Saturday, May 14, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-15-'11

Wagering Integrity CommitteeWednesday, May 18, 2011
9:00 a.m. EDT
KHRC Conference Room
4063 Iron Works Parkway, Building B
Lexington, Ky.
I. Call to order, roll call
II. Approve Minutes of Oct. 4, 2010, Oct. 11, 2010,  Nov. 19, 2010, Nov. 30, 2010, and Jan. 31, 2011
III. Proposed regulation re: Licensing Totalizator Companies 
IV. Proposed ADW Licensing Regulation
V. Comments regarding proposed ADW Licensing Regulation
VI. Other Business
VII. Adjournment

Kentucky Horse Racing CommissionWednesday May 18, 2011
1:30 p.m. EDT
U.S. Dressage Federation Building
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, Ky.
I. Call to order and roll call
II. Vote to approve the minutes of April 6,  2011 
III. New Business
a. Request from The Red Mile to amend 2011 Race Dates
b. Approve Players Bluegrass Downs Roster of Officials for 2011
c. Request from Churchill Downs to run Arabian race June 18,  2011
d. Request from Churchill Downs  to approve reimbursement for Backside Improvement Projects 
e. Amendment to Riding Crop Rule 
f. Amendments to Jockey Weights Regulation 
g. Approve Payment to KY Colt Association
h. Recommendations from the KBIF Advisory Committee

IV. Other Business
a.    Report from Chief Steward  - John Veitch  
b.    Reports from Veterinarian Division       
c.    Report from Supervisor of Pari-Mutuel Wagering – Greg Lamb  
d.   Updated Administrative Regulations Promulgation Schedule 
V. Executive Session
VI. Adjournment    


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-15-'11

Friday, May 13, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-14-'11

Those arrested:

Charles Gray, Gray
Shannon Smith, Artemus
Rebecca Smith, Corbin
Deniece Gatewood, Corbin
Shaunna Parks, Corbin
Christopher Patton, Corbin
Lucky Abrams, Corbin
James Donaldson, Artemus
Matt Messer Jr., Gray
Rickie Ledford, Barbourville
Kayla Grubb, Barbourville
Tonya Broughton, Barbourville
Elvis Hall, Barbourville
Kimberly Griffith, Gray
Shannon Buchanon, Artemus
Brenda Allsup, Barbourville
Heather Herren, Corbin
Sabrina Mahan, Corbin
Jason Carnes, Barbourville
Richard Brosky, Trosper
Kevin Engle, Barbourville
Thomas Raymond Engle, Barbourville
Kayla Engle, Barbourville
Charles Skaggs II, Gray
Michael Woody, Corbin


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-14-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-12-'11

Phillip Brandon Falgiani, 22, of the War area of McDowell County, was arrested Tuesday and charged with child abuse and neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, unlawful wounding, domestic assault and domestic battery. West Virginia State Police troopers in Welch say Falgiani's 6-week-old son was brought to Welch Community Hospital Sunday with a fractured skull, two fractured legs and a healing rib fracture.
The infant was then flown to Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children's Hospital, where he continues to be treated for multiple seizures caused by head trauma. Falgiani was taken to the Welch Holding Facility and placed on a $20,000 bond.

Twenty years after being hired under a court-ordered affirmative action program, Chuck Overstreet has become Charleston's first black fire chief. One of two senior assistant chiefs vying for the top job, Overstreet scored highest on a written exam two weeks ago and needed only to get medical clearance to get the job. Overstreet had a heart attack about five weeks ago, but, Tuesday, doctors gave him the go-ahead.

Ernest Vance, Sr., 62, and his son, Ernest Vance, Jr., 35, both from Logan County, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal drug charges, admitting to aiding and abetting the distribution of Oxycodone. Prosecutors say they were responsible for the distribution of more than 5,000 and up to 18,000 Oxycontin 80 milligram pills in and around Verdunville. Each faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when sentenced in August.

Scott Depot-based International Coal Group announced Wednesday it's postponing its annual shareholder meeting indefinitely because of its proposed $3.4 billion takeover by St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. as agreed to on May 2nd. The annual shareholder meeting had been set for May 18th. ICG runs mines in Appalachia and Illinois. Arch operates primarily in Appalachia and Wyoming. The merger is designed to exploit growing demand for high-priced coal used to manufacture steel. Arch says the combined companies would be the nation's second largest supplier of metallurgical coal.

Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants has hired former U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller to replace assistant prosecutor Scott Reynolds, whom Plants fired on Monday after Reynolds was arrested early Sunday for driving under the influence of alcohol. Miller, a federal prosecutor for 26 years, served as the lead U.S. attorney for West Virginia's Southern District from 2005 to 2009. He became an assistant U.S. attorney after current U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin was appointed. Miller said he is retiring from the U.S. attorney's office, but didn't want to quit working.

