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An Owensboro attorney is asking the city commission to reconsider allowing an upcoming gun show in light of the many mass shootings across the country.     

Owensboro attorney Clay Wilkey said he’s familiar with a law passed by the General Assembly in 2012 that prohibits city or county governments from passing legislation that infringes on a Kentucky citizen’s right to purchase or carry a firearm. But Wilkey said he has concerns about what’s called the “gun show loophole.”

“I thought it was perhaps in poor taste that the city would play host to a gun show where anybody that has $6 to buy an admission ticket and has a Kentucky ID can go into the Sportscenter, and walk out with a firearm, without any requirement that a background check be done,” said Wilkey. 


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If you live in Owensboro or Daviess County and have thoughts about the area’s transportation needs, now’s the time to sound off.

Residents are being asked to fill out a seven-question survey that will help the local Metropolitan Planning Organization prioritize both short-term and long-term transportation goals.

Some of the questions on the survey involve residents’ opinions on the construction of new roads, bicycle lanes, and public transit options.

Tom Lovett is with the Green River Area Development District, which is overseeing the survey. He said he’s trying to cast as wide a net as possible to ensure he hears from as many residents as possible.

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Owensboro Health has a model program that tackles two issues of concern to food aid organizations across the nation - hunger and food waste.

The health care organization is part of a collaboration that's bringing frozen meals to some of Kentucky’s homebound senior citizens.

The program recently won the 2019 Rurual Achievement Award from the National Association of Regional Councils.

The program arose from conversations among staff at Owensboro Health, its food service provider, Morrison Healthcare, and those in the Green River Area Development District who work with senior citizens.


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Part of a bourbon warehouse in Daviess County collapsed during a thunderstorm.

The partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse in Owensboro was reported early Monday.

Master Distiller Jacob Call says around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears that about 4,000 were affected. He says it appears most barrels remain intact.

Call says engineers will be out later Monday to try to determine what caused the collapse. It's unclear if weather played a role.

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World Refugee Day is being celebrated Saturday in Owensboro.

The International Center of Kentucky is hosting the event ahead of the United Nations-celebrated holiday on June 20.

Susann Bartlett, an employment specialist in the center’s Owensboro office, says the goal of the event is to connect refugees with various resources, while honoring their contributions to the area.

“It’s a chance for the public, our general public here in the community, to interact with our international community, and just get a little taste of culture and tradition and see what they can bring to our community.”

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Daviess County has signed a contract with a new ambulance company, but Owensboro Health will no longer provide backup service.

The new contract that goes into effect on July 1 is with American Medical Response, which also provides ambulance service for Evansville, Indiana.

Daviess County previously had a contract with Yellow Ambulance for 18 years.

The current issue of concern is the backup provider. Daviess County has had an agreement with the organization that is now Owensboro Health for backup ambulance service since 1978.

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An Owensboro facility is among six Kentucky nursing homes named in a federal report as having poor safety records. 

A report shared this week with the Senate Special Committee on Aging named 400 nursing homes across the nation with a 'persistent record of poor care.'  The Courier-Journal reports that the facilities had previously not been identified publicly.

Among them is the Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro.  Since 2017, it’s been designated as a “Special Focus” facility, which investigators frequently monitor to resolve violations.  Without improvements, the facility can have Medicare and Medicaid funding revoked.

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Owenboro’s efforts to boost its nightlife takes a step forward on Friday, May 17.  It will be the first evening people will be able to openly carry alcoholic drinks downtown.

Owensboro’s ‘Friday After 5’ this weekend is the first event to take advantage of the city’s newly created entertainment district. 

The way it works is that the city issues a permit for each event that wants to use what’s simply called 'The District.' It’s an area that runs along the riverwalk and for five blocks inland and includes the RiverPark Center, the convention center, the Bluegrass Museum, and downtown hotels and restaurants.

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An Owensboro nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities is suspending its autism program. The CEO says the autism program will undergo a major restructuring to better serve its clients, who are students in elementary, middle and high school. 

Wendell Foster is a nonprofit that’s been serving people with disabilities for 72 years. The autism program began as a satellite location for the Kelly Autism Program at Western Kentucky University, but eventually the Owensboro program became independent.

The current autism program in Owensboro has been offered as an afterschool program a few hours a week, which has an average of 15-20 students, and a summer camp three days a week, which usually has about 30 students.


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Police in Owensboro are investigating a burglary that occurred at a local school. 

Apollo High School canceled classes on Thursday to allow a thorough search of the building and to investigate the scene. 

According to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, the vice principal went to open the school just after 6:00 a.m. when he saw someone run from the building dressed in all black and wearing a mask.  As of late Thursday afternoon, law enforcement was still searching for the suspect.

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Daviess County, Kentucky now has a 211 help line that can connect area residents to a wide range of services. 

The most important feature of the new 211 help line is that it has a person on duty 24/7. That person helps the caller determine the best agency or organization to meet their needs and assists them in getting connected.

The 211 service is provided by United Way of Ohio Valley.

Owensboro Community Development Director Abby Shelton said the resources in the 211 database cover a huge range of topics.

"It can give you information on crisis hotlines, housing assistance, utility assistance, foods and meals, health care, health screening, addiction and substance use, mental health behavior, dental or vision, parenting and child care, on and on and on…,” said Shelton. 


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Former Kentucky Republican State Representative DJ Johnson has withdrawn his challenge for the 13th district state house seat in Owensboro, conceding to Democrat Jim Glenn.

The race was decided on Election Day by a single vote.

 

Johnson previously asked lawmakers to pick a winner by drawing names or flipping a coin. The former representative told the Messenger Inquirer he hasn’t ruled out running again in 2020. Johnson said holding a special election would be a distraction for Daviess County.

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An election contest board will meet on Friday and could decide who finally will occupy the 13th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Over the weekend, a recount resulted in a tie between Democrat Jim Glenn and Republican DJ Johnson, both of Owensboro.  Johnson requested the recount after losing his reelection bid to Glenn by a single vote last fall.

Over the weekend, the Daviess County Board of Elections recounted more than 12,000 ballots by hand.  Glenn came out ahead by three votes, but after an appeal by Johnson's attorney C. Michael Shull III, the board voted to give one of those votes back, leaving Johnson down by two votes.  The panel then decided to count five of 17 rejected absentee ballots.  Three were in favor of Johnson, one went for Glenn, and one was blank, resulting in a tie.

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A recount in a contested Kentucky state House race where a Democrat was elected by a one-vote margin has ended in a tie.

Owensboro Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican State Rep. DJ Johnson on Election Day by one vote. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount at Johnson's request.

Saturday, the Daviess County Board of Elections recounted the more than 12,000 ballots by hand. A review of ballots cast on Election Day showed Glenn leading Johnson by two votes. But the board decided to count five of 17 rejected absentee ballots. Three of those ballots went for Johnson, one went for Glenn and one was blank. 

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A special board overseeing an election challenge in the state House of Representatives has voted to conduct a recount of a contested seat in western Kentucky.

Initial results from the November election showed Democrat Jim Glenn winning the seat for House District 13, defeating incumbent GOP Rep. DJ Johnson by just one vote.

The district is located in Daviess County and includes parts of Owensboro.

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