Kentucky Press News Service

Black lawmakers worry legislative seat could go white and lower minority representation

March 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A group of black lawmakers worry that a white Democrat from eastern Louisville could win the seat held by retiring state Rep. Darryl Owens and further diminish their ranks in the Kentucky legislature. Several of those candidates confirmed they attended a private meeting last month called by Owens, state Rep. Reginald Meeks and state Sen. Gerald Neal where they were told there were too many African Americans running, which could dilute the black vote in the May 22 primary. 2018-03-09T08:55:18-05:00

Spring time change is Sunday

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
Standard Time will soon give way to Daylight Saving Time. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday. The change means the loss of an hour of sleep but the days will seem longer since sunset will occur an hour later. As an example, when you go to bed on Saturday night, set your clocks ahead one hour. For instance, if you go to bed at 11 p.m. on Saturday, set your clocks ahead one hour to midnight. They will have the correct time when you awaken Sunday morning. 2018-03-09T08:42:42-05:00

State police try to control when news is reported. ‘That’s crazy,’ newspaper responds.

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
A Kentucky State Police spokesman stirred a First Amendment controversy last week when he sent an email to the Mountain Advocate newspaper and a Bell County radio station demanding that they wait for KSP press releases before publishing anything about ongoing investigations. Representatives of the Mountain Advocate and The Big One 106.3FM WRIL criticized the order in a story on the newspaper’s website, saying it would inhibit their ability to report news to the community. 2018-03-09T08:36:53-05:00

Former Kentucky House clerk says he was fired for reporting Hoover harassment scandal

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
The former chief clerk of the House of Representatives has filed a whistleblower lawsuit, alleging that he was fired for reporting harassing text messages from a member of the House of Representatives to a legislative staffer and a threatening message from U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville. Brad Metcalf, who was fired January 1, filed the lawsuit Thursday against the Legislative Research Commission in Franklin Circuit Court. 2018-03-09T08:25:53-05:00

Instacart to offer home delivery in Cincinnati for Kroger, Costco, CVS and Petco

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
Retail delivery service Instacart is expanding service to Cincinnati – opening the door to same-day delivery of groceries and other staples from Kroger, Costco, CVS, and Petco. The service will launch locally on Thursday, March 15. The new service will be offered throughout Greater Cincinnati, reaching Lebanon to the north, Amelia to the east, Alexandria to the south and Rising Sun to the west. 2018-03-09T08:21:01-05:00

Mayor talks of ‘silver lining’ in American Greetings announcement

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
American Greetings’ announcement Tuesday that it would close its Bardstown plant cast a cloud over the community, but Mayor Dick Heaton says there’s a silver lining in that local demand for skilled workers is going to be strong in the year ahead. Currently, there are companies in Nelson County looking for skilled industrial workers, and in the next several months, the need will be even greater. 2018-03-09T08:13:52-05:00

New intersection warning system alerts motorists

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
Drivers on U.S. 45 between Mayfield and Paducah will notice a new set of sometimes blinking yellow lights, as one of two new high-tech intersection warning systems is now working. The new Intersection Conflict Warning System, at the U.S. 45 intersection with Ky. 1241 at Leeder Bottom, began working Tuesday morning, said Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 1 office in Reidland. The systems alert drivers to traffic at the intersections, neither of which has a stoplight, by using sensors to flash yellow warning lights atop signs. 2018-03-09T08:09:35-05:00

Dairy distributor slashes contracts with 100 farmers

March 9, 2018 - 8:44am
Milk producers have been struggling for years to make ends meet, citing low prices as the culprit, and the announcement that a major dairy distributor plans to end some contracts farmers just highlights the continued issues. “Unfortunately, Dean Foods has made the difficult decision to end milk procurement contracts with a number of farmers in about 90 days,” said Reace Smith, corporate spokesperson for Dean Foods Company, in a news release. “We regret this decision had to be made.” Maury Cox, executive director of the Kentucky Dairy Council, said the situation affects about a couple of dozen dairy farmers within the state, as well as others nationally. 2018-03-09T08:04:22-05:00

Arrest citation: Boyle man shot wife to death over alleged affair

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
A Boyle County man allegedly killed his wife Tuesday evening because he believed she was having an affair, according to an arrest citation obtained from the Boyle County District Court Clerk’s office. Colin Montgomery, 29, was found by Boyle County Deputies holding a phone and multiple firearms, the report states, and “made statements about having learned of an affair involving his wife, the victim.” The victim, Jennifer Montgomery, 27, was allegedly killed by her husband outside the couple’s home on Shakertown Road. 2018-03-08T13:38:01-05:00

It’s the right call

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
If the community wants to maintain a vital service, somehow it must be paid for. When it’s a service such as Hardin County’s E-911 system, it’s usefulness to county residents is vast and wide. It wasn’t long ago, for the young ones out there, that 911 systems didn’t exist. Also not too far in the past, cellphones didn’t exist either. With the dawn of new technology, the county now has to consider new ways to pay for the service. 2018-03-08T13:33:59-05:00

