Reports shows growing Ky. infant deaths

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report by a state oversight panel shows a growing number of Kentucky's infants are dying from unsafe sleep situations.

The Courier-Journal reports the panel was created in 2012 by former Gov. Steve Beshear amid several high-profile child abuse deaths.

It's role is to review deaths and life-threatening injuries to children from suspected abuse or neglect with a goal of preventing such incidents and recommending policy changes to reduce child deaths and injuries.

This year's report examined 77 cases of deaths or serious injuries.

The report shows a number of infants are often suffocated while sleeping with an adult impaired by drugs or alcohol, while other small children have died after ingesting drugs left in the home by adults.


Bengals tell county Paul Brown Stadium may need sprucing up

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals are telling county officials in Cincinnati that the team's 15-year-old stadium may be due for a makeover.

The Cincinnati Enquirer says the team asked Hamilton County officials this week to begin a review of Paul Brown Stadium's condition.

The team's letter doesn't lay out any specific requests but does say that several other NFL stadiums have been spruced up in recent years.

The Bengals have a 30-year stadium lease with the county.

Hamilton County and the team already have paid for upgrades including expanded locker rooms and a $10 million scoreboard.

A team official says the Bengals want independent design experts to take a look at the stadium and recommend improvements.


Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Somerset

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SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being hit by a vehicle in Somerset, Kentucky.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, 48-year-old Adam R. Moody was walking in the road along Ky. 914 in Pulaski County when he was struck by a car around 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Police said 29-year-old Misty Mitchell of Somerset was heading southbound when her vehicle hit Moody, who police say was wearing dark clothing on a road with no lights.

Mitchell was treated for minor injuries at a regional hospital. Police did not say if charges have been filed.

Moody was from Nancy, a community about eight miles west of Somerset.


Paducah church looks for homes for thousands of photos

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — For about 50 years, the late Paducah photographer James Curtis captured precious moments for thousands of individuals and families across western Kentucky.

Now the Methodist church that inherited his studio is trying to find homes for about 500,000 photographs he left behind.

The Paducah Sun reports the McCracken County Public Library has pulled hundreds of photos for its local and family history department. These are mostly photos of building and events. But there are thousands more photos including senior portraits, wedding photos and baby pictures.

Broadway United Methodist Church invited the public to come look through them on Friday. People found photos of themselves, friends and relatives.

Librarian Nathan Lynn, who has been working with the photos, called it a once in a lifetime opportunity for the community.


Woman who tried to help animals arrested for cruelty

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HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A LaRue County woman who investigators say was trying to help animals is charged with animal cruelty and harboring a vicious animal.

WKYT-TV reports Jane Embry applied for a kennel license Tuesday. When an animal control officer went to inspect her property he found dozens of dogs and cats there.

Sheriff Russell McCoy says Embry had good intentions but ended up harming the animals instead of helping them.

In a telephone interview, Embry said the animals were not mistreated or suffering. She said shelters gave her animals to take care of, and she has been trying to comply with regulations but has been given some wrong advice.

Officials say most of Embry's animals appear to be healthy.

Embry is free on a $1,000 bond with a Wednesday court date.


Official: U of L president has full support of trustees

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Louisville's board of trustees says President James Ramsey has the board's full support during an FBI investigation of top health care executive David Dunn and two other officials.

Ramsey placed Dunn and Pricilla Hancock on paid leave Wednesday, the day after The Courier-Journal reported the FBI investigation of possible misuse of federal funds. Dunn's former top aide, Russell Bessette, resigned in Jan. 2014.

The newspaper reports Larry Benz spoke with reporters Thursday after an executive committee meeting.

Benz declined to discuss the allegations but said the review likely will be completed in "a matter of months."

U of L also is awaiting the results of an NCAA investigation into allegations basketball recruits and players were provided prostitutes paid for by a former employee.


Woman charged in death of Wisconsin man found in Kentucky

PRESCOTT, Wis. (AP) — Bail is set at $100,000 for a Wisconsin woman charged in the death of her boyfriend whose body was found in a box along a road in Kentucky.

Forty-four-year-old Rose Marie Kuehni of Prescott appeared in Pierce County court Friday on felony charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

Fifty-one-year-old Douglas Bailey was reported missing Nov. 30. Police in Kentucky say his body was found Tuesday in a large box on an embankment in an industrial area in Hazard. Bailey was a truck driver whose sister reported him missing after he failed to show up for a family Thanksgiving dinner in Peoria, Illinois.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office says Bailey was killed in Prescott and his body transported to Kentucky.

Kuehni is due back in court Friday. Her attorney did not immediately respond to messages for comment Saturday.


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