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‘Fearful times’ in Lynch

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The road to building a safer Lynch was discussed by Police Chief James Fox at a recent meeting of the Lynch City Council.“Right now we have five narcotic investigations going on,” said Fox. “We recovered 15 one-step shake and bake meth labs in the last four weeks. It’s a very serious problem. We have a lot of people around here who think they are chemists.”Fox showed council members a Ziploc baggie, recovered during the department’s investigations, filled with 15 hypodermic needles, two pop cans, five syringes and five spoons.


Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 3, the 246th day of 2014. There are 119 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio address, Britain’s King George VI said, “With God’s help, we shall prevail.” The same day, a German U-boat torp...

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Storytelling winners announced

Two Harlan County High School students, Sierra Hatfield and Logan Burris, have been named Kentucky Youth Storytelling torchbearers.Hatfield and Burris were winners in the 2013 Swappin’ Meetin’ competition. They were then mentored by Noah Hughes, a three-time winner of the same award and two-time national winner.They were also invited to perform at the Kentucky State Fair in August and are in the running for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. Out of 22 ...

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Cats prepare for tougher test

LEXINGTON — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was elated that his team opened the season with a 59-14 win over UT-Martin, but he knows facing Ohio University — a team that has been to five straight bowl games — this Saturday will be a much bigger challenge.“Coach (Frank) Solich has been around for a long time and been extremely successful. He’s building a very consistent program there at Ohio. Very well coached, fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball. ...

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Bears ranked 10th in first Associated Press prep poll of season

Coming off a 51-14 win last week against Clay County to even their record at 1-1, the Harlan County Black Bears earned a top 10 ranking in the first Associated Press poll of the season, coming in at 10th.Bowling Green, the defending 5A state champs, is in its familiar spot at No. 1. Pulaski County, last year’s state runner up, is a solid second. The Maroons are favored to win the Region 4 title again after beating Madison Southern in last year’s championship game.

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NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season Tuesday and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. The fine levied Tuesday ...

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ATV wreck kills woman

Tragedy struck a Harlan County family for a second time Monday night when a woman was killed in an ATV wreck.According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call at approximately 7:30 p.m. of an ATV collision on KY 1137 at Cawood.Preliminary investigation suggests Danita Millis, 32, of Cawood, was operating an ATV when she lost control and left the roadway, striking a tree.Millis was transported from the scene by Johnson&...

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Evarts man arrested on sex charges

An alleged incident involving an Evarts man and an 8-year-old girl has resulted in multiple charges including indecent exposure and distribution of obscene matter to a minor.Jeffery Coker, 46, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sergent on Friday on a warrant obtained by Trooper Rodney Sturgill.According to the warrant, Coker induced the girl to view obscene material on Sept. 1, 2013. The warrant states Coker exposed his genitals to the girl and asked the...

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News in Brief

Fire department puts coolers on fire trucksBENTON (AP) — A western Kentucky fire department has installed a refrigerator on one of its trucks with the goal of keeping firefighters hydrated.Palma-Briensburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Todd Devine says the cooler will hold water so firefighters can battle flames while keeping cool.Devine told WPSD-TV in Paducah the department plans to install more refrigerators on other trucks in the n...

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HCHS royalty

Photo by Kim CreechAutumn Stewart, left, was crowned Harlan County High School’s football homecoming queen on Friday before Harlan County’s game against Clay County. Her escort was Jordy Boles. Maid of honor Kennedy Thompson, right, was escorted by Zach Caldwell.

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What’s Goin’ On

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Former CDO employee sentenced on Medicaid fraud

FRANKFORT – A former Consumer Directed Options (CDO) employee has been sentenced on a charge involving Medicaid fraud.On May 30, 29-year-old Ahmad Davis pleaded guilty in Fayette Circuit Court to one count of presenting fraudulent claims to defraud the state Medicaid program over $300, a class D felony. This afternoon, Davis received a one-year prison sentence, which will be probated for three years. He was also ordered to pay $14,505.36 in restitution to the Kentucky Departm...

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$16.5M settlement with Omnicare announced

FRANKFORT – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit announced that Kentucky has joined with other states and the federal government in a $16.48 million settlement with Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes.The settlement resolves allegations that Omnicare offered improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicar...

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Afghanistan’s moment of reckoning

Afghanistan faces ever deepening security and political crises. As American troops withdraw, Taliban military advances are threatening entire districts, and government coffers are dwindling.NATO leaders are scheduled to hold a summit meeting next week that is supposed to reaffirm the alliance’s commitment to keep supporting Afghanistan’s security forces, which, like the rest of the government, are heavily dependent on international aid. It will be very hard to justify c...

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New fall TV shows worthy of a first-night look

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare.As part of the ritual, this latest fall crop is an occasion for handicapping the good and the misfires. Granted, it’s a risky business to rate a new series’ prospects on the basis of its pilot episode, which is typically the only thing critics have to go on. But even if it doesn...

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By Katherine Hawkins Contributing Columnist

Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after Sept. 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Many of them were tortured. Starting in 2002, the CIA began operating secret prisons all over the world: Thailand, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Afghanistan, Djibouti, briefly Guantanamo Bay.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.On this date:In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out.In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was est...

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The case against binge-watching TV

LAKE CITY, Pa. (AP) — It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits.Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. In the old days, of course, people watched one episode a week. That changed with digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. DVDs and online services also make it possible to start shows f...

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