Kentucky Press News Service

Pipeline wins federal OK to carry hazardous liquids across Kentucky

October 4, 2017 - 9:53am
The proposed conversion of a Kentucky natural gas pipeline has received federal authorization despite opponents’ concerns that the 70-year-old pipe was hazardous. In a decision released Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said converting the Tennessee Gas Pipeline from carrying natural gas to natural gas liquids does not “constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.” 2017-10-04T07:37:36-04:00

Yes, governor, we can try to regulate evil. But greed, cowardice are harder

October 4, 2017 - 9:53am
Gov. Matt Bevin's recent comments about not being able to regulate evil are a favorite gun-lobby dodge, and typical of politicians who are either in the pocket of the National Rifle Association or intimidated by the power that its scorched-earth tactics have on many conservative voters. 2017-10-04T07:33:24-04:00

Referee got death threats after UK’s NCAA loss. He’s now suing Kentucky Sports Radio

October 4, 2017 - 9:53am
A referee who received death threats after Kentucky’s loss in the NCAA tournament has filed a federal lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio; its founder, Matt Jones; and the company’s managing editor, Drew Franklin. 2017-10-04T07:25:00-04:00

Bevin urges students to take their Bibles to school on Oct. 6

October 4, 2017 - 9:53am
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin encouraged students in Kentucky to bring their Bibles to school on Thursday for a student-led initiative called “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” “This is absolutely your right to do this, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise,” Bevin said in a Facebook video posted Tuesday evening. 2017-10-04T07:22:54-04:00

These ancient Kentucky trees are disappearing. Here’s how to get one for your yard.

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
Oakland Farm owner Doug Witt and his niece, Laura Greenfield are partnering with other Central Kentucky farms and landmark properties to propagate and sell the offspring of native trees with special botanical or historical significance. Central Kentucky’s Inner Bluegrass region is one of only two places in America — the other is around Nashville, Tenn. — where centuries-old bur and chinkapin oaks, blue ash and kingnut hickory trees grew naturally in open pastures. But they are rapidly disappearing from the landscape, and not reproducing well, because of development and modern farming practices. 2017-10-03T12:39:50-04:00

Eastern Kentucky Wired

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water when it comes to Kentucky Wired. If critical politicians from the Golden Triangle want to demonstrate commitment to our region, that there is truly a new day in Frankfort, then focus all broadband construction in Eastern Kentucky. Congressman Hal Rogers delivered federal funding for dark fiber broadband, and Frankfort should too. It is time those down-state do the right thing and stop shortchanging the people of Eastern Kentucky. 2017-10-03T10:37:57-04:00

Now is prime time for getting flu shots

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
Don't let the warmer temperatures fool you: Flu season is approaching, and if you haven't done it already, now is the best time to get your shot. Specialists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people receive vaccinations before the first cases of flu appear in their community. With few exceptions, everyone who is at least 6 months old should receive a vaccination. Those particularly vulnerable to the flu include children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems. 2017-10-03T10:31:05-04:00

Corydon, Ky., man arrested, charged with possession of child porn

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
A Corydon, Ky., man, under investigation since April, faces new charges after a forensic analysis of his computer allegedly revealed a slew of pornographic images involving children. James M. Tompkins, 30, Corydon, was arrested Friday night on the most recent offense - possession or views of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. 2017-10-03T10:17:22-04:00

Growing tobacco: Henderson family one of few left doing it here

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
The Thurby family of Henderson County is one of the few left who farm tobacco. Foreign demand still makes it a lucrative crop, but even longtime growers like the Thurbys are learning new products, in their case raising beef cattle. 2017-10-03T10:11:11-04:00

Park offers geology bus tour with expert Tony Scales

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
On Oct. 14, join geologist and author Tony Scales and museum staff for a day-long bus tour from Big Stone Gap, Virginia. to the Kentucky/Virginia state line at Black Mountain with stops along the way. The focus of this guided tour is the geology of Southwest Virginia with up-close views of important sites of interest. Tony Scales served as a geologist for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy and has authored Natural Tunnel: Nature’s Marvel in Stone and The Breaks: The Grand Canyon of the South. 2017-10-03T10:08:25-04:00

