Kentucky Press News Service

‘Our basic American values are under assault,’ Biden tells KY voters at McGrath rally

October 15, 2018 - 5:16pm
All the attention in one of the most tightly-contested congressional races in the country focused Friday on a county that contains only 1.6 percent of the voters in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District. Democratic nominee Amy McGrath welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden to the Bath County High School auditorium for a lunchtime fish fry, driving home her campaign’s attempt to reach rural voters on the edge of Appalachian Kentucky who have drifted from their Democratic roots to the Republican Party. Preceded by a bluegrass band, Biden implored voters to take back the country from Republicans who have failed to stand up to President Donald Trump, who held a rally in Richmond Saturday for U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. 2018-10-13T23:27:32-04:00

It is a scary time for women in America

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
President Trump told a reporter recently it’s “a very scary time for young men in America.” The same day, he said, “Women are doing fine.” These are the thoughts of a man who admits abusing women and disrespects them. It’s always been scary for young women, for whom the odds are alarmingly high they’ll be sexually abused. Many won’t report it for fear of being humiliated. Christine Blasey Ford is an example. 2018-10-15T13:43:13-04:00

The struggle to avoid news bias

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
Like many newspapers around the country, we carried an editorial during National Newspaper Week promoting the importance of a free press. Ours was written by the executive director of the Mississippi Press Association, and it began on a not-so-happy note: "The last couple of years have seen an unending barrage against the freedom of the press. … The landscape for journalists today may be as inhospitable as it has ever been in the 242-year history of this great union of ours." The editorial then sought to explain why that shouldn't be so and reached back for words written by Thomas Jefferson in 1787. 2018-10-15T12:53:02-04:00

Hepatitis outbreak can be managed

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
The sharp spike in the number of hepatitis A cases may be concerning, but most people should not be concerned about contracting the infection if proper precautions are taken. The latest state data show 1,000 of the 1,592 reported cases across Kentucky are classified as “illicit drug use + no/unknown homelessness.” Another 189 cases are classified as “homelessness + illicit drug use.” Again, that large numbers of Kentuckians have been infected by hepatitis A may be concerning, but there are ways to stem the spread. 2018-10-15T12:45:03-04:00

'Wet' forces ready to push for votes on Warren alcohol sales

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
It’s a simple question: Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Warren County? But the process of getting that question on the Nov. 6 ballot wasn’t so simple for those in favor of changing Warren County’s status from “moist” to “wet” through a local option election. Proponents, many of them representing wedding and event venues in rural parts of the county and calling themselves Warren Countians for Economic Growth, worked tirelessly for three weeks to get the needed 12,300 signatures to put the question on the ballot. 2018-10-15T12:42:31-04:00

Aerial aid: Police use drones to assist investigations

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
Solving a crime requires no small amount of legwork, but some Bowling Green Police Department officers are able to get an assist from the air while on the job. Seven city police officers are licensed to use drone technology to aid in their investigations. Led by BGPD Maj. Rick Willey, the team uses two drones, officially known as unmanned aerial systems, as a tool to aid in police work. 2018-10-15T12:36:49-04:00

Knox County teacher dies in Monday morning crash.

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
A Knox County Learning Academy teacher died in a crash in Barbourville Monday morning, according to the school’s superintendent. Brian Justice was an employee at Knox County Public Schools for two years, Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles said in a letter to parents. He also helped coach the Lynn Camp High School football team, Sprinkles said. The crash occurred on the Cumberland Gap Parkway at a red light near Walmart, according to LEX 18. It involved an IGA truck and another vehicle. 2018-10-15T12:09:51-04:00

Stop arguing with political opponents and start listening

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
When was the last time you spoke with someone of a different political persuasion than yourself and listened well enough to understand where they were coming from? Has it been a week? A month? A year? For way too many of us, the answer to that question is “never.” As a country, we never listen to the “other side” anymore. We listen to the people we already know, the people we already trust. But when it comes to people we don’t agree with, we only ever argue. 2018-10-15T11:26:43-04:00

Kavanaugh, leaders stayed strong during circus

October 15, 2018 - 2:16pm
We are very proud that Justice Brett Kavanaugh is the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. As we’ve said several times, we believe he was an excellent nominee by President Donald Trump for the nation’s top court. One only has to look at his judicial record to determine the caliber of judge he will be. Kavanaugh was, sadly, a victim of character assassination in the sexual misconduct claims from 36 years ago during his confirmation hearings – claims that turned out not to be corroborated by anyone. 2018-10-15T11:23:07-04:00

Analyst: Ford’s $11B restructuring plan to eliminate 24,000 jobs

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
While Ford Motor Co. has provided few details about its $11 billion restructuring plan, industry analysts estimate that the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker will cut its global workforce by about 24,000. The automaker employs about 202,000 across the globe, including 86,000 in the U.S. According to a story by NBC News, analysts at Morgan Stanley projected Ford would reduce its workforce by about 12 percent. Ford could not be reached to say how many people it currently employs in Louisville, what share of those employees are salaried or how the restructuring efforts would affect its operations in Louisville, which include two large assembly plants. 2018-10-15T11:11:16-04:00

Officials are encouraged by national opioid legislation

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
As a sweeping package of legislation targeting the country's opioid epidemic becomes law, local drug and recovery officials are encouraged but curious about what impacts the policies may have in their communities. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a 357-page bill split into five different focus areas, was easily passed by Congress earlier in the month by both Democrats and Republicans. The Senate version of the bill was led by veteran Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and backed by a bipartisan coalition of sponsors. The bill will be fleshed out as its policies are codified and come into effect, but Van Ingram, executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, said he is already optimistic about some of the provisions included in the bill. One of the provisions would allow states to apply for grants to improve housing and career opportunities for those affected by the opioid epidemic. 2018-10-15T09:00:07-04:00

