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  • Fan Sound Off: Kentucky fans knew it'd be tough to beat Georgia - SECcountry.comFan Sound Off: Kentucky fans knew it'd be tough to beat Georgia - SECcountry.com

    SECcountry.comFan Sound Off: Kentucky fans knew it'd be tough to beat GeorgiaSECcountry.comKentucky sustained an ugly loss in Week 12, even if it was to a Georgia team that ranks No. 7 in the nation. Benny Snell rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with a Georgia team that rushed for 381 yards en route to a ...

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  • PHOTOS: Georgia vs. Kentucky | First Half - Red and BlackPHOTOS: Georgia vs. Kentucky | First Half - Red and Black

    Red and BlackPHOTOS: Georgia vs. Kentucky | First HalfRed and BlackThe University of Georgia faces Kentucky for their final home game of their 2017 season at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Photos by Casey Sykes and Kristin M. Bradshaw. Close. 1 of 22. 171118_kentucky_0000.jpg.

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  • Chubb, Michel lead No. 7 Georgia to 42-13 win over KentuckyChubb, Michel lead No. 7 Georgia to 42-13 win over Kentucky

    Nick Chubb and Sony Michel led a dominant running game as No. 7 Georgia bounced back from its first loss of the season, wearing down Kentucky for a 42-13 victory

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  • Kentucky football blown out by Georgia as run defense falters - The Courier-JournalKentucky football blown out by Georgia as run defense falters - The Courier-Journal

    The Courier-JournalKentucky football blown out by Georgia as run defense faltersThe Courier-JournalATHENS, Ga. — Georgia's College Football Playoff hopes live on as a fast Kentucky start proved fool's gold in a 42-13 loss. The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead and pulled within one score early in the second half, but Georgia found little trouble ...FINAL: Georgia 42, Kentucky 13: Recap, analysis for Week 12 game (November 18, 2017)SECcountry.comKentucky vs. Georgia 2017 live stream: Time and how to watch onlineSB NationGeorgia racks up 381 rushing yards in rout of KentuckyLexington Herald LeaderCBSSports.com -USA TODAY -Red and Blackall 72 news articles »

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  • Scott scores late to give Eastern Kentucky 14-10 victory - WTOPScott scores late to give Eastern Kentucky 14-10 victory - WTOP

    Scott scores late to give Eastern Kentucky 14-10 victoryWTOPRICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — LJ Scott ran in a go-ahead, 7-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and TJ Compstock intercepted a pass in the final minutes to secure Eastern Kentucky's 14-10 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday. Scott ran it in ...and more »

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  • Cleveland penciled in for start against Kentucky - The TelegraphCleveland penciled in for start against Kentucky - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphCleveland penciled in for start against KentuckyThe TelegraphBen Cleveland is in line for his first career start with the Georgia football program. Cleveland, who redshirted last year and has been a backup this season, lined up with the first team during pre-game warm-ups. The Georgia PA announced then revealed ...and more »

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  • Former Kentucky player loses state job after 2 months - News & ObserverFormer Kentucky player loses state job after 2 months - News & Observer

    Former Kentucky player loses state job after 2 monthsNews & ObserverA former University of Kentucky basketball player was fired from his job in the Labor Cabinet after working there for 2 1/2 months. Winston Bennett, who played at Kentucky in the 1980s, was fired Oct. 12 from his $73,500-a-year job. The Lexington ...and more »

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  • Shots fired after Kentucky traffic stop turns violent - WSMV NashvilleShots fired after Kentucky traffic stop turns violent - WSMV Nashville

    WSMV NashvilleShots fired after Kentucky traffic stop turns violentWSMV NashvilleOfficers from both the Woodburn PD and Warren County Sheriff's Office fired shots at Calvert. According to a follow up news release from Kentucky State Police, Calvert sustained a gunshot wound and was transferred to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.18-Year-Old Shot, Killed After Pursuit In KentuckyNewsChannel5.comPolice Shoot, Wound Suspect After Chase in South Central Ky.U.S. News & World Reportall 11 news articles »

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  • Kentucky Officials Search For Solutions To Asian Carp InfestationKentucky Officials Search For Solutions To Asian Carp Infestation

    Kentucky wildlife officials say the state needs to combat Asian carp, an invasive species that is disturbing the ecosystem in Kentucky’s western lakes. According to the National Parks Service, Asian carp were introduced to U.S. fish farms in the 1970s to control weed and parasite growth and eventually escaped into the Mississippi River. Since then, the quick-breeding fish have made it to Mississippi River tributaries like the Ohio River and Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in the westernmost part of the state. “They’re aggressive, they populate, they’re very prolific, they look like shad when they’re small,” said Gregory Johnson, commissioner of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. “They feed at the lower end of the food chain. So they’re competing with shad for food.” Asian carp have been disrupting U.S. ecosystems by out-competing native species for food. They can also jump out of the water — sometimes striking boaters or jumping over small dams. Johnson said the state is trying to find market-based solutions to cull the Asian carp population — they need more fisherman to go out and catch them. “Right now the only way to control these carp is to just fish the heck out of them, he said. “We don’t have a magic bullet that researchers have come up with to control them.” Johnson said about 5 million pounds of the fish need to come out of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers every year to “maintain current ecosystem balance.” The state has requested companies to submit proposals for a “harvesting and distribution” initiative to get the fish out of the lakes and into restaurants or stores. Sometimes marketed as “Kentucky blue snapper,” commercial fishermen already harvest more than 2 million pounds of Asian carp in Kentucky to serve in restaurants around the state and around the world. “We are fairly confident there’s a demand there for 9.5 million to 30 million pounds of carp annually to meet the commercial demand that’s out there,” Johnson said. Johnson said the contract for an Asian carp harvesting and distribution company will be awarded early next year.

