A former Blaine mayor is among 18 people who have been indicted by the Lawrence County Grand jury. Crystal Meade, 45, was indicted on charges of misapplication of entrusted property and second degree official misconduct, according to the indictment. She is accused of failing to maintain public records as her position required and with failing to return public records and city property.
Lancaster and Garrard County officials swapped opinions Monday about creating a commission to study a merged charter-county form of government. Representatives from the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, Bluegrass Area Development District and Department for Local Government attended Monday’s meeting at the request of the Lancaster City Council to offer answers and opinions.
If you want to see a bear, you don't have to go to a zoo. Chances are a trip to Williamsburg might just suffice. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that there have been numerous bear sightings in the city over the last three months, and authorities don't think it is the same animal being spotted multiple times.
An advocacy group is calling for legislators to take action in Frankfort to alleviate an increasing poverty rate among Kentucky children. One in four children in Kentucky lives in poverty, according to new statistics released by Kentucky Youth Advocates. Statewide, 262,760 children - 26.3 percent - live in families with incomes less than $22,050 a year for a family of four.
By Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader and Linda J. Johnson, Lexington Herald-Leader
8-year-old Safi Amisi worked in Kathy Keinath's 3rd grade class at James Lane Allen Elementary, 1901 Appomattox Rd, in Lexington, Ky., Monday, September 26, 2011.
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Pike County elementary schools continued to rack up big scores in statewide results from the 2011 Kentucky Core Content Test, which were released Tuesday. Four Pike County elementary schools put 100 percent of their students in the proficient or distinguished categories in at least one subject. Leading the way was tiny Blackberry Elementary, which put 100 percent of its students in proficient or distinguished in four of five tested subjects: reading, math, science and social studies. Blackberry, which has just 144 students in grades K-5, was the only Kentucky public school of any size to do that.
The early word from the trial of pop star Michael Jackson's physician is that the prosecutor says "the superstar's misplaced trust in the doctor led to his death" in June 2009, The Associated Press reports.
As the AP adds, "Jackson died of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol." Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. he has pleaded not guilty.
<p>Cawi Binti Baisan, 84, squats beside the grave of her first husband Bitol, a farmer who was executed by Dutch soldiers in 1947. She is one of seven remaining widows of the more than 400 estimated massacre victims. A Dutch court recently ruled that the Dutch government must compensate the widows for their losses.</p>
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In Indonesia, many people are celebrating what they see as a long-delayed victory for justice and human rights. Representatives of a village in West Java that was the site of a massacre by Dutch colonial soldiers 64 years ago sued the Dutch government and won.
The Dutch court ruled that the government must now compensate the victims' seven surviving widows. One of them is 84-year-old Cawi Binti Baisan.
She remembers her husband Bitol waking her up before dawn one morning in 1947. Bitol, who went by only one name, had just come in from the rice paddies, carrying his plow.