Tuesday March 4, 2014

Most of the University of Kentucky direct deposit payroll that didn't make it into bank accounts as scheduled Friday has now been posted. The university says as of Monday afternoon, about 85 percent of employee pay had been posted, with the remainder expected to be posted by Monday night. UK said last week that PNC Bank, which handles payroll posting, had an error that resulted in the problem. The error affected about 16,000 full-time, part-time and temporary employees who are paid biweekly.
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More ATVs reported stolen in Knox County were recovered in Bell County. This is the third time this year police have found four-wheelers stolen in Knox County and hidden in the hills of Bell County. Deputies believe the thefts are connected. Bell County Sheriff's Deputies say last week, they got a tip two ATVs were in the woods in the Dorton Branch area. Deputies hiked a mile into the woods and found them.
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Fayette County Schools will not have class on Tuesday, March 4. The district made the decision to cancel on Monday evening. Schools were out Monday as well due to a winter storm that dumped about five inches of snow on Lexington. Tuesday marks Fayette County Schools 13th snow day of the school year.
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Severe Weather Awareness Week continues through this Friday, March 7th. All Kentuckians are encouraged to prepare themselves and their homes for severe weather, including tornadoes, flash floods, and severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service in Jackson will be sharing information  on a variety of severe weather safety and preparedness topics using their website and social media outlets throughout the week.
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Kentucky artists who are qualified to conduct residencies in schools may apply to be included in the online Teaching Artists Directory. The Kentucky Arts Council says it is accepting applications until March 15 for the index. Applicants must reside in Kentucky and have the skills required to work with teachers and students to design and implement arts education programs.

Monday March 3, 2014

One of Michigan's s leading power companies says it's sending dozens of employees to Kentucky due to the ice storm.  CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy union says about 65 of its workers heading for Louisville. CMS Energy dispatched the utility crews, technicians, mechanics and supervisors under the Great Lakes Mutual Assistance organization. That group helped CMS Energy during Michigan's December snowstorm.
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June 3 will be the last day of the 2013-2014 school year for students unless Letcher County Public Schools miss more days. The Letcher County Board of Education approved taking the remaining two days of spring break. The board approved shortening spring break by three days at its January meeting. Classes will be in session today –April 4. The board approved using disaster days if the state legislature approves it. Schools must miss at least 20 days to qualify.
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The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted at its February meeting to sell the McRoberts Elementary School building and to set June 2 as the closing date for the current school year. The board authorized Superintendent Deborah Watts to dispose of the property by selling it at bid. All bids will be subject to Kentucky Department of Education approval and the board will have the option to accept or reject any offers.
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The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky says it plans to start removing cars from a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum last month. On Feb. 12, a large sinkhole swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.
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New York Times bestselling author John Grisham was in Whitesburg recently, apparently researching material for a possible new book. Grisham’s presence in Whitesburg became known after a Facebook posting from an employee at Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, which is located on Main Street in downtown Whitesburg. Grisham is a best-selling author of legal thrillers.

Friday February 28, 2014

Gov. Beshear has been at the forefront of pushing initiatives aimed at reducing tobacco consumption and improving the health of a state plagued by some of the nation's worst disease rates. The approximately $118 million investment by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will create 42 more jobs at its Hopkinsville plant, which now employs 90 full-time workers.
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For the fourth time and the third year in a row Brooke Saurer has advanced to the state spelling bee. Saurer, an eighth grader at Whitesburg Middle School, won the Letcher County District Spelling Bee Friday by correctly spelling the word “fastidious.” Last March, Saurer received a trophy, a $1,500 savings bond and a $25 Amazon gift card for placing fourth in the Kentucky Saurer won’t have as much free time as she would like to study spelling words. As a member of the Letcher County Central High School band, she will be playing clarinet during district and regional basketball tournaments.
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A frantic night for state troopers in Pike County. Two men are in the hospital following a stabbing and officer involved shooting. It all happened late Wednesday night in the Island Creek community. Kentucky State Police say the alleged suspect in the stabbing also threatened police with a gun...leading troopers to shoot James "Jim" Sallette.
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The founder of a Bible-themed museum who debated evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye says fundraising after the widely watched event helped resurrect its stalled Noah's Ark project. Creation Museum founder Ken Ham says a municipal bond offering to fund the theme park attraction has raised enough money to begin construction on the 510-foot wooden ark.
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No one was injured when a Leslie County kindergarten student brought a gun to school earlier this month. The boy brought the gun to Mountain View Elementary in Hyden Feb. 12. A teacher's aide confiscated the gun which was not loaded immediately after the student pulled it out. Investigators believe the boy brought the .38 Smith & Wesson revolver to show his friends and had no intentions of hurting anyone.
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A Kentucky House panel has passed a measure saying minors shouldn't be allowed to use tanning beds. The bill would make exceptions for minors who have been prescribed the use of tanning beds by physicians. rising cases of skin cancer among young women, and recent regulations on tanning beds were the reasons for the bill.

