Kentucky Press News Service

Highway safety takes more than not texting

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Highway fatalities declined in Kentucky for the second year, according to a preliminary report for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety release this week. In 2018, there were 722 highway fatalities — down from 782 in 2017 and 834 in 2016 — marking a reduction of more than 100 deaths over the past two years. While this reduction is good news, seeing more than 722 deaths on Kentucky’s highways is still alarming. And while Kentucky has seen a decline since 2016, nationwide, vehicle fatalities are up. 2019-02-11T13:33:52-05:00

Ale-8-One approved for tax incentives for possible expansion

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Ale-8-One was approved for state tax incentives Thursday for a possible expansion, but company officials say negotiations are still in the early stages. “There is nothing that is finalized,” Ale-8-One public relations manager DeAnne Elmore said Friday. “We applied for a grant and a loan.” The company, which makes Ale-8-One, Diet Ale-8-One and a cherry flavor, was founded in Winchester in 1902. It presently employs about 95 people. 2019-02-11T13:22:10-05:00

Mother charged after children ingest cocaine

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
A Winchester mother is facing abuse charges after her 4-year-old and 2-year-old were found with cocaine in their systems Thursday, Annquita Wright, 31, was arrested for two counts of first-degree criminal abuse by Winchester Police Thursday. Two other children living in the home were tested as well. One of those, a 2-year-old, also tested positive he said, though the third was negative. Social workers removed all three children from the home. 2019-02-11T13:14:58-05:00

UNITE’s concerns over marijuana bill draws opposition

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
At Wednesday’s meeting of the UNITE Pike group, Operation UNITE’s president and CEO spoke out against medical marijuana legislation currently before the Kentucky General Assembly. According to president and CEO Nancy Hale, UNITE is currently seeing record numbers this year of both clubs and members throughout the state of Kentucky. The organization currently has 1,019 fourth- through 12th-grade students, spread out through 25 counties. Hale’s update wasn’t all positives, however, as she raised her concerns over proposed legislation, which would change the state’s laws dealing with marijuana 2019-02-11T13:07:00-05:00

Alorica hoping to hire 200-plus this year

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
In September 2016, California-based Alorica Inc. announced that it would open a customer service center in Owensboro in 2017. The center, it said, would eventually employ up to 840 people. And in July 2017, the company opened the center in a new downtown building at 234 Frederica St. Today, Alorica is still hiring -- more slowly than it had hoped -- to fully staff the center. 2019-02-11T13:01:41-05:00

Kentucky Department of Corrections commissioner and operations director fired

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
A spokesman for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet confirmed to Insider Louisville on Friday that the commissioner and the operations director of the Kentucky Department of Corrections have been terminated. “Effective immediately, the Kentucky Justice Cabinet is implementing leadership changes at the Department of Corrections, including the dismissal of Commissioner Jim Erwin and Operations Director Chris Kleymeyer,” stated a cabinet spokesman, Mike Wynn. 2019-02-11T12:54:59-05:00

UPS mechanics ratify new contract with 18 percent immediate raise

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
UPS aircraft mechanics have ratified a new five-year contract that will give them an immediate 17.72 percent raise for a base pay of about $123,000 per year. Over the life of the contract, base pay will increase 32.61 percent, to about $139,000. The new contract also makes no changes to employee premiums of a key early retirement health care benefit that had been one of the sticking points in protracted negotiations. UPS and Teamsters Local 2727, which represents about 1,400 mechanics and related employees, including about 550 in Louisville, had been negotiating since October 2013. 2019-02-11T12:51:48-05:00

Hemp manufacturer urges Congress to act

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Since the Farm Bill was signed into law last year, hemp has been the talk of the town in Kentucky. Despite the decriminalization of hemp, local farmers and manufacturers are still running into problems while trying to grow their businesses. The businesses have found that online social networks and retailers are interfering in efforts to sell hemp products both locally and nationally. A concurrent resolution recently filed in the Kentucky House of Representatives is seeking to mend those relationships. 2019-02-11T12:48:21-05:00

News-Graphic to premiere Hicks documentary Feb. 13

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
To capture every element of the triumph and tragedy that have shaped Scott County High School boys’ basketball coach Billy Hicks would be an impossible task. News-Graphic video producer James Scogin settled on the past quarter-century for his documentary, “Leader of the Pack.” The film will premiere at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Susan Moore Auditorium at SCHS, prior to that night’s home basketball game against Holy Cross Covington. The screening is free and open to the public. Hicks recently became the first high school coach in Kentucky history to earn 1,000 wins. Only five active boys’ coaches in the United States and 30 in all have ever hit the milestone. 2019-02-11T12:40:05-05:00

Franklin County fifth-grade teacher wins $25,000 Milken Educators Award

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
In a surprise announcement, Angie Beavin, a Peaks Mill Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, snagged the Milken Educators Award during a celebratory ceremony at the Franklin County school Monday morning. Beavin is one of only 33 educators nationwide to receive this honor and the only one in Kentucky. 2019-02-11T12:34:38-05:00

