Kentucky Press News Service

If you get this flyer in favor of breaking up JCPS, just throw it away

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
Fairly thick, 5½-by-8½ inch white card stock, shoved into newspaper delivery boxes in front of people’s homes, urging residents to call and email the state Board of Education in support of a takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools. But there’s something more sinister than an ill-conceived plan for a takeover in this half-page flyer. There’s a call for breaking up the Jefferson County school district into several smaller districts, a move that would almost assuredly leave struggling schools in poor sections of town even more cash-strapped and unable to hire and keep experienced teachers. At the very best, this idea is classist. At the worst, it's racist. 2018-07-27T10:57:59-04:00

Search starts again for NKY man missing in Red River Gorge

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
The search for the Northern Kentucky man who went missing in Red River Gorge will continue Friday. Les Reynolds, who went missing on Tuesday, has not been found as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, said John May of Wolfe County Search and Rescue. First responders plan to continue the search operation again Friday with additional rescuers from outside the area, including K-9 units. 2018-07-27T10:25:43-04:00

SUV plows into bank; one injured; police say it was intentional

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
Investigators say a Murray man intentionally drove his SUV into a bank in the city’s south side Thursday afternoon, injuring one person. In a news release, Murray Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Brant Shutt said Dennis McCuiston, 29, of Murray, was taken into custody after allegedly driving the vehicle through the front entrance of the Regions Bank branch on South 12th Street. The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. 2018-07-27T10:13:55-04:00

Clark County theft case headed to grand jury

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
A former Clark County employee charged with taking more than $11,000 in emergency planning funds sent her case to the grand jury. Jennifer Paige Adkins, 41, was arrested and subsequently fired in May after the allegations came to light. Adkins worked in the Clark County Emergency Management office and served as the treasurer for the Local Emergency Planning Committee. 2018-07-27T10:04:34-04:00

Extended family reaches out after tragic deaths of fair vendors

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
The family of a couple with Kentucky roots who were allegedly murdered in Kansas are connecting all over the country to piece together what happened to their loved ones. Alfred “Sonny” and Pauline Carpenter were going about their typical summer routine of following county fairs across Kansas as vendors when they were reported missing. A few days later on July 18, their bodies were found hundreds of miles away buried in a creek bed near an area called Natural Dam in Crawford County, Arkansas. Sonny Carpenter has relatives in the Owensboro area and southern Indiana. 2018-07-27T09:25:48-04:00

Heath shooting survivor set to speak at protest

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
A group of Marshall County High School students and other concerned citizens will peacefully protest the Marshall County Republican Party's decision to have Lt. Col. Oliver North, president of the National Rifle Association, speak at their "Night Before Fancy Farm" fundraiser rally Aug. 3 in Lovett Auditorium at Murray State University. 2018-07-27T09:22:40-04:00

Whiskey, bourbon leaders back Trump effort to avoid trade war with EU

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
The Trump administration's recent commitment to end trade disputes with the EU has offered some relief to global leaders in the spirits industry. Eight representatives of whiskey and bourbon companies from around the world met at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville on Thursday to present and sign a resolution that supported President Donald Trump's efforts to work with the EU. Leaders appeared optimistic that tariffs will be rolled back following Trump's announcement Wednesday that he and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had agreed to new talks on the possibility of eliminating trade barriers between the United States and Europe. 2018-07-27T09:15:40-04:00

Occupy ICE protesters arrested after blocking entry to Immigration Court

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
Police arrested nine protesters after they spent Thursday morning blocking elevators to Louisville Immigration Court inside the Heyburn building on West Broadway. The group linked arms using braces that appeared to be made out of PVC pipes, plaster and duct tape. They blocked people from entering and exiting the elevators, chanting "abolish ICE" and "no justice, no peace." Louisville Metro Police asked the protesters to leave twice before they were arrested, according to Occupy ICE organizer Jesus Ibanez. 2018-07-27T09:12:21-04:00

Papa John's founder sues Papa Johns, demanding files about his removal

July 27, 2018 - 12:10pm
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has sued the company he created 34 years ago, demanding it produce internal documents including any allegations of “sexual harassment, misconduct or innuendo” sent or received by the company’s directors or officers. In the suit, filed Thursday in Delaware where Papa John’s is incorporated, Schnatter said he wants the records because of the “heavy-handed” way the Louisville-based company has treated him since publication of a story that accused him of using a racial slur. 2018-07-27T09:09:46-04:00

