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Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley is saying a lot of important things. Everyone should be listening. “Stop using this criminal-justice hammer to address a public-health nightmare,” Tilley told journalists learning to cover substance abuse and recovery recently, accordi…

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It was 23 years ago — in what seems like another lifetime — that I achieved one of my dreams, but quite frankly the only reason I even remember the date is because it is also my brother’s birthday. I was a sophomore cross country runner at Frostburg State University, an NCAA Division III sch…

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It’s cold outside. Most of us have an escape from the elements — a home with a warm bed and a roof over our heads. But there are people in this community who do not have consistent access to shelter. There are people among us who are sleeping in their cars. Others are flopping on a friend’s …

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Authorities are still investigating the cause of a fatal fire last Friday that claimed the life of an 11-year-girl; however, no wrongdoing is suspected. “We and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the actual cause of the fire, but foul play is not expected,” said Kentucky State…

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Jamie Paxton is now the fifth-generation of the Paxton family to be named president of Paducah-based Paxton Media Group. He will assume the new role on Jan. 1, 2020. He succeeds David Paxton, who had held the position for 20 years. David Paxton will remain with the company as chairman. Jamie…

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Kentucky’s pension fund for teachers is continuing its slow but steady recovery, according to newly released data. The Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky reported a funding level on June 30 of 58.1 percent, up from 57.7 percent one year earlier. That’s less than healthy — anything under…

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Two Kentucky State Police troopers accidentally shot a rifle Saturday night through the floor of their Oldham County apartment, according to a KSP spokesman. Local TV outlets reported the bullet went through the ceiling of a unit below the troopers' apartment, where a woman was with her thre…

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Carrie Vittitoe just needed to buy a homecoming dress for her daughter. Finding a knee-length dress for her 5-foot-8 daughter to appease Eastern High School's dress code was a tall order. They bounced through at least five stores, finding only one dress that met the length requirement. It wa…

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A legislative task force that had sparked fears of drastic cuts to public aid in Kentucky such as Medicaid and food stamps ended its work Monday with only a few minor recommendations and no proposed changes to state law. The outcome was a relief to the many advocates and individuals who test…

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It appears the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has settled on a candidate to run against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in 2020: Josh Hicks. “All my indications are that they’re very satisfied with him as a candidate,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, Kentucky’s only Demo…

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Facing an Oct. 1, 2020, federal deadline to start issuing Real ID driver’s licenses, Kentucky plans to set up 12 regional offices to issue the special licenses needed to board domestic airline flights. Matt Henderson, vehicle regulation commissioner in the state Transportation Cabinet, told …

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Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon, the former hosts of WLEX 18’s “Live with Lee and Hayley” will reunite for a new talk show on a Lexington competitor, the pair have announced. The new show will air on weekdays and debut Monday, Feb. 17, WTVQ, ABC 36, said. It will feature celebrity and musical gu…

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On Friday, Nov. 15, Hopkinsville bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite announced that it had been acquired by Brunswick Bowling Products. All 172 staff members were made aware that they had lost their jobs, starting immediately. The West Kentucky Workforce Board announced Monday that Kentucky Ca…

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Two Franklin County Schools officials will go back to the courtroom on Tuesday for pretrial conferences on misdemeanor criminal charges. A lawyer for the district's superintendent expressed optimism and said he expects the case to be "all cleared" Tuesday, while a lawyer for the principal pr…

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Two young women were jailed after they allegedly stole two Guinea pigs and threw one of them out a moving vehicle as they attempted to flee from a Danville pet store Friday night. They left the store without paying for the animals, according to police. The store clerk tried to stop them from…

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that while he “probably wouldn’t have done the phone call” at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, he also believes the president took a “reasonable” approach in speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The Bowling…

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Two 14-year-old students at Ignite Institute near Erlanger are behind bars and facing felony counts of terroristic threatening after saying they planned to shoot up their school. That’s according to a Boone County Sheriff’s Department press release that says deputies took two freshmen studen…

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Mammoth Cave National Park officially closed two of its most popular attractions Monday to begin work rehabilitating two miles of cave trails. The new work will involve constructing durable walkways and lint-collecting curbs as well as improving the handrails, seating and resource issues. An…

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TOLERANCE: (noun) The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions that one does not necessarily agree with. The act of tolerance is needed as much today as any time in history. Today marks an opportunity for each of us to reflect on our ability to be…

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A Kenton County jail inmate was charged with raping another inmate after she accused the other inmate of holding out on sharing drugs, according to court records. Stephanie Kay Riley, 30, threatened another inmate she thought had drugs, according to court records. The Warsaw, Kentucky reside…

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Flu season has arrived, and with the holidays approaching, the need to get vaccinated is as important as ever. The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu, as the holiday season…

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A Daviess County man died Sunday afternoon after a tree fell on him while he was cutting firewood. Stanley Sheldon, 62, of Lewisport, was killed when the tree collapsed in the opposite direction as planned. Sheldon was trapped until the Knottsville Fire Department was able to cut the tree an…

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to hold the line when it comes to impeachment, saying Monday he "can't imagine a scenario" in which the U.S. Senate would remove President Donald Trump from office. This comes the week after the U.S. House of Representatives began holding publ…

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Skeptical lawmakers have thrown up another potential roadblock in the path of KentuckyWired, the state's troubled and overbudget plan to boost internet connectivity across the commonwealth. The state legislature's Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee has blocked KentuckyWired admini…

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In Kentucky, anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect is required by state law to report it to the authorities — a law that also applies to suspected abuse of an older or vulnerable adult. But attempting to follow the law is resulting in lengthy waits on hold and frustrating delays for peo…

