Kentucky Press News Service

Hidden River Cave expects swinging bridge to expand cave tours by late fall

August 20, 2018 - 9:30am
The job of building a swinging bridge in Hidden River Cave had a few unique challenges for a two-man crew from Bowling Green-based construction company Scott and Murphy Inc. With hardhat-mounted flashlights and other small lights providing a pocket of visibility in the darkness, Joe Shultz and Jesse Roberts worked Friday on a small, movable platform suspended from a metal cable stretching roughly 100 feet over a chasm in the cave and a section of the nearby ledge. Schultz, the job site superintendent, said he doesn’t know anybody in his line of work who has experience with cave construction projects. 2018-08-20T08:43:08-04:00

Kentucky coal helped W.Va. governor prosper. Now a bitter fight over the aftermath.

August 20, 2018 - 9:30am
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and coal companies associated with him have shirked property taxes, lied in lawsuits and failed to complete a 2014 deal to fix hundreds of mining reclamation violations in Kentucky, state regulators have charged in a court motion. The state is asking a judge to order Justice to pay a $2.99 million penalty outlined in the deal. The agreement makes Justice and his son, Jay Justice, personally liable for financial commitments it covers. The state’s motion was in response to one from Justice arguing that state officials have acted inappropriately. 2018-08-20T08:36:52-04:00

Marshall County football players who 'took bullets' now are playing for the victims

August 20, 2018 - 9:30am
Minutes before Friday night's season opener, Tyler Stevenson stepped to the front of a crowded Marshall County High School football locker room. The senior's booming voice reverberated off the walls and cut through the silence. "Nobody really understands what we have gone through in the past six months," Stevenson said. "We have three people in this locker room right now that took bullets on this campus. ... They’re standing here right now. Play for them." 2018-08-20T08:20:47-04:00

First Graves County hemp farmer says cash crop could replace tobacco

August 20, 2018 - 9:30am
Matt Colley looks out over his 300 acres of hemp growing in the Farmington sunshine and sees what he believes will be Kentucky's cash crop to replace tobacco. "It's a brand new market, said Colley, 30. "We're just hitting the tip of the iceberg on hemp." Colley is primarily a hog and chicken farmer, but he also grows tobacco, corn, soybeans and wheat. He added hemp this year, becoming Graves County's only hemp farmer. 2018-08-20T08:14:48-04:00

Censorship assertions frequently overstated

August 20, 2018 - 9:30am
Twitter generated a lot of buzz last week when it booted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its social media platform for seven days. This is light punishment when one considers Jones has already been banned in whole or part by Apple, Facebook, Pinterest, Spotify and YouTube. Jones is best known for his execrable claim that the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was a hoax. Twitter cracked down after he tweeted links to a video in which he urged Americans to have their "battle rifles" ready at their bedsides. First we will observe that Jones is not a conservative. He's a nut. Calling him a conservative is pejorative. 2018-08-20T08:07:36-04:00

Trump vs. Media

August 20, 2018 - 9:30am
On Thursday Op-Ed pages across the country blasted President Trump for his posture towards journalists. Trump coined “Fake News,” and considers journalists as “enemies of the people.” While I disagree with his generalization of journalists, we did not participate in the Op-Ed witch hunt. Often, President Trump is like Al Sharpton — he is his own worst enemy. His rants on Twitter, with useless attacks on inconsequential issues and people, fuels the anger from some media outlets. He feels the media will not get his story right, so Twitter is his outlet. In the past, he has not been forthcoming, thus giving journalists a reason to be biased. 2018-08-20T08:04:37-04:00