Tuesday April 15, 2014

Billions of dollars in Kentucky road projects were in jeopardy Monday night after House and Senate leaders could not agree on a two-year spending plan. Lawmakers agree on the big projects  like the Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky and the Mountain Parkway in eastern Kentucky but they cannot come to terms on the hundreds of smaller projects scattered throughout the state.
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Patricia Gish, who along with her husband Tom Gish ran The Mountain Eagle of Whitesburg for a half-century, died Sunday at her home in Letcher County. She was 87. Her son, Ben Gish, said she had been battling Alzheimer's disease for about a decade. Pat Gish's first job at a newspaper came at age 13, when she was hired as proofreader at a paper in Danville, Ill. She later took the same job at the Lexington Leader and worked her way up to become a statehouse reporter. She married Tom Gish in 1948 and the couple bought the Whitesburg newspaper in southeastern Kentucky in 1956.
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Commercial air service was set to start in Pikeville on Monday. However, officials say they recently learned the airport does not have proper certification for the service they plan to provide.  Officials say it took them four years to get to this point and they are now faced with an issue they did not foresee, and it is now up to federal agencies. Non-stop flights to Nashville from Pikeville scheduled to start on April 14th. City officials say in a nutshell the delay is due to the airport's certification.
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Kentucky lawmakers completed work Monday on a bill that would revamp the state's juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment as an alternative to locking them up in detention centers. The measure won final legislative approval on a 30-8 vote in the Senate on the next-to-last day of the 2014 regular session. All eight opposing votes came from Senate Republicans. The bill, which had won strong backing in the House, now goes to Gov. Beshear for his consideration. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, a Hopkinsville Republican, has said his bill would bring the biggest changes in decades to Kentucky's juvenile justice system.
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A forest fire in the Cumberland area of Harlan County burned hundreds of acres. Part of the fire spread to Kingdom Come State Park and officials were forced to shut it down. Officials plan to re-open the park today. Forest Rangers say the fire is contained and now they are going over hot spots and monitoring the fire lines. Monday's weather brought relief and helped contain the fire. The flames started Friday and spread all weekend.  Although the fire is contained, emergency management officials warn people to still take precaution in the area.
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The Bell County Clerk's Middlesboro office will re-open for customers on Tuesday. The office was closed earlier this year. New Bell County Clerk Rob Lincks says the office will open will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The Pineville office is also adding Saturday hours from 9:00am to Noon. The clerk's office will also no longer charge a five dollar fee for not having the previous year's registration receipt when you renew your tags.