Kentucky Press News Service

Beshear: Lawrenceburg fugitive arrested, charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography; Cyber Crimes Unit made arrest after locating fugitive on the run since July

December 1, 2017 - 9:55am
An Anderson County man who eluded investigators for months was arrested Thursday morning for possessing child pornography, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced in a news release. William Richard Smith, 46, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with 100 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony. 2017-12-01T08:23:21-05:00

State releases county unemployment data for October 2017

December 1, 2017 - 9:55am
Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in 10 and rose in 22 counties between October 2016 and October 2017, according to a news release from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 2.9 percent. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent. 2017-12-01T08:14:36-05:00

Insider Louisville digital news outlet to become a nonprofit

December 1, 2017 - 9:55am
Insider Louisville, the city’s digital-first news organization, is transitioning to a nonprofit model to further its mission of delivering impactful journalism on cornerstone topics such as business, education, health, government, culture and the local economy. In doing so, Insider joins a burgeoning nonprofit movement across the nation that shores up support for local news. 2017-12-01T08:12:13-05:00

Facebook 'friend' messages telling of winnings are bogus

December 1, 2017 - 9:55am
Consumers in central and eastern Kentucky are being told through Facebook Messenger they’ve won money or grants, but there are fees required to receive the prizes. According to a news release from the Better Business Bureau in Lexington, the Facebook messages are fraudulent. 2017-12-01T08:01:49-05:00

State House sexual harassment investigation could cost Kentucky taxpayers $50,000

November 30, 2017 - 3:54pm
The Legislative Research Commission’s contract with a Louisville law firm to investigate sexual harassment in the state House of Representatives will cost Kentucky taxpayers up to $50,000. The contract, obtained by the Herald-Leader through a request under the Open Records Act, says the law firm of Middleton Reutlinger will be paid as much as $50,000 “to conduct a human resources investigation of, and provide legal advice to, the House Republican caucus.” 2017-11-30T13:15:46-05:00

Former Bevin employee says state lawmaker sent her ‘highly inappropriate’ messages

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
A former employee in Gov. Matt Bevin’s office, who is also the daughter of an outspoken Republican lawmaker, said Thursday that a member of the State House of Representatives sent her “highly inappropriate” messages. Jordan Morgan, 28, said she received several electronic messages from state Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, that “should not have come from a married man.” 2017-11-30T12:40:19-05:00

Butler Fiscal Court to help fund historical marker for first town in county

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Butler County Fiscal Court is helping purchase a historical marker to commemorate the first city founded in the county. Suffolk — a town on the Green River near the current location of the Rochester Ferry — was incorporated in 1803, according to Roger Givens, chairman of the Butler County Historical Society. 2017-11-30T12:32:03-05:00

Simpson County Adult Education program named top in the state

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
For the second time since 2014, the Kentucky Department of Adult Education ranked the Simpson County Adult Education Program as the state’s top adult education program. “If we didn’t have the support of the community, we wouldn’t have the traffic that comes through our doors,” said Ray Haddix, coordinator of the center. 2017-11-30T12:30:12-05:00

Bowling Green's escape-room landscape getting crowded

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Escape rooms, the trendy adventure games in which groups of players solve clues to earn their way out of locked rooms, are not for the claustrophobic. Neither, it seems, is the business of owning and operating those rooms. A relatively new form of entertainment that started in Asia a decade ago and only spread to the United States in 2012, escape rooms are themselves becoming hard to escape. With Florida-based Mind Bender working on opening a franchise near Donato’s Pizza on Fairview Avenue, Bowling Green’s escape room landscape is starting to feel like a room with the walls closing in. 2017-11-30T12:23:37-05:00

Beshear will ‘continue to fight’ KY Power rate increase

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Kentucky Power has been under the microscope since the announcement of its requested rate increase that has been in the works since June. The company recently announced it would be requesting a 9 percent increase, lowered from the original 16 percent. However, the company also recently requested to keep certain records away from public inspection, and opposition from at least one state official to the reduced increase continues. 2017-11-30T11:49:04-05:00

Downtown Danville only Kentucky Street selected for 2017 Main Streets Across America

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
The Heart of Danville has been chosen as the sole Main Street to represent Kentucky for the 2017 Main Streets Across America program, sponsored by National Life Group, according to a news release. 2017-11-30T11:40:02-05:00

Fiscal Court should release document

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Hardin Memorial Health is vitally important to Hardin County and the region. It is the premier health-care provider, directly through its acute care hospital and by services provided in clinics and specialists across its 10-county service area. 2017-11-30T11:36:55-05:00

Covington Independent Schools employee fired for inappropriate messages with student

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
A Covington Independent Schools employee was fired for exchanging inappropriate messages with a student. Joseph Mueller Jr. was a teaching assistant and cross country coach at Holmes High School. He was fired in early November after a complaint surfaced regarding Facebook messages between Mueller and a student who was also a member of Mueller’s cross country team. 2017-11-30T11:30:50-05:00

Bevin still aiming for special session on pensions by year’s end

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Gov. Matt Bevin said Thursday he still intends to call a special legislative session on pension reform this calendar year. The Republican governor said he wants to avoid mixing that controversial issue with the arduous task of crafting a two-year state budget in the regular session that begins Jan. 3. 2017-11-30T11:27:32-05:00

If teachers lose tax break for school supplies, will parents pick up the tab?

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
From pencils to note cards, keeping basic classroom supplies in stock can be a weekly battle for Fairdale High School teacher Andrew Bailey. And the $75 his school gave him for supplies? That's long gone. 2017-11-30T11:21:35-05:00

Benton police strengthens watch with body cameras

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Law enforcement departments across the country, in cities large and small, have begun relying more and more upon footage captured by in-car and body cameras to strengthen the cases that reach the courtrooms. The Benton Police Department has joined that trend by purchasing new in-car and body cameras that have been implemented into the department in the past two weeks. 2017-11-30T11:15:24-05:00

Tips to avoid holiday scams

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
The holidays, particularly the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, are a time when people are spending significant amounts of money. Whether that money is used for gifts or donated to charity, the increase in spending around the holidays opens an enhanced possibility for scams and fraud. 2017-11-30T11:09:40-05:00

Utility aid an easy way to help out

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
While major increases in heating costs are not being forecast for the winter ahead, the nature of the season itself will mean added natural gas and electric consumption for local residents — and, consequently, higher bills. For many residents, the inevitability of higher winter utility bills is an issue that, while cause for consternation, does not pose a major concern. 2017-11-30T11:02:51-05:00

20-20 Reform would be easier if income side bypassed

November 30, 2017 - 12:54pm
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker made an observation during a Tuesday TV appearance that we agree with. He said he wishes the Republican tax reform effort had simply dealt with corporate taxes and left individual taxes for another day. We have had the same thought. We understand the politics — Republicans fear the demagoguery that would result if they cut taxes for corporations but do nothing for individuals. But we will also observe that both parties suffer from a lack of new ideas. 2017-11-30T10:52:16-05:00

Attorney gets 9 years in prison for stealing settlement money

November 30, 2017 - 9:54am
A Paducah attorney who pleaded guilty to stealing settlement money from his clients was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to nearly 10 years in prison. James Grant King, 43, was given a prison term of 116 months — nine years and eight months — by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell. 2017-11-30T09:33:04-05:00