Friday February 21, 2014

Kentucky residents could carry concealed deadly weapons in bars as long as they don't drink under a bill passed by the Kentucky Senate Thursday. Current state law prohibits concealed firearms from being carried into bars, and opponents of the measure cautioned that the state could see a rise in gun-related violence if it becomes law.
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Months of undercover work allowed the Johnson County Sheriff's Office to obtain warrants for a dozen people, totaling 26 drug trafficking charges...ranging from marijuana, to oxycodone, and meth. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office continued their efforts against drugs on Thursday morning as they went after 12 people facing drug charges. Sheriff Dwayne Price says, "We are calling it 'Operation Broken Heart'...because of Valentine's Day. A little surprise for 12 people who decided they would sell drugs in our county." Deputies say it is the desire for a better county and the gratitude shown when these arrests are made, that encourage them to keeping fighting the war on drugs.
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Lane and width restrictions are now in effect on KY 476 near Rowdy in Perry County as a bridge replacement project moves forward. Temporary signals are in place to control traffic at the bridge crossing Troublesome Creek at milepoint 18.37. These temporary signals will be in use until approximately Oct. 1 as the bridge replacement project proceeds. During the project, the route will be restricted to vehicles less than 8 feet wide. This restriction is also expected to last until approximately Oct. 1. Vehicles wider than 8 feet will need to find an alternate route around the project. Overwidth vehicles can use KY 15 and KY 80 as a detour route.
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The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require law enforcement officers of Kentucky's waterways to meet stricter standards before stopping and boarding recreational boats. Marina operators, testifying before legislators, have recently reported a growing wave of complaints from boaters about overzealous officers. The bill's sponsor is Republican Sen. Chris Girdler of Somerset, whose district includes the Lake Cumberland region, a boating and fishing haven.
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The Bell County Sheriff's Department arrested several people on drug charges in the Blackmont community. Deputies say they searched a camper trailer on Highway 119 following several complaints of drug activity. They arrested 33-year-old Michael Reynolds of Hulen. They also arrested Sylvia Hancock on a bench warrant from Harlan County; 23-year-old Patrick Phipps of Harrogate, TN and 52-year-old Mark Anthony Boggs of Tazewell, TN.
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Presidents from Kentucky's biggest universities testified Thursday before a House panel, urging legislators to fight proposed cuts to higher education. Under Gov. Beshear's proposed budget, both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville would receive a 2.5 percent funding reduction. Both presidents say that continued cuts in public funding have compelled them to focus on private revenue generation, including partnerships with private entities and staff reductions.