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Barren Fiscal Court to vote on needle exchange

December 7, 2017 - 1:03pm
Barren County Fiscal Court will vote next week on whether to establish a needle exchange program in the county. Dennis Chaney, director of the Barren River District Health Department, said the needle exchange program would give intravenous drug users a chance to trade dirty used needles for clean ones and receive screenings for diseases spread through blood sharing, such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. 2017-12-07T10:55:44-05:00

Halfway house draws fire after second escape

December 7, 2017 - 1:03pm
Paducah and McCracken County officials said a second, high-profile escape in less than a month from a Southside halfway house calls for the need for significant reform at the facility. Local leaders said the most recent escape, which occurred earlier this week, reinforces the importance of next week's meeting in Frankfort with John Tilley, Kentucky's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary, and the Department of Corrections. 2017-12-07T10:39:24-05:00

A Christmas mystery: Bows placed on hundreds of graves

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
In what can be described as a Christmas miracle, hundreds of festive red bows have appeared in one of the most unlikely of places, lending credence to some suspicion that Santa's elves may be real after all. The Barnsley Cemetery lies in a densely wooded area just outside of Earlington's city limits. Blink once, and you will miss the entrance on Bell Crossing Road. The cemetery can be found at the end of a relatively lengthy gravel drive, which is, at the moment, very wet and muddy. 2017-12-07T09:33:10-05:00

Land purchase could turn strip mines into hay fields

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
West Daviess County Landfill could get increased crop production from its landfarming program and a longer lifespan if Daviess Fiscal Court decides to buy 97 acres of land at its Thursday meeting. In October, the landfill began planting winter wheat in soil infused with nitrogen rich sludge from the local sewer system on a portion of almost 200 acres adjacent to the landfill to reduce the amount of sludge filling up space and to make an alternative use for the waste. 2017-12-07T09:00:21-05:00

Eric Conn back in court after capture. This time, no one suggested home detention.

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
Former disability lawyer Eric C. Conn pleaded not guilty to escape charges Wednesday, a day after the FBI flew him back to Kentucky from Honduras, where he was captured Saturday after six months as a fugitive. Conn’s attorney, Scott White, entered the plea for him during his initial appearance on the charges. 2017-12-07T08:42:15-05:00

Ashley Judd, who spoke out on Harvey Weinstein, cites ‘personal experience’ with Charlie Rose

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
On the day she was honored among a group as Time’s Person of the Year for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, Ashley Judd said in an interview that she also had a “personal experience” with journalist Charlie Rose, whom she previously had admired. Judd made the comments about Rose in an interview with Matt Jones on LEX18’s Hey Kentucky! show. The mention of Rose came up when Jones asked Judd about how to look at people who did positive things or were admired before allegations came to light. 2017-12-07T08:35:57-05:00

Kim Davis denied him a marriage license. Now he wants to take her job.

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
David Ermold, one of the men denied a same-sex marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015, hopes to challenge her for the clerk’s seat next year, he announced Wednesday. Davis set off an international furor when she denied a marriage license to Ermold and his partner, David Moore, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right for same-sex couples to marry. 2017-12-07T08:28:45-05:00

Multiple injured in Jefferson County school bus crash

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
Three JCPS school buses were involved in a crash on Dixie Highway early Thursday morning. At 7:15 a.m., MetroSafe recieved a call of the crash near the intersection of Blanton Lane and Dixie Highway. Multiple passengers were injured; A MetroSafe supervisor said the injuries were not life-threatening. 2017-12-07T08:22:08-05:00

Kentucky legislators have high hopes - and some unease - about investment in aluminum company

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
The recent arrival in Ashland of a new manufacturing company, Braidy Industries Inc., may help break the pattern of people leaving the community because of layoffs and few job opportunities. With a bold plan to build a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill and create more than 500 high-paying jobs, the development also raises questions about state-financed investments in private companies. 2017-12-07T07:36:06-05:00

Most House Republicans ask Gov. Bevin to hold off on calling special session in 2017

December 7, 2017 - 10:03am
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A large majority of Gov. Matt Bevin's fellow Republicans in the Kentucky House sent the governor a letter Wednesday asking that he not call the special legislative session on pension reform before the year's end. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said the letter "said that we were committed to solving the pension crisis and were working diligently, but there was no desire to do that during special session." 2017-12-07T07:21:08-05:00

