Kentucky Press News Service

Want to sleep in a jail cell? Oldham County Detention Center says come on over

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
If you’re a law-abiding citizen who’s ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night in the pokey, here’s your chance to find out. Oldham County is getting ready to open a new $22 million jail, and it’s hosting a sleepover first. 2018-01-07T10:18:31-05:00

Christian County fiscal court judge would like opportunity to save taxpayer dollars with felony escape

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says he would love to sit down with prosecution, defense attorneys and other officials involved in decisions about felony escape charges and see if there’s something that can be done to save taxpayer dollars. Tribble and Walter Cummings, treasurer for Christian County, said they aren’t sure the amount of money that ends up being spent to bring people who have failed to pay their fines and court costs back to the community is worth the benefit of doing so. 2018-01-07T10:16:01-05:00

Hopkinsville police report shows decrease in crime in 2017, HPD clearing rate higher than state

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Hopkinsville Police Department is reporting an overall decrease in crime in 2017, according to a year-end report released Wednesday. Since 2013, Hopkinsville has seen a 23 percent decrease in crime reports, and Chief Clayton Sumner believes it’s a result of implementing new philosophies in the department, as well as building better relationships throughout the community. 2018-01-07T10:09:55-05:00

Sunday alcohol sales up for OK by Henderson City Commission

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
City commissioners on Tuesday will consider first reading of an ordinance legalizing the sale of package liquor and beer on Sundays. That means grocery stores, liquor stores, drug stores and other outlets such as convenience stores with the proper licensing would be able to sell alcohol on Sunday, after 10 a.m. and until 2 a.m. the following Monday. 2018-01-07T10:06:05-05:00

New Frankfort police chief lives in neighboring Anderson County

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Does it matter that the new Frankfort police chief lives in a neighboring county? Though no residency requirement exists, some city officials say they were not aware that newly appointed Frankfort Police Chief Travis Ellis lives elsewhere. Ellis, named interim chief on Aug. 30 and full-time chief in December, owns and resides on a small farm in Anderson County, public records show. When asked about Ellis’ residency, however, some city officials said they’re not concerned that he lives in another community. 2018-01-07T09:41:38-05:00

Ky. first lady's foster care initiative to launch in Hardin County

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
The foster care system in Kentucky is a beast. That’s the opinion of Edward Palmer who is working with first lady Glenna Bevin to create better outcomes for children in the system. “We have a responsibility to ensure that the 8,600 kids succeed,” Palmer said, referring to the state’s foster care population. Bevin and Palmer have worked together over the last several months on an initiative to engage community organizations in the state’s foster care system to better serve children in it. 2018-01-07T09:38:11-05:00

WKU president outlines priorities for lawmakers

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Facing budget cuts and a pension system short billions of dollars, Western Kentucky University will likely face difficult decisions in the coming months, according to WKU President Timothy Caboni. Caboni, who spoke in a wide-ranging interview Friday, said that became more apparent to him as he listened to an address from Gov. Matt Bevin at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner this week. 2018-01-07T09:35:43-05:00

Bowling Green's Stryker Logistics makes list of top entrepreneurs

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
When Fuji Avdic came to Bowling Green as a 7-year-old Bosnian refugee in 1998, he learned to speak English in three months. “I had no choice,” he said. “There was no ESL (English as second language) program back then.” Avdic has been on the fast track ever since. Now 26, he has started, grown and sold a trucking company and now is at the head of a transportation-and-storage logistics company whose growth has caught the attention of Entrepreneur magazine. 2018-01-07T09:31:27-05:00

Glasgow plant to expand

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Lynx Labeling Inc., which develops and sells custom labeling machinery and software primarily to the meat and poultry industries, will build a $500,000 facility and create 10 jobs in Glasgow, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. The company also plans to invest $65,000 in equipment and $25,000 in startup-related activities at its new 12,000-square-foot Barren County facility, which will be located in the Highland Glen Industrial Park. 2018-01-05T13:27:59-05:00

