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Posted January 27, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
That bites! Bowling Green among worst bedbug cities
     Bowling Green is 48th on pest control company Orkin’s annual “Bedbug Cities” list. Based on the number of treatments the company did in 2014, the list is comprised of the 50 most bedbug-ridden cities in the United States. This is Bowling Green’s first time on the list.

    Posted January 27, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
'Government grant' scam pops up in state
     The Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky is warning residents about the return of a phone scam that tells victims they have been “selected” to receive a free grant from the government. The scam is an attempt to steal money from victims.

Posted January 27, 2015 [ Ledger Independent ]
Family dog found, returned after two-year disapearance
     Two years after going missing, one family's blue nose pit bull has come home. China is about 5 years old and has been gone from her home in Sardis - a small town on the Mason-Robertson county line - since Jan. 18, 2013. Her owners, Dale, Dina, Austin and Eric Stitt looked tirelessly for China after her disappearance, with no luck. When she disappeared, the family had owned China for two years, after adopting her from the Roberston County Animal Shelter when she was about a year old. On Jan. 13, Austin Stitt received a text message from a friend about a dog being housed at an animal foster home in Harrison County. The text message included a picture of the dog, which bore a strong resemblance to China.

Posted January 27, 2015 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelbyville man pleads guilty to murder
     Marcus Goldsmith of Shelbyville pleaded guilty Friday to murder charges in the 2012 stabbing death of Keith Jackson. In a plea agreement wtih prosecutors, Goldsmith, 55, would receive a prison sentence of 22 years on charges of murder, assault and tampering with physical evidence.

    Posted January 27, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Biden, Clinton to bid Ford farewell
     Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton will attend Tuesday's funeral for Wendell H. Ford at Owensboro's First Baptist Church. The Office of the Vice President confirmed Monday that Biden will travel to Owensboro to attend Ford's funeral. Gov. Steve Beshear's office confirmed Monday that the governor and Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen will also attend the 11 a.m. CST service, which will be followed by a private internment service at Elmwood Cemetery.

Posted January 27, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Police accuse 2 men of child exploitation
     Kentucky State Police arrested two Hopkinsville men Monday on charges relating to child exploitation after an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. According to a news release, Robert C. Chavez, 29, and Phillip R. Weber were arrested after an investigation sparked by a tipster accused the men of using the Internet to download material that contained images of child exploitation.

Posted January 27, 2015 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Exit numbers to change along I-69
     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be making changes to exit numbers along the Interstate 69 corridor. The I-69 signs are projected to be installed on the Pennyrile Parkway from Madisonville to Henderson by the end of the year.

Posted January 27, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
E'town Community and Technical College open to president's proposal
     President Barack Obama is proposing a plan to benefit about 9 million students each year and save a full-time community college student, on average, $3,800 in tuition per year. The proposal is tuition-free community college for students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA and make steady progress toward completing their program, according to the White House website. Dr. Thelma White, president of Elizabethtown Com munity and Technical College, said the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which they operate under, is in favor of free tuition if that means a stronger workforce in the future.

Posted January 27, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Nunn to appeal judge's refusal to throw out guilty plea, sentence in Amanda Ross's death
     Former state lawmaker Steve Nunn will appeal a Fayette County judge's refusal to throw out his guilty plea and life sentence in the shooting death of onetime fiancée Amanda Ross, one of his attorney's said Monday. Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine rejected Nunn's requests to withdraw his guilty plea in a ruling she filed with the court earlier Monday. Nunn, 62, argued his guilty plea should be overturned because he received ineffective legal advice.

    Posted January 27, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lawsuit alleges lawmaker fired staffer to pursue sexual relationship with possible replacement
     A legislative staffer fired last week by state House Majority Whip Johnny Bell alleged in court documents Monday that Bell's decision was motivated in part "by his desire to have an intimate sexual relationship" with another woman he wants to hire. Yolanda Costner, one of three legislative staffers who alleged sexual harassment in 2013 by a former state lawmaker from Western Kentucky, also said Bell had illegally obtained a controlled substance —Xanax — from the other woman when she worked for him previously.

    Posted January 27, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky examines Medicaid expansion's effects
     One year after Kentucky enacted expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, the health care program for the poor and disabled has grown to serve nearly 1.2 million residents — a quarter of Kentucky's population. Now, consultants are finalizing a report examining the expansion's impact on the state's health care system — and its bottom line — in a review that advocates say will carry important implications and is being watched by other states still considering an expansion.

Posted January 26, 2015 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Carter man killed on AA in Lewis
     A Carter County man has died as the result of an auto accident Monday involving a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle on the Grayson Spur of the AA Highway in Lewis County.

    Posted January 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Grimes to seek re-election to current post
     Ending speculation that she would run for governor, Allison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will seek re-election to her post as secretary of state in 2015.

Posted January 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Oldham Marine dies in helicopter crash in California
     An Oldham County native was one of two Marine Corps officers to die in a helicopter crash Friday in Southern California.

Posted January 26, 2015 [ Winchester Sun ]
Flynn Donoho visits Clark County en route to third cross-country cycling journey for cancer research
     The 2014 Tour de France covered some 2,276 miles. Flynn Donoho estimates since 2011, he’s ridden the equivalent of 13 Tours, covering some 30,000 miles across the continental United States all in the saddle of a 29-inch mountain bike he purchased at Walmart.

Posted January 26, 2015 [ WEKU News ]
Transportation advocacy group supports gas tax freeze
     When they return to work next week, Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider ways to stem a drop in state gas tax monies. Significant declines in the price per gallon at the pump have led to a loss of revenue to maintain and build roads.

Posted January 26, 2015 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
AT&T seeking support on deregulation plan
     For the fourth year, telecommunications giant AT&T is attempting to gain support for legislation which the company says will increase innovation in the commonwealth.

Posted January 26, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Man appeals conviction in 2012 slaying
     A Muhlenberg County man who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting a woman in early 2012 is waiting to see if the state Supreme Court will overturn his conviction.

    Posted January 26, 2015 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Imes files for Ky. treasurer
     Kenny Imes believes western Kentucky just does not have a loud enough voice in the Bluegrass, so he is trying to do something about it. Friday, the Republican 5th District state representative from Murray submitted campaign papers to officially become a candidate for Kentucky state treasurer. And while he said that having a chance to be what he calls “the vanguard and gatekeeper” of the money for Kentucky taxpayers is the main idea to his campaign, he said a state constitutional officer from the western side of the commonwealth is something sorely needed.

    Posted January 26, 2015 [ Business Lexington ]
Fark.com’s Drew Curtis enters race to become Kentucky governor
     Drew Curtis, the Versailles-based Internet entrepreneur and technologist who founded the news aggregation site Fark.com more than a dozen years ago, has announced a surprise, independent candidacy to become Kentucky’s next governor.


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