Kentucky Press News Service

Great success, grating style mark Tom Jurich's Louisville legacy

September 29, 2017 - 12:48pm
Tom Jurich was playing dumb, and he was playing dumb clumsily. On Aug. 25, during the pep rally/press conference disclosing the University of Louisville’s $160 million contract extension with Adidas, the U of L athletic director danced around the deal’s specific details as if he were maneuvering through a minefield. He vaguely emphasized the benefits for U of L athletes but was oddly unable to articulate the precise terms of the pact. When asked about bonuses for coaches, he feigned ignorance and said he hadn’t “delved” into that question. 2017-09-29T10:26:59-04:00

Railway cam gaining worldwide attention

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
At any given moment, people from around the world could have their eyes on La Grange. A company called Virtual Railfan has set up a camera to broadcast 24-hour livestream of the Main Street railroad that has since been viewed in more than 170 countries. “I personally have had phone calls from Arizona and California and an email from New Hampshire,” said La Grange Kentucky Main Street director Karen Eldridge. “Our trains, we aren’t getting as many during the day, but people are still watching it. Any time you tune in, there’s at least 100 people watching it.” 2017-09-29T09:24:03-04:00

Conjoined twins separated; continue uphill battle for life

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
The day that Jasmine Brooks found out that the twins she was carrying were conjoined was the day she discovered how true anguish feels, she said. "I was terrified," she said. "I was scared, I cried – I didn't know what to think. I just kept praying to God." That outcome, except for the fact that the girls have survived, is just about as bad as it gets. Miracle and Journee, who celebrated their second birthday Friday, cannot walk, eat, talk, or even breathe on their own. To survive, they must take liquid nourishment through a feed tube, and they need a ventilator for every breath they draw. Their first two years of life have been spent in the hospital, and Miracle only recently got to come home, with the hope that her sister will get to come home next month if all goes according to plan. 2017-09-29T09:17:28-04:00

Lawrenceburg doctor busted for trafficking morphine

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
A Lawrenceburg doctor was arrested Wednesday afternoon on drug charges, The Anderson News has confirmed Dr. Kenneth Hines, 73, was removed from his office at 504 West Broadway by the Kentucky State Police after being indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (morphine), according to the state police. Federal officials with the Drug Enforcement Agency were also present and seized Hines’ license to write prescriptions, the state police said. 2017-09-29T09:13:54-04:00

Two teens accused of planning to kill parents

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
Two Paducah juveniles were indicted by a McCracken County grand jury earlier this month after it was allegedly learned the 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl had plotted to kill their parents. The indictment, which was handed down Sept. 1, charges Zoe S. Bryan and Kyle Parrish with one count each of conspiracy to commit murder. 2017-09-29T09:08:47-04:00

Gabe's Tower owner misses deadline for site plans

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
Owensboro city officials say Gabe's Tower owner Bob Zimmerman has failed to produce a written plan for repair or demolition of the aging eyesore. Meanwhile, they say, security and maintenance violations there continue to be a major concern. According to City Attorney and Assistant City Manager Ed Ray, Zimmerman, who does business as Past & Present LLC., was given until Sept. 1 to meet the city's demands. Now, Ray said, he will approach the Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board about applying daily civil penalty fines against Past & Present until the former hotel on Triplett Street is properly secured. 2017-09-29T09:06:05-04:00

Pitino's status as "Coach 2" could give U of L an out on paying off $46M due on contract

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
UPDATED: A law enforcement source confirmed Thursday that ousted University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is the Coach 2 described in the FBI's bribery investigation of college basketball, which could allow the university to avoid paying off $46 million due on his contract. Coach 2 is described in a 28-page criminal complaint as central in the allegation that money was funneled to recruits and their families to secure their commitment to the University of Louisville. 2017-09-29T09:00:14-04:00

U of L's Postel also likes to spend on football and basketball tickets

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
The University of Louisville trustees and a separate foundation have been working for months to clamp on spending and restore donors' confidence after years of unwise investments and overspending under former President James Ramsey's reign. But the belt-tightening hasn't completely choked off the good times, according to documents released Thursday at a foundation board meeting. During July and August, the first two months of the fiscal year, interim U of L president Greg Postel's office spent $491,000 on various expenses, including tickets for football and basketball games. 2017-09-29T08:55:29-04:00

U of L scandal will cost Rick Pitino endorsement money too, experts say

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
Over the years, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has made a bundle through speaking engagements and endorsements. But with Pitino "effectively fired" in the wake of an FBI investigation into a pay to play recruiting scheme, he's likely to take a hit in the wallet, some University of Louisville followers and sports agents acknowledge. That could mean the loss of millions of dollars for Pitino, who was identified as Coach 2 in the FBI's investigation on Thursday by a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. 2017-09-29T08:51:09-04:00

Tom Crean, David Padgett have support in Louisville basketball coaching search

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
Possible candidates emerged Thursday as the University of Louisville looks to find an interim men's basketball coach. At least one prominent school booster, who requested anonymity because the search is ongoing, wants the University of Louisville to pursue former Indiana coach Tom Crean for its interim men's basketball coach opening. Several sources close to the program and players said the players want assistant coach David Padgett to lead them. 2017-09-29T08:46:11-04:00

