Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky woman may be investigated for false rape claim against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh

November 4, 2018 - 10:28am
A Kentucky woman may be investigated after she allegedly admitted to making a false rape claim against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, several media outlets are reporting. Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote to the Justice Department and FBI about Judy Munro-Leighton, who claimed she was from California but is from Kentucky, according to several media reports. Grassley heads the Senate Judiciary Committee that held hearings on allegations against Kavanaugh. Grassley wrote “that Munro-Leighton admitted to the committee on Nov. 1 that she previously lied about an allegation that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her in the backseat of a car,” according to The Hill. 2018-11-04T08:48:21-05:00

Don Meredith's daughter suffered as her family fought over her care

November 4, 2018 - 10:28am
With his larger than life personality, Dallas Cowboys quarterback and television football host Don Meredith lived in the public spotlight. Privately, he sought to ensure a lifetime of care for his youngest child, Heather, who was born with physical and intellectual disabilities. As a result, Heather, now 49 and described as “pleasant and bubbly,” enjoyed a quiet, comfortable life in Kentucky at Stewart Home & School, a well-appointed, private residential center in Frankfort for many years. But after he died in 2010, events took a different turn when control of Heather's affairs passed to the football star's widow, Susan Meredith, his third wife and Heather's stepmother. 2018-11-04T08:38:46-05:00

Former parks employee pleads guilty to theft

November 4, 2018 - 10:28am
A former parks and recreation employee pleaded guilty to theft charges after the stole more $15, 000 from the department during the last fiscal year. Dosha Plummer, 36, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking this summer, months after she resigned from the department and made full restitution. The thefts were discovered during an audit of Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation for the 2016-17 fiscal year. That audit uncovered a number of issues including overdue bills, credit card debt and a deficit of nearly $159,000. 2018-11-04T08:32:49-05:00

For American children, innocence is the first casualty in mass shootings

November 4, 2018 - 1:28am
Stephanie Boyd's school-aged sons knew just what to do last Wednesday when the family emerged from watching the latest Goosebumps flick to discover the cinema they were in was on lockdown. Boyd and her children had no way of knowing that only about 1,500 feet from the AMC Stonybrook 20 theaters in Jeffersontown, a woman lay shot dead in the Kroger parking lot and police were chasing the suspected shooter. But her sons, who had practiced lockdown and active shooter drills in school, were prepared. Public mass shootings, while statistically rare in the United States, have indelibly changed Americans' psyches. And they have meant a newer ritual for younger Americans: drills to prepare in the event of an active shooter. 2018-11-03T23:31:30-04:00

Kentucky's online voter registration left system vulnerable to attack

November 4, 2018 - 1:28am
Heralded as the state voting system’s “most transformational reform to date,” the ability for Kentuckians to register to vote online also made them vulnerable to attack. A ProPublica investigation found that as recently as this week, a computer server powering Kentucky’s voter registration website was inadvertently exposing sensitive back-end files to hackers. Kentucky introduced online voter registration in 2016. At the time, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said the move would pave the way for increased participation in elections. At the heart of the vulnerability ProPublica uncovered is a decades-old protocol for transferring files between computers. Some corporations and other institutions have dropped File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, in favor of more secure alternatives. 2018-11-03T23:25:29-04:00