Who’s that mystery man? Speaker of the House

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Many, apparently most, House Republicans want to allow their on-again, off-again Speaker Jeff Hoover due process. That is reasonable, though politically risky since Democrats will have a field day with the sexual harassment claim against the House’s top Republican. What’s not reasonable or acceptable is the assertion that this drama can or should play out in private. 2018-01-05T13:14:20-05:00

Ky. juveniles suffer in failed system

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
When individuals bring children into their homes, they take on the responsibility of giving them what they need to thrive: a stable, safe environment, learning opportunities, mental and physical health care. When the state takes a child into custody, it has the same responsibilities. Kentucky has failed the children at the seven detention centers operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice. 2018-01-05T13:09:12-05:00

In Afghanistan, TV anchor drew his gun and waited for attackers to come through the door

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
WTVQ-TV morning anchor Doug High joined the Navy Reserve after 9/11. He was called up to go to Afghanistan in 2017, and spent from April to December on active duty. He was on communications duty and, at the time, could not have envisioned there would come a morning when he would be holding a gun and waiting for an attacker to come through the door. But the time came. 2018-01-05T13:00:20-05:00

House committee will decide in secret whether to investigate charges against Hoover

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
The special committee assigned to investigate charges against House Speaker Jeff Hoover will likely decide in secret whether or not to pursue the investigation. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, said he thinks the committee will have to take a vote on whether the charges against the Russell County politician are valid before they pursue a larger investigation. 2018-01-05T12:47:25-05:00

Hoover should be clear about House speaker intentions

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Not only has Jeff Hoover remained in office despite a chorus of calls to the contrary, he’s reconsidering rescinding his resignation as the speaker of the House, too. Instead of doing his part to bring closure to the sexual assault scandal that rocked the House late last year, Hoover’s actions continue to feed the cloud that hangs over the Capitol. He should be clear about his intentions instead of leaving open the possibility for his return. 2018-01-05T12:45:14-05:00

New partnership between farmers, fire department might save a life

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Farming is dangerous work, and hazards can sometimes lurk in unexpected places. Grain bins are a good example. Thanks to a donation from a local farm couple the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District is now equipped to respond to grain bin entrapment situations. These emergencies are more common than a non-farmer might think. In 2016 there were two dozen such incidents nationally, resulting in 12 deaths. 2018-01-05T12:44:01-05:00

Bardstown educator appealing insurance decision that denied ‘LifeVest’ to help his heart

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Lance Boston’s heart is failing, and the Bardstown man is appealing his health insurer’s denial of a potentially life-saving wearable defibrillator. While others returned to work after the New Year holiday, Boston was still homebound, waiting for his doctor to clear him to return to the office. The Bardstown City Schools’ special education director found himself in the hospital shortly before Christmas with a diagnosis he wasn’t expecting. 2018-01-05T12:39:11-05:00

Democrats decry deficits, then seek to add on

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Democrats were for deficit spending before they were against it; which, come to find, is before they are for it again. Our observation is that relative to what happened during the tenure of Barack Obama — when $10 trillion was added to the national debt in eight years — $1.5 trillion in 10 years is progress. Democrats added almost $1.5 trillion to the debt in Obama's first year and ran a series of $1 trillion-plus deficits during years when they had control of the House and a 60-vote majority in the Senate. 2018-01-05T12:35:16-05:00

Paducah Kmart to close in April

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Paducah's Kmart store on Lone Oak Road will be closing in early April. Parent company Sears Holdings has announced it will be closing other Kmart and Sears stores regionally and nationally to "transform our business model." In total, 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores will close in March and April. 2018-01-05T12:31:41-05:00

Elizabethtown community college leader shows the way

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
In many ways, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College President and CEO Juston Pate is much like a coach. When he arrived on campus as the school’s new leader a little more than a year ago, he came with a game plan. Pate wanted to understand the wants and, most importantly, the needs of the 10-county region ECTC serves. 2018-01-05T12:29:12-05:00

Hardin County legislators working to oust House speaker

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Members of Re­pub­lican House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s own party, including two legislators serving Hardin County, filed formal disciplinary charges against him, asking for his expulsion. The charges filed Wednesday include sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and using taxpayer resources to hide the allegations from the public. 2018-01-05T12:17:26-05:00

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