Criminal justice reform cannot wait

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
While state legislators work diligently to find a solution for the state’s woefully underfunded pension system, there’s another financial burden looming large on the horizon. Without action by the General Assembly, the commonwealth’s prison population could grow 19 percent in the next decade, requiring 4,400 additional beds and $600 million. In an effort to prevent crises similar to the ongoing pension dispute, the legislature would be wise to seriously consider House Bill 396, which has bipartisan support.At its core, the bill aims to address a preventable problem in Kentucky. 2018-03-08T13:20:46-05:00

Historic Richardsville bridge shut down over structural concerns

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
The Old Richardsville Road bridge over the Barren River that dates back to 1889 and was restored by the late David Garvin in the 1980s was closed to traffic Thursday after an inspection by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 3 office found structural deficiencies. Barricades and "Road Closed" signs were put up Thursday morning by KYTC staff near the one-lane bridge that is on the National Register of Historic Places and has become something of a tourist destination. A routine inspection of the Warren County-maintained bridge found issues with the aging steel used in the trusses. 2018-03-08T12:45:11-05:00

Police: Corbin man accused of fatally shooting wife claims it was suicide

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
What began as a call concerning a suicide in Corbin Wednesday turned into a murder investigation that resulted in the arrest of a Corbin man accused of fatally shooting his wife. Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 38-year-old Joshua Tate Davenport in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Stephanie Steenbergen Davenport at a residence on North Florence Street off of U.S. 25W. 2018-03-08T12:34:35-05:00

Kentucky Waffle House customers are the latest exposed to Hepatitis A outbreak

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
First Kroger customers, and now Waffle House patrons have been exposed to Hepatitis A during an outbreak in Kentucky. An employee who worked at two Waffle House restaurants in Boyd County was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, according to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department. The window of possible exposure for the worker was Feb. 12 to 28, the health department said. It can take up to 50 days from exposure to the illness for symptoms to develop, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018-03-08T12:32:01-05:00

State Police order threatens media

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
A spokesperson from the Kentucky State Police has issued an order, attempting to place demands on the Mountain Advocate and a Bell County radio station. In response, Mountain Advocate publisher Jay Nolan stated, “We believe our community is best served when an independent, free press works closely with all law enforcement agencies. Our mutual goal should be to keep the public fully informed and protected.” He went on to say, “For the KSP to tell us we can only report what the KSP says, when they want to say it, and we must ignore any and all other sources, that’s crazy. Any professional journalist would consider a publicly elected law enforcement professional like our sheriff as a credible source. Sheriff Smith has 27 years of law enforcement experience, 24 of which with KSP itself. To tell us we can’t quote someone like him, or an eyewitness, or a local police chief? And, for them to threaten us with removal from their media list is at best misguided.” 2018-03-08T12:24:50-05:00

Pearse Lyons, who built a $3 billion company and brought the world to Kentucky, dies.

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded the international agribusiness and beverage giant Alltech and was the key figure in bringing the World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2010, has died at age 73. Lyons died Thursday morning followed months of hospitalization from complications following heart surgery Nov. 1, Alltech spokeswoman Susanna Elliott said. 2018-03-08T12:15:59-05:00

Beshear sues AmerisourceBergen for allegedly supplying ‘dangerous levels’ of prescription painkillers to Kentucky

March 8, 2018 - 2:43pm
By filing suit Thursday against national opioid distributor AmerisourceBergen, Attorney General Andy Beshear now seeks to hold a group of distributors responsible for supplying 85 percent of opioids in Kentucky. The lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen alleges unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices for excessively distributing opioids in Kentucky and for failing to legally report suspiciously large volumes of these drugs to state and federal authorities, according to a news release from Beshear's office. 2018-03-08T12:10:42-05:00

Gender parity should be a concern for all

March 8, 2018 - 11:43am
Did you know some experts predict global gender equality will be achieved by 2133? It is hard to fathom that gender equality is not yet a universally accepted concept, let alone that it might take 115 years (or possibly more) before women around the world will be able to celebrate gender parity. While women in the U.S. celebrate many equalities, we all know that minority groups of all sorts still face many obstacles in our society. 2018-03-08T10:47:16-05:00

Murder case sent to grand jury

March 8, 2018 - 11:43am
The Clark County parents charged with murder in the death of their 20-year-old son last year waived a hearing Wednesday and forwarded it to the grand jury. Albert and Patsy Christy were arrested last week after detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received the autopsy report for Logan Christy. 2018-03-08T10:43:06-05:00

Kentucky's January jobless figures down from a year ago

March 8, 2018 - 11:43am
Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for January 2018 was down from the revised 4.5 percent reported for December 2017. 2018-03-08T10:16:11-05:00

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