Kentucky Press News Service

Bevin: ‘I guarantee’ a child was sexually assaulted because teachers attended protest

April 14, 2018 - 1:21am
Gov. Matt Bevin, asked Friday about teachers leaving the classrooms to attend a protest rally in Frankfort, said, “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.” Louisville’s WDRB-TV interviewed Bevin outside the Capitol Friday about the rally. In the interview, Bevin said, “This is what’s crazy to me. Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?" 2018-04-13T23:39:07-04:00

Gov. Matt Bevin: Jeff Hoover is to blame for 'chaos' in Kentucky House

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday blamed former House Speaker Jeff Hoover for the "chaos" in the chamber, saying his sexual harassment scandal "stopped everything." The comment came as teachers crowded the Capitol to call for the legislature to override Bevin's vetoes of the tax reform and budget bills. With teachers chanting outside, Hoover rose to speak during the House’s debate over whether to override the tax reform veto. He criticized some of the governor’s recent comments, including some made on Twitter on Friday calling for a special session on the budget. Hoover pointed out that the governor promised “for months upon months upon months” last year that he would hold a special session to tackle pension and tax reform but never did. 2018-04-13T19:43:41-04:00

Matt Bevin's veto of budget bill overridden by full legislature

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
The Kentucky Senate joined the House Friday afternoon in overriding Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of the budget bill. The House vote was 66-28. The Senate's 26-12 vote came after both chambers voted to override Bevin's veto of the tax reform bill. The votes came as teachers chanted loudly outside the chamber for the overrides. 2018-04-13T19:40:11-04:00

Kentucky lawmakers reject Gov. Bevin's veto giving pension relief to Louisville and others

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
The Kentucky General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Friday to reject Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a measure that will give local governments and school districts relief from soaring pension costs this year. Bevin shocked officials statewide when he blocked House Bill 362, which would allow cities, counties and school boards to phase in those costs over time. He said he supported that part of the bill but that it was fiscally irresponsible to let some smaller public entities buy out of the state retirement system, saying it could prove too costly. But the legislature ignored those concerns Friday and easily threw out that veto with a 94-2 vote in the House and a 34-4 margin in the Senate. 2018-04-13T19:36:17-04:00

Kentucky Senate joins House in overriding Matt Bevin's veto of the tax reform bill

April 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
The Kentucky House and Senate on Friday voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of the tax bill the chambers had passed two weeks ago. The House vote to rebuff Bevin's veto was by a wider margin than many had expected, 57-40. The Senate voted 20-18. 2018-04-13T19:32:58-04:00

PSC cuts Duke Energy electric rate request

April 13, 2018 - 4:21pm
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has substantially reduced an electric base rate increase sought by Duke Energy Kentucky. As a result, the average monthly bill for a typical residential customer will increase by about $2.56, or about 3.2 percent. 2018-04-13T15:38:51-04:00

Small businesses receive refund after purchasing scam services from Michigan company

April 13, 2018 - 4:21pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced in a news release Friday that nearly 2,200 Kentucky small businesses can get money back from a Michigan-based company alleged to have sold scam services. Beshear’s more than $398,000 settlement resolves alleged violations of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by Michigan-based The Mandatory Poster Company Inc., which also does business as Corporate Records Service. 2018-04-13T15:16:25-04:00

Kentucky House votes to override Bevin’s vetoes of tax, budget and local pension funding bills

April 13, 2018 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: The Kentucky House voted Friday to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of the legislature’s tax bill, state budget bill and local pension funding bill, sending the legislation to the Senate for that chamber’s consideration. Republican lawmakers said the tax-bill override was necessary to pay for additional education spending they put into the two-year state budget bill. Democratic lawmakers said they supported the school spending but protested the secretive way the tax plan was created and the way it raises additional revenue. The House voted 57 to 40 to override the tax-bill veto, 66 to 28 to override the budget veto and 94-2 to override House Bill 362, which allows a phase-in of pension cost increases for local governments. 2018-04-13T14:51:52-04:00

Incendiary device set off outside Williamsburg Tractor Supply; police have suspect in the case

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Williamsburg police say they have one suspect so far regarding an incendiary device that was set off outside Tractor Supply early Friday morning, and think the motive for the attack was probably retaliation. Fortunately the store wasn’t damaged and the fire was quickly extinguished. 2018-04-13T13:15:16-04:00

Olmsted Locks are opening to benefit Ohio River traffic

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
The much-anticipated opening of the Olmsted Locks and Dam later this summer will greatly increase traffic on the lower Ohio River, particularly in and around Paducah. Capt. Jeremy Nichols, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' executive officer on the project, provided an Olmsted update at Thursday's Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership breakfast at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Having Olmsted Locks and Dam operational will result in a four-fold traffic increase on the Ohio, according to Nichols. The Corps will be able to pass traffic in both directions and through the queue in a single direction much faster. 2018-04-13T12:53:48-04:00

‘Throw them out!’ Kentucky teachers pack the Capitol again with message for legislators.

