Kentucky Press News Service

Work planned on Pennyrile Parkway to begin Monday

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Work will begin Monday on major project on the Pennyrile Parkway between Nortonville and Hopkinsville. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a news release that prep work for the concrete rehabilitation project will begin with the construction of median crossovers to allow the contractor to move to two-way traffic along about a 6-mile section of the work zone starting sometime in April. The work zone will be divided into about six phases spread over about 18 months. 2018-03-15T09:27:42-04:00

Fancy Farm man gets 30 years for murder

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
A day before he was supposed to go on trial for murder, a Fancy Farm man struck a plea deal that will keep him behind bars until he is nearly 80. Patrick Wilson entered an Alford plea on Monday afternoon to murder, first-degree assault, and aggravated second-degree driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in exchange for the prosecution recommending a 30-year total sentence and dropping charges of disregarding a stop sign and failing to wear a seat belt. Wilson was charged with causing the death of Kristie Wiggins of Mayfield in January 2017, as the result of a wreck at Ky. 339 and Ky. 121, north of Fancy Farm. 2018-03-15T09:23:42-04:00

Todd County student expelled after making threats

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
A 16-year-old student has been expelled from Todd County Central High School after making specific threats against several students and the school itself. Members of the Todd County School Board made the decision during their meeting Monday night, choosing to expel the student from Todd County Schools for the next 12 months. The student, a TCCHS sophomore, is also not allowed on any of the district’s school property, Acting Superintendent Ed Oyler said. 2018-03-15T09:19:45-04:00

‘It starts with us’: Area high school students rally for safer schools

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
In high schools in Hardin and LaRue counties, hundreds of students Wednesday morning stood in silence and held memorials, some in gymnasiums and a cafeteria, others at a football field and in front of a school, remembering students and teachers killed this year in Kentucky and Florida school shootings. 2018-03-15T09:11:04-04:00

Human trafficking in Kentucky not like in movies, official says

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Human trafficking is a growing problem in Kentucky and across the country, according to the leader of the commonwealth's effort to raise awareness on the issue and combat it. Allyson Cox Taylor, executive director of Kentucky's Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution, Wednesday gave the Rotary Club of Paducah an overview of human trafficking and what communities can do to address the problem. The way human trafficking is often depicted in movies and on television is different from what is seen in Kentucky, Taylor said. 2018-03-15T09:07:11-04:00

Senate passes opioid-disposal plan after sponsor said it was being held hostage

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
A bill to ensure safe disposal of opioid drugs that a Republican senator said was delayed in retaliation for her refusal to vote for the controversial public pension bill quickly passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday and passed the full Senate later that same day on a vote of 34-2. 2018-03-15T09:02:12-04:00

5 things you missed from National School Walkout Day in Kentucky

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Students in Jefferson County and neighboring towns joined together in 17-minutes of silence at 10 a.m. Wednesday to call an end to gun violence in America's schools. While some Louisville schools gave students a lot of freedom in protesting, others punished students for being passionate. 2018-03-15T08:50:35-04:00

Teachers hold ‘walk-ins’ over pension bill, blast Bevin’s ‘name-calling’

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Fayette County teachers on Thursday who participated in “walk-in” rallies to protest the pension bill that cuts teacher retirement benefits took aim at the latest criticism thrown at them by Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. During an interview Tuesday on WVLC radio in Campbellsville, Bevin called teachers who oppose Senate Bill 1 “selfish” and “ignorant,” comparing them to disloyal Americans who hoarded rationed goods during World War II. 2018-03-15T08:45:58-04:00

Police release name of ‘dangerous’ man sought for questioning after officer killed

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
An arrest warrant has been issued by Kentucky State Police in connection with the slaying of Pikeville police officer Scotty Hamilton. John Russell Hall, 55, of Pikeville, is wanted on possession of a gun by a convicted felon. He is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone observing him should contact 911 immediately. He is being sought for questioning related to Hamilton’s death. 2018-03-15T08:37:46-04:00

Breathitt Schools gets safety resource officer

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Stressing safety of students and staff as the top priority, the Breathitt County Board of Education unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement Wednesday with the City of Jackson, providing a Safety Resource Officer (or “SRO”) for the school district. 2018-03-15T08:31:27-04:00

