Thursday February 20, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at restoring the voting rights of some felons cleared the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday after being rewritten to include a five-year waiting period. The measure returns to the House. It passed a much different version last month that proposed automatically reinstating voting rights for eligible felons after completing all conditions of their sentences. The proposal, which cleared the Senate would go on Kentucky's fall ballot if it clears the Legislature.
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A bank bag containing $5,024 was found on the bathroom floor at the Whitesburg McDonald’s and was returned the following day to the 91-year-old man who had lost the money.
An elderly Hazard man was in Whitesburg on February 3 for an eye appointment. His daughter had driven him here and the two had stopped for lunch at McDonald’s, where bank bag fell out of the man’s shirt and onto the bathroom floor. The bag was found by Jerry Lynis McNew, a tow truck driver from Dungannon, Va., who had also stopped to eat at McDonald’s on February 3.
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Both school districts in Letcher County have missed 22 days of school, stretching the 2013-14 year into June. Before canceling classes so many times because of inclement weather, Jenkins Independent Schools and Letcher County Public Schools were set to end the school year for students on May 14. The Letcher County Board of Education approved shortening spring break by three days at its January meeting. The board is now expected at its Feb. 24 meeting to vote on whether to take the remain- ing two days of spring break.
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The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would create panels of medical experts to review pending legal claims against health care providers. The bill would create three-member expert panels to review evidence in cases. Supporters say the bill would reduce frivolous lawsuits without denying people access to the courts. Opponents said the review panels would give an upper hand to defendants in malpractice cases.
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A former president of the Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department has pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine in Letcher County. Buddy Sexton, 76, of 115 Memory Lane, Whitesburg, will remain on home incarceration until he is formally sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court on April 16. A judge will allow Sexton to attend doctor’s appointments for him and his wife while Sexton is on home incarceration.
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Police in Floyd County say they are currently looking for a man who robbed a store. On Tuesday night, the Kentucy State Police received a call of an armed robbery in the Lackey community of Floyd County. When they arrived at the Redi Mart in Lackey, they determined someone had entered the business, brandished a weapon, and demanded money. The man fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash.The male was described as approximately six feet tall, slender build, wearing a orange hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.