Kentucky Press News Service

Lake Cumberland at level not seen in 20 years because of heavy rain. The dam is fine.

February 21, 2019 - 5:42pm
Heavy rains in recent days have pushed Lake Cumberland higher than it’s been in more than 20 years, and the level is expected to continue to rise. But Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds the giant lake, is not about to collapse and flood communities downstream, contrary to a report on a radio station in the lake region. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the lake, said in a news release that a commentator on the station put out false information that the dam could fail at any time and that downstream residents needed to plan for evacuation. 2019-02-21T11:40:09-05:00

House Bill 387 scam

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Here’s a simple concept most people agree with: Taxpayers ought to be able to know how their tax dollars are being spent and why. You know who doesn’t agree with that idea? Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Together with state Rep. Jason Petrie (R-Elkton), they are pushing House Bill 387, which would grant unprecedented power to state officials to keep secret their economic dealings with prospective businesses. The bill would tear gaping holes in Kentucky’s Open Records Act. HB 387 needs to die a quick, ugly death, and it should never be seen nor heard from again. 2019-02-21T13:35:12-05:00

Makes sense for universities to leave pension system

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
As Kentucky slashes higher education spending – ultimately passing that burden on to students – perhaps the biggest threat to a university seeking to contain costs is its participation in the state’s underfunded pension system. That’s why we support House Bill 358, which if passed would allow the state’s regional universities and community colleges to leave the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. 2019-02-21T13:32:46-05:00

More secrecy in how Kentucky doles out tax breaks to businesses? Lawmakers should say no.

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Insulting the taxpayers who support it, Gov. Matt Bevin’s Economic Development Cabinet is asking the legislature to keep secret an astounding array of information about the state’s deals with private businesses. The tax breaks (incentives, as they’re politely called) doled out in economic development deals are worth billions of dollars. Lawmakers have a duty to provide oversight of these decisions, to analyze whether the jobs created justify the tax revenue that’s lost. But lawmakers also could be kept in the dark if House Bill 387 becomes law. As a candidate in 2015, Bevin called for “a significant reduction” in tax breaks that cost Kentucky $10 billion a year; economic development incentives are part of that number. 2019-02-21T13:26:10-05:00

Johnson County man welcomed home after fire

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
A Johnson County man who sustained severe burns in a June 2018 fire and who overcame the odds to survive was welcomed back home Friday in a big way — although that home looks different today. More than 90 individuals from 11 groups put in more than 1,000 man hours of volunteer work over several months. 2019-02-21T13:12:01-05:00

Whitley County could face record flooding

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
With the ground saturated and anywhere from three to ten inches of rain in the forecast, Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses is advising residents to be cautious of potential flooding. “If we get all of that rain, we are probably going get one of the bigger floods than we have had in some time,” Moses said. Moses said the Cumberland River reached 23 feet several weeks ago and is likely to go even higher with the coming rain. 2019-02-21T13:08:22-05:00

Berea resident indicted on reckless homicide charge

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
A Berea resident who was indicted last year for leaving the scene of a wreck that killed a Floyd County man was indicted last week for reckless homicide, and for allegedly conspiring with others to hide evidence. A Floyd County grand jury issued indictments last week against Kyle Collins, 23, of Berea, and Teaberry residents Bradley S. Hamilton, 42, and Khristy Hamilton, 40. Collins was indicted in May 2018 for leaving the scene of a wreck and failing to render aid. 2019-02-21T13:03:44-05:00

Pike woman pleads to fatal wreck

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
An Elkhorn City woman currently serving a sentence in the Pike County Detention Center entered into a plea agreement in Pike Circuit Court Wednesday for her role in a January 2018 fatal wreck. Kristen Damron, 25, of Jones Road, Elkhorn City, is currently serving the remainder of a two-year sentence on charges including identity theft at the PCDC, but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless homicide in connection to a January 2018 fatal wreck. 2019-02-21T12:59:55-05:00

Principal denies allegations against him, officials addressing concerns

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
The McCracken County High School principal and another administrator were charged after an investigation showed they failed to report sex abuse allegations regarding a teacher and student, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Principal Michael Ceglinski and Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Bowland each face one count of second-degree official misconduct. Ceglinski also faces one count of failure to report abuse or neglect of a child. McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter discussed the developments during a Wednesday news conference. Ceglinski, through his attorney, Jeremy Ian Smith, denied the charges. 2019-02-21T12:55:35-05:00

Bills filed to address future election recounts

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
After a one-vote difference in the 13th District state House race, new bills were filed Wednesday to address how the state handles recounts in legislative races. The bills were introduced during the last day to file bills in this year's legislative session. House Speaker Rep. David Osborne and House minority leader Rep. Rocky Adkins both filed bills that were the result of the recent 13th House District contest. 2019-02-21T12:53:04-05:00

