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Education
10:01 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Kentucky's Largest School System Votes to Increase Dropout Age

The Jefferson County Board of Education has voted in favor of a resolution calling for an increase in the dropout age.

The Courier-Journal reports the board voted on the measure that supports raising the dropout age to 18 despite concerns from member Linda Duncan that it wouldn't "cure out-of-control kids and keep them in school."

A formal vote on the issue won't come until July, and the policy wouldn't go into effect until the 2015-16 school year.

Duncan says she hopes that is enough time to address her concerns.

According to district officials, 768 JCPS students dropped out of this school year as of January, including 188 who were 17.

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Regional
9:57 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Pulaski County Student Charged with Bringing Gun to School

Police say an 11-year-old southern Kentucky boy has been charged after he told his teacher he accidently brought a loaded gun to school.

The Commonwealth Journal reports police decided to charge the child even though they believe he had no intent to harm anyone.

Police say the boy told a teacher at Southern Elementary School that he had the gun in his pants pocket soon after he arrived at school on Monday morning. Police say the boy and his father said they had been sport shooting on Sunday and the boy apparently left the gun in his pants and wore them to school the next day.

A district official says the boy has been removed from the school. Police continue to investigate.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Senator Paul: Justice System Can Handle Bombing Case

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the federal justice system is ‘‘fully capable of prosecuting’’ a 19-year-old man suspected of detonating deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon.

The Obama administration has indicated it plans to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains in serious condition in a hospital.

Some of Paul’s congressional Republican colleagues have said Tsarnaev’s rights should be more restricted than the administration intends.

Paul said after an appearance at a Louisville power plant Monday that he hopes Tsarnaev is ‘‘prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and I hope he’s ashamed and (is) punished for killing innocents.’’

The most serious charge available to prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill, which carries a possible death sentence.

Health
2:38 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Kentucky Woman Newest Victim of Meningitis Outbreak

A southern Kentucky woman has died at a Nashville hospital of complications from fungal meningitis.

Saint Thomas Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer told The Tennessean that Carol Wetton, 71, of Guthrie, died Tuesday of complications from an original infection.

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed that a death associated with the outbreak of fungal infections occurred and said the death brings to 15 the number of people who have died in the state. Tainted steroidal injections were discovered several months ago. A statement from the department said it is possible there could yet be other deaths from the infections.

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Business
11:28 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelter Gives Shutdown Notice to Workers

Workers at the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville, a major employer in that region.

A western Kentucky aluminum smelter has notified employees that it plans to shut down operations on Aug. 20 unless it can get lower electric rates.

Century Aluminum has been in negotiations with its power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corp., for more than a year. Both parties told the Messenger-Inquirer on Tuesday that they are still trying to negotiate a deal before time runs out.

Legislation to lower the smelter's electric bills was introduced during the General Assembly, but pulled due to misinformation that surrounded the issue.

Century gave a 12-month notice last year to Big Rivers saying it would not renew its power contract. The plant in Hawesville employs about 700 workers.

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