Kentucky Press News Service

‘Fake news’ class at Centre aims to create responsible citizens

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
A new Centre College “Centre term” class focusing on “fake news” is teaching students how to discern fact from fiction in order to become well-informed, responsible citizens in a global world. Dr. Michael Strysick, director of communications at the college, is teaching the course, which is a one-semester class condensed into a shorter period of a few weeks. He taught a similar class on news and information in the digital age two years ago. 2018-01-21T09:24:14-05:00

Boyle on ‘short list’ for $100M, 275-job manufacturing facility

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
Boyle County is on the “short list” for a $100 million manufacturing facility that would employ 275 people, according to Jody Lassiter and Winfield Frankel with the Boyle County Industrial Foundation. But to keep Boyle County on that list as a candidate, the Industrial Foundation had to seek a unique variance from the local Board of Adjustments: the prospective business needs to be able to construct a building up to 150 feet tall. 2018-01-21T09:18:39-05:00

Amazon seeks to relocate graves for northern Kentucky project

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
Amazon, which recently added 210 acres as part of its future air cargo hub at Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport, is seeking permission to move about 20 graves from land it now owns near CVG. Boone County Fiscal Court will consider a resolution Tuesday authorizing “removal and relocation of all abandoned graves in the William Aylor Family Cemetery located on property owned by Amazon.com Services Inc. adjacent to CVG Airport property,” according to the proposed resolution. 2018-01-21T09:13:29-05:00

Pageant girls lending a helping hand through Crowns for a Cause project

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
Girls wearing pageant sashes and crowns hung colorful scarves in trees for people in need along the Riverwalk at Mitch McConnell Park on Saturday. The community service project is the first of many that participants in the new Crowns for a Cause group are planning. 2018-01-21T09:10:20-05:00

Immigration process remains daunting, advocates say

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
Whenever Pat Howard witnesses an immigrant she’s helped naturalize finally take the Oath of Allegiance and become an American, she’s overcome with feelings of excitement and joy. Howard coordinates First Baptist Church’s international ministries. 2018-01-21T09:07:49-05:00

Park City mayor, husband adopt 4 siblings

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
Park City Mayor Shannon Crumpton-Rust and her husband, Kelli Rust, more than doubled the size of their family in a single day. On Tuesday, the couple finalized paperwork required for them to legally adopt four children previously in foster care. 2018-01-21T09:06:32-05:00

Kentucky's incarceration rate grows

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
County jails are feeling the crunch from Kentucky’s growing incarceration rate. The U.S. Department of Justice’s “Prisoners in 2016” report released this month shows Kentucky’s incarceration rate is the ninth highest in the nation, behind Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. 2018-01-21T09:01:37-05:00

McCoy’s bill would prohibit copying child porn in courts

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
A proposal that would secure child porn held in court proceedings passed the state House Friday morning a day after the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved it. State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, the bill’s chief sponsor, said it would prohibit the duplication of pornographic images of children or materials involving the sexual performances of minors, even as part of the discovery process. 2018-01-21T08:55:57-05:00

Yuengling coming to Kentucky

January 21, 2018 - 10:55am
At long last, Yuengling is coming to Kentucky. America’s oldest brewery, the Pottsville, Pa., based D.G. Yuengling & Son, announced Friday four wholesalers had been selected to distribute the beer starting in March. 2018-01-21T08:53:49-05:00

Safety first on school closures

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
It is pretty safe to say anyone under the age of 17 or so has been very happy this week after their winter break has stretched well into January. School has been closed several days already this year because of frigid temperatures and a couple of nasty snow storms that have left parts of our county difficult to travel through. 2018-01-19T15:28:47-05:00

Restrictions needed on nationwide stays

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
A few months ago we wrote of our concerns about the growing practice of judges on the lowest rung of the federal court system using local cases as a premise to issue "nationwide stays" countermanding executive actions of the president. Donald Trump has not been the first president to encounter such actions; President Obama was stymied by a couple of them relating to immigration and federal overtime rules. But Trump certainly is on pace to set a record. 2018-01-19T15:25:39-05:00

Where will parents turn if Matt Bevin cuts poison control center money?