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Thousands of teachers returned to the state Capitol Friday to keep pressure on lawmakers to fund education and to protest a new pension law that is being challenged in court. Unlike another massive protest on April 2 that attracted thousands of protesters to the Capitol, Friday’s event was limited by Kentucky State Police for security reasons to only 500 people inside the Capitol at one time. But they proved just as vocal with chants like “Throw them out!” State lawmakers, meeting at 10 a.m. to consider vetoes by Gov. Matt Bevin, were well aware of their presence. 2018-04-13T12:35:49-04:00

Fire breaks out in Corbin store; witnesses heard explosions

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
The Corbin Fire Department is currently on scene battling a fire at the W.D. Bryant store on Main Street in Corbin. A fire apparently broke out in the paint storage area some time before noon. A witness on scene said multiple explosions could be heard inside the building prior to the fire. The fire has spread into the ceiling of the building. When asked if the fire could be related so a similar incident at Tractor Supply in Williamsburg earlier in the morning, Corbin Police Chief Rusty Hedrick said, “We aren’t ruling anything out.” 2018-04-13T12:22:36-04:00

Gunfire leads deputies to naked toddlers, dead dogs, drugs

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of gunfire in the Saxton area arrested two people after they reportedly found two naked toddlers, two dead dogs and a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine Wednesday night. Deputies arrested Brandon Askins, 28 ,and Tara Warman, 28, both of Williamsburg following an investigation at a residence. Outside the home, deputies reported finding a flat screen television that had been shot multiple times. Deputies also found a dead dog, which Askins admitted to shooting earlier in the day. 2018-04-13T12:14:27-04:00

General Dynamics closing Corbin facility, moving staff to London

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Officials with General Dynamics confirmed that the company will be closing its facility in Corbin and merging it with a larger facility in London. According to a statement released Wednesday, the transition will begin in May. “All employees currently working at the Corbin facility will retain their positions and be transferred to the London facility,” the statement continued. 2018-04-13T12:12:01-04:00

Taxing logic in the Kentucky legislature

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Politicians generally tilt in the direction of convenience and opportunism rather than toward strict logical consistency. So does human nature, for that matter. Some logical inconsistencies are worth remarking, though, such as the one exhibited by 12 Republican lawmakers who voted for a state budget but against the tax package on which that budget depended. Call them the Wishful Thinking Caucus. 2018-04-13T12:06:03-04:00

Are teachers disrupting education with school closures?

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Are teachers standing up for public education or unnecessarily disrupting the school calendar for a political protest? When legislators returned Friday for the final two days of the regular legislative session, they’re have been joined by a crowd of teachers. That crowd includes many teachers whose school districts canceled classes because of a lack of substitutes. Other school districts have explicitly stated they’re closing to allow for teacher advocacy. The divide in public opinion about the closure was on full display when Franklin County Schools on Wednesday announced its closure. 2018-04-13T11:58:24-04:00

Kentucky teachers are rallying at the Capitol in a fight for public education

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Lawmakers returning to Frankfort for the final days of the legislative session were greeted once more by angry teachers, many of whom plan to flex their political muscle at a "day of action." Hundreds gathered in the morning, waiting outside to walk through metal detectors and enter the Capitol building or joining in chants like, "What do we want? Funding! When do we want it? Now!" 2018-04-13T11:04:20-04:00

Authorities find ‘hazardous device’ that looked like bomb at Williamsburg store

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Local, state and federal authorities are investigating the discovery of a dangerous device at Tractor Supply in Williamsburg early Friday morning. According to the Williamsburg Police Department, Penny Lane, near where the store is located, was closed at about 5 a.m. Friday to investigate the “hazardous device.” 2018-04-13T10:59:49-04:00

KSP charges Estill man with child sexual exploitation offenses

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Andy Estes, 42, Thursday on charges related to child sexual exploitation. According to a KSP news release, Estes, an Still County resident, was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect using social media to engage in sexual conduct and communication with minors. 2018-04-13T10:43:44-04:00

Charter schools are back in play

April 13, 2018 - 1:21pm
Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision to veto budget and tax reform legislation means two controversial school-choice measures that previously appeared dead for the session could be back in play. The measures — one for charter school funding and the other for a scholarship tax credit program — have generated mostly Republican support. But when the GOP-controlled legislature unveiled its budget bill and tax overhaul last week, neither had made it in. The legislature has until midnight Saturday to override Bevin’s vetoes. An override would require 51 votes in the Senate and 20 votes in the House. 2018-04-13T10:35:29-04:00

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