Kentucky Press News Service

Lexington student lost 9 family members in Missouri boat sinking. City steps up to help.

July 24, 2018 - 9:06am
Jayden Coleman had the opportunity to go to Missouri last week and join 11 of his family members on their annual vacation. Instead, the Frederick Douglass High School student opted to stay in Lexington to be with his football teammates for summer practice. It’s a decision that may have saved the sophomore’s life as nine members of his family died Thursday when a duck boat sank in the Missouri Ozarks. Coleman learned of the devastating news Friday morning at football practice when his mother arrived at the team meeting. 2018-07-24T08:50:27-04:00

Eastern Kentucky health stats are gloomy. Why are these ‘bright spots’ doing better?

July 24, 2018 - 9:06am
The public library in McCreary County has books, of course, and reading programs for young people and computers for people to access the internet. But it also provides information on substance abuse, hosts healthy-cooking classes and diabetes workshops, puts on book walks that combine reading and exercise for kids and helps patrons research health issues. That work is one reason McCreary County is recognized as a “bright spot” in a study released Tuesday on health in Appalachia. 2018-07-24T08:46:12-04:00

Vehicles struck by objects thrown from side of road

July 24, 2018 - 9:06am
Adam Fuller had spent most of his Saturday night working as a DJ. It was shortly after his shift ended at midnight that driving to his Hodgenville home became unnerving. As he drove his Chrysler minivan past the train tracks toward Lincoln Parkway, Fuller, 33, heard a hard crashing sound on his vehicle. Then he heard another. “It all happened in two seconds, maybe,” he said. 2018-07-24T08:15:23-04:00

More than 2,800 in Boyle get dental, vision, non-emergency transportation benefits reinstated

July 24, 2018 - 9:06am
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has issued a press release saying it will be reinstating the payment of dental, vision and non-emergency transportation costs for thousands of Kentuckians covered under expanded Medicaid. “Hopefully, this helps people maintain coverage while the Bevin administration develops future plans to revamp the system,” said Brent Blevins, director of the Boyle County Health Department. There are 460,000 Kentuckians receiving benefits under expanded Medicaid; locally, in Boyle County, there are 2,831 covered by it. When it was abruptly announced reimbursements would not be made for those services, some offices were flooded with calls, either from those who were losing the benefits or from providers. 2018-07-24T08:09:58-04:00

Covington parking 'not a right.' Authority created to meet demand

July 24, 2018 - 9:06am
The days of cheap parking in desirable Covington neighborhoods may be over soon. "Parking is now a commodity in this city and not a public good," City Manager David Johnston said July 19 to Covington Business Council members. The new Covington Vehicle Parking Authority was created July 1 to ensure parking limitations don't curb the city's business and entertainment destination growth. "Parking demand is exceeding parking supply, particularly in the north end where all this revitalization is occurring," Johnston said. 2018-07-24T08:05:26-04:00

Lexington's Fayette Mall closes food court to clean, sanitize after illnesses

July 23, 2018 - 6:05pm
After illnesses reported in Chick-fil-A employees, the Fayette Mall said Monday it’s closing the food court to clean and sanitize and requiring tenants in the area to do the same. In a statement released Monday, the mall said it’s working with the Fayette County Health Department. “Tenants will remain closed until all areas have been cleaned and sanitized” according to health department standards, the mall said. The Health Department is still investigating the reported employee and customer illnesses to find a cause, said spokesperson Kevin Hall. Hepatitis A, which has a longer incubation period, is not to blame. 2018-07-23T15:41:16-04:00

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina spoke at Louisville NRA-week dinner in 2016

July 23, 2018 - 3:05pm
Maria Butina, arrested and accused by the U.S. government of being a Russian spy who tried to influence American politicians, was a last-minute speaker at a 2016 fundraising dinner in Louisville that included Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton as guests. Butina, identified as the chairwoman of the "Russian NRA," was a guest speaker at the Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Dinner at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville on May 19, 2016. It was the week of the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Louisville. At that gathering, Butina and a Russian handler by the name of Alexandr Torshin met briefly with Donald Trump Jr. in Louisville. 2018-07-23T13:00:11-04:00

Fortified crews restore power to thousands in Central Kentucky, but others wait

July 23, 2018 - 3:05pm
UPDATED: With the help of additional crews from six states and overnight work, KU shrunk the number of Lexington customers without power Monday morning to less than 2,000. But progress in Woodford County was less dramatic, and a little more than 7,000 remained without electricity. The utility continued to warn that parts of the two counties could go without power until some time Tuesday. 2018-07-23T12:54:34-04:00