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  • Kentucky Teen Found At Home In Georgia, Man Arrested

    Kentucky Teen Found At Home In Georgia, Man Arrested

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:16 AM EST2018-02-23 16:16:33 GMT

    SALUDA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A missing 16-year-old teen from Kentucky has been found in Saluda County and her alleged captor has been arrested. According to our sister station WDRW, deputies found 24-year-old Florencio Gomez Saiche at a home in Georgia. He told investigators that nobody else was in the home. While investigators were talking with Saiche, they heard movement inside the home and did a sweep of the residence finding the missing teen and taking her into safety....

    SALUDA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A missing 16-year-old teen from Kentucky has been found in Saluda County and her alleged captor has been arrested. According to our sister station WDRW, deputies found 24-year-old Florencio Gomez Saiche at a home in Georgia. He told investigators that nobody else was in the home. While investigators were talking with Saiche, they heard movement inside the home and did a sweep of the residence finding the missing teen and taking her into safety....

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UK President, AD and Coach Cal Release Statements On Yahoo! Sports Report

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — UK officials have released statements regarding a report released by Yahoo! Sports about a federal investigation into college basketball. Statement from President Eli Capilouto: “As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations. We began immediately to conduct our due d... More>>

Tracking More Heavy Rain This Weekend

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Unfortunately our unsettled and soggy pattern persists heading into the weekend. A round of heavy rain & a few t-storms will track northeast along the Ohio River Friday morning. Watch for heavy rain & potential flash flooding in far N/NW counties closer to the river. The old, stalled out front that's been the focus for all this misery finally gets moving later this weekend. This will fire more rounds of showers, storms & heavy rain (possibly 2-3 more hits) before we final... More>>

For The 2nd Time In A Year, Lexington Boater Goes Missing

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RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) -- A man who went missing on Lake Cumberland in May of 2017 is missing once more. Edward Grady, 55, was arrested for alcohol intoxication after being reported at Lake Cumberland. Now, Kentucky State Police say he has gone missing again and are asking the public's help in finding him. Back in May, Grady hit a log near Conley Bottom, lost his motor, and was stranded. After a five and a half hour search, he was discovered about four miles away from the cras...

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Federal Documents Detail Potential NCAA Violations Involving Kentucky, Others

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Yahoo Sports)-- Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families (t...

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Teacher Arrested After Allegedly Snorting Pill In Class

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MENIFEE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A teacher was arrested Thursday for reportedly snorting drugs in class. It happened around 1 p.m. at the Menifee County Elementary/Middle School in Frenchburg.  Students told officials they saw Cherish Rednour, 41, crush a pill with a credit card and make a line with the crushed pill. Then they watched her snort the pill, whereafter she slumped over the desk and had a hard time staying awake.  Rednour was called...

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NCAA Releases Statement On Yahoo! Story

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(LEX 18) - The NCAA has released a statement in response to allegations about recruitment violations in several major programs including Kentucky. According to leaked documents, documents and bank records obtained during the federal investigation into college basketball detail the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports.  Kentucky players investigated include, Kevin Knox, Bam A...

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Bill Steering Some Pregnant Inmates To Rehab Advances

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - In a state struggling with a surging female incarceration rate, the law of averages - and human nature - make it inevitable that pregnant women end up in Kentucky's jails. Looking for an alternative to locking up expectant mothers, some lawmakers are pushing a bill to set conditions to transfer some pregnant inmates into rehabilitation centers. The proposal would apply to mothers-to-be awaiting trial on nonviolent charges and is a recognition that many are in c... More>>

Trump Criticizes Florida School Deputy

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(AP/CNN) - President Donald Trump said Friday that the armed school resource officer who stayed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as last week's shooting unfolded did a "poor job." "When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or something happened, but he certainly did a poor job. There's no question about that," Trump said of Scot Peterson on the White House South Lawn before leaving to speak at CPAC. Peterson, ... More>>

Woman Indicted In Spencer County Murder

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SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - Kentucky State Police have made an arrest in a 2017 murder in Mount Washington. Joshua Moore was murdered at a home on Essex Way. Upon arrival, troopers found the 33-year-old suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. EMS arrived and transported Moore from the scene. He was pronounced dead before he arrived at the hospital. In February, a Spencer County Grand Jury indicted Heather M. Mets, age 31, of Taylorsville in the crime. She was charged... More>>

