News in Brief


State launches new assistance application website, Benefind

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has launched a new website, Benefind, for Assistance Programs.

Media outlets report that the service launched Wednesday. Benefind can be used to apply for Medicaid, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program. Those applying for SNAP and KTAP are required to complete an interview with the Department of Community Based Services to receive assistance.

Residents can also use the website to renew benefits, check benefit amounts, report changes, upload verification documents, check claim status, make claim payments and receive electronic notices.

Benefind replaces Kynect, the state health insurance exchange, as the portal to enroll in some of the state’s assistance programs. Gov. Matt Bevin has plans to dismantle Kynect by the end of the year.

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Temporary traffic light being installed on Mountain Parkway

SALYERSVILLE (AP) — A temporary traffic light is being installed on the Mountain Parkway in eastern Kentucky.

The light is being put up near the Kentucky 30 interchange and Salyersville as work continues on an expansion of the Mountain Parkway.

The light is about 500 feet west of the Kentucky 30 interchange. It’s to allow large trucks to haul excavation waste material from one side of the parkway to a dumping area on the opposite side of the roadway.

A news release about the expansion says traffic stoppages will be frequent but brief.

The light is expected to be in place about four weeks.

The project involves a 46-mile improvement, widening 30 miles of the parkway from two lanes to four lanes and extending the parkway another 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

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Police: Man driving with child shot at other car on I-65

SHEPHERDSVILLE (AP) — Shepherdsville police have arrested a man they say opened fire on another car as he drove — all while his 18-month child sat in his vehicle.

Multiple media outlets report that 22-year-old Curtis Wyatt is accused of firing a shot from his car into another man’s car Monday evening as the two traveled south on I-65 in Bullitt County.

An arrest warrant says the victim told police Wyatt followed him closely before he passed him to the right, pulled in front of him and then slammed on the breaks. Soon after, the shot was fired, which police say passed through the front passenger door and passenger seat.

Wyatt was arrested and charged with attempted murder and first-degree wanton endangerment.

It isn’t immediately clear if Wyatt has an attorney.

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Mental evaluation ordered for nursing home slaying suspect

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A 35-year-old self-avowed devil worshipper accused of strangling his roommate at their Kentucky nursing home has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation before the case against him can proceed.

The Reverend, who legally changed his name from Robert Reynolds, is accused of stabbing 71-year-old Gary Glueck with an ink pen, then chocking him to death with a lamp cord after the two argued last week.

He has an active online persona, where he credits himself with founding the Reynoldsian genre of easy listening satanic music.

He told Allen County District Judge Martha Harrison repeatedly at his arraignment Wednesday that he wanted to make a statement.

The judge advised him against it and appointed a public defender, who promptly asked the court that he undergo a competency assessment.

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Ky. man ruled competent to stand trial in son’s death

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — A Kentucky man charged in his 4-month-old son’s beating death has been found competent to stand trial.

The News-Enterprise reports 35-year-old Daniel Antoine Cox was determined mentally able to stand trial following an evaluation by doctors.

Cox is charged with murder-domestic violence in the death of Jayceon Chrystie.

Court records say witnesses called 911 on Aug. 6 after seeing a man driving down a highway beating an infant in a car seat. Cox left the unresponsive infant with the baby’s mother, who called police. Authorities say the child was black and blue, had no pulse and his eye was swollen shut.

Jayceon died two days later at a hospital. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bob Fraction said the cause of death was “inflicted traumatic injury to the head.”

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Meijer to invest $400M in new, remodeled stores this year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. plans to invest more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores this year.

Grand Rapids-based Meijer announced Wednesday that the investment includes construction of nine new Meijer supercenters and 32 remodeling projects. New supercenters are scheduled to open this year in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Chief Executive Officer Hank Meijer says in a statement that the company is “pleased to continue to grow and invest in the Midwest communities that have supported us for so long.”

Since 2010, Meijer has opened 36 new stores and remodeled dozens of others. The company says each new store creates as many as 300 jobs.

Meijer operates 224 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

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Land Between Lakes has field trip grants for public schools

GOLDEN POND (AP) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is offering grants to public school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee for student field trips.

The grants are for the 2016-17 school year, and applications must be in by April 30.

The grants help pay for transportation, facility admission feeds, program costs and dorm rental. Awards are based on school matching funds, number of students, family income levels and programs the school plans to participate in during the visit.

Land Between The Lakes said in a news release that educational programs are designed to support Kentucky and Tennessee state K-12 curriculum guidelines for science, social studies, and arts and humanities.

For more information, visit https://friendsoflbl.org/school-field-trip-grant-program/ or call 270-924-2091.

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