Counties getting refunds from mining permit fees
FRANKFORT (AP) — Thirty-four coal counties in Kentucky are in line to receive refunds totaling nearly $400,000 from mining permit and acreage fees.
Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration said Wednesday that the amount being refunded to fiscal courts is up slightly from last year.
The state Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees. It returns a portion of those fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts consider beneficial to their communities.
Refunds this year will range from $25 to $73,583.
Beshear’s office says this year’s refunds will total $399,450. Last year’s refund amount was $381,400.
Woman convicted in cockfighting case
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky woman faces up to 50 years in prison following her conviction in a cockfighting case.
Online court records show a federal jury found 51-year-old Sonya Stumbo of Floyd County, Kentucky, guilty on 14 counts on Wednesday. The charges include conspiracy to knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in an animal fighting venue.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 9 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.
Stumbo’s husband, 51-year-old Walter Dale Stumbo, and her son, 25-year-old Joshua Dale Stumbo, pleaded guilty in the case last month.
Two other co-defendants, Wise County residents Jonathan Robinson and his father, Wesley Dean Robinson, also have pleaded guilty.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector said in an affidavit that the enterprise in McDowell, Kentucky, had arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.
Fire delays first day of school in Lincoln County
STANFORD (AP) — A Kentucky school district has delayed the first day of classes after a blaze destroyed part of the central office complex.
Lincoln County Superintendent Karen Hatter told media that the fire on Wednesday afternoon destroyed the part of the building that houses early childhood education programs, student records and food service. Firefighters were able to save the district’s central office and its alternative school, but they won’t be available for use immediately.
No injuries were reported.
Officials say because of the fire damage, they have decided to push back the start of the school year. The first day of classes had been scheduled on Thursday. Now, officials say they are planning for Monday.
Fire officials say they are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Man arrested in slaying in Manchester
MANCHESTER (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man has been arrested and charged with killing a man whose body was found inside a home last fall.
Kentucky State Police said 26-year-old Danny W. Stewart, of Manchester, was charged Wednesday with murder and theft under $500 and lodged in the Clay County Detention Center. He was being held without bond.
Stewart is accused of killing 59-year-old Carl House, of Manchester. His body was found inside a residence near the Laurel County line last Oct. 2, and police said at the time he was the victim of an apparent gunshot wound.
Jail records online did not indicate whether Stewart is represented by a lawyer.
Pfizer to pay $35M to settle drug marketing case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.
The states’ attorneys general said Wednesday that Wyeth, which Pfizer bought in 2009, trained sales representatives to encourage doctors to prescribe Rapamune for uses other than preventing rejection of transplanted kidneys.
Rapamune was approved in 1999 for use in kidney transplant patients. Promoting drugs for uses not cleared by the Food and Drug Administration is illegal.
Pfizer agreed to pay nearly $491 million in July 2013 to resolve a similar investigation by the Department of Justice.
New York-based Pfizer said in a statement that the alleged activity occurred before it acquired Wyeth. The company did not admit any wrongdoing or liability as part of the settlement.