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Missing teen found at Frankfort motel

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A 13-year-old girl who had missing since Feb. 18 was found by Frankfort Police on Wednesday night in a room at University Lodge. Dispatchers received an anonymous tip about where the teen could be found, police spokesman Chris Quire said. Nicole Hall Smith was found safe in Room 28 at the motel with Debra Shofner, 41, of Frankfort. 2018-03-09T11:16:11-05:00

A new heart for Eli

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
After four months of waiting, Eli Alexander will finally have his chance at a new heart. Eli, from Elizabethtown, has been at Norton Child­ren’s Hospital since he was born Nov. 6. He was diagnosed with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. This morning on the “Eli-phant, The Journey of a Tiny Heart Warrior” page on Facebook, the family shared the news they had been waiting for. 2018-03-09T11:11:15-05:00

Money shouldn’t speak louder than the benefits of renewable energy

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
The powerful will always attempt to stay in power and will often use any means at their disposal. In Frankfort, one of those powerful interests is the electric utility sector, and the means are state lawmakers. This is what has played out over this General Assembly with the net metering law being pushed by utility companies that would severely damage — some experts say cripple — the rooftop solar industry in Kentucky. 2018-03-09T11:07:45-05:00

Adkev beginning renovations, construction at old Caterpillar plant

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Renovations of the old Caterpillar factory are underway and the company planning to use the facility, Adkev Inc., received approval this week to build an addition. Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning commissioners held a public hearing Wednesday and approved a site plan for a new 5,200-square-foot building on the former Caterpillar property. The building will serve as a dye storage area, allowing all of the original building to be used for processing, said Milton Hammons, a representative for Denham-Blythe, the general contractor working for Adkev. 2018-03-09T10:59:40-05:00

KSP charges Christian County man with child sexual exploitation offenses

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Gene K. Bosley, 50, Tuesday night on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Bosley was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Bosley sharing files of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP news release. 2018-03-09T10:47:59-05:00

Williamsburg man accused of stealing over $300 worth of snack cakes

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A Williamsburg man allegedly stole about 500 cases of snack cakes from a Williamsburg storage facility Monday, and then tried to sell them on Facebook, according to Williamsburg Police. Williamsburg Police Detective Bobby Freeman charged James E. Carroll, 49, with receiving stolen property over $500 Monday evening, and lodged him in the Whitley County Detention Center. 2018-03-09T10:39:52-05:00

Juvenile charged with possession of handgun at high school

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A juvenile, who officials said was not a student at Betsy Layne High School, was arrested after bringing a gun onto the school property this week. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said BLHS Resource Officer Darrell Bradley arrested a 17-year-old former student who brought a handgun to the school on March 6. “He was very recently a student,” Hunt said. “His status at this time, the time of his arrest, I’m not for sure, but he was not a student in the school that day.” 2018-03-09T10:36:50-05:00

Daylight Saving Time serves as fire safety reminder

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday and as you prepare to “spring forward” one hour, the Kentucky Division of Fire Protection asks residents in a news release to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and changing the batteries. 2018-03-09T10:30:17-05:00

Student injured in accidental shooting at Lexington’s Douglass High School

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
UPDATED: A student has been injured after accidentally shooting himself at Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School Friday morning, according to Lexington police. Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said Lexington police were made aware that a student had accidentally shot himself. She said the injury is not thought to be life-threatening. 2018-03-09T10:19:10-05:00

Shot fired at Lexington high school

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A gunshot was fired in a classroom at Lexington's Frederick Douglass High School Friday morning. WLEX reports one student was transported from the scene. Police told the station it was not an active shooter situation. 2018-03-09T09:33:07-05:00

Bevin administration sues to block release of analysis of governor's pension reform plan

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is suing to block the release of an analysis of the governor's pension reform plan, calling an attorney general's decision on the subject a "radical rewriting of the Open Records Act." The case stems from the administration's denial of an open records request by Ellen Suetholz, the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition's coordinator, arguing the records were preliminary so they did not need to be disclosed. But Suetholz appealed the decision to Attorney General Andy Beshear, who decided in her favor last month. 2018-03-09T09:27:23-05:00

