Friday, February 25, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...2-26-'11
- Denise Bradley, 48, pled guilty in Knott Circuit Court Thursday to second-degree manslaughter in connection with the 2009 death of her father, 79 year old John Adams. An investigation revealed Bradley assaulted her father at his Pinetop home on September 22, 2009 following an argument. The father and daughter had been at odds over a house deeded to her but was still under the control of Adams. Family members told investigators Adams had obtained a domestic violence order against his daughter in 2008. Adams was treated for head injuries at University of Kentucky Medical Center but died three weeks later at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center from complications due to blunt impact head injuries. As part of a plea agreement, the Commonwealth is recommending a 10-year prison sentence for Bradley, who is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10th in Knott Circuit Court.
- Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper said Friday he plans for members of his panel to vote Monday to adjust the Medicaid budget and to send the proposal to the full Senate for consideration. The measure, as proposed by Governor Steve Beshear and approved by the House earlier this month, calls for shifting $166.5 million that would have been used next fiscal year to cover this year's costs. It also calls for carving out additional savings next year by contracting with more private firms to provide Medicaid services. Leeper says the Senate version will likely bring less money forward.
- Authorities say an Amish family in Dublin, in southwestern Kentucky, was traveling in a downpour in the dark Thursday night when their horse-drawn buggy flipped, knocking them into a creek that is normally a trickle but that often floods during heavy rains. Four children were swept away in the water. Two adults and three other children escaped. Rescuers found three bodies early Friday, then recovered the fourth later in the morning. Hickman County Coroner Paula Boaz says the dead include 8 year old Samuel Wagler, 5 year old Sarahmae Wagler, 5 month old Rosemary Wagler and their cousin, 11 year old Elizabeth Wagler. The coroner says all four children drowned. The rural area is about 25 miles south of Paducah.
- A joint effort between Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky has received a $2.2 million grant to develop a support system for students with developmental disabilities. The program, known as Supported Higher Education Project, intends to support 150 students with disabilities in higher education settings. Also planned is training for 2,000 professionals in secondary and higher education and in disability services. Northern Kentucky University says the project's eventual goal is to include people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of college life.
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