Kentucky Press News Service

BP, ArcLight Capital Partners acquiring Thorntons convenience chain

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
After rumors of a potential sale this summer, Louisville-based gas station and convenience store Thorntons officially announced Monday that it would indeed be acquired. Mega-player BP and the private investment firm ArcLight Capital Partners will partner to acquire Thorntons, according to a news release. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, and terms were not disclosed. The existing stores will retain the Thorntons name and employees at the Louisville support center will keep their jobs locally, the release states. 2018-12-03T12:09:53-05:00

Does it seem like we’re getting more rain lately? 2018 is wettest year on record in Lexington.

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
This year is the wettest on record for Lexington. As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Lexington had received 66.97 inches of precipitation for the year so far, making 2018 the wettest year the city has had since records started being kept in 1872, according to WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey. By the end of the year, Lexington will probably hit 70 inches, he said. 2018-12-03T11:54:33-05:00

UK player who scored 49-yard touchdown this season accused of assaulting girlfriend

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
A University of Kentucky football player was arrested early Sunday on assault charges after his girlfriend suffered minor injuries, according to court and jail records. Zy’Aire Hughes, 21, from Paducah, was arrested about 4:15 a.m. on Woodland Avenue in Lexington on the charge of assault fourth-degree, according to court records. Fourth degree assault is a misdemeanor. 2018-12-03T11:47:13-05:00

Mom’s actions thwarted a Ky. school shooting. The people she saved thanked her Saturday.

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
Koeberle Bull saw something, said something and possibly saved the lives of hundreds of Kentuckians. Bull, a widow, and her three children — Olivia, 16, Sophia, 11, and Isaiah, who just turned 9 — were feted Saturday by a crowd of citizens from Anderson and Shelby counties, which had apparently been the targets of a school shooting Bull thwarted by her quick action. The moment Bull’s eyes welled up was when an Anderson County High School freshman, Micah Maggard, said in a trembling voice: “You saved us.” 2018-12-03T11:36:51-05:00

State must provide funding for colleges to fix infrastructure

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
That buildings housing students and staff at Kentucky State University were left without heat after a part broke on a boiler unit is unfortunate. But there’s a problem when it’s two weeks before a part arrives and repairs can be made. But the solution is simple, at least on paper. State government must ensure public institutions of higher education receive funding and support needed to maintain campus infrastructure, which may require increased funding. That the broken system is 70 years old — a retrofitted coal system — is entirely unacceptable, particularly since a new part needed to be specially manufactured just for KSU. 2018-12-03T11:28:21-05:00

Expungement fair will offer info, job opportunities for those with criminal records

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
A free expungement fair has been scheduled this week to assist those who want to find out if their criminal record can be erased, making it easier for them to find a job, have more educational opportunities and be eligible for some government assistance programs. The expungement fair will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Danville Church of God, located at 516 S. Fourth St. It’s being sponsored by the Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, Goodwill Industries, the Kentucky Department of Corrections Division of Reentry Services and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. 2018-12-03T11:20:23-05:00

Police: Man admitted killing woman found dead at Florence hotel

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
Florence police say a Burlington, Kentucky, man admitted killing a woman found dead in a hotel room registered to him. Jesse A. James, 32, admitted killing a 26-year-old Arizona woman in a room police said he rented at an extended stay hotel in Florence, according to a news release from police Saturday. Police responded to a call at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the the Home 2 Suites, 7570 Woodspoint Drive, after the the body of Amanda D. Webster of Cameron, Arizona, was found. 2018-12-03T11:18:16-05:00

NKY health department: Hepatitis A outbreak means you should be vaccinated

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
Health officials in Northern Kentucky are encouraging adults to get vaccinated against hepatitis A as four counties continue to see increases as part of a larger statewide outbreak of the infection. The Northern Kentucky Health Department, which includes Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties is recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for all adults. Dr. Lynne Saddler, district director of health for the department, said in a release last week that hepatitis A can be prevented through vaccination and frequent, proper hand washing. 2018-12-03T11:14:29-05:00

New legislators prepare for first session

December 3, 2018 - 1:48pm
When the 2019 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly convenes in Frankfort on Jan. 8, new lawmakers from across the state will make their way to the Capitol. As for the upcoming session’s focus, Steve Sheldon, a Republican House member-to-be from Warren County. said he anticipates issues such as proposed sports betting, the opiod addiction crisis “and I think the pension will find its way back around.” 2018-12-03T11:07:47-05:00

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