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Fall forest fire hazard season ends in Ky.

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky forestry officials say the fall forest fire hazard season is over, which ends the restriction of waiting until 6 p.m. to do outdoor burning.

The forestry officials continue to urge caution when conducting any outdoor burning.

Leah MacSwords, director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, says this has been one of the lowest years for reported wildfires. MacSwords says rains last spring and in the fall kept the fire dangers low.

Since January, officials say KDF firefighters responded to 735 fires across the state that burned 18,583 acres. The division’s figures do not include wildfires controlled by local fire departments.

MacSwords says arson continues to be the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky, but many regions of the state had an increase in fires caused by people burning carelessly.

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Distillery drops lawsuit against University of Kentucky

LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Mist Moonshine has dropped a federal lawsuit against the University of Kentucky over trademarks.

James Francis, a lawyer for the eastern Kentucky distillery, tells the Lexington Herald-Leader the two sides are trying to work out an agreement. Kentucky Mist asked for the case to be dismissed without prejudice, meaning it can be filed again if necessary.

The Whitesburg distillery filed suit because UK threatened legal action to stop the company’s registration in a trademark category that includes hats, hooded sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shirts, shoes and socks.

The category is one in which UK claims use of the word “Kentucky” to identify its various articles of clothing sold to fans.

Kentucky Mist had asked the court to rule there’s no infringement by Kentucky Mist Moonshine’s use of the word “Kentucky.”

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Health officials report outbreak of whooping cough

EDGEWOOD (AP) — An outbreak of whooping cough has health officials in northern Kentucky urging people to get vaccinated against the disease.

A statement from the Northern Kentucky Health Department says 31 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the region since Nov. 1. In comparison, officials say there were seven cases reported last year in November and December.

Director of Health Lynne M. Saddler says getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the disease from spreading. The health department says young children should be vaccinated and older children and adults should make sure they are up to date on their vaccines.

Early symptoms of whooping cough include runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough. Later symptoms can include coughing fits that end with a high-pitched whoop and vomiting.

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Woman accused of online scam

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says a Washington County woman has been indicted for allegedly operating an online scam to raise money for a fictitious dying child.

Conway’s office says a Washington County grand jury recently indicted 63-year-old Frankie Louise Yates of Springfield on one count of theft by deception over $10,000. Yates was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The indictment stems from a complaint alleging that Yates was soliciting money and gifts online for a terminally ill boy. Conway’s office says an investigation by state and local officials determined the child did not exist.

Conway’s office says investigators identified about 70 victims from across the U.S. and Canada who donated more than $16,000 in toys, books and gift cards to Yates over a three- to five-year period.

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‘Fireball’ lawsuit between liquor companies cools off

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A heated competition between producers of cinnamon whiskeys has cooled off in the courtroom, with Sazerac dropping its lawsuit against Jack Daniel’s.

Sazerac’s brands include Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. The company had accused its rival of trademark infringement by using the term “fireball” in online advertising for cinnamon-flavored Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire.

Sazerac filed a motion on Monday in federal court to voluntarily dismiss its claims. The motion did not say why it was dropping the case.

Sazerac says a court order wasn’t needed to end the case since Jack Daniel’s had not filed an initial response.

Jack Daniel’s is the flagship brand of Brown-Forman Corp. The company said Tuesday it’s pleased to settle the dispute.

Sazerac did not immediately respond for comment.

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Nutrition supplement maker to locate facility in Ky.

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says a British company that specializes in making sports nutrition supplements plans to open a production facility in central Kentucky, bringing up to 350 jobs.

Bevin said in a statement that construction is under way on a 210,000-square-foot facility in Shepherdsville that will include space for offices and manufacturing of high-protein food, snacks, drinks and a clothing line. The statement says the facility is expected to open in April.

Cend, which was founded in 2004, produces the Myprotein brand. It is part of online retailer The Hut Group, which is based in Northwich, United Kingdom.

Bevin said Cend joins nearly 450 internationally owned companies located in Kentucky.

State Rep. Linda Belcher of Shepherdsville welcomed the announcement, saying the facility would provide much-needed jobs for the community.

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