Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky Wesleyan College and UK College of Pharmacy announce innovative partnership

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Kentucky Wesleyan College has entered into a new partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy -- an accelerated program which will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy with one less year of coursework, allowing them to enter the workplace sooner. The partnership comes on the heels of the Early Assurance Program launched by Wesleyan with the UK College of Medicine in July of last year. 2018-02-22T15:44:52-05:00

State seeks watershed restoration projects

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Funding is available for projects through the Kentucky Division of Water that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater, and for projects that protect water resources. The funds can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed plan development, and other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution, a state news release said. 2018-02-22T15:38:21-05:00

Beshear opposes federal cuts to low-income utility program, CDBG grants

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Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking the federal government to fully fund programs that help thousands of Kentuckians either survive winter temperatures or their battle with addiction. In a recent letter to federal leaders, Beshear is opposing federal budget cuts to the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). 2018-02-22T14:36:07-05:00

Kentucky impresses with 316 new National Board Certified teachers

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Kentucky teachers are making the news a lot right now because of the pension-funding crisis. If you see the word “teacher” in a news story, there’s a good chance you’re going to be reading about politicians posturing and advocacy groups pushing one agenda or another. Hopefully not lost in all of Frankfort’s hullabaloo is some news about what teachers actually do — they teach. And in Kentucky, they teach well. On Tuesday, Kentucky celebrated having 316 of its teachers become National Board Certified Teachers. 2018-02-22T13:41:38-05:00

Washington’s reluctance and the inherent value of doubt

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This week, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of George Washington, born Feb. 22, 1732. Washington transitioned from a career as a planter and military commander to one of the key players in the establishment of the new America’s system of constitutional federal government. He called the presidency “this last great sacrifice which I consider myself as having made for the good of my country.” 2018-02-22T13:37:22-05:00

Kentucky’s special election sent a message. But it’s not what political parties think.

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Is there a larger message in Tuesday’s special election results in Bullitt County’s 49th House district? Democrat Linda Belcher, who was unseated in 2016 by Republican preacher Dan Johnson as the district voted heavily for President Donald Trump, easily won back her seat against Johnson’s widow, Rebecca. The special election was needed because Johnson killed himself Dec. 13 after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a devastating, well-reported expose of the colorful preacher’s shady behavior, including that police investigated allegations he molested a 17-year-old girl at his home in 2012. 2018-02-22T13:31:04-05:00

Citation: Man left autistic grandson in car because he didn't want boy to create scene

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A Bowling Green man is charged with endangering the welfare of his autistic grandson after police say he decided to leave the boy inside an unlocked vehicle in the Kroger parking lot Monday morning because he didn’t want the child to make a scene inside the store. Bowling Green police were called to the 350 U.S. 31-W By-Pass store at 10:10 a.m. Monday where they located a white Honda Pilot idling in the parking lot near the gas pump area, according to police records. Police saw a young child secured in a child safety seat in the middle seat position. Two windows were left completely down. The temperature at the time was 70 degrees and windy. 2018-02-22T13:07:36-05:00

Paducah theater director warns of ticket scams

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The phrase "caveat emptor" -- let the buyer beware -- does not appear on any of the second-party websites selling tickets to shows at Paducah's Carson Center, but in a more honest world, it would. Carson Center Executive Director Mary Katz is warning theatergoers they could be paying much higher prices than the Carson Center charges if they are not careful when they purchase tickets online. Hundreds of second-party ticket sellers, also known as the secondary ticket market, buy tickets from venues -- in this case the Carson Center -- then sell them to consumers at higher prices, pocketing the difference, Katz said. 2018-02-22T13:01:21-05:00

Laurel County man accused of saying he would be ‘the next school shooter’

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After days of numerous threats reportedly being made by students against Kentucky schools, a 25-year-old Laurel County man was arrested on Wednesday and accused of saying he would become “the next school shooter,” according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. Jacob Lee Davenport of Girdler is charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center, according to the jail’s website. 2018-02-22T12:53:10-05:00

‘Time for action.’ More metal detectors among safety changes coming to Fayette schools

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More hand-held metal detectors, more locked doors and increased emergency drills are among the new safety measures that Fayette County Schools are implementing as the nation focuses on school safety, Fayette Superintendent Manny Caulk announced Thursday. 2018-02-22T12:49:02-05:00

