Kentucky Press News Service

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch soon underway for Kentucky

March 11, 2018 - 9:45am
It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. According to Townsend, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny eastern tent caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs. Consumption of large numbers of caterpillars by pregnant mares precipitated staggering foal losses in the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome outbreak of 1999-2001. 2018-03-11T09:39:21-04:00

Operator of no-kill animal shelter charged with 179 counts of animal cruelty

March 9, 2018 - 2:44pm
The operator of an animal sanctuary in Elliott County who has agitated for animal shelters across the state failed to properly care for scores of dogs and cats, Kentucky State Police charged. Police charged Randy Skaggs, 67, with 179 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals and 179 counts of not vaccinating dogs against rabies, according to a news release issued Thursday. The charges are misdemeanors. 2018-03-09T12:59:38-05:00

Bowling Green Police capture man wanted on Indiana homicide

March 9, 2018 - 2:44pm
Bowling Green police captured an Indiana man Wednesday who is wanted in the shooting death of a 20-year-old in Evansville, Ind. Evansville police had been seeking Caleb Kirk Singer, 19, the suspect in the shooting death Tuesday of Nicolas Belcher, according to a news release on the Evansville Police Department’s Facebook page. Evansville police went to Singer’s home and saw him leaving, but officers were not able to catch up with Singer as he drove away at a high speed. 2018-03-09T12:49:55-05:00

Logan teen arraigned in murder, arson case

March 9, 2018 - 2:44pm
A Logan County teenager accused of setting a fire that killed a man was arraigned Thursday. Lance D’artagnan Lear, 16, of Auburn, made his first appearance in Logan Circuit Court on charges of murder and first-degree arson. Lear’s court-appointed attorney, Nathan Beard of the state Department of Public Advocacy, entered a not guilty plea on Lear’s behalf. 2018-03-09T12:47:10-05:00

WKU begins eliminating positions

March 9, 2018 - 2:44pm
Western Kentucky University has started reducing its staff to address a $15 million budget deficit. Multiple sources told the Daily News on Thursday that WKU has terminated the positions of its regional chancellors at the university’s Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Owensboro and Glasgow locations. Other employees are also reportedly receiving notifications that their positions have been eliminated. WKU previously said it will eliminate about 140 vacant and filled jobs this spring in response to a $15 million budget deficit driven by declining enrollment and state funding. 2018-03-09T12:43:43-05:00

Pair of governors merit contempt

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
The governors of two neighboring states have made repugnant headlines lately, and it's a close call which one deserves the most disrespect. 2018-03-09T11:25:40-05:00

Kentucky lawmakers should end a haven for abuse by outlawing child marriage

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A courageous survivor and a social media backlash have come to the aid of young Kentuckians who are at risk of being forced into abusive marriages with sexual predators. A bill in the legislature raising the legal age for marriage to 18 started moving after a weekend of Kentucky-bashing on Facebook and Twitter. The social media backlash was sparked by news that concerns over parental rights had stalled Senate Bill 48. The Senate Judiciary Committee convened in a special meeting Tuesday and unanimously approved SB 48. On Wednesday, the Senate, by a vote of 34-3, sent it on to the House, where there’s cause for optimism that Kentucky will end a practice that many assumed was limited to rural India or the American past. 2018-03-09T11:21:31-05:00

Missing teen found at Frankfort motel

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A 13-year-old girl who had missing since Feb. 18 was found by Frankfort Police on Wednesday night in a room at University Lodge. Dispatchers received an anonymous tip about where the teen could be found, police spokesman Chris Quire said. Nicole Hall Smith was found safe in Room 28 at the motel with Debra Shofner, 41, of Frankfort. 2018-03-09T11:16:11-05:00

A new heart for Eli

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
After four months of waiting, Eli Alexander will finally have his chance at a new heart. Eli, from Elizabethtown, has been at Norton Child­ren’s Hospital since he was born Nov. 6. He was diagnosed with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. This morning on the “Eli-phant, The Journey of a Tiny Heart Warrior” page on Facebook, the family shared the news they had been waiting for. 2018-03-09T11:11:15-05:00

