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Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Scott High School student arrested for threats on Snapchat
     A Scott High School student has been arrested for making threats against the school on an anonymous Snapchat account. The student was apprehended late last Wednesday night by the Taylor Mill Police Department, Police Chief Steve Knauf said at a press conference on Thursday.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Institute for Rural Journalism blog ]
East Ky. leadership group honors scholar, seed saver, women's advocate, photographer and others
     Now 89, Appalachian scholar and humorist Loyal Jones has seen his native region evolve from a land of coal camps, mine wars and mechanization to one looking for new industry and lots of help. And he still looked ahead Thursday night as he accepted the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation's top award. "We have a viable culture here," the Berea resident told the dinner audience at Eastern Kentucky University. "We have a lot of problems, but we have a lot of people with great values."

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ordinance would ban panhandlers from approaching cars on major Lexington streets
     The city of Lexington released a draft Thursday of a new ordinance that will address a surge in the number of people begging for money on Lexington streets. The Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Ordinance would prohibit people from being in roadways and in medians. It also bans pedestrians from approaching cars on major roadways. It also strengthens the city’s jaywalking ordinance.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ark Encounter owners ‘blindsided’ by new tax that could raise ticket prices
     The proprietors of a gigantic wooden Noah’s Ark in Williamstown are steamed about a new “safety assessment” tax that will collect 50 cents for every admission ticket sold, according to the Grant County News. Ark Encounter spokesman Mike Zovath told the newspaper that Ark officials will now have to consider raising ticket prices, which are $40 for adults and $28 for children.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Jefferson schools: Parents should talk to kids about '13 Reasons Why'
     Prompted by the popular but controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," Jefferson County Public Schools sent a note to parents Wednesday evening about how to talk to their kids about suicide. The series, based on a young adult novel, revolves around a high school student who commits suicide and leaves behind a series of audio recordings for people she says are responsible for her death. Since its release late last month, the show has drawn criticism from students, concerned parents and mental health professionals who say the show romanticizes suicide and could be dangerous for vulnerable youths.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Fischer unveils Louisville budget, focuses new money on police
     Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled a budget Thursday afternoon calling for spending more than 80 percent of Louisville's $23 million in projected new revenue on police and fighting a surge in violent crime. The plan funds the hiring of 16 additional officers on top of 28 positions added during a midyear adjustment in December. Fischer's latest plan also would allow for the hiring of 11 non-officers, including crime analysts and forensic firearms examiners.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Elizabethtown doctor reaches settlement with United Airlines
     David Dao, the Elizabethtown doctor who made national headlines after being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight earlier this month, has reached a settlement with the company for injuries he suffered in the ordeal. The news was announced Thursday afternoon along with a statement from Dao’s attorney, Thomas A. Demetrio. An amount of money was not disclosed because of a condition of the settlement in which Dao agreed to keep the settlement confidential.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Stoms on their way to parts of Kentucky
     Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop by late Friday afternoon and become numerous by Friday evening along a warm front crossing Kentucky. Any storm that develops will have the potential to produce damaging winds, large hail, and very heavy rainfall. Also an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, the National Weather Service said. Storms will reappear late Sunday afternoon and evening.

Posted April 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Judicial Nominating Commission for 14th Judicial Circuit
     Theodore R. Kuster, Kim Harpole and Stuart E. Brown II have been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 14th Judicial Circuit and District of Kentucky by Gov. Matt Bevin. Francis Richard Hamilton has been reappointed, according to a state news release.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
‘Papa’ John Schnatter resigns from UofL athletics board after voicing concerns
     Papa John’s Pizza founder and CEO John Schnatter has resigned from the University of Louisville Athletic Association board, according to a UofL spokesman. However, Schnatter remains a board member of the university and the UofL Foundation. Schnatter’s athletics board resignation comes two weeks after he publicly criticized athletics leadership, saying during a university board of trustees meeting, “Until you fix athletics, you can’t fix this university.”