Nick Sandmann of CovCath may face challenges in proving defamation, experts say

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Does Nick Sandmann have a case against media outlets, celebrities and journalists? The Covington Catholic High School junior is represented by a nationally recognized attorney, L. Lin Wood, who has experience in defamation lawsuits. Wood told The Enquirer by email this week that the Sandmann family's legal team, which includes Northern Kentucky-based Todd McMurtry, is investigating outlets for more than potential defamation offenses. 2019-02-11T12:29:10-05:00

Nonprofits' new tax burden pulls donations from homeless, abused kids

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Nonprofits took a hit from the Kentucky Supreme Court last year, when a sales tax ruling forced them to begin paying sales tax. The ripples from that decision are now hitting home. The increased expense is costing a Covington-based nonprofit the equivalent of 53 nights for a woman or child in a homeless shelter. Northern Kentucky's biggest private hall, Receptions Conference Center in Erlanger, has lost two nonprofit events. Some charities are moving events to Ohio. 2019-02-11T12:24:50-05:00

Youth suicide on the rise in Kentucky

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
In Kentucky, suicide is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among those 10 to 24 years old, and the numbers are increasing. That’s one finding of the state’s 2017 Public Health Child Fatality Annual Report, which also found youth suicides occurring at earlier ages. Between 2011 and 2015, Kentucky saw an increase in suicides by children from age 10 to 17, and in 2015, the number of youth who had taken their own lives nearly doubled to 24, up from 13 deaths one year prior. Suicide rates are also higher among youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. 2019-02-11T12:21:18-05:00

Escapee from Warren jail sought by police

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
A Warren County Regional Jail inmate escaped from custody Sunday, prompting a police investigation. Benjamin Pedigo was part of a three-person crew of inmates taking trash out of the building when he ran Sunday, according to information on the jail’s Facebook page. 2019-02-11T12:19:15-05:00

Woman fatally stabbed; police seek suspect

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Bowling Green police are looking for a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Bowling Green woman Sunday night. Police were called at 10:50 p.m. to a report of a stabbing at an apartment. Officers found Tracy A. Riggsbee with multiple stab wounds at the apartment. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to the release. Police are looking for Joshua R. Crouch, 36, of Bowling Green, in connection to the stabbing. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous. 2019-02-11T12:14:47-05:00

Two Kentucky musicians just won big at the 2019 Grammys

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Two Kentucky musicians — gospel artist Jason Crabb and opera tenor Garrett Sorenson — won big last night at the 2019 Grammys. Crabb, a gospel artist who hails from Beaver Dam, Kentucky, won the Grammy for "Best Roots Gospel Album" with his release of "Unexpected." Garrett Sorenson, a tenor with the Kentucky Opera, won the Grammy for "Best Opera Recording" for his performance of "Bates: The (R)Evolution Of Steve Jobs." 2019-02-11T12:07:48-05:00

Tuition or food? How college kids use food pantries to help food insecurity

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Across the country, students from low-income households are enrolling in college at increasing rates — with 39 percent of undergraduates falling at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line in 2016, according to data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. The students often have access to thousands of dollars in financial aid from federal and state programs. But if they experience food insecurity — the condition of having limited or uncertain access to adequate food — the students can risk falling behind in classes or dropping out of college completely. In Kentucky and Southern Indiana, universities are attempting to meet students' basic needs by opening on-campus food pantries and launching food rescue programs that provide meals to students who can't always make ends meet. 2019-02-11T11:59:19-05:00

Archdiocese: 48 Louisville priests, others credibly accused of sex abuse

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz on Friday released the names of 48 archdiocese priests and members of religious orders credibly accused of child sexual abuse dating back 70 years, the first such accounting since the priest abuse scandal exploded in 2002. The report, prepared by former assistant U.S. attorney and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller, follows a growing number of Catholic diocese from Atlanta to Indianapolis issuing similar lists, spurred partly by a 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that reignited outrage and sparked new priest-abuse investigations. 2019-02-11T11:50:35-05:00

Kentucky Supreme Court told voters misinformed on Marsy’s Law, asked to overturn vote

February 11, 2019 - 2:33pm
The Kentucky Supreme Court was asked Friday to overturn statewide election results from last November that would grant new constitutional rights to crime victims. Although 63 percent of Kentucky voters approved Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment, the lengthy and complex language of the amendment did not appear on the ballot or in state-paid newspaper advertisements in advance of the election. Instead, legislators crafted a ballot question about treating crime victims “fairly” that was so vaguely worded that voters had no idea what they were being asked to support, according to a lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 2019-02-11T11:37:54-05:00

They drove bales of marijuana from Arizona to Kentucky. See where they got caught.

February 11, 2019 - 11:33am
Four men face federal charges after they were arrested Thursday for bringing 240 pounds of marijuana from Arizona to Nicholasville. As Homeland Security agents conducted surveillance last week at a shopping center in Phoenix, Ariz., they saw suspected bales of marijuana being loaded into the rear cargo area of a silver Toyota Highlander with a Kentucky license plate. 2019-02-11T11:26:09-05:00

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