- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014
Lexington couple sentenced in starvation death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington couple has been sentenced for abuse and neglect in the death of their disabled adult son from starvation and dehydration.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1xo3jla) Jerry Lakes was sentenced to 20 years and Peggy Joyce Whitlock was sentenced to 10 years in Fayette Circuit Court on Thursday.

Gerald Lee Lakes was 24 when he was found dead last March in a Lexington motel room where the family lived.

Investigators testified that Jerry Lakes gambled with thousands of dollars in Social Security payments that were meant to support Lakes and the couple’s other children.

Police said an adult daughter was fed and cared for, but the two sons who survived subsisted mostly on chocolate milk. Police said both men were under 100 pounds when they were discovered and weren’t able to stand without support.

Investigators testified that Gerald Lakes could not feed himself and was completely dependent on others for his care.

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Uncertainty dominates new hemp market

STERLING, Colo. (AP) - Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a new lucrative market. That was the idea, anyway.

Would-be hemp farmers are having mixed success navigating red tape on everything from seed acquisition to processing the finished plant. It will take years, farmers and regulators agree, before there’s a viable market for hemp.

Hemp is prized for oils, seeds and fiber, but its production was prohibited for five decades because the plant can be manipulated to enhance a psychoactive chemical, THC, making the drug marijuana.

The Farm Bill enacted this year ended decades of required federal permission to raise hemp, but only with state permission and checks to make sure the hemp doesn’t contain too much THC.

Fifteen states have removed barriers to hemp production, though only two states are forging ahead this year - Colorado and Kentucky. Both struggled to get their nascent hemp industries off the ground.

“We’re just going to try and see if this works,” said Jim Brammer, a Colorado alfafa and hay farmer who acquired one of the state’s 114 licenses to raise hemp.

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Louisville school OKs transgender bathroom policy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville high school has passed a policy allowing transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identities.

Atherton High School Principal Thomas Aberli told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1hFKZ2G) a school council voted 8-1 on Thursday in favor of the policy. Aberli said he hopes other schools are paying attention to the issue.

Henry Brousseau is a transgender student who will be a junior at Louisville Collegiate School this fall. He said he was paying attention to the vote at Atherton. He hopes the school’s action will push Jefferson County Public Schools to take an official stand on the issue.

Currently the school district allows individual schools to set their own policies on the use of school facilities.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.comhttp://www.courier-journal.com

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Craft brewer to move into winery complex

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The company that revived one of Louisville’s oldest brands of beer is moving into one of the city’s newest wineries.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1oHRekZ) Falls City Brewing Co. will share Old 502 Winery’s 35,000-square-foot downtown complex that includes production facilities and tasting rooms.

Chris Casconi is director of sales for both Falls City Brewing Co. and Old 502 Winery. He said the companies hope the downtown site will help attract the younger crowd.

Falls City is expected to move in the next 30 to 45 days, but the tasting area already has a selection of Falls City beer.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.comhttp://www.courier-journal.com

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