Friday March 21, 2014

A Kentucky House panel has halted three Republican-sponsored bills that would regulate abortion access statewide. Two of the measures would have required a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound, without exemption for rape victims. The third bill would have required a woman to be physically present during a consultation with an abortion provider instead of consulting over the phone.
_____

It's about more than sports...it's about support...Though March madness has caused quite the stir for UK and EKU fans, the NAIA tournament is exciting some fans in Pike County.The University of Pikeville men's basketball team won yesterday against Belleville-Lindwood, and dozens of fans gathered at the Landmark Inn to watch their Bears.  UPike supporters gathered as the Bears stomped out their opponents 103-76.
_____

A wanted man is now behind bars following a traffic stop and a brief struggle in Laurel County. 21 year old Joshua Coots was wanted for parole violations.  When police tried to arrest Coots, he ran from police.  He was found later by the London Police Department.  Coots faces several charges including running from police, assault on a police officer, and other traffic violations.
_____


Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched upward again. The state Office of Employment and Training says the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, up from a revised 7.7 percent in January but 0.4 percentage point below the 8.2 percent rate in February 2013.
_____

Police need your help finding a man who they say escaped from work duty in Wolfe County.  29 year old Melvin Scott Garland escaped while working at the Wolfe County Highway Garage yesterday morning.  He was staying at the Three Forks Detention Center. They believe Garland was picked up by a private vehicle and is on his way to Magoffin County.
_____

Hundreds came out for a job fair held Wednesday at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg. Organizers say there were about twenty booths set up at the fair with companies looking to fill positions as well as non profit groups there to help folks through the job search process One of the most popular booths was GMS, a company hiring out of work miners for jobs in the mining industry in Western Kentucky.