West Virginia State Police were called to a home on Kelly Hollow in the Blair community of Logan County Tuesday night, where they found the home had been broken into and an elderly man stabbed. The victim was taken to Logan Regional Medical Center and then flown to Charleston Area Medical Center General for treatment.

Clendenin Police Chief David Brinkman says hundreds of lottery tickets were stolen from a Clendenin retailer and cashed in at two Charleston stores. Brinkman says four tickets were cashed at the Kroger on Delaware Avenue for $239. Another 20 tickets were cashed at the One Stop on Lee Street for a total of $44. Police are looking for two people connected to the theft.

The Law Enforcement Division of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is investigating after a hunter was shot in the back by another hunter in the Nellis area of Boone County around 8:00 A.M. Wednesday morning. The injured hunter was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Wednesday, police officers, sheriff's deputies, State Police and deputy U.S. Marshals gathered at the state Capitol in Charleston for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to pay tribute to Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller and 136 other law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in West Virginia. Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the guest speaker, offered words of condolence to the families of Hotsinpiller, who was killed on February 16, 2011, Charleston Police Officer Jerry Jones, who was killed by friendly fire in August of 2009 and others, along with praising the dozens of law enforcement officers on hand for the memorial service for the jobs they do every day. After the service, an honor guard followed by the Hotsinpillers and the Jones families laid a wreath at the foot of the state Police Officer Memorial at the Culture Center.

During a hearing Wednesday, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce president Steve Roberts told members of Congress the EPA's decision to revoke the permit issued to Spruce No. 1 Mine, owned by Mingo-Logan Coal, could result in the loss of thousands of jobs. Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment at the "EPA Mining Policies: Assault on Appalachian Jobs Part II" hearing, Roberts, along with Ohio Coal Association president Mike Carey, professor of natural resources at University of California-Berkley David Sunding and Reed Hopper of the Pacific Legal Foundation, warned the committee of the dangers the EPA's actions could have on jobs and the economy. Roberts said more than 6,000 coal mining jobs could be lost in West Virginia if the EPA continued its "war on coal." Carey argued that a study by Penn State University showed that for every coal mining job lost another 11 spin-off jobs also are lost. Nancy Stoner, deputy administrator in the EPA's Office of Water, said the agency's goal was not to end coal mining, but to make communities healthier by decreasing pollution. President Barack Obama has inherited about 140 mining permits to be approved or vetoed, but Representative Nick Rahall said those permits might not mean much if the EPA can revoke them at will.

The Dow Corp. told members of the South Charleston Economic Development Committee Tuesday that it plans to invest a total of $40 million at its South Charleston location in the next four years. South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said he’s not sure of the company’s schedule, but he knows several $2 million and $3 million projects are planned for the plant through 2014, and he considers it’s a great sign which indicates they’re going to be there for a while.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-12-'11

AT&T has announced a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism of  the company's aerial copper telephone cables which have occurred recently in Williamsburg and Pineville. Company officials is working with law enforcement agencies and scrap metal dealers in Pineville and Williamsburg to catch those responsible for several thefts that have occurred in the past several weeks along HWY 190 in Bell County and HWY 904 in Whitley County. The offer expires May 31, 2011. AT&;T urges shop owners, employees and anyone with information on the recent copper thefts to call AT&T Asset Protection at 1-800-807-4205. You can also call the Kentucky State Police (Harlan Post) at (606) 573-3131 or London Post at (606) 878-6622.

Seven Bath County Kentucky men are in a Florida jail after being arrested last Friday. Police say the group went to a pain clinic in Miami to obtain prescriptions for Oxycodone, Xanax and Hydrocodone and had them filled in Brevard County, Florida. They believe the men were bringing the pills back to Kentucky to sell. After undercover agents received a tip about the men, they immediately placed them under surveillance. Police pulled their two cars over just south of Daytona Beach. During the traffic stop police found 3,000 pills hidden in a cooler and about $10,000 in cash. Arrested were Jeffrey Blankenship, Larry McCarty, Steven Thompson, Mark Butcher, Terry Wills, Barry Pergram and Pierce Gibbs.

Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley has asked Kentucky Bar Association officials to delay any disciplinary action against him in connection with his involvement in a case dealing with the diet drug fen-phen. Chesley is fighting a trial commissioner's recommendation that he be disbarred in Kentucky and ordered to return $7.5 million of the $20 million he was paid in fees. He has filed a request that no action be taken until civil litigation in the case is settled. Most recently, the Kentucky Court of Appeals vacated a $42 million judgment against three other lawyers accused of swindling clients in the case and sent the case back to a lower court in Boone County for further proceedings. The three other attorneys have already been disbarred.

