Kentucky Press News Service

Longtime Pikeville broadcaster, community leader dies

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
Walter May, a veteran Eastern Kentucky broadcaster and community leader in Pikeville, has died. May first went on the air at WPKE in 1955, WKYT reports. Later, he founded East Kentucky Broadcasting with radio and cable TV properties. 2018-11-02T12:43:50-04:00

Natural gas will cost less than a year ago so your home’s bill could be lower

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
Kentuckians who heat their homes with natural gas will see “somewhat lower” prices at the start of the 2018-2019 heating season than they did a year ago, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. In a news release, the commission stated that natural gas prices have, on average, fallen about 13 percent from this time last year, and are now about 64 percent below their level 10 years ago. 2018-11-02T12:37:20-04:00

Casey’s Law a tool to help fight effects of drug addiction

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
One of the most talked about issues in this election season at the local and state level is the rampant drug problem that is destroying people and families. The far-reaching effects of the drug problem go beyond the personal side, affecting employers, schools and law enforcement, just to name a few. And while everyone seems to recognize the issue, what to do about it in order to reduce the number of drug and alcohol-related problems seems to be the big question. One thing that most people agree on is the effectiveness of treatment for the person that is addicted. Casey’s Law, which is designed to allow families and/or friends to intervene in the life of a drug or alcohol addict and get them treatment by filing a petition with the court, provides a sound option for a situation that may seem hopeless. 2018-11-02T10:27:43-04:00

Former school official arrested for alleged fraud

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Kentucky State Police arrested Greg Conway, former director of district-wide operations and finance for the Fleming County school district on Thursday afternoon. Conway faces the charge of abuse of public trust more than $100,000. According to Fleming County Superintendent Brian Creasman, he and board attorney Monica Hill were made aware of discrepancies with the school’s public funding back in June. 2018-11-02T09:23:46-04:00

School board sues over tax recall petition

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
The Graves County Board of Education has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a tax recall petition, and a board member has subsequently resigned. Kevin Wiggins e-mailed his resignation Thursday morning to Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis and Superintendent Kim Dublin. The resignation letter says, in part, "The divide that exists between the Graves County Board of Education, the taxpayers of Graves County and other elected officials is tremendous. I can no longer be a party to the widening of that gap. I will continue to support Graves County schools with all of my abilities. I simply cannot do that as a member of the Graves County Board of Education." 2018-11-02T09:19:26-04:00

UK working toward a healthier Kentucky

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said Thursday that UK has advanced infrastructure across the commonwealth, including partnerships with other higher education institutions, which is helping the university reach its goal to help provide a healthier, wealthier Kentucky. The healthier Kentucky initiative is something that Dr. Mark Newman, UK's executive vice president for health affairs, said has been a driving force across the commonwealth because "a better Kentucky is a healthy Kentucky." Capilouto spoke Thursday at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster breakfast at the Owensboro Convention Center. 2018-11-02T09:15:11-04:00

Concerns linger as Kentucky’s graduation requirements enter public comment period

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Stakeholders’ concerns linger as Kentucky’s proposed high school graduation requirements head into a public comment period. Two groups — a superintendents’ council and a group of school board members from around the state — met in Frankfort Thursday, a month after the state education board approved the requirements amid complaints from stakeholders. 2018-11-02T09:12:05-04:00

Long found guilty of murder; jury suggests life sentence

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
A Lyon County jury took about an hour to convict Arthur Long of murder and theft Wednesday afternoon in Eddyville, and shortly thereafter recommended he serve life in prison, prosecutors said. Commonwealth's Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins said four witnesses testified regarding physical evidence and mental health issues Wednesday. Long, 68, faced the two charges related to the death of his sister, Nancy Minor, in November 2016. 2018-11-02T09:07:56-04:00

Boy shot in the arm on his way to bus stop in Louisville, police say

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
A boy was shot in the arm Friday morning while going to a Jefferson County Public Schools bus stop in the Shawnee neighborhood, police said. The boy was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said in an email. 2018-11-02T09:02:51-04:00

Marsy's Law could have unintended consequences for crime victims

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
When a state trooper in South Dakota shot a motorist in August, state officials refused to release his name, saying he was attacked first and had invoked his right to privacy under Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment passed two years earlier. In the same state, sheriffs stopped asking for the public’s help in solving crimes in progress to avoid inadvertently violating the law by revealing the victim’s location, according to news accounts. Kentucky voters on Nov. 6 will consider a version of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment to provide “an equivalent level of legal protection” for victims “as those who are accused and convicted.” But a surprising array of opponents – and not just criminal defense lawyers – warn that Marsy’s Law will produce unintended consequences in Kentucky, as it has in South Dakota. 2018-11-02T08:57:53-04:00

Fall time change: Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Kentuckians will get back the hour of sleep they lost during the spring time change in March. When going to bed on Saturday night, adjust your clocks back one hour. For example, if going to bed at 11 p.m. Saturday, turn your clocks to 10 p.m. That way, your clocks will be accurate when you awaken Sunday. 2018-11-02T08:52:18-04:00

‘We will remember in November.’ Will teachers toss lawmakers who backed pension bill?

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Fayette County Schools employee Nema Brewer is nervous about the Nov. 6 elections. “This one can affect teachers and state workers for the next 50 years,” she said. During nearly every waking hour this fall outside her job as multimedia productions specialist for Fayette County Schools, Brewer has been working to oust Kentucky lawmakers who voted this year for the controversial public pension bill. 2018-11-02T08:43:27-04:00

Football standout Robinson staying close to home with Kentucky

November 2, 2018 - 8:27am
WanDale Robinson’s commitment video had six different endings. The only one that mattered had him choosing Kentucky. Robinson, a senior at Franklin County's Western Hills High School and a four-star football recruit, showed the video during an assembly Thursday at WHHS as he made public his decision to play football next year at the University of Kentucky. The other four finalists on Robinson’s list were Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Purdue. 2018-11-02T08:20:24-04:00

LaRue deputy injured in crash

November 2, 2018 - 8:27am
A LaRue County deputy sheriff was injured Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on Bardstown Road east of Hodgenville near the intersection of Ky. 470. The preliminary investigation revealed LaRue County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathaniel Hall was traveling south on Bardstown Road with his emergency lights and siren activated while responding to a burglar complaint in Upton. 2018-11-02T08:14:57-04:00

Upcoming documentary will highlight health risks of asbestos

November 2, 2018 - 8:27am
Western Kentucky University graduate Bryan Lemon said he encountered some of the strongest people he’s ever known while making “Dirty Laundry,” a documentary about people affected by mesothelioma. After mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, killed their 90-year-old grandmother, cousins Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson set off on bicycles across the country in an effort to find answers. Their journey features surviving family members, doctors, activists and communities still living with active, toxic asbestos sites, according to a news release. 2018-11-02T08:08:50-04:00

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