Kentucky Press News Service

Willett becomes first woman captain in department history

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
Local firefighter Anne Willett made history by becoming the first female captain to ever serve in the Georgetown Fire Department. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to approach her job any differently, as she still places public service and teamwork as top priorities. 2017-10-05T14:38:57-04:00

Woman fires shots, injures herself

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
An elderly woman was flown to University Hospital in Louisville Wednesday afternoon after firing multiple gunshots from inside her Eliza­bethtown home and receiving a self-inflicted wound to the neck. A Kentucky State Police robot and Special Response and Crisis Negotiation teams assisted first responders in removing the woman from her home for treatment. 2017-10-05T14:33:39-04:00

Juvenile arrested in Radcliff shooting

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
A juvenile male was arrested Wednesday night and charged with attempted murder in a shooting earlier in the day on Pioneer Court in Radcliff, according to Radcliff police. The 16-year-old victim, shot in the chest, is in critical but stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville. 2017-10-05T14:29:54-04:00

Deer, cars and you: What you need to know this fall

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
Kentucky drivers have a 1 in 100 chance of hitting a deer, ranking at No. 15 for deer collisions, according to the insurance company. In Ohio, drivers have a 1 in 128 chance of hitting a deer and Indiana drivers have a 1 in 145 chance. "Mating season more than doubles the likelihood of collision with a large animal. So be especially alert during the months of October, November and December," State Farm said in a statement. 2017-10-05T14:27:24-04:00

9-month investigation in Covington leads to charges for more than 50 people

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
With assistance from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, Covington Police have charged numerous people with trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Poice said some of these cases occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, but did not say which school. Police said the investigation targeted mid-level narcotics dealers who either live in Covington, or are in the city to sell drugs. 2017-10-05T14:24:09-04:00

Distilling roots run deep for Owen native

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
Neeley Family Distillery, owned and operated by 26-year-old Royce Neeley, showcases 11 generations of family history, from blood feuds to the illegal distilling of moonshine whiskey. “We’ve got as much illegal history in this state as the Beam’s have legal,” Neeley said from his office last week. “It’s a big deal for us, preserving the family history and carrying on the tradition of making moonshine and making bourbon. Of course, now we pay taxes on it." 2017-10-05T14:20:55-04:00

Breast cancer campaign worth supporting

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
Communities should support campaigns to eradicate breast cancer. Bowling Green area events are highlighted in this editorial. 2017-10-05T14:17:03-04:00

Fast-growing Airbnb slowly joining tax rolls

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
By opening their homes to travelers, entrepreneurs have helped expand the local hotel inventory, which can be exhausted for some of the big automobile-related events that come to town. But they have also created a quandary for those who collect state and local taxes. With Airbnb handling all payments, many of these home-based businesses have been operating “off the books.” That’s changing, at least at the state level, thanks to an agreement that took effect Oct. 1 in which Airbnb collects and remits state taxes on behalf of its hosts. 2017-10-05T14:08:57-04:00

Here's how NOT to reduce the number of abortions

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
If you want to reduce abortions — and who doesn’t? — the most effective way is to reduce unwanted pregnancies, through education and access to contraceptives. One of the least effective ways to reduce abortions is through the state law that Republicans enacted in January and that a federal judge recently struck down. 2017-10-05T14:06:37-04:00

Louisville basketball recruiting suffers another major blow

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
The decision by Louisville Trinity junior guard David Johnson to step away from his commitment to the U of L basketball program Wednesday marked the final blow to the Cardinals’ once-promising recruiting prospects. And, with that, the Cardinals’ commitment list sits at zero. 2017-10-05T14:02:37-04:00

More graves to be moved as landslide threatens Harlan County cemetery

October 5, 2017 - 3:54pm
A federal agency will have to move about 60 additional graves to repair a landslide threatening a Harlan County cemetery that once contained the remains of a Revolutionary War soldier. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will seek an emergency court order to speed up the relocation of the graves, said Dana Sexton, the manager of the repair project. 2017-10-05T13:58:49-04:00

