Kentucky Press News Service

State seeks death penalty in 2016 homicide

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
In many ways, Norman Hall was an easy target when he was killed in Sep­tem­ber 2016 inside his Radcliff apartment. A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Hall, 71, lived alone and needed oxygen to go about his daily activities. Authorities believe Aaron Lee Pearson, 25, of Rad­cliff, and Eloysia James-Venerable, 18, of Radcliff, broke into his Pin Oak Court residence to rob him. Hall ended up being killed by Pearson, police say. 2018-03-28T09:10:07-04:00

Area rape crisis center rebrands, offers upcoming open house

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, which serves 17 counties and has a location in Danville, has gone through a rebranding approach in order to make sure everyone knows exactly what they do. Effective today, the center will be called Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass. Next month, the Danville center will have an open house in order to fully explain what it offers locally. 2018-03-28T09:05:29-04:00

Lost River Cave unveils high-flying attraction

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
While Lost River Cave has long been known for its underground tours, visitors can now take in the park from a decidedly higher vantage point. The Bowling Green attraction has now opened its zip line feature, dubbed the Flying Squirrel. The zip line extends some 300 feet across the Lost River valley. Riders zip from one treetop platform to three others in a triangle pattern. At its highest, riders are about 80 feet above the valley floor. 2018-03-28T09:00:26-04:00

Opponents call gang bill 'a mistake' as it moves forward to Kentucky Senate

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
Despite impassioned opposition largely from African American leaders, a bill aimed at cracking down on criminal gang activity advanced through a Senate committee Tuesday even as members voting for it expressed reservations. "This is a major change in our criminal justice law," said Sen. Ray Jones, a Pikeville lawyer and Senate Democratic minority leader. Jones added he was not sure he would support it when the full Senate votes on the bill, likely later this week. 2018-03-28T08:53:02-04:00

A day in the life of Chris Mack, new Louisville basketball coach

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
For the first time in a long time, the major national story involving Louisville's men's basketball program was a positive one. Landing Xavier coach Chris Mack wasn't just big for the Cardinals. It was huge. 2018-03-28T08:47:36-04:00

Lexington man stole $492,000 in gift cards. Now, he must pay it back.

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
A Lexington man must pay back nearly $500,000 in Amazon gift cards he stole from an online survey company as part of a plea agreement filed in federal court. Thomas Scott Taylor agreed to sell or liquidate his Von List Way home, retirement and mutual fund accounts, checking and savings accounts and plasma TV as part of the plea agreement entered Monday in U.S. District Court. The Lexington house alone has an assessed value of $465,000, according to the county property valuation administrator. 2018-03-28T08:39:56-04:00

After a threat, Kentuckian mailed off $8,000. Luckily, police got there in time.

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
A Kentuckian’s package containing $8,000 was found in the Massachusetts home of a fraud suspect along with $100,000 in cash from victims around the United States, according to Kentucky State Police. The victim, who lives in Carroll County, got a call from a man who said he was a representative of the victim’s computer software service provider, according to state police. State police warn that people should be vigilant when they receive suspicious phone calls requesting money. 2018-03-28T08:31:26-04:00

Bevin says he won’t sign bill giving pension relief to cities, schools and libraries

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
Gov. Matt Bevin told a Kentucky radio station Tuesday that he does not support a bill that would cap annual increases in pension contributions for local governments, school districts and regional universities, among others. “I would never sign that bill,” Bevin told WKDZ in Cadiz after being asked about Senate Bill 66. He said the measure is “nothing but a kick down the road” in Kentucky’s struggle to deal with its financially-troubled pension systems. 2018-03-28T08:26:36-04:00

Finalist withdraws application for Nelson superintendent

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
Taylora Schlosser has withdrawn her application to Nelson County Schools after having been named one of four finalists for the district’s superintendent position. In announcing the withdrawal to the Lebanon-Enterprise, the Marion County Schools superintendent said she struggled with the thought of leaving her current district. While Nelson County Schools’ announcement Tuesday morning did not provide details as to why Schlosser withdrew, the announcement came shortly after the Marion County Board of Education agreed to “restructure Schlosser’s contract,” according to the Lebanon-Enterprise. 2018-03-28T08:18:59-04:00

NKU player to transfer

March 28, 2018 - 10:01am
Carson Williams, one of Northern Kentucky's standout players and who was thought to be a significant contributor moving forward, has requested to leave the university. The report first came from the Northern Kentucky Tribune, which also reported Williams' received his release to pursue college basketball elsewhere. In his freshman season, Williams started 34 games and was named to the Horizon League Freshman Team. He was named Mr. Kentucky in 2016 while playing for Owen County. 2018-03-28T08:13:40-04:00

UofL student newspaper receives funding

March 27, 2018 - 7:01pm
UofL’s student newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal, announced on Tuesday that it had received enough funding to continue for at least another year, if not longer. The paper, which operates independently of the university, found out last fall that the school’s provost would not be purchasing ads in the paper after the 2017-2018 school year because of budget cuts. The provost’s ad block, which started at $60,000 a year before dropping to $20,000, was 40 percent of the paper’s income. 2018-03-27T16:08:34-04:00