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  • Kentucky-Georgia: Betting odds, picks for Week 12 (November 18, 2017) game - SECcountry.comKentucky-Georgia: Betting odds, picks for Week 12 (November 18, 2017) game - SECcountry.com

    SECcountry.comKentucky-Georgia: Betting odds, picks for Week 12 (November 18, 2017) gameSECcountry.comKentucky and No. 7 Georgia will face off in an SEC East meeting at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18. The Bulldogs are a 21.5-point favorite. Find full odds and our picks on the game below.Kentucky at Georgia by the numbers: Wildcats seek first winning SEC season since 1977AL.comLiveblog: Georgia 42, Kentucky 13Lexington Herald Leader (blog)Kentucky Wildcats Football vs Georgia Bulldogs: Start time, TV info, online stream, odds, moreA Sea of BlueRed and Black -DawgNation -Tampabay.comall 219 news articles »

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  • Honoring a fallen heroHonoring a fallen hero

    On Nov. 17, 2016 the Red Bird community endured the tragic loss of firefighter Ted Rodney Collett who gave his life while in service. Last month, his family and representatives of Red Bird Volunteer Fire and Rescue traveled to Frankfort for the unveiling of the 2016 names added to the Kentucky Fallen Firefighter's Memorial.

    Kentucky News / 12 h. 45 min. ago
  • Authorities combating credit card skimming at Kentucky gas pumpsAuthorities combating credit card skimming at Kentucky gas pumps

    Federal authorities pointed Friday to multiple arrests and convictions in Kentucky as just the start of a crackdown on credit card skimmers who target gas pumps to steal personal information.

    Kentucky News / 17 h. 16 min. ago
  • Western Kentucky wins triple-overtime thriller over Middle Tennessee State - The Courier-JournalWestern Kentucky wins triple-overtime thriller over Middle Tennessee State - The Courier-Journal

    The Courier-JournalWestern Kentucky wins triple-overtime thriller over Middle Tennessee StateThe Courier-JournalBOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Western Kentucky football team was able to snap a three-game losing streak on Friday night in an exhilarating 41-38, triple-overtime win over rival Middle Tennessee in the 67th meeting between the two foes at Houchens ...Western Kentucky 41, MTSU football 38 in triple OT: 5 things we ...The Daily News Journalall 18 news articles »

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  • No. 7 Kentucky cruises past East Tennessee State, 78-61No. 7 Kentucky cruises past East Tennessee State, 78-61

    Green's career-high 21 points lead No. 7 Kentucky past East Tennessee State 78-61

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  • Golden Alert: Marshall Co., Ky man possibly headed to MoGolden Alert: Marshall Co., Ky man possibly headed to Mo

    Kentucky State Police have issued a Golden Alert for a missing man. David H. Largent has not been seen or heard from since Nov. 2. A preliminary investigation has shown it is possible Largent's destination was Joplin, Missouri, according to Sr. Trooper Jody Cash.

    Kentucky News / 21 h. 40 min. ago
  • Defense, Quade Green carry Kentucky past East Tennessee State - Lexington Herald LeaderDefense, Quade Green carry Kentucky past East Tennessee State - Lexington Herald Leader

    Lexington Herald LeaderDefense, Quade Green carry Kentucky past East Tennessee StateLexington Herald LeaderAt this early stage of the season, Kentucky Coach John Calipari said he was not worried about nor expecting flawless execution. “I'm more concerned about their fight and their aggressiveness and their attacking mode,” he said of his Cats on Thursday.Q to the rescue for Kentucky's win over ETSU247SportsKentucky-East Tennessee State: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (November 17, 2017)SECcountry.comBucs start fast but fall 78-61 to No. 7 KentuckyWJHLThe Courier-Journal -The San Luis Obispo Tribune -A Sea of Blueall 79 news articles »

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  • RMTC to Auction Halters for Research GrantsRMTC to Auction Halters for Research Grants

    Between November 24 and December 1, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium , a 501 nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page . All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC's four-year grant program beginning in 2018 to encourage tactical research into the detection and identification of illicit substances.

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  • Kentucky Gov Still Plans For Special Legislative SessionKentucky Gov Still Plans For Special Legislative Session

    Kentucky's Republican governor said he still plans to call a special session of the state legislature to make changes to the state's troubled public pension system.

    WUKY / 1 d. 2 h. 38 min. ago
  • Dan Johnson Removed From Louisville Metro CouncilDan Johnson Removed From Louisville Metro Council

    This story has been updated. A group of Metro Council members unanimously voted to remove controversial councilman Dan Johnson from his position, they announced Friday afternoon at a special hearing. The decision came weeks after the Democrat struck a deal with fellow council members to retain his seat following allegations of sexual harassment by three women. Friday’s hearing was called because some council members accused Johnson of violating the terms of his deal, which includes limits on how much time he can spend at City Hall outside of official meetings. Last week, community members held a rally calling for Johnson’s removal.  The three-person group that decided Johnson’s future on Metro Council includes councilwomen Barbara Sexton Smith and Barbara Shanklin and councilman Rick Blackwell, all Democrats. Johnson was not present at the special meeting. Those councilmembers deliberated and then publicly shared some of the evidence they considered in deciding whether to remove Johnson. That included previously unreleased still images from security footage showing that Johnson overstayed his allowed time at City Hall, as well as an interview with WDRB and Facebook post, which fellow councilman Bill Hollander said violated the “spirit and letter of the agreement.” Mayor Greg Fischer issued a statement after the hearing, expressing appreciation to the council group. He also called on council to quickly find Johnson’s replacement. “Our community must have confidence that harassment and discrimination of any kind is not tolerated,” Fischer wrote. “I appreciate the Council for its deliberation and insistence on member accountability. I encourage the body to quickly seat a new councilmember so the people of District 21 have representation on Metro Council.” Johnson previously agreed to not appeal the decision, but he still has the right to do so, said Tony Hyatt, spokesman for the council’s majority caucus. “Anybody can appeal anything if they want to,” Hyatt said previously. Member of the council court said Friday they were confident Johnson would not appeal. The council now has 30 days to fill Johnson’s vacant seat. It will collect resumes and applications from District 21 residents before holding interviews to choose and appoint a successor. “We have 30 days, so we need citizens who are interested in leading District 21 in a positive way, we need you to step forward,” Blackwell said following the meeting. Johnson has served in public office since 1991, when he joined the Board of Alderman. He was elected to the Metro Council in 2002, and represented the areas in and around Southside, Beechmont and the airport. Johnson has not publicly commented on his removal.

