Kentucky Press News Service

Trump passes over Kentuckian Amul Thapar for Supreme Court

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
President Donald Trump Monday night nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington insider, to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy in what could be the most important appointment to the Supreme Court in a generation. Trump passed over finalists that included transplanted Kentuckian Amul Thapar, who experts say lacked the long conservative track record of some of his competitors and has credentials that aren't quite as sterling. 2018-07-10T08:49:27-04:00

State hits CVS pharmacy benefit company with $1.5 million fine

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Kentucky has hit a national pharmacy benefit management company with a $1.5 million fine, finding that Caremark PCS Health, an affiliate of drugstore chain giant CVS, committed hundreds of violations in processing claims of individual pharmacies. The state Department of Insurance also put on probation for one year the company that dominates Kentucky's Medicaid prescription drug business, processing most of the pharmacy claims for the $11 billion-a-year government health plan for low-income and disabled people. 2018-07-10T08:45:41-04:00

Hecklers spoil another Mitch McConnell meal

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may need to start ordering takeout in Louisville. The Kentucky Republican abruptly left Sarino, an Italian restaurant in Schnitzelburg, on Sunday night after protesters blared Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" and yelled "no justice no peace." It was the second time this weekend that Louisville protesters have heckled McConnell to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 2018-07-10T08:41:46-04:00

Kentucky parents can soon start tax-exempt K-12 education fund

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Come July 14, parents, family, friends and others can set up and contribute to a tax-exempt Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust offered by the state. The education fund will, for the first-time in Kentucky, allow people to save money to help pay for K-12 tuition without paying taxes on the money. Deposits into the fund are tax-free and remain so as long as they are spent on education-related expenses tied to school attendance. 2018-07-10T08:35:48-04:00

A legendary Wildcat, Celtic passes

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Basketball Hall of Famer and Madisonville favorite Frank Ramsey died of natural causes Sunday morning at the age of 86. He was a basketball legend, winning the NCAA title with Kentucky in 1951, seven NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981. Yet, his achievements go beyond the basketball court. Ramsey helped the community in every way he could throughout his years, including giving healthy contributions the First Methodist Church and helping people through the bank he ran. 2018-07-10T08:28:17-04:00

I-69 construction close to Mayfield is winding down

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Plastic sheets hiding some Interstate 69 signs along the Purchase Parkway as well as orange barrels restricting traffic to one lane in some areas remained in place on Saturday near Mayfield, as Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials await an inspection by the Federal Highway Administration to officially identify the new section as a federal highway. Once opened in conjunction with a similar section near Calvert City, an extra 31 miles will be added to the interstate's right-of-way through western Kentucky, according to a news release from Keith Todd, a spokesman for KYTC's Department of Highways office in Reidland. 2018-07-10T08:23:58-04:00

Daviess Sheriff's department looking for leads in Saturday homicide

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Daviess County Sheriff's Department detectives know a little bit more about the man found dead Saturday night near Ben Hawes Park, but are hoping to receive additional information from the public. Casey Joe Embry, 30, who was believed to be homeless, was found dead with a firearms wound to the back around 9:20 p.m. at the northwest corner of Ben Hawes Park. 2018-07-10T08:18:11-04:00

Water main break leaves thousands without water in Owensboro

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Two large water mains just inches from each other at Owensboro Municipal Utilities' Plant A on Fourth Street burst early Monday morning, prompting officials to shut down water treatment operations there and put in place boil water and conservation orders. It meant most Owensboro residents woke up Monday to no water, although outlying water districts in Daviess County may have had only some disruption. By late Monday, officials said they hoped to restore full water pressure in OMU service areas sometime on Tuesday, July 10, although the process of ensuring water quality is expected to take some time. 2018-07-10T08:13:59-04:00

Ballard deputy jailers indicted on contraband charges

July 10, 2018 - 8:53am
Two Ballard County deputy jailers were indicted Friday on charges that they provided contraband to inmates earlier this year. Dorthy Pearson, 30, and Heather Gudim 36, each face one felony count of first-degree promoting contraband. Pearson is accused of providing Lortab to an inmate, while Gudim is accused of providing cigarettes, a cell phone and a charger. 2018-07-10T08:11:11-04:00

Prepping for Pike

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
Last year, worldwide battery and energy storage systems manufacturer, EnerBlü announced they would be moving their facility to the new industrial park in Pikeville creating almost 1,000 new, good paying jobs. While the supporters are working behind the scenes to make this happen and some skeptics are still on the fence, I can provide information that will either push you off the fence, keep you there a little while longer or accelerate your support. EnerBlü has moved their corporate headquarters to downtown Lexington, in the Lexington Financial Building on the 21st floor. They moved their senior management team, who also have a financial stake in the project, to Lexington where they and their families are getting that good ol’ Kentucky welcome. Their corporate office in Riverside, California, is closing and the equipment is being prepared for shipping to the Lexington facility. 2018-07-09T13:23:37-04:00