State high court upholds law expanding ‘look-back’ for habitual drunken drivers

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the controversial application of a 2016 state law that imposes tougher penalties on drunken drivers by expanding the “look-back” period for previous driving-under-the-influence convictions from five years to 10 years. The legislature expanded the look-back period in 2016 after hearing testimony from families who lost loved ones to drunken drivers who avoided tougher prison sentences reserved for those with multiple convictions within five years. The law’s sponsor, state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, said many habitual drunken drivers racked up multiple convictions within a decade but not necessarily within five years. 2017-09-29T08:43:42-04:00

Bevin promises appeal of ruling that strikes down Kentucky’s abortion ultrasound law

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
A federal judge late Wednesday struck down a Kentucky anti-abortion law that required doctors to conduct an ultrasound and present the results to a woman before performing an abortion, saying the law violates doctors’ First Amendment rights. Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican who championed the law when it was approved by the General Assembly in January, quickly promised to appeal the decision by U.S. District Court Judge David Hale. 2017-09-29T08:37:23-04:00

This couple helped drown Eastern Kentucky in pain pills. Now they’re going to prison.

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
A Perry County physician convicted of defrauding taxpayer-funded health programs and of improperly prescribing pain pills in an area awash in drug problems should serve 15 years in prison, a federal judge ruled Thursday. James Alvin “Ace” Chaney, 52, was convicted on more than 150 charges that included improper prescribing and billing Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary tests between March 2006 and October 2014. Chaney’s actions “perpetuated so many addictions and so much damage to our community,” U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove said in sentencing Chaney. 2017-09-29T08:28:25-04:00

Incentives approved for expansion of Frankfort auto parts maker

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
More details emerged Thursday of the scale of Hayashi Telempu North America’s expansion in Frankfort. The Japanese maker of automotive interior parts plans to spend $40.77 million on the expansion, which includes the construction of a new office building across from its existing manufacturing site, according to information filed with the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. 2017-09-29T08:12:38-04:00

Cafe employee glad to help children left in hot car

September 29, 2017 - 9:48am
Donnie Williams decided around noon Wed­nesday to walk outside and take a break from his job as a chef at Cobbler’s Cafe on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown. Not long after he stepped out where temperatures were in the 80s, a diner told him she thought a woman left children inside her vehicle parked in a municipal lot next to the restaurant across from the Hardin County Justice Center. Williams went to see. 2017-09-29T08:07:17-04:00

Whooping cough cases in infants spike

September 28, 2017 - 6:48pm
The Department of Public Health and Wellness is seeing a dramatic spike in whooping cough (pertussis) cases in infants one year of age and younger. From Sept.1-26, there were six cases in infants 12 months of age and younger. 2017-09-28T16:47:33-04:00

Rick Pitino is Coach 2 in FBI 'pay for play' investigation, law enforcement official says

September 28, 2017 - 6:48pm
Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino is "Coach 2" described in the FBI's pay for play investigation into college basketball, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly. Coach 2 is a major figure described in the recruitment sting operation, which has rocked the University of Louisville men's basketball program and resulted in Pitino's suspension as head coach. The revelation is significant because it reinforces the University of Louisville athletic department's deep ties to Adidas, likely allows the university to fire Pitino without paying out the $46 million remaining on his contract and exposes him to criminal prosecution. 2017-09-28T16:44:03-04:00

Racing and performance auto parts manufacturer Holley adding operations in Franklin

September 28, 2017 - 6:48pm
Holley Performance Products Inc., a name in automotive racing and performance parts manufacturing and marketing, will establish a $9.15 million facility in Franklin, creating 30 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. Kentucky’s automotive industry includes more than 500 facilities employing 100,000-plus people across the state. 2017-09-28T16:06:46-04:00

Technology offers great opportunities

September 28, 2017 - 3:48pm
Technological advances have changed the course of human society for centuries. These advances range from personal care, agriculture and food supply, transportation, communication and health care. Arguably, some technology’s impact on society can be questionable — like the addiction to cell phones, texting and internet browsing’s effect on our social skills and personal interactions. However, there is no doubt that much of the technology available to us today has improved and simplified our day-to-day lives in ways we often take for granted. For one Clark County mother, advanced technology has changed her life in a way she certainly won’t take for granted. For the first time in eight years, Jess Toews can hear, thanks to new advancements in hearing technology. 2017-09-28T14:09:57-04:00

Supreme Court rules Danville violated Open Meetings Act in 2012

September 28, 2017 - 3:48pm
Five years to the day after the Attorney General first ruled that Danville violated the Open Meetings Act when it authorized purchase of a building behind closed doors, the Kentucky Supreme Court has delivered the final word on the matter, affirming multiple lower court rulings that the city broke the law. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said the city’s actions were a clear violation of the Open Meetings Act. The court reversed a lower decision awarding attorneys fees to The Advocate-Messenger, the newspaper that filed an open meetings complaint against the city in the summer of 2012. 2017-09-28T13:59:15-04:00

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