Kentucky Press News Service

‘Throw them out!’ Kentucky teachers pack the Capitol again with message for legislators.

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Thousands of teachers returned to the state Capitol Friday to keep pressure on lawmakers to fund education and to protest a new pension law that is being challenged in court. Unlike another massive protest on April 2 that attracted thousands of protesters to the Capitol, Friday’s event was limited by Kentucky State Police for security reasons to only 500 people inside the Capitol at one time. But they proved just as vocal with chants like “Throw them out!” State lawmakers, meeting at 10 a.m. to consider vetoes by Gov. Matt Bevin, were well aware of their presence. 2018-04-13T12:35:49-04:00

Fire breaks out in Corbin store; witnesses heard explosions

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
The Corbin Fire Department is currently on scene battling a fire at the W.D. Bryant store on Main Street in Corbin. A fire apparently broke out in the paint storage area some time before noon. A witness on scene said multiple explosions could be heard inside the building prior to the fire. The fire has spread into the ceiling of the building. When asked if the fire could be related so a similar incident at Tractor Supply in Williamsburg earlier in the morning, Corbin Police Chief Rusty Hedrick said, “We aren’t ruling anything out.” 2018-04-13T12:22:36-04:00

Gunfire leads deputies to naked toddlers, dead dogs, drugs

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of gunfire in the Saxton area arrested two people after they reportedly found two naked toddlers, two dead dogs and a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine Wednesday night. Deputies arrested Brandon Askins, 28 ,and Tara Warman, 28, both of Williamsburg following an investigation at a residence. Outside the home, deputies reported finding a flat screen television that had been shot multiple times. Deputies also found a dead dog, which Askins admitted to shooting earlier in the day. 2018-04-13T12:14:27-04:00

General Dynamics closing Corbin facility, moving staff to London

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Officials with General Dynamics confirmed that the company will be closing its facility in Corbin and merging it with a larger facility in London. According to a statement released Wednesday, the transition will begin in May. “All employees currently working at the Corbin facility will retain their positions and be transferred to the London facility,” the statement continued. 2018-04-13T12:12:01-04:00

Taxing logic in the Kentucky legislature

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Politicians generally tilt in the direction of convenience and opportunism rather than toward strict logical consistency. So does human nature, for that matter. Some logical inconsistencies are worth remarking, though, such as the one exhibited by 12 Republican lawmakers who voted for a state budget but against the tax package on which that budget depended. Call them the Wishful Thinking Caucus. 2018-04-13T12:06:03-04:00

Are teachers disrupting education with school closures?

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Are teachers standing up for public education or unnecessarily disrupting the school calendar for a political protest? When legislators returned Friday for the final two days of the regular legislative session, they’re have been joined by a crowd of teachers. That crowd includes many teachers whose school districts canceled classes because of a lack of substitutes. Other school districts have explicitly stated they’re closing to allow for teacher advocacy. The divide in public opinion about the closure was on full display when Franklin County Schools on Wednesday announced its closure. 2018-04-13T11:58:24-04:00

Kentucky teachers are rallying at the Capitol in a fight for public education

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Lawmakers returning to Frankfort for the final days of the legislative session were greeted once more by angry teachers, many of whom plan to flex their political muscle at a "day of action." Hundreds gathered in the morning, waiting outside to walk through metal detectors and enter the Capitol building or joining in chants like, "What do we want? Funding! When do we want it? Now!" 2018-04-13T11:04:20-04:00

Authorities find ‘hazardous device’ that looked like bomb at Williamsburg store

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Local, state and federal authorities are investigating the discovery of a dangerous device at Tractor Supply in Williamsburg early Friday morning. According to the Williamsburg Police Department, Penny Lane, near where the store is located, was closed at about 5 a.m. Friday to investigate the “hazardous device.” 2018-04-13T10:59:49-04:00

KSP charges Estill man with child sexual exploitation offenses

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Andy Estes, 42, Thursday on charges related to child sexual exploitation. According to a KSP news release, Estes, an Still County resident, was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect using social media to engage in sexual conduct and communication with minors. 2018-04-13T10:43:44-04:00

Charter schools are back in play

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision to veto budget and tax reform legislation means two controversial school-choice measures that previously appeared dead for the session could be back in play. The measures — one for charter school funding and the other for a scholarship tax credit program — have generated mostly Republican support. But when the GOP-controlled legislature unveiled its budget bill and tax overhaul last week, neither had made it in. The legislature has until midnight Saturday to override Bevin’s vetoes. An override would require 51 votes in the Senate and 20 votes in the House. 2018-04-13T10:35:29-04:00

Long lines of Kentucky teachers return to Capitol to deliver message on education

