Kentucky Press News Service

We back bill to ban sanctuary policies

July 18, 2019 - 3:32pm
This newspaper has said on numerous occasions that any city that titles itself a so-called sanctuary city is in defiance of federal law and should have all funding cut off until it is in compliance with those laws. We are still of that opinion, because we believe cities that harbor those who break the law by entering our country illegally are rewarding their illegal behavior with free government benefits on the taxpayers’ dime. Worse yet, there is documentation that illegal immigrants who have been deported for crimes often slip back into our country and take refuge in these sanctuary cities. 2019-07-18T13:34:08-04:00

Beshear calls Trump’s tweets ugly, but he and Bevin both decline to label them racist

July 18, 2019 - 3:32pm
Days after President Donald Trump was criticized for sending tweets telling four congresswomen of color to “go back” to their home countries, even though three of them were born in America, neither candidate running for governor in Kentucky Wednesday was willing to call the tweets racist. 2019-07-18T13:20:34-04:00

Warrant issued in Pike murder

July 18, 2019 - 3:32pm
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a West Virginia man in connection with a murder in Pike County earlier this month. According to a statement issued Tuesday by Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Charles Ray Blevins, 37, whose last known address was in Williamson, West Virginia. Blevins is facing charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in relation to the death of a Cleveland, Ohio man July 6. 2019-07-18T13:09:52-04:00

Daviess County Library still plagued by ransomware

July 18, 2019 - 3:32pm
The Cryptolocker ransomware that crippled the Daviess County Public Library in April is back and slowing various library services. In actuality, it never left, said Erin Waller, library director, despite the efforts of the library's IT (information technology) staff. Cryptolocker is a specific form of ransomware that focuses on a victim's data to extort payment with the threat of losing that data if the ransom isn't paid in full. Even then, there is no guarantee that the hackers behind the virus will actually come through with the key to free the data, she said. 2019-07-18T13:04:22-04:00

One Louisville lawyer hit another with aerosol can in courthouse brawl, police say

July 18, 2019 - 3:32pm
One lawyer hit another in the head with an aerosol can Wednesday in an assault that left a pool of blood in a conference room at Louisville's Hall of Justice. Attorney Lindsey Scott, an ex-Marine, was charged with second-degree assault of attorney James “J.R.” Moore. He was sitting in a third-floor conference room when Scott entered and they got into a fight, according to Lt. Col. Carl Yates, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. 2019-07-18T12:46:26-04:00

With an election months away, Matt Bevin again ranked least popular governor in the U.S.

July 18, 2019 - 3:32pm
A new list of rankings from a high-profile polling organization is giving a big red thumbs down to Gov. Matt Bevin. Kentucky's governor is the least popular in the nation among voters in their own state, according to Morning Consult's Q2 rankings, with a 56% disapproval rating to just 32% who approve. Bevin's campaign did not respond to a Courier Journal request for comment. But the governor has made it clear over the years that he's not concerned about how he's rated in polls — he's never scored highly, he's said, and still won the gubernatorial election in 2015. 2019-07-18T12:33:33-04:00

Wounded Kentucky deputy stable after surgery; suspect found

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
A McCreary County sheriff’s deputy was out of surgery and in stable condition Wednesday after he was shot responding to a domestic dispute, Kentucky State Police said. Mark Dungan, 48, is accused of pulling a gun and wounding the deputy at least once during a confrontation about 8 p.m. Tuesday on Lick Creek Road, Kentucky State Police trooper Lloyd Cochran said. Dungan of Science Hill was found at a nearby cemetery after he fled, police said. 2019-07-18T12:25:02-04:00

First Mitch McConnell earned ire of 9/11 first responders, now it’s Rand Paul

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
A second Kentucky Republican senator is being pilloried for standing in the way of legislation to provide health benefits to 9/11 first responders grappling with lingering illnesses from the 2001 terrorist attacks. Weeks after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with frustrated first responders and pledged to give the bill a Senate vote before August recess, his Kentucky counterpart, Sen. Rand Paul, on Wednesday halted speedy approval of the bill, citing worries about costs. 2019-07-18T12:20:12-04:00

$11M grant will help UK professors fight cervical cancer rates in state

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
With the help of a five year, $11 million grant, a team of professors at the University of Kentucky is setting out to help reduce cervical cancer in Eastern Kentucky women, in part by helping those who smoke to quit. The project’s aim is to systematically curb the higher-than-average rates of smoking, lower-than-average rates of vaccinations given to young people to protect against the Human Papillomavirus Virus, and to screen women earlier and more often who are most at risk of getting cervical cancer. 2019-07-18T12:15:32-04:00

Former middle school coach arrested on sex charges

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
A Christian County Middle School football coach was arrested at his job Tuesday on sex charges involving a minor. According to a Hopkinsville police report, Bryan Wimbleduff, 37, Cerulean, used Snapchat messaging app Monday to ask a 15-year-old to send photos of his genitals in exchange for money. Wimbleduff allegedly sent the minor photos of his own genitals, the report states. 2019-07-18T11:53:38-04:00

