Friday May 9, 2014

 

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he raised more than $1 million in the month before the GOP primary. McConnell's campaign announced Thursday it raised over a million in April. Kentucky's Republican Senate primary is May 20. McConnell will face Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who lags McConnell in fundraising and public polling. But McConnell's overall cash balance did not increase much. The Republican Senate leader's campaign said it still has more than $10 million in cash available, roughly the same amount it had at the end of the first fundraising quarter in March.

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An eight-year-old Jenkins boy died Wednesday night from head and chest injuries he suffered in an accident. Police say the accident occurred when Trent Carty lost control of his bicycle while riding down a hill on Williams Street in the Muddtown community of Jenkins. The mishap occurred around 8 p.m. Trent was transported to the Whitesburg hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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State Troopers in Morgan County believe a string of fires were intentionally set.  They say the fires happened at the beginning of the month along Dyer Branch Road. Troopers say a cabin, barn, and abandoned building were set on fire. There's a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonist.

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Investigators want to find a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash. Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies say a Dodge Neon pulled into the path of a motorcycle on U.S. 25 Wednesday night.  71 year old Randolph Scott was thrown from the bike.  He was flown to UK where he later died. The other driver ran into the woods and hasn't been found.

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Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson, who championed efforts to reduce adult illiteracy and ran a brief campaign to succeed her husband as governor, has died. She was 72. Her husband, Wallace Wilkinson, had an eventful term as governor from 1987 to 1991. Voters approved creation of the Kentucky Lottery, which the Democatic governor had pushed as an alternative to higher taxes, and lawmakers overhauled public schools.

 

Thursday May 8, 2014

 

An eight year-old Letcher County boy was killed in a bicycle accident Wednesday night.  According to Jenkins City Police, the crash happened around 8:00 p.m. on Williams Street in the Muddtown area of Jenkins.  The Jenkins Police Chief said the boy was biking down a steep hill, somehow lost control and hit his break too hard. Investigators are not sure if he was wearing a helmet when he crashed.  Police said emergency crews quickly got to the scene and tried to airlift the boy, however he was not stable enough to fly. Police said he was instead taken to Whitesburg ARH and pronounced dead at the hospital.  The 8 year old's name has not been officially released.

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Kentucky State Police have arrested a man in connection with a series of copper wire thefts in Harlan County.  Timothy Shepherd, 34 of Cumberland is facing charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking and Criminal Mischief first degree.  According to detectives, the thefts happened at an Appalachian Wireless cell phone tower over the past few weeks.  A portion of the stolen copper was recovered after officers located Shepherd at a residence stripping wire May 3.  Shepherd is being lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

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A crash involving a school bus in Lincoln County has sent 20 students and the driver of a pickup truck to area hospitals. Lincoln County Schools Superintendent told media outlets the crash happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday on Kentucky 78. She didn't know what caused the crash. the bus had at least 38 children aboard and those who were taken to hospitals didn't appear to be seriously injured. The driver of the pickup truck was air-lifted from the scene.

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A local community is seeking volunteer firefighters in an effort to reopen two stations that closed nearly three years ago. The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department board shut down stations in the Colmar and Brownies Creek communities during a funding dispute with the county. Each station would need between six and 12 volunteers, who must pass training courses before they can be firefighters.

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The Funeral Service Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College has gained full accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Soon, 10 students from the program will receive their associate’s degree marking the end of a two year program as they achieved a total of 68 credit hours of learning. With degrees in hand, graduates of the Funeral Service Program will be eligible to sit for the national board examination. Additionally, graduates are required to take a state law test in order to practice in a particular state.

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The Evarts Police Department, the Harlan County Sheriffs' Office, and the Harlan County Detention Center are looking for an inmate who walked away from work release in the Black Mountain section of Harlan County. 28-year-old Micheal Day escaped work release around 2:30 Tuesday. Day was last seen on Old School House Road.  Officials said Department of Corrections Officers approved Day to work outside Monday.

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A handicap pool lift was recently installed at the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool. To use the lift, a person must be mobile enough to sit in the chair and use the remote control to lower himself or herself into the water. The equipment cost $5,500 and labor totaled nearly $4,000. The pool lift was paid for by a partial grant awarded through the Kentucky River Area Development District and the City of Whitesburg’s general fund.

