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Senate Week in Review

March 4, 2014

By SEN. JOHNNY RAY TURNER FRANKFORT — After a pause in legislative work on Monday in observance of President’s Day, the General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday ready to begin the second, busiest half of the legislative session.  In the coming weeks, we will consider some of our most complex and significant bills, including the...

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Five from Knott among new KSP officers

November 22, 2013
Graduating class KSP

  (FRANKFORT, KY. — The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 62 new troopers at ceremonies held Tuesday in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 880 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. Five of the six new troopers assigned to Post 13 in Hazard...

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Inmate death reported at Ky. River Regional Jail

July 12, 2013

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at approximately 11:03 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard was contacted by the Kentucky River Regional Jail, advising that they had an inmate who had been found unresponsive. KSP units, along with Perry County EMS, were dispatched to the detention center.  The inmate, Larry J. Trent, age...

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Former East Ky. doctor sentenced in drug case

June 13, 2013

(AP) — A former eastern Kentucky doctor has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for dispensing thousands of prescription painkillers. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced 66-year-old Richard Albert of Paintsville on Wednesday in court in Lexington to 75 months in prison to be followed by three years’ supervised release. The...

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Gov. being pressured on religious freedom bill

March 14, 2013

By BEN FINLEY Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear is being pressured from both sides of a controversial bill that would strengthen legal protections for religious freedom in Kentucky. Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, are urging Beshear to veto the measure. They say it could allow...

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Legislature okays raising dropout age

March 14, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky students would be barred from dropping out of school before they’re 18 years old under legisla- tion passed by the Legislature on Monday. The Senate voted 33-5 late Monday afternoon for final passage. That vote came on the heels of 88-10 House vote. Raising the dropout age has been...

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Residents pull together to recover from tornado

September 11, 2012

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Eddie and Sherri Granger’s new life running an antique store collapsed in a heap of debris when a tornado demolished their nearly century-old building while tearing through this eastern Kentucky town nestled in the Appalachian foothills. Six months later, the Florida transplants are not...

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‘Operation Big Sandy’ yields arrests of 22 sex offenders

September 6, 2012

Law enforcement officers from seven counties joined Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service last week to conduct a sex offender compliance check throughout the area. The effort was called “Operation Big Sandy.” Sheriff Dale Richardson advised that of the 276 residence checks, 25 were in Knott County. Sheriff Richardson explained the operation...

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Ky. officials worried about speeding coal trucks

August 1, 2012

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state troopers in the Appalachian region are stepping up traffic patrols after receiving multiple complaints about speeding coal trucks on U.S. 119 between Harlan and Pineville. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer Mark Scott told the Harlan Daily Enterprise that “people are terrified” about coal trucks tailgating them. Scott said it’s understood...

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Gov. Beshear signs order to regulate prescriptions

August 1, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed emergency regulations that require doctors to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse. The rules, which were given to given to state boards that oversee the medical industry on Friday, were presented to lawmakers Monday and will remain in effect...

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