Kentucky Press News Service

Thousands of Kentuckians lose SNAP benefits due to work requirement, report says

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
More than 10,000 Kentuckians have lost food assistance in the state in the last several months because of a work requirement affecting some people who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as SNAP. That’s according to an analysis by representatives of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy and the consumer advocacy group Kentucky Voices for Health who have been looking at how the work requirement is affecting participation in SNAP this year in Kentucky. SNAP is a federal program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food, such as meat, fruits and vegetables. It also can be used to purchase seeds and plants to grow food. 2018-11-16T12:06:54-05:00

Selling Nazi and KKK memorabilia banned at Kentucky fairgrounds

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
Following a gun show where vendors offered Nazi Christmas ornaments and a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Kentucky State Fair Board on Thursday banned the sale of such racist memorabilia at the Louisville fairgrounds. The fair board, which operates the Kentucky Expo Center at the sprawling site, unanimously passed the resolution, which includes but is "not limited to" KKK memorabilia and Nazi gear produced after World War II. 2018-11-16T12:05:08-05:00

What's next for Marsy's Law: Supreme Court moves up appeal hearing

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
The Kentucky Supreme Court is taking up Marsy's Law, a crime victims' measure that voters already have approved but has not taken effect because of a legal challenge. The court said Thursday it will consider an expedited appeal of the matter at a hearing on Feb. 8. The measure, a constitutional amendment to give crime victims equal standing to the accused person, passed overwhelmingly on Nov. 6 with 63 percent of the vote. But, acting on a legal challenge to the ballot measure, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled three weeks before the election that the wording put before voters was too vague and did not adequately explain the impact. 2018-11-16T12:02:35-05:00

Urban League leader: Hate crime charges in Kroger killings show 'we will not tolerate hate'

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
The leader of the Louisville Urban League said Thursday’s indictment of Gregory A. Bush on federal hate crime charges shows that “in Kentucky, we will not tolerate hate.” Sadiqa Reynolds, the league’s president and CEO, saluted U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman for “pursuing justice” for the families of Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67, who were killed last month at a Kroger store in Jeffersontown. Bush, 51, was indicted on hate crime charges causing deaths that could bring a sentence of life without parole or the death penalty, if that is approved by the attorney general. Bush is white and both victims were black. 2018-11-16T11:58:07-05:00

Kentucky student charged after bomb threat against school bus garage

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
A student was cited for terroristic threatening after making a bomb threat Wednesday against the Mercer County school bus garage, Harrodsburg police said. Police and Harrodsburg firefighters responded to garage after the threat was made at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The roads surrounding the garage were blocked for about one hour, police said. The garage is located north of downtown Harrodsburg and west of U.S. 127. 2018-11-16T11:53:01-05:00

$150 million bourbon park plan will be architectural ‘masterpiece,’ owners say

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
The new bourbon park coming to Bardstown for Kentucky Owl is taking shape. Stoli Group announced on Thursday that world-renowned firm Shigeru Ban Architects will be designing the distillery and tourism experience. The company last year unveiled plans for a $150 million lakeside bourbon complex in a former quarry. Stoli bought the Kentucky Owl brand in January 2017 after it was revived by Dixon Dedman of the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg. 2018-11-16T11:40:08-05:00

Unlike state workers and teachers, KY lawmakers have a pension fund in terrific shape

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
Although Kentucky faces a $37.9 billion shortfall in its pension systems for teachers and other public workers, putting them among the nation’s worst, the news is cheerier for the part-time lawmakers who control the state budget, including pension funding: Their separately managed, publicly subsidized pension system is 98 percent funded, according to actuarial data released this week. 2018-11-16T11:36:47-05:00

New face at hall of fame

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
A new leader is running the point guard position of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in downtown Elizabethtown. Joseph Grove, a Simp­sonville resident, has stepped in as the hall’s new chief operating officer, replacing Paul Najjar. Now in operation for more than a year, Grove and the hall’s board of directors seek to aggressively raise the museum’s profile and market its exhibits and offerings more effectively to a broader audience. 2018-11-16T11:27:18-05:00