 

Wednesday May 7, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority says 750 employees have retired or resigned through a voluntary incentive program, another 1,000 vacant positions are being eliminated and more cuts are on the way. it will be the largest staff reduction at the federal utility in more than 20 years. Cuts also are planned in TVA's nuclear program and involuntary layoffs are expected later this year. The cuts are being made so staffing levels and electric rates will be more in line with other utilities as power consumption growth slows.
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A Pike County man has died after his ATV was struck by a train on Monday. Gary Williams, 66 of Pikeville, was riding his ATV near some railroad tracks and was attempting to cross them when he was hit by a CSX train.  Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is currently under investigation by Kentucky State Police.
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About 40 Breathitt County students are not allowed to walk across the stage at graduation in a couple weeks because they didn’t meet the 95% attendance criteria.  State Manager Larry Hammond says they will still receive a high school diploma, but will not be allowed to walk across the stage.  Even more high school students weren’t allowed to attend prom over the weekend for that same reason.
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An inmate who walked away last month from a work detail is back in custody. Officials with the Powell County Detention Center say Joshua Sparks is now back in their facility. They say that Sparks was captured at a home in Powell County by a sheriff's deputy late Monday night. Sparks walked away from the transfer station on Highway 15 in Stanton on the morning of April 28th. Sparks was serving time in Powell County for theft by unlawful taking.
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Kentucky State Police at the Pikeville Post are investigating what led to one woman’s death and a man’s injuries. According to authorities, the incident occurred Sunday evening in the Little Robinson Creek Community in Pike County. Authorities say both had suffered apparent stab wounds.  The names of the victims have not been released.

Tuesday May 6, 2014

A crash involving a school bus in eastern Kentucky has led to more than 20 children being taken to a hospital. Magoffin County Schools Superintendent says all the students, the bus driver and a monitor had been released early Monday afternoon after being examined at the hospital. the driver of a car involved was also released. the students complained of neck or back pain but none suffered traumatic injuries.
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Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard is investigating a collision that occurred in Cornettsville on Saturday which has resulted in the death of a Perry County child.  It happened on KY 699, in the Cornettsville community of Perry County. The initial investigation determined that a side by side ATV, driven by Eulene Caudill, pulled from a private drive, onto KY 699.  The ATV crossed the path of a Toyota pickup being driven by 22 year old Jonathan Shepherd, of Slemp, resulting in the collision. Caudill and a child passenger were ejected from the ATV, resulting in injuries to both.  Eulene Caudill and Jonathan Shepherd were taken to Hazard ARH with non life threatening injuries.  The child passenger was flown from the scene to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in this collision.
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Work continues for the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium which is set to be complete by the start of the 2015 UK football season. When the stadium is finished, it will have more luxury suites, boxes, and club seats at the field and mezzanine levels.
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State officials were surprised Monday to find more than 400 people showed up to bid on 29 knives and guns that led to the imprisonment of former Kentucky agriculture commissioner and basketball star Richie Farmer whose jersey hangs in Rupp Arena. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources made more than $21,000 for charity by auctioning off 16 knives and 13 rifles that once belonged to Farmer. The former Republican agriculture commissioner is serving a 27-month sentence in federal prison.
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The Middlesboro Bell County Airport has re-opened following Friday's plane crash. Middlesboro police say the FAA was there during the weekend investigating the crash. Police say on friday, a 71-year-old pilot from took off from the airport bound for Texas but had a problem develop and returned to land. police say he lost control and a wing struck the runway, causing the plane veer off the runway and catch fire.

Monday May 5, 2014

Kentucky has spent nearly $18 million over the past six years to bus students to private schools, most of which are religious. That's despite the fact that the state constitution prohibits state funds from aiding any "church, sectarian or denominational" school. state financial records show that 8,375 private school students were bused last year using a subsidy of $2.9 million. In addition, many local governments kick in their own funds because the state subsidy does not cover the entire need.
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The Woodford County coroner has identified Timmothy Saunders, 51, as the man who was found dead after being dragged behind a vehicle a mile and a half down a highway. Versailles police say someone who was driving on Troy Pike about 6:30 a.m. Sunday spotted the man's body on the side of the road. Police arrested 56-year-old Vernon Saunders. He was arrested and charged with murder.
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Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe said Saturday the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport. Sharpe said around 1 p.m. a Beech-Bonanza V-35B crashed and caught on fire. Officers said the pilot received burn injuries, but was conscious and able to talk to first responders at the scene. He was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
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Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of six goats after they were found dead alongside a creek in Kite Saturday morning. Owners of a farm in Knott County say what began as a typical Saturday morning quickly took a shocking turn. A family discovered the remains of their six goats early Saturday morning.
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The Kentucky Lottery plans a new advertising campaign this summer that focuses on how ticket purchases support college scholarships. The move comes after the General assembly voted last month to remove a prohibition on mentioning scholarships in ads. About $400 million will go toward scholarships over the next two years, but about $81 million will help a variety of other government functions.