Kentucky Press News Service

New industry coming to Leitchfield

March 21, 2018 - 12:55pm
The City of Leitchfield announced March 19 that a new industry will soon open up in Leitchfield, employing 30 people. Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason made the announcement during the regular Leitchfield City Council meeting held Monday night. 2018-03-21T11:04:09-04:00

Donations being accepted after five young children left without parents

March 21, 2018 - 12:55pm
The Paz-Holley Project has raised $2,000 of its $100,000 goal to build or remodel a home for the Paz-Holley family of Adair County who are caring for 10 children; last year five of the children were left without a parent when their father, Reuben Paz, was arrested and charged with murdering their mother, Linda (Holley) Paz. The goal of the Paz-Holley Project is to raise $100,000 to build a home or remodel an existing home so that the family will have a suitable living environment to raise the kids. 2018-03-21T10:30:29-04:00

State to remove campaign signs

March 21, 2018 - 12:55pm
Political candidates and other individuals and businesses with illegal signs placed on state highway department rights-of-way are being warned their signs will be taken down next week. Between March 26 and 30, highway crews in Letcher County and the six other counties that make Highway District 12 will blitz through each county to remove signs that are illegally installed on state property. 2018-03-21T09:59:05-04:00

Man killed in incident with KSP trooper identified

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
The man who was fatally shot by a Kentucky State Police trooper Monday evening on farmland in Utica has been identified. Rueben T. Ruffin Jr., 24, of Frankfort was shot by KSP Trooper Blake Owens shortly before 5 p.m. Monday on a farm in the 300 block of Hill Bridge Road. The incident is under investigation by KSP's Critical Incident Response Team, and Owens has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 2018-03-21T09:21:57-04:00

Looking great at 108

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Even if Josephine Malone took the advice on one of her birthday cards -- "Count your age in friends, not years" -- she might wind up older than most. After all, you don't make it to 108 without meeting quite a few people. 2018-03-21T09:18:37-04:00

GOP secretary of state candidate Carl Nett tweets about shooting Rep. John Yarmuth

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Republican secretary of state candidate Carl Nett tweeted about shooting Congressman John Yarmuth Tuesday morning, which drew widespread criticism, including from his own party. In response to Yarmuth tweeting a photo Monday of his new “F” button on his chest — proudly representing his F rating from the National Rifle Association — Nett replied: “Move it over just a bit. I was trained center mass.” Law enforcement and military are trained to shoot center mass, meaning the upper torso. 2018-03-21T09:15:48-04:00

Kentucky students host school safety teach-in, rally in Frankfort

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Hours after news broke of a school shooting in Maryland, Kentucky students— including multiple Jefferson County students — met in the state capital for a school safety teach-in and rally Tuesday, hoping to help end what has become a cycle of school shootings and inaction. After spending the day in training on how to be student activists, a group of Fern Creek High School students walked out of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort to head to the final part of their day: A rally to speak out against gun violence. 2018-03-21T09:12:43-04:00

Bevin's relationship with GOP lawmakers hits bottom at key point in his governorship

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
State Rep. Bart Rowland reacted quickly to Gov. Matt Bevin’s comments last week that teachers were being selfish in their protests against benefit cuts in the pension bill. “I took it as a personal insult when the Governor called our teachers short-sighted and ignorant,” the Tompkinsville Republican wrote on his Facebook page. “Many of my friends and family are teachers, including my wife.” Sen. Max Wise, a Campbellsville Republican, said on his Facebook page that Bevin’s comments “questioning the intelligence and integrity of teachers do not reflect my own position.” 2018-03-21T09:09:30-04:00

Compromise or 'complete and utter sham'? Kentucky's solar bill is in dispute ... again

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
The bill that many critics say would put the skids on rooftop solar in Kentucky has had an an off-again, on-again journey in Frankfort – one that's also engendered a fair amount of ill will and disagreement. There were those charges – that were denied – that Republican leaders were stacking a House committee with favorable votes when they added new members while it seemed the bill was bogged down. That was the maneuver Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, described as "an insidious malignancy that can infect a democracy." 2018-03-21T09:02:34-04:00

EKU’s board met behind closed doors for five hours. Faculty want to know why.

