LOCAL NEWS

Monday April 7, 2014

Aaron Harrison took a pass from his twin brother, Andrew, spotted up from NBA range and watched the ball rattle in for the lead with 5.7 seconds left Saturday night to lift the Wildcats to a 74-73 victory over Wisconsin in the Final Four. It was a near carbon copy of his game-winner last weekend in the regional final against Michigan.  Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded UConn the highest seed total to play for the title since they started putting numbers by the names back in 1979.
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One man is facing charges following an undercover online investigation.  State Police say Claude Robinson, 63, had more than 1,000 child pornographic images on his computer in his Middlesboro home. Robinson is in the Bell County Jail, his bond is set at $50,000.
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Three thousand hyped up fans rushed onto State Street after UK's Final Four win, burning shirts and couches, uprooting stop signs and crowd-surfing. Lexington police say they arrested 21 people for alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct.  Fire officials say they put out about 80 fires and treated 35 patients.
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One man is facing charges from a DUI arrest.  Laurel County deputies say Patrick Gray, 22, was driving more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit early Saturday morning.  After following Gray, police say he swerved off the shoulder and nearly hit a guard rail before stopping.  Gray is facing charges including his fourth DUI offense.

Friday April 4, 2014

Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon than it does people and soon those barrels could be aging tax free. State lawmakers have voted to effectively eliminate a tax on aging barrels of distilled spirits in a nod to one of the state's signature industries that is quickly becoming a tourist attraction. For years, Kentucky distillers have had to pay a tax every year for every barrel of bourbon it has aging in a warehouse - the only such tax in the country. Kentucky still manufactures 95 percent of the world's bourbon because it is home to major corporations that make bourbon in bulk.
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Former Jenkins resident Charles Dixon will sign copies of his series of books “A Journey of a Lifetime: A Pictorial and Written History of the Dixons” next Friday, April 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jenkins Public Library. Volume I covers the family history of the Dixons at Carcassonne and on Elk Creek as well as the Bryants of Johnson’s Fork. This five-volume family history contains over 3,000 pictures in its 2,000 pages. The five volumes may be purchased as a set or by single volumes.
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A 34-year-old Letcher County native says he is hiking the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trial in an attempt to “walk off ” the war. Michael Campbell has served nine years in the United States Army including three combat tours in Afghanistan. He earned two Bronze Stars for valor, one for exposing himself to enemy fire to drag a wounded Afghanistan to safety and the other for exposing himself to enemy fire to put down supporting fire to allow his commander to get back to safety.
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More than 600 workers will lose their jobs as Fruit of the Loom says it plans to close its plant in Jamestown. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money. The company plans to close the plant in phases from June 8 through Dec. 31. decision was the result of a competitive global business environment and not a reflection on the efforts of the Jamestown employees.
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Nearly 100 students from around Kentucky are competing Friday in the National Geographic Bee. The event is state-level competition, and it's being held in Bowling Green. The winner at the state event goes on to represent Kentucky in the national competition May 19 through May 21 in Washington, D.C., where a $50,000 scholarship is offered.

Thursday April 3, 2014

Nonprofit health insurance cooperatives across the country have struggled to stay competitive with their bigger, for-profit counterparts but not in Kentucky. Kentucky's lone health care cooperative buoyed by a $58.8 million federal loan has sold 77 percent of the private health insurance plans purchased through kynect, Kentucky's state-run health insurance marketplace. Through March 31, 77,027 people have purchased private health insurance.
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Yesterday Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call from an employee with the Isom Double Kwik, advising that the store had been robbed at gunpoint.  A KSP Trooper was dispatched to the scene. An employee said a white male approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing between 165 and 175 pounds, entered the store wearing navy blue coveralls and a light colored beanie cap, brandishing a black handgun.  The perpetrator demanded money, and took the cash drawer from the register, before exiting the store.  The subject was last seen on foot, traveling in a northbound direction.
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Funeral services for a longtime x-ray technician and popular member of the Whitesburg City Council was held yesterday at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. John Paul Williams, 70, was pronounced dead Sunday evening at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital, where he was taken after suffering a massive heart attack, Williams had served on the Whitesburg City Council since June 21, 2001. He also served on the City’s police commission for the past six years
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Kentucky’s roughly 100,000 teachers and administrative staff will get an automatic pay raise in each of the next two years even if their school districts can’t afford it. The state’s two-year spending plan, approved this week by the Kentucky General Assembly, requires school districts to give employeesa1percent raise in the 2015 school year and a 2 percent raise in the 2016 school year.
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GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance will host a career fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. Experienced underground miners are being sought including mine operators, roof bolters, other equipment operators, underground mechanics, certified foremen longwall miners and general inside labor.
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The Imagination Library is expanding to include Eolia and Partridge Zip Code areas. Registration will be held during Family Literacy Night at Arlie Boggs Elementary School on Tuesday April 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To be eligible to register for the program, children must be under five years of age, and have a mailing address and 911 address of Eolia 40826 or Partridge 40862. All children under five years of age living in these areas are invited to register and will receive a free book.

