Kentucky Press News Service

Marshall school district adopts some additional safety measures after shooting

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
The Marshall County School District approved several changes to make its schools safer. A district safety committee voted Monday to adopt the changes in the wake of the Jan. 23 shooting at Marshall County High School in which two students died and 20 were injured, 12 from gunshot wounds. In a policy change, students at Marshall County High School and both middle schools will not be allowed to carry bookbags. 2018-06-07T08:53:55-04:00

Kentucky woman said she found human bones. Sheriff says she was hiding stolen artifacts.

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
A Carroll County woman was arrested Tuesday after the county sheriff's office said she made a false report about bones she said she discovered under an abandoned trailer. Tammy Sculley, 40, told authorities last month that a dog dug up the human bones and brought them to her, Carroll County Sheriff Phillip Marshall said in a press conference Wednesday morning. Following an investigation, it was determined that those bones were archaeological antiquities that two separate people stole from an unspecified building, Marshall said. 2018-06-07T08:50:46-04:00

Chief Justice denies request to remove judge Bevin called a 'hack' from pension case

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
The Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court denied a request Wednesday by lawyers for Governor Matt Bevin to remove a judge the governor called an "incompetent hack" from presiding over a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's new pension law. Bevin's attorneys "failed to demonstrate any disqualifying circumstance that would require the appointment of a special judge under Kentucky Revised Statutes..." Chief Justice John Minton wrote in a letter Wednesday afternoon. His decision came a day after Bevin's attorney's asked him to remove Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd from Attorney General Andy Beshear's legal challenge to the pension law, citing the fact that Shepherd is eligible to receive a judicial pension. 2018-06-07T08:44:38-04:00

Cryptocurrency group raising funds for chemical plant

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Pike County received its first repayment last week on a controversial $400,000 loan it made in 2014 to RCL Chemical — a company promising hundreds of jobs in Eastern Kentucky at a proposed plant that would convert natural gas into various liquid products. Money for that $50,000 payment, though, was raised from a very unconventional source: cryptocurrency. It's an industry that has sparked warnings and scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Last month, New York-based cryptocurrency investment company Y2X Infrastructure agreed to secure $325 million to fund RCL's proposed natural gas-to-liquids plant in Eastern Kentucky. Y2X was founded less than a month ago and defines itself as a "blockchain-centric company," which means it uses cryptocurrencies, such as Bit-coin, to fund its projects. 2018-06-07T08:35:41-04:00

FBI director calls agency criticism distracting

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
FBI Director Christopher Wray told officials and agency partners Wednesday in Louisville that recent criticisms from from Washington, D.C., were distracting and irrelevant to their mission. “The things that make a difference are the lives of the people we are trying to protect,” Wray said. “Not whether or not somebody is scoring points on television or the internet.” While Wray did not specifically mention President Donald Trump, a vocal critic of the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election, the timing of his remarks falls as conservatives and the White House critique the agency. 2018-06-07T08:31:24-04:00

Ed board changes rule for choosing leaders

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
In a move that threatens to further politicize the Kentucky Department of Education, the state’s education board voted to change its rules so that any member can be appointed its chairman, regardless of time served. The move could pave the way for Hal Heiner, a close ally of Gov. Matt Bevin and frequent critic of Jefferson County Public Schools, to become chairman despite being appointed to the board by the governor less than two months ago. 2018-06-07T08:27:52-04:00

Reps seek answers on Capitol protests

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Two Democrats in the Kentucky House have asked Attorney General Andy Beshear for an opinion on whether the Constitutional rights of anti-poverty activists were violated Monday when they were blocked from entering the Capitol. Reps. Attica Scott, of Louisville, and George A. Brown Jr., of Lexington, also asked Beshear in a two-page letter Tuesday if any state official with authority over public admittance to the Capitol can change the policy “without public notice and at-will.” 2018-06-07T08:14:32-04:00

Coroner: Child died from self-inflicted gun shot

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
A 6-year-old boy died Tuesday morning from an accidental, self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head, said Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee. An autopsy was performed Wednesday on Malachi Fryer at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. Lee said it was a single shot that struck the child inside a residence on West Airview Drive in Elizabethtown. 2018-06-06T16:52:10-04:00

Russellville Walmart no longer open 24 hours

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
If you are heading out for a late hour ice cream fix or rather that stuffy nose has got you up at 2 a.m. and you're in need of an antihistamine, or maybe you just want to browse that clothing section for your summer swimsuit all to yourself at 4 a.m., you may have to wait a little longer if heading to the Russellville Walmart since its doors are no longer open 24-hours a day. 2018-06-06T14:36:36-04:00

Staff finds used drug needles on Corbin Preschool playground

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Corbin Police were called to the Corbin Preschool Center on Master Street Tuesday after employees found two syringes in the playground area. Corbin Police Captain Coy Wilson, the department’s pubic affairs officer, said it appears the needles had been thrown over the fence along Vaughn Ave. 2018-06-06T14:24:07-04:00

