Kentucky Press News Service

Forget the Ides of March, April’s the one to avoid

April 15, 2018 - 1:23pm
“Beware the Ides of March,” a soothsayer warns Julius Caesar in the second scene of Act I of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. Flash forward to the first scene of Act III, before the Capitol in Rome. “The Ides of March are come,” Caesar says to the soothsayer. “Ay, Caesar,” the soothsayer replies, “but not gone.” Spoiler alert: things didn’t go well for him. But I didn’t clock in today to ramble on about Caesar. I’m talking about this week in history — the Ides of April, rather than the Ides of March. 2018-04-13T14:40:49-04:00

Voter registration deadline approaching

April 15, 2018 - 10:22am
The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 primary is fast approaching — anyone who still needs to register has just over one week left. This will go for any new registrants, those who recently moved to the area or 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the Nov. 6 general election. 2018-04-15T10:11:58-04:00

Perryville mother has a special delivery

April 15, 2018 - 10:22am
A baby’s birth brought the story of his life Thursday morning when his mom unexpectedly gave birth in the bathtub of their Perryville home. “That was a first for me, in 17 years,” said Perryville Police Chief Parker Hatter, who arrived just after the baby was born. “It was definitely interesting.” He called the mother, Sami Jo Best, a “champ” and said she and the baby boy seemed fine. 2018-04-15T10:04:34-04:00

End of an era: Richards reflects on unexpected 42-year career

April 15, 2018 - 10:22am
When Jody Richards first entered the state Capitol in Frankfort as a legislator in 1977, he did not envision spending the next four decades as a public servant. “I never imagined it being so long. I intended to stay a maximum of six years,” Richards said. Instead, he has spent more than half of his 80 years as a legislator. Richards attended his last General Assembly session last week (barring a special session being called this year). The Bowling Green Democrat announced in January he would not seek re-election to the seat he has held for 42 years. 2018-04-15T09:55:58-04:00

As contentious session ends, lawmakers focus on ‘cleanup.’ Here’s what they did.

April 15, 2018 - 1:22am
As the clock ticked on the final day of the 2018 legislative session Saturday, lawmakers scrambled to put the finishing touches on a contentious legislative session. The day started on the heels of another controversy, this time over Governor Matt Bevin saying he guaranteed a child was sexually assaulted because teachers rallied in Frankfort Friday, as lawmakers attempted to sweep up the remains of a controversial session. Numerous lawmakers spoke out against the governor’s comments on Twitter and in an unusual move, 25-30 Republican lawmakers signed on to a resolution condemning Bevin’s comments. House Democrats also passed a resolution of their own, and both passed on a voice vote without floor speeches. 2018-04-14T22:20:56-04:00

Kentucky lawmakers condemn Bevin over comments linking child abuse to teacher protests

April 14, 2018 - 10:22pm
The Kentucky House of Representatives condemned Gov. Matt Bevin in two separate resolutions criticizing him for his remarks Friday that teacher protests in Frankfort had led to children being sexually abused, harmed or experimenting with illegal drugs. Daviess County Superintendent Matt Robbins was one of the first officials to call for the Republican-led legislature to act. He said lawmakers should censure Bevin, a Republican. 2018-04-14T22:13:43-04:00

'He's a disgrace to our state.' Kentucky teachers outraged over Bevin's sex abuse remarks

April 14, 2018 - 10:22pm
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's "guarantee" that a teacher protest led to a child being sexually abused somewhere in Kentucky added to the outrage that many educators say they have been feeling for months. "For the governor of the state of Kentucky to come out and basically say teachers are responsible for children being molested — are you serious?" said J.P. LaVertu, a Shelby County teacher. "He's a disgrace to our state." Bevin's comments, which he made to reporters Friday evening, have been widely condemned by educators and scorned by members of both parties. 2018-04-14T22:04:53-04:00

Kentucky Senate makes 'Toyota fix' and more late changes to tax reform and budget bills

April 14, 2018 - 4:22pm
Last-minute fixes to the tax reform bill emerged during a meeting of the Senate budget committee Saturday morning along with a reduced estimate of how much new money the final tax bill will raise. The committee revealed and quickly approved more than a dozen changes to the tax reform bill including a fix that deletes the original bill's suspension of a tax incentive used by some of Kentucky's major employers including Toyota, Ford and GE. The changes were made over the complaints of Democratic senators who — in what has become their familiar refrain — say they had no time to read the new bill or understand its consequences. 2018-04-14T14:58:49-04:00

Disgusting.’ Condemnation rolls in for Bevin comments on teacher rallies, child assaults.

