Kentucky Press News Service

Business owner plans event to help pay off student lunch debts

3 hours 49 min ago
After reading about school lunch debt in Hard­in County, a local food truck owner decided to do something about it. “I was inspired by the article about the seniors at North Hardin High School that did a coin war to pay off the lunch debt there,” said Katherine Toliver of Kat’s Kitchen food truck. “In the article, it was stated there is $30,000 in lunch debt in Hardin County – it astounded me,” she said. “As a mother and business owner, I felt the need to step up and help pay off this debt.” 2020-02-25T11:18:26-05:00

Medical marijuana bill deserves fair but thorough look by the Senate

6 hours 49 min ago
Kentucky’s House Bill 136 would legalize medical marijuana in the commonwealth. It would make the Bluegrass State the 34th in the nation to legalize use of the drug to treat medical conditions. Kentucky would hardly be breaking new ground, since two-thirds of states have already been there and done that. That is a good thing, because legislators can look to what has happened with medical marijuana elsewhere to answer a lot of the questions they may have. But not all questions have been answered about the relatively new cannabis trend, and there are also new questions emerging as marijuana becomes legal in more ways and in more places around the nation. 2020-02-25T13:41:38-05:00

State Senate should pass medical marijuana bill

6 hours 49 min ago
We believe that people who are suffering from terminal illnesses that cause immense pain should have options to help mitigate that pain. No one with a terminal illness should have to live out the remainder of his or her life in pain. Forcing a person to endure such discomfort is simply inhumane, which is why more options should be available for the gravely ill to help ease their pain in their darkest times. We believe that the use of medical marijuana helps some of those who are dealing with immense pain as a result of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and leukemia and other health issues. 2020-02-25T13:39:16-05:00

Missing Georgetown woman's ex-boyfriend indicted by grand jury

6 hours 49 min ago
A specially convened grand jury indicted Joseph Hicks for the murder of Sheena Baxter Tuesday morning. A six-count indictment was unsealed charging Hicks with murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree criminal mischief and falsely reporting an incident. 2020-02-25T13:30:19-05:00

Ex-boyfriend of missing Scott County mother charged with her murder

6 hours 49 min ago
The ex-boyfriend of a missing Scott County mother has been indicted with a murder charge, according to Georgetown police. Sheena Baxter, 32, was last seen on the night of Feb. 14. Her ex-boyfriend, 53-year-old Joseph Hicks, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree criminal mischief, falsely reporting an incident and evidence tampering, according to jail records. Baxter’s body has not been found, but investigators have an “overwhelming” amount of evidence of a homicide, and that Hicks was responsible, police said at a press conference Tuesday. Police are continuing to search for her body. 2020-02-25T13:19:28-05:00

Spring time change is set for Sunday, March 8

6 hours 49 min ago
Don't look now but the annual spring time change is around the corner. The change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time will arrive at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. 2020-02-25T13:11:59-05:00

Northern Kentucky city becomes 19th to pass a Fairness Ordinance

6 hours 49 min ago
A Northern Kentucky city became the third municipality in 2020 to adopt a Fairness Ordinance Monday night. The leaders of Cold Spring, Kentucky, which is near Cincinnati, voted 4-1 in favor of protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment and other accommodations. Cold Spring is the fifth city in Northern Kentucky over the last year to pass such an ordinance, according to the Fairness Campaign. 2020-02-25T13:02:07-05:00

Charter school twice denied. Ky. education board denies appeal from first-ever applicant.

6 hours 49 min ago
The Kentucky Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously denied an appeal from the proposed River Cities Academy, the first group that wants to open a charter school in the state. The board’s final order, read aloud during a meeting on the appeal, said that the Newport Independent School District Board “was legally barred” from approving the application and did not err in its decision because River Cities Academy failed to meet the requirements of state law. It says the charter school group wrongly relied on public funding in its 5-year budget projections. The General Assembly has not approved a funding mechanism for charter schools. 2020-02-25T12:55:14-05:00

Man charged with abuse again for filthy home

6 hours 49 min ago
A Clark County man has been charged for the second time with abuse for the filthy living conditions in his home, this time along with his wife. John Christopher Walker, 32, and Charity Danielle Walker 23, were charged Friday with second-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 or younger. According to Winchester Police Capt. James Hall, the department was responding with social services regarding diversion for a March 2018 case of abuse also involving filthy living conditions. 2020-02-25T12:49:11-05:00

Governor pledges $5 million for new terminal at Paducah airport

9 hours 49 min ago
Plans for a new passenger terminal at McCracken County's Barkley Regional Airport got a boost Monday as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear pledged $5 million in state funds to aid the effort. Beshear made the announcement in front of an estimated crowd of 100 local and state officials and other area representavies at the current Barkley terminal passenger area. The $5 million, which will come from the Kentucky Department of Aviation, combined with $20 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding, will go toward the approximately $36 million project to replace the current terminal, which was built in 1953. 2020-02-25T12:43:11-05:00

Kentucky is 'desperate' for wealthy foreign investors. Why does it keep getting overlooked?