#NotNormal – the missing Bevin tax returns

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
We start our new #NotNormal series with something most people have forgotten about … but that is definitely not normal: Governor Matt Bevin not releasing his tax returns, even though he promised to do so. In 2015, candidate Bevin refused to release his tax returns before the election, even though other candidates had done so. He said at the time that he would release his returns if he won. It has now been 945 days since the election, and still no sign of his 2014 return. Or the return for 2015. Or 2016. And, you guessed it – no release of his 2017 return, either. 2018-06-06T14:12:36-04:00

Forget reality TV - Trump has us on edge of our seats

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Like most things, your personal view of the Trump administration’s decision to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum depend upon your perspective. For those of us in Scott County such a move will likely have a big and direct impact. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, like all automakers, uses a lot of steel in its process and even if the steel used is domestic, tariffs would likely cause all steel — domestic or imported — to increase. That could affect jobs, but it will most certainly affect the price of cars. Trump’s protectionist attitude is of concern. He is negotiating with foreign countries much like we imagine he negotiated business deals. With a heavy hand with an eye on the bottom line. The problem is the stakes are higher than the construction of a hotel, and if Trump loses the cost will likely be jobs or worse. 2018-06-06T14:07:11-04:00

Will businesses support Kentucky’s Medicaid overhaul?

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
As the state begins to implement its overhaul of Medicaid, it is seeking buy-in from businesses in Louisville and across Kentucky to help the program with its “community engagement,” or work requirement, to succeed. Gov. Matt Bevin and other officials and partners in the effort headlined a state summit last week in Louisville that brought together members of the business community like UPS and others, such as Metro United Way and Greater Louisville Inc. Bevin said many eyes are on Kentucky as it implements the program. “The world is watching us — the nation is watching us — and we’re going to get it right.” But he acknowledged that some mistakes will be made. “We’re going to learn as we go, and that’s all right.” 2018-06-06T11:11:37-04:00

Woman originally charge with complicity to murder pleads guilty to misdemeanor

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
A woman originally charged with complicity to murder pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced Monday to time served. Amy Hogg had been charged in connection with the death of James Pinion. A Graves Circuit Court jury found her co-defendant, Tammy Roberts, guilty of wanton murder in February and sentenced her to minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. As part of that trial, more information came out about what led to Pinion's death, Hargrove said. "As the evidence developed, it showed she had nothing to do with the actual murder," Hargrove said. "She actually reported it. She gave some false information, including a false name." 2018-06-06T11:01:27-04:00

Quarles set to emcee Fancy Farm Picnic

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been selected as master of ceremonies at the 138th Annual Fancy Farm Picnic's political speaking event, coming up Aug. 4, because of his roots in both politics and agriculture. Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking committee, said Quarles fits the bill for the annual event that's usually hotter than the weather -- or the barbecue. "A love of both politics and agriculture run deep in west Kentucky," Wilson said in a news release this week. "Commissioner Quarles shares our region's passion for both and we are excited for him to emcee this year's political speaking." 2018-06-06T10:58:03-04:00

No injuries after gun fired at Paintsville attorney’s office

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
No injuries were reported and no arrests have yet been made after an incident Monday in which shots were allegedly fired into the office of Robert Miller, a Paintsville attorney. Paintsville Police Chief Mike Roe said officers are reviewing nearby security footage for cars in the area around the time of the incident, and said the round appears to have been from a .22 caliber firearm. Roe said no one was in the waiting room area at the time the shooting occurred. Roe said a person of interest has been identified in the investigation, but evidence is still being gathered. 2018-06-06T10:53:45-04:00

Murray State Police issues warning for man banned from campus

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The Murray State Police Department is warning the campus community to report any sighting of a man they believe to be a threat. Murray State PD sent out a “timely warning” in keeping with federal regulations Tuesday that said on Monday, the organization received a copy of a court order from the Logan County Kentucky Circuit Court regarding 50-year-old Lyle Scott Newsom. Murray State Police say they had an altercation with Newsom on May 29 that resulted in him being banned from all MSU property. 2018-06-06T10:48:38-04:00

Second man pleads guilty in Letcher murder case

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The second man charged with murdering Michael Hogg on New Year 2014 pleaded guilty to reduced charges Tuesday in Letcher Circuit Court. Patrick Smith, 31, of Greasy Creek in Pike County, shuffled into the Letcher Circuit Courtroom in shackles, his hands cuffed to a belt around his waist. 2018-06-06T09:52:47-04:00

Black lung benefits are in danger unless Congress acts

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Unless Congress takes action before the end of 2018, major financial problems face the public fund that provides black lung benefits to coal miners and their surviving dependents in cases where the miner’s employer has gone bankrupt, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. In short, the safety net meant to help alleviate the harm from black lung when coal companies go bankrupt is itself in danger of insolvency. 2018-06-06T09:50:30-04:00

More than 50 new jobs come to Eastern Kentucky town in a month

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Fifty-one new jobs came to Jenkins during the last month, Mayor Todd Depriest told the city council. 2018-06-06T09:46:16-04:00

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