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Kentucky domestic violence shelters report increasing numbers

The National Census of Domestic Violence Services that the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence released this month shows that on Sept. 14, 2016, in Kentucky, nearly 50 survivors or their children had unmet needs during the 24-hour census reporting period. All 15 of the state’s domestic violence programs, including BRASS, participated in the census that shows 47 requests for help were not met because domestic violence agencies in the state lacked the necessary funding to provide the services.

Crime

Pike USPS employees, including former postmaster, charged with misappropriation of funds

The former postmaster of the Pikeville Post Office and an employee were indicted last week in separate cases, charging they misappropriated U.S. Postal Service funds. According to court documents, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against Misty Dawn Collins, the former postmaster of the Pikeville Post Office, as well as against Wendy Smallwood, who allegedly committed the crime while employed as a sales, service/distribution associate with the Postal Service.

National

Put your babies in these boxes, enthusiastic hospitals urge parents. But should they?

New Jersey announced plans to distribute as many as 105,000 of the boxes. Ohio will give away up to 140,000 boxes this year, and Alabama is set to give away another 60,000. And this month, Texas announced it will give away as many as 400,000 of the boxes. The boxes, which come filled with items such as clothes, diapers, nursing pads and a snug-fitting mattress, are given to new parents as part of an educational campaign about safe sleeping practices for infants.

World

Great white shark leaps into a boat, lands on top of a 73-year-old fisherman

Australian fisherman Terry Selwood said Monday, May 29, 2017, that he caught a far bigger fish than he hoped for when a 9-foot great white shark leapt into his boat and knocked him off his feet. Selwood was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the airborne shark struck him with a pectoral fin as it landed on him on the deck of the 15-foot power boat Saturday off Evans Head, 450 miles north of Sydney.