Kentucky Press News Service

You'll soon be able to get a 'Bigg Swigg' while traveling on the Western Ky. Parkway

October 10, 2017 - 9:58am
Monday the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet announced the contract award to Martin and Bayley, Inc., operator of Hucks convenience stores, to renovate and operate the Beaver Dam convenience rest area located on the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway near Madisonville. The Beaver Dam rest area store closed about 10 months ago. 2017-10-10T08:13:54-04:00

We'll likely never know what motivated Paddock

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
Among the harsh realities of last week’s slaughter of 58 people by a lone gunman in Las Vegas is this: We will probably never know why he did it. 2017-10-09T11:18:43-04:00

Don't look now, but fluoride's an issue

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
A new study raises questions about in-utero exposure to fluoride and lower cognitive function in children. The study findings do raise concerns for pregnant American women. And they are just the latest to show there is still much we don’t know about the impact of environmental factors on the developing brain. 2017-10-09T11:10:52-04:00

Workshop to stimulate Cumberland Gap tourism

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
The Cumberland Gap Region Tourism Association is excited to announce its partnership with the Southeast Community College program called “Selling to the World.” The partnership will produce a series of eight entrepreneurial workshops in five of the ten counties of the Cumberland Gap region. These workshops will focus on “Small Entrepreneurial Business Development and Marketing.” Even though the location of the workshops will be limited to five counties, which are specified in the ARC Grant. Residents of any Kentucky, Tennessee, or Virginia County may attend. 2017-10-09T11:03:30-04:00

Grimes paving the way to stop hunger statewide

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
We commend Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on her bipartisan effort to help feed the state’s families who suffer from hunger. Grimes’ office has launched the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, a statewide challenge for local and county governments to gather non-perishable food and monetary donations to help those in need. 2017-10-09T10:58:12-04:00

Motorcycle wreck kills two Franklin County residents

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
Two Franklin County residents are dead after a Harley-Davidson motorcycle they were riding crashed into a sport-utility vehicle on Glensboro Road in Anderson County Friday afternoon. Sixty-three-year-old Gus Ettinger was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:31 p.m., while 66-year-old Betty Sue Rice was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center where she too was pronounced dead, Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod told The State Journal 2017-10-09T10:56:28-04:00

Attorney General Andy Beshear says Capital Plaza selection committee violated Open Meetings Act

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
The closed door behind which the Finance and Administration Cabinet has been conducting its Capital Plaza Tower business may have just opened a crack. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear agreed with The State Journal that the committee of eight people choosing which developer will demolish the Capital Plaza Tower and build its replacement constitutes a “public agency” and is therefore subject to the Open Meetings Act. 2017-10-09T10:52:30-04:00

No quick fix for pension problem

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
A Monday night forum about Kentucky's pension crisis brings several notes of caution and conciliation: Don’t make villains out of the people now trying to fix the problem. This problem is not new. It’s been kicked down the road year after year. A governor and a legislature finally willing to address it are not the enemies here — even if they sometimes make suggestions that you don’t think are in your best interests. Being angry doesn’t bring Kentucky any closer to answers. 2017-10-09T10:38:02-04:00

Final two suspects in Jones slaying set for trial

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
The final two suspects in the January 2016 shooting death of Windell Jones inside his West­port Road townhouse are scheduled to stand trial this month. Tyheim Taylor, 18, of Radcliff and Braylond Buckler, 19, of Eliza­bethtown turned down plea agreement offers. Both face a number of charges, including complicity to commit murder in the Jan. 27, 2016, shooting death of Jones. They both face 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted. 2017-10-09T10:35:40-04:00

Advocate-Messenger sells building, but will remain in current offices

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
The Advocate-Messenger’s building has been sold, but the newspaper’s home will remain where it has been for more than three decades on South Fourth Street. The Advocate-Messenger’s building has been sold, but the newspaper’s home will remain where it has been for more than three decades on South Fourth Street. 2017-10-09T10:21:12-04:00

