Kentucky Press News Service

Plane crash-lands at Frankfort airport; official says no one injured

July 31, 2018 - 9:14am
A minor crash involving a single-engine aircraft occurred Monday afternoon at Frankfort's Capital City Airport, though airport officials said no one was seriously hurt. The small aircraft crash-landed onto a hill several feet from the airport’s runway at approximately 2:45 p.m., airport Assistant Director Scott Shannon said. Following the crash, the pilot told officials that he had experienced a problem with the landing gear, Shannon said. 2018-07-31T08:26:42-04:00

Three murder trials on court docket

July 31, 2018 - 9:14am
A rash of homicides in Hardin County this year — six in a 153-day stretch — might have pulled some of the attention from other high-profile cases in the county. However, three of the 10 active murder cases in Hardin County are set to go to trial in the next 11 weeks. All of the accused could face life in prison, if convicted. 2018-07-31T08:23:28-04:00

Search continues for missing Lincoln County man

July 31, 2018 - 9:14am
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for more tips in the search for a missing man. Frankie Hurt, 40, was last seen on or around June 20. He was reported missing by his aunt and no one is exactly sure when he was seen last. He’s described as a white male, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, with red hair and green eyes. 2018-07-31T08:19:25-04:00

What pairs perfectly with Kentucky cuisine? Chris Stapleton’s voice, apparently.

July 30, 2018 - 3:13pm
The voice you hear in new commercials promoting Kentucky tourism should be a familiar one. You’re probably just used to hearing it sing. Grammy Award-winning native Kentuckian Chris Stapleton is narrating a series of 30-second spots for the Kentucky Department of Tourism highlighting the culinary side of Kentucky for its “Better in the Bluegrass” campaign. In the spots, Stapleton can be heard talking about “recipes that come from the land and the heart,” “a kiss of bourbon,” and “a blend of past and present, tradition and creation” over mouthwatering images of food and fellowship. 2018-07-30T13:15:42-04:00

Whitley County woman suffers burns to 40 percent of her body

July 30, 2018 - 3:13pm
A 19-year-old Whitley County woman and a Campbell County, Tennessee man are recovering after suffering burns to a significant portion of their bodies when an ATV they were in struck a gas well late Wednesday evening in northern Tennessee. Anna Anderson, who is from eastern Whitley County in the Highway 904 area, is currently being treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She suffered burns to 40 percent of her body, including her face, both arms and one leg, according to her mother, Stephanie Anderson. 2018-07-30T12:57:59-04:00

Corbin woman accused of assault with broomhandle

July 30, 2018 - 3:13pm
A Corbin woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating a man severely enough that he had to be airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Holly A. Mills, 34, is facing one count of second-degree assault stemming from the July 8 incident during which Danny Perry stated that he was punch, kicked scratched and then pushed to the ground and then beat with the broom handle as he laid on the floor. 2018-07-30T12:53:09-04:00

Sub sandwiches sold here recalled for Listeria contamination

July 30, 2018 - 3:13pm
Grab and go sandwiches sold in the Tristate area of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana have been recalled due to possible listeria contamination. Lipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Premo Brand and Fresh Grab turkey and Swiss sub sandwiches for possible Listeria monocytogenesis, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The products were produced on July 17 and distributed to food service and retail stores throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia. 2018-07-30T12:44:09-04:00

Woman accused of carrying $800K in forged checks

July 30, 2018 - 3:13pm
A Florida woman accused of attempting to cash a fraudulent check in Glasgow was found to have more than $800,000 in forged checks in her possession, according to authorities. Anitra Brown, 40, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Barren Circuit Court on 24 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, receiving stolen property valued at $10,000 or more and misrepresenting military status. The Glasgow Police Department arrested Brown on June 2 after officers responded to a call regarding a woman who tried to cash a fraudulent check at a U.S. Bank. 2018-07-30T12:31:52-04:00

Report offers valuable insight into overdoses

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
The recently released 2017 Overdose Fatality Report serves as more than a scary reminder that the drug epidemic in Kentucky and our community continues to grow. While the statistics shared can be frightening, they also will be valuable as agencies and organizations across the Commonwealth continue developing and reshaping a plan to tackle this devastating trend. According to the report, which was released by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy this week, “Over the past decade, the number of Kentuckians who die from drug overdoses has steadily climbed to more than 1,500 this year, exacting a devastating toll on families, communities, social services and economic growth.” 2018-07-30T11:31:07-04:00

Job ready

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
The good news is there are plenty of jobs available for people who are willing to work. The bad news is that employers in Kentucky are experiencing a lack of people who can fill the open positions. The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center published a slew of statistics that explain the state’s current workforce position. Their research shows that more than 81 percent of Kentucky businesses are planning to expand in the next three to five years and that 80 percent of those businesses say they can’t fill those positions. But Kentucky, along with three other states, is embarking on a project that will address the workforce issues. 2018-07-30T11:26:18-04:00