A moderate should be speaker, not Pelosi

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
For Republicans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi really is the gift that keeps on giving. Each election cycle, Republicans in state and federal House races are elected and re-elected thanks in part to connecting Pelosi to their Democratic challenger. We saw this in central Kentucky, where incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr repeatedly said in public and in ads that his opponent, Democrat Amy McGrath, would be a vote for Pelosi. Barr won the election and it is quite likely that connecting McGrath to Pelosi played to Barr's advantage in the 6th District. 2018-11-16T11:23:04-05:00

Ice storm causes damage, outages in Hardin County

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
With each push and pull, Tanja Carter and her son, Zackery, were able to move an ice-covered limb closer to its final destination along the road in front of their Debra Lane home in Elizabethtown. A pile of shiny limbs was waiting for the next one, part of an effort Thurs­day morning by the pair after an ice storm blanketed the area with close to half an inch in some parts of the county. Freezing rain coated trees and power lines late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, splitting decades-old trees and leaving thousands of residents in Hardin and LaRue counties without electricity in its aftermath. 2018-11-16T11:14:34-05:00

FDA targets flavored nicotine

November 16, 2018 - 1:38pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that flavored electronic cigarettes will only be allowed to be sold in stores from closed-off areas inaccessible to minors. In addition, the FDA announced its intention of banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted: “The actions ... are a response to our deep concern over the epidemic growth in kids use of e-cigarettes. The data released by the CDC shows a trend in use that simply cannot stand. We must reverse this trajectory of youth use and addiction. If today’s proposals can’t achieve that purpose, we will have to consider other steps.” 2018-11-16T11:09:06-05:00

Hush now, there’s value in zipping it

November 15, 2018 - 4:38pm
I don’t use Facebook as much anymore because I have friends who will just share the silliest things. Conspiracy theories, ignorant political posts, pyramid schemes, you name it, my friends are posting about it. It’s hard to not get on there like, guys, can you not? Just post some pictures of your kids or your breakfast or something. There’s value in keeping your mouth shut, or just not reacting, to every little minor annoyance you are confronted with. People will inevitably disappoint, they always do. However, there’s no sense in abandoning them, or starting fights, over everything that doesn’t meet your standards. 2018-11-15T13:48:49-05:00

How could 8 die without a trace of the killers? Father agrees in Fayette court to extradition

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
It sounds like a well-organized kill team out of an action movie. The parents and their sons allegedly hacked their targets’ social media accounts, learned their movements and tracked counter-surveillance devices — “including pets” — on the victims’ properties, court documents say. The crew allegedly accumulated special supplies like shoes and a bug detector and built equipment like spent cartridge catchers and a silencer, the indictments said. After eight were dead — most from multiple gunshots to their heads — the parents and sons allegedly eliminated evidence at four residences, moved two bodies and collected the victims’ video and trail cameras and phones, according to court records. The group’s patriarch, George “Billy” Wagner III, agreed Wednesday in a Lexington court to extradition to Ohio after his arrest in Fayette County Tuesday. His wife, Angela Wagner, 48, and sons George Wagner IV, 27; and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, were apprehended at various locations in Ohio, not far from the site of the 2016 homicides near Cincinnati. The family’s attorney said they welcome the chance to clear their names. 2018-11-15T12:50:19-05:00

Who is Rocky Adkins’ running mate? Meet Stephanie Horne.

