Friday April 18, 2014

A hunter is dead and another is injured after they were shot early this morning. The shooting happened in Clay County near the Fogertown community and is currently under investigation by multiple agencies. Those agencies are the Kentucky State Police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife since this incident involved hunting. Clay County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted in the investigation earlier in the morning. Investigators tell us they made a game plan before heading into the woods looking for clues.
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A new plant will bring more than 100 jobs to Russell County. Governor Beshear helped cut the ribbon for Germany-based Dr. Schneider Automotive SystemsThe company makes parts for companies such as Ford, BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The plant will have 155 full-time jobs. This opening comes on the heels of a major economic hit to the county. The Fruit of the Loom plant announced earlier this month that it will close later this year. More than 600 people will lose their jobs.
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The support of the governor, attorney general and leaders of both parties in the state legislature was not enough to pass a bill strengthening sentences for serious heroin dealers and expanding the state's substance abuse treatment programs. Now, Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says he will ask Gov. Beshear to call state lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special session so they can try again. State officials estimate a special session would cost taxpayers about $60,000 per day.
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The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights visited Eastern Kentucky this week to learn more about the area and issues affecting the region. They want to make sure all Kentuckians from all backgrounds and walks of life have an equal opportunity to succeed. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights usually meets in Louisville once a month, but this month, they came to Harlan County.
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A Pikeville doctor admitted Wednesday he allowed a pharmacy access to prescription drug samples. Thad Manning pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misbranding drugs.  Manning agreed to pay $250,000, which represents the proceeds he received as a result of the conspiracy.  He also agreed to enter into a drug rehab center for an addiction of hydrocodone. Manning will be sentenced in July. He faces one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.