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    Posted July 6, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentuckians who fly Confederate flags have no plans to take them down
     On a small shed at the side of a winding Eastern Kentucky road, Veronica Collins proudly has tacked up the Confederate battle flag. For her, she says, the flag has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with heritage. Collins and her husband, Jerry, bought the flag in October at the nearby Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Leatherwood. Now it's displayed right below an American flag and above an old-fashioned wagon at their home in Letcher County. Collins gets questions about why she displays the flag, but she said she doesn't get any complaints about it.

Posted July 6, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hopkinsville teenager drowns in Kentucky Lake
     A 17-year-old Hopkinsville boy drowned in Kentucky Lake near Kenlake State Resort Park over the Fourth of July weekend. Allen Reed was out in the water with family members Saturday evening when he started to swim across the Old Bay area, according to Kentucky State Fish and Wildlife Trooper Gary Clark. He called for help, but too much time had passed when family members reached him.

Posted July 6, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Using soap to fight sex trafficking for All-Star game
      As the Major League All-Star Game approaches, local law enforcement officials as well as anti-human trafficking activists are bracing for a spike in sex traffic in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. One of their main weapons to combat such an influx? Bars of hotel soap.

    Posted July 6, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Study looks at alcohol, marijuana impairment
     Drivers with alcohol and marijuana in their systems showed evidence of impairment even with both substances present below legal limits, according to a recent federal study.The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a scientific research institute under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, studied marijuana’s effects on drivers that involved 18 occasional marijuana smokers aged 21 through 37 driving in a driving simulator while sober, after drinking, after inhaling THC and under the influence of both THC and alcohol.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Two dead, three missing after boat capsizes in Ohio
     Two people are dead and three are missing after a pontoon boat struck a bridge in the Ohio River at Louisville Saturday night. There had been nine in the boat. Police said six were found with the boat near the Ohio River Bridges construction site.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Preacher: 'We are on the right side of history'
     The Rev. Jason Crosby, a controversial local Baptist gay rights advocate whose church was kicked out of the Kentucky Southern Baptist Convention last year for agreeing to officiate same-sex marriages, spent the weekend celebrating. Not everyone agrees with Crosby's stance.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Study finds manufacturing jobs decline across region
     Kentucky's overall employment has exceeded its pre-recession level, but the Paducah-Purchase Region lags behind other areas in the state in manufacturing jobs, according to a new study by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The study examined growth in jobs and wages in nine economic regions of the commonwealth from July 2009 to December 2014. The Paducah-Purchase Region showed a relatively modest 2.7 percent increase in all industries, but it lost 814 manufacturing jobs for a decrease of 7.3 percent in that category.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
'Mr. Social Security' faces fraud lawsuits
     He called himself "Mr. Social Security" and seemed to live up to his billing. Practicing in a town of only 520 people, attorney Eric Conn built the third most lucrative disability practice in the nation, earning $22.1 million in fees from the government from 2001 to 2013 — enough to buy a $1.5 million, 7,500-square-foot brick mansion in a gated mountain community near his office. Four years ago, though, the Wall Street Journal reported that an administrative law judge had rubber-stamped 100 percent of the claims submitted by Conn. And in 2013, a Senate committee staff found that Conn and the judge, David Daugherty, had colluded on a scheme to approve hundreds of clients for disability benefits using manufactured medical evidence from physicians Conn privately called his "whore doctors."

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Clark Janell Davis of Lexington is crowned Miss Kentucky 2015
     Clark Janell Davis, 17, of Lexington was crowned Miss Kentucky on Saturday night at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Davis competed against 30 other hopefuls for the title, including first runner-up Claire Butler and second runner-up Hannah Estes. Butler was Miss Jefferson County, and Estes was Miss Metro Louisville.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
One dead, others hurt in crash; link to home invasion under investigation
     One person died and others were seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash in Christian County - which witnesses said followed a home invasion. An eyewitness reportedly said there had been a home invasion and the homeowner had chased the suspects down when a crash occurred on the highway injuring several.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Metal gate impales truck, pins passenger in place
     Two Cawood men escaped serious injury on Saturday when a bizarre accident occurred in the Woodland Hills area. According to Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens, Joseph Turner, 28, was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado on the road from the Harlan Christian School when the metal gate blew to a closing angle and a rail on the gate went through the front of the vehicle pinning Jonathan Turner, 24, in the truck.

