A sinkhole opened up in a Somerset parking lot causing the rear portion of a garbage truck to fall into the hole. It happened just before 9 a.m. Monday in the Cundiff Center parking lot, WLEX reports. 2019-02-19T13:23:53-05:00
As this editorial is being written, there are nearly 115,000 people in this country who are waiting for an organ transplant. Sadly, some of these people will pass away while waiting for an organ. It’s a sad reality many people face on a daily basis. Those waiting for organs want to continue living their lives, but in many cases they simply are too far down the waiting list, or their disease is so far advanced that a new organ would only buy them a small amount of time. 2019-02-19T13:17:26-05:00
We’re 37th and not happy about it. According to a WalletHub study released Tuesday, Frankfort ranks among the bottom 13 state capitals in the country. The data, which compared all 50 capital cities on key indicators such as affordability, economic well-being, and the quality of education, health and life, placed our city slightly below Columbia, South Carolina, and just above Indianapolis. 2019-02-19T12:58:28-05:00
The Bluegrass State was almost the worst performer in the nation on a recent American history survey conducted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Only 1 percent of Kentuckians who participated in the 41,000-person survey scored an A (90 percent or better), while 71 percent of Kentuckians got an F. Only Louisiana had more F’s at 73 percent. Only three other states had 1 percent get an A: North Dakota, South Dakota and New Mexico. A total of 29 percent of Kentuckians got a passing grade — if you count a D as a passing grade: 6 percent got B’s; 11 percent got C’s; and 11 percent got D’s. 2019-02-19T12:52:49-05:00
Kentucky State Police officers are investigating following a shooting in Freeburn over the weekend. According to Kentucky State Police’s Pikeville Post 9, troopers are investigating a shooting in the Johnson Bottom community of Freeburn. 2019-02-19T12:46:10-05:00
Multiple media outlets reported the death of one person in a house fire late Sunday night in Mayfield. Reports indicate that Mayfield firefighters were called to 510 Brand St. to a report of a fire at a home near Mayfield Elementary School. The call also indicated that people might possibly be inside. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames prevalent. Soon, they went into the home and found, then removed, one victim. 2019-02-19T12:44:44-05:00
A Mayfield man who entered a guilty plea on several charges, including four for murder in the deaths of a Calloway County family of four in November 2015, received his sentence Monday. Calloway Circuit Judge James T. Jameson upheld the plea agreement from December and imposed a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Pascasio Pacheco, 24. Pacheco, who has been incarcerated at the Calloway County Jail in Murray since his arrest about a week after the killings, will now serve his sentence in the Kentucky Department of Corrections system. 2019-02-19T12:40:56-05:00
Paducah's former Section 8 housing director pleaded guilty to theft charges Monday morning. Danny Fugate, 59, admitted by his pleas to stealing money from both the McCracken County Community Career Endowment and the local NAACP. Fugate served as treasurer for both organizations. Fugate pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but less than $10,000, in exchange for a plea agreement calling for a 25-month sentence. 2019-02-19T12:33:03-05:00
A contest at a Kentucky rodeo last weekend left several people injured after being struck by a bull. During Saturday’s “Bull Bash” in Owensboro, a game called “Cowboy Pinball” was played with 23 volunteers vying for the $100 prize, according to The Owensboro Times. Video from the event shows the bull flipping two men in the air and another being pinned against a wall. The first man who was flipped quickly got up and ran off, but the second had to be helped out of the ring. 2019-02-19T12:26:05-05:00
Firefighters and EMTs who responded to a report of an injured worker at GE's Appliance Park early Friday afternoon found nothing unusual as they reached the scene and wheeled 55-year-old Steven Herring to a waiting ambulance. Herring was conscious and alert, talking to first responders as they took him from the building. But by Sunday, he was dead, marking the first workplace fatality at the South Louisville manufacturing complex in more than 30 years. Details about exactly how Herring was seriously injured were scarce Monday as both the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and Louisville Metro Police confirmed opening separate investigations into the accident. GE officials also said they had opened their own probe. 2019-02-19T12:18:10-05:00
Richard and Ginger Parker toured California's Napa Valley wineries two years ago and found a chardonnay and a pinot noir they liked so much they wanted to send some home. But the staff at Hanzell Vineyards told the couple from eastern Jefferson County that they were out of luck: Kentucky is a "no-ship" state, where the law doesn't allow out-of-state wineries to ship to customers. The General Assembly, with support from the California wineries lobby the Wine Institute, is working to clarify the rules. A bill sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would allow licensed out-of-state wineries to ship up to two dozen 9-liter cases per year directly to a Kentucky customer. The bottles can't be resold. 2019-02-19T12:14:49-05:00
The Kentucky General Assembly's new Public Pensions Working Group may have missed its first deadline, but two key lawmakers say there's still a chance for pension reform this legislative session. In fact, unless he hears a different plan, Rep. Jerry T. Miller, a Louisville Republican who co-chairs the group, said he'll file a bill Wednesday that's similar to the past bill that caused so much consternation and led to a state Supreme Court appeal. Wednesday is the deadline in the House for filing bills this session. 2019-02-19T12:10:40-05:00
A bill to make Kentucky businesses more friendly for pregnant workers and new moms is making its way through the legislature with support from Greater Louisville Inc. Senate Bill 18, which is sponsored by Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Fayette County and others, advanced out of the Senate’s judiciary committee Feb. 14 and has now moved to the Rules Committee. The legislation would require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including breastfeeding and the need to express breast milk. 2019-02-19T12:02:33-05:00
A new $12 million school in Floyd County that was supposed to open by last October is sitting empty because of a lack of water pressure. The water pressure at the new Renaissance Learning Center at Martin won’t support the emergency sprinklers in the building’s anti-fire suppression system, said Floyd County School Superintendent Danny Adkins. A solution for the problem has not been finalized. “It’s been frustrating,” Adkins said. “The facility is sitting up there, a brand new facility we can’t get in.” 2019-02-19T11:51:35-05:00
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday it would be better off if funds go to the proposed border wall instead of constructing a new Kentucky middle school. He made the comment when asked about the possibility of $3.6 billion allotted for military construction efforts reallocated to wall construction instead. Some of that money was to be used for constructing Fort Campbell Middle School. President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration has allowed him to move nearly $8 billion funds in various government budgets for the border wall. Graham has voiced his support for the proposed border wall and doubled down Sunday on “Face the Nation.” 2019-02-19T11:46:45-05:00
Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015, had said she wanted to return home.
Canadian police believe all are from the same family and reports suggest they were Syrian refugees.
The guidance gives black people the right to wear hairstyles previously deemed "unprofessional".
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is likely to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday after returning to training ahead of schedule.
Wallace Broecker, the scientist who helped popularise the term "global warming", has died at the age 87.