Kentucky Press News Service

Signage on 38th parallel to honor veterans

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Winchester and Clark County have joined forces to honor Korean War veterans with signs marking where the 38th parallel runs through Clark County. The 38th parallel is the dividing line between North and South Korea, as established by a ceasefire in 1953. Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said there is a state program to place signs honoring veterans at places where the parallel crosses public roads. 2018-03-19T09:14:47-04:00

Something smells. It's Louisville's neighborhoods, and the poorer ones don't get relief

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Louisville stinks. At least that’s what thousands of callers have told authorities in the last six years. The odor complaints were throughout the city and came in at a rate of nearly three a day, Courier Journal found in a review of public records. Those records reveal some surprising sources of unwelcome smells — even a barbecue smoker in an East End subdivision. And there are some that won't shock anyone: The Butchertown business that slaughters 10,000 hogs a day; a western Louisville cluster of chemical plants; and sewage facilities, well, pretty much all over. 2018-03-19T08:56:22-04:00

AG's office: University of Louisville broke open records laws denying Courier Journal requests

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
The University of Louisville repeatedly violated the Kentucky Open Records Act by denying records to Courier Journal reporters about scandals in the athletic department, the state attorney general’s office has found. In a March 13 opinion, the attorney general's office said the university failed to provide some records in a timely fashion and didn’t provide others at all, including personnel files for former basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich. The 13-page opinion also said the university improperly withheld emails from interim President Dr. Greg Postel and phone and text records for Pitino and fired assistant coaches Jordan Fair and Kenny Johnson. 2018-03-19T08:44:27-04:00

652 drinks a year. Kentucky binge drinking rate among highest in nation, study says

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Kentucky’s rate of binge-drinking has been one of the highest in the nation, according to a new study. The state ranked third, at 652, in the total number of alcoholic drinks consumed annually during heavy drinking episodes by people who reported being binge drinkers, according to the study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highest number was in Arkansas, at 841; followed by Mississippi, at 831; then Kentucky; then Hawaii, at 611. 2018-03-19T08:41:06-04:00

‘He wore his uniform proudly.’ Pikeville buries murdered police officer

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Citizens and law enforcement gathered Sunday afternoon in Pikeville for the funeral of Scotty Hamilton, the 35-year-old veteran Pikeville police officer who was shot and killed while on duty this week. Hamilton was buried in the Pikeville City Cemetery, on a hill in downtown that overlooks the police station where he worked for 12 years and downtown Pikeville.. 2018-03-19T08:37:08-04:00

Foster parent due in court in murder case

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
A Radcliff man, charged and indicted in January as a suspect in the death of a 4-year-old boy in his care, will appear Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court. Billy Paul Embry-Martin, 33, a foster parent to Hunter Payton, is charged in his May 10 death inside their home. According to an arrest citation, Payton died from a head injury. Court records indicate their was a “substantial” injury to the back of the child’s head. 2018-03-19T08:25:44-04:00

Emergency Management Director says ‘not a good thing’ less than 1/3 of Boyle households signed up for alert system

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Of the estimated 12,000 households in Boyle County, less than 4,000 people are signed up on the county’s emergency call system and that’s a problem, said Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder. “That’s not a good thing,” he said. 2018-03-19T08:21:53-04:00

Trailer Park complex evacuated after trains crash

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Two trains collided on Norfolk Southern’s tracks near Lisle Road late Sunday, forcing the evacuation of a trailer park complex for nearly three hours and injuring four railroad workers, Scott County Emergency Management officials said. 2018-03-19T08:19:13-04:00

Kroger stops selling magazines featuring assault rifles

March 19, 2018 - 9:53am
Kroger said it will stop selling magazines that feature assault rifles as part of a tightening of its policies in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting and growing national anger toward gun violence. The Cincinnati-based supermarket retailer said the new policy is being phased in now across its national footprint. Kroger didn't name specific titles, but periodicals that have featured assault weapons include: Guns & Ammo, Tactical Life and Recoil. 2018-03-19T08:13:02-04:00

Some Nelson County dairy farmers losing a way of life

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Last month there were seven dairy farmers in Nelson County. Soon there will be only three or four. After getting “the letter” from Dean Foods informing them the company would no longer be buying their milk, Terry Waldridge and his father, a dairy farmer for nearly 40 years, decided it was time to quit. 2018-03-18T11:02:27-04:00