Governor makes appointments to state board and commission

December 6, 2017 - 7:03pm
Gov. Matt Bevin has made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions, according to an announcement from his office. 2017-12-06T16:44:28-05:00

Adopt-a-Highway program announces 2017 art contest winners

December 6, 2017 - 4:03pm
Students from Hopkinsville High School in Christian County, Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Walton-Verona Middle School in Boone County and Rosa Parks Elementary in Fayette County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2017 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest. 2017-12-06T15:51:33-05:00

RJ Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville creates new apprenticeship program

December 6, 2017 - 4:03pm
Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from RJ Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville Wednesday to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The four-year Registered Apprenticeship focuses on developing skills as an electrician. Apprentices will receive 2,000 on-the-job and 144 classroom training hours per year and will earn a nationally recognized journeyman certificate upon completion of the program. 2017-12-06T14:07:38-05:00

Human skull, remains found near Auburn

December 6, 2017 - 4:03pm
According to Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker, a human skull has been found in the Auburn area, as well as other human remains. On Tuesday morning, the Logan County Sheriff's Department, along with the Kentucky State Police and Logan County Search & Rescue, were sent out to a location off Willow Pond Road in Auburn and found the human skull along with other human remains, including veterbrae. 2017-12-06T14:00:57-05:00

Former felons need help to avoid old habits

December 6, 2017 - 4:03pm
We can’t expect convicted felons to fly right if they don’t have a stable place to land. A study released last week conducted by mass incarceration expert and Villanova University educator Brianna Remster shows that people who have been incarcerated experience frequent homelessness directly after serving their sentences and remain at risk for homelessness for many years after their release. 2017-12-06T13:52:52-05:00

McConnell delivers big win with tax bill

December 6, 2017 - 4:03pm
Congratulations are in order for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Early Saturday morning he delivered something even many Republicans said weeks earlier he could not -- 51 Senate votes in favor of comprehensive tax reform. 2017-12-06T13:49:12-05:00

Bullying for Jesus is illegal, mean

December 6, 2017 - 4:03pm
Fifty-five years ago the U.S. Supreme Court protected students from religious coercion in public schools. The rightness of that decision is on painful display in a Kentucky elementary school where a 10-year-old boy is being bullied because he refuses to participate in a daily Christian devotional. The Powell County Board of Education should waste no money or energy defending this obviously unconstitutional practice. 2017-12-06T13:45:12-05:00

Position of constable no longer serves its intended purpose

December 6, 2017 - 1:02pm
A few years ago in this space, this board opined about how the elected position of constable was an anachronism, a job out of time. It may have been a necessity back in the day, before modern roads and modern police staffing. It even had its duties — one of the chief ones being to oversee local farmers’ castration needs for their livestock, or the disposal of deceased livestock, or just putting down a “mad dog.” Also included in those duties is the constitutional power of arrest, the same as any county sheriff in Kentucky. Nowadays, though, it’s a decidedly unnecessary position, and not simply because most farmers take care of their own livestock disposal needs, and nobody’s got the local constabulary on speed dial for emergencies. 2017-12-06T12:56:58-05:00

McConnell recovers from Obamacare repeal, delivers on tax cuts

December 6, 2017 - 1:02pm
In the wee hours of July 28, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor after a long and disappointing day. “I regret that our efforts were not enough,” McConnell said following the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. “It’s time to move on.” Never one to navel gaze, McConnell was already plotting his next move – winning on tax reform, a pillar of the Republican campaign that swept the GOP to full control in Washington. McConnell isn’t a golfer, but he followed a rule that separates hackers from the pros – banish the last shot from your mind and prepare to hit the next one solid. 2017-12-06T12:50:34-05:00

Grimes gets it right on medical marijuana

December 6, 2017 - 1:02pm
It’s fairly rare that I find myself agreeing with just about anything that comes out of the secretary of state’s office, but when it comes to her push for medical marijuana, I’m willing to listen. In what was a fairly ham-fisted effort that clearly caught our mayor and judge-executive off guard, Secretary Allison Lundergan Grimes put out a news release Monday calling on all city and county governments to support legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for medical conditions. 2017-12-06T12:43:19-05:00