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  • Gas Station Skimmers Stole More Than $3.5 Million In LouisvilleGas Station Skimmers Stole More Than $3.5 Million In Louisville

    After years of investigating, Louisville police and federal agents captured eight people suspected of skimming credit card information from gas stations in the city. The arrests were made after the individuals stole more than $3.5 million through skimmed card information. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said Friday the FBI, Secret Service, Louisville Metro Police and nearly 30 other law enforcement agencies collaborated to investigate card skimming after victims contacted the FBI in 2015. Coleman said the suspects struck Ohio and Indiana, but were locally based and used 50 skimmers to compromise 7,000 cards from residents in Louisville. Some skimmers were located at Highway 42 in Prospect, Taylorsville Road, Bardstown Road, Saint Andrews Church Road, Galeen Drive, Shelbyville Road and LaGrange Road. LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said credit card theft costs the nation millions each year. “At least one member of our community will fall victim to this kind of credit card theft and credit card fraud each and every day,” Conrad said. “We will have an opportunity to address this problem despite the increases in technology that make it hard for us to investigate.” One of those changes in technology is Bluetooth, which has created an obstacle for investigators. After traditional skimmers are installed, the devices must be collected in order for criminals to gather the stolen credit card info. Surveillance footage from gas stations helped authorities apprehend the eight suspects in Louisville’s case. But FBI Special Agent Amy Hess said Bluetooth skimmers are becoming more popular, allowing thieves to gather skimmers’ credit card info from far away. That, Hess said, makes it harder to find suspects. “The less exposure, then the less opportunity we have to identify and capture these individuals,” Hess said. She estimates that Bluetooth skimmers can transfer data from up to 350 feet away. “That’s outside of the line of sight of the surveillance cameras, and that poses a problem to us,” she said. To safeguard info, authorities suggest residents pay inside or with cash, look for missing, broken or loose security tape, cover your PIN when using a debit card, and stay in sight of cameras and store clerks. U.S. Attorney Coleman warned criminals who skim cards will “become intimately familiar” with the prison system, and he expects more convictions going forward in the ongoing investigation. The eight suspects in Louisville’s case were charged with aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and other charges. Three have been sentenced, three plead guilty and await sentencing, and two will go to trial this January. All face at least two years in jail with no parole through the federal system.

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  • Curious Louisville: How Do You Pronounce ‘Nachand’?Curious Louisville: How Do You Pronounce ‘Nachand’?

    For our latest installment of Curious Louisville, listener Peggy Hoffman came to us with the question, “How do you pronounce N-A-C-H-A-N-D? It’s a street off of Watterson Trail — what’s the history of it?” We found out this distinct name is actually found on streets and buildings in both Louisville and Southern Indiana — Jeffersontown and Jeffersonville, specifically — and it turns out that the origin differs based on what side of the river you are on. Jeffersonville Parks Department The Nachand Field House in Jeffersonville, Indiana Since this is a story about pronunciation, you’re going to want to listen to the whole story in the player above. You can also download this story, and be sure to subscribe to Curious Louisville wherever you get your podcasts. Submit your own question at curiouslouisville.org.

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  • Lexington Is Moving 2 Confederate Statues To Its CemeteryLexington Is Moving 2 Confederate Statues To Its Cemetery

    The Lexington-Fayette government and the Lexington Cemetery have reached an agreement to move two Confederate statues into the historic graveyard. The bronze likenesses of John Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan were removed from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse a month ago. They’ve been sitting in storage while attorneys for Lexington government and the cemetery worked to iron out details. Mayor Jim Gray said the two statues should be moved into the cemetery during the next few months. “Now the planning for the base itself has to be done,” said Gray. “We have to work with the cemetery in order to secure that. We have to put foundations in.” The council Thursday night approved a resolution outlining donations totaling over $100,000 to cover the movement costs. The statues are listed as official military heritage sites on the commission’s website. As reported by Capitol reporter Ryland Barton earlier this week, representatives of Kentucky’s Military Heritage Commission refused to comment on the surprise removal of the two monuments from downtown Lexington. Gray authorized the late-night removal after Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a legal opinion saying the commission doesn’t have jurisdiction over the statues.

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  • Wolford Road monumentWolford Road monument

    Several years ago, a monument was erected on Wolford Road commemorating the lives of Jacob and Judith Brown, along with information about the site. The monument, made of field stone contains a bronze plaque which tells the history of this particular part of Greene County.

    Kentucky News / 1 d. 7 h. 22 min. ago
  • Kentucky city moving 2 Confederate statues to its cemeteryKentucky city moving 2 Confederate statues to its cemetery

    Government leaders in Kentucky's second-largest city have finalized an agreement to move two Confederate statues to a cemetery

    ABCNews.com / 1 d. 9 h. 19 min. ago
  • Private Prisons Return To KentuckyPrivate Prisons Return To Kentucky

    Kentucky is getting back into the private prison business because state officials say they have nowhere else to house their surging inmate population.

    WUKY / 1 d. 9 h. 43 min. ago
  • More Jobs Coming To KentuckyMore Jobs Coming To Kentucky

    Kentucky officials say a bus manufacturer plans to create up to 550 full-time jobs by opening a parts-production operation in Bullitt County.

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  • State Jobless Rate Falls In OctoberState Jobless Rate Falls In October

    The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics says last month's seasonally adjusted preliminary rate was down from the revised 5.2 percent reported for September.

    WUKY / 1 d. 9 h. 51 min. ago
  • Former Lawmaker Faces More ChargesFormer Lawmaker Faces More Charges

    A former Kentucky lawmaker sent to prison for a bribery scheme is facing new charges.