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Eastern Kentucky University is preparing to cut up to $25 million from its next two-year budget, a move that is expected to bring program and personnel cuts that have not yet been made public. So several faculty were alarmed Monday when the EKU Board of Regents met behind closed doors for five hours, according to the Richmond Register. An agenda for the specially-called meeting said the secret session was to discuss “litigation and/or discipline or dismissal of an individual employee.” 2018-03-21T09:00:22-04:00

Three weeks after promising tax reform plan, key Kentucky lawmaker admits he ‘failed’

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Less than three weeks after he boldly promised Kentucky lawmakers would consider comprehensive tax reform during the 2018 legislative session, House budget committee Chairman Steve Rudy admitted Tuesday he had “failed.” Rudy, R-Paducah, told the committee he hadn’t had time to craft a tax overhaul plan for them and likely wouldn’t in coming days. Tuesday was the 53rd day of Kentucky’s 60-workday legislative session. He made the acknowledgment after the committee discussed but did not vote on House Bill 609, a proposal to raise the state’s gas tax by 10 cents per gallon — from 26 cents to 36 cents. 2018-03-21T08:51:43-04:00

Mom pulls out own baby during C-section delivery

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Over the course of her career as a midwife, Emily Dial has helped birth more than 800 babies. All three of her own deliveries, however, have been C-sections. “[It’s] ironic, because not many midwifes can say they’ve opted for a C-section,” said Dial, who is also a nurse practitioner and lifelong resident of Lawrenceburg. Far fewer can claim they’ve pulled their own baby out of the incision by hand. 2018-03-21T08:45:25-04:00

Officer kills suspect in home invasion; suspect identified

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
UPDATED: Scott County Coroner John Goble has identified the man killed early Tuesday by a Georgetown police officer as Joel Pflum of Sutton Place Boulevard in Georgetown. Pflum, 32, was shot about 12:30 a.m. during a home invasion, Police Chief Mike Bosse said. Goble said Pflum died of a gunshot wound to his upper chest. He was pronounced dead at Georgetown Community Hospital at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Bosse said the incident involved a heavy-armed, home-invasion suspect who pointed a handgun at officers, Bosse said. 2018-03-21T08:39:19-04:00

Frankfort resident's heroics earn TOP COPS Award

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Frankfort resident Gregg Muravchick, director of Transylvania University’s Department of Public Safety, doesn’t believe in coincidence. Perhaps that’s why, when a former university student wielded a machete on campus last April, Muravichick’s training and quick thinking kicked in. 2018-03-21T08:31:40-04:00

Trial set in death of child in foster care

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
A December trial date was set Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court for a Radcliff man charged with murder after police say he struck a foster child in his care, causing his death. Billy Paul Embry-Martin, 33, will stand trial Dec. 3. He is charged with murder in the death of Hunter Payton, 4. 2018-03-21T08:27:29-04:00

Financial literacy measure ‘a huge step’ for Kentucky students

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Alex Todd has advocated for a financial literacy graduation requirement for 10 years. Monday night, the state of Kentucky moved another step closer to making that requirement a reality. The state Senate voted 35-3 in favor of House Bill 132, which was sponsored by state Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown. “It’s a huge step,” said Todd, who teaches financial literacy at Elizabethtown High School. 2018-03-21T08:24:16-04:00

2 found dead in Burlington apartment shooting

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
Two people were found dead of gunshot wounds in an apartment in Burlington on Wednesday morning, deputies said. Boone County Sheriff’s deputies said they were called to an apartment off of Burlington Pike at 3:40 a.m. Deputies said a woman and a man were found in the apartment. Deputies said the cause of death appears to be gunshot wounds. The victims have not been identified. 2018-03-21T08:19:13-04:00

Officials seeking new resting place for pre-Civil War family

March 21, 2018 - 9:54am
The old cemetery has some history, says Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall. It’s been abandoned, and trees have grown up in the area that likely was once a family cemetery. None of the family lives in Guthrie anymore, where the community is making way for progress and a new industrial development that will bring in both economic investment and jobs 2018-03-21T08:07:11-04:00

Jury wants nurse to serve 20 years in prison, but not for killing 6-year-old

March 20, 2018 - 6:54pm
A jury recommended Tuesday that Ronald Exantus serve 20 years in prison for assaulting the sisters and father of 6-year-old Logan Tipton, who was stabbed to death in his bed. Late Monday, the Lexington jury found Exantus not guilty by reason of insanity for the 2015 death of the Versailles kindergartner in the same attack that injured his relatives. The jury found Exantus guilty but mentally ill on the assaults. With the 20-year sentence, it’s possible Exantus could be eligible for parole in as little as 22 months, but that doesn’t mean he would get it. 2018-03-20T16:51:28-04:00

These Kentucky school districts are closing Wednesday as teachers rally in Frankfort

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
At least five Eastern Kentucky school districts will close Wednesday as their teachers rally in Frankfort against proposed pension cuts that have sparked outrage among public employees across the state. The county school districts in Pike, Lawrence, Martin and Carter counties will be closed Wednesday, along with the Ashland Independent School District in Boyd County. Between 400 and 500 Pike County public school employees will attend the rally Wednesday, said Patricia Lea Collins, the Head Start and preschool director for Pike County Schools who helped organize the rally. 2018-03-20T14:12:01-04:00