Kentucky Press News Service

Under deal, here’s how much rates would go up for 168,000 Kentucky Power customers

1 hour 38 min ago
A utility with 168,000 electricity customers in Eastern Kentucky has worked out a deal to reduce the size of its request for a rate increase. Under the proposed deal, rates for residential customers of Kentucky Power would go up about 9 percent. The increase would have been 16 percent under the utility’s original rate request from June, Kentucky Power said in a news release. 2017-11-24T13:13:27-05:00

Kentucky 1st state to have specialty license plate supporting Alzheimer’s Association

1 hour 38 min ago
Specialty license plates supporting the Alzheimer’s Association are now available in Kentucky. Kentucky is the first state in the US to have this specialty license plate for Alzheimer’s awareness and education. Having these plates will raise awareness of the disease, which will become more prevalent as Kentucky’s population ages. Nearly 70,000 people in Kentucky right now have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is only growing. 2017-11-24T12:45:53-05:00

Wildlife agency receives new barge, telehandler

4 hours 38 min ago
The League of Kentucky Sportsmen (LKS) used revenue generated by its Kentucky license plate sales to purchase and donate two new pieces of serious habitat management equipment to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). KDFWR submitted a list of equipment needs for consideration to the LKS concerning a donation from HILAF to the KDFWR Fisheries Division. In response, LKS donated a new telehandler that will allow staff to move and distribute heavy habitat structures to water bodies across the state. 2017-11-24T12:38:04-05:00

Issue: Hardin County Schools change facility plan; Our View: Time to reopen P-8 concept for debate

4 hours 38 min ago
Seven months after proposing a joint campus for students at Lincoln Trail Elementary School and East Hardin Middle School, the Hardin County Schools have reassessed and formally abandoned that idea. HCS originally introduced the concept as a financially practical consideration. Construction was estimated to cost $6 million less for a single building housing 10 grade levels than two separate campuses. 2017-11-24T12:17:53-05:00

Our view: Time to tell world about our schools

4 hours 38 min ago
One of the most important things a business or organization can do is tell its own story. It can also be one of the most difficult tasks. Many business owners or leaders of an organization don’t want to appear as if they are bragging, self-promoting or “tooting their own horn.” But that is essentially what needs to be done to stand out in the world today. 2017-11-24T12:14:38-05:00

Forfeit: Dems would soar if Bannon got way

4 hours 38 min ago
Steve Bannon's problem is that he lives in a fantasy world. Anyone who thinks the man is a friend of conservatism is similarly deluded. Bannon is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker who spent much of the past two decades in Hollywood producing 18 films. Most conservatives know him as head of Breitbart News, an online political site that Bannon himself describes as the "platform for the alt-right." 2017-11-24T12:10:19-05:00

New Tex-Mex restaurant coming to Lexington; dozen locations planned

4 hours 38 min ago
Get ready for Potato Olés, Central Kentucky: Taco John’s, a popular Midwestern Tex-Mex chain, is coming to Lexington. Nashville-based partners Bradley Paxton and Matthew Keiser plan to add at least 12 new Taco John’s in Kentucky, with the first restaurant scheduled for Glasgow by mid-February. There already are nine Taco John’s in Western Kentucky. 2017-11-24T12:05:19-05:00

Toyota tells Georgetown plant it needs to cut costs or else, media reports say

4 hours 38 min ago
Toyota, the Japanese-based automobile manufacturer, has told the workers at its Georgetown plant to cut costs or face an uncertain future, according to Bloomberg News. In an internal video obtained by Bloomberg News, Wil James, president of the Toyota plant in Georgetown, tells plant workers there that Toyota can build a Camry in Japan, ship it to Kentucky and make more money selling that car than from one built at Toyota’s factory in Kentucky. 2017-11-24T11:59:49-05:00

Boycott of Kentucky products could send state from 'dirty' to green, says climate expert

4 hours 38 min ago
A scientist in Canada is pointing out that Kentucky is among the biggest global warming piggies on the planet. And he's making the point that something very free market — consumer choice, perhaps even a boycott — could change that. Under the headline "Boycott products from states with dirty energy," Christopher Kennedy, an industrial ecologist at the University of Victoria, suggests that "if consumers recognized the problem of dirty power, many would choose not to buy products made in states such as Kentucky." 2017-11-24T11:55:44-05:00

Bevin office's decision to skip Planned Parenthood deposition may cost taxpayers $21K

4 hours 38 min ago
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration may have to cover approximately $21,000 in expenses that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's lawyers racked up to attend a deposition that the governor's office's staff skipped in August. A federal judge recently ordered the governor's office to reimburse Planned Parenthood for various travel expenses and legal fees related to the Aug. 18 deposition, which is part of a case concerning the organization's attempt to obtain a license allowing its Louisville clinic to provide abortions. 2017-11-24T11:50:01-05:00

