Thursday February 13, 2014

The bitter cold this winter is making survival difficult for some livestock in central Kentucky. Madison County solid waste coordinator says his staff has removed 200 head of dead livestock from farms in the last 27 working days. The cold weather is the cause of many deaths. Madison County extension agent Brandon Sears says the harsh winter has been especially hard on calves. He says that animals are in danger from freezing temperatures as well as getting stuck in pockets of mud when there's a warming trend.
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A Jenkins church held services Sunday, despite its heat pump being stolen the day before. Thieves pulled a power meter before using a hacksaw to cut the lines to a heat pump belonging to the New Freedom Worship Center. The heat pump was removed sometime after midnight on Feb. 8. The thieves tried to break into the church through front and back doors, but were unsuccessful. Entry was also attempted through a screen window.
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Two Bell County Sheriff's Deputies were injured during a standoff with a man Tuesday night. Deputies say they went to the home of 48-year-old Orville Hobbs, Jr. in Balkan to serve a warrant and he pointed a shotgun at them. They had a one hour standoff with him and say Hobbs threatened to shoot them. Once Hobbs surrendered, deputies say he assaulted two deputies.Hobbs has a list of charges.
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Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, according to a ruling Wednesday by a federal judge, who struck down part of the state ban that he wrote treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them." The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004 and included the out-of-state clause. Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention called the ruling  disappointing.
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Police have confirmed they have found three-year-old Aiden Wallen near the home. Officials say he left his parents home while his step-mother and father were taking a nap. Police say the three year old boy went missing from a home on Opeck Lane in Dwarf yesterday afternoon.
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People in Pike County have a new way to keep folks informed during emergencies like severe weather. Officials say the newly-adopted "CodeRED" notification service will help them get the word out quickly. In flood-prone Pike County, officials say emergency preparedness is key. Pike County and the City of Pikeville just began using the CodeRED system, a state of the art service that will let emergency personnel broadcast important information quickly.