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10:05am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Judge Makes Internet Sensation

Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

The quick wit of Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan has turned what would normally be a run-of-the-mill order concerning a forgettable civil suit into an Internet sensation. After the plaintiff and defendant told Sheehan they had reached a settlement and that there was no need for ruling on numerous remaining motions and a trial, the judge wrote he was “happier than a tick on a fat dog.” But that's not all. The judge also managed to mention one-legged cats, porcupines, topless bars and mosquitoes in his order.

11:01am

Tue August 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Suits Against Attorney Dismissed

Stan Chesley
Kentucky Enquirer

A federal judge has thrown out two lawsuits that alleged class-action lawyer Stan Chesley, his Cincinnati law firm and one of its lawyers mishandled a multimillion-dollar sex-abuse settlement with the Covington Diocese. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves cited a well-established legal doctrine in Monday's order that states federal judges generally don't have the authority to review state court decisions.

10:44am

Tue August 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Putting the Heat on A/C Thieves

Despite public vigilance which has even seen the sheriff's vehicle reported as suspicious, theft of air conditioning units continues to be reported in Bracken County and surrounding counties. Law enforcement agencies are sharing information in an attempt to solve the crimes.

9:40am

Sun July 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Attorney Noted for Response to DUIs

Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice speaks with Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ben Carroll during a pretrial hearing Wednesday for a driving under the influence case at the Warren County Justice Center.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

When Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ronnie Ward walks into Warren District Court to testify against someone he has arrested for driving under the influence, he is confident that Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice is well-prepared for the prosecution. Justice oversees the DUI division in the Warren County Attorney’s Office, prosecuting the majority of people charged here with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year in Warren County, 1,075 people were convicted of DUI, according to a recently released Kentucky State Police study. The high number of convictions places Warren County among the highest per capita in DUI convictions in the state.

11:51am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Dozens Deported Monthly in Shelby County

Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000. But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County. His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both. Headlined by cases such as Telles’, immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.

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1:42pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Commander for Army Depot

Steve Sharp
Winchester Sun

With the Army’s current emphasis on saving money and cutting costs, running operations at Blue Grass Army Depot has become a tougher job. But the depot’s new deputy commander, Steve Sharp, believes he is ready for the challenge. Sharp became the new deputy commander/civilian executive assistant for the depot on April 24. As the new CEA, Sharp is the commander’s right-hand man and the highest-ranking civilian on the depot.

1:08pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Drug Dealers Capitalize on Funding Cuts

Drug dealers and methamphetamine cooks in Logan County are taking advantage of funding cuts and manpower shortages at the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force and the Russellville Police Department. The task force that investigates drug crime in Logan and Simpson counties is down from six investigators to four, and funding has been cut for the second straight year, hindering efforts to track and prosecute drug dealers.

10:35am

Thu July 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Skunk Stinks Up Georgetown Pharmacy

Ordinarily, customers of the Georgetown CVS pharmacy walk in on two legs, but on Tuesday evening, the store got one of the four-legged, stinky variety. A skunk that had been lingering outside the pharmacy entered the store’s vestibule — the area between the outer and inner automatic doors — around 7:30 p.m., according to CVS surveillance footage. The animal never got further into the store but did spray in the vestibule before leaving.

1:37pm

Wed July 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Corbin City Manager Owes Thousands

Corbin's top city official is mired under the weight of an ever-increasing pile of unpaid property taxes, owing more than $4,500 to Knox County on three separate properties - and some of the unpaid bills date back a decade. Based on a News-Journal assessment of Knox County tax records, Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon currently owes roughly $4,561 in property taxes to the county.

1:39pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Veteran Becomes E-Town's Chief

Elizabethtown City Council on Monday chose a successor to replace outgoing Police Chief Ruben Gardner less than a week before he retires after 40 years as a lawman. The council Monday voted 5-1 to appoint former Louisville Metro Police Department Assistant Chief Tracy Schiller to step into Gardner’s shoes — the first change in the department’s top seat in 20 years.

1:37pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Public Urged to Help with I-65 Project

A plea went out Monday for area residents to call lawmakers, the governor’s office or anybody they can think of, to stress how important completing Interstate 65 is for the state. Accidents on the 38 miles that haven’t yet been expanded to six lanes are depleting volunteer resources, Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin told the Barren River Area Development District board Monday.

1:26pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Feds Join Nurses' Registry Lawsuit

The U. S. Department of Justice has joined in a lawsuit against Lexington-based Nurses’ Registry and Home Health Corporation alleging that the firm falsified claims to Medicare.  The government joins the suit that was originally filed in March 2008 by two former Nurses’ Registry employees, Alicia Robinson-Hill and David Price.

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10:25am

Tue July 26, 2011
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Medal of Honor Demanded for Kentuckian

Pikeville's Chase Goodman is hoping that Kentucky native Dakota Meyer gets nationwide recognition for the Medal of Honor he's to receive for braving enemy fire to retrieve the bodies of four buddies in Afghanistan in 2009. And he hopes the medal will make more Americans aware of the military errors and oversights that, Goodman believes, led to the four men's deaths. Goodman has a personal interest in the story: his half-brother, Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., was one of the four men Meyer tried to save.

6:48am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY Insurance Companies Get Waiver

Kentucky insurance companies have been spared another year of having to comply with a portion of the new federal insurance reforms. Kentucky is one of six states that asked for and received a waiver from the federal government. Under the new agreement insurance companies that received a waiver will spend 75 percent on customer premiums. States that didn’t receive a waiver will pay 80 percent.

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5:38pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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Talks Continue On KY Kingdom Reopening

Louisville Metro Government officials say they remain hopeful that the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park will re-open next spring.

