Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that a notice process is underway for Kentuckians who purchased e-books and are eligible to receive compensation under a $69 million national settlement with publishers.
About $700,000 of the multi-million dollar settlement has been set aside for Kentucky consumers who purchased e-books from April 1st,2010 through May 21st from Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster Inc.
If the court gives final approval, consumers who bought one or more qualifying e-books during that time frame and who followed the instructions in their notices will receive a credit into their e-book retailer account or a check.
Last month, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., and Simon & Schuster Inc. agreed to pay over $69 million to consumers to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books and also agreed to change the way they price e-books.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate a wreck where a vehicle struck a police officer this morning.
State Police say the collision occurred near the six mile-marker on US 68 East in the limits of Elkton around 7:15 a.m.
The preliminary investigation indicates that 36-year old Elkton Police Officer Brian Atkinson of Hopkinsville was responding to a two-vehicle, non-injury wreck on US 68 East and was pushing one of those vehicles off the travel portion of the roadway when he was struck by a 1996 Chevy Cavalier that was driven by 50-year old Richard Seay of Elkton.
State Police say Seay was driving eastbound on the roadway when the collision occured and as a result of the impact, Officer Atkinson was knocked to the pavement and the vehicle he was pushing was also struck by Seay’s vehicle.
Officer Atkinson was transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries, while Seay, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and refused treatment.
The investigation into the wreck is being handled by State Trooper Michael Dennis.
Troopers Nick Rice and Jonathan McGehee, Detective Scott Smith, the Elkton Police Department, the Todd County Sheriff’s Department, Todd County Fire & Rescue, and Todd County EMS assisted at the scene.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear made two stops in the southern Pennyrile this morning, presenting federal grant money checks to four communities to improve their walking trails.
Appearing first at the Pennyrile Area Development district, First Lady Beshear said trails are part of a plan to get Kentuckians back outdoors exercising.
She says Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in the country and walking trails are places where families can go and become healthier together.
Dawson Springs received a grant of about 53-thousand dollars for a “park to park” trail that will eventually link the city’s trail with the trail at Pennryile Forest State park. Muhlenberg County received 80-thousand dollars for improvements on its rails to trails project and Nortonville got 25-thousand dollars for an additional 3-thousand feet of walking trail.
The First Lady left Hopkinsville for Trenton to announce that town received 50-thousand dollars to extend the walking trail on the south side of that Todd County town.
A Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the week was arrested in Hopkins County last night.
Kentucky State Trooper Sean Wint arrested 35-year old Michael Turley of Hopkinsville in Nortonville just after 6:30.
Crime Stoppers Coordinator Officer Paul Ray says an anonymous tipster led police to Turley and that person will receive a cash reward. Turley had been wanted for probation violation stemming from several drug crimes.
A Christian County woman was killed in a head-on collision on Dawson Springs Road this morning.
The incident happened around 6:40 near the 13-mile-marker, which is about two miles north of the bypass. Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller said 55-year old Stella Mart of Greenville Road was attempting to pass another vehicle when she hit a northbound flatbed truck.
Ms. Mart's car then left the roadway and collided with a ditch, ejecting her from the wreckage. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Deputy Coroner Mike Stokes.
The driver of the truck, Carol Larkins of Dawson Springs, was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of chest and shoulder injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening.