Kentucky Press News Service

Fort Knox makes good impression

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
When the boss comes to visit, you want to be at your best. It can create a bit of tension and pressure. When the boss of your boss’ boss stops by, the pressure is heightened even more — especially when it’s his first trip. In the face of that reality, Fort Knox apparently made an exceptional first impression on Secretary of the Army Mark Esper. 2018-04-16T12:46:39-04:00

Choosing words wisely seems to be lost art

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
You could argue this is the biggest understatement of all time, but here it is: Language is important. Word choice and tone can make all the difference. How we say something is often just as critical as what we say. That seems to be somewhat of a lost concept in today’s world of 280-character tweets, status updates on the hour and attention-seeking sound bites. Restraint and analysis of language are certainly lessons many of our politicians could stand to learn from. President Donald Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin need to go to the front of the class. 2018-04-16T12:40:23-04:00

Stevens takes new role as NRA poster boy

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
Is it possible that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens could become the newest poster boy for the National Rifle Association? We say why not? After all, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had their time in the limelight and brought very serious money into the coffers of the gun rights organization. Certainly in this age of inclusiveness and political correctness, there can be a role for the 90-something-year-old former justice as NRA poster boy and chief fundraiser. 2018-04-16T12:33:49-04:00

Following staffing cuts, regional WKU campuses look to what's next

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
Budget cuts at Western Kentucky University’s regional campuses have put faculty at its Glasgow location on edge about what classes they’ll be able to offer next year and how to help students graduate, according to professor Nicole Breazeale. “It’s the end of an era,” she said. As part of an initial round of budget cuts, management of WKU’s regional campuses was shifted to the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach. So far, WKU has eliminated 62 full-time positions and 57 vacant positions. The staffing cuts have hit the regional campuses particularly hard with the elimination of WKU’s three regional chancellors and other positions. 2018-04-16T12:28:23-04:00

State recommends Hepatitis A vaccination for children, adults in counties hit by outbreak

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
Due to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, the state's Department for Public Health is recommending vaccination for everyone residing in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties. To date, 214 cases have been reported in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported 5 or more cases for a total 311 cases associated with the outbreak. One death has been reported, according to a state news release. 2018-04-16T12:01:18-04:00

Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky Board of Education

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
Gov. Matt Bevin Monday announced appointees to the Kentucky Board of Education. The Kentucky Board of Education develops and adopts the regulations that govern Kentucky's public school districts and the actions of the Kentucky Department of Education. 2018-04-16T10:32:32-04:00

Hal Heiner announces resignation from governor's cabinet, transition to board of education

April 16, 2018 - 1:23pm
Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced his resignation as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Monday to accept an appointment as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education. His announcement ends a two-and-a-half year term as secretary that was highlighted by successful initiatives aimed at increasing career and technical education opportunities for Kentucky students, a state news release said. 2018-04-16T10:28:16-04:00

Chris Stapleton celebrates 40th birthday with birth of twins, ACM wins

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
No sooner had Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland announced that Kentuckian Chris Stapleton won the Academy of Country Music Award for album of the year than host Reba McEntire came out with another announcement. Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, just welcomed twin boys, Sunday. The award was the first of two ACMs for Stapleton, who also took home the male vocalist of the year honor at the ceremony in Las Vegas. 2018-04-16T09:20:08-04:00

School districts should do more to promote high school study-abroad programs

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Growing up in a town as culturally homogeneous as Frankfort, students may wonder what good it does to dwell on what lies beyond Kentucky’s borders, let alone America’s. Why learn to speak a language other than English, ponder a religion other than Christianity or try foods other than what tastes familiar? The truth is, we don’t understand ourselves until we understand others, and there’s no better way — and no better time — to learn that lesson than by studying abroad during our formative high school years. 2018-04-16T09:16:02-04:00

New road signs put up to help prevent suicides

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Sufferers of depression can quickly slip past despondency into despair, and when they've lost all hope, they may consider ending their lives. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans committed suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics. Because some suicidal locals have killed themselves or tried to kill themselves by jumping from bridges in the area, Four Rivers Behavioral Health's Regional Prevention Center in Mayfield partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to put up road signs that say "YOU ARE NOT ALONE." The signs provide the phone number and website for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), and suicidepreventionlifeline.org. 2018-04-16T09:03:47-04:00

At concealed carry expo, the solution to school shootings is responsible gun ownership

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Student calls for gun reform following the school shooting in Florida have sparked a national conversation. But at the Kentucky Exposition Center over the weekend, very different discussions were playing out at the United States Concealed Carry Association's meeting. In one lecture, a firearms instructor told gun owners that the root causes of an increase in school shootings included God being removed from the classroom and violence in video games and on television. "I think this country is moving in the wrong direction," instructor Joe Kalil said. "And it's happening quickly." 2018-04-16T08:56:37-04:00

