Tuesday March 11, 2014

Barbourville officials have cited results from a recent state audit in their attempt to oust Mayor David Thompson. The hearing is set for today at 6 p.m.The action comes after the council asked Thompson last week to resign. They cited two state statutes involving misconduct and conflict of interest. Thompson refused the request and later denied any wrongdoing. He said the council cited nothing more than the findings from the audit in seeking his removal. He says the city has already put policies into place to correct items as recommended by the auditor's office.
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A Letcher County woman faces life in prison after accepting a plea deal in a murder case.  Stephanie Fleming admitted her role in the 2012 death of her then husband, Drad Fleming. In June 2012 police found Drad Fleming murdered in his burnt out truck along Franks Creek Road.
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More than 200 forest fires have burned more than five thousand acres in Kentucky so far this year. This past weekend, state officials say 44 fires burned 652 acres. A forest fire is burning near the Christopher area of Perry County. Fire officials say it started around five in the afternoon and continues to burn. Bell County Forest Rangers say they are working three fires. A fire on Mountain Drive burned more than 50 acres.
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A school spending plan awaiting a vote by the House budget committee would go along with the governor's recommendation for a sizable funding increase for public kindergarten-through-12th grade classrooms across Kentucky.The proposal from a budget subcommittee on Monday also calls for extra funding to expand preschool services, but at a lower amount than recommended by Gov. Beshear in January. It also retains the governor's proposed pay raises for teachers and other school employees.
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The trial of a Laurel County man facing attempted murder was continued yesterday.  William Mills was indicted for shooting 31 year old William McDougal at a home on Littleton Road last August. Police say mills and McDougal were fighting when they arrived.  A pre-trial conference is set for March 24th.
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The federal vote fraud trial of a former Martin City mayor was rescheduled. Former Mayor of the city of Martin in Floyd County.  Thomasine Robinson and five others were indicted in December on a vote buying scheme. Prosecutors say that Robinson and the others conspired together to intimidate, oppress, threaten, and even injure voters in Martin. A judge set a new trial date for May 5th. Robinson and Christine Whicker were convicted on eight counts related to defrauding the the social security administration and misusing government money last month.