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  • House Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook UncertainHouse Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook Uncertain

    The House has narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul, clearing the first major hurdle in Republican attempts to cut taxes and rewrite the tax code. The vote was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions in the measure that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states. “It has been 31 years since we last did this, and it is finally time that we get the general interest of this country to prevail over the special interests in Washington,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the House floor, pledging that the bill would leader to faster economic growth and bigger paychecks for American workers. The last major tax overhaul took place in 1986 under President Ronald Reagan, with a Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled House. President Trump made a rare appearance at the Capitol to rally GOP lawmakers in advance of the vote. “It was a good meeting. Taxes are going really well,” Trump told reporters. The 440-page legislation would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, winning support from outside groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. But its effect on individuals is less dramatic. It reduces from seven to four the number of tax brackets and doubles the standard deduction, while eliminating many other deductions and credits. NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben has an extensive breakdown of the measure. The Senate is considering its own tax overhaul, which is still in committee. In recent days, it has been altered so that tax rates for individuals would be reduced only temporarily while corporate tax rates would be cut permanently. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said he is against the bill in its current form because the cuts that would be temporary would also impact small businesses that pay their taxes through individual rates. The Senate bill would also now include a provision to zero out the individual mandate penalty, one of the pillars of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, expressed reservations over this move. She is one of the Republicans who blocked efforts to repeal Obamacare this year. GOP leaders, prodded by the president, hope to agree on and approve a final tax bill by the end of the year, showing voters a major accomplishment in the first year of their majority after failing repeatedly on health care.

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  • Controversial Statues Will Be Moved To CemeteryControversial Statues Will Be Moved To Cemetery

    Confederate statues that were removed from Cheapside Park in downtown Lexington last month will have a new home. The Urban County Council finalized an agreement between the city and the Lexington Cemetery to move two confederate statues there.

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  • Dan Johnson Could Be Removed From Louisville Metro Council FridayDan Johnson Could Be Removed From Louisville Metro Council Friday

    Metro Councilman Dan Johnson’s career could come to an end this week. The beleaguered Democrat is again facing removal from council. He’s been accused at least three times of sexual harassment. Councilwoman Jessica Green said Johnson groped her as the two huddled for a photo. Council aide Erin Hinson said Johnson dropped his pants in a City Hall parking lot, exposing himself to her. And a spokeswoman for Greater Louisville Inc. said Johnson made inappropriate and unsolicited comments to a woman during a conference in Austin, Texas. Johnson was ultimately banned from all Greater Louisville Inc. sponsored events. Despite the allegations, Johnson has remained on the council. He’s refused to resign and the council court assembled to examine the evidence and decide his fate opted to censure Johnson — not remove him. In fact, the council court cut a deal with Johnson — allowing him to remain — just hours into the removal process that was expected to last days. Now, Johnson is accused of breaking that deal and could be removed by a three-person group assembled to examine the complaint against him. According to the agreement Johnson reached with the council court, he was barred from City Hall except for 20 minutes before, during and after council and committee meetings. Councilwoman Angela Leet said she spotted Johnson in City Hall about eight minutes longer than allowed, according to a report from the Courier-Journal. And Councilman Bill Hollander accused Johnson of breaking the “spirit and letter of the agreement” when Johnson discussed the accusations against him with local television stations and when he posted on Facebook that he’d “won my battle” with the Metro Council. Because of that, Johnson could be removed. The three-person group will meet Friday. The group includes councilwomen Barbara Sexton Smith and Barbara Shanklin and councilman Rick Blackwell. All three are Democrats. Blackwell was appointed to the group by a committee that initially pushed to remove Johnson from the council. Sexton Smith was appointed by Metro Council president David Yates. Shanklin was appointed by Johnson. A two-thirds vote of the group could remove Johnson from his post. Johnson agreed to waive his right to appeal the group’s decision, said Tony Hyatt, spokesman for the council’s majority caucus. But, that doesn’t preclude Johnson from appealing, he added. “Anybody can appeal anything if they want to,” Hyatt said. Johnson is one of the city’s longest serving public officials. He was first elected to office in 1991 to serve on the Board of Alderman. He represents the areas in and around Southside, Beechmont and the airport. He played a role in merging the Jefferson County and Louisville city governments in the early 2000s, Hyatt said. And according to Johnson’s council bio, he helped usher in past gun control measures and assisted in the efforts to build a downtown sports arena. As for his legacy, Hyatt said that’s difficult to say. “The public will have to decide,” he said.

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  • Club, Veterans Natural AlliesClub, Veterans Natural Allies

    A few of the veterans who led the Pledge of Allegiance on Veterans Day at the Cumberland Chapter Annual Gathering. I spent this Veterans Day with fellow Sierra Club volunteers at the Cumberland Chapter annual gathering, held this year at Barren River State Park.

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  • Meth Is Still A Large, Growing Problem In LouisvilleMeth Is Still A Large, Growing Problem In Louisville

