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Businessman pleads guilty in jail expansion kickback scheme

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a business owner has pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy that included kickbacks and concealment of costs associated with work performed on the Fulton County Detention Center expansion project.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky says 79-year-old Michael Homra pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Homra's company, The Leader Store, sold building materials to Fulton County for the detention center expansion project in 2015.

According to a plea agreement, Homra allowed then-Fulton County Jailer Ricky Parnell to use The Leader Store as a middleman company for building supplies ordered during the project and paid Parnell cash kickbacks while the project was ongoing.

Read more: http://kentuckytoday.com/stories/businessman-pleads-guilty-in-jail-expansion-kickback-scheme,6460

University of Louisville Board Appoints New Interim School President

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s board of trustees elected a new chairman and appointed an interim school president Saturday, during its first meeting since being formed by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Media reports say the board appointed Dr. Greg Postel, who has been with the university for 23 years and has been serving as interim executive vice president of health affairs, as interim president. The board also elected former banker J. David Grissom as chairman pro tem over former Louisville basketball player and businessman Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman.

Postel, who has run the health science center, came to the university from the Mayo Clinic and was later named chair of the department of radiology. He called the appointment “overwhelming.”

Bevin appointed the new board earlier this week, using a new state law to resurrect an earlier proposal that had been blocked by a state judge and threatened the accreditation of one of the state’s largest research institutions.

Read more: https://diverseeducation.com/article/91569/

Kentucky State University seeks accreditation for business school

Kentucky State University is looking into accreditation for its business school as part of a larger effort to “build the university,” interim President Aaron Thompson told the Board of Regents at Friday’s meeting.

As one of the topics of his report to the regents, Thompson introduced Thomas Erekson, who is dean of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Business and Technology and who has worked as a reviewer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Thompson hopes to seek accreditations for the university at a level that will attract top students and faculty.

The organization the university is looking at seeking business school accreditation through, AACSB, is a 100-year-old organization, Erekson told the regents. According to the AACSB website, it is the oldest worldwide “association dedicated to advancing management education,” and 780 business schools in 53 countries and territories have received accreditation by AACSB.

Bearden asked Thompson to let the board know when next steps are needed to seek accreditation.

Read more: http://www.state-journal.com/2017/01/21/ksu-seeks-accreditation-for-business-school/

Kentucky banks on hemp as next cash crop

Cannabis leaves will be lifting high across Kentucky fields this growing season as hemp, a legal relative to marijuana, continues to gain popularity among state growers and producers.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved 209 applications to grow approximately 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes this year, according to Doris Hamilton, Kentucky Department of Agriculture industrial hemp program manager.

This marks a giant leap from the 33 acres of industrial hemp grown in 2014, which steadily rose to 922 acres in 2015 and to more than 2,350 acres in 2016.

Farmers say the public may have misconceptions about hemp; some still view it as taboo and far too close to marijuana. But according to the state agriculture department's website, hemp is "genetically different than marijuana and distinguished by its use and chemical makeup."

Read more: http://www.somerset-kentucky.com/cnhi_network/kentucky-banks-on-hemp-as-next-cash-crop/article_a578ad5d-2ba5-5baa-bb05-3f0c985f5bf5.html

Kentucky licenses now accepted at Fort Knox through June 6

Kentucky was issued a reprieve Thursday regarding enforcement of Real ID regulations, which threatened to complicate entry at Fort Knox.

The post announced last week that as of Jan. 30, Ken­tucky driver’s licenses no longer would be considered acceptable proof of identity when seeking access to the installation. The Public Affairs Office confirmed late Thursday afternoon an extension was granted after news of the change from state Rep. Jim DuPlessis was relayed by a reporter.

“The installation’s priority is on ensuring everyone knows what is required in order to properly request entry onto the Fort Knox military reservation. As such, we will use all of our communications channels to help promote awareness of Kentucky having received an extension for Real ID enforcement and what that means for those wishing to visit the installation,” said Ryan Brus, Fort Knox public affairs officer.

DuPlessis, R-Eliza­bethtown, is co-sponsor on House Bill 77, which would make multiple changes to laws related to Kentucky licenses, including compliance with Real ID.

Read more: http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/kentucky-licenses-now-accepted-fort-knox-through-june-6

Hawaii's Lanai Island Dark After Windstorm Knocks out Power

The entire Hawaiian island of Lanai remained without electrical service Monday after strong winds snapped or damaged utility poles over the weekend.