Wednesday April 2, 2014

More than 370,000 people have signed up for health insurance through the state's marketplace. But as the governor and his staff celebrated the numbers yesterday one in every 12 Kentuckians now has health insurance through Kynect the program's future is less certain in the state legislature.
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Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies are praising the community for help in busting a meth lab late Monday night. Deputies say information provided by the public also helped get children out of a dangerous situation.  Sheriff Price says the tipster was able to provide information into the best time to search the home. Deputies also found several needles throughout the home and on the floor...those and the meth all able to be in direct contact with the children.
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Tuesday morning, a man in Bell County jumped in the Cumberland River to get away from police. State police say a trooper was making a traffic stop for a speeding violation on a car on US-25E in Four Mile when the man got out of the car, ran off and jumped in the river. 49-year-old Roger Ramey was driving under the influence and that could be why he tried to escape.
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Kentucky's roughly 100,000 teachers and administrative staff will get an automatic pay raise in each of the next two years even if their school districts can't afford it. The state's two-year spending plan, approved Monday by the Kentucky General Assembly, requires school districts to give employees a 1 percent raise in the 2015 school year and a 2 percent raise in the 2016 school year.
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It is an issue parents in Pike County have faced before...possible cuts to the health department's school nurse program.  A program that school officials say allows their parents to feel much more comfortable with having their child in school, whether they have chronic illness or not. Now, due to financial issues the nurses could be pulled out of the schools. It is a program that provides healthcare for hundreds of children in Pike County.
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Middlesboro Police arrested seven people on drug charges and some include trafficking near a school. Investigators say the arrests follow a lengthy undercover investigation. Middlesboro Police say at least three people were dealing drugs not far from the Middlesboro Board of Education Building where some classes are held. Police arrested 31-year-old Michael Earle, 31-year-old Billy Earle, and 49-year-old Gerald Ayers.

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Kentucky drivers will not pay more at the pump this summer as House Democrats dropped their support for an increase in the state gas tax. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he has told legislative leaders to prepare the state's two-year road spending plan without the extra $107 million that would have come from a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax. And state lawmakers approved a two-year revenue bill Monday without the gas tax increase.
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Ten cattle stolen from a meat processing shop in West Virginia have been found in Kentucky. The manager of Nelson's Meat Market in Milton discovered the thefts last week. The cattle's owner says that he and the shop's owner tracked the cattle to a meat processing shop in Mount Sterling, Ky. the cattle are worth nearly $5,000. No arrests have been made.
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A Pike County ambulance service has suspended its services, while its former director remains charged. A representative from the company called Pike County Dispatch Saturday afternoon, warning service would be suspended at 5:00 that evening. Mayor Mike Taylor hoped to have more notice. Tri-Star ambulance service is currently applying for an emergency certificate of need to service the area.
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Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved. The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday. It will become law unless Gov. Beshear vetoes it. Minors are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes.
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Eastern Kentucky University police say two men, armed with handguns, robbed three students in a Clay Hall dorm room about 11 p.m. Sunday. Campus police are asking students to be on guard and stay in groups of three or more people while they search for the suspected robbers. Police say the suspected robbers wore white masks and black clothes when they robbed the students.