Kentucky Press News Service

Owensboro police: Man attempted to run down officer

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
A Hawesville man has been charged with attempted murder by the Kentucky State Police for allegedly trying to run over an Owensboro police officer during an auto theft on Old Henderson Road. Edward A. Warriner, 46, of Hawesville was charged with attempting to run over Owensboro Police Department Officer Jennifer Haynes shortly after 9 a.m. while stealing a van from ACME Heating and Air. Warriner was also charged with first-degree robbery by OPD for allegedly attempting to abduct a woman on East Parrish Avenue earlier in the day. 2018-01-19T09:55:30-05:00

Death toll in Kentucky from widespread flu rises to 50, includes 2 children

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
At least 50 people, two of them children, have died from the flu in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In a release last week, when the toll was 36, Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard called the loss of the children a tragedy. 2018-01-19T09:48:36-05:00

Kentucky jobs could be saved — and created — by Trump's investigation into aluminum imports

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
America's aluminum industry is imperiled by foreign competition, but Gov. Matt Bevin indicated Thursday he believes President Donald Trump can help save — and even boost — jobs for Kentuckians in that sector. Trump's administration launched an investigation last year into the effect aluminum imports have on national security. The results could prompt the president to order protectionist measures in an attempt to support domestic companies like Century Aluminum Co. in Hawesville. 2018-01-19T09:39:54-05:00

Chemical weapons destruction plant to hire 450

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
RICHMOND — The plant that will destroy chemical weapons in Madison County will begin hiring hundreds of workers this year. Beginning in February and continuing into 2018, the general contractor and associated companies at the plant will hire 450 to 500 people. 2018-01-19T09:30:15-05:00

Some retired teachers might lose health insurance under Bevin’s budget, official says

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s state budget proposal does not include any money for retired teachers’ health care, causing a “huge concern” for teachers under age 65 who have retired in recent years. Following the pattern of past budgets, the state was expected to give $145 million over two years to help cover health insurance costs for teachers under age 65 who have retired since July 1, 2010. At age 65, teachers qualify for Medicare coverage. 2018-01-19T09:23:39-05:00

Repairs fail to save Eastern Kentucky school from closing

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
The state education commissioner has withdrawn approval for Knott County students to attend a school that is struggling with problems ranging from a collapsed roof and inadequate heating to mouse dung in the kitchen ceiling. The decision by Commissioner Stephen L. Pruitt means more than 200 students will have to leave the Cordia school at Lotts Creek by Feb. 2. 2018-01-19T09:05:21-05:00

Budget proposal would be expensive for Henderson schools

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
Henderson County Schools officials are saying that Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed budget would be very costly for the local district. The budget, outlined by the governor Tuesday evening during his State of the Commonwealth address, could mean a $1.7 million loss in state funding for Henderson County Schools, according to a news release sent out Thursday afternoon by the local school district. 2018-01-19T08:54:38-05:00

College football: Georgetown College's Cronin named to national post

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
Georgetown College football coach Bill Cronin will lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2018 as president of the organization. Cronin, who moves up from first vice-president, succeeds outgoing president Rich Rodriguez of the University of Arizona. Cronin was elected president by members attending the Association's 2018 convention this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. 2018-01-19T08:40:42-05:00

Hardin hospital delays opening of ER

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
The opening of Hardin Memorial Hospital’s $15 million emergency department expansion and redesign has been delayed. A statement from Hardin Memorial Hospital said the emergency room expansion project was completed ahead of schedule and opening of the third and final phase was planned for Wednesday. However, officials decided to delay opening the lobby and triage areas for a few more weeks. 2018-01-19T08:26:24-05:00

Bevin’s budget proposal restores Kinship Care

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
Norma Hatfield had to read the budget line twice Tuesday night to make sure she saw it correctly. Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal set aside money for Kinship Care, which provides financial assistance to relatives raising a child not their own. The program ended in 2013, and Hatfield has long advocated for its return. 2018-01-19T08:16:54-05:00

