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State leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

WEST LIBERTY (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area’s painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.About 60 miles away, inside in a federal courtroom Tuesday in Lexington, the elected official who led the reconstruction in Morgan County sobbed as he pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme.Judge-Executive Tim Conley, the county’s top official, received $...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, August 27, the 239th day of 2014. There are 126 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On August 27, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson accepted his party’s nomination for a term in his own right, telling the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, “Let us join together in giving every American the fullest life which he can hope f...

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Everyone contributes asTigerettes roll to victoryAll 13 Tigerettes reached the scoring column Monday as Black Mountain won 45-16 in seventh- and eighth-grade basketball action at Green Hills.Alyssa Cornett scored seven points and Kierstan Hamm added six to lead Black Mountain.Elizabeth Howard led Green Hills with 15 points.Nebraska Kelly scored 13 and Whitney Eleftheriou added 10 to lead Black Mountain to a 36-1 win in the fifth- and sixt...

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Bears blank Bell in JV opener

Harlan County’s junior varsity team, the back-to-back league champions, picked up where it left off last year by overpowering visiting Bell County 26-0 on Monday at the Cawood field.Four Bears reached the end zone and the Harlan County defense controlled the line of scrimmage, making countless tackles in the Bell backfield.“Coach (Denny) Farmer does a great job with our defense,” Harlan County coach Eddie Creech said. “He gets them in the right po...

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UK seeks growth in Stoops’ second year

LEXINGTON (AP) — The optimistic outlook by Kentucky’s veteran players and a top-20 recruiting class are reflections of coach Mark Stoops’ impact.Stoops is looking to make an even bigger mark with more wins in his second season after going 2-10 last year.Kentucky figured to struggle last season with the transition to a new coaching staff and a challenging schedule that featured four consecutive games against ranked teams. And they did.The Wild...

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Grant spurs Toyota expansion in Michigan

YORK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it’s expanding its technical center in Michigan and moving 250 jobs from Kentucky.The automaker’s expansion in Washtenaw County’s York Township near Ann Arbor comes as a result of a $4 million state grant approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund.Toyota plans to build a new facility and relocate the positions from its North American manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Ky.Town...

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Suggestions sought for state education standards

VERSAILLES (AP) — Kentucky’s top education official unveiled a website on Monday designed to solicit anonymous feedback on the state’s Common Core education standards.“But don’t tell us it is a Communist conspiracy to take over education by the federal government,” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told the crowd at Woodford County High School. “Tell us what’s wrong with the standard and how to fix it.”

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Man charged with threatening congressman

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A Richmond man has been charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and officials say he also spoke of wanting to kill former Congressman Ben Chandler.The FBI released an affidavit on Tuesday saying 40-year-old Russell Little repeatedly phoned Barr’s Lexington office over a five-month span and made “both explicit and direct” threats.Barr, a Republican, defeated Chandler, a Democrat, in 2013 for the central Kentucky seat....

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Lynch eyes info center

The Harlan County Industrial Development Authority is checking into the possibility of aiding the city of Lynch in a project that may bring new jobs to the city.Lynch Mayor John Adams, along with Cleon Cornett and Bobbie Gothard, appeared before the authority during a meeting on Thursday to ask for the authority’s assistance.“We had a woman from Louisville, Betsy Shirley, who came in here on some missionary work,” said Adams. “She does a lot of co...

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PMSS Fair Day: Exhibits, games and food

Looking to spend a fun day with friends and family? The Pine Mountain Settlement School will host their annual Fair Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the school’s campus.Community Coordinator Judy Lewis said registration for exhibits will be from 9 until 11 a.m. in the Laurel House. Representatives from the Harlan County Extension Service will register and judge the exhibits and winners will be announced at noon.

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Parents face fine if Evarts kids break curfew

The Evarts City Council has amended the city’s Curfew For Minors Ordinance.The ordinance will go into effect following its second reading Monday night during a special called meeting of the council.Under the amended ordinance, it is now unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to be or remain at any public assembly, building place, street or highway within the city limits at night between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday through Sunday and from 10 p.m. to ...

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Jobless rate still high in Harlan

Harlan County has seen a significant drop in its unemployment rate in the past year. However, it’s also seen a big decline in the number of people in its workforce.In July 2013, Harlan County had a workforce of 10,326, according to Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet statistics.By last month, the workforce number had dropped by 720, to 9,608. A workforce represents the number of people in a county who are available for work.Harlan County...

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News in Brief

Thousands of state records go to new buildingFRANKFORT (AP) — State officials have moved thousands of boxes of state records into a new facility in Frankfort.The move to the new State Records Center involved about 190,000 cardboard boxes to a new leased building.The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives says the move began in late April and was expected to take about three months. But instead it took just 38 working days....

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Help teens cope with negative peer pressure

Peer pressure is probably the most important influence in your teenager’s life. While parental opinions certainly are considered (if only because of the consequences of ignoring them), it’s more often the opinions and actions of peers that help teens decide virtually everything from hairstyles to clothing choices to academic efforts.Often, peer pressure is a good thing that can lead to involvement in sports, religious activities and academic excellence. But peer pressur...

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$10K college fund contest announced

LEXINGTON – Viamedia, the television industry’s leading independent provider of outsourced local television advertising services on behalf of cable companies, has announced that it has partnered with Hardee’s Restaurants LLC to award a qualifying Kentucky student a $10,000 college fund to go towards college tuition.The 2014 Hardee’s® $10,000 College Fund Contest is open to central Kentucky students enrolled in a Kentucky college or university by Dec. 31...

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Students attend summer learning trip

Educational Talent Search TRiO students from Bell and Harlan counties in Kentucky and Claiborne, Campbell and Scott counties in Tennessee took part in a summer learning trip to Houston, Texas and New Orleans, La. after completing a week-long academic program at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn.The trip included a tour of the Holocaust Museum in Houston, NASA Space Center, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Aquarium, a day at Galveston Beach, a Gator Swamp To...

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Gap to host 50s cruise-in

If you host it, they will come. Cumberland Gap’s second Saturday in the month event for September is expected to have many pulling out their poodle skirts, rolling a pack of cigarettes into a sleeve and donning their oxfords to commemorate a music legend.Event coordinators appear to be hedging their bets on enough Elvis Presley fans to make the Elvis/50s Cruise-In Night a hit.Fifties-themed music, dancing, classic automobiles and enough Elvis look-alikes to satisfy...

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