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  • KY schools would get one to five stars in proposed rating system

    Frankfort - Kentucky schools, including charter schools, would be rated from one to five stars, with five being the highest, under a proposed new accountability system discussed Wednesday at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting.
    Under the current system, schools are rated with designations such as “needs improvement,” “proficient” or “distinguished.”

  • KSP warns warmer weather poses danger for children

    FRANKFORT – Temperatures are on the rise this week and KSP warns parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles.
    KidsandCars.org reports that 39 children died in the U.S. during 2016 from vehicular heat stroke with 11 deaths already in 2017.

  • KSP searching for escaped inmate from Fulton County

    Mayfield, Ky. - The Fulton County Detention Center contacted Kentucky State Police Post 1 dispatched at 2:22 a.m. to advise of an escaped inmate.
    Fulton County Detention Center advised that the last scheduled head count was at 9 p.m. June 10 and the inmate Reggie Rankins was present at this head count. 
    At 1:18 a.m. Fulton dispatch advised they received a call of a gas station down the street from the detention center being broken into.
    An emergency head count was performed at 1:30 a.m. and Reggie Rankins was not present.

  • Legislative panel warns of tight budgets ahead

    COVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.

  • Beshear creates statewide victim advocates map to better serve Kentuckians

    FRANKFORT, KY. (June 12, 2017) – In his ongoing efforts to help improve responses to victims, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Victims Advocacy have created a statewide mapofvictim advocates that includes local and regional prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.
    A core mission of Beshear’s is to seek justice for victims, and the map is necessary to strengthen and publicize the network of victim advocacy across the Commonwealth, Beshear said.

  • Person claiming to be fugitive lawyer Eric Conn says he had help escaping

    A person claiming to be high-profile fugitive Eric C. Conn told the Herald-Leader in an email that he had assistance escaping home detention on June 2.

    The person also said he had noticed attempts by law enforcement to find him through the IP address on his emails, but that he had been “mentored by the master of such things” to avoid detection.
    “Do they really think they can find me with such a blunt method?” he said in an email to the newspaper Sunday evening.

  • Fiscal court holds first reading for 911 fee

    The Grant County Fiscal Court held a first reading of an ordinance that would establish a countywide unit service fee to fund the county’s 911-dispatch service. The E-911 board, comprised of mayors from Grant County’s incorporated cities and Judge-Executive Steve Wood, had met several times to discuss the most viable funding mechanisms for the service.

  • DR man dies in head-on collision

    A Dry Ridge resident died in a fatal collision at 6:45 a.m. May 31 on Taft Highway after his vehicle crossed into the opposing lane, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.
    Detective Scott Conrad said that 29-year-old Jamie Lewis was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu heading east on Taft Highway in Dry Ridge when he lost control in a curve due to wet conditions.
    The vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, striking 23-year-old Jonathon Waller of Tompkinsville, who was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu heading west. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

  • St. E announces closure of Owen Co. emergency dpt.

    A short 16 months after beginning operations in Owen County, St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced today its plans to close its local emergency department.
    The closure, set for July 31, comes after months of consistent low patient volume, according to a news release.
    A business analysis has shown that a majority of patients and conditions that have been seen at the emergency department could be cared for at a primary care office, according to the release.

  • KTC wants railroad crossing at Barnes Rd. closed

    The Williamstown City Council discussed a recommendation sent by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 to close the Barnes Road railroad crossing during their June 5 special meeting.
    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said the transportation cabinet believes the crossing is too dangerous and sent a letter to the council addressing the issue.