Kentucky Press News Service

Mitch McConnell accepts compromise to delay vote on Brett Kavanaugh

October 1, 2018 - 11:07am
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has accepted a surprising last-minute offer by a fellow Republican to delay the vote on federal judge Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona shocked the Beltway on Friday when he called for the FBI to take up to a week to look into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh before a full Senate vote on his nomination. 2018-09-30T00:42:10-04:00

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky restriction on abortion clinics

October 1, 2018 - 11:07am
A federal judge has struck down a state law requiring Kentucky abortion clinics to have written agreements with an ambulance service and hospital for emergencies — rules the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin had used to try to close the state's only abortion clinic. Friday's decision is a victory for abortion-rights supporters who had clashed with the administration of Bevin, an anti-abortion Republican, over rules they said his administration misused to try to close one clinic in Louisville and block another from offering abortions. Above all, it's a victory for women, said lawyer Don Cox, who represented EMW Women's Surgical Center, the state's only abortion provider, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. 2018-09-30T00:37:54-04:00

A ‘botched surgery’ led nurse to sue Lexington hospital where she worked for 20 years

October 1, 2018 - 11:07am
A former University of Kentucky nurse is suing the hospital after surgeons allegedly severed tubes critical for urinating. Andrea Brandenburg, 45, filed the medical-malpractice lawsuit this week in Fayette Circuit Court against several doctors, a nurse and UK Hospital. Brandenburg, a nurse who worked 20 years at UK, was diagnosed with colon cancer in September 2017. She underwent a bowel resection surgery at UK on Sept. 29, 2017. The suit claims that both ureters were cut during the surgery, and that the severing led to a series of complications and other surgeries and procedures. A ureter is a tube that carries urine from a kidney to the bladder. 2018-09-30T00:28:28-04:00

Diocese: Ex-pastor ‘suspended permanently’

October 1, 2018 - 11:07am
A former Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church pastor has been suspended permanently from public ministry. The Diocese of Owensboro released a statement Thursday confirming the results of a 2016 investigation of the Rev. Gerald Baker: “In 2016, Gerald Baker, a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, was accused of sexual abuse by three minors. Law enforcement and the Diocesan Review Board both began their investigations. While we cannot comment on the results of the law enforcement’s investigation, we can say that the Diocesan Review Board found the accusations against Baker to be substantiated, and therefore Bishop William F. Medley recently suspended Baker permanently from public ministry.” According to New Era archives, Baker was serving as pastor of St. Mary of the Wood Catholic Church in Whitesville and at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordsville when the allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a child were filed with the diocese May 3, 2016. 2018-09-30T00:13:23-04:00

Jail annex escapee captured within an hour

October 1, 2018 - 11:07am
A second person was arrested Friday afternoon after an Elizabethtown man fled on foot from a South Mulberry Street drug treatment facility annex. Anthony Jamell Brown, 28, was captured within an hour of his escape, officials said. He was found hiding inside a storage shed near a home on Meadow Lane, Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said. 2018-09-30T00:03:09-04:00

Man pleads guilty in federal wire fraud, tax case pleads guilty in federal wire fraud, tax case

October 1, 2018 - 11:07am
An Allen County man accused of embezzling from his employer pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal criminal charges, accepting an agreement requiring him to repay more than $700,000. Stephen C. Jones, 50, of Scottsville, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to one count of wire fraud and five counts of presentation of false tax returns. 2018-09-29T23:58:22-04:00