Kentucky Air National Guard Members Deploy To Persian Gulf

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials say 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard are deploying to the Persian Gulf to help fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Col. David Mounkes says in a statement that the Airmen of the 123rd Airlift Wing will leave Friday and are expected to remain overseas for about four months. They will operate from an undisclosed air base and transport troops and cargo around Afghanistan and the Middle East. More than 150 Kentucky Air Guardsmen were d... More>>

Columbia Man Dies In Motor Vehicle Collision

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RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (LEX 18)-- The Russell County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement are conducting a joint investigation into a fatal motor vehicle collision. It happened around 5:21 p.m. Thursday near 5203 North Highway 127. Officials say the collision, between a pick-up truck and a tractor trailer, resulted in the death of 31-year-old James T. Spires, of Columbia.  An autopsy is scheduled for Feb. 23, at the Kentucky State Medi...

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Investigation Underway Following Burglary

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Police are investigating Friday morning following a burglary. It happened just after 3 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Camden Avenue. Officials say two to three men went into the residence and stole electronics. They ran away before police were called. If you have any information about the incident, call police. 

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Police: Man Stabbed Nine Times, Assailant Arrested

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HAZARD, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed someone. The victim showed up at a residence around 9 p.m. Thursday on Combs Street. The caller stated that the man appeared to be seriously injured. The injured man left the area prior to officers arrival. Police say officers began patrolling the area and looking for the man to check his well-being. While searching for the injured man, police received word that there was a patient in the emerg... More>>

Man Accused Of Shooting Son Apprehended

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A man accused of shooting his son was apprehended after being on the run since Monday. Sheriff's officials say Gilbert "Tick" Helton, 56, of Kettle Island, was arrested at his residence on Kettle Island Branch Road.

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Lexington CEO Dies From Flu Complications

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18/The Herald Leader)-- The CEO of a Lexington business passed away Thursday after suffering complications from the flu, according to the Herald Leader.  Hurst Business Supply and Furniture Solutions posted to their Facebook page saying that Hope Hurst Lanham passed away at UK Hospital. They say she had been ill since late January. Hope was the third generation of the Hurst family to run the business and served as the CEO.... More>>

Police Conduct Traffic Stop, Four Face Charges

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Four people are facing charges after a traffic stop. Police discovered that one of the passengers was a convicted felon, and there was a gun in the backseat. It began when police spotted the car driving around the area of North Broadway near Jenkins Alley. When the car failed to make a complete stop, an officer pulled over the car. Two passengers ran off and were tracked down a few blocks away. While the officer was talking to the driver, a hand-gun... More>>

Trenton Easterling Found Guilty Of Murder

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MERCER COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) Trenton Easterling, who was 17-years-old when he was accused in the death of Tristan Cole, has been found guilty of murder.

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Versailles Police Looking For Stolen KSP Uniforms

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) Versailles Police are searching for the burglar who stole several items from retired KSP Captain Abe Addams. Someone broke into one of Addams' outbuildings Tuesday and took sentimental items, including old KSP uniforms and flight suits.  "Obviously, it's a concern. You don't want someone out here impersonating a police officer or a Kentucky State Police Trooper," said Lt. Michael Fortney with the Versailles Police Department.  It is ...

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Heavy Rain True Test Of System Upgrades

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) In 2016, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government approved a $600 million plan to upgrade the sewer and storm water system. All the heavy rain we've had lately had been one of the first tests for the new system. Every time it rained, some Lexington residents would be concerned about storm water and sewage creeping into their basements, but over the past few years, upgrades have been made to eliminate overflows during wet weather. Part of the cit...

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KY Horse Park Affected By Rain

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) The Kentucky Horse Park is getting ready to host a big event this weekend, but getting there might be a challenge. The Kentucky Horse Park was closed Thursday morning because it was impassable. Large portions of the paddock area looked like they were more suited to swimming than grazing. "If weather is approaching, be it snow, rain or whatever, we're always prepared to make sure that the horses are taken care of," said Jonathan Lang with the Ken...