Money shouldn’t speak louder than the benefits of renewable energy

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
The powerful will always attempt to stay in power and will often use any means at their disposal. In Frankfort, one of those powerful interests is the electric utility sector, and the means are state lawmakers. This is what has played out over this General Assembly with the net metering law being pushed by utility companies that would severely damage — some experts say cripple — the rooftop solar industry in Kentucky. 2018-03-09T11:07:45-05:00

Adkev beginning renovations, construction at old Caterpillar plant

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Renovations of the old Caterpillar factory are underway and the company planning to use the facility, Adkev Inc., received approval this week to build an addition. Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning commissioners held a public hearing Wednesday and approved a site plan for a new 5,200-square-foot building on the former Caterpillar property. The building will serve as a dye storage area, allowing all of the original building to be used for processing, said Milton Hammons, a representative for Denham-Blythe, the general contractor working for Adkev. 2018-03-09T10:59:40-05:00

KSP charges Christian County man with child sexual exploitation offenses

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Gene K. Bosley, 50, Tuesday night on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Bosley was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Bosley sharing files of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP news release. 2018-03-09T10:47:59-05:00

Williamsburg man accused of stealing over $300 worth of snack cakes

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A Williamsburg man allegedly stole about 500 cases of snack cakes from a Williamsburg storage facility Monday, and then tried to sell them on Facebook, according to Williamsburg Police. Williamsburg Police Detective Bobby Freeman charged James E. Carroll, 49, with receiving stolen property over $500 Monday evening, and lodged him in the Whitley County Detention Center. 2018-03-09T10:39:52-05:00

Juvenile charged with possession of handgun at high school

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A juvenile, who officials said was not a student at Betsy Layne High School, was arrested after bringing a gun onto the school property this week. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said BLHS Resource Officer Darrell Bradley arrested a 17-year-old former student who brought a handgun to the school on March 6. “He was very recently a student,” Hunt said. “His status at this time, the time of his arrest, I’m not for sure, but he was not a student in the school that day.” 2018-03-09T10:36:50-05:00

Daylight Saving Time serves as fire safety reminder

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday and as you prepare to “spring forward” one hour, the Kentucky Division of Fire Protection asks residents in a news release to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and changing the batteries. 2018-03-09T10:30:17-05:00

Student injured in accidental shooting at Lexington’s Douglass High School

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
UPDATED: A student has been injured after accidentally shooting himself at Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School Friday morning, according to Lexington police. Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said Lexington police were made aware that a student had accidentally shot himself. She said the injury is not thought to be life-threatening. 2018-03-09T10:19:10-05:00

Shot fired at Lexington high school

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A gunshot was fired in a classroom at Lexington's Frederick Douglass High School Friday morning. WLEX reports one student was transported from the scene. Police told the station it was not an active shooter situation. 2018-03-09T09:33:07-05:00

Bevin administration sues to block release of analysis of governor's pension reform plan

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is suing to block the release of an analysis of the governor's pension reform plan, calling an attorney general's decision on the subject a "radical rewriting of the Open Records Act." The case stems from the administration's denial of an open records request by Ellen Suetholz, the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition's coordinator, arguing the records were preliminary so they did not need to be disclosed. But Suetholz appealed the decision to Attorney General Andy Beshear, who decided in her favor last month. 2018-03-09T09:27:23-05:00

E’town man charged with attempted murder

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
An Elizabethtown man is in stable condition after police say an altercation in a motel room led to him being slashed with a knife across his throat. Derrick Butterworth, 21, of Eliza­bethtown, has been charged with attempted murder. The victim, 35, is at University Hospital in Louisville where he was taken after he was found Tuesday night in a room at Kentucky Cardinal Inn at 642 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown. 2018-03-09T09:22:16-05:00

Frankfort merchants to mark implosion with ‘blowout deals,’ ‘tower crumble donuts’

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
Get ready for some “blowout” deals and all-you-can-eat implosion puns. As Frankfort prepares to say goodbye to the Capital Plaza Tower on Sunday, local businesses are marking the occasion with Plaza-themed promotions and festivities. The 28-story tower will be imploded at 1:30 p.m., half an hour after scheduled remarks by Gov. Matt Bevin and other officials. 2018-03-09T09:16:10-05:00

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