Kentucky Press News Service

Doctor cleared of drug-trafficking, but not her husband

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
State regulators have lifted a ban on prescribing against a Kentucky doctor accused of conspiring to sell pain pills. The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure dissolved its order against Sherri L. Hogan, of Barbourville, on March 25 after the criminal charge against her was dismissed earlier this month. Dennis Hogan pleaded guilty to drug charges in two cases, including the one that initially included his wife, and has a charge pending against him for possession of methamphetamine. 2019-03-28T11:46:11-04:00

Ocasio-Cortez accepts Barr’s coal mine invite

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is from the Bronx, but says her Puerto Rican roots give her a feel for economically hard-hit areas like Appalachia — and eastern Kentucky, where she says she’s looking forward to touring a coal mine with Rep. Andy Barr. In an interview Wednesday, the New York Democrat told McClatchy her staff will be working with the Kentucky Republican to set up a visit. Barr, the Kentucky Republican whose office has reached out to hers, extended the offer Tuesday to the sponsor of the sweeping Green New Deal that Republicans say would put coal miners out of business. Barr asked Ocasio-Cortez to “go underground” in a mine with him. 2019-03-28T11:43:13-04:00

Federal judge rejects Medicaid work mandate

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
A federal judge has once again struck down Gov. Matt Bevin’s tougher eligibility rules, such as work requirements and premiums, for several hundred thousand low-income people receiving health coverage through Kentucky’s Medicaid program. The new rules were set to take effect on Monday. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., rejected Bevin’s Kentucky HEALTH proposal and returned it to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for further consideration. States cannot refashion Medicaid “in any way they choose,” Boasberg wrote in an order handed down Wednesday. By law, Medicaid must promote health coverage for people," he said. 2019-03-28T11:32:57-04:00

Last of 4 ex-firefighters accused of arson receives sentence

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
The last of the four ex-Crofton volunteer firefighters accused of burning down a Crofton building received his final sentence Wednesday morning from Judge John Atkins. Dakota Oglesby, 19, entered a guilty plea in December with a recommendation from the commonwealth for him to receive probation and pay $5,000 in restitution to the victims of the Christian County fire. Oglesby was charged with and pleaded guilty to facilitation to second-degree arson and third-degree burglary. 2019-03-28T11:26:03-04:00

Frankfort City Commission looks to double river boat rides capacity

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
Through a public-private partnership, city officials are hoping to double their ability to interest locals and visitors alike in Frankfort history while floating the Kentucky River. City commissioners unanimously approved the measure Monday night to partner with Kentucky River Boat Tours LLC. The agreement would allow the company’s vessel, “Trace of Kentucky,” to join Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites’ boat, “The Nancy Wilkinson,” to conduct historic tours in the summer and fall months along the river. While saving the city thousands of dollars, it will also double the number of people able to tour the river at any given time. 2019-03-28T11:18:58-04:00

$1.35 billion steel mill to open in Meade County

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
In the history of a state, there are certain announcements at certain times and certain places that are transformational, Gov. Matt Bevin told dozens gathered Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the Meade County College & Career Center in Brandenburg. Bevin said Wednesday’s announcement that Nucor Corp. plans to build a $1.35 billion steel plate manufacturing mill in Meade County as both an immediate and long-term economic development achievement is one of those transformational times. The 1.5-million-square-foot facility, which will sit on 900 acres in the Buttermilk Falls Industrial Park along the Ohio River in Brandenburg, will create more than 400 well-paying, full-time jobs, said John Ferriola, chairman, CEO and president of Nucor. 2019-03-28T11:15:18-04:00

Judge sentences teen as adult for ‘particularly cruel’ role in step-mother’s death

March 28, 2019 - 1:21pm
Jenna Oakley, 18, was sentenced as an adult in Boyle Circuit Court and immediately remanded to the Department of Corrections Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and theft in connection to the death of her step-mother when Oakley was 15. In January, Oakley pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter of Rhonda Oakley. In February, she apologized to the court for her actions on the day her step-mother was killed. When giving his decision on how Oakley should be sentenced, Boyle Circuit Court, Judge Darren Pecker said, “This was particularly cruel. It was senseless. It was even callous to that regard." 2019-03-28T11:09:09-04:00

Pages