Man arrested for violating wife’s grave

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
Joshua Wolford, 32, of Buffalo was recently arrested for violating his late wife’s grave by digging up the urn which housed her ashes. His late wife, Chasidy Wolford, was found deceased at the scene of a house fire that occurred in Buffalo on Wednesday June 12. The Kentucky State Police were notified on Saturday, June 29, that her grave located in the Victory Baptist Church Cemetery located in Hodgenville had been disturbed and the urn was missing from the gravesite. 2019-07-18T11:49:23-04:00

Police: Inmate who walked off work duty last month caught

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
An inmate who escaped from the Kentucky River Regional Jail last month has been taken back into custody. On June 6, John David Feltner, 34, of Hazard, walked off of his work release assignment of cutting grass at a cemetery and got into a green Suburban. A little over a month later, the search has ended, and officials with KRRJ announced that Feltner was apprehended by the Kentucky State Police. 2019-07-18T11:44:40-04:00

Summer swelter: Excessive heat warning issued

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
The heat is on! Emergency management officials and forecasters at the National Weather Service in Louisville have issued an excessive heat warning for the next four days. A high temperature of 91 expected across much of the state. However, heat index values could make it feel as hot as 103. According to the NWS, an excessive heat warning means a prolonged period of hot temperatures and high humidity levels are expected and it will stick around through the weekend — with highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the mid-90s and heat indices ranging from 100-110 degrees. 2019-07-18T11:35:35-04:00

Driver in crash that killed mom taking twins to school had drugs in system, court documents state

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
A man involved in a fatal crash that killed a Northern Kentucky mom who was driving her children to school has been charged. The crash happened in Boone County, when a man driving a flatbed truck tried to get back on the road after it went off the roadway, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Darrin Carroll, 43, of Union, has been charged with manslaughter, three counts of wanton endangerment, speeding and driving under the influence. He was indicted Tuesday, court documents said. 2019-07-18T11:29:07-04:00

Pastor, administrator nominated to lead Kentucky Baptist Convention

July 18, 2019 - 12:31pm
A Kentucky native with experience as a pastor and administrator is the candidate to guide the state's largest religious organization that serves 2,400 churches. Dr. Todd Gray has been nominated by the Kentucky Baptist Convention's search committee to fill the post of executive director-treasurer. The job was made vacant by Dr. Paul Chitwood, who left in November to become president of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board. 2019-07-18T11:20:25-04:00

Where is daylight saved?

July 17, 2019 - 3:29pm
Daylight saving time does not save any daylight. There’s the same amount no matter what the clock says. The concept has been around since World War I when it was introduced as a means to conserve fuel used to generate electricity by extending sunlight into evening hours. Most people are more familiar with the annual spring-forward, fall-back cycle than any real impact the effort provides. 2019-07-17T13:42:16-04:00

Kavanaugh flip-flop damages McGrath's candidacy

July 17, 2019 - 3:29pm
Democratic candidate Amy McGrath, who would like to replace Mitch McConnell as U.S. senator for Kentucky, demonstrated last week why she doesn’t deserve to be successful in that endeavor. After first indicating that she would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, McGrath changed course hours later and said she would have voted no. Many liberals were dismayed by her initial support of Kavanaugh, and her quick flip-flop certainly invited questions about McGrath being up to the task. 2019-07-17T13:39:21-04:00

Mind the heat, especially for those vulnerable

July 17, 2019 - 3:29pm
Boy, it’s hot out there. Once humidity is factored in, the heat feels like it is more than 100 degrees outside the past week or so. And it is only set to get hotter. By this weekend, the mercury could almost reach triple digits, with Saturday’s forecast set to top out at 98 degrees. But it doesn’t have to be absurdly hot for summertime weather to have an effect on your health. 2019-07-17T13:37:28-04:00

Catholic priest gives money to laid-off Eastern Kentucky miners

July 17, 2019 - 3:29pm
The Rev. Jim Sichko may have the best job in the world. He was chosen by Pope Francis three years ago as a missionary of mercy and was sent out with a simple mandate. Do good. On Monday, he was in Harlan to fulfill his mission. 2019-07-17T13:32:29-04:00

Wall Street firms, not Kentuckians, are leading Mitch McConnell's campaign donations

July 17, 2019 - 3:29pm
Boosted by big bundles of Wall Street contributions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection committee took in more than $3 million during the recent quarter that ended June 30. The biggest blocks of contributions during the period came from two global financial services firms based in New York: 29 people with Blackstone Group made contributions totaling $95,400; and 14 executives of KKR & Co. are listed as giving a combined $51,000. The report, filed late Monday with the Federal Election Commission, illustrates McConnell's continuing ability to draw big contributions from business interests across the country. 2019-07-17T13:21:55-04:00

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