April 14, 2018 - 4:22pm
Educators, parents and politicians from his own party continued a furious condemnation of Gov. Matt Bevin after he said that teacher protests in Frankfort for better education funding probably led to the sexual assault of children. “The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible,” tweeted state Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville. “I don’t agree with these comments & I find them repulsive. I disagreed with his radio comments about teachers before & I disagree with these.” In response to Wise’s tweet, Daviess County Superintendent Matt Robbins called for the Republican-led General Assembly — in Frankfort on Saturday for its last day of business — to censure Bevin. 2018-04-14T14:50:19-04:00

'It's reprehensible.' Bevin comments on kids being abused during teacher rally spark backlash

April 14, 2018 - 4:22pm
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's statement on the effect of teacher protests and rallies on the state's children is prompting outrage among state officials — including members of his own party. "I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them," Bevin said on Friday to a group of reporters. "I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them." A petition on demanding Bevin issue an apology for his "ridiculous remarks, for politicizing sexual assault and for trivializing the experiences of those who have been assaulted" has more than 2,000 signatures. 2018-04-14T14:40:03-04:00

Bevin: ‘I guarantee’ a child was sexually assaulted because teachers attended protest

April 14, 2018 - 1:21am
Gov. Matt Bevin, asked Friday about teachers leaving the classrooms to attend a protest rally in Frankfort, said, “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.” Louisville’s WDRB-TV interviewed Bevin outside the Capitol Friday about the rally. In the interview, Bevin said, “This is what’s crazy to me. Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?" 2018-04-13T23:39:07-04:00

Gov. Matt Bevin: Jeff Hoover is to blame for 'chaos' in Kentucky House

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday blamed former House Speaker Jeff Hoover for the "chaos" in the chamber, saying his sexual harassment scandal "stopped everything." The comment came as teachers crowded the Capitol to call for the legislature to override Bevin's vetoes of the tax reform and budget bills. With teachers chanting outside, Hoover rose to speak during the House’s debate over whether to override the tax reform veto. He criticized some of the governor’s recent comments, including some made on Twitter on Friday calling for a special session on the budget. Hoover pointed out that the governor promised “for months upon months upon months” last year that he would hold a special session to tackle pension and tax reform but never did. 2018-04-13T19:43:41-04:00

Matt Bevin's veto of budget bill overridden by full legislature

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
The Kentucky Senate joined the House Friday afternoon in overriding Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of the budget bill. The House vote was 66-28. The Senate's 26-12 vote came after both chambers voted to override Bevin's veto of the tax reform bill. The votes came as teachers chanted loudly outside the chamber for the overrides. 2018-04-13T19:40:11-04:00

Kentucky lawmakers reject Gov. Bevin's veto giving pension relief to Louisville and others

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
The Kentucky General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Friday to reject Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a measure that will give local governments and school districts relief from soaring pension costs this year. Bevin shocked officials statewide when he blocked House Bill 362, which would allow cities, counties and school boards to phase in those costs over time. He said he supported that part of the bill but that it was fiscally irresponsible to let some smaller public entities buy out of the state retirement system, saying it could prove too costly. But the legislature ignored those concerns Friday and easily threw out that veto with a 94-2 vote in the House and a 34-4 margin in the Senate. 2018-04-13T19:36:17-04:00

Kentucky Senate joins House in overriding Matt Bevin's veto of the tax reform bill

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
The Kentucky House and Senate on Friday voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of the tax bill the chambers had passed two weeks ago. The House vote to rebuff Bevin's veto was by a wider margin than many had expected, 57-40. The Senate voted 20-18. 2018-04-13T19:32:58-04:00

PSC cuts Duke Energy electric rate request

April 13, 2018 - 4:21pm
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has substantially reduced an electric base rate increase sought by Duke Energy Kentucky. As a result, the average monthly bill for a typical residential customer will increase by about $2.56, or about 3.2 percent. 2018-04-13T15:38:51-04:00

Small businesses receive refund after purchasing scam services from Michigan company

April 13, 2018 - 4:21pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced in a news release Friday that nearly 2,200 Kentucky small businesses can get money back from a Michigan-based company alleged to have sold scam services. Beshear’s more than $398,000 settlement resolves alleged violations of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by Michigan-based The Mandatory Poster Company Inc., which also does business as Corporate Records Service. 2018-04-13T15:16:25-04:00

Kentucky House votes to override Bevin’s vetoes of tax, budget and local pension funding bills

April 13, 2018 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: The Kentucky House voted Friday to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of the legislature’s tax bill, state budget bill and local pension funding bill, sending the legislation to the Senate for that chamber’s consideration. Republican lawmakers said the tax-bill override was necessary to pay for additional education spending they put into the two-year state budget bill. Democratic lawmakers said they supported the school spending but protested the secretive way the tax plan was created and the way it raises additional revenue. The House voted 57 to 40 to override the tax-bill veto, 66 to 28 to override the budget veto and 94-2 to override House Bill 362, which allows a phase-in of pension cost increases for local governments. 2018-04-13T14:51:52-04:00

Incendiary device set off outside Williamsburg Tractor Supply; police have suspect in the case

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Williamsburg police say they have one suspect so far regarding an incendiary device that was set off outside Tractor Supply early Friday morning, and think the motive for the attack was probably retaliation. Fortunately the store wasn’t damaged and the fire was quickly extinguished. 2018-04-13T13:15:16-04:00

Olmsted Locks are opening to benefit Ohio River traffic

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
The much-anticipated opening of the Olmsted Locks and Dam later this summer will greatly increase traffic on the lower Ohio River, particularly in and around Paducah. Capt. Jeremy Nichols, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' executive officer on the project, provided an Olmsted update at Thursday's Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership breakfast at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Having Olmsted Locks and Dam operational will result in a four-fold traffic increase on the Ohio, according to Nichols. The Corps will be able to pass traffic in both directions and through the queue in a single direction much faster. 2018-04-13T12:53:48-04:00