    More people in Louisville are being charged for possessing methamphetamines than for heroin and opiates combined, according to police data obtained by WFPL News. The data show surges in charges for meth possession and trafficking in the past five years, as public awareness has shifted from meth to concerns over heroin and opioids. Meth use exploded in the early 1990s, spreading through home-grown labs in cities. With federal and state initiatives, the problem faded from the public eye. Meth labs in Louisville, reflected through police charges for manufacturing the drug, dwindled from more than 100 in 2010 to just five this year. But as Louisville Metro Police data seemed to show a slowing of the spread of meth labs, charges for possessing and trafficking meth, heroin and opiates — which includes prescription drug abuse — grew. According to LMPD data, only six people were charged for trafficking meth in 2007. That same year, 60 people were charged for possession of the drug. But a decade later, the picture is different. So far in 2017, nearly 1,000 people have been charged with meth possession and 401 have been charged with trafficking. This year, methamphetamine charges for both trafficking and possession have surpassed those for heroin and opiates combined. !function(e,t,s,i){var n="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName("script"),d=o[0],r=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=r+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var a=e.createElement("script");a.async=1,a.id=s,a.src=i,d.parentNode.insertBefore(a,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async","https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js"); Louisville Drug Possession Charges 2007-2017 Infogram Heather Gibson has seen the effects of meth’s resurgence. Gibson is the director of program services for the Healing Place, a detox and recovery center in Louisville. She said more people who use meth are coming to the center, and many are using a more potent drug funneled from labs in Mexico. She said most addicts use multiple drugs, but for many, meth is more attractive. “Meth lasts longer,” Gibson said. “Heroin, you have to use several times a day or you physically get ill. Methamphetamine is going to give you more bang for your buck — it’s going to last a lot longer.” A gram of meth costs around $80, compared with the price of a gram of heroin, which can cost more than twice that. The uptick in meth use in Louisville can also be seen in criminal charges data. Comparing LMPD’s 2012 data to current numbers, charges for meth possession and trafficking grew at nearly seven times the rate of heroin charges. And while marijuana far outnumbered meth and heroin, charges for marijuana have steadily decreased during the same period. !function(e,t,s,i){var n="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName("script"),d=o[0],r=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=r+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var a=e.createElement("script");a.async=1,a.id=s,a.src=i,d.parentNode.insertBefore(a,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async","https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js"); Louisville Drug Trafficking Charges 2007-2017 Infogram Still, heroin and opiates remain a deadlier problem. Bonnie Richard studies opiates at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a California-based non-profit researching prevention, treatment and policy. Richard said heroin and opiate abuse grew thanks to doctors over-prescribing patients, leaving many people dependent on the drugs. When prescription drugs are cut off or become too expensive, many turn to heroin as a cheaper alternative. That’s why, Richard said, the opioid crisis is different: Anyone can be affected. “[Heroin’s] overtaken the concern that there was, not two years ago, with meth,” Richard said. “If you don’t carefully taper down, if you just stop taking [opiates] too quickly, your body gets really mad at you and you go through withdrawal … they’re really a perfect storm of addiction. It’s a very complicated problem we don’t understand enough about.” ‘Emergency’ President Donald Trump earlier this year declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. But as the Ohio Valley ReSource reported, the administration’s emergency plan includes few specifics or funding options to meet current challenges. The Ohio Valley — including Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia — collectively has a rate of opioid-related deaths that’s more than twice the national average. Per the ReSource, last year, 5,306 people died from opioid overdoses in the three states — 15 deaths a day. That means 13 percent of all opioid deaths in the country occurred in a region with just over 5 percent of the nation’s population. Among the dead are William Butler’s clients. He’s a longtime criminal defense lawyer. Butler’s seen drugs’ popularity change over the course of his career, but he said the opioid epidemic is different. Today, he said, drug traffickers are often users, selling product to support their habit. And for Butler, it’s hard to tell if the system of drug courts and rehabilitation centers make a big impact. “I don’t know if it’s made a dent because the epidemic is expanding,” Butler said. “We’ve seen President Trump say it’s an emergency, yet he hasn’t allocated more money to combat the problem … there’s not enough resources.” Butler believes the drug courts are overcrowded and said there should be more resources like the Healing Place. That, he said, would help combat the problem. Gibson, from the Healing Place, agrees. The medical community, she said, doesn’t think it’s medically necessary for meth users to detox from the drug. That leaves the Healing Place as one of the few centers welcoming meth users to detox. But it’s hard, and resources are scarce. “We’re seeing a lot more of our clients who are in states of psychosis from the meth use, so it’s a more difficult to manage detoxing population,” Gibson said. “We’re literally one of the only place for folks to come to to get some separation and let the methamphetamine get out of their body to actually have a proper detox from that … we only have so many beds here, and so if we’re full — we can’t take everybody.” Gibson imagines those who the center can’t take end up back on the streets, are locked up, or fall back into the cycle of addiction.

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  • Expert Says Herrington Lake Pollution Is Worse Than We ThoughtExpert Says Herrington Lake Pollution Is Worse Than We Thought

    As a pending federal lawsuit over coal ash pollution in a Central Kentucky lake plods along, new details have emerged about the extent of contamination in the water. In an affidavit filed last month in federal court, biologist Dennis Lemly laid out the results of fish sampling in Herrington Lake, a major fishing and boating site near Danville. Previous sampling by state regulators found high levels of the chemical selenium in fish tissue, but Lemly found evidence of additional damage to the lake’s fish and suggests the issue is far worse than the state’s assessment. Courtesy Dennis Lemly Young-of-the-year largemouth bass collected in June 2016 from Herrington Lake. The top fish exhibits scoliosis, which is a common deformity caused by selenium poisoning. The bottom fish is normal. Selenium is a naturally-occurring element that can be toxic to wildlife in large amounts. Once it gets into a body of water it’s very difficult to eradicate. While it exists in nature, it’s also found in coal ash — the byproduct of burning coal for electricity. And there are more than six years’ worth of documents showing contaminated water including arsenic and selenium leached from the ash pond at the E.W. Brown Power Station into groundwater and directly into Herrington Lake. About 12 percent of the 548 fish Lemly tested showed serious physical deformities — everything from craniofacial deformities to skeletal problems. “If you look at the background deformity rate, you might find 1 out of 200 fish that has a minor fin deformity,” he said. “In comparison, in Herrington Lake, over 1 out of 10 had deformities that were manifested in these major skeletal deformities.” Meanwhile, the state’s sampling found nine out of 10 fish tissue samples taken in 2016 from the same lake exceeded Kentucky’s fish tissue selenium criteria. And a spokeswoman for Kentucky Utilities, which operates the Brown plant, said the utility is not certain the large amounts of selenium that regulators have found in Herrington Lake are related to the Brown plant’s coal ash. A Corrective Action Plan Environmental non-profits Kentucky Waterways Alliance and Sierra Club, working with Earthjustice, filed the federal lawsuit in July after a WFPL story detailed extensive pollution from the coal ash landfill at the Brown Power Station. The Brown plant — operated by Kentucky Utilities — sits right on the edge of the lake. For at least six years, contaminated water left the site and ran off into the lake. Despite remedial measures, the problem continued, according to state records. In January, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection formally cited Kentucky Utilities, fining the company $25,000 in civil penalties and requiring it to complete a corrective action plan. That corrective action plan has yet to be finalized. The state received more than 400 comments – most from Sierra Club members — during the public comment period. All opposed the plan. Related Story As State Loosens Oversight, Coal Ash Contaminates Central Kentucky Waterway In the plan, Kentucky Utilities is proposing a study of all the potential sources of selenium that could have affected Herrington Lake, as well as a full fish analysis. This could take until 2018 or 2019 — a delay many found unacceptable. “Kentucky Utilities’ plan to spend months trying to determine an alternative source of the pollution impacting Herrington Lake abdicates their responsibility for cleaning up the pollution they produced at their E.W. Brown plant. The Brown plant’s coal ash ponds lie adjacent to the lake and are almost certainly responsible for the selenium, lead, and arsenic found in the lake. KU wants to study the issue until at least 2019, which is unacceptable. KU needs to take responsibility for the environmental cleanup at Herrington Lake, and that cleanup needs to begin as soon as possible,” read one typical comment. Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection spokesman John Mura said the state has yet to approve the corrective action plan, and he’s not sure on the timeframe. In the meantime, Kentucky Utilities has been given the go-ahead to begin their own tests of the fish in Herrington Lake. “We are waiting on the results of further testing that is being done out there before we proceed,” Mura said. ‘Herrington Lake is contaminated’ Kentucky Utilities has requested a judge dismiss the lawsuit filed by Earthjustice, saying the issue is adequately addressed by the corrective action plan pending state approval. Earthjustice attorney Thom Cmar is opposing KU’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit and the corrective action plan are operating on separate tracks, and he said if the plan was beefed up a bit, it might address some of his concerns. “If we could resolve this outside of a lawsuit, that would be better,” Cmar said. “But the only way that I can see that happening would be if the company was willing to take responsibility for its contributions to the very serious contamination we’ve seen in the lake and offer to take much more meaningful steps both to stop further pollution and clean up the pollution that’s already out there.” Chris Whelan, spokeswoman for KU, said the company has begun its own fish sampling. She said other reports, like those issued by the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife, contradict biologist Dennis Lemly’s findings. “What we’re seeing from all the other reports is there’s no issue with the fish,” she said. “[The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s] annual performance report from 2016 says the fish are fine, and their 2017 fishing forecast says the fish are rated fair to excellent.” Lemly said that makes sense — his study focused on small, young fish, while Fish and Wildlife looks at larger and older fish that anglers would target. He said the prevalence of skeletal deformities among the fish he sampled suggests the pollution has been an issue for a while — long enough to cause what are essentially birth defects. Related Story Kentucky Regulators, Industry Reps Privately Rewrote Coal Ash Rules “That gets back to the mechanism by which selenium poisons fish,” Lemly said. “It doesn’t poison the little fish after they hatch out of their eggs. It occurs because the adult fish consume high selenium in their diet. In other words, the selenium gets into the food chain.” In the meantime, Lemly said selenium is nearly impossible to remove from a water body as large as Herrington Lake. “Herrington Lake is contaminated,” he said. “And no matter if E.W. Brown stopped their discharge today, the selenium that is in that lake is going to continue to cause problems and accumulate in those fish and potentially poison them for a long, long time.” The case in U.S. District court is currently awaiting a ruling from Judge Danny Reeves on Kentucky Utilities’ motion to dismiss. This story has been updated.

