Kentucky Press News Service

Iconic Pike restaurant to close

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
A historic Coal Run restaurant, the Windmill Family Restaurant, is sheduled to close at the end of the month after serving customers for decades. “I’m ready to retire. I’ve been here for 32 years. I’m ready for a break,” said restaurant operator Patricia Walls. According to Walls, she and her husband came to Pikeville 32 years ago, without ever visiting before, because a friend had asked them to come and manage the restaurant. 2018-03-23T09:35:07-04:00

Harlan airport upgrades still underway

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
The Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport has undergone some improvements over the last few years, some necessary because of heavy damage sustained by the facility because of severe winter weather in 2015. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley advised the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce during a recent meeting on the improvements and upgrades made since severe weather caused the collapse of the airport’s hangar building and damaged other parts of the facility. 2018-03-23T09:16:34-04:00

Evidence turned over in murder, arson case involving teen

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
Prosecutors have started providing evidence in the case against a juvenile charged with murder and first-degree arson in the death of a Logan County man. Lance D'artagnan Lear, 16, of Auburn, appeared Thursday in Logan Circuit Court for a pretrial conference in his criminal case. Lear is accused of using gasoline to start a fire at Jerry Caudill's Auburn residence on June 7. Caudill, 69, died of smoke inhalation. 2018-03-23T09:12:23-04:00

Purchase area populations remaining flat

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
McCracken County gained 43 residents in the past year, continuing a flat population trend since the year 2000, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Census data released Wednesday put McCracken County's 2017 population at 65,385, just slightly up from the 2016 total of 65,342. McCracken County's population was 65,514 in 2000. In addition to McCracken, the population inched higher in four other Jackson Purchase counties in 2017. 2018-03-23T09:08:17-04:00

McLean County board accepts McLean superintendent's resignation

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
Several actions taken during the McLean County Board of Education's regular Thursday meeting have seemingly put an end to weeks of uncertainty in the school district. The board, again, voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Superintendent Terry Hayes. That action came on Thursday after the board voted to rescind a March 12 motion to accept his resignation and approved a settlement agreement and release between the board and Hayes. 2018-03-23T09:04:55-04:00

City of Crossgate sues VA to stop replacement hospital, alleging illegal and biased site-selection process

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
A federal lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by the city of Crossgate — the small city of 240 residents adjacent to the site of the VA’s proposed $1 billion replacement hospital. The city asserts that the agency violated federal law in its site-selection process and asked the court to prohibit it from beginning construction on the project. Last October, the VA issued a final record of decision naming the Midlands greenfield property near the intersection of Brownsboro Road and the Watterson Expressway as the site of Louisville’s hospital to replace the Robley Rex VA Medical Center on Zorn Avenue. 2018-03-23T09:01:05-04:00

Small pharmacy bill expected to pass

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
Supporters are hopeful that a bill introduced in the legislature to ensure fair prices on Medicaid prescriptions for smaller, independent pharmacies will make it to the governor’s desk for a signature. Rep. Myron Dossett said the measure, known as Senate Bill 5, has very broad support in the Kentucky House of Representatives and the Kentucky Senate, and he believes it will pass this session. 2018-03-23T08:57:18-04:00

Tense words as ban on controversial abortion procedure advances out of Kentucky Senate

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
Emotions ran high in a Senate committee Thursday afternoon as the panel approved a bill that would ban a common form of abortion for women who are 11 or more weeks pregnant. The measure then went to the full Senate, where it was approved 31-5. The House must now decide if it will accept or reject changes made to the bill by the Senate. 2018-03-23T08:48:02-04:00

EKU urges cutting 200 jobs, closing one campus

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson recommended $25 million in budget cuts Thursday that would affect nearly every level of the Richmond-based school. His plan would cut 200 positions, close its Danville campus, eliminate academic programs and slash athletics spending by 20 percent, which might mean shutting down one or two sports teams. 2018-03-23T08:39:54-04:00

A proposal to curb solar power in Kentucky is unfair and confusing, former top regulator says

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
Add the former head of Kentucky's Public Service Commission to those opposing a bill that would dramatically alter the relationship between people with rooftop solar power and their electric utilities. Lexington attorney James Gardner told a key lawmaker in an email that House Bill 227 was confusing and would prevent the commission from considering any benefits of solar power in deciding how much credit rooftop solar customers would get for any extra electricity they generate. 2018-03-23T08:33:40-04:00

As Senate budget takes money from teacher pensions to fund others, some claim retaliation

