News in Brief


Ky. receiving federal support to combat drug abuse

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center has been awarded $940,000 each year for the next four years. McConnell says he was informed of the federal support by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McConnell’s office says the money will be used to improve controlled substances prescribing practices and to evaluate drug overdose prevention interventions for prescription drugs and heroin. The money will also will be used to target interventions in counties with some of the highest rates of drug overdoses. McConnell’s office says those counties include Jefferson, Fayette, Boone, Kenton and Campbell.

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Postal Service hiring holiday seasonal workers in Ky.

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is hiring holiday seasonal workers for some mail processing facilities in Kentucky.

The openings will be at facilities in Louisville, Lexington and Paducah, as well as Evansville, Indiana.

The Postal Service says there will be about 155 openings in Louisville, 45 in Lexington, 50 in Evansville and 10 in Paducah. The jobs will run from Nov. 14 through Jan. 8, and wages will range from $12 to $15.63.

Open positions will include casuals and postal support employee mail processing clerk.

To apply, visit http://www.usps.com/careers , click on “Search Now,” select “Kentucky” or “Indiana,” click “Start,” then click on the link for the appropriate job. The postings will close on Monday.

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Committee to take on achievement gap in Kentucky schools

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is preparing to take on the achievement gap in Kentucky schools.

Executive Director-elect Brigitte Blom Ramsey tells The Lexington Herald-Leader that the committee plans to organize a study group to look at increasing achievement in the state and closing the gaps between minority, disabled and poor students and other students.

Officials say co-chairs are being determined now, and members who have expertise in closing the achievement gap will be named soon.

The study group will be working through the fall to analyze data, policy and practice. Recommendations will be released in January.

State officials are also trying out a plan to lower the achievement gap, starting in Fayette County Public Schools, where they say the problem is pronounced.

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Lottery says $2 million winner bought ticket in Frankfort

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Kentucky Lottery says a $2 million Powerball ticket has been sold in Frankfort.

The ticket matched the white ball winning numbers but not the Powerball. The numbers were: 10, 16, 18, 29 and 45. The Powerball number was 19.

The ticket would normally be for $1 million, but the state lottery says in a release that the player paid a dollar for a feature that doubled the winnings.

The Powerball jackpot Saturday night was $133 million.

Lottery officials say they would likely name the store where the ticket was sold on Monday.

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Suspect in Ohio I-75 shooting files lots of jail complaints

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Illinois man accused of kidnapping a Kentucky woman and fatally shooting her along a southwest Ohio highway has lodged dozens of complaints in jail as he awaits trial.

Terry Froman has made 93 medical complaints and 59 inmate requests at Warren County Jail in southwest Ohio, where he has been held for nearly a year since the slaying, the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported. The 41-year-old from of Brookport, Illinois, has complained during pretrial hearings about food, his attorneys and the meeting rooms provided by the jail and said he needs medical attention and better grooming.

One of his attorneys, Melynda Cook, told Warrren County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Kirby that Froman is diabetic and is having issues with his food. He also said recently that his shoulder hurts so bad it keeps him up at night.

Kirby has instructed a deputy to alert jail officials to Froman’s latest complaints.

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims said he’s aware of the complaints, many of which have been addressed by the staff and nurses.

“This is an individual that has complained from day one about one thing or another,” Sims said.

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Fire destroys businesses, displaces families

PAINTSVILLE (AP) — A fire that began at a business in Paintsville has destroyed multiple buildings and displaced eight families.

Paintsville Fire Rescue says firefighters responded to the blaze in Johnson County on Monday evening and found heavy flames shooting out of the roof at the Sparetime Bowling Lanes on Broadway Street.

According to media reports, the blaze gutted the bowling alley as well as six other nearby businesses and some apartments.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Family awaits report on police shooting in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — Jimmy Skeeters is awaiting a report on the shooting death of his son by Elizabethtown police.

The Kentucky State Police are investigating the July 7 shooting of 28-year-old Joshua Blough. Investigators are awaiting forensic results from the scene, which could include a toxicology report on Blough.

Once the final investigation report is complete, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young says he will decide whether to present the case to a Hardin County grand jury regarding any charges against the officers, Scot Richardson and Matt McMillen.

Skeeters told The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown that he thinks about his son every day and he hasn’t slept well since the shooting.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him,” he said. “I wish now that I had gone to him. I wish he was still here. I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping since it happened … maybe three or four hours a night.”

Skeeters said he has received no updates on the report.

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Elk viewing tours scheduled at E.Ky. parks

FRANKFORT (AP) — Two state parks in eastern Kentucky are offering elk viewing tours this fall and winter.

State parks officials say visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can choose weekend stays at a state park lodge or cottage while doing the elk tours. Officials say there should be photo opportunities during the tours.

Officials say the largest elk herds on are privately owned lands normally closed to the public. They say the tours are among the few opportunities available for the public to see the greatest number of elk.

Jenny Wiley park is offering tours from September until March on certain days. Tour dates are especially limited there in November, December and March. Buckhorn Lake park is offering tours on certain days in September, October, November and March.

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Disaster unemployment benefits expanded after July weather

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says disaster unemployment assistance is now available for three additional counties affected by severe weather in July.

The cabinet says people living in Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties who lost work or whose businesses were damaged by the severe weather may be eligible. Farmers and self-employed people, who aren’t normally eligible for unemployment benefits, may also qualify.

The deadline to apply in those three counties is Oct. 5. Applications can be filed at local Kentucky Career Center offices.

Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble counties were previously designated as eligible for the benefits, and the deadline for applications from those counties is Sept. 18.

Heavy rains in mid-July caused flash flooding in eastern Kentucky and other parts of the state that damaged property and killed four people.

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Ky. court session planned in former women’s coach case

COVINGTON (AP) — A pretrial conference is planned in the case of a former college women’s basketball coach accused of groping a player.

The session has been scheduled for Tuesday morning in a Kenton County court for Bryce McKey. McKey’s attorney has entered a not-guilty plea for him on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.

Hours after his arraignment Aug. 14, the University of Maryland announced that he had resigned as an assistant women’s basketball coach.

According to a sworn affidavit, a player McKey coached as an assistant at Xavier (of Cincinnati) said McKey asked her to come to his home in Covington, Kentucky, in May. She said during the evening, he repeatedly touched her inappropriately.

McKey has been ordered to stay away from her, and from Xavier’s campus and events.

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Proposed agreement calls for college to pay former students

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A for-profit Kentucky-based college involved in multiple lawsuits could have to pay $1.2 million to former students based on a tentative settlement with the state’s attorney general’s office.

The Courier-Journal reports the proposed agreement calls for Daymar College to pay $1.4 million to the Kentucky attorney general’s office and to students who attended the school in the five years ending in July 2011.

The tentative deal is confidential, but the newspaper obtained a copy and confirmed the terms.

In a joint statement issued Saturday, the attorney general’s office and Daymar’s lawyer, Kenyon Meyer, said a settlement hasn’t been reached.

The attorney general’s office sued Daymar in 2011, alleging that it used deceptive tactics and cheated students on textbook sales, federal financial aid and the quality of their educations.

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