Kentucky Press News Service

Trial slated for today in baby’s death

7 hours 5 min ago
A trial is set to begin today in Christian Circuit Court for a mother accused of manslaughter in connection with the drowning death of her infant child. Desiree A. Catlett, 21, faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter for the October 2016 death of her 9-month-old son, Ja’Noah. Catlett was charged in April 2017. 2018-04-23T08:32:54-04:00

Superintendents: Charter schools unlikely in Boyle, Danville

7 hours 5 min ago
Discussions on education and funding of public and charter schools have been at the forefront in Kentucky over the past few months. But superintendents say they don’t believe charter schools will have an impact locally for a while. “You need a larger market to create the kinds of options that are often associated with a charter environment,” said Danville Superintendent Keith Look. “Most likely, we will see the first ones in Louisville, northern Kentucky.” Charter schools receive taxpayer dollars, must accept all students and cannot charge tuition like public schools, however they are managed by independent organizations. 2018-04-23T08:20:12-04:00

Tighter border security could affect local illicit drug trade

7 hours 5 min ago
Shoring up the country’s border security could be a double-edged sword in the local fight against illegal drug trafficking. Crystal methamphetamine produced in Mexican cartel-controlled super labs continues to pour into southcentral Kentucky. Tighter security measures at the southern U.S. border could stem the flow of meth and other illegal drugs coming into the area, and in the process drive up prices. 2018-04-23T08:15:16-04:00

Ruling: Kentucky State Police violated law in denying Courier Journal requests

April 22, 2018 - 1:31pm
In a definitive win for open records advocates, the state attorney general's office has found Kentucky State Police violated the state public records law by denying Courier Journal requests for the agency's database of arrest and traffic citations. The agency offered several reasons why it thought the database was exempt from disclosure. In addition to claiming the records would expose private information, the agency claimed it lacked the technical ability to separate legitimately confidential information from public information without creating a new record, which is not required under the law. But the attorney general's office knocked down those arguments in a forceful April 17 decision, declaring that the agency has no valid legal reason to refuse Courier Journal a redacted copy of the database, which can easily be produced by the agency. 2018-04-22T10:49:34-04:00

Thunder Over Louisville kicks off Kentucky Derby 2018 season with a boom

April 22, 2018 - 1:31pm
Leanna Washum just wanted to "feel the boom." The Fort Wayne, Indiana, resident was among thousands on Saturday who staked out their spots along the Ohio River and settled in for the roar of plane engines and the explosion of dazzling fireworks of Thunder Over Louisville. "This is one of our top 10 events of the year for us," Washum's husband, Mark, said as they settled in Saturday morning. The 29th annual Thunder Over Louisville did not disappoint. 2018-04-22T10:44:20-04:00

Kentucky coach banned from track events for alleged misconduct

April 22, 2018 - 1:31pm
A private pole-vaulting coach based in Lexington who has worked with high school and college students in at least two states has been banned from official USA Track and Field events for alleged sexual misconduct. The ruling on Jamie Steffen, 40, is one of the first made by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, created by the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2016 in the cluding sexual abuse by national gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar was recently convicted of sexual assaulting his patients. According to the center’s database, Steffen was ruled permanently ineligible on March 18, although the decision is subject to appeal. Steffen’s attorney, Dan Carman of Lexington, said the “dispute” with SafeSport is ongoing and has not reached final resolution. 2018-04-22T10:36:16-04:00

I-69 bridge tolls: Eyeing the cost and how they will be collected

April 22, 2018 - 10:31am
When the new I-69 bridge over the Ohio River is completed and open sometime around 2025, one thing is certain: it will cost you every time you go across. Tolling is "for the financing that is going to have to be part of this project," said Mindy Peterson, spokeswoman for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing, or ORX, project team. "We don't see a situation where there would be enough dollars at the federal and state levels without financing part of this project." 2018-04-22T10:26:04-04:00

Hundreds of students participate in walkout

April 22, 2018 - 10:31am
Hundreds of students at Elkhorn Crossing School and Scott County High School walked out in protest of gun violence and to promote school safety as part of the National School Walkout on Friday. Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting in Littleton, Colorado. 2018-04-22T10:21:43-04:00

Problem with panhandling

April 22, 2018 - 10:31am
Elizabethtown and Radcliff, it’s becoming increasingly common to spot someone with a cardboard sign looking for a donation. Unlike rules prohibiting organizations from holding bucket-brigade solicitations in the midst of the highway, these one-person operations are not illegal and officials say difficult to discourage. In Elizabethtown, residents constantly are complaining about panhandlers standing on corners begging, Elizabethtown Police Department Chief Jamie Land said. “We receive a gazillion complaints,” he said. 2018-04-22T10:15:38-04:00

Man accused of drugging victims, recording assaults could get 70 years behind bars