E’town man charged with attempted murder

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
An Elizabethtown man is in stable condition after police say an altercation in a motel room led to him being slashed with a knife across his throat. Derrick Butterworth, 21, of Eliza­bethtown, has been charged with attempted murder. The victim, 35, is at University Hospital in Louisville where he was taken after he was found Tuesday night in a room at Kentucky Cardinal Inn at 642 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown. 2018-03-09T09:22:16-05:00

Frankfort merchants to mark implosion with ‘blowout deals,’ ‘tower crumble donuts’

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Get ready for some “blowout” deals and all-you-can-eat implosion puns. As Frankfort prepares to say goodbye to the Capital Plaza Tower on Sunday, local businesses are marking the occasion with Plaza-themed promotions and festivities. The 28-story tower will be imploded at 1:30 p.m., half an hour after scheduled remarks by Gov. Matt Bevin and other officials. 2018-03-09T09:16:10-05:00

Southwest, Allegiant add new nonstop flights out of Louisville

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
In the past two days, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air both committed to offer new nonstop flights out of Louisville International Airport. Beginning June 6, Allegiant will offer flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays to and from Myrtle Beach. One-way fares cost as little as $52, though passengers must pay for extras such as checked bags. Starting on Oct. 3, Southwest Airlines will fly a daily nonstop route between Louisville and Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport. The cost of two checked bags is rolled into the airline’s ticket prices, which start around $100 for a one-way fare. 2018-03-09T09:12:42-05:00

Inmate flees work release in city vehicle

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A Hopkins County Jail inmate escaped custody Thursday when he apparently stole a city of Madisonville pickup and fled from work release. Wilton E. Hollifield, 40, of Lexington was assisting Madisonville Public Works employee Ellis Traylor with routine maintenance in downtown Madisonville when, around 11 a.m., Traylor stepped out of the city's 2003 F-150 with the engine still running and Hollifield inside. 2018-03-09T09:06:19-05:00

Expungement law expansion discussed

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A bill that would expand the number of offenses that could be removed from a person's criminal record under the state's felony expungement law was debated Thursday by a Senate committee but wasn't called for a vote. The bill's sponsor said he would continue to work on the bill in hopes of reintroducing it next year. 2018-03-09T09:02:31-05:00

Black lawmakers worry legislative seat could go white and lower minority representation

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A group of black lawmakers worry that a white Democrat from eastern Louisville could win the seat held by retiring state Rep. Darryl Owens and further diminish their ranks in the Kentucky legislature. Several of those candidates confirmed they attended a private meeting last month called by Owens, state Rep. Reginald Meeks and state Sen. Gerald Neal where they were told there were too many African Americans running, which could dilute the black vote in the May 22 primary. 2018-03-09T08:55:18-05:00

Spring time change is Sunday

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
Standard Time will soon give way to Daylight Saving Time. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday. The change means the loss of an hour of sleep but the days will seem longer since sunset will occur an hour later. As an example, when you go to bed on Saturday night, set your clocks ahead one hour. For instance, if you go to bed at 11 p.m. on Saturday, set your clocks ahead one hour to midnight. They will have the correct time when you awaken Sunday morning. 2018-03-09T08:42:42-05:00

State police try to control when news is reported. ‘That’s crazy,’ newspaper responds.

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
A Kentucky State Police spokesman stirred a First Amendment controversy last week when he sent an email to the Mountain Advocate newspaper and a Bell County radio station demanding that they wait for KSP press releases before publishing anything about ongoing investigations. Representatives of the Mountain Advocate and The Big One 106.3FM WRIL criticized the order in a story on the newspaper’s website, saying it would inhibit their ability to report news to the community. 2018-03-09T08:36:53-05:00

Former Kentucky House clerk says he was fired for reporting Hoover harassment scandal

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
The former chief clerk of the House of Representatives has filed a whistleblower lawsuit, alleging that he was fired for reporting harassing text messages from a member of the House of Representatives to a legislative staffer and a threatening message from U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville. Brad Metcalf, who was fired January 1, filed the lawsuit Thursday against the Legislative Research Commission in Franklin Circuit Court. 2018-03-09T08:25:53-05:00

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