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Making A Difference: Former Resource Officer Wants to Help Students

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A retired school resource officer plans to reboot a program to let kids know they're not alone.  First, there was the school shooting in Marshall County and then last week another in Florida.  "Each one of those shootings and the one in Florida, just, it hurts me. it bothers me," said Joe Saunier.  Joe Saunier is a retired school resource officer. He currently works as security at the Franklin County Courthouse but says he ...

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FCPS May Add More Metal Detectors, Name New Law Enforcement Director

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - Addressing the media, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk joined the national conversation on school safety Thursday, outlining additional district actions to enhance existing school safety protocols, appointing an interim school police chief, and announcing the establishment of a safety advisory panel. “As a father and as your servant superintendent, I join you in grief and outrage regarding the unspeakable acts of violence a...

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High Water Rescue On Leesburg Pike

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A man had to be rescued Thursday after he got trapped on a flooded road.  Police say he tried to get through high water on Leesburg Pike.  The battalion chief says the water level goes from about 8 inches deep on the shallow end to about thigh-level where the man got stuck. He said it rose about a foot while they were on scene  Officials were able to get him out okay, and his wife is coming to get him. 

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Two Teachers, Police Officer Injured During Fight At Scott Co. School

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) - Several students were arrested and two teachers and an officer were injured during a fight at Scott County High School. Video captured of the incident shows at least 6 students fighting in the hallways of the school. An SRO and a teacher are shown trying to break up the fight. School officials say two teachers and the officer received minor injuries. The situation is under control, school officials say. The students involved were taken into custody. Their ...

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Sheriff: School Officer Never Went Inside To Confront Gunman

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday. The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more p... More>>

Trump Says Raise Age For Buying Assault Rifles, Defying NRA

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America’s public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools. “There’s nothing more important than protecting our children,” Trump said, adding that he’d spoken with many members of C... More>>

Grand Jury Indicts Missouri Governor Who Admitted Affair

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner declined ... More>>

Tracking More Rain and High Water

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A front has stretched out and made itself at home in Kentucky. This stalled boundary has created a sharp temperature gradient across the Commonwealth and kept the clouds locked in. Not to mention, it has created an avenue for more rain. Waves of rain, some heavy at times, will continue to track through the area into the weekend. Along with another round of off and on showers Friday, we are tracking a warmer afternoon with highs returning to the low 70s. Yet another widespread sw...

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Flood Safety: Turn Around, Don't Drown

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Kentucky Could Require Labeling Drug-Dependent Babies Abused

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Drug-dependent babies born in Kentucky could automatically be labeled an "abused or neglected child," a change that would require state officials to investigate and begin the process of terminating parental rights. The change is part of House Bill 1, a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the state's foster care and adoption system. Any child born dependent on drugs would be considered abused or neglected, unless the mother is enrolled and complying with a... More>>

LEX 18 Digital: Rifle Raffle Backlash

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky., (LEX 18) -- A raffle to raise money for an Anderson County youth softball team has some offended. Last week, retired teacher Joell Finney was scrolling through Facebook when she saw a post about a gun raffle for the Central Kentucky Batcats ten and under softball team. "I was appalled and repulsed by the idea that an organization supporting young girls, less than ten years old to play softball, was using this as their means of making money,&q...

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New Charges Brought Against Ex-Trump Campaign Associates

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a business associate. The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and increases the amount of money Manafort is accused of laundering through offshore accounts to $30 million. The additional charges involve much of the same conduct Manafort and his longtime associate, Rick Gates, were charged with last year in an indictm... More>>

Budget Cuts Could Close Kentucky's Poison Control Center

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky could become the only state in the country without access to a poison control center, including the national hotline used by police, hospitals and parents more than 136 times a day for guidance on exposure to opioids and other harmful substances. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's two-year spending proposal eliminates state funding for the Kentucky Poison Control Center. Norton Healthcare, the Louisville-based not-for-profit hospital system, has operated the... More>>

Woman Claims Van Approached Son Walking Home From School

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A woman tells LEX 18 that her 9-year-old son was approached by a green van with multiple men inside as he walked home from school. He was on Arceme Avenue when the men pulled up and offered him a ride. The boy said "no" and walked away. The mother of the boy tells LEX 18 that the van was going in the opposite direction of his home and it was not raining. The men apparently asked the boy where his mother was.  She says she will be walking h...

