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Sitting in a coffee shop this week, I came to an overwhelming conclusion: Our society would be in trouble if technology went bye-bye. It was impossible to count how many people were talking on their cell phones, texting, working on laptops, listening to their iPods or doing a host of other t…

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If we’re going to talk about reparations — and we should talk about reparations — we need to figure out how to do it right and how to not do it. Reparations should not go to institutions. If they’re paid, they need to go to the people whose ancestors suffered under slavery, under Jim Crow an…

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A Pikeville man could face a maximum sentence of up to life in prison after pleading guilty in a sex trafficking case. In U.S. District Court in Pikeville on Friday, Ernest B. “Junior” Ray, 55, of Beech Street, Pikeville, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of juveniles, charges stemming from …

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Williamsburg Police identified the woman killed outside her home Friday morning. Chief Wayne Bird said the victim is 58-year-old Wanda Richardson. Police say Richardson was beaten, but are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

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Clean-up and power restoration efforts resumed Saturday in McCracken County, a day after severe weather damaged numerous properties, trees and utility poles. Kevin Smith, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the weekend's severe weather included wind gusts reaching approximately 57…

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No one understands beauty is in the eye of the beholder more than West Louisville farmer Keith Riney. For more than 30 years, Riney has offered what some people call "ugly" tomatoes or what he refers to as "seconds" or "canners." "I've sold to groceries and restaurants and everybody wants a …

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Recognizing that body cameras protect both the public and police, the U.S. Department of Justice has provided at least $20 million to more than 100 law enforcement departments around the country — including Louisville's — to buy body cameras. But that same Justice Department not only forbids…

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A man from Kentucky was one of the 11 people killed in a plane crash in Hawaii this weekend, reports say. Larry Lemaster was an Army veteran and professional skydiver. He was an instructor at Oahu Parachute Center when he died on a small plane used for skydiving. There were no survivors in t…

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Over 20,000 people in the Louisville area were without power Sunday evening after a short but severe storm blew through the city, bringing high winds and a brief tornado warning. As of 10:15 a.m. Monday, the number of LG&E-KU customers without power was a little more than 900, down from …

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A well-known Pike County property owner pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to five counts of sex trafficking of minors in a deal that eliminated six counts of drug tracking filed against him earlier this year. Ernest B. Ray, also known as Junior, was indicted in February on the cha…

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Like most people who flock out to Keeneland every spring and fall, I’m a casual horse racing fan. I like to watch them prance in the paddock, then stretch out down the track in a pulsating mass of muscle and speed. I believe they love to run and present as evidence of that the sight of Bodex…

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Kentucky, particularly the largely rural counties that Donald Trump won in 2016, is getting lots of help from an administration transportation grant program that has favored rural projects over urban, according to a McClatchy analysis of Department of Transportation data. Kentucky, home to T…

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A massive statue of Abraham Lincoln that belonged to Eric C. Conn, the Kentucky disability attorney sentenced to a total of 27 years in prison for Social Security fraud, was sold this week along with Conn’s office spaces in Floyd County. Floyd County businessman Jerry Flannery purchased a to…

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Two people were injured Sunday night after a plane preparing to land at Hardin County's Vine Grove airport clipped a tree and plunged to the ground, a witness said. Jeff Lincoln, who lives on Airport Road a few hundred yards from where the yellow plane landed, said he was the first person on…

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Severe weather returned to western Kentucky on Sunday, leaving a trail of damage across the Jackson Purchase after a third straight day of straight-line winds and hard rain. While no tornados were confirmed in Paducah, there was substantial damage to homes, businesses, power lines and trees.…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under the Trump administration, last week released its answer to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan: the Affordable Clean Energy rule. The Clean Power Plan set national emissions limits on power plants. The new rule shifts the responsibility to states to…

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Summer is finally here for families to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, ticks see it the same way. “We’ve been getting slammed with tick reports all across the counties,” said Health Promotion Manager Terrie Burgan with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department in Elizabethtown. “…

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s newfound confidence that he has enough votes to pass a pension-relief proposal eerily reminds us of the ’80s Great White classic “Once Bitten Twice Shy.” In other words, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A Bevin aide said this week that the governor is…

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While a wide majority of drivers see distracted driving behavior as risky, that did not stop more than 41.3 percent from admitting they had read texts or emails on their phone at least once in the past 30 days, while 32.1 percent said they had typed on their device while driving, according t…

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Since 1952, under a Kentucky state law, police officers involved in traffic-related incidents with citizens that resulted in serious injury or death have been immune from litigation brought by the families of victims who were harmed or killed. Recently, the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down…

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A Kentucky man was arrested Thursday night by military police in Virginia and accused of sharing sexually explicit photos of children online, according to authorities. Don C. Lewis III was arrested at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday in Prince George, Virginia, by Fort Lee Military Police, accordin…

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School board members in Lincoln County on Thursday did not end a controversial web-based learning program that some middle school parents have been fighting. After school board members announced at a packed meeting that the decision to use Summit Learning rested not with them but with the mi…

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A Williamsburg man is in custody for allegedly killing his aunt at a Whitley County residence early Friday morning. According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, Michael Lee Worley, 40, was taken into custody and charged with the murder of his aunt. The incident happened at 1119 Betty W…

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Prosecutors are still waiting for DNA evidence from a homicide case from Hughes Avenue before the case can be resolved. Danny Tharpe, 51, was in Clark Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for a status conference. His attorney asked whether it should be set for a trial, but Assistant Commonwealth…

