Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky Senate reveals state budget with many of Bevin’s cuts, no new taxes

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
Rejecting about $500 million in tax increases proposed by House Republicans three weeks ago, Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a stark state budget that would retain many of the cuts originally sought by Gov. Matt Bevin in January. The Senate budget committee approved its own version of the two-year, $22 billion spending plan for Kentucky’s executive branch. It now must be approved by the full GOP-controlled Senate and then negotiated with the House through a conference committee in the final days of the 2018 legislative session, which is set to end April 13. 2018-03-20T14:02:28-04:00

Credit freezes should not come with a cost

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
It is companies like Equifax that get corporate-bashers like Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank elected to Congress. Equifax is the credit reporting agency that through indifference and negligence exposed the private financial information of 148 million American consumers to hackers last year. That's more people than there are households in the U.S. And the firm's behavior after it discovered the breach was little better than the conduct that caused it in the first place. 2018-03-20T13:51:49-04:00

Bevin's rant over pension reform fiasco burns bridges with teachers and lawmakers

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
The crash of the Republican pension reform bill in the face of strong opposition from teachers raises questions not just about the future of state pensions, but about the GOP’s governance of the commonwealth. As he often does, Gov. Matt Bevin made the worst of a bad situation, delivering a crazy radio rant that equated teachers with hoarders of strategic supplies during World War II. Privately, he raged against legislators of both parties and further isolated himself from a process that badly needs to end with passage of reforms. 2018-03-20T13:45:45-04:00

PSC cuts KU and LG&E bills to reflect tax changes

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has reduced the total annual revenue of the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and of Louisville Gas & Electric. Co. (LG&E) by $203.8 million to reflect the reduction in federal corporate income taxes that took effect at the first of the year. KU and LG&E are the first utilities in Kentucky whose rates have been readjusted to fully reflect the effect of the federal corporate income tax reduction. 2018-03-20T13:21:54-04:00

Dirty needles litter the playground. So these Kentucky students invented a solution.

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
In Boyd County, where staff at a local elementary school must search the playgrounds every day for dirty heroin needles, a group of middle school students decided to take action. Students at Ashland Middle School invented a device that allows people to pick up dirty needles without getting stuck — and their invention has already landed the Eastern Kentucky school $50,000 in prizes. 2018-03-20T13:00:34-04:00

Bevin blew it

March 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
There is political arrogance, and there is leadership. And if Governor Bevin truly wanted to fix the pensions, he should have shown less arrogance and more leadership. Political arrogance is believing you are always right, and therefore everyone should just listen to you. Political arrogance is refusing to listen to other voices, and only including the voices that agree with you. Leadership is focusing on the problem, not fixing blame. Governor Bevin, you blew it in trying to fix the state's pension crisis. 2018-03-20T12:50:52-04:00

Man accused of attempted murder of witness in case against father

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
A Bowling Green man is accused of shooting at his neighbors, one of whom is a witness in a criminal case against his father. Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged Jacob Ray Brock, 21, on Sunday with two counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidating a participant in a legal process. In December, Brock’s father, Gary Wayne Brock, 49, was charged with violating a Kentucky emergency protective or domestic violence order and fourth-degree assault of Genna Brock, who is Jacob Brock’s mother and Gary Brock’s wife, according to court records and WCSO Sgt. Bill Stephens. 2018-03-20T12:43:50-04:00

WKU cuts, detailed Monday, are 'painful' official says

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
Western Kentucky University cut 119 positions to plug a $15 million budget shortfall, a decision the staff regent described as “painful” when details of the cuts were announced Monday. The 119 cuts were less than the 140 anticipated when the cuts were announced in February. In a campuswide email, WKU President Timothy Caboni wrote that the cuts make up only the first round WKU will endure this spring. The email also detailed the specific positions that were eliminated. 2018-03-20T12:36:19-04:00

Governor makes appointments to state boards and commissions

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
Gov. Matt Bevin has made several appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions. 2018-03-20T12:30:54-04:00

RiverLink: Get your tolls lowered and fees waived

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
RiverLink is offering Louisville-area drivers a fast and easy way to save time and money with a new online feature. Drivers who pay by mail can convert higher toll charges to the lowest available rates and have fees waived when they open a prepaid RiverLink account, the agency announced Tuesday. 2018-03-20T12:24:18-04:00

Guns help Kentucky dominate other states in new rankings

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
Guns are more popular and prevalent in Kentucky than any other state, results that make it one of the six states most dependent on the firearm industry in a new analysis of a significant amount of weapons-related data According to a new study by personal finance website WalletHub.com, the Bluegrass state is the sixth most gun-dependent in the country. Its study uses an assortment of data on gun industry jobs, dealers and manufacturers; gun ownership and sales; gun control; and gun politics. 2018-03-20T11:33:19-04:00

Snow in the spring? It could happen tonight.