March 23, 2018 - 9:56am
The Kentucky Senate on Tuesday passed a budget bill that would slash funding to the Teachers' Retirement System and move it to pension plans for state employees and police. Critics say the move is in retaliation to teachers' opposition to the pension reform bill, which stalled this month amid loud protests. But supporters of the bill say it puts pension dollars where they are needed most. 2018-03-23T08:29:17-04:00

Finalists named for local superintendent positions

March 22, 2018 - 6:56pm
Out of a combined 36 candidates for superintendent spots in the Bardstown Independent and Nelson County schools, seven applicants have been named as finalists for local superintendent positions, including two local principals, two current superintendents, two district directors and an assistant superintendent who is a finalist for both districts. Applicants include individuals from Spencer County, Greenup County, Russell Independent, Trigg County and Marion County schools, as well as local applicants. 2018-03-22T16:32:20-04:00

Bill would ‘eviscerate’ Kentucky’s government transparency law, advocates warn

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
Any government official in Kentucky would be able to use a personal device, such as a cell phone or laptop, to conduct government business and keep the records private under legislation being pushed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer. “This is a major, major reversal on Kentucky’s existing open records law,” said Jon Fleischaker, a Louisville attorney who was the primary author of Kentucky’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act. 2018-03-22T14:54:51-04:00

Kentucky Republican lawmaker wants to hide emails like Hillary Clinton did, critics say

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
A measure declaring that emails and text messages sent on public officials' privately owned devices are not public records surfaced in a Senate committee Wednesday and was approved, setting off alarms among advocates for government transparency. “I think this is the same issue as was brought to public attention by the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s private email account,” said Amye Bensenhaver, director of the Bluegrass Institute’s Center for Open Government, referring to Clinton's use of a private email server while U.S. secretary of state. Bensenhaver said the provision "represents the single most devastating blow to transparency in government in my 27 years of involvement with the Kentucky Open Records and Meetings Law.” 2018-03-22T14:17:54-04:00

Former owner of Hazard care facility pleads guilty to theft

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Thursday announced the former owner of a Hazard care facility has pleaded guilty to eight counts of theft. Donna Grigsby, 50, formerly of Hazard, entered guilty pleas to multiple misdemeanor counts in Perry District Court March 20. The plea relates to Grigsby’s ownership of Mountain Serenity Inc., formerly located at 490 Williams Branch Road in Hazard, in December 2015, according to a state news release. 2018-03-22T14:06:30-04:00

Beshear: Mom, caretaker plead guilty to defrauding Medicaid

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Thursday announced the guilty pleas of a London mom and a caretaker who defrauded Kentucky’s Medicaid program out of thousands of dollars meant to fund care for the mom’s son. 2018-03-22T13:52:31-04:00

Tweet about shooting Congressman John Yarmuth is so stupid it's not worth writing about

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
I have decided I’m not going to write about Republican Secretary of State candidate Carl Nett and his asinine tweet on Tuesday in which he essentially called for the assassination of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. What can be said that hasn’t already been said about how stupid the tweet was? I mean, it would be dumb coming from anyone. But it’s even worse when it comes from someone who claims to have been a member of the U.S. Secret Service, an agency that would have sent a team of agents to investigate anyone who tweeted such a ridiculous thing to an American president. And that’s why I’m not writing about Nett’s asinine tweet. 2018-03-22T13:38:45-04:00

Parts of Kentucky could see more snow this weekend

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for a region that includes northern Kentucky. The weather service said the area could get 3 to 5 inches of snow beginning late Friday night and continuing through late Saturday night. Difficult travel conditions and reductions in visibility are predicted in northern Kentucky. 2018-03-22T13:14:41-04:00

Police: Murder suspect commits suicide

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies say a suspect in a fatal shooting committed suicide when he was confronted Wednesday afternoon near Laurel Lake. The suspect has been identified as Kenneth W. Lipscomb, 55, of London, who reportedly killed himself following a pursuit along Flatwoods Road off of Level Green Road. Lipscomb became a person of interest to law enforcement after officers discovered a body at his residence on Hunter’s Trace, approximately one-half mile west of London off of Ky. 192 at approximately 5 p.m. Officers went to the residence after receiving a phone tip on the possible whereabouts of a missing person, and conducted a welfare check. 2018-03-22T13:00:09-04:00

Louisville officials schedule meeting with Xavier coach Chris Mack for head coach opening

March 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
Officials from the University of Louisville are scheduled to meet with Xavier coach Chris Mack for the first time this weekend to discuss the school's opening for a head men's basketball coach, a source with knowledge of the interview process told Courier Journal. Mack has long been considered the top coach on Louisville's list, and the scheduled meeting is the first sign of the coaching search process taking shape. 2018-03-22T12:55:20-04:00

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