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Ky. moves to halt abortions at Louisville clinic

FRANKFORT (AP) — The state has ordered a Louisville Planned Parenthood facility to halt abortions because its recent application to perform the procedure is deficient.

A letter from the state Cabinet for Family and Health Services sent to the Planned Parenthood center in downtown Louisville dated Thursday says the facility is not currently authorized to perform abortions.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said in a statement that the facility was “openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed abortion facility in clear violation of the law.”

Aside from the Planned Parenthood facility, a private provider of abortions operates clinics in Louisville and Lexington, the state’s two largest cities. State officials said in the letter to Planned Parenthood that its Nov. 19 application to begin performing abortions at its Louisville facility is deficient because it has not entered into an agreement with a hospital that could take patients who have complications from an abortion procedure.

A phone message left with a media contact for Planned Parenthood in New York was not returned Friday afternoon.


Storm brought record snowfall in eastern Ky.

JACKSON (AP) — The storm system that pounded the eastern U.S. last week left a record snowfall in eastern Kentucky.

The National Weather Service in Jackson, Kentucky, says up to 20 inches of snow fell in the region, the most since 1993.

Moderate to heavy snow fell for 11 hours at the weather service station, up to 2 inches per hour. When it was finished, the snowfall total at the station was 18.5 inches, the most ever for a January storm.

The heavy accumulation snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in southeastern Kentucky, stranding hundreds of motorists on Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

Two deaths have been attributed to the storm in Kentucky, a transportation worker who was out plowing snow and a motorist who died in a collision with a salt truck.


December US mine inspections result in 163 citations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 163 citations and five orders at U.S. mine operations in December.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 10 coal mines and seven other mines in 13 states.

The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 coal miners. Since April 2010, MSHA has issued 15,695 citations and 1,299 orders.

Mines targeted by the inspections are those that have compliance concerns or poor compliance history.


Record Kentucky bear hunt season exceeds quota

FRANKFORT (AP) — Animal rights activists are asking officials why 11 more black bears were killed in Kentucky last year than the 35-bear quota that had been set by state wildlife officials.

The state had a record black bear hunt in 2015, killing 46 black bears, The Kentucky Enquirer reported.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Wildlife Division Director Steve Beam said his office sets “extremely conservative” quotas, with the quota not being a strict limit.

The Humane Society of the United States, though, said that before deciding on a quota, the state should take a more thorough approach to tracking how many bears are in Kentucky.

“If Kentucky stubbornly insists on hunting its tiny bear population, it must move to a more sophisticated system where the population is carefully monitored and where game management units close as soon as quotas are met,” Pam Rogers, former Kentucky state director for the Humane Society wrote in a letter to state officials.

Beam said his office believes there are roughly 700 bears living in Kentucky, not 350, the number quoted by the Humane Society. Beam’s office estimates the species’ state population using past research studies as a baseline and then factoring in other indicators such as bear sightings and road kills.

Kentucky hasn’t been scientifically tracking its bear population for a few years, but Beam said the state is working to improve its future assessments and just hired a new bear biologist for the state, John Hast.


Ky. Senate OKs bill to require CPR training in schools

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has voted to require that public high school students receive basic CPR training.

The measure passed the Senate on a 32-6 vote Thursday. It now goes to the House.

Republican Sen. Max Wise, the bill’s lead sponsor, says basic CPR skills learned in school could help save lives. He says people never know when they might be put in a lifesaving situation.

Wise says the requirement would not be a burden for schools. The training could be given as part of health or physical education courses or during a Junior ROTC course.

The training would not have to be provided by a certified instructor.

Opponents included Republican Sen. Stephen West. He says he heard from school administrators worried it would be an unfunded mandate.

The legislation is Senate Bill 33.

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