9 hours 49 min ago
Three years ago, a new hotel announced plans to rise in Louisville’s once-blighted NuLu neighborhood. The plans included a novel funding source — wealthy foreign investors. The $43 million, 156-room AC Hotel by Marriott was going to rely, in part, on money from the Bluegrass International Fund, which was set up in 2014 to take advantage of a federal program known as EB-5. At the time, the program awarded green cards in exchange for a minimum $500,000 investment, often in real estate. But what appeared to be a promising avenue for luring new investors to the area is today looking increasingly like a missed opportunity for Louisville and the state as a whole. 2020-02-25T12:34:03-05:00

Critics: 'Conscience' bill lets Kentucky providers refuse abortions, care for trans people

9 hours 49 min ago
Any health care worker could refuse to provide treatment that violates his or her conscience under a bill pending in the state Senate. It's a measure critics say could limit patient access to a host of services, such as abortion, contraceptives or care for transgender individuals. Insurance companies also could refuse to pay in such cases under Senate Bill 90, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Meredith, R-Leitchfield. Meredith said it is aimed solely at providing protection for health care workers under pressure to provide certain treatments or medication they oppose in a rapidly changing climate of medical advances. 2020-02-25T12:28:49-05:00

Who's racking up the biggest lobbying bills in Frankfort this legislative session?

9 hours 49 min ago
Frankfort legislators during the first month of the Kentucky General Assembly, according to state lobbying records. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce took its usual place atop the list of the biggest spenders lobbying the legislature. Next in line are two organizations devoting considerable sums to advertisements pushing the passage of a victims' right law and a bill to legalize sports betting. 2020-02-25T12:15:56-05:00

Survey on risky behavior raises concerns about vaping, suicide risk among KY students

9 hours 49 min ago
In terms of risky behavior, Kentucky middle and high school students significantly increased their use of vaping products from 2017 to 2019, and the percentages of those who seriously thought about committing suicide in that period also grew, according to a student survey conducted last spring. The percentage of middle school students who had ever used an electronic vapor product increased from 15.1 percent in 2017 to 31.4 percent in 2019. A significant increase also occurred among high school students who ever used an electronic vapor product, from 44.5 percent in 2017 to 53.7 percent in 2019, according to the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 2020-02-25T12:06:06-05:00

‘A force for peace.’ Anita Franklin, activist against gun violence in Lexington, dies

9 hours 49 min ago
Anita Franklin, a dedicated activist against gun violence in Lexington after the 2014 shooting death of her 21-year-old son, has died, according to a statement from her family. Her son, Antonio Franklin, was an innocent bystander who was shot and killed at Duncan Park in 2014. After his death, Anita Franklin worked tirelessly to increase awareness of the effects of gun violence in Lexington. 2020-02-25T12:01:20-05:00

Federal lawsuit accuses ‘shadow group’ of using Kentucky Colonel name to raise money

9 hours 49 min ago
A nonprofit made up of previously named Kentucky Colonels is suing a “shadow group” that allegedly is using its trademarked name to make money and confuse the public. “They’re treading off our historic trademark to solicit funds and we don’t know where those funds are going,” said Sherry Crose, executive director of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, a government-chartered nonprofit association of about 30,000 colonels which has awarded millions in grants and scholarships. A group called Kentucky Colonels International and its founder David Wright was using the Kentucky Colonels trademarked name to create a registry of colonels if they paid to join, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday stated. 2020-02-25T11:53:58-05:00

Bomb squad called to jail after odd items found in backpack

9 hours 49 min ago
For the second time in roughly six months, a local resident being booked into the Henderson County Detention Center has caused officials to check out the possibility of a bomb being present. And it was the same person both times. 2020-02-25T11:45:40-05:00

Wounded deputy sheriff seeks early trial date

9 hours 49 min ago
Attorneys for Scott County Deputy Jaime Morales have requested an immediate trial date, a request opposed by the City of Georgetown. Morales was paralyzed during a special response team operation to capture a suspected serial bank robber at the I-75 rest area at Exit 127. During the operation Morales was wounded and paralyzed. A Kentucky State Police report states Morales was struck by friendly fire because the suspect, who was killed, never fired his weapon. Morales has filed a lawsuit against the City of Georgetown, its police department, former officer Enricco and Lt. James Wagoner of the GPD who was the special response team supervisor. 2020-02-25T11:36:30-05:00

Man pleads guilty to stealing motorized cart

9 hours 49 min ago
A Frankfort man charged with stealing a motorized shopping cart and driving it to the courhouse could serve a year in jail. Stephen D. Baker, 60, was indicted in December on a felony charge of receiving stolen property under $10,000 after he showed up at the Franklin County Courthouse on the cart, which was taken from Walmart. When Baker showed up at the courthouse riding the cart, courthouse security started asking questions. According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, Baker first told security he built the cart himself. He also said he bought the cart at a thrift store. 2020-02-25T11:27:09-05:00

Kentucky State University student's death under investigation

9 hours 49 min ago
A Kentucky State University student's death is under investigation after the student died Monday on campus, Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod told The State Journal. "It's too early in the investigation to confirm the final cause and manner of death," Harrod said. "Although, the preliminary investigation is pointing in the direction of possible suicide." 2020-02-25T11:23:13-05:00

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