Program offers job potential for retiring veterans

4 hours 38 min ago
Some people who join the military choose to make a career out of it, while others eventually decide they want to do something else for a living. And sometimes people do both — they retire after a military career and begin a new occupation as a civilian. And for those who are transitioning out of the military or retiring from it, there are options. Among them is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce program called Hiring Our Heroes. 2017-11-24T11:40:48-05:00

Pension proposal could hurt ability to hire new law enforcement officers

7 hours 38 min ago
While the state pension conversations have been mostly focused on Kentucky’s teachers, there are other groups that could be affected by changes, such as law enforcement officers. "We talk about the pension reform and a lot of people automatically think about teachers. But this is really affecting law enforcement officers also,” said Danville Police Chief Tony Gray. “Between teachers and law enforcement, this could seriously cause some damage to the state. You are talking about the educators and the protectors." 2017-11-24T09:24:40-05:00

Fox announces bid for state representative

7 hours 38 min ago
Randy Fox of Benton has announced he will run for Kentucky's Sixth District House of Representatives seat in 2018. The district includes Marshall County, Lyon County and Reidland. Fox owns Capstone HR consulting and previously was the human resources director for the Alcan plant in Benton. 2017-11-24T09:18:59-05:00

Officials moving ahead on day treatment center

7 hours 38 min ago
Officials with the state Department of Juvenile Justice are planning to have a new day treatment facility open in Owensboro by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, which would replace the day treatment center scheduled to close on Kentucky 54, the commissioner of the state agency said recently. Earlier this year, DJJ officials announced they would close the day treatment center on Kentucky 54 because such a large facility was no longer needed. A residential program for juvenile sex offenders previously housed in Owensboro was moved to Mayfield, leaving only the day treatment program. 2017-11-24T09:16:29-05:00

News-Enterprise seeks HMH-Baptist agreement, appeals decision denying access to letter of intent

7 hours 38 min ago
After being denied a copy of the signed letter of intent regarding the forthcoming sale of Hardin Memorial Health, The News-Enterprise has filed a formal appeal with Attor­ney General Andy Beshear. The letter of intent, between HMH and Baptist Health, has been described as a non-binding agreement. It follows a two-year long HMH process of exploring potential affiliations and authorizes both parties to move forward with necessary steps to pursue a proposed acquisition. Due diligence is underway. 2017-11-24T09:13:47-05:00

Ambulance service program seeks to reduce readmissions at MCCH

7 hours 38 min ago
When patients, for whatever reason, are readmitted to a hospital, not only does it add to their medical bills, but it also is problematic for the facility. That is why Kentucky has joined other states in attacking this problem by utilizing ambulance service personnel in joining the fight to prevent readmissions. Four agencies have launched pilot programs to visit patients who have just been discharged, with the Murray-Calloway County service, run by Murray-Calloway County Hospital, being the latest to join this cause. 2017-11-24T09:06:29-05:00

Woman finds birth father shortly after discovering mother

7 hours 38 min ago
LaTonia Tandalet Dean’s family just keeps growing. With a wedding coming up next September, Dean, who grew up in Hopkinsville and recently legally changed her name from Bonnie Davis, worried there wouldn’t be anyone sitting on the bride’s side of the aisle. But after finding her birth mother last October she knew she’d have some members of her newly discovered family at the wedding, and now she has found even more people to invite. She recently discovered her birth father. 2017-11-24T09:00:35-05:00

Man shot to death while hunting deer

7 hours 38 min ago
A man shot and killed his hunting partner Thursday morning in Breckinridge County, police said. Christopher B. Stone, 43, of Irvington, was deer hunting with Nicholas Lee Ford, 39, of Brandenburg, Thursday, when Stone discharged his rifle into an overgrown field surrounded by woods off JE Haynes Road in Irvington, according to Kentucky State Police. 2017-11-24T08:55:33-05:00

He's one of Louisville's most notorious accused killers. Now, his own life is on the line

7 hours 38 min ago
He once boasted that he had killed 10 men. Ricky Kelly also likened himself to Caesar, telling a fellow inmate in a secretly recorded conversation that he tried to “implement fear in people” to control them. Former Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel called Kelly "the most frightening person I've come across in 30 years of law enforcement,” while former Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White said his record shows a "total disregard for life." 2017-11-24T08:49:37-05:00

Staff are refusing to cooperate with investigation into Jeff Hoover sex harassment allegations

November 23, 2017 - 3:45pm
Some current and former legislative staff members have refused to cooperate with the House majority leadership's investigation into circumstances surrounding former Speaker Jeff Hoover's confidential settlement of a sexual harassment complaint last month. The House's current presiding officer, Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, said in a news release late Wednesday that a "lack of cooperation by at least two people" and some procedural hurdles delayed an initial report by investigators that he hoped to have in hand by now. 2017-11-23T12:45:44-05:00

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