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UK grad runs hospital for orphans in Africa

Amy Hehre was photographed with some of the babies at OVI Children’s Hospital in Migori, Kenya, which she co-founded with her husband, Robert. For the past two years, Amy Hehre has been living her dream: she runs a five-story nonprofit hospital for orphaned and abandoned children in Africa.


Police: Woman arrested after dog dragged by car

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a woman has been arrested after she was accused of dragging a dog behind a car.  Paducah Police tells news outlets that Jennifer Morris, 60, faces charges of second-degree cruelty to animals and second-degree disorderly conduct. Police say dispatchers received 911 calls on Monday that a dog was being dragged on a leash behind a car near Paducah Tilghman High School. The car eventually pulled into a fast food restaurant parking lot.


Police investigating fatal Lexington shooting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Kentucky are investigating after a man was fatally shot on Christmas eve. News outlets report that Lexington police were called to an apartment building on Tuesday morning after getting reports of a shooting near the University of Kentucky. According to the Fayette County coroner, 21-year-old Jonathan Meristil was shot multiple times inside the apartment. Police have deemed Meristil's death a homicide and are investigating the situation.


Company idles Virginia coal mine, cites trade war with China

RAVEN, Va. (AP) — A company that owns a coal mine in Virginia has furloughed 600 workers until the end of the year. The reported reason behind the move is the trade war between the U.S. and China. The Bristol Herald Courier reported Monday that Coronado Coal idled its mining facility in Buchanan County on Dec. 16. A stage agency that oversees mining in Virginia said the company cited the trade war. But Coronado did not specify what it was looking for between China and the U.S.  Tensions appear to have eased after China said it plans to buy $200 billion worth of American goods and services.


Foster mom accused of burning baby indicted on abuse charge

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman accused of pouring a hot drink on her 10-month-old foster child has been indicted on a criminal abuse charge. News outlets report 33-year-old Ashley Neal and her husband, 28-year-old Ronnie Neal,  were indicted on first-degree criminal abuse Monday after the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office determined the foster child suffered from previous abuse. Deputies say video footage from a McDonald's shows Ashely Neal intentionally pouring hot chocolate on the baby's head then pretending to fall. The baby was hospitalized with extensive burns. Deputies also say the baby had several other injuries which the parents covered up to prevent social services from seeing them. It's unclear if the couple has an attorney.


Kentucky-Virginia park seeks recording-breaking swing bridge

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A state park that borders Kentucky and Virginia wants to build the longest pedestrian swinging bridge in North America. News outlets report the 725-foot bridge would cross the Russell Fork river and connect the Virginia and Kentucky sides of the park. A Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority grant of up to $433,000 would help fund the bridge, which park officials said would be the longest in North America. The park has an additional $326,000 in funds from other sources earmarked for the bridge. Construction is set to start in 2020 and end in 2021. The grant funds would also go toward other park maintenance and construction.