Maui Electric Co. said crews were working to repair 19 utility poles on the 141-square-mile island where about 3,000 people live. Billionaire Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of Lanai in 2012.

Crews hoped to restore power to Lanai City, where most of the island's residents live, by Monday evening, the utility said.

Windstorm damage across the state was the most extensive in years, knocking out power to thousands of people, said Hawaiian Electric, the parent company of Maui Electric.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hawaiis-lanai-island-dark-windstorm-knocks-power-44996637

Man charged with assaulting woman with frozen sausage

A Bardstown man was indicted on assault and endangerment charges Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a woman with a frozen roll of sausage.

According to an arrest complaint, Derek Kiesler, 24, is accused of striking a woman several times in the arms and face on Jan. 11. Kiesler also allegedly struck an infant in the chin before hitting the woman in the head with the frozen sausage.

Kiesler was indicted on a second-degree assault charge, a Class C felony. Kiesler also is charged with fourth-degree assault and second-degree wanton endangerment, both misdemeanors.

Kiesler’s bail was set at $9,500 cash only, plus conditions. His arraignment is set for Feb. 2.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article128182569.html

Woman faked cancer to defraud dad of $60k

Police say a Louisville woman faked cancer to defraud her ill, elderly father of nearly $60,000.

Jamie Miller, 37, was arrested Sunday. She is charged with one count each of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, knowingly exploiting an adult resulting in a loss of over $300 and theft by deception of at least $10,000.

Miller exploited her 63-year-old father and stole approximately $59,000 from him from August 2012 through December 2013, according to an arrest warrant. Miller's father has suffered multiple strokes, and because of his poor health trusted Miller to help manage his finances.

To deceive her father, Miller pretended she was sick with cancer and in need of money for treatment, the warrant said. She used her father's debit card to access his bank account and take money for her personal use, and forged and cashed 16 checks belonging to her father without his knowledge. Miller also secretly obtained Social Security disability benefits in her father's name and failed to disclose that he was already receiving unemployment benefits from his workplace.

Read more: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/crime/2017/01/23/woman-faked-cancer-defraud-dad-60k/96970278/

Anti-abortion rally praises new Kentucky laws

With a pair of brand-new laws restricting abortion on the books in Kentucky, the people who gathered in downtown Louisville on Monday for an annual "Rally for Life" had more to celebrate this year than in years past.

An organization called Right to Life of Louisville holds this anti-abortion event every year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion that is lauded by many Americans and reviled by others.

For the 2017 event, around 100 people stood in front of Metro Hall and held signs with messages like "Pro-life and proud" and "Women do regret abortion."

They cheered when speakers mentioned the laws Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature just approved, which instituted a 20-week ban on abortion as well as new restrictions requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and describe the results to their patients before performing the procedure. Gov. Matt Bevin, who opposes abortion, signed both laws into immediate effect earlier this month.

Read more: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/23/anti-abortion-rally-praises-new-kentucky-laws/96850298/

Unfortunately we will probably be seeing more of these rallies in the future as anti-abortion laws are passed throughout the country.

Former NC Gov. Pat McCrory Chased and Cornered by Protesters Yelling Shame on You, Anti-Gay Bigot

Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Lou Dobbs, and their small posse were confronted by protesters on a sidewalk outside the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. McCrory was then chased down an alley where, blocked by a locked door, he was cornered by the protesters, who yelled “shame” at him for several minutes.

“Shame on you, you anti-gay bigot. You’re a bigot and an a**hole,” the protesters yelled upon spotting McCrory on the sidewalk.

McCrory lost his reelection bid after the state lost millions of dollars due to company boycotts over the anti-LGBT HB2 bill McCrory signed in to law earlier in 2016.

Ricky Diaz, a McCrory spokesman, issued a comment after the incident:

“It’s regrettable that up to a few dozen protesters decided to stalk and shout insults at the governor and police when we should all be listening to each other and coming together as a country in a respectful manner. Governor McCrory is thankful to Lou Dobbs for helping during this incident, and very thankful to the D.C. police for keeping everyone safe during a very successful inaugural weekend.”

Video at link: http://www.towleroad.com/2017/01/pat-mccrory-confronted/
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