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"I Want That Mulan McNugget Sauce Morty!" McDonald's Brings Back Szechaun Sauce

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - After a previous disappointing revival, McDonald's is bringing back more of the Szechuan sauce popularized by the cult favorite show 'Rick & Morty.' The sauce was initially released in 1998 in a limited edition run to promote Disney’s Mulan. It disappeared but reentered the public's memory after a scene from the Adult Swim show in which the cartoon scientist Rick became obsessed with finding the elusive sauce. The restaurant ch...

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Cuddle Clones Announces New Louisville Home

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – Cuddle Clones LLC, a provider of custom plush pet replicas, will move to a larger headquarters in Louisville with a $1.3 million investment that will create 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday. “Cuddle Clones is a company that began as a startup right here in Kentucky less than a decade ago, and now it is preparing to create 50 jobs with this Louisville relocation,” Gov. Bevin sa... More>>

Wayne Co. Cancels Monday, Tuesday Classes For School Security Training

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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) Classes will be cancelled Monday, February 26, and Tuesday, February 27, in order for the staff to participate in a specialized school security training opportunity.   As a way of being more proactive concerning school security, administrators have opted to participate in an “Active Shooter Training” on-site workshop for the staff, offered by the Kentucky State Police Post in London. Officials say that the training will help prepar... More>>

11-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Sister In Bell Co.

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BELL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) KSP says that an 11-year-old boy accidentally shot his six-year-old sister in the head with a handgun Wednesday. The incident happened on Charles Collett Road in the Blackmount community. The girl was transported to Middlesboro ARH and then flown to the University of Tennessee for her injuries. She was alert and responsive at the time of transport to UT. She is reportedly stable, but in critical condition, according to KSP. At the time of the shooting, the ...

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Two Dead In Bell Co. Crash

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BELL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) KSP says that on Thursday at 9:01 a.m., they received a call about a three-vehicle crash on US 119 in the Calloway community of Bell County. KSP says that their preliminary investigation indicated that a white 2005 Ford F-150 was traveling north on US 119 when it crossed the center line and side-swiped a red 2015 Chevrolet Impala causing the Impala to leave the roadway and go into a ditch.  They say that the operator of the Ford F-150 continued... More>>

Springer Security Director, Talk Show Host Wilkos Facing OUI

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DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month. Darien police say the 53-year-old Wilkos turned himself in Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. Police say Wilkos, a TV talk show host who was the security director on “The Jerry Springer Show,” had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 after the crash Jan. 21. That’s more than three times the ... More>>

Beshear Reaches Settlement With Defective Airbag Maker Takata

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FRANKFORT, KY. (LEX 18) – Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced a settlement with TK Holdings, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Takata, over allegations that the company concealed safety issues related to defective airbags. Takata’s faulty airbags were installed in a wide variety of vehicles from 19 different automakers, which affect approximately 480,000 cars in Kentucky. At least 20 people have died worldwide and hundreds more have been injured ... More>>

Health Officials Urging Drug Users To Get Tested For HIV

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EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) - Health officials say an investigation into a cluster of HIV infections in northern Kentucky has turned up more cases and they are encouraging intravenous drug users to get tested. The Northern Kentucky Health Department said in a statement on Thursday that 43 cases of HIV have been reported as of Feb. 21, and 20 of those reported injection drug use as a risk factor. The health department said in a statement last month that it began an investigation after the num... More>>

Dean Accused Of Misconduct Gets New NKU Job After Resigning

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - The dean of Northern Kentucky University's law school resigned in December in the wake of women's complaints about his behavior, but will return this fall as the university's highest-paid professor. The Kentucky Enquirer obtained complaints by an employee and two work-study students accusing Jeffrey Standen of sexual harassment and subjecting them to demeaning tasks. The university found "sufficient evidence to support a finding of an unhealthy cultu... More>>

Kentucky State Police Commissioner To Meet With Trump

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders is meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss school safety. A White House spokesperson says Sanders is one of 11 people scheduled to meet with the president on Thursday. The Kentucky State Police is leading the investigation of a school shooting at Marshall County High School last month that left two students dead and more than a dozen others injured. The suspect, Gabriel Ross Parker, is charged with murder a... More>>

Officials: No Threat At Frederick Douglass High School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Despite rumors, officials with Fayette County Schools say there was not a threat in the school district today. Lisa Deffendall, district spokesperson, says a corrected email went out following an initial email that alleged there was a Frederick Douglass High School on Thursday. The accurate email reads as follows:  Dear Frederick Douglass Families: I am writing to follow up on my first message regarding rumors at our school today. Thi...

