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Spring fire season begins, hours for burning debris limited

FRANKFORT (AP) — Officials say the spring forest fire season has begun in Kentucky which means open burning is allowed only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry is reminding residents to use caution when burning debris over the next several weeks. The agency said it has responded to 78 wildland fires since January. It says many of those blazes began with people burning debris.

Division of Forestry Director Bill Steele says people should always watch a fire carefully until it’s completely extinguished. No one should burn on days that are dry and windy.

The spring fire season lasts through April 30.


Passport fairs offered in Ky., southern Ind.

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Several post offices in Kentucky and southern Indiana are offering passport fairs on Saturday.

The U.S. Postal Service said it may now take six weeks for passports to be processed and said the Department of State website provides updated information on processing times.

The fairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Glasgow; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Lexington; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in New Albany, Indiana; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Elizabethtown; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Somerset; and 9 a.m. to noon in Benton.

Applicants must complete an application form and provide either a U.S. birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics or naturalization papers. Applicants must also show a valid driver’s license, a previous or current U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, citizenship certificate, military identification or a government employee identification card.


New Hampshire House kills right to work with GOP help

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will not become the next so-called right to work state.

House lawmakers have killed the union-targeting legislation after a Republican-on-Republican debate. The outcome marks a defeat for Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who called right to work a top priority and had urged members of his party to get in line.

Right to work legislation says non-union members can’t be forced to pay fees, even if they benefit from the union’s collective bargaining. With a Republican in the corner office, national right to work advocates saw New Hampshire as a top target for passage.

But a handful of Republicans did not change their opposition Thursday, despite intense lobbying efforts from House leadership, the governor and the state Republican party. The bill failed by a vote of 200 to 177.


Officials: Jailer arrested after fight with sheriff’s deputy

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — A jailer in Kentucky has been arrested after a fight with a sheriff’s deputy.

Hardin County deputies told news outlets in a statement Wednesday that Deputy Jailer Joseph Funk is charged with assault, resisting arrest and menacing.

Jailer Danny Allen says Funk got into an argument with Deputy Sheriff Clennon Smith, who was turning over an inmate’s property in a backpack.

Allen says that argument escalated into a fight after Smith tried to hand the bag over to Funk through a window.

The fight, which was caught on camera, was broken up and Funk was taken into custody.

Allen says Funk has worked at the Hardin County Detention Center since 2011.

He has been suspended with pay.

It’s unclear if Funk has an attorney. Smith is still on the job.


Disabled teen dies from bedsore infection, 3 charged

LUDLOW (AP) — A Kentucky prosecutor says the mother and grandparents of a disabled teenager have been charged with manslaughter after he died from an infection caused by open bedsores.

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders called the death of 18-year-old Joseph Bishop “tragic and avoidable” and said the suspects “turned a case of neglect into a homicide.”

Media reported the teen’s mother, Jamie Bishop, and his grandparents, Ray Martin and Sharon Martin, were arrested early this week.

Ludlow police say Bishop died after being taken to the hospital on Friday. Court documents say the teen had muscular dystrophy and had been bedridden for two years. An affidavit said the teen’s bed sores were “so large that muscles and bone were exposed.”

Online jail records don’t show if the three have attorneys.

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