State News in Brief


Human Rights Commission requests investigation in Providence

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The state Human Rights Commission says it has asked the U.S. Department of Justice Western District of Kentucky to investigate in the city of Providence.

The Courier-Journal reports Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Director John J. Johnson said in a statement that the organization made the request after receiving verbal and written complaints alleging that some police officers were engaging in racial profiling.

The newspaper reports that attempts to reach the Providence Police Department and Mayor Eddie Gooch and were directed to the FBI office in Owensboro, which did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The commission said it asked the U.S. Department of Justice to “investigate to determine if citizens’ rights have been violated in any way.”

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Bevin appoints 6 to higher education governing board

LEXINGTON (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed six new members to the Council on Postsecondary Education, all of whom represent manufacturing and technology businesses.

The council is higher education’s governing agency and oversees public universities and the community and technical college system. Its board has 13 citizen members, including one student and one faculty member, all appointed by the governor, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

“Postsecondary institutions will play a pivotal role in developing a stronger Kentucky workforce and citizenry, and I am confident that this distinguished group of new CPE appointees is up to the task,” Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner said in a statement on Tuesday, the day of the appointments.

Those appointed include: Ron Beal of Bowling Green, president of Luvata’s Tubes Division with its main U.S. operations center in Franklin; Ben Brandstetter of Hebron, vice president of the Transportation Engineering Division of Brandstetter Carrol Inc.; Luke Mentzer of Lexington, program manager in acquisitions and mergers for Lexmark International in Lexington; Joe Papalia of Louisville, chief executive officer of Munich Welding and Deposition Technology Innovations in Jeffersonville, Indiana; Vidya Ravichandran of Louisville, technology entrepreneur owner of Glow Touch Technologies in Louisville; and Carol Wright of Tyner, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Energy Cooperative in McKee.

The council’s members have traditionally come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including education, law and politics.

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I-75 weigh station, truck rest haven closed until further notice

MANCHESTER — The weigh station and truck rest haven on southbound I-75 at mile point 34 in Laurel County is closed until further notice due to maintenance repairs, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced.

The date, time and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

Dial 511 or navigate 511.ky.gov and www.waze.com for the latest in traffic and travel information in Kentucky.

You can also get traffic information for District 11 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict11.

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Regional board to pay nearly $83K to state agency

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — The Barren River Area Development District executive council has voted to pay nearly $83,000 to the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living.

The Daily News reports the action on Tuesday came after the state agency raised objections in September to the regional district using funds for salary bonuses, saying it was not an allowable expense.

The executive council decided to pay the money because officials “felt it was in the best interest of the ADD,” according to Metcalfe County Judge-Executive Greg Wilson, who chairs the executive council and the BRADD board.

Butler County Judge-Executive David Fields said the board action comes on the heels of the state saying it would revoke the DAIL program from the Bluegrass Area Development District because the federal government is investigating it for alleged improper expenditures.

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Hunger task force to meet in London, Lexington

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says a panel appointed to combat hunger plans to hold two regional meetings this week.

The agency says in a statement that the Kentucky Hunger Task Force will meet in London on Wednesday and in Lexington on Thursday.

The committee is holding eight regional meetings around the state to determine what logistics are necessary to meet the needs of each area.

An annual study by Feeding America showed that 17 percent of Kentucky’s population is struggling to avoid hunger.

Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who launched the task force last month, says it’s unacceptable to have a hunger problem in a state with a rich agricultural history. He says the goal is to make nutritious foods more accessible.

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Bowling Green commission approves needle exchange program

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — The Bowling Green City Commission has approved a needle exchange program aimed at fighting the spread of disease.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the program, which was passed Tuesday, is being developed by the Warren County Health Department.

Barren River District Health Department spokesman Dennis Chaney says some of program’s goals are to get dirty needles off the streets and to educate users about the danger of spreading disease through needle sharing.

The program also aims to encourage users to get tested and educate them on available resources to fight addiction.

A bill passed by Kentucky lawmakers in March allows needle exchanges to be set up throughout the state.

Chaney says the program would be offered at the Warren County Health Department but could expand to other locations.

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