April 22, 2018 - 10:31am
A teen walked into the Covington Police Department on May 30, 2016 telling officers she found two videos of herself on a 48-year-old's cell phone. She said the owner of the phone was sexually assaulting her in the videos. That man, Roy Fitzpatrick, pleaded guilty this week to a number of rape acts. Police investigated and said they found three more videos. They say the victims were drugged. 2018-04-22T10:11:16-04:00

Voter rolls filling up as registration deadline approaches

April 22, 2018 - 10:31am
Local officials say they have seen a surge in interest as the voter registration deadline approaches for the May primary. Monday is the deadline to register to vote or update voter registration in time for the May 22 primary. Kentucky residents can register online at the State Board of Elections website, elect.ky.gov or at govoteky.org. 2018-04-22T10:07:30-04:00

Local principals named to superintendent positions

April 22, 2018 - 10:31am
Two familiar faces will lead both public school systems as Bardstown and Nelson County name Ryan Clark and Wes Bradley as superintendents. Both currently serve as principals within the districts. Clark leads Bardstown Middle School and Bradley leads Thomas Nelson High School. 2018-04-22T10:01:35-04:00

Louisville hepatitis A outbreak FAQs: Where can you get a vaccine? How long do shots last?

April 20, 2018 - 4:28pm
Louisville is experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A, which has been linked to more than 250 cases and one death since November. The city's current outbreak has centered in the city's homeless population and among illicit drug users. The disease of the liver, caused by a virus, can be spread person-to-person or through contaminated food or water. The best way to prevent catching it? Getting vaccinated. 2018-04-20T16:00:39-04:00

Japanese firm breaks ground in Bardstown for first U.S. factory

April 20, 2018 - 4:28pm
Gov. Matt Bevin joined company and Nelson County officials Friday as Takigawa Corp. America broke ground on its $46 million flexible packaging and high-performance films plant expected to create 180 jobs. 2018-04-20T15:45:04-04:00

Bevin wants Jefferson schools takeover, former state education board chair says

April 20, 2018 - 1:28pm
A former chair of the Kentucky Department of Education said he believes this week’s forced resignation of Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt indicates that Gov. Matt Bevin and the new members of the Kentucky Board of Education want a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools. Pruitt, who resigned under pressure Tuesday — one day after Bevin appointed six new members to the 11-member board — was close to finishing a monthslong JCPS management audit that could have far-reaching consequences for local schools and district leadership. JCPS leaders have said that Pruitt planned to recommend minor intervention in the local district, which, sources told Insider, likely was not enough to satisfy frequent JCPS critics, including Bevin. After Pruitt’s hasty departure, what happens to JCPS once the audit is completed is up to the new board and interim commissioner. 2018-04-20T13:22:50-04:00

Thunder Over Louisville gets hepatitis A precautions

April 20, 2018 - 1:28pm
Health officials in Louisville don’t want hepatitis A to spoil the disco-themed fireworks fun this weekend at Thunder Over Louisville. Steps are being taken to keep Thunder-goers safe from the contagious illness that’s sickened hundreds of people around the state. Those who attend Thunder Over Louisville are encouraged to keep their hands clean by using hand-washing stations that will be available throughout the event area near portable toilets, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. 2018-04-20T13:18:44-04:00

KSP charges Clark man with child sexual exploitation offenses

April 20, 2018 - 1:28pm
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch Thursday evening arrested Herbert R. Rice, 38, on a charges relating to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and promoting a minor under 16 in a sex performance. According to a KSP news release, Rice, a Clark County resident, was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect was communicating online with a minor, engaging in illicit conversation. 2018-04-20T12:35:26-04:00

WKU officials say tenure will be protected

April 20, 2018 - 1:28pm
Though a budget bill the Kentucky legislature passed allows universities to terminate tenured professors if the schools change or eliminate academic programs, Western Kentucky University officials said Thursday they are committed to adhering to tenure protections laid out in the school’s faculty handbook. Provost David Lee discussed the protections in more detail and said WKU was committed to sticking to the school’s faculty handbook policies, which includes a number of protections for tenured faculty in the event of their program being discontinued. 2018-04-20T12:17:38-04:00

Kentucky receives more than $102 million in tobacco settlement money

April 20, 2018 - 1:28pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday that Kentucky received more than $102 million in tobacco settlement money this week. Since 1998, tobacco companies have had to compensate states for some of the medical costs associated with tobacco-related illnesses and restrict advertising and promotion of cigarettes in the United States. 2018-04-20T11:51:34-04:00

Interstate turns into sweet, sticky treat

April 20, 2018 - 1:28pm
Interstate 64 was the site early Friday morning of a wreck in Woodford County which left the roadway covered with popsicles for a time. WLEX reports the mishap took place near the No. 60 mile marker. Apparently, two semis -- one sitting on the side of the road -- collided. The truck on the side was hauling popsicles and they scattered about the interstate. 2018-04-20T11:16:59-04:00

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