Kentucky Press News Service

Dozens still not in school over hepatitis A

6 hours 16 min ago
Several dozen students remained unable to attend schools here Monday for failing to comply with the state’s hepatitis A vaccination requirements. Anderson County School Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Monday the number of students out was 41, a decline from last Tuesday when nearly 100 students were forced to stay home due to non-compliance. Districts across the state apparently haven’t struggled to get all students in compliance as much as Anderson, according to reporting by Kentucky Health News. 2018-09-19T09:25:38-04:00

Attorney: Coal company in breach of agreement

6 hours 16 min ago
Wayland City Attorney Tyler Green is asking a coal company to pay what it owes the city. Green sent a letter this month to Thomas Sauve, president of Knott County Coal (and its subsidiary Quest Energy), the company that has a lease agreement with Wayland to extract coal from a refuse pile located on property the city owns. Green alleges in the letter that the company is required to pay Wayland a minimum of $4,000 per month in royalties as part of that lease agreement. 2018-09-19T09:22:24-04:00

Downtown Paducah hemp processing plant advances

6 hours 16 min ago
Plans to develop a hemp manufacturing facility in the former AmerisourceBergen building in downtown Paducah have taken a major step forward. GenCanna plans to produce food grade cannabidiols (CBD) under the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Program. Specific products to be manufactured include oil drops, oil and powders, topical creams and capsules for immune support, sleep support and muscle and joint support. 2018-09-19T09:17:51-04:00

Churchill Downs lays groundwork for expanded gambling with new facility

6 hours 16 min ago
As lawmakers weigh allowing sports gambling in Kentucky, Churchill Downs has laid the groundwork to be first out of the gate if betting is approved. The racetrack owner debuted $65 million Derby City Gaming in Louisville on Friday. At its center, the 85,000-square-foot facility has a 50-seat sports bar featuring stacks of television screens. Around it are 900 “instant racing” machines — devices similar to slot machines but reliant on the results of past races. And more could be coming soon. 2018-09-19T09:13:32-04:00

1-year-old dies after being hit by mom's car in southwest Louisville

6 hours 16 min ago
A toddler who was hit by her mother's vehicle Tuesday in southwest Louisville died in what police are calling a "tragic accident." No charges will be filed against the child's mother, who was backing out of a driveway in Valley Station when she accidentally hit her 1 1/2-year-old daughter, said Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. 2018-09-19T09:08:46-04:00

UK suspends student, fraternity after fatal DUI; says alcohol served to minors at tailgate.

6 hours 16 min ago
The University of Kentucky has suspended the freshman student who allegedly struck a four-year-old boy outside the UK football game on Saturday as well as the fraternity he pledged, President Eli Capilouto announced in a campus wide email on Tuesday. Those suspensions of Jacob Heil and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will await the determination of investigations opened by the UK Police Department, which is working closely with the Lexington police department. Marco Lee Shemwell, 4, and his family were waiting to cross Cooper Drive near Scoville around 2 p.m. on Saturday when the boy was struck by a car allegedly driven by Heil. 2018-09-19T09:05:45-04:00

The Kentucky State Board of Elections is in chaos as Election Day nears. Here’s why.

6 hours 16 min ago
It’s 49 days until Election Day and the Kentucky State Board of Elections is mired in chaos. At issue is a power struggle between the staff of the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes over control of Kentucky’s election system. 2018-09-19T08:59:15-04:00

Mom jailed for abusing 7-year-old

6 hours 16 min ago
A Lawrenceburg woman was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly abusing a 7-year-old child who soiled his pants, according to police reports in file in Anderson District Court. Police say Kelly L. Hampe, 27, was drunk and left bruises on the child when she grabbed her child by his arm, dragged him from his bed and placed him a bathtub after the child “had an accident” in his pants, according to statements made by Hampe’s husband. Hampe’s husband also told police his wife told the child the reason he went to the bathroom in his pants is because he had been anally sexually assaulted, according to the police report. 2018-09-19T08:48:49-04:00

$8M grant could make new career center possible at Oak Grove

6 hours 16 min ago
Partners involved in the Fort Campbell Strong initiative targeting the nearby military post are applying for a grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration that could help establish a career center near Gate 4 in Oak Grove. Sheila Clark, director of the West Kentucky Workforce Board, said a proposal was submitted earlier this month for a Fort Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership that will benefit soldiers at the military post as well as local employers and the region. 2018-09-19T08:44:47-04:00

Henderson mayor named KLC's elected official of the year

6 hours 16 min ago
Henderson Mayor Steve Austin has been named as the Kentucky League of Cities 2018 Elected City Official of the Year. "I was very surprised," Austin said by phone Tuesday afternoon from KLC's multi-day conference in Louisville, "because of all the cities in the state and all of the really good people that represent those cities, it's quite an honor to be recognized this way by the KLC." Before running for office, he was publisher of The Gleaner. 2018-09-19T08:40:18-04:00

