Friday February 7, 2014

The Kentucky House has passed a bill to raise the state's minimum wage for the first time since 2009. Under the bill, the minimum wage would gradually increase from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour in July 2016. There would be 95-cent increases in three phases. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his bill would help an estimated 400,000 workers. He says they are entitled to living wages that let them buy life's necessities. Opponents said the higher wage would force some employers to cut jobs. They said it would add costs for school districts and local governments to pay low-wage employees.
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The bodies of a father and son who appear to have died from injuries from an all-terrain vehicle accident were found by a Jeremiah resident yesterday. Kentucky State Police troopers found an ATV over an embankment near Arthurs Loop in Blair Branch around 11 a.m. The ATV left a dirt road adjacent to Arthurs Loop and overturned. The body of Tracy Adams, 34, of Jeremiah, was located under the ATV, while the body of his 70-year-old father Carlos Adams, also of Jeremiah, was lying next to the ATV with his leg trapped between a tree and the ATV.
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A Pike County woman went to the courthouse to get married.... but ended up getting arrested. Pike County Sheriff's deputies say 38-year-old, Terri Thacker, was unsteady on her feet as she entered the judicial center on Monday afternoon. Deputies say she was hiding underneath a hoodie as she came through security. Her boyfriend had to more or less help her around to get to where she was going.
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The head of a Kentucky propane company that stopped sending the heating gas to business customers in several states said problems with supply and shipping forced the company to halt deliveries. Paducah-based United Propane Gas notified its commercial customers in late January it would be forced to temporarily cease shipments. National supplies of propane were depleted by a late harvest that increased demand from farmers who needed to dry an unusually large amount of grain before storage.
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Police are searching for two people in connection to a meth bust made this week in Johnson County. Johnson County sheriff's deputies arrested John LeMaster, 34, Amanda Johnson, 26, and Frank Music, 44, Tuesday on Hyden Branch in Van Lear. Officials say the suspects were making meth in an empty trailer and found the drug and multiple "shake and bake" labs. Two others remain on the loose.
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A student aboard a bus that veered off Route 61 and hit a rock wall, sending 15 students to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, said it was a normal commute that instantly turned terrifying. A student said their bus veered off a narrow section of Route 61 near the Montgomery-Fayette county line and hit the rock wall. The accident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters say 15 Valley High and Junior High students were taken to the hospital. Most of the injuries were described as sore backs and necks nothing that appeared too serious.