Thursday February 27, 2014

 

An investigation is underway in Pike County following an officer involved shooting.  It happened just before midnight Thursday morning at a home in the Island Creek community, just outside the city of Pikeville.  The Kentucky State Police, who are in charge of the investigation, are not releasing much information at this time.  Trooper Shaun Little confirms the individual involved was taken to Pikeville Medical Center for gunshot wounds.   Police are not releasing the names of the trooper or the person involved at this time.  We are told troopers from other posts are being called in to help with the investigation. We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as we get it.
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Each of the two Pike County men charged with the New Year’s Day murder of Michael Hogg now faces three additional charges of attempted murder. The Letcher County Grand Jury added the “attempt to commit murder” charges to the cases against James Richard Huffman and Patrick Smith, the duo accused of stabbing Hogg to death during an altercation in downtown Whitesburg early on the morning of January 1. The charges are included in new indictments charging Huffman and Smith with murdering Hogg and assaulting three others.
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Morehead State University hosted the 15th annual Big Sandy Women's Business Symposium on Tuesday at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg. Women and a few men from throughout the region gathered to listen to various speakers and participate in break out sessions. Organizers say the event started with about ten people and has grown into about one hundred people each year.

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Kentucky is not among the more than two-thirds of states that were rated as "high risk" for security problems related to its computers tapping into the federal health insurance exchange system.  The federal data hub is used to check Social Security, Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security records to verify key personal information for determining coverage eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Federal cybersecurity experts worry that the identified state computer systems could become a back door for hackers and identity thieves.
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June 3 will be the last day of the 2013-2014 school year for students unless Letcher County Public Schools miss more days. At its meeting Monday night, the Letcher County Board of Education approved taking the remaining two days of spring break. The board approved shortening spring break by three days at its January meeting. Classes will be in session March 3 –April 4. The board approved using disaster days if the state legislature approves it. Schools must miss at least 20 days to qualify.
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The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted at its February meeting to sell the McRoberts Elementary School building and to set June 2 as the closing date for the current school year. The board authorized Superintendent Deborah Watts to dispose of the property by selling it at bid. All bids will be subject to Kentucky Department of Education approval and the board will have the option to accept or reject any offers. The board also made a decision that will allow students in the Jenkins system to get out of school on June 2, if there are no more inclement weather days added to the school calendar.

 

Wednesday February 26, 2014

Kentucky is not among the more than two-thirds of states that were rated as "high risk" for security problems related to its computers tapping into the federal health insurance exchange system. The federal data hub is used to check Social Security, Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security records to verify key personal information for determining coverage eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Federal cybersecurity experts worry that the identified state computer systems could become a back door for hackers and identity thieves.
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A bill that would restrict the use of cell phones in Kentucky's school and construction zones has cleared its first panel Tuesday. Rep. Terry Mills, a Democrat from Lebanon, sponsored the bill. Mills says it would be illegal to initiate a call or input a phone number while in one of the "no phone zones." Current state law forbids texting while driving, but the bill would also increase fines for those found doing so.
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City officials in one Harlan County town say someone keeps shooting out the lights in the in the city park. Loyall city leaders say every time they get them fixed, someone shoots them out again. Loyall Police say city officials had the lights repaired in January and they are already shot out again. There is no known motive.
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Eastern Kentucky University has issued a public safety alert after a man was reportedly seen with a gun in Richmond Tuesday night. Richmond Police say they received a report of a man with a gun downtown, who was last seen heading north on Third Street. The man was reportedly driving a gray Dodge Neon. EKU officials say the public safety alert was issued as a precaution. The man had not been seen on campus.
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In Nicholas County, road crews will have to deal with the weather without any salt. The Judge Executive says the county will do all that can be done to keep the roads safe. The road department exhausted all of it's salt supply during the busy winter and they can't find more to restock their barn. Crews will try to wait and plow the snow off the roads instead. The road department has brought in several hundred tons of cinder, which they got for free from several coal companies.