StoryCorps' MobileBooth, an organization that works to preserve the stories of Americans, will be parked at the Lexington History Museum for six weeks, starting next week, with a mobile recording studio. The organization has joined with WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, to collect 180 interviews some of which WUKY plans to air nationally on NPR's "Morning Edition," and all of the interviews, with participant permission, will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The opening ceremony is May 19th, with the first interviews of Mayor Jim Gray and a family member and the second interview with Keeneland CEO Nick Nicholson and his brother, Kentucky Horse Park Director John Nicholson.

Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced record-setting voter registration  at a press conference held in the State Reception Room at the Capitol Building.  Previous voter-registration records, set during the General Election in 2008, were surpassed this spring with an increase of 11,028 voters, bringing the Commonwealth’s registration numbers to 2,917,837 voters. At the press conference, Secretary Walker predicted that only approximately 10% of the state’s registered voters would participate in the upcoming primary election.  Additionally, Secretary Walker announced improvements to the online election tally system, noting that this year, the number of precincts reporting will be viewable.  Finally, Secretary Walker reminded members of the media that they are welcome and encouraged to cover the election process, but that they cannot interrupt the voting process, record the identity of a voter or conduct interviews inside the polling location.

A suburban fire department in Louisville will begin charging a fee to battle most blazes later this summer. Lyndon will charge a homeowner's or business' insurance company as part of a new "cost-recovery" program approved on Monday

An elderly woman is recovering after being shot in the back at a senior center in Nicholas County during a Mother's Day party.
Eighty-one-year-old Lodema Foster was sitting in the recreation room at Shepherd Place when she was struck by a bullet that came through the wall of the building. Family members say they don't think Foster was targeted. After talking with police, Foster's great-niece Amy Mastin told WKYT-TV in Lexington that family members think it was a stray bullet, possibly from a hunter. Foster told the station that the incident scared her, but it takes more than that to keep her down. She was treated and released from a local hospital and says she expects to make a full recovery. Carlisle Police continue to investigate the shooting.

Emergency management officials are inspecting storm damage in eastern Kentucky. Violent weather struck Pikeville on Tuesday, bringing torrential rain, hail, strong winds and vivid lightning. The heavy rain set off flash flooding in the area.  Some people had to be rescued from their cars in the Ashland area.  No deaths or injuries were reported and the water receded quickly Tuesday night after the storms moved through. There was an unconfirmed report of a tornado touchdown in the Cannonsburg area. The bridges linking Ashland to U.S. 52 in Ohio were closed for a time after a string of barges broke loose during the storm.

New census data shows that changes in the Kentucky population over the last decade mirror that of the nation, with residents becoming older, living in less traditional households, renting rather than owning and becoming more diverse. The numbers made public last week for 13 states were the first in-depth numbers on general population and housing released for the 2010 census. Total population for Kentucky rose to 4,339,357, a 7.4 percent increase. Women in Kentucky tend to be older than men, though the average ages for both sexes increased, with the average age of women at 39.3 and men at 36.7. The median age of Kentuckians increased from 35.9 in 2000 to 38.1 in 2010, according to the figures. Those living in traditional husband-wife households decreased 4.6 percent to less than half the population at 49.3 percent. The number of Kentuckians who rent rather than own slightly increased to 31.3 percent from 29.2 percent. The figures show 68.7 of Kentuckians own their homes, down from 70.8 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, those living in traditional husband-wife households went down 4.6 percent, from 53.9 percent of the population in 2000 to 49.3 percent of Kentuckians in 2010. Non-family households also increased, rising 2.5 percent from 30.6 percent in 2000 to 33.1 percent in 2010.

The Breathitt County man that fired shots at police on Monday was positively identified by fingerprints at the State Medical Examiner's Office yesterday. The individual has been identified as Jeffrey L. Southwood, age 45, of Clayhole in Breathitt County.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Southwood died of a gunshot wound to the leg. The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police.
Lyndon Fire Chief Russell Rakestraw told The Courier-Journal the fire district had no choice but to impose the extra fee or reduce services. It becomes the first Jefferson County fire district to add an extra fee for structure fires, though several districts bill insurance companies for services at auto-accident cleanups and vehicle fires.
Officials hope to raise an additional $110,000 through the new charges. Lyndon responded to its budget problems last year by occasionally closing one of its fire stations for 12-hour shifts.