Beshear running for governor; names school principal as running mate

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his candidacy for governor Monday morning, and a Nelson County coach and principal, Jacqueline Coleman, will be his running mate for lieutenant governor. Coleman lives in Mercer County with her husband, Chris O’Bryan, and is a stepmom to his children Will and Nate, and another child, Emma, whom she coached in basketball, has become a member of their family, she said. The candidate is an assistant principal and basketball coach at Nelson County High School, a doctoral student in educational leadership at the University of Kentucky and founder, and in 2013, of the educational nonprofit group for college-aged women, Lead Kentucky. 2018-07-09T13:05:22-04:00

Glasgow man charged with murder

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
A Glasgow man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a Scottsville man. A news release from Kentucky State Police Post 3 said troopers received a call at 3:57 a.m. Sunday from Glasgow dispatch regarding a person who had been located in Barren County on Lick Branch Road by a passing motorist. Barren County deputies had found the person deceased and requested assistance from KSP Post 3 after they found the body of Kevin M. Miller, 40, of Scottsville, who had suffered an apparent gunshot injury. 2018-07-09T12:57:29-04:00

Harley rider says Trump is right on tariffs and motorcycle maker isn't

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
Philip McCoy wanted a motorcycle since his buddies had them when they were teenagers and finally, just as he was getting ready to retire nine years ago, he bought himself a Royal Enfield. Within two years, he had graduated from the small India-made bike to a Hog, a made-in-America Harley-Davidson, the iconic brand that was known as much for its thunderous gurgling sound as its classic lines that recall movies like Easy Rider. McCoy spent 42 years as a union sheet metal worker and was a yellow-dog Democrat throughout, but in recent years his allegiance has been changing as he has looked around and seen what he thinks are too many people with their hands out. 2018-07-09T12:51:43-04:00

Is the 2018 election safe from meddling?

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
Even our president’s greatest fans have to admit, in light of a new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee, that the aim of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was to help Donald Trump. The bipartisan report, released July 3, may ease some doubts that the Republican-controlled Senate will ever be willing to serve as a check on the president, who still disputes that Russia tried to help him win office. Ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia are under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The midterm election – just four months away – could spell trouble for Trump if Democrats take Congress. Whether this election will be more secure from hostile interference is hard to say. State election officials, including Kentucky’s, are alert to cyber-threats, while the Trump administration is more focused on protecting us from refugee toddlers. 2018-07-09T12:42:28-04:00

Helping farmers of tomorrow grow

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
The number of farmers and people employed in farming has been on the decline for a century and it continues. At the same time, acreage yields have grown thanks to scientific research and improved farm practices. While our grandparents and their parents might have grown and raised much of their own food on a mini-farm, today less than 2 percent of the world’s population provides for the entire world. Soon, that figure is expected to be 1 percent. 2018-07-09T12:32:12-04:00

Patriotism doesn’t have to fade like fireworks

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
The barbecue grills have cooled and been put away. The parades and musical entertainment have all packed up and left. The sparkle of fireworks has long since faded away. And still, the red, white and blue colors of the American flag wave on, a sign that patriotism should not be forgotten even as another July 4 holiday drifts into memory. Each and every citizen should take a moment to reflect on the sense of pride and patriotism they were feeling last week as they gathered with friends and family to celebrate our great nation’s Independence Day. 2018-07-09T12:29:30-04:00

We take exception to state's new sales tax

July 9, 2018 - 2:52pm
This newspaper takes strong exception to House Bill 487, which became effective July 1 and imposed sales tax on a number of service providers, including nonprofits, in order to shore up Kentucky’s underfunded pension systems. Our concerns and objections include the process and choice of targets chosen by the Republican majority in the legislature. The legislation was passed at the near end of the legislative session without the required three readings. The lack of transparency was glaring. 2018-07-09T12:10:38-04:00

Andy Beshear becomes first to announce run for Kentucky governor

July 9, 2018 - 11:52am
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday he is running for Kentucky governor with educator Jacqueline Coleman as his running mate. Beshear, a Democrat, is the first candidate of either party to announce a candidacy for governor in 2019. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has not yet said whether he will seek re-election. “As governor, I will work every day to bring Kentuckians together to tackle our most pressing problems,” Beshear said at a press conference Monday morning at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville. 2018-07-09T09:52:40-04:00

Winchester store offers tactical simulator for public use

July 9, 2018 - 11:52am
For people who want to battle zombies, practice shooting targets or even train for emergency situations, Major Dads in Winchester is offering a fun, safe way to do so. Business owners Greg and Denise Yates said they made the tactical simulator available to the public in June. People of all ages can come in and choose to play or train from more than 225 different scenarios including bottle target practice, battling zombies, fighting balloon animals, shoot/don’t shoot situations, carnival games, attempted muggings and more. 2018-07-09T09:09:58-04:00

Driving a bus is the best part-time job, but position experiences high turnover rate

July 9, 2018 - 11:52am
She describes driving a school bus as the best part-time job a person could have. “It provides insurance and it provides retirement (benefits),” says Reda Reinhart, who’s driven a bus for 14 years, worked six or seven years as a driver trainer and spent the past two years working as transportation coordinator for Todd County Schools. The downside? It’s only for four hours a day and 20 hours a week, a fact that discourages some from becoming drivers and results in frequent turnover. Drivers are difficult to retain across the state and nation, says Reinhart, who notes that her school system finds itself in the same situation every year. 2018-07-09T08:59:38-04:00

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