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It’s taken four years, but the Lexington Herald-Leader has finally prevailed against the University of Kentucky in an open records case that should have ended shortly after it was filed. It’s taken four years and four courts to decide that UK did not have the right to withhold documents that…

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Jefferson Family Court Judge Derwin Webb has been publicly reprimanded by the Kentucky Supreme Court for an error in private practice that caused a former client to be married to two men at the same time. The Kentucky Bar Association had charged Webb with failing to confirm that a divorce de…

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Americans have a love affair with their cell phones. New data shows people are spending more time on their cell phones than with their significant others, a sign that technology is becoming more and more engrained in our daily lives. A study by Reviews.org found that 32.7 percent of responde…

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Paducah city officials are watching forecasts issued by the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service regarding river stages for the Ohio River at Paducah. The river stage at noon Thursday was 48.12 feet. The forecast shows the Ohio River at Paducah will remain at or ne…

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The former volunteer fishing coach at McCracken County High School pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted first-degree sexual abuse and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. John Parks, 57, initially faced one count of first-degree sexual abuse and 10 counts of posse…

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An Owensboro woman was charged with felony wanton endangerment Wednesday night for allegedly driving while intoxicated with six children she was babysitting in her vehicle. KSP reports say a trooper stopped a sport utility vehicle driven by Krislon T. Talbott, 18, at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday on I…

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The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a string of thefts that have occurred in recent weeks where multiple vehicles have had windows shattered so items inside could be stolen. Thefts from vehicles are not uncommon, but the thefts sheriff’s deputies have seen since January …

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Warrior Coal received a citation for violating federal rules after a miner was struck and killed in an entryway. The violation is revealed in the final report by the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) on the death of Jeremy Elder. The veteran Hanson miner died Thursday, Sept. 5, …

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Braidy Industries is claiming in a court filing this week that an internal investigation found “red flags” concerning founder Craig Bouchard’s use of company funds, including tens of thousands of dollars in “unsubstantiated” travel and meal charges to company credit cards. Braidy filed the l…

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The state House passed a bill on Friday meant to tighten controls over public assistance and crack down on suspected fraud in Kentucky, despite concern from opponents that the legislation is unnecessary and overly punitive. House Bill 1 passed by a mostly party-line vote of 57-33 after more …

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If you are thinking about going to Bizarro Frankfort to testify before a House committee these days, be prepared to raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth. It's a new policy instituted recently by House Speaker David Osborne after he said some members complained that you were lyin…

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After a man admitted in a recent deposition that some of his claims in a 2019 lawsuit against a Lexington equine veterinary practice and four veterinarians were not true, those sued have requested that the case be dismissed. In the lawsuit filed by horse buyer Tom Swearingen, he claimed that…

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A bill that would broadly protect medical professionals from penalty for declining to perform procedures that violate their conscience, such as abortions, won support from a Senate committee Thursday. Opponents said the bill is dangerously nebulous and could lead to denial of critical health…

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The Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, marking significant progress for a piece of legislation that has long stalled in the legislature. House Bill 136 was approved 65-30 after more than two hours of deba…

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An unknown man was struck by a train near Buckner Wednesday and died. Oldham County Police Major Neil Johnson said he has limited information on the incident at the moment; other than it was a white male who was standing on the train tracks. The incident took place at about 11:45 a.m. on Hig…

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Wendell Lynch will be sworn in as the 27th mayor of Hopkinsville at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial Building. Council members voted unanimously to appoint Lynch to the position Feb. 4 after former Mayor Carter Hendricks resigned to become executive director of the South West Kentucky Economic …

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The Broadway Bridge over the Kentucky River near downtown Frankfort is salvageable and an early estimate from one group shows it won’t cost more than $2.5 million. That’s what a group of roughly two dozen concerned Frankfort residents learned from Working Bridges Executive Director Julie Bow…

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Though it is the state’s official motto — embroidered on the flag and written on the great seal of Kentucky — the words “united we stand, divided we fall” may have fallen on deaf ears for the estimated 3.4% of Kentuckians who are LGBTQ. On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear made strides to change …

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The Hardin County Schools Board of Edu­cation unanimously approved the merger agreement to absorb West Point Independent School at its meeting Thursday. It was the final decision toward closing the independent district and its single school on the northern tip of Hardin County along the Ohio…

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A Mercer County woman has been charged with several counts of animal cruelty after officials discovered starving, neglected and dead horses on a Boyle County farm Monday. Melanie Logue, 47, was served a warrant and charged with 18 counts of second-degree animal cruelty and two counts of fail…

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According to youth.gov, studies show approximately 10 percent of adolescents report being the victim of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner during the previous year. Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships and are more likely to suf…