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  • U of L, Kindred Partner To Create Health Tech SolutionsU of L, Kindred Partner To Create Health Tech Solutions

    The University of Louisville and Kindred Healthcare have announced the creation of HIVE, a partnership to design health technologies aimed at making the aging process a little easier. The organizations opened HIVE with an official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at the former K-I Lumber & Building Materials office building near the Belknap campus. Raelene Kost works at Kindred, a Louisville-based hospice and home care company. She heads up the company’s Contact Center, which is kind of like a customer service center for patients and caregivers who have questions about insurance, prescriptions or anything else. “The cool thing about this is you’re pulling in a different set of people that maybe have a different view on what you’re doing,” Kost said. Engineering students from U of L have already worked on several projects with Kindred. “We’ve been able to take issues that we hear from the field, whether it’s the therapist going out into the home, that we’ve been able to take those issues and develop a program or product to support that,” Kost said. Kindred’s nurses were reporting issues with the way they screened potential hospice patients. Through the HIVE partnership, an app was created to help streamline the process. Hospice is intended to provide care for a patient in the last six months of life with the goal of making the patient comfortable, according to CharlesWardrip, chief information officer at Kindred. That differs from other health care settings, like in a hospital, where treatment is given to prevent death. Hospice patients also report better pain control, more satisfaction with their care and fewer deaths in the hospital or intensive care units than other people with similarly short life expectancies that don’t go to hospice. That’s according to a study out last year from the medical journal BMJ. “Many times those who need it don’t understand that they could benefit,” Wardrip said. “Now as they’re out there talking, they can gather info and identify whether the patient would benefit.” The app from HIVE also helps makes it clearer if Medicare will pay for a potential patient. Medicare pays on average $140 a day for hospice care, which many advocates say isn’t enough. So the possibility of forgoing payment because of a faulty screening system is worth the development of that app. There’s a laundry list of requirements to qualify for hospice, including having recurrent infections, deteriorating mental ability and progressing weight loss. Kost said it’d take 25 minutes on average to complete the initial evaluation for hospice and the app helps to simplify the process. “To be able to have a team that can take our odd idea and turn it into an app for a tablet is really what makes it so worth it,” she said. Disclosure: Susan Moss, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Kindred Healthcare, is a member of LPM’s Board of Directors. 

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  • Kentucky Reopens Contract With Troubled Private Prison CompanyKentucky Reopens Contract With Troubled Private Prison Company

    Kentucky is re-entering into a contract with a private prison company, nearly a decade after the state abandoned the organization amid allegations of sexual abuse and mismanagement of Kentucky inmates. In an agreement made with Nashville-based CoreCivic, the state will transfer 800 prisoners from Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County to the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, where a riot took place under the same company’s watch in 2004. Justice and Public Protection Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said the move will help the state deal with overcrowding in state jails and prisons. “After a great deal of research, we believe this is the most responsible option to meet these challenges in the short run,” Tilley said in a statement. “We’ve taken every possible step to ensure the safety of inmates and oversight of CoreCivic. In the meantime, we will continue pushing for reforms that improve public safety while lowering our prison numbers and reducing strains on the state budget.” Related Story Private Prisons Back To Kentucky? Louisville Jail Officials Say Yes CoreCivic — formerly called Corrections Corporation of America — owns three prisons in Kentucky. The state phased out contracts with the company between 2010 and 2013 amid allegations of mismanagement and sexual abuse at the institutions. Otter Creek Correctional Center, located in Floyd County closed in 2012 after widespread reports of sexual abuse forced the state to transfer female inmates out of the institution. In 2004, inmates at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville set two buildings on fire after allegations of mistreatment and overcrowding, according to a Courier-Journal article from the time. Earlier this week, a state audit in Tennessee reported insufficient staffing and violent gang activity at CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center located in Hartsville, Tennessee. The audit also said the company was not providing accurate staffing and vacancy data to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, hampering the state’s ability to monitor the prison. According to a release from the Justice Cabinet, the contract includes “the strictest terms ever employed between Kentucky and a private prison firm.” Among the contract’s oversight provisions: the state will have “unrestricted access to the facility and staff,” live video of all areas of the prison, and the company has to immediately notify the state of “any extraordinary or unusual incidents.” The company is also subject to a $5,000 penalty per day, per inmate for violating the contract. Kentucky’s prison population has crept higher in recent years — increasing from 21,280 in 2011 to 23,701 in 2016 and peaking above 24,600 earlier this year. The Justice Cabinet says all of the state’s prisons are full and most county jails are operating above capacity — more than a third of state inmates are housed in county jails. Last year, 26 of the state’s 128 county jails had populations over 140 percent capacity, according to the cabinet.