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Interapt to add HQ in Louisville, create 250 jobs
     Interapt LLC, a tech development startup focusing on business innovation services and workforce development, will establish a new Louisville headquarters with a nearly $3.7 million investment and create 250 full-time jobs over the coming years, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Munfordville certified as Kentucky's 16th Trail Town
     The Kentucky Department of Tourism Thursday announced Munfordville as a certified Kentucky Trail Town. The Kentucky Trail Town Program is a tourism-based development program that provides a plan for communities to capitalize on their opportunities for outdoor recreation. Munfordville joins Dawson Springs, Livingston, Morehead, Olive Hill, London, Stearns, Elkhorn City, Jamestown, Manchester, Berea, Columbia, Royalton, the Harlan County Tri Cities of Cumberland, Benham & Lynch, McKee and Slade as Kentucky Trail Towns.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin man charged with punching, injecting estranged wife
     It remains unknown whether the case against a Corbin man who allegedly broke into his estranged wife’s home and injected her with an unknown substance will be presented to a Whitley County grand jury, but a judge did agree to amend his bond Tuesday.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
AG secures debt relief for thousands of Kentuckians attending Corinthian Colleges
     Attorney General Andy Beshear Thursday announced that about 2,000 Kentuckians are eligible for federal debt relief after being victimized by predatory practices by Corinthian Colleges Inc. Corinthian Colleges targeted Kentuckians under the name Everest College and Everest University, offering online classes. Corinthian also marketed its WyoTech program in Kentucky attempting to recruit Kentuckians to its WyoTech campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida, a news release from the Kentucky attorney general's office said.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
State senator: Food sales tax a 'deal breaker' if special session called
     State Sen. C.B. Embry said he won't consider a sales tax on some foods or drugs in Kentucky if that's an option offered by Gov. Matt Bevin in a possible special General Assembly session later this year. Bevin has indicated he's considering a special session to look at pensions and tax reform. Embry, R-Morgantown, and several other local lawmakers discussed the pending special session and the now-concluded regular short session in Frankfort at the Barren River Area Development District board meeting Wednesday in Bowling Green.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Powers in pension case still unsettled
     Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday said there’s no clear-cut answers as to whether Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority last year by removing former state pension board Chairman Tommy Elliott before his term expired and reorganized the board that oversees about $16 billion in retirement funds for state workers. During a hearing on the case in Franklin Circuit Court, Shepherd urged attorneys from the Attorney General’s Office and Bevin’s office and Dana Collins, representing Elliott and former/current board member Mary Helen Peter, to reach a solution and be prepared for final arguments on May 24.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Fayette man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 12-Frankfort, arrested Timothy M. Poynter II, 32, Wednesday evening for prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer regarding sex offenses and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to a KSP news release.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Webster County fugitive located by KSP
     A Webster County man accused of escaping from custody this week is back behind bars. Jack Wayne Phillips, 61, of Milford, Ohio was apprehended Tuesday in Henderson, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Sean Wint. Phillips, a Webster County Detention Center inmate, allegedly escaped custody Monday while on work detail at the Webster County Animal Shelter.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ The Journal Enterprise ]
Counterfeiting probe leaves one suspect behind bars and another hospitalized
     One man was left hospitalized after law enforcement visited a Dixon, Kentucky residence on Tuesday evening. The case is believed to be tied to a counterfeit ring operating out of Webster County. The Kentucky State Police, along with Clay Chief of Police Chris Evitts were in Dixon looking for a suspect wanted for questioning in an ongoing counterfeit investigation that stretches from Providence to Hopkinsville.

Posted April 27, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Tiny homes, smart living
     At one time, Annie Tucker lived in a 2,000-square-foot home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That's where she first became interested in tiny homes -- the subject of HGTV's hit series "Tiny House, Big Living." When Tucker left Tulsa with her 4-year-old daughter, Jessa, they returned to Ohio County to be near family. From the get-go, living tiny was part of Tucker's plan. About a year ago, she and Jessa moved into a newly built 607-square-foot home.


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