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Bing Zhang grew up in the country of the Jiangsu province of China, but knew he wanted to attend graduate school in the United States. In 1989, he applied to 10 statistics programs, but got into only one— the University of Kentucky. In the days before email, he had to call the department to …

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By the end of the day Wednesday, you and the rest of Kentucky's taxpayers have spent an estimated $2,060,400 on the first half of the 2020 General Assembly. So far, the legislature hasn't dealt with issues like medical marijuana, red flag gun laws, expanded gambling and numerous other issues…

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The Williamsburg man missing since Jan. 10 was found dead Wednesday. It appears the victim took his own life, officials said. Will Hill who was last seen on Jan. 10, was found dead Wednesday. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said search crews recovered the body of Will Lawrence Hill, 33,…

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The Hopkins County School District has joined litigation against JUUL and potentially other manufacturers, distributors and sellers of electronic cigarettes and vaping products. During Tuesday’s regular meeting, board attorney Keith Cartwright asked the Board of Education to pass a resolutio…

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The Kentucky House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs. House Bill 12 would limit insulin costs to $100 for a 30-day supply. The bill has more than 70 sponsors, including Louisville Democratic Rep. Charles Booker, who has Type 1 diabetes. “This bill is a…

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Gov. Andy Beshear spoke at an LGBTQ-rights rally in the Capitol on Wednesday, advocating for a statewide fairness law and a bill banning "conversion therapy." “Kentucky cannot reach its full potential if all of our people don’t feel supported to be themselves," Beshear said. "Discrimination …

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Following emotional testimony Wednesday about a young woman killed in a police pursuit last year, a House committee advanced a bill requiring all law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to develop pursuit policies. The bill also mandates pursuit training for officers. While an earlier version o…

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A Senate committee gave initial approval Wednesday to four constitutional amendments, including one that would codify Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order restoring voting rights to most non-violent felons and one that would restrict the governor’s ability to grant pardons and commutations. T…

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The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to transfer state inmates serving felony time in dangerously overcrowded jails to other jails that have open beds. However, discussion on a second bill proposing reforms to Kentucky’s broken bail system was …

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Former Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard said Wednesday in an interview with the Herald-Leader that he doubts a $1.7 billion aluminum mill will ever get built in Kentucky if he loses his legal fight to retake control of the company. “I have my doubts,” he said when asked if he expects the…

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When Pendleton County Attorney Stacey Sanning took office and oversight of the County Attorney Child Support Agency, she knew that it would be an issue that she would have to focus. “I was thinking of the victims and custiodial families when I started,” she said. “But I have realized that I …

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An elderly couple died in a house fire early Tuesday morning in Union County. Union County Coroner Stephen Shouse said Joseph Sheffer, 86, and his wife, Joann Sheffer, 81, were killed when their house in the Grove Center area caught on fire. Grove Center is roughly seven miles from Morganfie…

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A Totz man was killed as a result of a shooting Saturday morning, with the alleged shooter fleeing to Washington County, Tenn., before his arrest. Richard G. Cody, 59, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Feb. 15.

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Frankfort native and famed Broadway director and playwright George C. Wolfe will be featured on the Saturday episode of KET’s “Kentucky Life.” The episode is set to air at 8 p.m. EST Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday on KET as well as 7 p.m. Monday on KET2. “Kentucky Life” catches up with the Tony …

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The process of merging West Point Independent School into Hardin County Schools stayed on track Tues­day night when the West Point board unanimously sign­ed a merger agreement. Approving the merger agreement is on the HCS Board of Education meeting agenda Thursday night.

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Michael Dean Knipper, 46, the man convicted of killing a family’s pet was formally sentenced in Harrison Circuit Court on Tueday to three years in prison. According to court records, Knipper was denied probation and he was ordered to pay Nick and Mandy Thornton $500 in restitution. Arrested …

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Kentucky’s Real ID rollout is getting real, with six locations around the state churning out about 500 IDs per day, and perhaps no one is happier about that than Warren Circuit Court Clerk Brandi Duvall. Speaking at a Bowling Green Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, Duvall said she was giving “t…

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The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force arrested a Franklin woman on drug charges after searching a residence in the 200 block of East Street on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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The Simpson County Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring a National Weather Service Spotter talk on Monday, Feb. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at the Simpson County Courthouse on the downtown square.

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The Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission voted on Feb. 4 to recommend rezoning a parcel of land at the southwest corner of the end of Trotters Lane for a proposed warehouse.

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The Code Administrator’s Association of Kentucky Board of Directors will hold a Residential Code One-Day Training Seminar on Feb. 27 in Bowling Green at the Sloan Convention Center at 1021 Wilkinson Trace.

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Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue received 26 calls during January.

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The Lewis Memorial, Inc.’s Assisted Living Community will be expanding their facility in part to a favorable USDA loan, according to a news release.