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  • Senators Introduce Bipartisan Deal To Tighten Reporting For Gun PurchasesSenators Introduce Bipartisan Deal To Tighten Reporting For Gun Purchases

    Updated at 10:14 a.m. ET A bipartisan measure aimed at improving background checks for gun sales has been introduced in the Senate, following a mass shooting in Texas that officials say might have been prevented if the gunman’s conviction on assault charges had been flagged in a national database. A group of senators led by Texas Republican John Cornyn announced the legislation on Thursday. The bill is supported by a total of four Democrats and four Republicans: Cornyn as well as Chris Murphy, D-Conn.;, Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The bill is meant to “ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records” to databases used in gun-purchase background checks. It “penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting” while providing more funding to track domestic violence. On Wednesday, Murphy tweeted: “Big news: super close to a bipartisan breakthrough on gun legislation. Stay tuned…” Earlier this month, Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing more than two dozen people. It was later revealed that Kelley, a former airman, had been court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his then-wife and stepson, but that the Air Force failed to report his conviction to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). As NPR reported the day after the shooting: “Under federal law, his conviction disqualified him from legally possessing a firearm. But there was an apparent breakdown in getting information about his conviction to the proper federal database.” Last week, Cornyn said he would introduce legislation to ensure that all federal departments and agencies send conviction records to NICS. “My hope is that we can expedite consideration of this, get it into law, and then make sure that this sort of thing never happens again,” Cornyn told reporters, according to The Hill. “This individual should not have been able to legally purchase a firearm. We have a background check system, which is designed to weed out people with mental illness, people who are convicted felons, people who are child and spouse abusers, and this individual was all of those things,” he said. In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed, a measure was introduced in 2013 that would, among other provisions, have tightened penalties on states that do not submit electronic records on firearms eligibility to NICS. The measure died in committee. While this measure reaches across the partisan aisle, it remains a deal brokered between senators, and there is no indication that House Republicans will be eager to pass it. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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  • Feds Say Rainbow Crosswalks In Kentucky Pose Safety HazardFeds Say Rainbow Crosswalks In Kentucky Pose Safety Hazard

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  • Bell County, Kentucky man arrested for attempting to have intercourse with minorBell County, Kentucky man arrested for attempting to have intercourse with minor

    PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) — A man was arrested in Bell County, Kentucky after trying to have sexual intercourse with a minor, according to investigators. Staff Nunley, 60, was arrested at his home on Friday after an incident was reported in June. Investigators say Nunley tried to have intercourse with a 13-year-old. Nunley faces charges for criminal attempt to commit sodomy and is being held at the Bell County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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  • Inmate escapes work detail in Knox County, KentuckyInmate escapes work detail in Knox County, Kentucky

    CALIFORNIA HOLLOW, Ky. (WATE) — An inmate escaped work detail Wednesday in Knox County, Kentucky. Victor S. Marrion Jr. walked away from a work release detail near California Hollow around 9 a.m. He was in custody for drug charges and is believed to be nonviolent. If you have any information, contact 911.

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  • Bell County, Kentucky child appears on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’Bell County, Kentucky child appears on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’

    NOTE: Due to the breaking news interruption of Millionaire on Monday where Kenneth “Bub” Treece of Bell County, KY was scheduled to appear, WATE 6 On Your Side will schedule two opportunities to view this preempted episode. Viewers can tune in Tuesday at 1:06 AM following ABC News Nightline and also Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 PM. PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) — A Bell County, Kentucky child showed off his intelligence on a hit TV show. A photo from the production of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on July 11, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with host Chris Harrison.Photo credit: Ronda Churchill – Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. Kenneth “Bub” Treece, an eighth-grade student, appeared on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The show highlighted “whiz-kids” during its current season. Treece was able to meet host Chris Harrison and go home with money! During the show, Treece joked that his mom told him to not ask for her help on a math question. Treece’s episode will air on Monday at 12:30 p.m. on WATE 6 On Your Side. A photo from the production of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on July 11, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with host Chris Harrison.Photo credit: Ronda Churchill – Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution.

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  • Fort Campbell soldiers deploy to Puerto RicoFort Campbell soldiers deploy to Puerto Rico

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Fort Campbell soldiers have deployed to Puerto Rico to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Maria tore up the island, killing at least 16 people and leaving millions without power and water. A statement from the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line says an element of the 101st Airborne Division dubbed Team Medevac left Wednesday for Puerto Rico. The statement says the team is comprised of more than 70 personnel and eight medevac Blackhawk helicopters. Maj. Kurtis P. Evick, who is commanding the team, says the soldiers “will help save lives and mitigate suffering.” He says they will stay on the island as long as they are needed.

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  • Claiborne County man arrested in Kentucky on child sexual abuse chargesClaiborne County man arrested in Kentucky on child sexual abuse charges

    VERDA, Ky. (WATE) – A Claiborne County man was arrested Wednesday night in Kentucky on child sexual abuse charges out of Claiborne County. Kentucky State Police troopers say they received information that Rick Brock, 52, was at a business in Harlan County. Troopers found him and took him into custody. Brock was wanted in Claiborne County for three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Brock was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, in January 2016 after being added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list for aggravated assault with a firearm and rape of a charge. Deputies said then he assaulted a deputy and tried to escape, but deputies were able to physically subdue him.