Louisville hires Chris Mack as new men's basketball coach

March 27, 2018 - 4:01pm
The University of Louisville and Chris Mack have agreed to terms on a seven-year deal to make Mack the school's new men's basketball coach, a source with direct knowledge of the deal told Courier Journal on Tuesday. Mack, previously the head coach at Xavier, was long considered the favorite to land the job. He met with interim Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra on Saturday. ESPN reported Mack's deal was worth "about $4 million" per year in salary. CBS Sports reported Mack is expected to bring Xavier assistant coaches Mike Pegues and Luke Murray, the son of actor Bill Murray, with him to Louisville. 2018-03-27T15:39:47-04:00

With highway map, enjoy Kentucky ‘staycation’

March 27, 2018 - 4:01pm
With spring break just around the corner and summer on its heels, many Kentuckians will be exploring their options for vacation during the warmer months. While everyone deserves a little getaway, and there’s nothing quit like experiencing new exciting places, we encourage you to do some exploring of the Bluegrass State as well. With a new highway map released by the state, you can learn about the various tourism draws right here in your home state. 2018-03-27T14:35:46-04:00

Lawmakers' personal texts and emails stay private under change to controversial bill

March 27, 2018 - 4:01pm
A compromise could be in the works to address concerns of open government advocates who say pending legislation would blow a hole in the Kentucky Open Records Act. At issue is a measure that stunned government watchdog groups when it surfaced last week: Exempting from public disclosure any government business done by public officials using privately owned smartphones and computers. Senate leaders delayed consideration of the bill to allow Senate staff to discuss concerns about the measure with the Kentucky Press Association. 2018-03-27T14:19:10-04:00

Louisville braces for pension and budget actions as General Assembly session draws to a close

March 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
Local governments, school districts and college campuses across the state are closely watching the Kentucky General Assembly as the 2018 legislative session enters its final days, as actions on pension legislation and hammering out a two-year state budget will have a large impact on those institutions. Pension legislation is of particular concern, as many cities and counties are set to have a massive increase in employer pension costs for local workers unless Senate Bill 66 passes, which would limit such annual increases to 12 percent over the next 10 years. However, with the chances of passage for Senate Bill 1 plummeting — the comprehensive pension bill altering the plans of state and local public workers and teachers — Republican Senate leaders have said that SB 66 would not receive a vote if SB 1 fails. 2018-03-27T12:52:31-04:00

Railpark used as location in film shoot

March 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
Bowling Green's Historic RailPark and Train Museum was torn between two centuries, with people dressed in the suits and floor-length dresses of the late 19th century mingling with others wearing hoodies, shorts and windbreakers in the lobby among an array of modern film equipment. After a month in production, “The Silent Natural,” a feature film about William “Dummy” Hoy, one of the first deaf people to play Major League Baseball, wrapped shooting Monday at the railpark. Jamie Johnson, director of the railpark, said she was excited about being involved with the movie and the publicity it would generate for the museum. 2018-03-27T12:39:36-04:00

State Senate submits to smoking

March 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
I want to congratulate the Kentucky Senate for its latest effort to maintain the state's high level of cigarette smoking. With a smoking rate of roughly 25 percent, Kentucky ranks No. 2 in the U.S., less than one percentage point below West Virginia. By keeping Kentucky's cigarette tax among the nation's lowest at 60 cents a pack, we can move ahead of West Virginia, which two years ago dared to double its tax to $1.20. 2018-03-27T11:37:32-04:00

Tariffs wrong approach to China's misconduct

March 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
The stock market had a rough week last week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 700 points on Thursday alone. The biggest driver, most analysts agree, was the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on some $60 billion worth of imported Chinese products. This and the certainty of retaliation by China unsettled stock markets around the world. For the moment this should be kept in perspective. A 700 point drop in the Dow ain't what it used to be. It is a decline of about 3 percent in the value of the underlying shares. And as pertains to Chinese imports, $60 billion of goods is a drop in the proverbial ocean. 2018-03-27T11:33:37-04:00

Some promises never quite work out as expected

March 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
During this legislative session, the state’s pension crisis has been at the forefront. Here’s some of the data that has been shared. It has an unsustainable financial model. It has massive unfunded obligations, in part because previous legislatures didn’t fund it adequately. Also, properly funding it moving forward threatens dozens of worthwhile state programs and could cripple, if not bankrupt, county and city governments. And one more: A pension is a promise. I’ve had pension promises from employers, too. Because I selected a career in the private sector where legislative intercession and the power of the ballot is not in play, my golden years likely will be more like copper and nickel years. I do hope something gets figured out, but I’m too busy working to sympathize. 2018-03-27T11:29:09-04:00

Beshear, CVS Health: Safe drug disposal programs help prevent addiction

March 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
In an effort to combat the state’s opioid epidemic, Attorney General Andy Beshear and CVS Health teamed up Tuesday to launch new safe medication disposal programs in Kentucky. Beshear joined CVS Health’s Thomas M. Moriarty, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, state Rep. George Brown Jr., Police Chief Lawrence Weathers and Sharon Tankersley with Voices of Hope to urge Kentuckians to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of unused prescription drugs at a CVS Pharmacy. 2018-03-27T11:14:09-04:00

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