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3:02pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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LEX, LOU in Top-20 Cities for Parents

Parenting Magazine has listed two Kentucky cities in their top 20 cities for families.  Louisville rounds off the top ten, while Lexington ranks 18th. The magazine looked at factors such as quality of schools, prices of  homes, crime rates, available jobs, and parkland. Here is the list…

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12:12pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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FAA Funding Impasse Not Affecting LOU

Congress will continue discussions this week to work out a deal to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA ran out of money on last Friday and some 4,000 employees were put on furlough. Airport modernization projects were also put on hold this week. None of that should affect the Louisville Airport, though.

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9:41am

Mon July 25, 2011
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Emergency Landing on Parkway

The Banner-Republican

A pilot flying out of Warren County was forced to land his single-engine plane on the Natcher Parkway late Sunday morning after losing engine power while flying over Ohio County. Bentley Floyd and grandson Caleb were flying in his RV-6 kit aircraft around 11 a.m. CDT, when he lost power at 7,000 feet. Floyd said looking below he quickly identified the parkway as the most-suitable landing area. The plane touched down in the southbound lanes, about a mile south of the interchange with the Western Kentucky Parkway. The plane sustained damage to the right wing, which scrapped along a guardrail, the right front landing wheel and the rear landing wheel. Floyd said the plane was likely totaled in the parkway landing.

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6:00am

Mon July 25, 2011
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Entertaining the Troops Overseas

Jackie Zettles Montgomerygentry.com

The USO and the Kentucky National Guard are teaming up to entertain the troops and their families back at home.  The audience for Montgomery Gentry's next Louisville show won't just be sitting in the KFC Yum Center; it'll also be stationed around the world.

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5:55am

Mon July 25, 2011
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KSP Recruits For 2012

Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police are recruiting cadets for the class of 2012.

Recruitment Commander Rick Saint-Blancard says the KSP training academy in Frankfort can accommodate as many as 120 cadets. He says applicants must be prepared for the physical and mental rigors of a 23-week training program.

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10:08am

Sun July 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Final Ft. Knox Armor School Graduation

The clock stopped Friday morning for the Armor School at Fort Knox as the final graduating class took the stage at Olive Theater for a final rite in their baptism into the world of tankers. It took 15 weeks of rigorous exercises and back-breaking ordeals, but 143 soldiers became a part of history as members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment. New chapters of armor history will be written at Fort Benning, Ga., but it is not an entirely new story. Armor, in essence, started at Fort Benning under Gen. George S. Patton.

10:05am

Sun July 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Connector Set to Open

After more than a year of construction, the new connector between Ky. 100 and the Russellville By-Pass/U.S. 68-Ky. 80 is nearly complete and set to open to motorists Wednesday. The one-mile stretch of road is hoped to be the first section of the southern Russellville By-Pass, with the goal being to eventually have the bypass make a complete circle around the city.

4:16pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville Slugger Loses Appeal

An appeal by Louisville Slugger to the Supreme Court of Montana was unanimously rejected Thursday.  The appeal was filed in response to a 2006 judgment. In 2003, 18-year-old pitcher Brandon Patch died after a baseball hit him in the face. The ball was struck by an aluminum bat made by Louisville Slugger.

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2:26pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Louisville Lawmakers Denounce Merger

Joining state lawmakers and hundreds of residents, three members of the Louisville Metro Council are criticizing the pending merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives.  Council members Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, and Marianne Butler, D-15, signed a petition that will appear as a half-page advertisement in the Courier-Journal this weekend, which protests the hospital merger and says it will “stop vital medical procedures” for residents in the area.

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2:21pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Despite Heatwave, Power Grid Holding Up

Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham says despite thousands of households running air conditioners 24/7, the local power grid is surprisingly in good shape, and at present, there are no signs of a potential brownout.  "We hit a July peak on Wednesday and so we figured it would continue to set another peak on Thursday and it did not do that."

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12:48pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Crane Hunt Opponents Voice Worry

Opponents of a proposed hunting season for sandhill cranes still have several more chances to have the policy blocked or overturned. The nine-member Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved last month a pilot plan to allow up to 400 hunters to kill up to 400 cranes this winter. About 20 attended a public meeting Thursday morning at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources building at the Frankfort Game Farm to voice their opposition to the hunt.

10:04am

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

EPA Finalizes Surface-Mining Regulations

Federal regulators have finalized surface-mining guidelines that have caused controversy in Appalachian coal country, including Eastern Kentucky. The guidelines include a new standard for judging the effect of mining on water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said use of the guidelines will better protect water quality and aquatic life in streams below mountaintop strip mines. Runoff from mining operations contains substances such as chlorides and sulfates that can damage water quality.

10:10am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Western KY Mentoring Program to Close

After serving the community for more than 35 years, the Hopkinsville Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is shutting its doors. The board of directors for the service organization voted to shut down operations at its July 5 meeting, according to a news release Tuesday. “It’s very heartbreaking for us to have to come to terms with this decision,” said Cecelia Cloos, president of the board of directors. During her 10 years of work with the organization, Cloos said, two changes led to the organization shutting down: a lack of funding and declining interest among mentors.

9:59am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY Marine to Receive Medal of Honor

Pentagon officials say President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to a Marine from Kentucky who braved enemy fire in Afghanistan in a bid to find and retrieve three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman. Meyer, a 2006 graduate of Green County High School, is originally from Greensburg.

9:56am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Non-Parent Guardians On the Rise

Lexington Herald-Leader

The number of children in Kentucky being raised by someone other than a parent went up significantly in nearly every county from 2000 to 2010, new U.S. Census figures show. The jump was dramatic in some places — 283 percent in McCracken County, for instance, which was the highest, and 148 percent in McCreary County, according to an analysis of data by the Herald-Leader. Police and other officials said a debilitating level of substance abuse is one key factor in the statewide increase.

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