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Agriculture
5:22 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Farm Safety Promoted at School Events

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture says events promoting farm safety are planned at high schools across the state.

The Department says Kentucky had 14 farming-related fatalities in 2013, down from 22 in 2011 and 50 in 1995. On a percentage basis, farming remains one of the nation's most dangerous occupations, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The Agriculture Department's Farm & Home Safety Program is spreading the message about farm safety with events at Central Hardin High School, LaRue County High School and others.

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Regional
6:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Teens Escape From Nashville Detention Center

A spokesman says more than  30 teenagers escaped from a Nashville youth detention center overnight and as of sunrise Tuesday, more than 17 are still being sought.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson says 32 teens, ranging in ages from 14 to 19, escaped around 11:00 Monday night by crawling under a weak spot in a fence that surrounded a yard there.

Johnson says two teens were recaptured immediately and others were found overnight. Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the teens who are still at large.

Regional
8:24 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Green River Steel Property on Owensboro Waterfront Finally Sold

A 92 acre site at the Owensboro Riverport has been sold for $2.6 million after seven years on the market. Castlen Welding and Manufacturing purchased the one-time site of Green River Steel and the sale is expected to be finalized in 60 days.

Riverport Authority Chairman Rod Kuegel said officials were mostly trying to make sure they didn't make a bad deal when selling the property.

Politics
6:51 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Senator Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

Kentucky senator Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation's prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for President.

Paul said he has not had a lot of feedback from minorities about the death penalty, calling it a state issue.

White people have accounted for more than half of all executions in the U.S. since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. But more than half of the country's current death row inmates are either black of Hispanic.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Beshear: Health Rulings Won't Affect Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama's health care law won't affect enrollees in Kentucky's state-run health exchange.

Beshear said in a statement released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that premium assistance that Kentucky enrollees have qualified for also won't be affected.

Within hours of each other Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the subsidies that help low- and middle-income people afford premiums.

Beshear said the confusion highlighted by the rulings just reiterates that Kentucky was in the right by creating a state-based exchange rather than going with the federal exchange. 

One court said the federal government was right in issuing credits for consumers in all 50 states, but the other court said that aid was only available to people in states that set up their own exchanges.

Sports
5:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Kentucky Proud Foods on the Menu at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky grown food will be served up at Kentucky Speedway for the auto race on Saturday. State agriculture commissioner James Comer says "Kentucky Proud" foods will be served to fans at Saturday's Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and for the remainder of the racing season at the track in Sparta.

Comer says the partnership with the Speedway brings the "Kentucky Proud" program to a wider audience.

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Regional
7:36 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Auto Parts Company Expanding in Portland, TN

Tennessee state officials say automotive components manufacturer Hatch Stamping Co. plans a new manufacturing facility in Portland, just over the Kentucky border. Officials say the Michigan-based company will invest $17 million in Robertson Co. and create 101 new jobs there.

The company will design and manufacture highly engineered metal stampings and assemblies in the 106,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

Hatch Stamping says it will produce auto parts for the southeastern market and world-wide distribution.

Regional
7:24 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Restrictions Loosen

Over the past decade, the number of concealed carry gun permits in Kentucky has risen from 11,000 issued in 2004 to 60,000 in 2013.

The increase has happened as Kentucky's general assembly has made it easier to own and carry guns. Law changes include allowing people to have concealed guns in their cars and elimination of a six-month residency requirement for a concealed carry license.

Kentucky's gun laws have ranked consistently among the country's most lenient. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave the state and "F" rating.

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Regional
9:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Sinkhole Improves Corvette Museum's Business

Credit National Corvette Museum

For years, just enough classic car lovers and curious travelers wandered through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to keep the doors open. Now, after a massive sinkhole swallowed eight classic Corvettes, attendance has skyrocketed with visitors as eager to peer into the chasm as they are to see the cars, if not more so.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frasinelli says the response has been bigger than anyone imagined.

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Regional
5:48 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Appeals Court to Hear Case of Former Barren County Sheriff

A federal appeals court is set to take up the case of former Barren County sheriff Chris Eaton's conviction on two counts of witness tampering.

The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Eaton's case on June 19 in Cincinnati.

A federal jury in Bowling Green convicted Eaton in 2013 of directing two deputies to write false incident reports for the FBI.

Federal investigators were probing accusations of civil rights violations during a 2010 arrest. Eaton was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

U. S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley concluded that Eaton raised two reasonable issues that could result in his winning a new trial and allowed him to remain free on bond while the appeal is heard.

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