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A Benton pharmacist must spend two years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release after being convicted of drug theft, firearm and other charges, federal officials said Thursday. Kyle W. Humphrey, 34, pleaded guilty in March to charges of prescription medication theft…

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In retrospect, Thursday’s funeral for longtime Murray State University professor and department chairman Dr. Robert H. “Doc” McGaughey III probably hit all of the necessary points. Of course, it included humor, most of which was supplied by McGaughey’s close friend and comedy partner, fellow…

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Several boat visits are planned for Maysville and Augusta this summer. Mason County Tourism Director Lacey Holleran said the Queen of the Mississippi will visit Maysville on July 1, 7, 21 and 27 while the American Duchess will visit on July 17. The B and B Riverboat will also visit the area …

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A Mayfield woman injured in one of two drive-by shootings Tuesday night in Mayfield has died. SaVannah Hancock, 23, of Mayfield died at 4:11 p.m. Thursday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent said. In both shootings, shots appeared to have been fire…

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear has regularly boasted on the Kentucky campaign trail how, as the state attorney general, he has defeated Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in court. "Every time we’ve stood up to them, every time we’ve won and we’ll beat them again," Beshear told…

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Donated blood generally has a six-week shelf life, but University of Louisville researchers are testing a way to convert red blood cells into a longer-lasting powder that potentially could save the lives of soldiers, trauma patients and maybe even astronauts. U of L professors Michael Menze …

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A leading conservative intellectual who championed the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has been nominated to serve as a federal district judge in Kentucky. Justin R. Walker, 37, a star in the Federalist Society and co-director of University of Louisville’s new…

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Grab a root beer float and toast the restaurant that is older than sliced bread for giving us the bacon cheeseburger and the inspiration for the film “American Graffiti." A&W, the franchise that is headquartered in Lexington is celebrating a century of food service June 20. Their big age…

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Later this month, most adults in Kentucky will be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, pregnant women and new mothers will be guaranteed protections in their work places, and relative caregivers of children experiencing abuse or neglect will have greater support from the state…

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A Westport woman is accused of stealing approximately $30,000 worth of jewelry from a Prospect home. Theresa Jeffrey, 37, was arrested June 18 and charged with theft. Police discovered through their investigation that Jeffrey began selling the stolen jewelry in pawn shops in Jefferson County…

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Former Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton was flagged by the state auditor with three instances of noncompliance — all of which were repeat offenses that had been documented in the year prior — according to an audit of the 2017 tax settlement released this week. State Auditor Mike Harmon iss…

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A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of a 7-year-old family member, Har­din County Sheriff John Ward said. Neither the child nor the juvenile has been identified by authorities.

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Southbound lanes on Inter­state 65 were closed Thursday morning at mile marker 67 near Bonnieville because of a fatal traffic collision. The crash involved an SUV traveling north in the southbound lanes. It collided with a Freightliner semi and a Greyhound bus, according to Kentucky State Po…

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To protect its underground splendor, Mammoth Cave National Park has proposed a new environmental assessment: the Cave and Karst Management Plan. The plan will serve as a framework for how park staff will manage the cave and karst resources and it will be a reference point for how park visita…

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The Simpson County Detention Center welcomed Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick Ramsey, who spent the day of June 11 visiting with jail employees, industry leaders and city and county officials to comprehend the Second Chance Offender Rehabilitation and Educati…

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The Franklin-Simpson County Farmers Market is hosting an inaugural Wine, Dine and Shine event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 22 at the Franklin-Simpson County Farmers Market Pavilion, 308 North Main Street.

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Casey’s Law — the common name given to the law that permits court-ordered involuntary treatment of people suffering from alcohol and drug abuse — is an effective tool for families, but only if it’s used. Established in 2004 by the Kentucky General Assembly to provide an option for parents an…

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Among the numerous laws passed this year that go into effect next Thursday is one that should have been in place a long time ago. Senate Bill 6 — like this year’s Senate Bill 67, which outlaws sex with animals — is one that makes you stop and ask, “Wait, why wasn’t that already the law?” The…

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When it comes to children’s well-being, Kentucky has gained ground in health care coverage, parental employment and other measures included in the 2019 Kids Count Data Book. But the report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation also makes one grim reality clear: More than one in fi…

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From a high overlook in southern Clark County, green fields cascade down to the Kentucky River along with the numerous waterfalls that spring from the limestone cliffs and trickle into the green waters of the Kentucky River. Upriver, tourists explore Kentucky’s origin story at Fort Boonesbor…

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Someone call 911. Send an ambulance to the Governor's Office. Maybe two. Because if I know Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, and unless he's holed up in his summer home in Maine, the poor guy's head just exploded right there next to his desk, alongside his Andy Beshear dartboard, his Tom Loftus vood…

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State representatives and other advocates from Kentucky and seven other states are currently lobbying this week in Washington, D.C., in support of legislation they say could revitalize coal-impacted communities across the country, including Appalachia. States impacted by this legislation inc…

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The state Office of Education Accountability announced its report this week on allegations made against Livingston County School District Superintendent Victor Zimmerman and the Livingston County School Board during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. The OEA was created by the Ke…

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At least half of Kentuckians live in a child care desert, according to the Center for American Progress. But a new statewide initiative hopes to ease that problem for young working families. Daviess County, which has been labeled a child care desert, is now part of the Family Child Care Netw…