State should hit pause button on floundering Kentucky Wired

October 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
The 3,000-mile network of fiber-optic cables was supposed to be built in a year, touching all 120 counties in Kentucky. Instead, crews have installed only 68 miles of tubing for the cables, nearly 13 miles of glass fiber and 6 miles of aerial fiber cables. State government has already paid $7 million in penalties to private-sector partners, and “tens of millions” more in penalties are possible. At minimum, the state needs to call timeout and reassess Kentucky Wired’s viability. To continue on the current path with no reasonable guarantee of success is unacceptable. 2017-10-03T09:58:33-04:00

Elizabethtown native in Vegas during shooting

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
Amy Dudgeon was staying at a hotel about two blocks away from the Las Vegas shooting Sunday night. The frightening experience also brought her in touch with a Las Vegas that was pulling together and helping each other. 2017-10-03T09:46:22-04:00

Danville appoints woman to ‘balance’ P&Z board

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
Danville City Commission has approved a new appointment to one of its seats on the local Planning and Zoning board — a woman Mayor Mike Perros said will bring “balance” to what has been a male-dominated board. 2017-10-03T09:42:32-04:00

Approval moves natural-gas liquids pipeline project forward

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given its go-ahead for a plan to repurpose a 964-mile natural gas pipeline, part of which runs through Boyle County. Critics of the plan say it could negatively impact the safety of people along the route, as well as natural resources. 2017-10-03T09:34:22-04:00

One year later: Crash survivor takes recovery moment by moment

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
Pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident that has left him paralyzed from the neck down, 23-year-old Elliot Feltner appreciates all the moments of his life on a new road to independence. 2017-10-03T09:27:13-04:00

Two arrested in deadly La Placita robbery, more arrests expected

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
Two women were arrested Sunday in connection with the March 17 robbery at La Placita market that left one man dead. Lilian Duron, 22, of Nashville, and Estrellita Soto, 33, of Madison, Tenn., were arrested on warrants charging them with first-degree robbery. Both were arraigned Monday in Warren District Court. Jose Cruz, 31, of Bowling Green, was shot and killed during the afternoon incident at the business on 710 Morgantown Road. 2017-10-03T09:20:31-04:00

Jurich remains on paid leave for now following trustees meeting

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
The University of Louisville board of trustees did not make any additional changes to the employment status of athletics director Tom Jurich Monday morning, following a two-hour closed session in which the trustees discussed the recruiting bribery scandal that has rocked the UofL basketball program. 2017-10-03T07:53:15-04:00

Local coalition aims to fund two-year college tuition for every Jefferson County Public Schools graduate

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
A broad coalition of Louisville nonprofits, government and businesses plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to enable every Jefferson County Public Schools graduate to obtain at least a two-year college degree. The effort, called Louisville Promise, is in its early stages, but organizers hope to raise funds from local philanthropic organizations, governments, wealthy donors and local residents to cover tuition costs and fees that remain after scholarships and federal and state grants. 2017-10-03T07:50:22-04:00

St. Joseph Hospital bribery, kickback trial set; 1 key employee pleaded guilty

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
A federal judge on Monday scheduled a Dec. 18 trial for a contractor accused of paying bribes and kickbacks to a former St. Joseph Hospital executive. The trial of contractor Rocky Williams is expected to take three days in Lexington, Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj Gupta told U.S. District Court Judge Danny Reeves. James Newton, former executive director of facilities for the hospital, pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Newton will not be sentenced until after Williams’ trial. 2017-10-03T07:45:18-04:00

Transylvania student targeted for deportation now heads to Washington, D.C.

October 3, 2017 - 9:52am
A Transylvania University senior who was targeted by a fellow student because of her immigration status is headed to Washington this week to advocate for a new immigration law. Paola Garcia is one of 100 "Dreamers" who will put a human face on the need for new legislation and plans to meet with members of Kentucky's congressional delegation. 2017-10-03T07:40:10-04:00

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