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  • Sparta man indicted for filing false tax returns

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) jointly announced today that an indictment was unsealed yesterday charging a Sparta, Ky., man with filing false tax returns.

    The indictment alleges that Meredith L. Lawrence, 61, filed false tax returns in 2005, 2006, and 2007. According to the indictment, Lawrence’s income was greater than he reported on his returns.

    Lawrence was arraigned yesterday and entered a plea of not guilty to each count of the indictment. Trial is scheduled for December 21, 2011.

  • Most Kentuckians aren’t going to vote on Nov. 8

    From The State Journal

    Without a hot race to motivate voters, Kentucky is caught in a political malaise that will drive down turnout on Nov. 8, the state’s chief election officer predicted Monday.

    Secretary of State Elaine Walker said she expects between 25 and 28 percent of the state’s registered voters to decide whether to re-elect Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear or replace him with one of two challengers, Republican David Williams or Independent Gatewood Galbraith.

  • Beshear announces 45 new jobs in NKy.

    Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced Johnson Controls Inc. will expand its Northern Kentucky automotive battery operation, creating 45 new jobs.

    The company’s $24.2 million investment will increase the plant’s square footage to accommodate additional production lines and warehousing space.

  • Veteran Kentucky AP photojournalist Ed Reinke dies Tuesday at age 60

    By JANET CAPPIELLO

    Associated Press

    LOUISVILLE — Ed Reinke, an award-winning Associated Press photographer who traveled worldwide and was known for his striking pictures of Kentucky news and sporting events, died Tuesday following an injury, according to his family. He was 60.

    Reinke was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood on Oct. 2 after he fell and suffered a head injury while covering the IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

  • Statewide smoking ban likely to be discussed

    By ROBYN L. MINOR

    The Daily News, Bowling Green

    A statewide smoking ban will again come before lawmakers when they head back to Frankfort in January, but just how much support such a measure will have is unclear.

    “There is no question that it would save the state money in terms of what it pays out for Medicaid,” said state Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

  • Edelen, Kemper face off in race for state auditor’s post

    By Jesse Osbourne

    Landmark News Service

    On Nov. 8, two candidates will vie to replace outgoing Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen.

    Adam Edelen, the Democratic candidate, and John T. Kemper, III, the Republican candidate, will go head-to-head to see who will fill that vacancy.

     

    Adam Edelen

    At 36, Adam Edelen may be young, but he’s had a lot of experience in both business and government.

  • New book details the dwindling of rural Kentucky

    By Greg Kocher

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    RICHMOND — Kentucky is still rural, as evidenced by 310 million chickens raised for meat or eggs in a state of 4.3 million people. But a new book documents what’s left behind as more people trade the countryside for jobs in cities.

  • Bus crash documentary underway

    By Jeff D’Alessio

    Landmark News Service

    Now that Quinton Higgins has the future of his own children to worry about, he spends more time thinking about the 1988 bus crash in Carroll County that he survived.

    Twenty-seven people perished on that dark interstate.

    “I don’t know why it is, but I tell my kids all the time about it,’’ he said. “I think more about what happened now than ever.’’

  • One person dies in motorcycle crash in Trimble County

    Kentucky State Police Troopers from Post 5 responded to a fatal collision  at 9:38 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Trimble County.

    The investigation revealed that Patrick Moore, 27, of Sulphur, was operating a motorcycle near the 9900 block of U.S. 421 in Milton when he apparently failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in impact with a nearby guardrail. Both Moore and his passenger, Catherine Nicole Straw (27 years old from Sulphur), were thrown from the motorcycle during impact, according to a state police news release.

  • ELECTION 2011: Secretary of State candidates believe in their backgrounds

    By Stephen Lega

    Landmark News Service

    Bill Johnson is running for Kentucky Secretary of State because he is concerned about the future of the Commonwealth. Alison Lundergan Grimes is running because Kentuckians are hurting and she thinks they need and deserve strong leaders.

    Grimes, the Democratic candidate, and Johnson, the Republican candidate, will square off on Election Day, Nov. 8.