Murray resident receives national exposure for Lake City caviar enterprise

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Seven years of fighting for recognition look like they have finally paid dividends for Murray’s David Fields. The former Murray High School basketball coach, athletic director and assistant principal, who left that field to pursue his dream of running a fish-oriented business, specifically with American-produced caviar, talked Wednesday about the aftermath of his story finally being shown to a nationwide audience. Sunday, NBC Nightly News aired the story about his America’s Best Caviar based in the Lake City community of Livingston County. 2019-02-21T12:48:46-05:00

Former deputy enters plea, receives sentence in theft of $55,000

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Former Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven E. Tucker, 50, entered a guilty plea before Judge Andrew Self Wednesday afternoon. Tucker accepted a guilty plea that amended his charge of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $1,000,000 down to theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000. Along with the amended charge, Tucker is required to pay restitution to the Juvenile Drug Court in the amount roughly $55,000. However, he must pay that restitution in the next 60 days. 2019-02-21T12:42:54-05:00

Silver Charm, ‘97 Kentucky Derby, Preakness champion turns 25 Friday

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
One of thoroughbred racing’s greatest champions will celebrate a milestone from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 22 as Silver Charm turns 25 at Old Friends Farm. The 1977 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion has been at the Georgetown farm since December 2014 and has become a visitor and caretaker favorite. 2019-02-21T12:36:16-05:00

Small plane crashes at Frankfort airport

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
UPDATED: Two unidentified men declined medical treatment after a single-engine plane crashed Thursday morning at Frankfort's Capital City Airport. Few details were immediately available. The extent of injuries to the plane’s occupants was unclear, but eyewitnesses said both men were able to walk away from the plane as it erupted into flames. 2019-02-21T12:29:09-05:00

Pair accused of stealing $40,000 from relative’s bank account

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
A Radcliff man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police say he stole about $39,000 over a 15-week period last year from his late mother-in-law’s bank account. James Walker, 65, is charged with two felonies. He was arrested by the Radcliff Police Department. The arrest warrant said he withdrew $500 in cash using the woman’s bank card at PNC Bank in Radcliff on Sept. 27, 2018 — the day the woman died. 2019-02-21T12:26:05-05:00

Complaints against School for the Deaf being investigated

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Two parents with children attending the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville have provided letters to a Lexington newspaper about various complaints they have made to the Kentucky Board of Education about the school. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, among the most troubling of the claims are two separate instances where police intervention was requested due to threats of violence, and those incidents were not reported to parents. 2019-02-21T12:19:50-05:00

Mitch McConnell pitches Kentucky’s Kelly Craft as Trump’s UN ambassador

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recommended that President Donald Trump appoint Kentucky native Kelly Craft, now the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Glasgow native and longtime Republican donor was confirmed as Trump’s selection as ambassador to Canada in September 2017. 2019-02-21T12:15:03-05:00

KSP makes arrest in Shelby County murder

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
Kentucky State Police late Wednesday night confirmed the arrest of Brian Myers of Willisburg in Washington County and charged him with the murder of William M. Riddell, 53, of Waddy. Riddell was found shot to death in his home around 4:30 Wednesday morning. When Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to the scene, they found another person injured outside the home. He was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and later released. Riddell was found inside the home and pronounced dead at the scene. 2019-02-21T12:11:44-05:00

Bevin administration wants to reopen budget to improve Kentucky parks

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
In a surprise move opening the state budget for more spending, the Kentucky House budget committee late Tuesday approved borrowing money for the first phase of a Bevin administration plan for $150 million in improvements to Kentucky's state parks. Without a dissenting vote, the committee approved a new version of House Bill 268 which calls for $2.2 million in added state spending in 2019-20 to begin payments on $20 million in parks improvements bonds, said Rep. Steven Rudy, a Paducah Republican who chairs the committee. The bill says it is the intent of the legislature to borrow additional funds in the 2020-2022 state budget to complete the $150 million plan. 2019-02-21T12:06:20-05:00

A teacher-friendly pension bill is up for consideration, but it lacks savings

February 21, 2019 - 2:42pm
A pension reform bill filed in the Kentucky House on Wednesday would allow future teachers to have a traditional pension with defined benefits. Rep. Scott Lewis, a Hartford Republican and former Ohio County Schools superintendent, filed the bill. He said he had input from teachers unions and other education groups. "I think it does several things that the state has been pushing to do ... I think it's a good bill with stakeholder involvement," Lewis told reporters after the filing. 2019-02-21T12:00:41-05:00

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