Kentucky Press News Service

Local farm fuels scientific research

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
Oldham County's Harvest Home Dairy Farm is a popular subject for scientific research, even inspiring all-new routes for research. Lately one of the farm's practices coming under study is "cow comfort" and the effect of sleep on the animals. 2017-10-06T11:52:34-04:00

Motive outlined in kidnapping that left man bound, naked

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
Four people have been indicted for allegedly kidnapping someone and leaving him bound and naked in the Alzey Bottoms on Aug. 21, which was Eclipse Day. Those charged believed the victim had stolen cash and drugs from one of the suspects. 2017-10-06T11:45:23-04:00

First Capital Pride Festival to take place Oct. 14

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
The Old Capitol lawn will be colorful on Oct. 14 for the first Capital Pride Festival. Spearheaded by Frankfort Fairness and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature numerous vendors, entertainment and children’s activities. 2017-10-06T11:25:04-04:00

Tinkering with alcohol ordinance raises need for bigger discussion

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
Now’s the time for citizens, and city and county government officials, in Franklin County to begin serious discussions on lifting the antiquated law that prevents the sale of package beer, wine and spirits on Sundays at retail and liquor stores. We can’t imagine how being able to pick up a six-pack to enjoy while watching Sunday afternoon football is going to prevent someone from going to church that morning. 2017-10-06T11:21:18-04:00

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton seeks to slow ‘slew of retirements’

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton sought to reassure government workers about upcoming pension reform in her remarks at a Franklin County Republican Party gathering Thursday night. “I’ve been going around visiting a lot of departments … and there’s been a whole slew of retirements,” Hampton told Republicans at the Frankfort Country Club. “I know people are worried. They’re hearing things. And they think that the governor is going to just pull a rug out from under them. And he’s not. He has said if you’re in a system, you will get what you’re promised.” 2017-10-06T11:15:54-04:00

Scandals overshadow Rick Pitino's successes

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
The downward spiral of Rick Pitino, the University of Louisville's head men's basketball coach, is costing the school more than money. 2017-10-06T11:11:19-04:00

One big snake: 8-foot-long skin found in home yard garners attention

October 6, 2017 - 12:54pm
A Danville family found what is believed to be the shedding of an 8 foot python in their front yard on Wednesday. The snake has not been seen. Officials say they aren’t sure if it was a prank or if someone has released such a reptile in the area. 2017-10-06T11:06:44-04:00

Actors Theatre artistic director Les Waters to step down from post next summer

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
The artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville is stepping down at the end of the season. Les Waters, who has served as artistic director for six seasons, will depart next summer to pursue personal projects, according to a press release sent Wednesday. A new artistic director will be chosen with the help of a firm that will be announced shortly. 2017-10-06T09:05:06-04:00

Louisville police sex abuse scandal: Scout's mom says LMPD supervisor urged her to keep quiet

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
The mother of an Explorer Scout claims the program's police leader urged her to keep quiet after an officer sent sexually inappropriate texts to her daughter. The statement was among more than 1,000 pages of evidence released Thursday in the criminal cases against ex-Officers Brandon Wood and Kenneth Betts, who are charged with felony sex offenses for allegedly abusing Scouts in a program for youths interested in law enforcement. Both have pleaded not guilty. 2017-10-06T08:57:41-04:00

Second Louisville Metro Council Committee approves soccer stadium proposal

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
Plans for a local professional soccer stadium garnered support from a second Louisville Metro Council committee Thursday, clearing the way for the proposal to go to the full council next week. 2017-10-06T08:54:50-04:00

Moody’s places UofL and foundation on review for potential downgrade, citing latest basketball scandal

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
Moody’s Investors Services has placed the University of Louisville and its foundation under a new review for a possible downgrade, citing in part the potential negative effects from the newest bombshell scandal of its men’s basketball program, which is alleged by federal prosecutors to have been part of a scheme to bribe recruits into attending the school. 2017-10-06T08:51:04-04:00

Man dies from assault injuries, wife charged with murder

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
A man who was allegedly assaulted by his wife last week died Wednesday from his injuries. 76-year-old Leon Hignite’s wife, Carol Ann Hignite, 68, was Leon’s caregiver and was charged Sept. 29 with first-degree assault. Police allege that she left him on the floor for days before calling for help. She remains at the Fayette County jail. Thursday, she was charged with murder in the death of her husband, according to police. 2017-10-06T08:17:35-04:00

Kentucky pension crisis: State retirees now outnumber active state workers

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
It’s impossible to know exactly who, where or when, but one day in 2016, a Kentucky state employee packed up her desk, said goodbye to her colleagues and retired. Once she hit the exit, the number of retirees drawing a pension from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (Non-Hazardous), the struggling $2.6 billion fund that serves most of state government, officially topped the number of active workers paying into it. The 60-year-old fund has been mathematically upside down from that day forward. 2017-10-06T08:14:49-04:00

The Nike swoosh is everywhere at UK. Here’s what the school gets in return.

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
At the University of Kentucky, the school’s $47 million apparel contract with Nike pales in comparison to Louisville’s latest deal with Adidas, but it contains many of the same components, including annual payments; millions of dollars worth of clothes, shoes and equipment; and lots of cautions. 2017-10-06T08:09:56-04:00

Keeneland has nearly $1 million in unclaimed tickets. Could some of that be yours?

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
Keeneland Race Course recently reported that there is a total of $994,967 in unclaimed winning pari-mutuel tickets a year old or older that were either tossed on the ground or stuffed into pockets and unforgotten. The fall meet for Keeneland starts Friday, Oct. 6. If you have any of those unclaimed tickets, you have until Nov. 1 to turn them in for cold, hard cash. 2017-10-06T08:04:39-04:00

Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man accused of shooting at helicopter, police

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
The man accused of shooting at a Kentucky Utilities helicopter and police has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, court records show. Earlier this month, Thomas Field VanMeter III was indicted on eight counts of attempted murder, eight counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of first-degree criminal mischief, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, buying/possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. 2017-10-06T07:59:27-04:00

Ashley Judd one of several women accusing powerful film executive of sexual harassment

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
Actor and activist Ashley Judd is at the center of a New York Times investigation of film producer Harvey Weinstein, which alleges decades of sexual harassment of numerous women by the movie mogul. The story, published Thursday, starts with a two-decade old incident in which Judd, a University of Kentucky graduate, recounts meeting with Weinstein at what she thought was a breakfast meeting at his hotel. 2017-10-06T07:51:53-04:00

Former Floyd Co. pastor pleads not guilty to federal child porn charges

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
A former Floyd County pastor has pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges. David Glenn Boyd, 53, of Wheelwright, was indicted on the charges last week, and court records show he was arrested and remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service earlier this week. 2017-10-06T07:43:19-04:00

Keeneland Fall Meet opens with new social media, concussion protection

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
Racing at the historic Lexington track begins Friday and runs through Oct. 28. A new Twitter handle and podcast will cater to bettors, and jockeys will have to complete baseline concussion assessments prior to being allowed to ride. 2017-10-06T07:34:37-04:00

Webster County Middle School teacher faces child porn charges

October 6, 2017 - 9:54am
A Webster County Middle School teacher has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Lucia Jenkins, 48 of Providence and a social studies teacher at WCMS, was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police Monday. 2017-10-06T07:30:46-04:00

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