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
Matt Bevin has called for slashing Kentucky's entire $729,000 commitment to the Norton Children’s Hospital Kentucky Poison Control Center. I’m flummoxed. 2018-01-19T15:22:37-05:00

Kentucky tax reform is a political bomb no one wants to touch, but alternatives are brutal

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The catchphrase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth and budget speech Tuesday night was “get our financial house in order.” But if you listened closely, you heard the same message as last year: We need more money. “Nobody likes the idea of having to cut budgets. Nobody likes the idea of having to make these difficult decisions. There is not enough money,” Bevin said without qualification as he began to wrap up. 2018-01-19T15:15:39-05:00

More money, fairer tax: Here’s how

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
The problem is money. Kentucky state government doesn’t have enough to right the pension underfunding wrongs of the past while meeting the most basic needs of the present. 2018-01-19T15:12:06-05:00

Capital Plaza changes should be sign of renewal

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
The end began months ago, but the start of demolition on the Frankfort Convention Center provides the picture of the end of one of the city’s landmarks and the beginning of significant change that will come. Community leaders hope the change will be overwhelmingly positive. We do, too, but the reality is that much of the city’s future has not been determined. A consulting firm based in Louisville has been hired to gather input about the Capital Plaza area’s redevelopment, but a master plan is months away. 2018-01-19T15:02:09-05:00

Care has been taken with Hardin Memorial Hospital facilities

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
It’s a shame that winter weather resulted in cancellation of Hardin Memorial Hospital’s community celebration of its expanded emergency department. This is an $15 million achievement worthy of a party. 2018-01-19T14:58:28-05:00

Bevin's proposal to cut bus funding should be rejected

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
It has been clear for many years that our state is in dire financial straits in many areas and that cuts must be made during this legislative session. There is no other option. Cuts must be made during this session and – barring changes in our tax code – we can expect more cuts in future sessions. We agree with Gov. Matt Bevin that there are some areas in government that will have to be cut. On Tuesday, Bevin delivered his State of the Commonwealth speech and released his two-year budget proposal. In it, he laid out his suggestions for making cuts in more than 70 areas of government and talked about pension reform and ways to save money. We believe some of Bevin’s ideas are good ideas, while others demand discussion and debate in the legislature during the ongoing session. 2018-01-19T14:52:57-05:00

Layoffs are hard, but the blow is lessened by the economy, diverse market

January 19, 2018 - 4:52pm
The announcement that American Greetings will shed 150 positions in coming months was one of the few negative headlines in recent years in Nelson County’s economic news. American Greetings has been a stalwart in the local job market since it came to Bardstown in 1983. It was established here and became one of the largest private employers before so many sectors of the economy were disrupted by the internet, especially those involving paper and stationery, like its greeting cards product. 2018-01-19T14:47:42-05:00

District leaders push back on Bevin's plan to tap reserve funds

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
Local school district leaders are pushing back on Gov. Matt Bevin’s request that districts draw on their reserve funds to cover a greater share of their transportation costs. While laying out his two-year budget plan Tuesday, Bevin said the $3,981 each student receives under the state’s Support Education Excellence in Kentucky program is “not going to be touched.” 2018-01-19T13:36:41-05:00

Senate panel wants to end snow day work from home program

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
The program that allows Kentucky’s public school students to learn from home on snow days apparently needs an overhaul and would end in its current form within three years under a proposal approved by a Senate panel Thursday. About 75 of Kentucky’s 173 school districts participate in the program, commonly known as non-traditional instruction program or NTI. But state Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, told the Senate Education committee Thursday that rigorous learning is not consistently provided in school districts throughout the state on those days and the program should be revamped. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said he agrees with him. 2018-01-19T13:14:02-05:00

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