Bevin calls teachers 'selfish and short-sighted' for protesting pension bill

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin slammed teachers for being "selfish and short-sighted" for protesting policies in the pension reform bill. "If they get what they wish for they will not have a pension system for the younger people who are still working, and that to me is remarkable selfish and short-sighted," Bevin said on a West Virginia radio program on Tuesday. Bevin's comments come as hope for the governor's pension plan dwindle. Senate President Robert Stivers told courier Journal that he "didn't see a lot of hope" for the bill. 2018-03-14T16:41:49-04:00

'I don't see a lot of hope for it': Kentucky's pension reform bill is unlikely to pass

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Key Senate Republican leaders acknowledged Wednesday there is little hope for passage of the pension reform bill during the 2018 General Assembly and began warning of serious ramifications if the bill is not passed. "I don’t see a lot of hope for it. That’s just the reality,” Senate President Robert Stivers said in a brief interview Wednesday of status of the pension measure, Senate Bill 1. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said there is still some hope. But he said, "There has been so much vilification of this bill that has the intent of saving the pension systems that it has become toxic down here." 2018-03-14T16:34:56-04:00

Grandmother kills handicapped grandchild, then herself

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
UPDATED: A family in Shelby County said a grandmother shot and killed her 14-year-old granddaughter with cerebral palsy and then turned the gun on herself and took her own life. WAVE reported on its website that Julia Cash-Owens killed Aurelia Castillo, 14, before killing herself. 2018-03-14T16:07:57-04:00

Coroner identifies body found in Lake Cumberland

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
A body found Monday on Lake Cumberland in Russell County has been identified by the local coroner as Edward B. Grady. WLEX reports the victim's family reported him missing Feb. 21. His boat was found on the lake two days later. 2018-03-14T15:58:51-04:00

PSC Says LG&E franchise fee in Louisville Metro should be passed through to customers as line item on bills

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
The Kentucky Public Service Commission, in a case involving Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, has reiterated a decades-old policy that utility franchise fees imposed by local governments should be passed through to customers and listed as a separate line item on those customers’ utility bills. 2018-03-14T15:50:15-04:00

Police search for shooter who killed Pikeville police officer as community mourns

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
UPDATED: Kentucky State Police searched Wednesday for a person suspected of shooting and killing a Pikeville policeman Tuesday night as the Eastern Kentucky community mourned the fallen officer. Scotty Hamilton was killed after responding to a call with Kentucky State Police in the Hurricane community around 11:30 p.m., the city said. He had been a member of the police department since 2006. 2018-03-14T15:38:53-04:00

Radcliff mom charged with striking 8-month-old

March 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
A mother of an 8-month-old boy was arrested Tuesday night and charged with striking him, causing multiple areas of bruising. Katie Fultz, 31, of Radcliff, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted. The alleged offense happened Tuesday. 2018-03-14T13:02:03-04:00

Filming of 'Silent Natural' now underway in Dawson Springs

March 14, 2018 - 9:48am
Riverside Park in Dawson Springs may be known for a lot of things, but it is most famously known being the Pittsburgh Pirates' spring training site from 1914-17 and being the former stomping grounds of shortstop Honus Wagner. Today, it can add a third accomplishment to its lengthy record -- scenes from the movie, "The Silent Natural" were filmed there. "The Silent Natural," to be released in 2019, tells the story of William "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf Major League Baseball player who was an influence on umpire hand signals that are still used today. Hoy played centerfield from 1888-1902, most notably for the Cincinnati Reds. 2018-03-14T09:20:37-04:00

Paducah man arrested for sex abuse, threatening

March 14, 2018 - 9:48am
A Paducah man faces multiple charges for allegedly videotaping the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl. McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden said Thomas T. Sullivan, 34, was arrested Monday after being questioned at the sheriff's department. Sullivan also threatened to kill several sheriff's deputies, Hayden said. 2018-03-14T09:13:39-04:00

School districts preparing for student walkout today

March 14, 2018 - 9:48am
At 10 a.m. local time today, many students and teachers nationwide will walk out of their schools to honor the lives of the 17 high school students who were killed one month ago in Parkland, Florida, by a former student wielding an AR-15 assault rifle. The walkout - organized to last 17 minutes, one minute for each of the Florida victims - is part memorial, part protest. It is meant to focus attention on school safety and press lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws, according to Women's March Youth Empower, the group organizing the walkout. 2018-03-14T09:09:53-04:00

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