Lexington businessman John T. Kemper III is leading dual lives these days. He's trying to become the Republican nominee for Kentucky auditor while digging out of bankruptcy after a real estate development went bust. Kemper doesn't shy away from discussing the turmoil that may cost him his home and overshadows his campaign. The conservative said earlier this week he realizes his bankruptcy is "big baggage," and voters are being asked to take a chance on him. His campaign website calls for a "debt-free Kentucky." Kemper acknowledges Democrats will have a field day with his financial setbacks if he wins the Republican primary. But he says his bankruptcy has put all his business dealings out in the open. Kemper is running against state Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence in the Tuesday's GOP primary.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-11-'11

• Governor and Lt. Governor (Republican primary only)
• Secretary of State
• Auditor of Public Accounts (Republican Primary only)
• Treasurer (Democratic Primary only)
• Commissioner of Agriculture

Citizens with general questions about the election are encouraged to visit the Office of the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections’ Vote Kentucky! website at or contact their local county clerk.

  • Summer is just around the corner, which means more, and more children will be playing outdoors!  During the summer season, The Pike County Health Department has an increase in animal bites especially involving children.
A health concern with animal bites is the possibility of the animal being infected with
Rabies.  Rabies is an acute viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of its
victim.  Rabies is most often passed from animal to animal, or animal to human, though
bites.  Animals that carry the rabies virus primarily in the United States includes skunks,
foxes, raccoons, bats, dogs, and cats.  Most people think rabid animals can easily be
spotted because the animal will foam at the mouth.  In fact, most animals will only display these symptoms in the latter stages of infection.  A better way to identify animals
that pose a risk is to recognize unusual, or abnormal behavior.  Rabid animals, wild or
domestic, may stagger, appear restless, be aggressive, change the tone of the barks or
growl or appears to be choking.  Most importantly, all domesticated animals are required
to be vaccinated for rabies.

It is the responsibility of the Pike County Health Department to quarantine any domestic
animal when the bites occur.  The quarantine period involves the animal being tied or
chained up, put in a fenced area, or kept indoors for a period of ten days.  During this
10-day period the animal is observed for sickness, unusual behaviors, or death.  If the
animal appears healthy at the end of the 10-day period; it is released by the Pike County Health Department.  If the animal does show sickness, unusual behaviors, or dies, the
head of the animal is immediately sent to the state laboratory for rabies testing.
There is no quarantine period for any wild animals.  The wild animal is to be euthanasied and sent to the state laboratory for testing immediately.  If any animal must be killed, the head of the animal should not be destroyed because the brain is tested for the rabies virus. If a stray animal bites a person and cannot be quarantined, it is the recommendation of the Pike County Health Department that you speak to your family physician about the prophylactic rabies treatments.  This is a series of vaccines that may be taken if the animal cannot be quarantined or cannot be tested for the rabies virus.
Remember any time a bite occurs always consult your doctor or local hospital.

  • The Pike County Health Department along with the East Kentucky Animal Clinic, Pike County Humane Society, and the Pike County Animal Shelter sponsors an annual rabies vaccination clinic at different sites around the county.  All dogs, cats, and ferrets are to be vaccinated by 4 months of age and are required to obtain additional boosters at intervals according to the veterinarian and the type of vaccine used.  Watch for upcoming clinic dates.  If you have any questions or concerns about rabies, contact the Pike County Health Department at 606 437-5500 Ext. 311 

  • Highway District 12's Joe Stanley announced that repairs to a section of KY 881, Brushy Road, which collapsed last month, will begin today. Right of way issues were resolved  Tuesday, May 10 said Joe Stanley, Engineering Tech at Highway District 12 $B!G (Js Pikeville Section Office. Repairs will begin this morning between 7 and 8am.  The pavement collapse is 2.8 miles off US 119 on Brushy Road. The road has been closed to traffic since Thursday, April 14, due to what started as an embankment failure that happened as a drilling rig was working to repair a pavement break. Repairs could not begin until additional right of way was acquired.


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-11-'11

Monday, May 09, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-10-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-10-'11

Sunday, May 08, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-9-'11

* Land adjacent to the existing VA hospital off Zorn Avenue, which many veterans prefer

* A five-block area north of Broadway and near University Hospital, for which city and University of Louisville officials have expressed support

* 4906 Brownsboro Road, a site near Holiday Manor, adjacent to the Dairy Queen along the Watterson Expressway

* 5905 Fegenbush Lane, a site near the intersection of Fegenbush and South Hurstbourne Parkway

* 13600 block of Factory Lane, a site along the Gene Snyder Freeway near Chamberlain Lane and across from the Ford Truck Plant.

At Wednesday’s meetings, people may comment in person or in writing. A summary of comments will be provided to Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-9-'11

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