GROUND BROKEN FOR BVC
Yesterday’s groundbreaking for the new Breathitt Veterinary Center began a project that will lead to increased opportunities for the facility to continue and expand its support of the agriculture industry. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along with MSU President Bob Davies. The Governor said that one of his top priorities throughout this administration was to strengthen our agricultural economic growth in the commonwealth. The new facility will replace the existing BVC, which at 40 years old has become functionally outdated. The Breathitt Veterinary Center is a part of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University.
BOND SET FOR FROMAN
Accused double-murderer Terry Froman appeared Thursday through video arraignment from Warren County Jail. Froman is charged with aggravated murder in Warren County, Ohio. He also faces murder and kidnapping charges in Graves County. Bond was set at 1 million dollars. Froman is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son last Friday and then leading police on a chace that ended in southern Ohio. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell calls it a possible capital murder case, which means that if convicted Froman could face the death penalty.
SUSPECT SOUGHT IN KEVIL ROBBERY
Kentucky State Police has attained warrants on 25-year old Haywood Jones of Paducah for Robbery, and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, in connection to a robbery this week at a bank in Kevil. Jones is a black male, 5’6” and weighs approximately 160 lbs. He may be operating a white Ford Crown Victoria, unknown year, with temporary tags and possibly in the area of Cairo. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. If you spot this vehicle notify police and do not try to approach the suspect. Anyone with information can contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.
MSU GETS JA AWARD
Junior Achievement of West Kentucky presented a national award to Murray State University for volunteer service during the 2013-14 school year. Murray State University was awarded with the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service hours with JA in local and area schools during the 2013-14 school year. JA offers programs from kindergarten through 12th grade and trains volunteers on how to use program materials and work with students. For more information about volunteering for Junior Achievement, call the local JA office at 270-684-7291 or visit the website at westky.ja.org.
WHITFIELD VOTES FOR JOBS ACT
First District Congressman Ed Whitfield voted yesterday for the passage of the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, which consists of 13 House-passed energy bills that will improve energy independence, security, and affordability in America. The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 226 to 191. It must now be considered by the Senate. According to Whitfield, the bill will help build a modern energy infrastructure, allow the safe and responsible production of America’s energy resources, ensure all Americans have access to affordable and reliable electricity, promote efficient new technologies, and unleash the power of energy diplomacy.
MCCONNELL INTRODUCES 529-SAVE BILL
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell introduced legislation yesterday he says will make it easier for Kentucky families to pay for their child’s higher education. The Enhanced 529-SAVE Act, will make 529 college savings plans more accessible to lower- and middle-income Kentucky families. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan that is designed to encourage Americans to save for future college costs. 529 plans can be sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and they are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Enhanced 529-SAVE Act would make 529 plans more accessible by encouraging employers to contribute to an employee’s 529 plan and up to $600 of the employer’s contribution would be excluded from an employee’s gross income
MURRAY RESIDENTES CHARGED IN PADUCAH
Two Murray residents were among those arrested during a prostitution operation conducted by the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. In response to the complaints, detectives with the McCracken County and Marshall County Sheriff's Offices conducted an operation that focused on prostitutes and those that seek out prostitutes. Within thirty minutes of a "sting" ad being posted, an undercover detective began receiving phone calls and texts from individuals wishing to pay for sexual acts. Eight men were arrested for soliciting prostitution as well as other offenses within approximately four hours. Among those arrested for solicitation was 21-year-old Michael Foster of Murray. 40-year-old Michelle Bowland of Murray charged with prostitution. Detectives found and seized money, drugs, sexual paraphernalia, and cell phones from all arrested that entered an agreement for a sex act for money.
IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
Ethics complaints filed against Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn are being dropped. Ginn was accused of working part-time hours while collecting a full-time salary and of driving his county-owned vehicle to his other job at University of Kentucky Medical Center. The complaints were filed last month by Larry Owens, the Republican candidate running against Ginn in the upcoming general election. The Fayette County Ethics Commission decided Thursday not to proceed with the complaints.
Kentucky has lots of room for improvement when it comes to computer ownership and broadband usage. According to new U.S. Census estimates, 79-percent of homes had a computer in 2013, ranking the state 45th nationally. The data also found that 68-and-a-half-percent of homes had a subscription to broadband internet, placing Kentucky 42nd out of the 50 states. Twenty-six-percent of homes didn't have any kind of internet access.
Former Kentucky gubernatorial press secretary and congressional aid Larry Van Hoose is dead. He passed away Thursday in Cape Coral, Florida at the age of 76. Van Hoose joined Governor Louie B. Nunn's administration in the late 1960s and later served as the executive director of the state's Republican Party. He also worked for U.S. Representative Larry Hopkins of Lexington and for other Republican congressmen, including Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, Martin Hoke of Ohio and J.D. Hayworth of Arizona
The Kentucky Lottery is waiting for the person holding a Powerball ticket worth one-million-dollars to come forward. The ticket for Wednesday night's drawing matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball. It was sold in Hartford at Charlie's Family Market.
The Jim Beam American Stillhouse is celebrating what would have been the 150th birthday of founder James Beauregard Beam. On Thursday, a life-sized statue of Beam holding a pre-Prohibition bourbon in one hand and waving his hat in the other was unveiled. Ten men from around the world also named Jim Beam were invited to the stillhouse mark the occasion.
V-Soft is expanding its headquarters in Louisville. Governor Beshear made the announcement yesterday. The sales force will be increased to serve clients outside the state. The new facility will be in the Eastpoint Business Center.
Domino's Pizza is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest for a shooter. Zoe Reed is making some recovery after being shot Monday while working at the store in Danville. There are no witnesses and no surveillance cameras at the restaurant. Anyone with information can call 859-936-6852.
Fort Campbell is taking part in honoring prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action during national recognition day ceremonies. The special event takes place today at the Don Pratt Museum, 5702 Tennessee Avenue. For more information, call 270-798-3025.
The Owensboro Community & Technical College is getting a grant from the National Science Foundation. The check for 745-thousand dollars will be used to train the next generation of automotive technicians working on alternative fuels.
The brother of Holly Bobo murder suspect Zachary Adams is facing charges for allegedly tampering with evidence. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 26-year-old John Dylan Adams disposed of items related to the case on the day Bobo went missing. Adams was arrested Wednesday night.
Assault charges are being filed against a Hendersonville, Tennessee man accused of threatening to join ISIS and kill the police officer who pulled him over. Officials say Marco Antonio Dominguez was arrested early Thursday morning for driving under the influence. When officers stopped him, Dominguez reportedly had vomit on his pants, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Police think he also hit a sign on I-65.