti-woman comments, be it body-shaming, accusing women of being promiscuous or threatening harm and rape, even in cases where the poster might be joking.

Posted August 29, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Family members turned away from beleaguered nursing home directors' meeting
     In a scene of brief but near-total confusion, relatives of residents at Redbanks Skilled Nursing Center streamed into the facility Thursday evening, believing they had been welcomed to attend and be heard at a meeting of the beleaguered nursing home’s board of directors. They weren’t.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear signs bill revamping state's juvenile justice system
     Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday joined state and local leaders to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers. Senate Bill 200 calls for early intervention programs and an enhanced pre-court process for youth who are habitual runaways or engage in certain non-violent acts, such as truancy. Under the new law, before cases are referred to the county attorney, court designated workers will use evidence-based tools to screen and assess youth and make referrals for appropriate services. The reforms are expected to reduce the number of status and public offenders entering the court system.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Celebration of deaf artists' work to be all day in Louisville
     A showcase of short films by deaf filmmakers and a partnership with Louisville Worldfest are just two unique features of DeaFestival-Kentucky 2014. The event, the state’s only daylong celebration of deaf and hard of hearing art, language and culture, will be held Aug. 30 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. The theme of DeaFestival 2014, “Pure Imagination,” will be woven through the three performance programs beginning in the morning with the children’s program featuring storytelling, music and poetry, and will continue that afternoon in Spotlights, a showcase for theatrical performers, dancers and comedians. Jam Tent will round out the day with performances by the top deaf and hard of hearing hip hop and rock ’n’ roll dancers and musicians in the nation.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear announces I-24 median cable barrier project
     Motorists traveling along Interstate 24 will soon see the addition of more median cable barriers in McCracken, Marshall and Christian counties. During a ceremony at the I-24 welcome center in Hopkinsville Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that work has begun on the $3.1 million, 24-mile installation project. “Early in my administration, we had a serious problem – crossover crashes – and a shortage of money, but we were determined to do something about it,” Beshear said. “The solution we chose was cable barriers. We aggressively began deploying cable barrier systems, and the result has been a dramatic reduction in crossover crashes. That also means fewer medical expenses and liability, and most importantly, fewer funerals and heartbroken families.”

Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Pit bull mix attacks dog sitter, wife
     A dog sitter and his wife were attacked and seriously injured by a pit bull/Labrador mix dog at a Florence apartment early Thursday. "He's got some pretty serious injuries to his arm," said Florence Police Capt. Tom Grau of the male dog sitter. The couple was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence shortly after the 5:40 a.m. incident.

    Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Does lack of NKY money mean McConnell’s support down?
     While the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky remains close, one party’s candidate has far outraised the other in conservative Northern Kentucky in the past two years – and it’s not who one might think. In the year’s second quarter, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has found Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties very generous to her campaign, earning almost six times as much from the region as her Republican opponent, Sen. Mitch McConnell. Since she entered the race last year, Grimes has received double the amount in campaign contributions from Northern Kentucky that McConnell has, an Enquirer analysis found.

Posted August 29, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Teacher accused of having cocaine delivered to her at school
     A teacher is accused of having cocaine delivered to Holmes Middle School in Covington. Arin Staples resigned Aug. 15 after being questioned by the Drug Enforcement Administration. A Kenton County Grand Jury indicted Staples on a felony drug charge Thursday, said Rob Sanders, Kenton County Commonwealth's attorney. "There are multiple instances of her obtaining cocaine ... (and) receiving it from a drug dealer on school property, among other places," Sanders said.

Posted August 28, 2014 [ Todd County Standard ]
When the Todd School System reports child abuse or neglect, often they never hear another word from social services
     Sometimes, especially when it is so bad that the teachers and administrators find themselves nervously waiting for a phone call or having to decide if they have to call law enforcement because it is nearing the end of the day, they are too afraid to send a child home to his or her parent or guardian. They fear the place they are supposed to give information won’t act or perhaps won’t ever divulge what was done (if anything at all) to them about their report. They are frustrated by the lack of follow-up. As if it all just falls into a black hole of information in which their (sometimes dire) concerns seem to be held by the crippling gravity of bureaucracy.

Posted August 28, 2014 [ Todd County Standard ]
Despite assurances over privacy, some teachers found themselves outed by social services
     During many legal battles over the past few years, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has said that protecting children and those who report abuse are a top priority. Citing privacy issues, the state social service system has repeatedly fought giving or has heavily redacted information about cases where children under the state’s care were killed or seriously injured. Todd County School System officials say the state Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has failed on at least three instances recently to protect the identity of Todd County teachers or administrators who reported abuse.

Posted August 28, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Mine safety officials cite Letcher County man for illegal mining activities
      Investigators of the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement Thursday cited a Letcher County man for illegally mining an estimated 700 tons of coal at a surface mine near Van in Letcher County. Bryan Lee Wagner of Red Fox was heading up the operation and is charged with mining without a permit and mining without a license.

Posted August 28, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear presents 2014 Spirit of Kentucky Award to Kentucky Connected
     Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder Thursday presented the 2014 Spirit of Kentucky Award to Kentucky Connected, a public-private regional partnership consisting of counties located between the Greater Cincinnati and Louisville metro areas, along the I-71 corridor. The award was presented as part of the 39th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference.

    Posted August 28, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State collects $4.5M in wage restitution each year for an average of 12,200 Kentucky workers
     Money taken each year in Kentucky during all robberies combined falls well short of the total amount of wages improperly withheld from Kentucky’s workers. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet collects an average of $4.5 million each year in wage restitution for employees, and that total far surpasses the average annual amount of $2 million taken during all robberies in the state.

Posted August 28, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Mid-Continent University revokes Imhoffs' honorary degrees
     The Mid-Continent University Board of Trustees has rescinded the honorary degrees previously awarded to ousted school leaders Robert and Jackie Imhoff. Board chairman Tom Butler said Wednesday that the board unanimously voted Tuesday night to revoke honorary doctorates given to Robert Imhoff, the former MCU president, and his wife Jackie, who was vice president of adult services.


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