Kentucky Press News Service

Retired general begins vital mission

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Iacocca quickly put boots to the ground and is off and running as Knox Regional Development Alliance’s new president and chief executive officer. Iacocca was introduced as KRDA’s selection for the leadership position last Octo­ber. Since assuming the duties Jan. 2, Iacocca has begun a listening tour through meetings with KRDA investors and key business and community leaders locally and across the region. 2018-01-18T15:22:24-05:00

Spiller gave much to country, city, family

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
It is certain that many people in our community were saddened at the passing of retired Col. Robert Ernest Spiller. Spiller, 89, of Oakland, died peacefully at home Saturday after a short illness. For those who knew “the Colonel” – which is a lot of people in this community – he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. He would’ve wanted to pass surrounded by his beloved wife, Cora Jane Spiller, and his large family, rather than in a hospital bed or nursing home. 2018-01-18T15:20:36-05:00

University president makes a welcome cold call

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Murray State University’s president, Dr. Bob Davies, helped make one student’s snow day extra special on Tuesday. Sydney Owen, a junior from Owensboro, tweeted to Davies late Monday night asking if he could bring her an egg so she could make cookies. 2018-01-18T15:15:07-05:00

Why’s Bevin cutting services, ignoring tax breaks?

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Gov. Matt Bevin, in his budget address Tuesday night, assured his audience that the decision to eliminate state funding for 70 programs was “thoughtful, not indiscriminate.” Like so much in Bevin’s address — indeed in his time in office — the details were fuzzy. 2018-01-18T15:12:11-05:00

For many, Medicaid should be a bridge

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to require many able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or take courses in order to receive health benefits from the program received federal approval last week. Kentucky becomes the first state in the nation to implement such requirements. Many able-bodied recipients between the ages of 19 and 64 will have to complete 80 hours per month of "community engagement" to continue to be covered. 2018-01-18T14:49:07-05:00

Medicaid policy is liberating

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Every summer, Americans celebrate Independence Day and amidst all the picnics, ballgames and fireworks, some of us still try to honor the spirit of rugged individualism that America was built on. Here in Kentucky, many of us trace our roots back to hearty pioneers who followed the path through the Cumberland Gap, or who floated down the Ohio River on flatboats to settle this wild and beautiful land. 2018-01-18T14:20:53-05:00

Trafficking a problem worldwide

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
While there has long been a misconception that slavery is a thing of the past, especially in the U.S., the truth of the matter is that modern-slavery is very common. There are more then 25 million victims of modern-day slavery worldwide (if forced marriage is included, those statistics jump to more than 40 million victims). 2018-01-18T14:13:18-05:00

Louisville didn't make the cut for Amazon's second HQ, but some nearby cities did

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
Louisville didn't make the cut for Amazon's top 20 locations for its second headquarters, but some nearby cities did. Among the Amazon finalists are three of Louisville's "peer" cities, according to a list by Greater Louisville Project, an independent civic initiative that conducts various urban research projects. 2018-01-18T14:07:44-05:00

State releases December 2017 unemployment report

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to a Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics press release. According to the agency, which is part of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017. 2018-01-18T14:06:14-05:00

Jeffrey collaborating in 'Songs of Elvis Presley'

January 18, 2018 - 4:52pm
It's well-known that the King of Rock 'n' Roll will never die -- and performers are about to renew his memory in Nashville. Paducah native Terry Mike Jeffrey is collaborating with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for "The Songs of Elvis Presley." Joining them for an appearance is Priscilla Presley, former wife of the legend. 2018-01-18T13:52:35-05:00

Men hurt in Carlisle stabbing were trying to assist woman

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
BARDWELL — Two men injured in a roadside stabbing on New Year's Day were attempting to help a woman who was uncomfortable with the man she was riding with, police testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Hill, the only witness to testify at the hearing, said Aaron Parker and Dale Simon were found injured on the side of U.S. 51 in Carlisle County. Simon was in a pool of blood from injuries. 2018-01-18T13:46:23-05:00

Bill calls for state guidelines for substance abuse treatment centers

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
A bill up for consideration in Frankfort during the current legislative session would require the state to develop quality standards for all state-licensed substance abuse treatment centers. House Bill 124 is sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, a Florence Republican, and Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, a Taylor Mill Republican. The bill calls for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services to review the state's current licensing standards for substance abuse treatment programs and develop "enhanced licensure and quality standards" by January of next year. 2018-01-18T13:42:38-05:00

Coal severance funds going towards the purchase of new Whitley ambulance

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
Whitley County EMS will be getting a new ambulance thanks to coal severance money. The Whitley County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to transfer $74,000 in coal severance funds to Whitley County EMS. 2018-01-18T13:28:14-05:00

Duke Energy brings solar field into service

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
Duke Energy Kentucky’s solar energy plant went into service Dec. 14, 2017, and is now producing additional electricity for local homes with its 11,500 solar panels. Approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in July 2017, the renewable energy project can produce 2.7 megawatts of electricity, or enough power to supply 550 average-sized homes with electricity, at full capacity. 2018-01-18T13:22:25-05:00

Buffalo Trace announces record-breaking year for visitors

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
As bourbon sales continue to grow, bourbon tourism is growing at an equally rapid pace, at least for Buffalo Trace Distillery. In 2017, the Frankfort-based distillery set a new record for visitation, Buffalo Trace announced Thursday. The distillery ended 2017 with 201,491 guests — an increase of 18 percent in visitation over last calendar year, and a total increase of 287 percent since 2010. 2018-01-18T12:28:54-05:00

Budget bill would make it easier to lay off state workers

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
As proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin, the budget bill before state legislators would make it easier for agencies to lay off state employees. Bevin presented his budget proposal in a speech to a joint session of the General Assembly Tuesday night. Among the major items in House Bill 200, which lays out the state’s budget, is the elimination of some 70 state programs. It also includes language that would rewrite the process agencies follow when laying off workers. 2018-01-18T12:18:46-05:00

Lexington TV show host’s comment riles Frankfort residents

January 18, 2018 - 1:52pm
After a co-host on a talk show called for the city of Frankfort to be demolished in conjunction with the convention center, he and the TV show have come under fire for the statement. During Monday’s episode of “Hey Kentucky!,” Dr. Ricky Jones, professor and chair of the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies, said, “The city of Frankfort should be destroyed along with the convention center.” 2018-01-18T12:14:38-05:00

Kentucky State Police officials 'feel good' about their place in Gov. Bevin's budget proposal

January 18, 2018 - 10:52am
Millions of dollars were trimmed from Kentucky State Police's requested budget, but the agency will still get its big ticket items — new cars, guns and a modern radio system — if lawmakers pass Gov. Matt Bevin's proposal. "Considering others got cut, we feel good," KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders told the Courier Journal Wednesday. 2018-01-18T09:46:33-05:00

Kentucky's budget puzzle is missing a huge piece: pension reform

January 18, 2018 - 10:52am
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A major missing piece in the lean 2018-20 state budget proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday is the impact of a pension reform bill that legislative leaders are secretly writing and hope to file soon. “If the General Assembly intends to pass a pension bill, then I don’t think the budget outlook is complete. And from what I’m expecting in the pension bill, it would make a very big difference,” said Jason Bailey, executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. 2018-01-18T09:42:27-05:00

University leaders realizing depth of budget cuts

January 18, 2018 - 10:52am
After Gov. Matt Bevin announced his proposed two-year budget Tuesday night, higher education leaders breathed a sigh of relief. The Republican governor’s plan to cut the state’s allocation to public higher education by 6.25 percent — about $72 million a year — was less than many had expected. 2018-01-18T09:37:23-05:00

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