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Making A Difference: Somerset Native Founds Hospital In Africa

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - A Somerset native was so moved by a visit to Sub-Saharan Africa and wanted to help the many orphans she encountered. Amy Hehre, who was planning on going to med school, decided to spring into action. "After seeing the orphan crisis and the lack of access to specialized medical care for children in Sub-Saharan Africa, I felt God saying that the time was now and not later. For me, this meant changing my sights from med school to PA sc...

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INTERACTIVE: Ky. Ranks 13th For Gun Deaths

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - A new study shows that  Kentucky has the 13th most gun-related fatalities in the U.S. at 17.5 per 100,000 people exceeding the national rate of 11.73 deaths, reports 24/7 Wall St. in its report “States With the Most Gun Violence.”  Gun fatalities include homicides, accidents, and suicides.  In Kentucky, there were 772 gun-related fatalities of which there were 495 suicides and 234 homicides.   The study was... More>>

Woman Offers Her Kidney To Billy Gillispie

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - A woman has reached out to Billy Gillispie via social media to offer the former UK men's basketball coach a kidney. Billy G announced last year that he was in desperate need of a transplant in December of last year. The coach has dealt with a multitude of health issues. A woman named Ericka Downey announced that she was a match and barring any problems, she planned to donate a kidney to him, "Hey y’all. I’m a match for Coach Billy Gillispi...

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Former Student Had Plot of School Shooting, Never Acted

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LEXINGTON, KY (Lex 18) - A Central Kentucky man said he once harbored thoughts of shooting students and teachers at school, but didn't because of the intervention of those close to him.  Josh Elder said he was inspired to share his story after watching a video posted to the Lex 18 Facebook page of Aaron Stark, who told Denver TV station KUSA he was almost a school shooter.  As he watched Stark's story again Wednesday, Josh Elder was reminded of what could have been.  ...

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Lexington Police: Watch For High Water Conditions

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Officials have shutdown a road after heavy rain has created flooding.  Georgetown Road between Iron Works Pike and Berea Road is shut down due to high water. Road crews are unsure how long it will be closed. 

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One Dead In Vehicle Vs. Tree Accident

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- The sheriff’s office is investigating a fatal single vehicle accident. It happened around 6:08 p.m. Wedensday in the 7000 block of Mt. Union Road. Upon arrival it was determined that Tresia K. Wilson, 63, of Adolphus, was operating a 2003 Hyundai on Mt. Union Road. The vehicle left the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

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Concern About Potential Rain In Lee County

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LEE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - With more rain headed our way, FEMA is scheduled to visit 16 eastern Kentucky counties to survey damage from the last round of storms. One of those visits will be in Lee County, where the cold, freezing winter has given way to rain. That has led to worries about the Kentucky River rising. "We get the North, Middle and South Fork, all three rivers come in together here," said Lee County Emergency Management Director Eugene Barrett. Last week...

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Sandy Hook Mom Talks School Safety In Northern Kentucky

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COVINGTON, Ky. (WLWT)-- The mother of a Sandy Hook School shooting victim is speaking out in Northern Kentucky. Alissa Parker lost her daughter Emilie, 6, in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. in 2012. Parker is now working to empower others to make schools across the country safer places. "Emilie was just full of life. She was so fun, so energetic," Parker said. Five years after her daughter was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, Parker is on a mission. "I... More>>

Man Charged After Crashing Into Game Stop

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Police arrested a man overnight who crashed his vehicle into a store. It happened around 2 a.m. at the Game Stop on East Reynolds Road. The store's glass door was shattered. Police say they found the man sitting in his car in the parking lot. He's charged with criminal mischief. Officials aren't sure why he hit the building. More>>

