Kentucky Press News Service

Andy Barr breaks with Trump over vow to end birthright citizenship

October 31, 2018 - 11:25am
Hours after receiving a Twitter endorsement from President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr broke step with the president over the citizenship rights of U.S.-born children whose parents are undocumented immigrants. In his latest appeal to his Republican base, Trump said Tuesday he would like to issue an executive order that ends the constitutionally-guaranteed right of citizenship for some people born in the United States. Barr said Trump does not have that authority. “The constitution is clear,” Barr said Tuesday after campaigning with House Speaker Paul Ryan at Toyota Tsusho in Georgetown. “The constitution cannot be changed by an executive order.” 2018-10-31T09:07:47-04:00

'Horrified' expo center leader wants to ban Nazi, KKK items from being sold

October 31, 2018 - 11:25am
The Kentucky Expo Center said it will hold an "emergency meeting" to re-evaluate its policies after Nazi and KKK merchandise was sold at a recent event, prompting anger and outrage from Louisville residents. The merchandise was sold by vendors at the National Gun Day's annual firearm show this past weekend. The items included a white tank top with two red horizontal stripes and a patch on the chest featuring a black swastika; an authentic KKK robe used by the notorious white supremacy group; and holiday ornaments adorned with glittery swastikas. 2018-10-31T09:00:42-04:00

Where are the seasonal workers? Santa's helpers are expensive and hard to find

October 31, 2018 - 11:25am
As he rushed down the aisle of the sprawling Louisville warehouse on a recent weekday morning, Paul Papoutsis spotted a large clump of workers streaming into the corridor ahead of him. The men and women, fresh off an early-morning break, ambled past bins of basketballs, athletic shoes and pro-team jerseys, and fanned out toward work stations — part of a force of 600 people at the e-commerce business where the temporary seasonal payroll is due to triple in coming weeks to handle the holiday onslaught. "We want to attract a great head count, [but] it's tough for businesses," said Papoutsis, director of operations at one of two Radial warehouses at Louisville's Riverport. "You have to ante up." 2018-10-31T08:54:35-04:00

Kentucky's tech czar enjoyed free housing — until we asked about it

October 31, 2018 - 11:25am
Charles Grindle, Kentucky’s highly paid chief technology officer, was given 64 nights of free housing in the Old Governor’s Mansion and in a Governor’s Mansion cottage during his first four months on the job in late 2017 and early 2018. But it wasn’t until Oct. 19 of this year — nearly nine months after he moved out and 31 days after the Courier Journal asked about the arrangement — that Grindle paid the state $6,976 in rent. Pamela Trautner, spokeswoman for the Finance and Administration Cabinet, said Tuesday that she had no immediate explanation for the payment delay. In an email, she added that "After Mr. Grindle became a state employee, he was invoiced for his lodging at the Old Governor's and New Governor's Mansions, which he paid." 2018-10-31T08:47:01-04:00

Expungement expo taps into new job tool

October 31, 2018 - 11:25am
Job seekers looking to get a fresh new start on employment received a wealth of information this week thanks to a unique job fair held by the Kentucky Career Center in Madisonville. As more employers require background checks on potential workers in addition to a traditional resume, many candidates with a criminal history feel they are left behind and find it increasingly difficult to find work, said Ruthann Padgett, vice president of operations at the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation. 2018-10-31T08:39:00-04:00

Murray High alumna accuses former teacher of sexual grooming

October 31, 2018 - 11:25am
A Murray High School alumna claims that a former teacher engaged in inappropriate behavior and predatory grooming, and that school district administration failed to properly investigate. Last month, Kentucky State Police announced an ongoing investigation into a Murray High School teacher for what was described as “inappropriately talking” between the teacher, a current student and a former student. The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board had launched its own investigation in 2013. 2018-10-31T08:25:35-04:00

Fall time change: Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night

October 31, 2018 - 8:25am
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Kentuckians will get back the hour of sleep they lost during the spring time change in March. When going to bed on Saturday night, adjust your clocks back one hour. For example, if going to bed at 11 p.m. Saturday, turn your clocks to 10 p.m. That way, your clocks will be accurate when you awaken Sunday. 2018-10-31T08:22:52-04:00

Police, pathologist testify on arrest, autopsy

October 31, 2018 - 8:25am
A man accused of murdering his sister in November of 2016 was apprehended in Tennessee driving her vehicle, more than two weeks after she was last heard from, according to law enforcement testimony Tuesday. Arthur Long, 68, is charged with murder and theft in the death of his sister, Nancy Minor. Testimony in his Eddyville trial continued Tuesday, with sporadic interruptions from Long, some as aside remarks to his defense, some spoken generally or addressed to Lyon Circuit Judge C.A. "Woody" Woodall. 2018-10-31T08:16:35-04:00

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