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  • Macabre burglary at Ky. funeral home leaves corpse without clothesMacabre burglary at Ky. funeral home leaves corpse without clothes

    LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WKRN) – Police are investigating a ghoulish crime at a funeral parlor in Kentucky. They say a man broke into the Watson and Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield Wednesday evening. He stole clothing and jewelry from a dead person, several electronic items including a Playstation 3 from the office area, and took the keys to a hearse, according to detectives. Surveillance photos allegedly show the burglar putting on the clothes from a corpse. Police say he also took a nap in an office chair. If you recognize the suspect – or his clothes – call the Leitchfield Police Department at 270-259-3850. PHOTOS: Kentucky funeral home burglary (Leitchfield Police Department) (Leitchfield Police Department) (Leitchfield Police Department)

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  • Kentucky Horse Park offers space for horses in Irma’s pathKentucky Horse Park offers space for horses in Irma’s path

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Park is opening its doors to horses being moved as a result of Hurricane Irma. The park said in a news release it is making 200 stalls available on a first-come, first-served basis until Sept. 17. The cost is $20 per stall per night. Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt says though the park’s capacity is limited, it wants to help in any way possible. To reserve stalls, contact Sheila Forbes at (859) 259-4290 or at Sheila.Forbes@ky.gov. For more information, visit the park’s website .

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  • Western Kentucky student arrested in another student’s shooting deathWestern Kentucky student arrested in another student’s shooting death

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Police say a Western Kentucky University student has been arrested in the fatal weekend shooting of another student. The Bowling Green Daily News reports police responded to the shooting early Sunday in Bowling Green. Bowling Green police spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward identified the victim as 21-year-old Kenneth Davis. According to an arrest citation, 21-year-old Peter Gall of Bowling Green reported the shooting and was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Gall was being held in the Warren County Regional Jail on $100,000 bond. Gall’s attorney, Alan Simpson of Bowling Green, called it an accidental shooting and said the death occurred as the result of horseplay.  The arrest citation listed alcohol as a factor in the shooting.

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  • 1 arrested after fatal crash in Whitley County, Kentucky1 arrested after fatal crash in Whitley County, Kentucky

    ROCKHOLDS, Ky. (WATE) — A man was arrested after a fatal crash in Whitley County, Kentucky early Sunday morning. Investigators say Joshua Lee Woods, 37, was driving a maroon pickup truck on Flat Creek Road in Rockholds. He failed to navigate a curve and the vehicle overturned multiple times, according to the report. James Carter had to be extricated from the truck and his daughter, Laura Carter, 25, died due to injuries. Investigators say none of the occupants were wearing seat belts. Woods faces charges for reckless homicide, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance, and failure to maintain insurance and no registration.

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  • Kentucky’s last abortion clinic to face off against governorKentucky’s last abortion clinic to face off against governor

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Its survival on the line, Kentucky’s last abortion clinic is bracing for a pivotal legal showdown with health regulators and the state’s anti-abortion governor that could determine whether Kentucky becomes the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic. The licensing fight, set to play out in a Louisville federal courtroom starting Wednesday, revolves around a state law requiring that EMW Women’s Surgical Center have agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in the event of medical emergencies involving patients. State regulators defend those conditions as “important safeguards” to protect women’s health. The clinic in downtown Louisville counters that the requirements lack any “medical justification” and amount to an unconstitutional barrier to abortion. But the case’s significance goes beyond a debate about state law. “The stakes in this case couldn’t be higher: the very right to access legal abortion in the state of Kentucky is on the line,” said Dr. Ernest Marshall, who opened the clinic in the early 1980s. The licensing fight began in March when Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration claimed the clinic lacked proper transfer agreements and took steps to shut it down. The clinic countered with a federal lawsuit to prevent the state from revoking its license. U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers blocked the clinic’s closure until the dispute could be heard at trial. In its lawsuit, the clinic says it has had agreements with a hospital and an ambulance company on file with state regulators for years. The state’s abrupt “about-face” — finding the clinic non-compliant — came “out of the blue,” the lawsuit said. Arguing that there’s no medical justification for the standards, the clinic is seeking a ruling that those requirements infringe on constitutional protections. Clinic attorney Donald L. Cox said the requirements have one purpose: “to give the state an excuse to prohibit abortions.” Complications from abortions are rare, the lawsuit said, but if they occur “ambulance companies will readily pick up patients, and hospitals are required by law to accept patients in an emergency.” The state’s legal team, in its court filings, conceded that EMW could dial 911 in an emergency, but added: “that does not provide the protection for women deemed necessary by the Kentucky General Assembly and does not satisfy the law of Kentucky.” The state’s lawyers took aim at claims the requirements aren’t medically essential. “The plaintiff’s self-serving statements about the rarity of complications from abortion gloss over the fact that such complications do occur and that transport agreements are important safeguards for women’s health in the event of such complications,” they said. The EMW clinic has been on the defensive since Bevin’s election in 2015. The socially conservative governor calls himself an “unapologetically pro-life individual.” “The transfer agreements’ requirements in question — which were enacted in 1998 and not questioned for 19 years — are important measures for ensuring women have the proper life-saving procedures in place in the event of an emergency,” said Bevin’s spokeswoman, Amanda Stamper. “Essentially all health-care facilities in Kentucky are required to have such agreements, and it is telling that the abortion industry believes that it alone should be exempt,” she added. In another twist, Bevin’s administration added new requirements to transfer agreements amid the legal wrangling. Critics said the changes were meant to make it harder to get a state license for abortions. The lawsuit is one of two pitting the clinic against the state. The other lawsuit is challenging a new Kentucky law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, then try to show fetal images to the pregnant woman. The law says she can avert her eyes. EMW gained an ally in its licensing fight when Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky was allowed to join EMW’s lawsuit. Planned Parenthood argues that Bevin’s administration has used the transfer agreements to block its requests for a license to provide abortions in Louisville. EMW’s legal team believes the case “falls squarely” within a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Texas regulations that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet certain standards for outpatient surgery. The Supreme Court has found that access to an abortion must be guaranteed, but it remains to be seen whether eliminating every clinic in a single state would pass that test. “Will we build on the momentum of last year’s Supreme Court decision upholding abortion rights?” Marshall said. “Or will Kentucky be the harbinger of a future where the right to abortion only exists if you live in the right zip code?”

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