New Patton Museum a lesson in leadership

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
In November 2016, Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes publicly pledged to reopen the U.S. 31W gate providing visitors with direct access to the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership at Fort Knox. That promise will not be kept by current leadership and decision-makers at the post. The Directorate of Public Works took several logistical steps — spending taxpayer dollars — to address security concerns related to the museum and access to the rest of the post. As the museum prepares to reopen next month with a new roof and several internal improvements, the parking lot off the highway will remain inaccessible. 2018-07-30T11:18:17-04:00

Our world has gone digital and newspapers must, too

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
Let’s face it. Our world is now connected, plugged in and logged on in more ways than ever before; and we won’t ever be going back. Less than 25 years after the World Wide Web became widespread commercially, the internet has become an absolutely integral part of our electronic-dependent lives. Interestingly, a significant segment of people are still struggling to adapt. Businesses are no different. The jargon alone can be intimidating for some people. 2018-07-30T11:14:11-04:00

9th Circuit finally got it right in gun ruling

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, has the embarrassing distinction of being one of the most overturned courts in the country. In ruling after ruling through the years, its judges have shown the country how out of touch they are with mainstream America. The court consists mostly of ideologues who rule not on the basis of law, but rather on their own personal opinions. We all know judges are not supposed to rule this way, but the majority of judges on this particular court do it anyway, only to often see their rulings ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court. Through the years, this newspaper’s opinion page has correctly called out this court for some of its outrageous rulings, and we are glad we did that. Because they get it wrong so many times, they deserve to be called on it. When they do something right – which is very rare – like they did in a recent court ruling, they deserve to be praised out of fairness. 2018-07-30T11:06:35-04:00

WKU to tighten admission standards, expects enrollment dip

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
Western Kentucky University is tightening its admission standards, a move that its provost said will probably affect the size of the 2019 freshman class but lead to better retention and student success rates down the line. In an email to faculty and staff, Provost David Lee said WKU will no longer accept students with a cumulative, unweighted grade-point average below 2.0. Lee said WKU hopes to better serve underprepared students by either working with them through a new college prep program in the summer or by referring them to schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. 2018-07-30T11:00:51-04:00

Does it matter when you eat?

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
If you enjoy chomping down a hearty breakfast each morning, you'll be glad to know that a new book says it's not just OK, it's good for your health. "The Circadian Code" by Dr. Satchin Panda, a professor at the Salk Institute in San Diego, makes a strong case for aligning our meals with our sleep-wake cycles known as circadian rhythms. Nutrition authorities have debated for decades about how much the time of day matters when we eat. Many agree with Panda that our metabolism works most efficiently when we finish the day's eating in the early evening and avoid late meals and snacks. 2018-07-30T10:48:08-04:00

University of Kentucky must not retreat on sex abuse (no matter what Betsy DeVos says)

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
Six years before #MeToo took off, college campuses woke to an Obama administration crackdown on sexual violence and harassment. The obligation to be certain of a sexual partner’s consent is now etched on the average college student’s consciousness — and conscience — like never before. That is an irrefutable good. Could that progress be wiped out, as some fear, by the Trump administration’s reversal of Obama-era directives, at a time when the White House is occupied by a man who boasted of grabbing unsuspecting women by the, well, you know? The University of Kentucky will be a test case. 2018-07-30T10:40:35-04:00

Jones and Jennings show how partisan politics can be fair, entertaining

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
One pleasure of writing about politics is writing about politicians as people. You come to know them as human beings, not just by policy positions or their strategies. That has become more difficult in an increasingly polarized time – first between the parties, and now between the news media and politicians (mainly of one party, but not entirely). That’s one reason it was a treat to watch a public conversation this month between Democrat Matt Jones and Republican Scott Jennings at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit and Annual Meeting in Louisville. They made their partisan points but were straightforward about Kentucky politics, and, important for such an hour-long session, entertaining. 2018-07-30T10:25:48-04:00

2 charged with putting feces in AC unit and covering a bed in urine

July 30, 2018 - 12:13pm
A Hopkinsville couple is charged with first-degree criminal mischief after damaging a hotel room. Stephen F. Brown, 28, and Mykaell Duncan, allegedly rented a room at the Travel Inn and after renting the room complained about bed bugs and wanted their money back, according to a Hopkinsville police report. The next morning the staff went to clean the room and found the bed covered in urine, running water and feces in the AC unit. The bed and AC unit were replaced and no bed bugs were found, according to the report. 2018-07-30T09:24:55-04:00

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