Monday, February 18, 2013

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey.

The company's chief operating officer said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage.

The brand known for its square bottles sealed in red wax has struggled to keep up with demand. Distribution has been squeezed, and the brand had to curtail shipments to some overseas markets.

In a tweet Sunday, the company said to its followers: "You spoke. We listened."

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Morehead State University scientists are hoping to build and fly a series of satellites on NASA missions similar to objects they build and launched into orbit last year.

Morehead State Space Center Director Ben Malphrus told The Independent (http://bit.ly/12Wb702http://bit.ly/12Wb702 ) the satellites would collect data scientists would use to produce the most precise measurement ever made of the diffuse X-ray background emanating from the early universe."

"This work and these measurements will provide insight into the physics of the early universe,"?Malphrus said.

The satellite is the CXBN, one of the breadloaf-sized cubesats that are revolutionizing space missions, making space accessible to smaller universities and the private sector.

When the first satellite was launched in September 2012 as a secondary payload on a NASA?rocket, it marked the first launch and successful orbital deployment and operation of a satellite entirely built in Kentucky.

The CXBN?-2 would be an improved version that would make more precise measurements.

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man facing 25 charges related to sex acts with boys under the age of 12 faces trial in May.

A Bell County Circuit jury will hear the case of 29-year-old Jason Griffey May 7 in Middlesboro.

Griffey was indicted on 11 counts of first-degree sodomy, seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and nine counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual abuse.

Police initially arrested Griffey Oct. 14, 2011, for just the 11 counts of sodomy. He was charged with sexual abuse and criminal attempt to commit sexual abuse following an investigation.

The Daily News in Middlesboro (http://bit.ly/VoQSU5http://bit.ly/VoQSU5 ) reported that Griffey was found competent to stand trial on the charges about a month ago.

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Prosecutors have extended a plea offer to a man charged with stabbing and killing his mother last summer in Murray.

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship told the Murray Ledger & Times (http://bit.ly/Xjm0nshttp://bit.ly/Xjm0ns ) he made the offer last week to the attorney of Michael Joseph Burke of Murray. Burke's attorney, Cheri Riedel confirmed receiving the offer Friday morning during a hearing before Calloway Circuit Judge Dennis Foust.

Riedel says she hasn't met with Burke about the offer. Blankenship said the offer was discussed with, and approved by, family members.

Foust set a status hearing in the case for Feb. 25.

Burke allegedly stabbed Karen McClellan several times in an incident that occurred July 9 at a 13th Street apartment in Murray. Burke has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

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