Thursday February 27, 2014

 

An investigation is underway in Pike County following an officer involved shooting.  It happened just before midnight Thursday morning at a home in the Island Creek community, just outside the city of Pikeville.  The Kentucky State Police, who are in charge of the investigation, are not releasing much information at this time.  Trooper Shaun Little confirms the individual involved was taken to Pikeville Medical Center for gunshot wounds.   Police are not releasing the names of the trooper or the person involved at this time.  We are told troopers from other posts are being called in to help with the investigation. We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as we get it.
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Each of the two Pike County men charged with the New Year’s Day murder of Michael Hogg now faces three additional charges of attempted murder. The Letcher County Grand Jury added the “attempt to commit murder” charges to the cases against James Richard Huffman and Patrick Smith, the duo accused of stabbing Hogg to death during an altercation in downtown Whitesburg early on the morning of January 1. The charges are included in new indictments charging Huffman and Smith with murdering Hogg and assaulting three others.
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Morehead State University hosted the 15th annual Big Sandy Women's Business Symposium on Tuesday at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg. Women and a few men from throughout the region gathered to listen to various speakers and participate in break out sessions. Organizers say the event started with about ten people and has grown into about one hundred people each year.

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Kentucky is not among the more than two-thirds of states that were rated as "high risk" for security problems related to its computers tapping into the federal health insurance exchange system.  The federal data hub is used to check Social Security, Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security records to verify key personal information for determining coverage eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Federal cybersecurity experts worry that the identified state computer systems could become a back door for hackers and identity thieves.
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June 3 will be the last day of the 2013-2014 school year for students unless Letcher County Public Schools miss more days. At its meeting Monday night, the Letcher County Board of Education approved taking the remaining two days of spring break. The board approved shortening spring break by three days at its January meeting. Classes will be in session March 3 –April 4. The board approved using disaster days if the state legislature approves it. Schools must miss at least 20 days to qualify.
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The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted at its February meeting to sell the McRoberts Elementary School building and to set June 2 as the closing date for the current school year. The board authorized Superintendent Deborah Watts to dispose of the property by selling it at bid. All bids will be subject to Kentucky Department of Education approval and the board will have the option to accept or reject any offers. The board also made a decision that will allow students in the Jenkins system to get out of school on June 2, if there are no more inclement weather days added to the school calendar.