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
When Stephanie Horne entered her first political contest in 2014 for a seat on Jefferson County’s Board of Education, a local publication used this headline to announce her candidacy: “Andrew Horne’s Wife Running for School Board.” Truth be told, more people in the area probably knew Andrew Horne than his wife, who had kept a behind-the-scenes profile as an attorney, businesswoman and volunteer in her two sons’ schools, church and various civic groups. Now, Stephanie Horne is entering her own statewide political race. State House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins made it official Wednesday in an announcement in Morehead that she will be his lieutenant governor running mate in his 2019 race to become Kentucky’s next governor. 2018-11-15T12:42:10-05:00

Winchester named top 20 finalist for online series focused on community, small business revitalization

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
“The Small Business Revolution,” a series that airs on Hulu, YouTube and at smallbusinessrevolution.org, is on a mission to revitalize small towns, one small business at a time. And after being named to the top 20 towns vying for the spotlight on season four of the show, Winchester may be on the receiving end of that mission. On Tuesday, Deluxe Corporation announced the 20 communities in the running for season four of the “Small Business Revolution — Main Street” series, which includes Winchester. 2018-11-15T12:33:01-05:00

Probation for former McCracken jailer in prescription fraud case

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
A former McCracken County deputy jailer accused of prescription drug fraud must serve three years of probation, a judge ruled Wednesday. Lisa Kaylor, 54, previously pleaded guilty to 33 counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery in McCracken County Circuit Court. Kaylor formerly served as a part-time deputy jailer at the McCracken County Jail, though the criminal case did not relate to her service as a jailer. 2018-11-15T12:25:02-05:00

Chapman talks basketball, opiates

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
Rex Chapman is a basketball legend in Kentucky. But when the 1986 graduate of Apollo High School delivered the keynote address Wednesday morning to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association conference at the Owensboro Convention Center, Chapman's emphasis was on the opioid addiction crisis. He told the roughly 350 travel professionals from across the state that by age 32, his body was worn out and he was ready to retire from the NBA after 12 years. "I had had seven orthopedic surgeries in three years," Chapman said. "I never took pain medication for them. But I had an emergency appendectomy and was prescribed Oxycontin. Within two or three days, I was in love. I've always felt odd and Oxy made me more sociable and more kind." At first. 2018-11-15T12:19:21-05:00

Louisville gun shows peddle more Nazi items than those in nearby cities

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
The gun shows in Cincinnati and Indianapolis were not like the one in Louisville. At a recent event at the Kentucky Exposition Center, there must have been a half dozen or more tables full of Nazi uniforms and arm bands and baubles like Christmas tree ornaments, and more swastika-laden items spread throughout the National Gun Day Gun Show. In Indianapolis, there were a few Nazi items — no ornaments — and in Cincinnati there didn’t appear to be any Nazi memorabilia during shows over the last couple of weeks. And there weren’t any Ku Klux Klan robes on display at those shows like there was in Louisville. Think about that. 2018-11-15T12:06:00-05:00

Complaints filed against former nurse practitioners at 25 Again clinic

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
Eight nurse practitioners who worked at the embattled 25 Again hormone clinic have been accused of violating prescription laws for controlled substances as well as guidelines adopted by professional groups for hormones. The Kentucky Board of Nursing staff issued complaints alleging the eight repeatedly prescribed hormones in excess of a 30-day supply limit in violation of the laws governing controlled substances. Complaints made public Wednesday accuse all eight of acting “in a matter inconsistent with the practice of nursing” by following the directives of the former medical director for 25 Again, Dr. Elizabeth Bates, who was banned from practicing hormone medicine in June by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. 2018-11-15T12:02:52-05:00

Rocky Adkins says he's the Democrat who can win back rural Kentucky

November 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
Rocky Adkins, the longtime state legislative leader from Eastern Kentucky, announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. At a campaign kickoff in Morehead with his running mate Stephanie Horne, a member of the Jefferson County School Board, Adkins characterized himself as the candidate of the common man — a moderate Democrat who can win votes in what have become solidly Republican counties in rural Kentucky. “I’ve been encouraged by everyday people from Pikeville to Paducah to run for governor. … They want a governor who can bring back respect and dignity to the governor’s office. They want someone who knows and understands Kentucky, who is Kentucky,” Adkins said in an interview before his announcement. That comment was a jab at incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, a native of New England who frequently aims nasty criticism on social media and in radio interviews at those who oppose his policies. 2018-11-15T11:58:08-05:00

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