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4:47 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WKU Graduate Named Executive Editor at Courier-Journal Newspaper

A longtime journalist who received his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University has been chosen to lead the Lousiville Courier-Journal.  The paper announced Neil Budde, will take over as executive editor on Monday.  Budde, 57, replaces Bennie Ivory who retired earlier this year after 16 years in charge.

Budde, who has worked as an editor and reporter at the Courier-Journal, has also spent time with the Wall Street Journal's online publication and with the Yahoo! news division.

After his time at WKU, Budde received his MBA from the University of Louisville.

Regional
2:36 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Bowling Green Man Arrested on Firearms Charges

Adam Joseph Bunger
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

A Bowling Green man charged with using an online black market to ship firearms to foreign buyers is due in federal court Friday for a detention hearing.

Adam Joseph Bunger was arrested this week on federal firearms charges.  He's accused of disassembling weapons, concealing the parts inside electronic devices, and shipping them overseas.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the 33-year-old Bunger pulled off the scheme from June through August. 

ATF Special Agent David S. Hayes wrote in a criminal complaint that Bunger sent firearms to Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom by tucking the weapons into Xbox consoles and DVD players.  Hayes said Bunger used a website called Black Market Reloaded to sell the weapons while using the aliases John Smith and Jarvis Smith. 

Bunger made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green on Tuesday where he was assigned a public defender and ordered to remain in custody.

Economy
1:58 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

U.S. Census Bureau: Kentucky has Fifth-Highest Poverty Rate in the Nation

Over 823,000 Kentuckians-19.4 percent of the state's population--lived in poverty in 2012.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Kentucky with one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S. The figures are part of the  bureau’s latest  American Community Survey which was released Thursday.

Kentucky had the fifth-highest percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012, behind only Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  A little more than  823,000 Kentuckians, or 19.4 percent of the state’s population, suffer through poverty. That represents a 0.3 percent increase in the commonwealth’s poverty rate since 2011.

By comparison, Tennessee’s poverty rate stood at 17.9 percent in 2012, an improvement of 0.4 percent over 2011. The poverty rate in Indiana was 15.6 percent, which was also an improvement of 0.4 percent.

There was at least one bit of good news for the Bluegrass State in the latest survey. Kentucky is one of just three states to see a statistically significant increase in the rate of private health insurance coverage from 2010 to 2012.

You can see a report containing the latest American Community Survey data on poverty in the U.S here.

Economy
12:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky Jobless Rate Improves Slightly in August

The state unemployment rate declined slightly in August despite significant job losses in some key labor market sectors.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported Thursday that the rate fell to 8.4 percent, down from 8.5 percent in July.

State economist Manoj Shanker said the trade, transportation and utilities sector shed 2,100 jobs in August. The financial services sector lost 700 jobs. The government sector fell by 500 positions. The information sector, which includes newspapers, lost another 500 workers. And the mining and logging sector declined by another 100.

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Regional
11:46 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Second Worker Charged with Neglect at Somerset Home for Mentally Disabled

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has announced the arrest of a second employee at a home in Somerset for the mentally disabled.                                   

Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Cody Burton Wednesday night at his home in Burnside. 

Burton is an employee of Oakwood Manor in Somerset.  His arrest follows Monday’s arrest of 22-year-old Coty King, another Oakwood worker, who’s accused of enticing two patients to hit each other while videotaping the fight on his cell phone. 

Burton is accused of participating in the incident and failing to report it. 

"My office is working hard to help protect our most vulnerable citizens, but all Kentuckians play an important role," General Conway said. "I encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a patient in a nursing home, Medicaid facility or personal care home to immediately report it to our office using our tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP."

Oakwood offers care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. It almost closed after a string of citations in 2005 and 2006, but new management took over in 2007 and allegations of abuse and neglect have been rare in recent years.

Regional
10:17 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Two Kentucky State Police Troopers Fired, Could Face Criminal Charges

Two Kentucky State Police troopers have been fired following an investigation involving a teenage girl.  

A KSP spokesman confirmed Troopers Jerry Clanton and Stratford Young were terminated last Friday. The investigation was launched following accusations of inappropriate behavior involving a 15-year-old girl.

Both Clanton and Young were assigned to the Elizabethtown Post. Clanton was named Trooper of the year for the post in a ceremony held in May. 

Meade County officials say a grand jury will determine if any charges will be brought in the case.

Regional
8:15 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Bowling Green Police Searching for Robbery Suspects

The Bowling Green Police are investigating a robbery that took place late Wednesday evening at 1228 Center Street.

An emergency text message alert sent by WKU just before midnight said police were looking for two suspects described as African-American males. Both were wearing bandanas, and at least one allegedly had a small handgun.

The suspects reportedly fled toward Adams Street following the robbery. Bowling Green Police public information officer Ronnie Ward told WKU Public Radio Thursday that one robbery victim suffered a minor injury, but didn't require a trip to the hospital.

The BGPD is asking anyone with information to call them at 270-393-4000.

Health
3:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Judge Asked to Move Oxycontin Case Away from Eastern Kentucky Town

A judge is considering whether a civil trial involving the maker of OxyContin should be moved away from Pikeville.

The lawsuit filed by Kentucky Attorney General against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma alleges that the company misled health care providers, consumers and government officials regarding the risk of addiction associated with OxyContin. Conway is seeking reimbursement of money spent on law enforcement, drug treatment programs and Medicaid prescriptions.

The Appalachian News Express reports Circuit Judge Steve Combs heard arguments during a hearing in Pikeville last week over whether the trial should be moved.

Attorneys for Purdue Pharma said it would be impossible to seat an impartial jury there and asked that the proceedings be moved to central Kentucky.

The attorney general's office said the trial should remain in Pikeville.

Regional
1:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Citing Need for Long-Term Care, Officials Break Ground for Radcliff Veterans Center

Gov. Beshear (near center in green tie) joins veterans in Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking of the Radcliff Veterans Center.
Credit Kevin Willis

A new veterans center planned for Hardin County will be just the fourth such facility in the state, and will offer long-term care in a region known for its close ties to the military.

State and local leaders were in Radcliff Wednesday to honor the official groundbreaking for the center that has been seven years in the making. With a planned opening in June, 2015, the project will feature a dozen ten-person homes, and will provide full nursing services to 120 veterans.

Those who helped design the Hardin County facility say it will offer residents a degree of autonomy not often found in nursing homes.

“They will be able to design their own rooms as far as how they decorate the room,” said Gilda Hill, Executive Director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers. “They are welcome to bring their own furniture if they like, if that will make them feel more at home. They will tell us when they want to eat breakfast, when they want to bathe, and when they want to go out of the building for visits.”

The Radcliff Veterans Center will sit on 195 acres of land donated by the Defense Department.

Speaking at Wednesday’s ceremony, Governor Steve Beshear pointed out there is a great need for the kinds of services that be provided at the Radcliff Veterans Center.

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Regional
10:37 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Worker Charged with Neglect at Somerset Home for Mentally Disabled

A worker at Bluegrass Oakwood has been accused of provoking two mentally disabled residents to fight.

The Commonwealth Journal cited a statement from the state attorney general's office in reporting that 22-year-old Coty King of Pine Knot was charged with two counts of knowing neglect of a vulnerable adult. He was arrested Monday. Online jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.

The statement from the attorney general's office says King allegedly enticed one patient at Bluegrass Oakwood to hit another patient.

The facility in Somerset offers care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. It almost closed after a string of citations in 2005 and 2006, but new management took over in 2007 and allegations of abuse and neglect have been rare in recent years.

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