Kentucky Press News Service

LPGA rookie from Kentucky hopes to have home-course edge this week in Alabama

May 31, 2018 - 11:17am
Kentucky golf prodigy turned national phenom Emma Talley will have an almost celestial advantage at this week’s U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek, Ala. Talley — a Caldwell County native and three-time Kentucky state high school champion, then U.S. Amateur champion, then NCAA champion and now LPGA rookie — has told multiple outlets that she’ll be playing on her own little slice of heaven this weekend. She’s been a member at the Shoal Creek course since she graduated from the University of Alabama and absolutely loves the place. 2018-05-31T08:29:30-04:00

JCPS teachers and students protest 'hostile' takeover

May 31, 2018 - 11:17am
Teachers and students across Jefferson County gathered in front of their schools Wednesday morning for walk-ins to protest a state takeover. At Louisville's Doss High School, teachers wore red and stood by the school's flagpole holding signs that read, "Support public schools!" and "Keep public funds public." 2018-05-31T08:22:33-04:00

Buffalo Trace parent eyes bottling at New Albany's old Pillsbury plant

May 31, 2018 - 11:17am
The shuttered Pillsbury refrigerated dough factory in New Albany, Indiana, will reopen as a blending, packaging and distribution facility for spirits maker Sazerac Co., one of the country's largest family-owned distilleries. Within three years, company executives said they envision investing $66 million to redevelop the plant that will employ 110 workers and operate multiple packaging lines. Sazerac, an American alcohol beverage company based in New Orleans, owns Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, and Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, among other distilleries. 2018-05-31T08:19:00-04:00

Louisville doctor doesn't buy Roseanne's Ambien excuse for racist tweet

May 31, 2018 - 8:17am
Roseanne Barr said Ambien, the popular sleep drug, was one of the reasons why she sent a racist tweet leading to the cancellation of her ABC show. But a Louisville medical professional and the drug manufacturer of Ambien aren't buying it. 2018-05-31T08:12:57-04:00

Giddy over the upcoming congressional race

May 30, 2018 - 5:17pm
Amy McGrath’s (D-Georgetown) victory in last Tuesday’s congressional primary wasn’t a minute old when the National Republican Congressional Committee blasted her in a scathing email that popped into my in-box here at the office. From what I’ve been told by folks involved in the campaigns, Anderson County is already being considered ground zero, of sorts, because of how important it is to both to perform well outside of Fayette County. 2018-05-30T14:31:31-04:00

Whoops, I did it again

May 30, 2018 - 5:17pm
I wouldn’t use the phrase “know-it-all,” but as a child I had an answer for everything. Why are there white cows and brown cows? Easy, one makes milk and the other makes chocolate milk. Why does thunder make that sound? The angels are bowling again. They sure do that a lot over Kentucky in the spring. That want to know everything there was to know didn’t go away as I grew. I only got more curious. I realized that some of my instinctive answers were wrong, so I’d go find the right ones. Some subjects, like math, I got bored of. Sorry, high school teachers, I don’t need to know calculus. Here’s the thing, though: It took me becoming an adult to realize that I’m often wrong. Like a lot. 2018-05-30T14:26:29-04:00

A life lesson, courtesy of a fisherman and an MBA

May 30, 2018 - 5:17pm
When does summer begin? I suppose it depends on who you ask. Sure, the true beginning may be the summer solstice on June 21 (at 5:07 a.m. CDT, if you’re keeping score). But if you’re a kid, I think summer begins the minute the final school bell rings for the year. Close to three months of freedom from the classroom. It’s a good feeling, one that most of us grown-ups don’t get to experience. I wonder what it would be like, if the whole town switched to a summer schedule. It might be nice. Scaling back hours in the workweek, mandatory days off, with a mandate to sit on your porch with a cold drink and watch the cars roll by. 2018-05-30T14:20:32-04:00

Teachers and other workers – Fight the race to the bottom!

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
It’s a familiar refrain to teachers and public employees: “We sure would love to help you but you know the budgetary situation just won’t allow it.” “I certainly do value the job teachers do, and rate education as a top priority, but times simply have been too tough.” “You know, the economic policies we’re pursuing now are so effective that just hang in there, in a year or two we’ll no doubt be able to authorize impressive raises and get those healthcare premiums reigned back in.” Comments such as these flow year after year from state politicians, especially in the many states controlled by Republican lawmakers. 2018-05-30T14:09:00-04:00

