Wednesday March 19, 2014

Legislation aimed at relieving Rand Paul from a potential quandary by allowing the Kentucky Republican to run for president and another U.S. Senate term at the same time was passed by the GOP-led Senate in his home state Tuesday. The bill would clarify that Kentucky law preventing someone from running for multiple offices does not apply to candidates running for president or vice president. Paul is weighing whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his Senate seat.
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One Pulaski County man is behind bars facing burglary charges. 51 year old Ricky Odle was arrested Monday morning in the Burnside Community. Odle was indicted following an investigation of a June 2013 burglary at a home on Caney Branch Road. Officers say Odle stole knives, a pistol, and food.  He was charged with burglary and theft charges.
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One Harlan County woman is behind bars following a complaint of someone driving recklessly on U.S. 119.  Officials say 60 year old Teresa Hill was found crossing the center line and ran many people off the road. When police tried to stop Hill, she tried to drive off, almost hitting two police cars.
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A bill aimed at strengthening accountability standards for Kentucky's school districts is advancing in the General Assembly. The Senate Education Committee approved the House-passed measure Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate. The bill would require school finance officers to make monthly reports to local school boards and provide annual reports to the state Education Department. It also would increase training for some school board members.
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A Pulaski County woman is now behind bars on a circuit court warrant. 27 year old Carla Hensley was arrested at her home in Science Hill Monday. The warrant indicates she violated conditions of her release on her original charge of receiving a stolen firearm. She was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center with no bond.
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A former Johnson County doctor faces up to 20 years in prison.  Prosecutors say Monday, Rano Bofill admitted to illegally distributing more than 25,000 prescription pills in Eastern Kentucky.  In some case, Bofill admitted to signing off on prescriptions without actually ever seeing the patients.  Sentencing is set for July 14th.

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Kentucky State Police say 37-year-old David Ritchie of Blackey in Letcher County was shot to death on Boothill Road just after 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Investigators believe Ritchie got in an argument with two men, Milburn Glover and William Banks. That is when KSP say Ritchie allegedly assaulted Glover of Cornettsville, who fired one shot killing Ritchie. Glover was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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Officials say roads in one Eastern Kentucky county continue to become safer. Traffic officials say there is no magic trick for reducing accidents, but say it takes a combination of efforts between various agencies and the public. Due to one group's efforts, positive results are being seen.  For the second year in a row, officials say the number of traffic crashes is down in Pike County. On Monday, highway safety team members looked over the latest numbers and also discussed options for prosecuting after fatal accidents.
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Firefighters made an unusual discovery, while battling a fire at a Somerset home. The fire broke out Sunday, along Winding Ridge Drive. While there, firefighters say they found what appeared to be an indoor marijuana growing operation. Officials investigated and found 8 marijuana plants along with grow lights.  Deputies cited the man who lives there, 62 year old Roy Woodward, with cultivating marijuana. No one was hurt.
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The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of assisting school districts facing a mounting number of missed days due to the harsh winter. The measure would allow local school boards to submit revised calendars to the state education commissioner to adjust for lost instructional time. If school districts still can't make up all the lost time, school boards could request a waiver from the required 1,062 instructional hours in a school year. Some districts have missed more than 30 days due to snow and ice.
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A career fair will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 123 of the First Federal Center. High school students, college students and people throughout the community are invited. Local businesses, as well as regional employers have been invited. Application and resume assistance will be available. Job seekers need to bring their Social Security card, driver’s license and resume and dress appropriately for a possible interview.

Monday March 17, 2014

Kentucky State Police say one man is dead following a shooting in Letcher County.  The shooting happened on Boot Hill Road just off of Highway 7 South just below Letcher Elementary School.  At this time police are still piecing together what happened.  The name of the victim has not been released.

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A tank cluster that leaked chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' drinking water shows few signs that it's on the brink of destruction. Freedom Industries hit a state deadline Saturday to start scrapping its chemical storage headquarters. So far, crews have carved a small patch out of one tank to remove chemical remnants. there's no firm timeline for knocking down the tanks.

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Grass fires are popping up around the state as spring inches closer and people continue to ignore burn bans. Typically, burn bans are issued in the summer and fall months because the ground is dry and the temperatures are hot. But this time, Whitley County issued a burn ban in the middle of March but it wasn't because of the heat, it was because of the wind. The judge-executive says on average, around five brush fires are reported every week within the county.

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More than 2,500 students from around Kentucky were at the Galt House  in Louisville this weekend throwing out some brain-based fisticuffs during the 2014 Governor’s Cup state finals.Statewide there are more than 20,000 middle and high school students who participate in Governor’s Cup events including quick recall, future problem solving and written assessments in different subjects. The number was whittled down to about 2,500 for the finals at the Galt House Saturday through Monday.