Large Kentucky furniture store fire destroys much of the business

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
At least 75 percent of a Garrard County business was destroyed when it was engulfed in flames Friday morning, the owner told WKYT. The fire started around 6:30 a.m. at Rocky Top Log Furniture & Railing on Lexington Road in Lancaster. A video shared on Facebook by Robert Matheny, the store’s owner, shows fire department crews battling the fire that permeated the sky with smoke. A dust collector was responsible for the fire, the owner told LEX 18. All of the employees made it out of the building safe, the station reported. 2018-07-27T09:01:08-04:00

Deaths and a disappearance haunt Bardstown. New TV special to explore the mysteries.

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
Over the past five years, an unsolved disappearance and a series of unsolved deaths have left the community of Bardstown, Ky., searching for answers. Now, the search that has baffled a region will find a broader audience on national television. The ongoing investigations in the town will be featured on an upcoming six-part series on Oxygen. “The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers” will follow Rogers’ case, the shooting death of her father and other mysterious cases that remain unsolved in the Nelson County town, according to Oxygen. 2018-07-27T08:57:26-04:00

Kentucky’s courts got a scathing audit two weeks ago. Here’s how lawmakers responded.

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
Leaders of Kentucky’s courts system faced questions from a panel of largely friendly lawmakers Thursday, two weeks after a state audit found a “pervasive lack of accountability” within the Administrative Office of the Courts. Throughout the hearing, lawmakers emphasized the importance of the separation of power in government and commended Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton and AOC Executive Director Laurie Dudgeon for requesting the audit, the first comprehensive external examination of the AOC since it was founded in 1976. Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, who is a former executive director of the AOC, asked the toughest questions of the hearing. In a moment that Dudgeon said felt “like a deposition,” Nemes critically questioned her about the two most controversial findings of the report: the private sales of surplus equipment and the decision to lease office space from the sons of a Supreme Court justice. 2018-07-27T08:48:06-04:00

Shortage of health care workers driving interest in the field among colleges, students

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
A projected shortage of nurses and other health care workers is providing an opportunity for local colleges and their students, who are rising to meet the demand and to help fill what is expected to be 1.7 million U.S. health care jobs that will be open by 2024. “There is a nursing demand, and there is an interest from citizens in our community, and in our region really, to meet that demand,” notes Dr. Alissa Young, president of Hopkinsville Community College, where the facility is already positioning itself to fill that need. 2018-07-27T08:44:04-04:00

Furniture business in Henderson to close after more than century

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
After more than a 100 years in business in downtown Henderson, it has been announced that Alles Brothers Furniture will close its doors. Herman Alles passed away at age 95 in early June of this year. He was well-known in the community as both a philanthropist and businessman. 2018-07-27T08:37:51-04:00

Opportunity stores celebrate 75 years

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
The United Methodist Mountain Mission is celebrating 75 years of its “Opportunity Stores,” one of which is located in Harlan. According to Andy Mitchell, communications and outreach representative for the United Methodist Mountain Mission, the mission will celebrate 75 years of the stores on Sept. 27. “We’re a non-profit organization owned by the United Methodist Church that’s operated in Jackson,” Mitchell said. “We have eight stores around the region, in Harlan, Barbourville, Irvine, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, West Liberty and Burkesville. We provide good used clothing and household furnishings, household items, books, movies, things of that nature.” 2018-07-27T08:34:05-04:00

Hardin County company keeps poles on highways

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
Odds are, if you have driven on an interstate or stopped at a stoplight, you’ve seen a product from Structures USA of Elizabethtown. The company now has 50 employees and makes tubular structures including substation products, traffic poles, lighting poles, catenary poles, over-head sign structures, signal strain poles and other fabricated structures. Some poles reach 90 to 100 feet in height. 2018-07-27T08:25:13-04:00

12 years in prison for Kentucky doctor who 'helped fuel the opioid epidemic'

July 27, 2018 - 9:10am
A doctor who illegally dispensed 300,000 oxycodone pills was sentenced Thursday to more than 12 years in prison. Dr. Sundiata El-Amin, 69, of Fort Wayne, Indiana practiced medicine in Grant County before his December 2015 indictment, officials said. El-Amin was convicted in March on 173 drug trafficking offenses. 2018-07-27T08:20:50-04:00

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