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5:47 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Shredded Documents Raise Suspicion in Frankfort

A Louisville attorney on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation into the former head of the Legislative Research Commission who told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he returned to the Capitol on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.

Thomas Clay wants state police or the attorney general's office to open a probe into what kind of documents former LRC Director Bobby Sherman destroyed.

"I'm very suspicious of what was shredded and why," said Clay, representing two legislative staffers who filed sexual harassment complaints that led to the resignation of Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis earlier this month. "The circumstances suggest some outside agency should inquire about it."

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Education
2:35 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

South Central Kentucky School Receives National Honor

Auburn Elementary has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.  

The Logan County school is being recognized for exemplary improvement, which means at least 40 percent of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds and the school scores among the top ten percent of those in the state with the greatest five year improvement on state assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.

"As the saying goes, no child is left behind here at Auburn Elementary School.  We expect every child to be at least proficient, preferably on the distinguished level," says Principal David Ward.  "We just expect the best out of every child regardless of what their circumstance is." 

Auburn Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools receiving the Blue Ribbon designation.   Representatives from each of the schools will join those from other states at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

Regional
1:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

On A Historical Note: New Lincoln Artifact on Display at WKU

Abraham Lincoln's statue outside the Kentucky Museum
Credit Emil Moffatt

The head of WKU's Special Collections, Timothy Mullin talks about the Abraham Lincoln note


A new piece of American history is now on display at the Kentucky Museum, but if you don’t look closely, you might miss it.

The handwritten note from 1864 measures only three inches by three inches, but comes with enormous historical significance. It was written by Abraham Lincoln.

“If it were in anyone else’s hand, it would be insignificant,” said Timothy Mullin, head of the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU.  “But because it is Lincoln, and because it refers to the oath and it really is the essence of how he wanted the war to end.”

The note is dated March 31, 1864 and is written on behalf of a Confederate prisoner of war. It indicates that he’s taken an oath of allegiance to the Union and is to be set free.

The Kentucky Museum has several Lincoln artifacts, but Mullin notes, this one is special.

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Regional
12:11 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

BBB: Don't Fall Victim to Scam Promising New iPhone 5S

The Better Business Bureau says it's common to see an increase in attempted scams when a highly-publicized new product, like an iPhone, hits the market.
Credit Apple

The Better Business Bureau is warning Kentuckians to avoid falling for a new scam that targets those wanting the new Apple i-Phone.

A bogus email is being reported that tells recipients that they have won an iPhone 5S through a promotional drawing, in an effort to get the would-be victim’s personal information. Similar scams are  appearing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter

“It’s absolutely bogus," said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, with the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, southern Indiana, and western Kentucky. "Apple is not giving away free i-Phones, i-Pads, or anything of the sort. The company is not holding promotional awards, or lotteries, or drawings. So beware—if you see something like that, you can report it to Facebook as a scam.”

Smith-Hamblin says while the Apple-related scams have so far been conducted through e-mail and social media, she warns a similar phone scam is also likely in the near future.

Politics
11:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Guthrie Says Obamacare Should be Separated From Spending Bill

With the massive federal spending bill facing them, including funding for President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act, House members return to Washington this week. The government would be forced to shut down if the continuing resolution providing the money is not passed by the beginning of next week.

Second district Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie appeared live on WKU Public Radio's Morning Edition Tuesday. In a wide-ranging interview, he told host Joe Corcoran the President is as much to blame for the political standoff in Washington as Republicans.

Business
10:51 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Churchill Downs Inc. Loses Challenge to Texas Gambling Law

Spectators gathered at Churchill Downs Saturday near the famous twin spires.
Credit Kevin Willis

A federal judge in Texas has ruled against Churchill Down Incorporated in a challenge over online gambling laws.

The Louisville-based company was hoping the judge would throw out a Texas law that bans internet gambling offered by the racetrack’s website.

The Courier-Journal reports the Texas  Racing Commission has recently started to enforce a law requiring that all gambling on horse racing be done in person at the racetrack. The law was later revised by Texas authorities to explicitly outlaw online wagering.

Churchill claimed the “in person” part of the law was a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But the Texas judge rejected that argument, saying that Churchill Downs and other racetracks can reach gamblers in the Lonestar State through simulcasting—something that is permitted under Texas law.

Churchill started Twinspires.com in 2007 in order to take bets online and over the phone.

Regional
10:08 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Body Found in Bowling Green Identified

Bowling Green police have identified a body found in a ravine off Russellville Road Sunday night.  The deceased was 31-year-old Darrell Gregory of Bowling Green, whose mother had reported him missing. 

He was last seen September 1 near the Western Hills Motel on Morgantown Road.  Police say some children playing in the area found the body, which was badly decomposed. 

An autopsy will determine if Gregory died from foul play or natural causes.

Education
9:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

EKU Student Found Dead in Dorm Room

A senior from Prestonsburg was found dead late Monday night in his dorm room at Eastern Kentucky University.

No foul play is suspected in the death of 24-year-old Benji Fish, who was an environmental health science major. 

The EKU Police and the Madison County Coroner’s Office are investigating. A final toxicology report is anticipated in two weeks.

Politics
8:37 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Committee to Gather Info on Temporary Sales Tax

The state capitol building in Frankfort
Credit Kentucky LRC

A legislative committee in Frankfort will hear testimony Wednesday on a proposal to allow local governments to let citizens decide on implementing a temporary sales tax to fund specific projects.

The idea being heard by the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government at 10 a.m. EDT is to allow ballot referendums on whether to temporarily impose a sales tax of up to 1 cent to pay for new parks, sidewalks, roads and buildings.

Some 37 states already allow a temporary sales tax for local government projects.

Committee Chairman Steve Riggs said too often cities don't have the money to pay for special projects. Legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow such a temporary tax was introduced in the General Assembly earlier this year but didn't receive a vote.

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Politics
8:36 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ex-LRC Head Confirms He Destroyed Documents

The former director of Kentucky's Legislative Research Commission says he returned to his office over the weekend and shredded paperwork.

Robert Sherman told The Courier-Journal that the documents included "personalized stuff" such as old salary comparisons. He said none of the paperwork involved anything to do with the sexual harassment allegations involving a former lawmaker or any investigations the agency is involved in.

Sherman's actions have raised concerns among lawmakers, who say he should have gotten permission before destroying the documents and allowed some independent oversight.

Sherman said others, including Deputy LRC Director Robert Jenkins, were present when the documents were shredded.

Jenkins said only extra copies of paperwork that were in Sherman's office were shredded as it was cleaned out. He said all the documents are in other LRC files.

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