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Local News

  • Distracted driving: 'It's the new drunk driving'

    By Judah Taylor
    Landmark News Service

    While seizing the first taste of spring behind his motorcycle’s handlebars, Kevin Fields says he was nearly side-swiped by a woman who wasn’t paying attention to him or the road and was only focusing on the make-up she was applying.
    Though Fields, 49, has been riding since he was 5, he sold his bike that day.
    “It just aggravated me so much,” he said. “And I just decided I’m going to quit riding for a few years.”

  • Heart attack: The top killer of people at work in Kentucky

    Kentucky Press News Service

    In keeping with its mission to protect workers in the state, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet examined the causes of worker fatalities each year in Kentucky from 2012-14, and found the heart attack was the overwhelming No. 1 cause of death at work.

  • New plan for old pipe: Carry fracked liquids

    By James Bruggers
    The Courier-Journal

    LEBANON, Ky. – With red dirt piled nearby on grassy green meadow, workers in a hole were welding a weak spot on Kentucky's latest controversial pipeline — putting on a Band-aid, as one of them described it.
    Just a few hundred yards from his home, physician James Angel approached the crew in his pickup truck, saying the maintenance only punctuated his fears about a Texas company's plans for the natural gas pipeline that crosses his Marion County farm.

  • Kentucky gets a 'D' on gender wage gap

    By Pam Wright
    The Advocate-Messenger

    So you Know: Equal Pay Day was Tuesday. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Originating in 1966 by the National Committee on Pay Equity, the day is meant to bring awareness to the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Those supporting equal pay for men and women wore red to commemorate the day.
    Kentucky is not faring well when it comes to gender pay equality, according to the results of a resent report.

  • Study explains workforce needs

    By Taryn Phaneuf
    Bowling Green Daily News

    After decades of watching demand for a more educated workforce increase dramatically, researchers have identified the cause.
    Productivity improvements, consumer demands and technological advances have moved many American jobs out of factories and into offices, hospitals and schools, according to a study published today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

  • Kentucky launches aerospace study

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a resolution recently to kick start a study into the aviation and aerospace industry and its impact on Kentucky's economy. The goal of the study is to expand on an area that has already become the state's largest export.

  • SCC finances under review

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 544 schools that are being kept under a close eye after questions were raised in regard to finances. Of those, 69 schools reportedly face an investigation for “severe” findings in their audit. Included among those 69 schools was St. Catharine College.

  • Celebrating all things handmade

    The third annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival took place Saturday at the distillery in Loretto. The festival celebrates all things handmade, and 27 vendors from across the country were on hand to share their handcrafted items with the public. The festival was free, and also included handcrafted food and cocktails, music and a self-guided tour of the distillery. The distillery was expecting 5,000 people to attend the festival, which is held annually on the second Saturday in April.
     

  • Lebanon man gets five years for attempted rape, sodomy

    Christopher Reardon, 24, of 25 Parish Avenue in Lebanon was sentenced to five years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, three counts of attempted third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree attempted sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse. Reardon also was ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years.

  • Four polling places will be moving

    Voters in the Calvary, Firehouse, Glasscock and St. Charles precincts will be going somewhere new to cast their ballots in the Primary Election on May 19.
    "We're trying to keep them as close as possible to where they are now," Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly said.
    Three of those precincts have been moved from inside schools to other locations. Marion County Public Schools officials have been discussing moving those polling places with the county clerk because the change will allow the school district to use election day as a make-up day.