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Projects in Appalachian counties sought for federal funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is looking for projects for federal grant money to create jobs and attract industry.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said in a news release that up to $25 million is available for pilot projects in Appalachian counties. The program is in its fourth year of funding.

Counties that are eligible include Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

Application forms are available online or by contacting Bob Scott at BobF.Scott@ky.gov or (502) 782-6761.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources to hold public auction

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is set to hold a public auction of surplus and confiscated items.

The auction is being held Monday on the department’s main campus in Frankfort.

Among the surplus items that the public can bid on are tools, boats, outboard motors, cars and four-wheel-drive trucks.

The department says in a news release that confiscated items being auctioned include guns, bows and hunting equipment. Under state law, only Kentucky residents can bid on confiscated items.

Man who hit baby after losing video game charged with murder

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say a Kentucky man who punched his 1-month-old son in the head after losing a video game has been charged with murder.

News outlets cite an arrest report that says 26-year-old Anthony Trice was watching his son on Friday at his home in Louisville when he became angry after losing a video game. The police report says after punching the baby, Trice dropped him. After realizing the child was in distress, he called emergency workers.

The boy was taken to the hospital and police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said he died Sunday.

Trice is being held at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. Online court records don’t say whether he has an attorney.

Man could face death sentence in girl’s killing

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man could face the death penalty if convicted of murder in the death of a 7-year-old girl.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports that a judge denied a motion Friday to exclude death as a possible sentence if Timothy Madden is convicted of killing Gabbi Doolin at trial in September.

Doolin’s body was found in a creek after she disappeared from a youth football game in Allen County in November 2015.

Defense attorney Tom Griffiths said Madden also faces possible sentences of 20 to 50 years if convicted. Madden also could be sentenced to life in prison, with or without parole. Griffith says he’s seeking a resolution to the case “that saves Mr. Madden’s life.”

Judge Janet Crocker did grant a motion to have Madden undergo a psychiatric evaluation.