Matt Bevin goes full Rambo and throws grenades in new Twitter video

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin channeled his inner action hero and took on government regulations in a new video where he throws smoke bombs and shoots grenade launchers. "When I was elected a couple of years ago I talked about blowing things up like red tape, blowing up things like corruption, blowing up things like pay-to-play and inside deals ..." Bevin said. "We've talked about blowing up a whole lot of things. It is literally the embodiment of what you're about to see here in a minute." Bevin filmed all this in Eddyville at the Kentucky State Penitentiary's gun range, he said in the video. He was there with members of his administration, including Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton. 2018-10-15T08:49:13-04:00

Millennial workers choosing Austin, Nashville and Raleigh over Louisville

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
After college, Louisville native Will Eckman knew he wanted to launch his marketing career in a city — and not just any city. Eckman was looking for a dense urban core, mass transit, professional sports teams and a diversity of people and large companies. His hometown didn’t make the cut. “It feels like a great city in the dark,” Eckman said. Unlike San Francisco (Eckman’s choice after college) and Denver (the “up-and-coming” city he recently moved to) Louisville hasn’t yet made the “bold moves” — a stand on the environment or a local company's steep hike in minimum wage — needed to turn millennial heads like Eckman’s, the 28-year-old told the Courier Journal. 2018-10-15T08:44:19-04:00

Missing 3-year-old Berea girl found alive, taken to Lexington hospital.

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
A girl who went missing in Madison County Sunday afternoon was found safe Monday morning, according to Kentucky State Police. Eden Hines, 3, is being taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to be checked out, state police Trooper Robert Purdy said on social media. Hines walked away from her Mallory Springs Road home just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Purdy said. 2018-10-15T08:25:11-04:00

Man in fake police car stops vehicle in Trigg County

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
A man in a vehicle with blue lights on it allegedly stopped a vehicle in Trigg County over the weekend. The car is silver or light colored with blue emergency lights and allegedly stopped a car on Canton Road and Linton Road Saturday, according to Trigg County Deputies. The man walked up to the vehicle and asked the driver if he knew why he pulled him over then asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, according to deputies. The driver asked to see his badge then the man left and drove away. 2018-10-15T08:22:38-04:00

Murder trial delayed again

October 15, 2018 - 11:16am
Attorneys are hoping next year will be a better fit for the trial of a Radcliff man charged with shooting another man to death in 2017. For the third time this year, a murder trial for Timothy Hargroves Jr., 37, was postponed. The trial was scheduled to begin today in Hardin Circuit Court. Hargroves, who is charged in the Nov. 2 death of Bernard Williams inside Williams’ Patton Village apartment in Radcliff, has undergone a mental evaluation at the Kentucky Correc­tional Psychiatric Center in La Grange. Results of that evaluation only recently were completed, not giving attorneys time to review the findings. 2018-10-15T08:15:58-04:00

Report will recommend Boyle and Mercer build 450-bed jail

October 15, 2018 - 8:15am
A forthcoming study commissioned by Boyle and Mercer fiscal courts will recommend the two counties build a 450-bed jail, according to one of the consultants working on the study. Eric Chambers with Brandstetter Carroll told the counties’ Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Friday that while an initial inmate population forecast suggests as many as 756 beds could be needed within 20 years, the consultants believe changes can be made to stop the growth in the jail population. “The recommendation is going to be a 450-bed facility with the infrastructure to expand as needed over time … to a 750-bed jail,” Chambers said. 2018-10-15T08:12:24-04:00

New rule allows for more ambulance providers

October 15, 2018 - 8:15am
An emergency administrative regulation issued by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services could make it easier for ambulance providers to make inroads into underserved areas. Issued last month by the cabinet, the regulation would expedite the certificate of need process for applicants looking to bring ambulance service to counties of 50,000 or more people served currently by a private provider. 2018-10-15T08:07:49-04:00

Patients died, families lived in fear of doctor charged as drug dealer

October 14, 2018 - 11:15am
Pharmacist Chad Burks leaned in and locked eyes with a drive-thru customer before delivering a stark warning: "If you take this, it will kill you." The Southern Indiana patient thanked him for his honesty that day in August 2016, grabbed the prescription slip that was signed by Louisville Dr. Peter Steiner and drove off to fill it at another pharmacy less than 2 miles away. Bruce Bozian was dead within a month. The 69-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran was one of at least 13 of Steiner's patients who died during a two-year period that federal investigators reviewed as part of the nation's largest crackdown on health care fraud, according to documents obtained by the Courier Journal. 2018-10-14T08:37:38-04:00

Pike does not qualify for state’s ambulance emergency regulation

October 14, 2018 - 2:15am
Last month, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services drafted a State of Emergency declaration to combat inadequate ambulance services in Kentucky counties, which according to the regulation, could have impacted Pike County. However, Charles “Chuck” O’Neal, deputy executive director of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, said that information may be incorrect. Documents provided by the state, citing a study from the Pegasus Institute, said that Pike County is one of six counties in Kentucky that have one Class 1 ambulance service that is not owned or operated by a public organization (a county or city government entity). In fact, Pike County has two Class 1 ambulance providers not owned by a public organization: Trans-Star Ambulance, located in Pikeville, and Appalachian First Response Emergency Services, Inc., located in Stone. 2018-10-14T00:06:38-04:00