Monday December 30, 2013

Four counties in western Kentucky are joining together to create the Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement. The regional economic development organization is being launched Jan. 2 by leaders in McLean, Henderson, Webster and Union counties. It is a merger of Northwest Kentucky Forward and the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. The organization will be called KYNDLE.
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Kentucky State Police say a woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in Rowan County Saturday night. The accident happened around 6:30pm on KY 377 just 12 miles north of Morehead.  Brooke Justice, 23, was walking south in the northbound lane when she was struck by a Pickup truck driven by Joshua Cooper, 26 of Morehead. Justice was flown to UK Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition.
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Pulaski County paid a former detention center employee $137,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed by Jailer Mike Harris. The Commonwealth Journal reports Rebecca Moses sued Harris and other county officials in September in federal court in London. The lawsuit claims Harris subjected Moses to "sexually charged comments, innuendo, inappropriate touching and other demeaning. It claims the harassment began during Moses' first week of employment in June 2012 when Harris allegedly told her to wear mini-skirts and stilettos to work. The suit says Moses was terminated in August 2012 when she refused to submit to Harris' sexual advances.
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Two Magoffin County construction firm owners accused in a kickback scheme with a judge executive from another county will be in court today. Kenneth and Ruth Gambill will be arraigned in Federal Court tomorrow morning. An indictment accuses the Gambills of working with Morgan County Judge Executive, Tim Conley, to steer contracts worth $1.1 dollars to their company. U.S. Attorneys say this was all in exchange for county construction projects.
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Nearly $30,000 worth of AT&T aerial copper telephone cable has been stolen in Letcher County since November, according to an AT&T spokesperson. Copper thefts have occurred along Highway 7 South and Highway 931. The steady rise in the market price of copper over the last few years and the state of the economy has led some people to extreme measures, including stealing copper cables from houses and telephone poles.