Kentucky Press News Service

Bevin blasts JCPS for $100,000 salaries, but does he have room to talk?

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday drew on longstanding concerns about bloated central office bureaucracy when he publicly called out the state's largest school district for having about 600 employees making $100,000 or more a year. Bevin, during his budget speech on Tuesday evening, criticized the 16,000-employee Jefferson County Public Schools, saying that those 600 are district employees "who don't touch your students, who don't teach in the classroom, administrative overhead. ... I'm telling you, we need to clean that up in a big way." 2018-01-19T13:03:22-05:00

Jeff Hoover files for re-election, answering doubts amid sexual harassment scandal

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Jeff Hoover, who resigned as Kentucky's House speaker after being accused of sexual harassment, quietly filed Thursday afternoon to run for re-election this year as state representative for Kentucky's 83rd House District. Hoover, who turned 58 years old on Thursday, filed his papers as a candidate with the Kentucky Secretary of State soon after the Kentucky House completed its business two floors above in the Capitol. 2018-01-19T12:50:18-05:00

Mason County Recycling receives glass aggregate machine

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
MAYSVILLE — A new glass aggregate machine is operating at the Mason County Recycling Center in Maysville, thanks to a grant. The recycling center received the grant from the Division of Waste Management through the Kentucky Pride Organization, which is paid for by the $1.75 tipping fee the state charges to pay for the landfill. 2018-01-19T12:40:50-05:00

Jessamine County farm offers handicapping course

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
With its first class in the books, Taylor Made Farm is hoping its new handicapping course taught by Phil Shelton will be just as successful as the first one. Focusing on the basics of horse racing handicapping, the course will be offered on Feb. 1, as well as March 1st at the Daddy Joe’s Bar & Grill, located at 1215 High Point Drive. Tickets can be purchased for $35 with each course described as interactive, with exercises in handicapping real races and a question and answer session with Shelton. 2018-01-19T12:32:14-05:00

ACO cornhole tournament in Owensboro this weekend

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
Last July, the American Cornhole Organization's World Championships of Cornhole XII came at the Owensboro Convention Center, bringing 380 players from 27 states to town. The world championships won't return to Owensboro this year. 2018-01-19T12:23:28-05:00

Confined dog leads to Paducah man's arrest

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
A 19-year-old Paducah man was arrested for drug offenses Thursday after it was reported his dog was left locked inside a running vehicle at a gas station. Isaac A. Barnhill is charged with trafficking in marijuana, first offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia. 2018-01-19T12:19:26-05:00

Two men plead guilty in cockfighting case

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
MURRAY — Two men charged as part of a cockfighting ring busted by police in 2016 pleaded guilty to charges of promoting gambling Thursday in Calloway Circuit Court. One of the two also pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. 2018-01-19T11:52:26-05:00

Simpsonville site included on Civil Rights Trail

January 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
Tourism departments across the south unveiled this week the Civil Rights Trail that spans across 14 states and is comprised of more than 130 historical landmarks, museums, churches, courthouses and memorials that were pivotal to the advancement of social equality during the volatile 1950s and 1960s. The Whitney M. Young, Jr. birthplace in Simpsonville is included among those sites. 2018-01-19T11:40:16-05:00

Owensboro police: Man attempted to run down officer

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
A Hawesville man has been charged with attempted murder by the Kentucky State Police for allegedly trying to run over an Owensboro police officer during an auto theft on Old Henderson Road. Edward A. Warriner, 46, of Hawesville was charged with attempting to run over Owensboro Police Department Officer Jennifer Haynes shortly after 9 a.m. while stealing a van from ACME Heating and Air. Warriner was also charged with first-degree robbery by OPD for allegedly attempting to abduct a woman on East Parrish Avenue earlier in the day. 2018-01-19T09:55:30-05:00

Death toll in Kentucky from widespread flu rises to 50, includes 2 children

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
At least 50 people, two of them children, have died from the flu in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In a release last week, when the toll was 36, Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard called the loss of the children a tragedy. 2018-01-19T09:48:36-05:00

