Friday May 2, 2014

The secretary of state says a record 3.1 million Kentuckians are registered to vote for the May 20 primary elections. The number beats the previous record of just over 3 million registered voters for the 2012 general elections. Registered Democrats grew by 0.41 percent while registered Republicans grew by 3.9 percent. Democrats still outnumber Republicans by more than 476,000 voters.
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Dalton Stidham opened fire January 15, 2013 in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College killing the mother of his child, Caitlyn Cornett, her uncle Doug Cornett and Doug's daughter Taylor Cornett were all killed.  Stidham has agreed to three life sentences that be served consecutively without the possibility of parole in exchange for a guilty plea. He accepted the plea deal to avoid the death penalty.  A judge will decide to accept or deny the plea deal at Stidham’s sentencing set for June 5th.
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A community member's tip led police to multiple meth labs in Perry County Thursday.  Perry County sheriff's deputies say Freddy Kennedy III, age 32, will face meth making charges.  They say they found Kennedy with an active meth labs and at least eight more labs Thursday afternoon in an abandoned basement below an apartment complex in Christopher.  Deputies say the lab was especially dangerous because the room was not well ventilated, and tenants could have been exposed to the fumes.
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Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the May 1-4 Knott County Spring Trail Ride at the Mine Made Paradise Adventure Park just outside Hindman.  More than one thousand riders hit the trails for opening day on Thursday. The campground opened on Sunday because many campers choose to come early and spend the entire week. The cost for the event is $20 per person.  Those 12-years-old and younger will get in free.  To learn more about the spring or fall trail rides in Knott County, visit http://www.knottcountyadventure.com/horseback.html
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Bell County Forestry Camp officials report Joshua Woodall, 29, is back in custody. Prison officials say the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department found and arrested him Wednesday evening. Investigators say Woodall walked away from the Bell County Forestry Camp on Wednesday morning. He was serving a twenty year sentence for Receiving Stolen Property, 3rd Degree Burglary and Theft from Pulaski County.
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Stopping the drug problem one pill bottle at a time is a key part of Operation UNITE's mission to fight eastern Kentucky's addiction to prescription drugs. With the help of local law enforcement agencies, they made some serious progress last weekend as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back-Day. In total, Operation UNITE collected nearly one ton, which is almost 2,000 pounds, of unwanted or outdated medication.
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The Council on Postsecondary Education will allow universities and community colleges across the state to increase tuition.  Paying for college is usually the main concern for students.  Members on the CPE approved Tuesday to allow Kentucky community colleges and universities to increase tuition. The panel says that the increase is necessary due to less state funding and higher university expectations.