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An Eastern Kentucky water district plagued by dirty water, unreliable service and financial blunders must sign a contract with an outside management company by Wednesday or face serious financial penalties, state regulators said late last week in a blistering order. The order is filled with …

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Ariana Grande may have canceled her Lexington show Sunday, but she still managed to help make unforgettable memories for dozens of her fans. Some of Grande’s die-hard fans gathered at Rupp Arena on Sunday after the pop singer announced she was too sick to perform that night’s show. Shellye E…

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Lexington’s minor league baseball team is facing extinction, according to a report by The New York Times this weekend. The Legends, who have called Lexington home since 2001, are one of 42 minor league baseball teams that could lose their major league affiliations under a plan proposed by Ma…

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Ebonite, the local bowling ball manufacturing plant, closed its doors on Friday. The company was acquired by Brunswick Bowling Products, according to a news release. The company has operated in Hopkinsville for 52 years. Around 170 employees will lose their jobs. Christian County Judge Execu…

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An investigation into allegations of physical and verbal abuse involving Georgetown Fire Department trainees is ongoing, according to city officials. Most of the claims have not been substantiated, although a 13-page investigative report by Megan Miller, the city’s human resources director, …

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In the early 1970s, William Barrett and Larry Key shared many similarities. Both men were in their 30s and were married with two young sons. Both were involved in the flourishing drug trade at the time, although on opposite sides of the law. And in a span of seven months between 1971 and 197…

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Kentucky State Police Trooper Joe Denning was at home when the phone rang just past midnight on the morning of Dec. 19, 1971, telling him to get back in service because an officer had been shot. “You never want to hear that,” Denning said. Denning soon learned that the officer who had been k…

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About four in 10 people who commit a murder in the U.S. will get away with it, according to data from the FBI. So perhaps it is no surprise that the killings of Larry Key in 1972 and William Barrett in 1971 remain unsolved. How the Barrett and Key cases differ from many other unsolved killin…

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There have been an untold number of investigations into the killings of Larry Key and Kentucky State Police Trooper William Barrett in the almost half-century since they occurred. The investigators have ranged from KSP detectives who specialize in cold cases to members of Larry Key’s family,…

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Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, in Bardstown Tuesday to receive the first Ron Paul Liberty Award from the Republican Party of Nelson County, said she doesn’t know what’s next for her when she leaves office at the end of next month, but she wouldn’t rule out running for something else. “Everything i…

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It’s been nearly two weeks since we set our clocks back an hour for Daylight Saving Time, and many people are still likely recovering from the time change that comes twice a year. It’s an age-old practice that dates back 100 years in the U.S. In March 1918, Congress enacted the first dayligh…

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Gov. Andy Beshear stepped up to the lectern at the Kentucky Education Association headquarters in Frankfort on Friday and … Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry. Fell asleep. That might be what we need. A boring new governor who doesn’t make outlandish, unfounded claims. One who doesn’t want to fight with th…

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He kept the state in suspense for more than a week, but in the end, Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the governor’s race to Attorney General Andy Beshear, rightfully concluding “we’re going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people.” A race with less than 1 percent between…

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Local officials have confirmed that Bekaert Corporation is planning to lay off 100 workers at its Shelbyville plant on Jan. 13, 2020. A skeleton crew of 12 will run Dramix operations at the Shelbyville plant, which makes steel wiring products at 2000 Isaac Shelby Drive, for the remainder of …

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Less than two months after graduating its first welding class, McCracken County Jail on Thursday kicked off two new inmate education programs -- an HVAC course that incorporates electrician training and a deckhand school. 2019 has seen a flurry of new and improved programs at the facility, a…

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A Fleming County man was recently arrested by state police following the death investigation of a juvenile. According to officials with Kentucky State Police Post 8, the post received a call from Fleming County dispatch regarding a juvenile death. The report indicated that a juvenile had bee…

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An out-of-town teen -- allegedly involved in a series of events, including a police chase -- turned himself in to Henderson police after losing his shoes in the tumult. A second teen is also in custody. Police said other teens are still wanted on charges.

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Meggitt PLC held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon to celebrate its planned 95,000-foot expansion. Meggitt plans to significantly increase its Danville commercial and military aircraft carbon brake manufacturing capacity at the 190 Corporate Drive facility, according to the compan…

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A Campbell County grand jury upped the charge to wanton murder Thursday against a mother accused of beating her 17-month-old to death, according to a prosecutor in the case. Stacey Schucart, 29, was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter when arrested on Sept. 13 in Dayton, Kentuck…

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Mason Barnes and Larry Dixon felt like big winners Thursday at Kentucky Downs, and the ponies weren’t even running. Barnes, the Simpson County judge-executive, and Dixon, the Franklin mayor, were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony that they see as a sure bet that the horse racing and ente…

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An upbeat Andy Beshear claimed victory — again — in the Kentucky governor's race Thursday, shortly after incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said he would not contest the results of the close election. "The race is now officially over," Beshear, a Democrat and Kentucky's attorney general, s…

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A letter to a U.S. senator from Braidy Industries' CEO Craig Bouchard sheds new light on the extent of the conversations he had with an eventual Russian investor in Braidy's planned Kentucky aluminum mill. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said the fact that they discussed a potential business deal …

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul — who for weeks has been trying to out the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump — said the name of the person alleged to be the tipster during a radio interview despite federal protections meant to prevent retaliation against …

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A Somerset woman has been charged in connection with the death of a woman who has been missing since May, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Danelle Nicole Powell, 33, is being held in the Pulaski County jail on a charge of murder, according to the jail’s website. Investigator…