Posted July 5, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
14-year-old Boone Co. girl 'critically missing'
     The Boone County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public help in locating what they said is a critically missing 14 year old. Love Lee Schumaker, 14, is believed to have left her home in the Burlington, Kentucky, area without her depression medication and her inhaler, according to a post on the Boone County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Schumaker is described as a 5-foot-2, 180-pound female with hazel eyes, brown hair and last seen wearing a black shirt and red shorts, according to officials. Schumaker has been known to travel to the Cincinnati area in the past.

    Posted July 5, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Supreme Court ruling could alter maps
     Some Kentuckians contend a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week will help them change the state’s redistricting procedure. Richard Beliles, state chairman of the organization Common Cause Kentucky, has lobbied the state legislature for about 20 years to have it appoint a nonpartisan commission, including geographers and population experts, to draw lines for legislative districts. He has failed to make progress on the issue, but Monday’s high court ruling that upheld Arizona’s use of an independent redistricting commission established by a ballot initiative gives him hope.

Posted July 4, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Uncertainties over Humana in merger frenzy
     Aetna’s acquisition of Humana appears to be part of a merger frenzy as the five biggest U.S. health insurers look to get bigger. But any acquisition or merger of this proportion must overcome potential hurdles. Though the Humana and Aetna boards of directors have agreed to the deal, the shareholders and federal government must still sign off on it. And there is the prospect of even more merger frenzy that could influence or even change the Aetna-Humana proposal.

Posted July 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Supporters work toward museum featuring a century of railroad history in Corbin
     The effort to create a museum showcasing Corbin's century-plus history as a railroad town is gathering steam. People have donated a variety of artifacts, including photos, tools, switchyard lamps, a caboose bell, a metal conductor's box, china used on dining cars, a $10,000 reward poster aimed at catching people who blew up train tracks in Harlan County, and log books documenting decades of passenger and freight service in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky.

    Posted July 4, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Proposal to expand bear hunting in Kentucky sparks debate
     The Humane Society of the United States is objecting to a proposed expansion of bear hunting in Kentucky. The group says the state's black bear population is still small and needs time to expand. But officials with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources say the number of bears in Kentucky has increased. The population can withstand an expansion of the hunt, they say.

    Posted July 3, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Income report causes concern
     Inflation-adjusted income for Kentuckians fell from $38,129 in 2012 to $37,916 in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Catherine Carey, a Western Kentucky University economics professor and department chair, said the bureau is using new ways to report economic data. Carey added that wage growth has not kept up with rising inflation in Kentucky.

Posted July 3, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green manufacturer looking to expand
     A company in the Kentucky Transpark is set to add nearly 300,000 square feet to its existing facility. A detailed development plan amendment to allow an expansion of Bowling Green Metalforming was approved Thursday by the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County. The expansion, while not formally announced, could add up to 450 jobs over a 10-year period. The average hourly wage including benefits would be $26, according to state documents.

Posted July 3, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Cannabis myths: Kentucky state senator speaks out
     Democratic state Sen. Perry Clark spoke at the Mensa Annual Gathering in Louisville on Wednesday in an effort to clear the smoke about myths surrounding cannabis. Clark was one of several presenters invited to the four-day Mensa event at the Galt House. Clark has long been an advocate for medicinal marijuana and has updated bills for the last four years mirroring states where medicinal and medical marijuana have become law.

Posted July 3, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort's last gas station with full-service pumps closes; creates hardship for those with mobility issues
     When Swifty on Versailles Road across from Eastwood Shopping Center closed, Frankfort lost its last gas station with full-service pumps. While self-serve pumps are the norm in Frankfort and most everywhere, some with mobility issues or other disabilities say not having an attendant at the pump anymore has caused some issues. Frankfort resident Paula Moore-Woolums told The State Journal that her friend, who is disabled and in a wheelchair, has trouble when operating a self-service pump.


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