Owl’s Head Alloys expansion to create 17 jobs in Bowling Green

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As the aluminum industry flourishes in Kentucky, Owl’s Head Alloys Inc., an aluminum recycler in Bowling Green, will create 17 jobs with a $3 million expansion, Gov. Bevin announced Thursday. The company operates three, 375-cubic-foot refractory furnaces and, to keep up with customer demand, the project will add new space to house a fourth furnace. The additional furnace will increase company’s capacity by 60 million pounds of scrap annually atop the facility’s current 240 million pounds. Owl’s Head leaders plan to hire 17 workers, bringing the company’s total employment to nearly 100. 2018-02-22T12:43:24-05:00

Educators have mixed reaction to new pension plan

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A new plan that confronts a $42 billion shortfall in Kentucky’s pension systems is drawing mixed reactions from local educators. “It still looks like punishment to teachers and state workers to me,” said Jonathan Vaughn, who teaches Advanced Placement U.S. government and political science at Bowling Green High School. Sen. Joe Bowen, an Owensboro Republican, introduced Senate Bill 1 on Tuesday. The bill departs from a controversial plan that Gov. Matt Bevin proposed last fall. 2018-02-22T12:40:17-05:00

Beshear reaches settlement with defective airbag maker Takata

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Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday a settlement with TK Holdings, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Takata, over allegations that the company concealed safety issues related to defective airbags. Takata’s faulty airbags were installed in a wide variety of vehicles from 19 different automakers, which affect approximately 480,000 cars in Kentucky. At least 20 people have died worldwide and hundreds more have been injured as a result of the defective airbags, a news release said. 2018-02-22T12:36:20-05:00

PSC approves electric power restoration agreement

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved an agreement that will allow participating electric utilities to respond more rapidly to power outages and other emergencies by giving them greater flexibility to transfer equipment to each other. 2018-02-22T11:10:23-05:00

Kentucky college students may have to shell out hundreds more for this new fee

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A proposed fee to help Kentucky’s public universities renovate and maintain aging buildings could cost college students hundreds more each year, even as tuition payments continue their steady climb. When Gov. Matt Bevin released his two-year budget proposal last month, higher education officials were pleased to see a $300 million bond issue that would help renovate aging buildings on Kentucky’s campuses. But to tap the proposed pool of money, public universities would have to raise millions more in a dollar-for-dollar match. They’re turning to students for the money. 2018-02-22T09:25:51-05:00

Boy wanted ‘squeaky voice,’ so he inhaled helium from balloon. School suspended him.

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A Fleming County mother says she’s upset because her 13-year-old son was suspended from middle school for three days because he inhaled helium from two Valentine’s Day balloons he bought at school. Robert Rodriguez, an eighth grader at Simons Middle School, told the Herald-Leader he inhaled the helium from balloons in class last week because “I wanted a squeaky voice.” His mother Tonya Miller said her son merely wanted to sound like the cartoon character Donald Duck, but school officials viewed that as huffing and he was suspended Friday afternoon. 2018-02-22T09:19:44-05:00

Two-county chase ends in arrest

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A Dawson Springs man is facing a number of traffic- and drug-related charges after he allegedly led police on a lengthy, two-county chase. According to the Kentucky State Police, Trooper Stuart Recke spotted a 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck speeding along U.S. 62 west of Nortonville at around 10:55 a.m. Tuesday. Recke attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver, later identified as 40-year-old Shawn Blanton of Dawson Springs, but Blanton did not comply. 2018-02-22T09:17:21-05:00

Crowded frequency causes issues for rural internet service

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Customers of a rural wireless internet provider in seven counties have been experiencing prolonged outages since late December, and the problem could be from their local utility cooperative. Q Wireless, the contractor for the Green River Area Development District’s rural internet service, has been alerting customers with a message on its automated help number that frequent outages over the past couple months seem to be related to interference from the automated meter reading system used by Kenergy Corp. 2018-02-22T09:09:41-05:00

Mercy Health plans merger

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Mercy Health, a Catholic health ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, and Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic health ministry serving residents across the East Coast, announced Wednesday their intent to merge. The merger would create one of the largest health systems in the country, spanning seven states in the eastern half of the U.S. Lourdes hospital in Paducah, one of the city's largest employers, is part of Mercy Health. 2018-02-22T09:06:03-05:00

Louisville’s drone plan among 35 finalists for Mayors Challenge

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Thanks to its innovative proposal to use drones to respond to gunshot violence, Louisville is among 35 finalist Champion Cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayors Challenge, which recognizes novel ideas to tackle tough problems. Chosen from among more than 320 applications, Louisville and the other finalists will receive $100,000 to implement public prototypes of their ideas during a six-month testing phase. 2018-02-22T09:00:06-05:00

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