State News in Brief

Shootings rising in Louisville with more than 250 incidents

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Police data says shootings in Louisville are on pace to more than double from just two years ago.

The Courier-Journal reports nearly 250 people were shot in the city through June this year, according to recently released Louisville Police fatal and nonfatal shooting data.

City and community leaders are calling the shootings a public health crisis.

Eighty-eight people suffered gunshot wounds in the first half of 2011, the first year police starting tracking the shootings. Louisville hit that number before the end of March this year.

The city is also on pace to approach the total of 110 homicides recorded in 1971, the deadliest year in police data going back to 1960.

In March, homicide unit Lt. Todd Kessinger said he believes most of the violence is “narcotics related.”


3 children found living in Boyle County shed, 2 arrested

DANVILLE (AP) — Two people have been arrested after authorities say they found three children living in a shed that had no electricity, no running water and a bucket containing human feces.

The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies found the children Tuesday in the shed just southwest of Danville after receiving a report that children were being abused or neglected.

Authorities say 44-year-old Gregory Wilkerson and 25-year-old Brandi Harmon were living with the three children in the shed behind a home.

Deputies say the children were taken into protective custody and received treatment for “extreme rashes and bed bug bites.”

Both adults are charged with three counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12. It is unclear whether they have attorneys.


AG: UK trustees should have kept minutes from dinner session

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Kentucky attorney general’s office says the University of Kentucky board of trustees wasn’t required to post a detailed agenda for a meal before its regular meeting but violated the Open Meetings Act by not keeping minutes from the dinner session.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the opinion Monday came in response to a complaint the newspaper made after UK denied a request for minutes from a May 2 trustees meeting.

The board was briefed during the dinner meeting by a Washington, D.C., lawyer about $4 million it reimbursed the federal government because of billing problems at a Hazard cardiology clinic the university owns.

The university is now required to produce minutes reflecting the “substance of the presentation” made during the dinner.

The dinner sessions are open to the public because a quorum is present, but traditionally official business does not occur.


Grant will expand sewer service in eastern Ky. city

IRVINE (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved $500,000 in funding to expand sewer service in the eastern Kentucky city of Irvine.

The money will be used to expand and upgrade the city’s wastewater collection system and provide new service to 219 households in the Wisemantown community and improve sewer service for 354 households and 86 businesses in West Irvine.

The proposed project will include approximately 35,897 feet of sewer lines and two lift stations.

Portions of the West Irvine infrastructure will be replaced and re-routed to a new wastewater treatment plant in Irvine. All new lines serving Wisemantown will also run to Irvine’s new wastewater treatment plant.

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