Tuesday April 22, 2014

Where there were no elk two decades ago in Kentucky, an estimated 10,000 or more now roam freely. A landmark restoration effort re-established an elk herd in the state’s scenic southeastern region and created one of the most sought-after hunting opportunities east of the Rocky Mountains. Hunters looking for a chance to check a Kentucky elk hunting adventure off their bucket list have until midnight (Eastern time) April 30 to enter this year’s quota hunt drawing. Completing the online application at fw.ky.gov well ahead of time is encouraged to avoid the expected last-minute rush.
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The Kentucky State Parks Foundation has awarded matching grants for trail projects at two parks. The foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Nolin Lake State Park for a section of the Brier Creek Mountain Bike Trail that will be used by cyclists. State parks officials say the section will be designed to minimize the amount of pedaling and braking required by cyclists. State Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker says the grants are going to projects that will offer more recreational opportunities for visitors.
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The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has awarded $28,000 in scholarships to 25 students in Kentucky. The Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarships were given to telecommunicators, dependents of law enforcement officers and survivors of officers who died in the line of duty. Three of the 25 students were listed as surviving family of officers who died in the line of duty.
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38-year-old Gavin Thompson died at Wayne County Hospital about 4:30 a.m. Monday. The coroner says the investigation is pointing toward a shooting that happened at Thompson's home. Police say that Ian Miller, 21, and Gavin Thompson had been arguing when they were called to Thompson’s home about 3 o’clock Monday morning. The 21 year old Miller, from Elmira New York, was identified as the shooter, but he was not charged.
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The University  of Kentucky has issued an alert about a scam that's targeted some of its employees. UK officials say a small number of employees fell victim to a phishing scam and their paychecks ended up being re-directed to a different bank account . UK is working with them to fix the problem. Meanwhile, UK is enhancing direct deposit security  for all its employees to protect those who do need to make a change to their main bank account.