State News in Brief

Proposals sought to attract jobs, industry to Appalachia

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky officials are seeking proposals from local leaders for projects that will attract new industry and more jobs to Appalachia.

A statement says the Cabinet of Economic Development and the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands are collaborating in the pilot program that seeks to boost the economy in eastern Kentucky. The release says up to $30 million in federal grant money is available for the program.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, who worked to secure the funding, said the program would help Kentucky’s struggling Appalachian communities as they try to rebound from a slump in the coal industry.

Erik Dunnigan, who is acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development, says local leaders are encouraged to seek options that have the potential to provide “dynamic growth and jobs.”


Former social worker admits to false child-abuse calls

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — A former Hardin County social worker has admitted to making false child-abuse reports against two of her neighbors to the state agency that employed her.

The Courier-Journal reports court records show Beth Bond pleaded guilty May 13 to six counts of complicity to falsely report an incident. She received a 12-month suspended sentence.

April Rogers and Corey Chaney said police and social workers were sent to their Elizabethtown apartment numerous times in 2015 after receiving false tips that the two of them were abusing their infant child.

The complaints ended after Bond and her then-fiance, Joseph Applegate Jr., were charged, and Bond quit her job with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Applegate also pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to falsely report an incident.


Bowling Green airport to offer daily flights to Atlanta

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport will soon offer daily flights to Atlanta.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the announcement was made Tuesday. Officials say that Contour Airlines of Smyrna, Tennessee, will offer two flights a day to Atlanta during the week, and one flight a day on the weekends.

The airline will also offer a weekly flight to Destin, Florida, on a seasonal basis.

Airport Manager Rob Barnett says the airline hopes to start offering the flights as early as August. Ticket prices have not yet been determined.

An effort to bring commercial air service to the airport has spanned at least seven years. Since air service ended at the airport in 1972, local officials have been working to lure another carrier.


Louisville Police: Tenant shot, killed landlord

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities have identified a deceased man who they believe was killed over unpaid rent money.

Deputy coroner Larry Carroll tells local media that 43-year-old Shane McCain died Monday about an hour after he was shot at one of his properties in North Louisville.

Louisville Metro Police say McCain went to the home seeking rent money from his tenant, 21-year-old Joshua L. Young. During an argument, Young is accused of pulling out a gun and shooting McCain.

McCain attempted to leave the scene in a vehicle, which police say Young shot at. The victim was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital where he died.

Young turned himself in to police Monday afternoon. He faces several charges, including murder. Young pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday morning in Jefferson District Court.

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