24-year-old woman pleads guilty in drunken-driving crash that killed the other driver

October 5, 2017 - 12:54pm
A Flemingsburg woman faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to felony charges related to a 2016 crash that killed a Lexington man. Ashley Ishmael, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and being a persistent felony offender. Her previous felony conviction was in 2014 for criminal possession of a forged instrument. 2017-10-05T10:54:54-04:00

Kentucky State University president requests forensic audit of university’s books from last five years

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
Representatives of the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts will visit Kentucky State University next week, KSU President M. Christopher Brown II told The State Journal. They are coming at Brown’s invitation. In a letter to state Auditor Mike Harmon dated Sept. 6, Brown wrote that it was his “professional assessment that a forensic audit is in order to assist the university in establishing a clear baseline for improved efficiency in the stewardship of the Commonwealth’s resources.” 2017-10-05T09:02:46-04:00

Bevin is wrong to cut off debate over guns

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
In the hours after a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas and slaughtered 58 people and wounded more than 500 others on the ground below, Gov. Matt Bevin reacted as we would expect. He called for prayers and then he attacked advocates who wanted to talk about gun control after the latest massacre. 2017-10-05T08:15:51-04:00

Speaker Hoover thinks pension reform plan will ease concerns

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
Top legislative leaders gave no details Wednesday as to the contents of their nearly completed pension reform plan, but House Speaker Jeff Hoover said the plan is likely to relieve the concerns of many people. "There will be a big sigh of relief from folks all over Kentucky," when the plan is released, predicted Hoover, a Jamestown Republican. 2017-10-05T08:13:09-04:00

Top official who sought to close Kentucky's only abortion clinic quits state health agency

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
Robert S. Silverthorn Jr., a top state official involved in the effort to shut down Kentucky's last abortion clinic, has left his job as Inspector General at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Silverthorn, whose March letter to EMW Women's Surgical Center seeking to revoke the clinic's license triggered a federal lawsuit challenging state regulation of abortion clinics, left the cabinet Sept. 28. 2017-10-05T07:53:52-04:00

Louisville basketball scandal: Possible next steps in the FBI hoops case

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
A retired FBI supervisory agent talks about what might come next in the FBI's criminal complaint regarding wire fraud and money laundering in college basketball recruiting. 2017-10-05T07:47:05-04:00

Dad: 'Cover-up' in police review of case on JCPS student's broken legs

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
Louisville Metro Police found no wrongdoing in how its officers investigated how the legs of a teen with autism were broken — nearly causing his death — as he was restrained by a public school teacher's aide. But the review by the department's Professional Standards Unit cited poor communication between police and child protection officials and found that lead detective Eric Boswell failed to interview a school nurse who responded immediately after the boy was injured Nov. 11, 2014. And Brian Long, the father of the teen, labels the internal review of the police investigation as little more than a "cover-up." 2017-10-05T07:39:36-04:00

Former coach, teacher pleads guilty 2 years after sex abuse charges filed

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
A former Woodford County coach and Fayette County teacher faces a one-year sentence after pleading guilty Wednesday to the sexual abuse of a girl in 2001. Larry Watts, 61, entered the plea in Woodford Circuit Court to a lesser felony than was originally charged in the 2015 indictment. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lee Greenup recommended a one-year sentence. 2017-10-05T07:03:21-04:00

Herald-Leader signs contract to sell downtown building

October 5, 2017 - 9:53am
The Lexington Herald-Leader has signed a contract to sell its downtown building on Midland Avenue to the CRM Development Co., which is considering an expansion of the four-story building to create upscale professional office space. According to a statement from Herald-Leader Publisher Rufus M. Friday, the sale is contingent on several factors, including “the buyer’s due diligence, zoning approval, and other normal regulatory closing terms.” 2017-10-05T06:55:05-04:00

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