Blacksmith works toward self-sufficient life

October 9, 2017 - 12:57pm
From an early age, Chase Saxton has been fascinated by the lifestyles of people who lived long before the dawn of the electric age, he said. “I’ve always been a history buff and I loved reading how they used to do things in the colonial and the Revolutionary War days. So living that type of lifestyle was always a dream for me,” he said. “In a way it was an adjustment ... not in a hard way but in an excited way. I wanted to learn how to do this.” Saxton has mainly been supporting himself financially by working as a blacksmith. 2017-10-09T10:11:36-04:00

Secret presidential search not what University of Louisville needs

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
If the serial scandals at the University of Louisville teach anything, it’s the perils of secrecy, which is why trustees should reverse their plans for a secret presidential search. 2017-10-09T08:40:19-04:00

After Vegas, Google searches for ‘gun control’ outstrip ‘gun shops’ — except in Kentucky

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
n the days following last Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Google searches for gun control spiked to overtake searches for gun shops in every state — except Kentucky. Searches for gun control in Kentucky did increase between Oct. 1-3, but interest in the topic did not outweigh average searches for gun shops during that window, according to Google Trends. In the same time frame, nationwide interest in gun control surpassed searches for gun shops for the first time in 2017, according to the data compiled by Google. 2017-10-09T08:35:10-04:00

Friends, colleagues remember former state senator Dick Roeding

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
Dick Roeding, who served in the Kentucky State Senate from 1991 to 2009, has died. The Northern Kentucky Tribune reported he died Friday night. He was 86. Roeding, who was born in Covington, represented Boone, Gallatin, and a portion of Kenton County in the 11th District. During his time in the state senate, he served as President Pro Tem from 2000 to 2004 and Senate Republican Whip from 1995 to 1996. 2017-10-09T08:09:12-04:00

Tom Jurich has soaked U of L students for long enough; time to go

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
It's not just strippers in dorms. It's not even just the federal investigation into paying players thousands and thousands of dollars to play amateur athletics. At some point, you've got to hold responsible the people who are responsible. It's time for U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich to go. 2017-10-09T07:57:43-04:00

Amazon HQ2 in the Louisville area? We might have a shot after all, observers say

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
Most experts believe the local region has little, if any, hope of grabbing a bite of the apple that is Amazon's HQ2, but a few economic development observers say the chances are at least slim — and not none. "Our thought is, why not Louisville?" said Deana Epperly Karem, vice president for regional economic growth for Greater Louisville Inc., the city's chamber of commerce. "Anything is possible. We think we have a great shot, and we are looking forward to putting together a really good proposal." 2017-10-09T07:49:22-04:00

Attorney General Andy Beshear: Reveal 'secret partners' in company getting $15M from state

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration cannot keep secret the names of investors in Braidy Industries Inc., which received $15 million in public funding for a new aluminum plant in Eastern Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear has ruled. In an Oct. 3 decision, Beshear said the state's Cabinet for Economic Development violated the Kentucky Open Records Act by denying a Courier-Journal request for public records that would show who owns shares in the privately held company. 2017-10-09T07:35:07-04:00

Women who alleged they were defamed by Katina Powell suit get settlement

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
Women who alleged they were defamed by Katina Powell’s book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," have settled a lawsuit with her and the author and publisher of her book. Attorney Nader George Shunnarah, who represents the women, said Friday that the settlement is confidential. 2017-10-09T07:31:35-04:00

More universities are finding their new presidents in secret

October 9, 2017 - 9:57am
After the University of Louisville's board announced it will try to find a replacement for ousted President James Ramsey through a search in which the names of finalists will be kept secret, the Courier-Journal examined other confidential quests. It found that while some have produced successful presidents, others were disastrous. 2017-10-09T07:24:06-04:00

Social media can build connections

October 9, 2017 - 6:57am
Communication is critical in everything we do — especially when it goes two ways. In law enforcement, this may be even more vital than just about any other aspect of life. It is encouraging to see that the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has taken this concept to heart and launched two additional Facebook pages to better connect itself with the community. In just two days since launching the sites, the department had already gotten several leads that Sheriff Berl Perdue said were helpful in ongoing investigations. 2017-10-09T06:44:09-04:00