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Morehead State University officials are hoping to build a new $50 million music and performance center. The new Music Academic and Performing Arts Education building would replace the campus' Laughlin Health Building and the Wetherby Gymnasium. The project missed the capital projects deadline for this year's legislative session. Andrews hopes to put it on the list for 2016.

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A woman’s hairstyle helped an Eastern Kentucky student win bragging rights Saturday in Louisville. Paul Keaton of Pikeville was the last speller standing at this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival spelling bee. He correctly spelled "chignon." 65 students represented 62 counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana took part in the event.

Friday March 14, 2014

The Kentucky House has passed a $20 billion, two-year state budget that closely follows the governor's spending recommendations. The plan would pump more money into the state's main funding formula for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms. State employees, teachers and other school workers would receive pay raises. It targets spending cuts for an array of state agencies to free up money for schools.
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County funding could soon be restored to the Bell County Volunteer Fire Departments. Several departments closed three years ago in a dispute with the county over funding. Now contract negotiations are underway to restore the funding. Firefighters are filling the Arjay Volunteer Fire Department building once again. The Arjay Fire Department is re-opening  today. The Arjay department closed in December, 2011 when firefighters claimed the county did not provide enough funding to operate.
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In 2012, the Otter Creek Correctional Center closed its doors, costing Floyd County more than 170 jobs.  The Wheelwright facility has sat unused for nearly three years.  Community members say they believe the plan will bring in not only more jobs, but more traffic to an area that has struggled with poverty. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is pushing a plan that would move at least one hundred elderly inmates into the facility.
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Rapists whose victims give birth to a child would be barred from seeking custody of that child under a bill passed by the Kentucky state Senate. While rapists would still be required to provide child support for any children born to their victims, they would also be banned from inheriting property from those children.
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Three people in Whitley county were arrested on drug charges, after police found two active meth labs inside a home. The Sheriff's department arrested Nikki Brock, after they saw her running from the home into a wooded area. She is charged with Manufacturing and Possessing Meth. Brock was also charged with Fleeing and Evading.
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A southern Kentucky man who escaped custody while awaiting trial on multiple charges of rape and arson has been caught. Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested 45-year-old James Bowling of Lily on Thursday in Leslie County. Bowling had been under house arrest in Laurel County.

Thursday March 13, 2014

In pleading guilty earlier this week to her role in the brutal slaying of her husband in June 2012, a Millstone woman will avoid the possibility of being sentenced to death, or to life in prison without the possibility of parole, if she follows through on her promise to testify against her lover and another friend who are also charged in the case. Stephanie Fleming, 32, must give a recorded sworn statement regarding the murder of Drad Fleming, a 34-yearold father of three, and testify in the separate trials set against her lover, 34-year-old James Maggard of Neon, and the third suspect, 26-year-old Austin Ison of Pert Creek near Whitesburg.
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The Las Peñas restaurants will soon expand into the City of Jenkins. Charles Caldwell, who owns and operates the Las Peñas in Whitesburg, made the announcement Monday at a meeting of the Jenkins City Council. Caldwell said the restaurant will be located in the city community center next to the new Jenkins Swimming Pool. Caldwell said he intends to become the first restaurant in Jenkins to serve alcohol. Jenkins residents voted to approve alcohol sales in certain restaurants about three years ago.
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A career fair will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College on Tuesday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 123 of the First Federal Center. High school students, college students and people throughout the community are invited. Partners in the event include the Hazard/ Perry County Chamber of Commerce, East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program . Local businesses, as well as regional employers have been invited. Application and resume assistance will be available.
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Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus wants the town’s citizens to contact the police department when they have a law enforcement issue rather than posting it on social media websites such as Facebook or Topix. Dingus said he recently learned of dog problems in the city because some residents had posted it on Internet sites. He told the Fleming- Neon City Council that he has been working to address the issue, but added that for faster results it would be much better if citizens contact the police department directly.
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A House committee has approved a bill that would forgive public schools up to 10 missed school days because of winter weather. Most state lawmakers were eager to approve the bill. They were concerned a longer school year would force students to take end-of-the-year tests in June, a time when students are used to being on vacation. The Lawrence County school district, for instance, has missed 32 school days this year because of weather, pushing its school year to June 12.
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A seminar on home- or building-invading insects will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 17 at the Letcher County Extension Office. Dr. Mike Potter and Dr. Lee Townsend from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology will talk about spiders, head lice, bed bugs and brown marmorated stinkbugs. Lunch will be provided. It is free and open to the public.