Size of potential cuts doesn’t diminish impact of Bevin’s proposal

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
The fact that proposed cuts in state government announced Tuesday could have been larger does not diminish their significance. In a speech to members of the Kentucky General Assembly, Gov. Matt Bevin said his proposed budget would eliminate state funding for 70 programs and a implement a 6.25 percent cut for some areas of state government. He acknowledged the significance of his proposed cuts while also saying they could have been larger. 2018-01-18T15:31:00-05:00

Covington teacher suspended, investigated by police

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
A Covington teacher got a three-day suspension after he was accused of soliciting sexual photographs from a minor. Tyler Perkins, a social studies teacher at Holmes High School, was reported to the Covington Police Department on Dec. 19 after allegations he “had possibly been soliciting a juvenile for sexual photographs via kik,” according to a police record. Kik is a social messaging app. 2018-01-18T15:24:28-05:00

Retired general begins vital mission

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Iacocca quickly put boots to the ground and is off and running as Knox Regional Development Alliance’s new president and chief executive officer. Iacocca was introduced as KRDA’s selection for the leadership position last Octo­ber. Since assuming the duties Jan. 2, Iacocca has begun a listening tour through meetings with KRDA investors and key business and community leaders locally and across the region. 2018-01-18T15:22:24-05:00

Spiller gave much to country, city, family

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
It is certain that many people in our community were saddened at the passing of retired Col. Robert Ernest Spiller. Spiller, 89, of Oakland, died peacefully at home Saturday after a short illness. For those who knew “the Colonel” – which is a lot of people in this community – he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. He would’ve wanted to pass surrounded by his beloved wife, Cora Jane Spiller, and his large family, rather than in a hospital bed or nursing home. 2018-01-18T15:20:36-05:00

University president makes a welcome cold call

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Murray State University’s president, Dr. Bob Davies, helped make one student’s snow day extra special on Tuesday. Sydney Owen, a junior from Owensboro, tweeted to Davies late Monday night asking if he could bring her an egg so she could make cookies. 2018-01-18T15:15:07-05:00

Why’s Bevin cutting services, ignoring tax breaks?

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Gov. Matt Bevin, in his budget address Tuesday night, assured his audience that the decision to eliminate state funding for 70 programs was “thoughtful, not indiscriminate.” Like so much in Bevin’s address — indeed in his time in office — the details were fuzzy. 2018-01-18T15:12:11-05:00

For many, Medicaid should be a bridge

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to require many able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or take courses in order to receive health benefits from the program received federal approval last week. Kentucky becomes the first state in the nation to implement such requirements. Many able-bodied recipients between the ages of 19 and 64 will have to complete 80 hours per month of "community engagement" to continue to be covered. 2018-01-18T14:49:07-05:00

Medicaid policy is liberating

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Every summer, Americans celebrate Independence Day and amidst all the picnics, ballgames and fireworks, some of us still try to honor the spirit of rugged individualism that America was built on. Here in Kentucky, many of us trace our roots back to hearty pioneers who followed the path through the Cumberland Gap, or who floated down the Ohio River on flatboats to settle this wild and beautiful land. 2018-01-18T14:20:53-05:00

Trafficking a problem worldwide

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
While there has long been a misconception that slavery is a thing of the past, especially in the U.S., the truth of the matter is that modern-slavery is very common. There are more then 25 million victims of modern-day slavery worldwide (if forced marriage is included, those statistics jump to more than 40 million victims). 2018-01-18T14:13:18-05:00

Louisville didn't make the cut for Amazon's second HQ, but some nearby cities did

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Louisville didn't make the cut for Amazon's top 20 locations for its second headquarters, but some nearby cities did. Among the Amazon finalists are three of Louisville's "peer" cities, according to a list by Greater Louisville Project, an independent civic initiative that conducts various urban research projects. 2018-01-18T14:07:44-05:00

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