Wednesday December 18, 2013

State police say they made an arrest in a Harlan County murder case. Police arrested 27-year-old Steven Simpson in Harlan County on Tuesday morning. Troopers say he is charged with complicity to murder for the death of James "Jay" Feltner. Feltner's body was found on an abandoned strip mine in the Blair community a week after he went missing in July 2011. Two others are charged in the case.
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Police are searching for a person who robbed a Pike County Subway Monday night. It happened at a Subway restaurant on US 23 near the Caney area just south of Pikeville.  Kentucky State Police are not releasing many details right now, but detectives say they are following up on several leads. If you have any information about this robbery you are asked to call KSP Post 9 at (606) 433-7711.
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Gov. Beshear said Tuesday he's determined to pump more state money into education and is willing to push for unspecified budget cuts to find money for schools. Looking ahead to the 2014 General Assembly session, Beshear said the state needs to begin restoring funding cuts made during the recession to prevent any backsliding in education. The session starting in January will be dominated by work on a new two-year state budget.
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Harlan County Rescue Squad member Scotty Moore dedicated his life to helping others, but now he needs help. He suffered serious burns last week during an explosion.
The rescue squad is coming together to help him through his recovery. Scotty Moore is hundreds of miles away in a burn hospital in Augusta, Georgia. His fellow rescue squad members saved his life. Captain Chris Allen says 21-year-old Scotty Moore was laid off from his coal job. He did not want to move away from Harlan County, so he and some friends planned to start a logging business.
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Students will earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace. All are pilot programs the Education Department is funding with $120 million in grants to five school groups. More than 200 school districts applied for the Race to the Top money, part of the President 's economic stimulus package from 2009. This is the second year the department has given funds directly to local schools to implement their own improvement plans.