Whistleblower suit filed against Scott coroner

6 hours 16 min ago
Three former deputy coroners filed a civil whistleblower lawsuit Friday accusing Scott County Coroner John Goble of multiple illegal activities including transporting moonshine, stealing guns and ammunition and taking narcotics from a death scene. The Scott County Fiscal Court is a co-defendant as the entity to set budget and personnel policies and serves as the coroner’s employers. 2018-09-19T08:37:02-04:00

Farmers flock to KSU farm to learn about hemp

6 hours 16 min ago
With interest in a hemp pilot program booming and the potential for full legalization on the horizon, more than 100 people, many of them farmers, gathered Tuesday to learn about what some see as the commonwealth’s next cash crop. Organized by the Organic Association of Kentucky, the event drew the crowd to Kentucky State University’s Harold R. Benson Farm, where the school has been growing and researching hemp as a participant in the state’s pilot program, created following passage of the 2014 federal Farm Bill. 2018-09-19T08:32:55-04:00

Military retirees pack town hall on health care transition

6 hours 16 min ago
Military retirees and their beneficiaries filled American Legion Post 113 on Tuesday night to learn more about transitioning their health care from Ireland Army Health Clinic to the civilian network. “Look, health care is a very personal thing and is very emotional,” said Col. Kevin Bass, commander of the clinic and Fort Knox Medical Department Activity. Bass said he wants to help retirees receive the care they need, but stressed the quality of the care wouldn’t change. 2018-09-19T08:28:21-04:00

Bees rescued in Boone County after hive accidentally destroyed

6 hours 16 min ago
It isn't every day you get the chance to save more than 20,000 lives. But recently, the Boone County Public Works crew got that chance. In late August, the crew was out on Crouch Road in Union to cut down and remove a tree. Once the tree was down, they discovered it was home to a wild beehive. 2018-09-19T08:22:41-04:00

Kenton school chief: 'No knowledge' of assessment violations during previous job

6 hours 16 min ago
Kenton County Schools Superintendent Henry Webb disputes allegations that under his leadership Floyd County Schools violated state regulations concerning special needs education and conducted "inappropriate state assessment practices." In 2017, Webb left the helm of Floyd County Schools in Eastern Kentucky to become the superintendent of Kenton County Schools. He held this leadership position in Floyd County – where he began his educational career in 1995 as a teacher for the visually impaired – for 10 years. A Kentucky Department of Education audit of Floyd County Schools from 2014 to the 2017-2018 school year, however, suggests some in the district may have been more concerned with test results than quality education. 2018-09-19T08:17:40-04:00

Schools add biometric tech to lunch lines

6 hours 16 min ago
New biometric technology is rolling out at school cafeterias in the Bowling Green Independent School District, allowing students to purchase their lunch with the press of a finger. For Dalla Emerson, the district’s director of food services operations, it’s a way for students to move through the lunch line more quickly and have more time to enjoy a meal. 2018-09-19T08:10:55-04:00

Man charged for abusing elder

6 hours 16 min ago
A Winchester man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he stole thousands of dollars from an elderly person and threatened to crash her car. Jonathan Bostic, 42, was arrested Friday on charges of knowingly exploiting an adult and knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult. Police began investigating after the victim’s family found her in her apartment with a broken hip, Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said. 2018-09-19T08:04:45-04:00

Hurricane focus recalls local impact of Ike

September 18, 2018 - 4:01pm
The nation has watching with concern this week as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas and surrounding East Coast areas, with up to 40 inches of rain in some locations. Warnings of catastrophic, life-threatening flooding were issued, and a handful of lives have been lost in the storm’s slow move inland. The water, in this case, was the major threat, as the hurricane’s wind speed subsided. And the storm had little impact on our neck of the woods, other than some potential light rainfall. It was a different story 10 years ago this week, when the remnants of Hurricane Ike wreaked havoc in the community. 2018-09-18T13:00:56-04:00

Facing possible financial ruin, ex-Eric Conn clients still can’t get their files

September 18, 2018 - 1:01pm
Former clients of disbarred Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Conn will have to wait a little longer to get access to files in his defunct office that might be of use in hearings on whether they’ll continue to receive disability benefits. The Kentucky Bar Association refused to appoint a receiver for the files earlier, a federal prosecutor said in a court motion. Because of the “complete abdication of responsibility by the KBA” for the files, prosecutor Darren L. McCullough asked U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves to appoint someone to take charge of getting the records to Conn’s former clients. There are 6,000 to 8,000 files at the office, McCullough said in the motion. 2018-09-18T12:49:17-04:00

Ethics opinion further complicates a 2019 campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes

September 18, 2018 - 1:01pm
An advisory opinion by the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission Monday could complicate a potential 2019 political campaign for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The advisory opinion comes in response to complaints filed after it was revealed that Grimes has access to voter registration data and information about precinct workers as Kentucky’s chief elections officer. The commission warned that the Kentucky Board of Elections’ decision to grant Grimes access to sensitive voter data and to give her day-to-day oversight of the board’s staff means that Grimes can no longer rely on a prior opinion by the commission that said a secretary of state can run for statewide office while simultaneously serving as chairman of the State Board of Elections. 2018-09-18T12:45:17-04:00

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