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  • Beshear warns of online ‘Sweetheart’ scams

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians of the “sweetheart” scam, which reports suggest caused Kentuckians to lose more than $80,000 last year.

    A sweetheart scammer typically uses a fake photo and identity to approach a victim through social media or online dating sites and acts as if they are interested in getting to know him or her.

  • State’s organ donor registry saves lives with transplants

    “As we sat beside my 5-month-old son’s hospital bed, we begged God for a miracle.  Smith had been fighting 24 hours for his life but, really, he had fought since birth. Smith was born with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia. The bile ducts in his liver were not formed correctly. Bile was trapped and quickly caused cirrhosis to his liver,” explains Smith Webster’s mom, Holly from Jefferson County.

  • Beshear warns of IRS, tax-related scams

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – As tax season begins, Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families avoid falling victim to Internal Revenue Service and tax-related identity fraud.

    The start date for electronic filing of tax year 2016 federal and Kentucky returns begins Jan. 23 and, as a result, reports of tax identity fraud are increasing.

  • Louisville lawmaker introduces hate crime legislation

    By DEBORAH HIGHLAND

    Bowling Green Daily News

    A Louisville lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make it a hate crime to attack police, firefighters and emergency medical responders.

    House Bill 14 would allow a person to be found to have committed a hate crime if that person intentionally targeted a victim based on his or her employment or perceived employment in one of those fields. It can then be used as a sentencing factor if a court finds that a hate crime was the motivating factor of one of many felony offenses included within the bill.

  • Republicans push charter schools, other changes in Kentucky education

    By VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Republican state lawmakers have filed legislation for the 2017 General Assembly that would lead to significant changes for Kentucky public education, including charter schools, the statewide school accountability system and teacher requirements.

    Republicans have control of the state House for the first time since 1921. Education bills that failed in the past could be on the fast track under the Republican majority. The session resumes in February. Proposed legislation includes:

  • How Kentucky’s non-compliance with Real ID may cause you real problems

    By JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year.

  • KSP investigates shooting in Sulphur

    Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg is investigating a shooting in Henry County on Hollow Tree Road. 

    At approximately 5:12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, KSP received a call from a residence on Hollow Tree Road in the community of Sulphur in Henry County.  It was reported that Gloria Campbell, 59, of La Grange, had been shot in the leg and a second shooting victim had fled the scene.

  • Murder investigation ongoing in Pleasureville

    The Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg is investigating a shooting in the community of Pleasureville in Henry County. 

    At approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, KSP received a 911 call about a shooting at an apartment complex on Main Street in Pleasureville. 

    When Henry County Sheriff’s Office, KSP and Henry County EMS arrived, Zachary Fluhr, 23, of Louisville, was found outside with a single gunshot wound.  Fluhr was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Henry County Coroner.

  • Journalist leads discussion about how to determine if online news is real or fake

    By ZIRCONIA ALLEYENE

    Kentucky New Era

    The ability to share news with one click has made it easier to stay informed yet even easier to be duped.

    Nearly 50 people showed up Monday night to learn how to discern if the news they read is real, fake or biased.

    Jennifer Brown, former editor and opinion editor at the Kentucky New Era, led the hour-long open discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Hopkinsville Community College.

  • State pulling workers out of 31 unemployment offices amid major cuts

    By DANIEL DESROCHERS

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is pulling its employees out of 31 unemployment centers across Kentucky in an effort to save millions of dollars.

    Workers with the Office of Employment and Training throughout the state received a notice Tuesday that the cabinet was making drastic changes, shifting its focus to 12 “hubs” in Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset.