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  • Beshear: ‘Catfishing’ scammers lure in those looking for love, friendship online

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Those who turn to online dating sites and social media to find love and friendship need to be cautious of online ‘catfishing’ scams, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

    In advance of Valentine’s Day, Beshear issued a Scam Alert news release to warn Kentuckians that if an online love interest or new friend asks for money it is most likely a scam.

  • Cigarette tax: Good for health, worries retailers

    An effort is underway in the Kentucky legislature to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack.

    Health experts say raising the tax would prevent 23,000 of the state’s children from ever becoming smokers and reduce the amount of current youth smokers by 4,800.

    According to a Center for Disease Control study, at 24.5 percent of all adults, Kentucky has the second highest rate of smoking in America, with West Virginia in first place at 24.8 percent.

  • State police charges Trimble man with child sexual exploitation

    A Pendleton man was arrested by Kentucky State Police Thursday and faces felony charges related to child sexual exploitation.

  • Safe milk, clean coal, avian flu. UK warns of wide impact from Bevin budget cuts

    By LINDA BLACKFORD

    Lexington Herald Leader

    Last year, the University of Kentucky’s Division of Regulatory Services analyzed 47,000 soil samples sent in by farmers and homeowners, stopped sales on 206 fertilizer samples because they were harmful to gardens and pets, and monitored the state’s milk and cream-handling system.

    The UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory tests for mad cow disease, avian flu and hundreds of other diseases that might affect the state’s $45 billion agricultural industry.

  • Two juveniles arrested by KSP after a vehicle pursuit in Carroll County

    On Jan. 23, at approximately 8:12 a.m. Kentucky State Police Post 5 dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a suspicious vehicle at the Cowboy’s convenient store in Ghent.  A trooper arrived at the scene and made contact with the two male occupants who appeared to be unconscious inside the vehicle. 

  • ‘Devastating’ cut could mean some retired Kentucky teachers pay more in insurance

    By TOM LOFTUS

    Courier-Journal

    Many retired teachers would pay thousands of dollars per year more for health insurance under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed 2018-20 state budget, say advocates for retired teachers.

    While Bevin’s proposed budget fully funds pension benefits for teachers for the next two years, it provides no state dollars for retired teacher health insurance.

    This budget cut would hit teachers who have retired since July 1, 2010, and are not yet 65 — when teachers qualify for Medicare coverage.

  • Kentucky high school shooting leaves 2 people dead, 17 injured

    By THOMAS NOVELLY

    Courier-Journal

    When Heather Ligon arrived at her two sons’ safe place near Marshall County High School on Tuesday, her youngest son, just 14, was crawling to her on hands and knees in a panic.

    Ligon’s sons Bryan, 14, and James Dylan, 18, were inside the school when a 15-year-old student opened fire on Tuesday, killing two students and wounding 12 others. Five other teens were hurt while fleeing, police said.

  • What we know now: Marshall County High School shooting

    By THOMAS NOVELLY

    Courier-Journal

    Benton, Ky., was shaken to its core Tuesday when a 15-year-old sophomore went on a shooting rampage at Marshall County High School, killing two students and injuring more than a dozen.

    Here’s what we know now.

    Rising numbers

    While initial reports from Gov. Matt Bevin, witnesses, and Kentucky State Police were spotty, the final numbers of those injured rose overnight.

  • KU unveils electric vehicle charging station at Midway

    Located in horse and bourbon country between Lexington and Louisville, not far from the capital and less than a mile off of Interstate 64, Midway, Kentucky is a passing point for travelers on their way to any number of destinations.

    The town is now bridging the gap in a new way – partnering with Kentucky Utilities to install a new charging station for electric vehicle drivers looking to power up.

  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife proposes new hunting regulations

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer, elk and small game hunting regulations at its quarterly meeting Dec 8.

    The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Legislators must approve regulation recommendations before they become law.