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
Spring arrives at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, but winter weather isn’t going away just yet. Rain will likely turn into snow Tuesday night, which has prompted a winter weather advisory for the Lexington area. The National Weather Service predicted 2 to 3 inches of snow in Lexington. About 4 inches of snow is possible in the Cincinnati area, according to the weather service, while Eastern Kentucky could see 1 to 3 inches overnight into Wednesday. 2018-03-20T11:19:07-04:00

Researchers to deploy wall of sound to battle invasive fish

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
Researchers will experiment with a riverbed bubbler and sound system as part of the ongoing effort to slow the spread of Asian carp throughout the Mississippi River basin. 2018-03-20T11:04:54-04:00

Georgetown officer kills suspect in home invasion

March 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
UPDATED: A Georgetown Police officer shot and killed a heavily-armed, home-invasion suspect early Tuesday when the man pointed a handgun at officers, Police Chief Mike Bosse said. The man had kicked his way into a home about 12:30 a.m., and confronted his ex-wife, demanding to know where a man who shared the residence was, Bosse said. The man was armed with two semi-automatic handguns, four clips and two hunting knives, the police chief said. 2018-03-20T10:57:53-04:00

Bevin administration pursuing ‘Opportunity Zones’ to incentivize capital investment in west Louisville

March 20, 2018 - 9:54am
When Congress passed its massive $1.5 trillion tax cut bill in December, few had heard of a provision tucked into the bill allowing the creation of “Opportunity Zones” — low-income areas in which major investors would be incentivized by significantly reduced capital gains taxes. At a meeting that was billed as a “business roundtable” in west Louisville’s Portland neighborhood on March 7, Gov. Matt Bevin and two individuals affiliated with the campaign of President Donald Trump made passing references to the possibility of economically distressed areas in that part of the city being named Opportunity Zones in the near future, suggesting that this would spur a welcome flood of private capital investment. Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, the head of Mayor Greg Fischer’s economic development office Louisville Forward, tells Insider Louisville that the city proposed roughly 20 census tracts to the state, expressing hope that this very new program could inject much-needed investment in the city. 2018-03-20T09:34:43-04:00

Berry Plastics to create 79 new jobs at Madisonville facility

March 20, 2018 - 9:54am
Berry Global, Inc., known locally as Berry Plastics, will expand its Madisonville production facility, adding 79 jobs, with a potential for more in the future. Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation President Ray Hagerman announced the expansion to the Madisonville City Council in a Monday meeting. 2018-03-20T09:12:34-04:00

Financial literacy bill clears final legislative hurdle

March 20, 2018 - 9:54am
A bill requiring high school students to receive financial literacy education overwhelming was approved Monday afternoon by the state Senate. House Bill 132 passed 35-3 and now awaits the signature of Gov. Matt Bevin to become part of the required high school curriculum. 2018-03-20T09:07:31-04:00

Family still campaigning for seat belt usage in honor of daughter killed in auto accident

March 20, 2018 - 9:54am
Nationally, 90 percent of drivers report they use their seat belts every time they drive. But the statistic doesn't hold true for Kentucky. Just 86.8 percent of Kentuckians report consistently using their seat belts. Erin Eggen, public information officer for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, said the state's average is lowered largely by pickup truck drivers, with only 78 percent of them reporting they regularly use a seat belt. Those kinds of statistics are a thorn in Mischelle Miller's side. For more than a decade, Miller and her family have been campaigning to convince people to use their seat belts in memory of her daughter, Megan Miller, a Daviess County High School student who was killed in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 60 in 2006. 2018-03-20T09:02:07-04:00

Man dies after being shot by KSP trooper in Daviess County

March 20, 2018 - 9:54am
There were more questions than answers Monday night after a unusual incident that concluded with a man being fatally shot by a Kentucky State Police trooper on a farm on Hill Bridge Road in Utica. The man was pronounced dead Monday evening at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, said Trooper Corey King, public information officer for the KSP Henderson post. Investigators did not know the identity of the man and were withholding the name of the trooper involved in the shooting. 2018-03-20T08:56:32-04:00

Orndorff honored with bridge over Mountain Parkway

March 20, 2018 - 9:54am
Verne Orndorff was, to say the least, a man for all seasons. He was a poet and author. He was a public servant. He was a savage card player. He was a weatherman for the Army Air Corps during World War II. More than that, he dreamed up and created the Sheltowee Trace, which ultimately became a 323-mile national recreational trail through the Daniel Boone National Forest. Sunday afternoon, friends and colleagues gathered at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum to unveil the sign naming the bridge carrying over KY 974 over the Mountain Parkway in Orndorff’s honor. 2018-03-20T08:51:16-04:00

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