Kentucky lawmakers mock Gov. Matt Bevin's apology for teacher protest comments

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Apology ... denied. Many politicians weren't accepting Gov. Matt Bevin's apology Sunday for his comments that children were sexually assaulted, exposed to drugs, ingested poison and physically hurt because teachers were protesting in Frankfort instead of in school. In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday afternoon, Bevin said the outrage over his comments was a "misunderstanding." 2018-04-16T08:53:34-04:00

#blackout Bevin: Governor’s words prompting another teacher protest

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Some educators on social media said they would wear black on Monday as a show of solidarity against what they viewed as Gov. Matt Bevin’s negative comments about teachers. 2018-04-16T08:46:19-04:00

Bevin apologizes for saying protesting teachers left kids vulnerable to sexual assault

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Gov. Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for saying that teacher protests probably led to the sexual assault of children. Bevin’s comments on Friday had led House lawmakers from both parties to pass resolutions condemning the remarks. “I hurt a lot of people... I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said,” Bevin said on his YouTube and Twitter page Sunday. Bevin said that was not his intent. 2018-04-16T08:41:14-04:00

Panelists talk low voter turnout

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
The Christian Fiscal Court Chambers were almost standing room only Friday night as a group of panelists and concerned citizens discussed low voter turnout in Christian County and ways to fix the pathetic percentages. On record, Christian County had the lowest voter turnout in the state in 2015 and ranked 119 out of Kentucky’s 120 counties in voter turnout during the 2016 general election. So why don’t registered voters go to the polls? 2018-04-16T08:34:51-04:00

Bevin apologizes for saying children assaulted as result of Friday’s rally

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
Saying he was misunderstood, Gov. Matt Bevin on Sunday apologized for comments on Friday that children were assaulted as a result of school cancellations and a teacher rally at the Capitol. In a nearly four-minute video posted on YouTube, Bevin said he didn’t effectively communicate a message about schools being shut down with just hours of notice to parents and, as a result, children who were left vulnerable. Bevin said it was not his intent to “hurt anyone.” “Sometimes the words that people say, the way in which they say it or just the misunderstanding that comes from that also can have unintended consequences and I think that is what happened from the very things that I said. The responsibility for such things falls on the person doing the speaking,” Bevin said in the video. “In this case that was me.” 2018-04-16T08:26:45-04:00

Radcliff teen indicted on assault, kidnapping charges

April 16, 2018 - 10:23am
A Radcliff teenager, who is accused of stabbing and kidnapping two girls at knife point in March, has been indicted by a Hardin County grand jury on four related felony charges. John Anthony Gas­kins, 18, was arrested March 1 in northern Ken­tucky after forcing two sisters – ages 16 and 17 – into a vehicle from their driveway in Hardin County, according to a Kentucky State Police Post 4 news release. The girls were stabbed in their driveway and forced into the trunk of a 2004 Honda Civic belonging to the 17-year-old. One of the girls was a former girlfriend of Gaskin’s, authorities said. 2018-04-16T08:21:42-04:00

Man sentenced in 2015 killing; Ex-wife, co-defendant hires new attorney

April 15, 2018 - 1:23pm
Roger Kinney officially started serving a 15-year sentence Thursday for killing another man nearly three years ago. Kinney, 50, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence for the May 2015 death of Darryl Wiseman. Kinney said he hit Wiseman with a rock after the two did drugs together May 9, 2015. Kinney also said in court his wife at the time, Deborah Kinney, helped him move Wiseman’s body to the farm on Twin Fork Lane where they lived. Wiseman’s body was found about two months later. Both Kinneys had left the state and were arrested in Ohio. 2018-04-15T10:37:27-04:00

Center will now be Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

April 15, 2018 - 1:23pm
Forget about the International Bluegrass Music Center that Owensboro has been talking about since 2010. That $15.3 million building at Second and Frederica streets will be the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum when it opens in October. The new signage should be going up on the building soon, Chris Joslin, the museum's executive director, said last week. The name change, he said, will bring the museum in line with the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. 2018-04-15T10:32:30-04:00

Gang bill critics say targets black men and children passes Kentucky legislature

April 15, 2018 - 1:23pm
The Kentucky Senate approved of a controversial measure on Friday to crack down on gangs — which now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin — after rejecting a call to look at how it might impact blacks and Hispanics. Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, said during the debate that ignoring his request for a racial impact study was irresponsible and that his colleagues are telling people those concerns do not matter. 2018-04-15T10:21:32-04:00

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