LOCAL NEWS

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.

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.

Thursday May 1, 2014

Dozens of nurses at Appalachian Regional Healthcare who threatened to walk off the job Thursday morning will not strike after all.  Members of the Southern United Nurses/National Nurses United union reached an agreement with ARH Wednesday that prevents the planned one-day strike at ARH hospitals in Hazard and Beckley, West Virginia.  Both sides came to terms on a new, three-year labor contract. Details of the deal were not released. It's expected that the more than 700 members of the union will vote between Wednesday and Friday next week whether to ratify the new contract.
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Officials tell us they are investigating a fire in Magoffin County.  It happened at the River Bend Apartments on Gardner Trail Road in Downtown Salyersville and started just before 4am Wednesday morning at the building that housed eight apartments. No one was hurt.  Firefighters say they got the fire out in about 30 minutes and then worked to clear the scene for almost three hours.  No word on the cause, but the State Fire Marshal and the Arson Investigator are on the scene.
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Court officials tell us a new trial date has not been set.The Jenkins City Council has approved salary raises for the mayor and council members who will take office in 2015. The mayor’s annual salary was increased from a base of $28,000 to $31,000 per year. The raise does not affect incentives already in place that, if met, can raise the mayor’s pay by $4,000. Council salaries were doubled to $50 per month.
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There will be another round of bidding before the fate of the old McRoberts School building is decided. At its April meeting, the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education met in closed session before voting to reject all bids submitted. While the decision to talk about the bids behind closed doors came as a surprise to audience members, Board Attorney Tim Crawford cited an opinion from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office that he said allows school boards to go into executive session to decide the outcome of a bid opening.
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A voting machine for voters who expect to be absent from the county or can’t make it to the polls on Election Day will open today in the offices of Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade. Voting machine hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, from May 1 to May 19.

Wednesday April 30, 2014

The National Weather Service has determined that injuries and damage in Harlan County were caused by 90 mph straight-line winds. The weather service said the storm on Monday caused three minor injuries and damaged three buildings in Evarts, including one building hit by a tree. Numerous trees were also reported damaged. Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill said the storm also downed power lines and caused power outages in the county.
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A fire in a Pike County railroad tunnel is causing some concern for folks in the area. Several schools cancelled class on Monday, as the Robinson Creek area fills with heavy smoke and fumes.  Folks describe the scene Saturday night as terrifying; with loud crashing noises and flames reaching as high as the mountain. Monday morning, firefighters from Shelby Valley worked to extinguish the flames inside the tunnel that stretches 700 feet through the mountain.
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Investigators believe two fires along one Laurel County street are questionable. The first fire happened on Waterworks Road Sunday night, then another home burned last night. Firefighters think because both fires are close to one another, it is suspicious. Police say it is too early to tell is arson is to blame.
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Appalachian Regional Healthcare officials and a labor union hope they can reach a contract agreement. Hospital and Union officials are expected to meet Wednesday in Lexington at 1 p.m.  If they do not come to an agreement by midnight Wednesday, nurses would then go on a 24 hour strike. The Southern United Nurses/National Nurses United Labor Union issued the notice last week. Only ARH Hospitals in Hazard and Beckley, West Virginia will be affected.