Kentucky jobs could be saved — and created — by Trump's investigation into aluminum imports

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
America's aluminum industry is imperiled by foreign competition, but Gov. Matt Bevin indicated Thursday he believes President Donald Trump can help save — and even boost — jobs for Kentuckians in that sector. Trump's administration launched an investigation last year into the effect aluminum imports have on national security. The results could prompt the president to order protectionist measures in an attempt to support domestic companies like Century Aluminum Co. in Hawesville. 2018-01-19T09:39:54-05:00

Chemical weapons destruction plant to hire 450

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
RICHMOND — The plant that will destroy chemical weapons in Madison County will begin hiring hundreds of workers this year. Beginning in February and continuing into 2018, the general contractor and associated companies at the plant will hire 450 to 500 people. 2018-01-19T09:30:15-05:00

Some retired teachers might lose health insurance under Bevin’s budget, official says

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s state budget proposal does not include any money for retired teachers’ health care, causing a “huge concern” for teachers under age 65 who have retired in recent years. Following the pattern of past budgets, the state was expected to give $145 million over two years to help cover health insurance costs for teachers under age 65 who have retired since July 1, 2010. At age 65, teachers qualify for Medicare coverage. 2018-01-19T09:23:39-05:00

Repairs fail to save Eastern Kentucky school from closing

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
The state education commissioner has withdrawn approval for Knott County students to attend a school that is struggling with problems ranging from a collapsed roof and inadequate heating to mouse dung in the kitchen ceiling. The decision by Commissioner Stephen L. Pruitt means more than 200 students will have to leave the Cordia school at Lotts Creek by Feb. 2. 2018-01-19T09:05:21-05:00

Budget proposal would be expensive for Henderson schools

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
Henderson County Schools officials are saying that Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed budget would be very costly for the local district. The budget, outlined by the governor Tuesday evening during his State of the Commonwealth address, could mean a $1.7 million loss in state funding for Henderson County Schools, according to a news release sent out Thursday afternoon by the local school district. 2018-01-19T08:54:38-05:00

College football: Georgetown College's Cronin named to national post

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
Georgetown College football coach Bill Cronin will lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2018 as president of the organization. Cronin, who moves up from first vice-president, succeeds outgoing president Rich Rodriguez of the University of Arizona. Cronin was elected president by members attending the Association's 2018 convention this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. 2018-01-19T08:40:42-05:00

Hardin hospital delays opening of ER

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
The opening of Hardin Memorial Hospital’s $15 million emergency department expansion and redesign has been delayed. A statement from Hardin Memorial Hospital said the emergency room expansion project was completed ahead of schedule and opening of the third and final phase was planned for Wednesday. However, officials decided to delay opening the lobby and triage areas for a few more weeks. 2018-01-19T08:26:24-05:00

Bevin’s budget proposal restores Kinship Care

January 19, 2018 - 10:52am
Norma Hatfield had to read the budget line twice Tuesday night to make sure she saw it correctly. Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal set aside money for Kinship Care, which provides financial assistance to relatives raising a child not their own. The program ended in 2013, and Hatfield has long advocated for its return. 2018-01-19T08:16:54-05:00

Size of potential cuts doesn’t diminish impact of Bevin’s proposal

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
The fact that proposed cuts in state government announced Tuesday could have been larger does not diminish their significance. In a speech to members of the Kentucky General Assembly, Gov. Matt Bevin said his proposed budget would eliminate state funding for 70 programs and a implement a 6.25 percent cut for some areas of state government. He acknowledged the significance of his proposed cuts while also saying they could have been larger. 2018-01-18T15:31:00-05:00

Covington teacher suspended, investigated by police

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
A Covington teacher got a three-day suspension after he was accused of soliciting sexual photographs from a minor. Tyler Perkins, a social studies teacher at Holmes High School, was reported to the Covington Police Department on Dec. 19 after allegations he “had possibly been soliciting a juvenile for sexual photographs via kik,” according to a police record. Kik is a social messaging app. 2018-01-18T15:24:28-05:00

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