State News in Brief


New online form offered for Kentucky Colonel nominations

FRANKFORT (AP) — A new online form has been created to make nominations to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office last month said he was reviewing what it takes to receive the honor. On Monday, Kentucky Colonels Executive Director Lynn Ashton said in a news release she appreciates Bevin taking time to review the application process.

The title is the highest honor bestowed by a Kentucky governor. The release said the organization’s primary objective is to support charities and worthy organizations.

The online form provides a location to list a nominee’s service in a charitable group or acts of community service.

Bevin said there are Kentucky Colonels in all 50 states and 36 countries.

Only active members are allowed to make nominations. To nominate someone to the organization, visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Governor/KentuckyColonelCommission .

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Kentucky Arts Council awarded $746,500 in funding

FRANKFORT (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to the Kentucky Arts Council.

A news release from the state council says its funding is included in the latest round of state partnership agreement grants and is for the 2017 fiscal year budget. The $746,500 award represents a 5 percent increase from 2016 funding.

The federal agency will award $125,000 to several Kentucky projects.

They include $70,000 to the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman for two projects, $10,000 to Western Kentucky University’s Kentucky Folklife Program and Cumberland Gap National Park to place a folklorist in the park, $20,000 to Appalshop in Whitesburg, $10,000 to Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington and $15,000 to Pioneer School of Drama in Danville.

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Penn. man held in Ky. on charge he killed ex

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been arrested in Kentucky after being charged with slaying his ex-girlfriend in her Pennsylvania apartment.

Twenty-six-year-old Edward Lowe Baker Jr. was arrested Tuesday about 3:40 a.m. in Winchester, Kentucky, where officers spotted him after the Pennsylvania State Police issued a bulletin for his arrest.

Baker is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 30-year-old Addaleigh (AD’-ah-lay) Huzyak, who was found dead in her Beaver apartment Tuesday morning after she didn’t show up for work.

Authorities haven’t said how she was killed.

Beaver police Commander Eric Hermick says investigators believe Baker killed the woman late Sunday then fled after also taking a gun and leaving a suicide note at his father’s home.

Police broadcast a description of the car they believed Baker was driving before he was jailed in Kentucky.

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Kentucky State offers incentives to St. Catharine students

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky State University says it is waiving applications fees and offering incentive tuition scholarships for students at St. Catharine College, which is closing this summer.

KSU said in a statement that students who want to transition there will be offered a $900 scholarship in addition to a book stipend for an academic year.

The financially strapped St. Catharine College announced last week that it would close at the end of July. Officials at the small Catholic school in central Kentucky blamed a dispute over federal education funding for “unsurmountable” challenges posed by shrinking enrollment and debt.

Kentucky State University in Frankfort was spared from a recent round of funding cuts imposed by Gov. Matt Bevin that asked the state’s universities to cut a percentage of their budgets.

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