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
Kentucky teachers were returning to the state Capitol in large numbers on Friday to deliver a message to state lawmakers about public education. Many school districts, including the state’s largest, closed on Friday because so many teachers were expected to head to lawmaker. On April 2, thousands of teachers descended on the Capitol to protest surprise pension legislation and cuts to public education. 2018-04-13T09:25:17-04:00

Spring breaks through as high temp reaches 81

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
After days of wintry weather continually interrupted spring's arrival across the state, a triumphant sun and warm winds took control Thursday. Families took advantage of the temperatures to fish and take their kids to the park as the temperature climbed to 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah. Overnight lows were expected to reach 60 degrees. Partly sunny and warm weather is expected to continue for most of today, with a high of 77 and low of 60. 2018-04-13T09:19:05-04:00

O.Z. Tyler Distillery will join state's bourbon trail June 1

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
Earl Hewlette, CEO of Terressentia Corp., had waited a decade for Thursday -- the day he was able to sell a bottle of Kentucky bourbon for the first time. Terressentia's O.Z. Tyler Distillery, which is producing 70,000 barrels of bourbon a year in Owensboro, finally had bourbon aged enough to sell. Jacob Call, master distiller and operations manager, said 850 bottles were available at the distillery during Thursday's celebration, and several hundred six-bottle cases had been shipped by distributors to stores around Kentucky. 2018-04-13T09:15:24-04:00

Henderson woman accused of near-fatal child beating wants out of jail

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
A Henderson woman accused in the "near-fatal" beating of a child on Easter Sunday has asked a judge to place her in home incarceration. That request was denied. During an appearance Wednesday in Henderson District Court, Cheyenne Littlepage, 21, not only waived a preliminary hearing -- which sent the criminal abuse case against her to the next session of the Henderson County grand jury -- but she also asked Judge Jill Brady to allow her to leave the jail. 2018-04-13T09:05:11-04:00

3 nominated to fill vacant circuit judge seat

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., Thursday announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court vacancy for Clark and Madison counties. The counties make up the 25th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 1st Division. The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Brandy Oliver Brown of Berea, Heidi Beth Engel of Winchester and Jeffrey M. Walson of Winchester. 2018-04-13T09:02:12-04:00

ACLU of Kentucky and Louisville Urban League want to protect gang members, lobbyist says

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
Louisville civil rights groups are taking the side of violent gangs who are shooting up homes and kids, a lobbyist for the Kentucky League of Cities said Wednesday. Bryanna Carroll, director of government affairs for the league, singled out the ACLU of Kentucky and Louisville Urban League for their opposition to House Bill 169, which significantly increases penalties for activity it says is gang related. African-American legislators and progressive groups have slammed the bill, saying it will be used to target black and Hispanic young people. The ACLU and Urban League held a press conference Wednesday calling on lawmakers to kill the bill. 2018-04-13T08:51:23-04:00

Kentucky tax reform bill inadvertently cut credit used by Toyota and other manufacturers

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
The chairmen of the General Assembly's budget committees say the tax bill lawmakers rushed to passage last week inadvertently cut an important tax credit used by Toyota and some of Kentucky's other big manufacturers. Both Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, and Rep. Steven Rudy, R-Paducah, said that they expect lawmakers will fix that problem on Friday if the General Assembly overrides Bevin's veto of the tax bill. 2018-04-13T08:46:22-04:00

Three big things to watch when Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort today

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
Kentucky lawmakers will return to Frankfort today with two days remaining to put the finishing touches on a chaotic 2018 legislative session. They face several difficult decisions as they conclude a session that began with a sexual harassment scandal and wound down with massive teacher protests as Republican leaders shoved pension reform and tax reform through the legislative process with no public input. Here are three big things to watch Friday. 2018-04-13T08:31:26-04:00

Police plan to limit number of teachers protesting inside Kentucky Capitol today

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
Thousands of teachers are expected to converge on Kentucky’s Capitol Friday, but they may have a hard time getting in the building. Kentucky State Police say they plan to limit the number of visitors allowed inside at any given time, citing safety concerns. State police were working Thursday with the state fire marshal’s office to determine how many people should be allowed in the building at one time. Several longtime employees in the Capitol said Thursday they could not recall a time when the state imposed a capacity limit for the Capitol. 2018-04-13T08:25:22-04:00

Frankfort schools to provide buses for today's rally at Capitol

April 13, 2018 - 10:21am
Local school buses will again be used to ferry educators to a rally at the Capitol today. This time, the buses are owned by Frankfort Independent Schools rather than Franklin County Schools, which allowed the Kentucky Education Association to use its buses for a teacher protest on April 2. KEA agreed to pay all costs incurred by the district. Another education rally has been planned today and 40 school districts have canceled classes because of a lack of substitutes or to allow educators to protest. 2018-04-13T08:20:03-04:00

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