Cuts end health department’s school nurse program

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Hardin County Schools is looking for a way to continue its school nurse program after the Lincoln Trail Board of Health voted in February to end the health department’s involvement with school health. Sara Jo Best, public health director of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, said the decision was based on potential budget cuts. Rising pension costs could mean an additional $3 million the department would be responsible for over the next two years. Hardin County Schools, LaRue County Schools and Marion County Schools have contracted with the health department for medical oversight and billing of Medicaid for school nursing services. 2018-03-18T10:57:45-04:00

Ground broken on $30 million UK center

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Shovels dug into the earth Thursday afternoon outside the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, at a formal ground-breaking kicking off the center’s conversion to the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. But those on hand, from the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and other state and local organizations, were quick to note that soil — not dirt — was being moved. Soil — one of the key factors in the grain crop production process that UK specialists will continue to research and improve in their new, state-of-the-art facility when the $30 million project is complete. 2018-03-18T10:51:47-04:00

Days after comments that ignited fury among teachers, Bevin makes plea for pension overhaul

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Gov. Matt Bevin took to Facebook Saturday night, urging citizens to contact their legislators and ask them to address the ailing pension system for state workers. Bevin said in a four-minute Facebook video that the teachers’ retirement system will likely run out of money in 12 to 15 years unless structural changes are made. 2018-03-18T10:44:02-04:00

Bevin 'unbelievably confident' in state-funded Braidy Industries CEO with mixed record

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Ask Craig T. Bouchard about taxpayer-supported Braidy Industries and he'll predict global success driving an Appalachian economic renaissance. He'll tell you he's built three companies to at least $1 billion in revenue, each in 18 months, and that Braidy Industries will meet or beat that. He may even tell you Braidy Industries, which plans a $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky to open as soon as 2020, could hit the stock market this year at a phenomenal $50 per share – eclipsing IPO prices for Facebook and Visa. 2018-03-18T10:32:20-04:00

New benefits website links low-income residents with assistance

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
It is estimated up to 4,500 residents in the Green River Area Development District may be eligible for federal benefits they are not receiving. To make it easier to determine if residents are missing out on programs and services, GRADD and the National Council on Aging teamed up on a consumer-friendly website titled Benefits CheckUp. 2018-03-18T10:25:54-04:00

Work progressing toward a fall reopening for iconic restaurant

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
A fire last month left parts of an iconic Grand Rivers attraction so damaged that it required demolition, but the team at Patti's 1880s Settlement is hopeful the restaurant will rise from the ashes this fall. Before the beloved restaurant can reopen, the kitchen, the upstairs offices and Patti's dining room must be torn down and rebuilt, said Ann Martin, the destination's marketing director. "It is heartbreaking for us, due to the history of (the building)," she said. But Patti's isn't closed entirely, and Martin said the team working on the building is pushing to reopen by October. 2018-03-18T10:20:34-04:00

Four charged with assisting, hiding alleged cop killer

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Four individuals are being held in the custody of the Pike County Detention Center on charges that they assisted and hid alleged cop-killer John Hall during his 36-hour flight from justice last week. 2018-03-18T10:17:27-04:00

Guilty plea entered for 2015 murder

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Roger and Debra Kinney were supposed to plead guilty to a 2015 homicide Thursday, but only Roger went through with it. The husband and wife were charged in connection with the May 9, 2015, death of Darryl Wiseman on their farm on Twin Fork Lane, following an earlier mediation session. 2018-03-18T10:14:44-04:00

Kentucky to open some child protection cases to public under 6-county pilot project starting March 19

March 16, 2018 - 6:50pm
For the first time in Kentucky, some child protection cases will be open to the public under a four-year pilot project that will take place 2018-2021. The Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order March 13 authorizing the Open Court Pilot Project. In 2018, Family Courts will be open from March 19-May 31 in Hopkins and Jefferson counties and the four-county judicial circuit of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson, a state news release said. 2018-03-16T16:04:18-04:00

Adopt-a-Highway groups to give Kentucky roadsides a ‘Spring Clean’

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway program will give the state's roadsides a “Spring Clean” from March 19-25 during the first cleanup outing of 2018. As Adopt-a-Highway groups remove unsightly litter to make way for spring flowers, green grass and budding trees, the Transportation Cabinet reminds motorists that when Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are present, roadsides are active work zones. Whether it is Spring Clean week or Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, which will occur April 9-13, drivers are expected to slow down and to travel through work zones with extra caution. 2018-03-16T13:21:54-04:00