Police: Man Attacked By Two Assailants On Trail

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A man is injured after police say he was assaulted on the Legacy Trail. Police say officers in the area were flagged down just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Hope Center on West Loudon Avenue. A man's hand was bleeding and he told officers he had been attacked with a knife by two men while he was on the trail. Police say it's not clear what led to the assualt, but the man's injury was minor and he was not taken to the hospital. The suspect... More>>

Juvenile Shot In Bell County

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WRIL)-- WRIL is following a report of a gunshot injury involving a young juvenile female. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at a residence on Highway 72. The child has been flown to UT Hospital. She was stable at the time of the flight. Kentucky State Police are expected to release an official report. More>>

Gun Shop Owner: Proposed Bump Stock Ban Not Affecting Local Sales

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - President Trump announced he has moved to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks and similar devices which has increased curiosity in the accessory for many gun stores. Following Trump's announcement national news outlets reported a demand jump for bump stocks nation-wide. In Lexington and Georgetown curiosity remains for the accessory, but sales have remained minimal.    "We were probably selling about two or three a year, then after...

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Making A Difference: Man Brings Backpacks To Kids In Need

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A man in Lexington is once again gearing up to help children in need. Don Pratt is hoping to stock up on new or gently used backpacks this week to deliver to a school in Western Kentucky.  "There's been a dire need for supplies and many of these resource centers have asked me for backpacks," said Don Pratt.  Pratt's mission of helping children in need comes from years of first-hand experience. For more than 30 years, Pratt was a foste...

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Knox Co. Schools Adds Metal Detectors

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) Knox County is installing metal detectors in its schools. Right now, the middle school is the only one to have them. "I feel very safe. I feel it’s okay," said Knox County Middle School parent Morgan Hatfield. The metal detectors at Knox County Middle School were donated to the school. Many of the parents were happy about the decision and believe that all school in Kentucky need them. "Go to Frankfort, they have metal detectors there,&q...

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Rev. Billy Graham, Known As 'America's Pastor,' Dies At 99

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MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

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  • NCAA Releases Statement On Yahoo! Story

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    (LEX 18) - The NCAA has released a statement in response to allegations about recruitment violations in several major programs including Kentucky. According to leaked documents, documents and bank records obtained during the federal investigation into college basketball detail the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports.  Kentucky players investigated include, Kevin Knox, Bam A...

    (LEX 18) - The NCAA has released a statement in response to allegations about recruitment violations in several major programs including Kentucky. According to leaked documents, documents and bank records obtained during the federal investigation into college basketball detail the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports.  Kentucky players investigated include, Kevin Knox, Bam A...

  • Federal Documents Detail Potential NCAA Violations Involving Kentucky, Others

    Federal Documents Detail Potential NCAA Violations Involving Kentucky, Others

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:20 AM EST2018-02-23 15:20:39 GMT
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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Yahoo Sports)-- Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families (t...

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Yahoo Sports)-- Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families (t...

  • 1978 National Championship Team Knew “It Was Going To Be Our Year”

    1978 National Championship Team Knew “It Was Going To Be Our Year”

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    Rick Robey says anything but a national title in 1978 would have been a failure for his team.Rick Robey says anything but a national title in 1978 would have been a failure for his team.
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    By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky returned six of its top seven players off a 26-4 Elite Eight team and four of those players had also played in a national title game loss to UCLA two years before that.   Still, going into the 1977-78 season, there was no “undefeated season” talk going around — or at least not that the players heard in a time long before social media ever existed.   “I just remember we were very confident it was going to be our year and...
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  • Missouri governor defiant after indictment linked to affair

    Missouri governor defiant after indictment linked to affair

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:04 AM EST2018-02-23 13:04:49 GMT
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    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicts him for felony invasion of privacy.
  • Activist Lewis honored decades after civil rights arrest

    Activist Lewis honored decades after civil rights arrest

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:14 PM EST2018-02-23 04:14:22 GMT
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    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision on Shelby County v. Holder tha...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision on Shelby County v. Holder tha...
    Longtime U.S. Rep John Lewis of Georgia is one of five people who are going to be honored for their work to advance civil rights.
    Longtime U.S. Rep John Lewis of Georgia is one of five people who are going to be honored for their work to advance civil rights.
  • APNewsBreak: Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback

    APNewsBreak: Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:45 AM EST2018-02-23 15:45:43 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:09 AM EST2018-02-23 16:09:41 GMT
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.
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