Any way you figure, voter turnout stinks

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
When looking at voter turnout for a primary election, be sure to consider how it’s calculated. The dismal turnout in Hardin County announced after the primary was based on 10,890 people going to the polls out of 83,793, who actually are registered to vote here. That figures to 13 percent, if you round up. In Kentucky’s primary system, some voters not affiliated with the two major parties have no opportunity at the polls. Locally, that’s more than 9,300. Subtracting that total and the percentage improves to 14.6. Considering 17 precincts contained no Republican races at all, that’s approximately 10,000 more you can back out. That brings the tally up to 17 percent. That still qualifies as dismal. 2018-05-30T13:53:09-04:00

History buff's labor of love should be praised

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
Each Memorial Day, when Americans gather to remember veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, how many of us remember the men who served during World War I? There are no living American veterans of World War I, and it’s often eclipsed by its successor and more modern conflicts in the mind of the public. That’s why the hard work of local history buff Ray Buckberry is so critical to our understanding of both the number of Warren County locals who lost their lives and the conditions they faced on the ground. 2018-05-30T13:49:01-04:00

Attorney: suspect's statements to police in murder case should be squelched

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
A Bowling Green man charged with murder in connection with a fatal crash is seeking to have statements he made to police suppressed. A hearing has been set for June 4 in Warren Circuit Court for Brad Weeks, 38, who is charged with murder, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (second offense within 10 years), leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance and disregarding a traffic control device. 2018-05-30T13:43:12-04:00

Search for homicide evidence nets marijuana

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
Kentucky State Police have arrested a Liberty woman they believed may have knowledge about the early May 29 homicide of Ryan Livengood, 23, formerly of Casey County. MacKenzie Luttrell, 20, was arrested after KSP executed a search warrant May 29 at 82 Wheeler-Woods Spur Road in Liberty. She was charged with felony first degree possession of drug unspecified, first offense, and trafficking marijuana less than 8 ounces, first offense. 2018-05-30T13:24:18-04:00

400 Mile Sale begins May 31

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
The U.S. 68 four-Day 400 Mile Sale begins Thursday and continues through Sunday. Go to 400mile.com and click on "Yard Sale Locations" to see many of the sales in your community along with a long list of what they plan to sell at their sale. 2018-05-30T13:18:20-04:00

Bevin teams up with nonprofit to help people keep their Medicaid

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
UPDATED: Concerned that people will lose health coverage under new Kentucky Medicaid rules that take effect July 1, a nonprofit health foundation said it is joining with state government to help people understand how to keep access to health care. "We want to try to do our best to prevent people from falling off the rolls," said Ben Chandler, president of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which is spearheading the effort. "The view of the foundation and its board is that the more people covered, the better the overall health of this state." And given the state's ongoing crisis of addiction, the foundation will focus especially on reaching the estimated one-third of Kentucky's Medicaid population that suffers from a substance use disorder. Under Medicaid rules, such individuals would be eligible for treatment. 2018-05-30T12:59:21-04:00

Multiple victims treated after truck explosion in Lexington UPS building

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
UPDATED: Gas continues to leak inside a UPS freight service center where a truck exploded Wednesday morning, causing heavy damage to the building and sending eight to the hospital for treatment and observation, according to a Lexington fire official. Battalion Chief Jason Wells said they are "extremely lucky" the injuries weren’t worse. The first two victims taken to the hospital suffered from burns and possible concussions, Wells said. They were in fair condition. Another six people in the vicinity of the explosion were taken to the hospital for observation as a precaution. All will likely be treated and released. 2018-05-30T12:47:16-04:00

Triple Crown close calls Silver Charm and War Emblem now live together

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
One gives children kisses and poses for photos. The other resides behind a double fence because he might try to kill anybody who touches him the wrong way. Living together in retirement, Silver Charm and War Emblem are major attractions at Old Friends Farm near Georgetown who have received increased attention due to Justify's recent victories at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. 2018-05-30T12:32:08-04:00

Embattled Pike County’s credit rating lowered

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
Standard and Poor Global Ratings has lowered its long-term and underlying ratings on Pike County’s general obligation bonds seven notches from “A+” to “BB,” according to a statement issued recently by S&P Global. According to the statement, several factors went into the downgrade. 2018-05-30T11:33:34-04:00

Obscene texting alleged in arrest

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
A Webster County man was arrested by Princeton police late last week for allegedly texting obscene images to a juvenile. According to police reports released Tuesday, officers arrested Michael W. McDaniel, 44, of Sebree, at 10:52 a.m. Friday on a Caldwell County warrant charging him with four counts of distribution of obscene matter to minors. 2018-05-30T11:30:55-04:00

Lincoln man fatally shot; police searching for shooter

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
A Lincoln County man was fatally shot early Tuesday morning; police are still searching for the shooter. Ryan Scott Livengood, 23, was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center at 1:33 a.m. Tuesday, Boyle County Coroner Dr. Don Hamner said. An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed that cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest, Hamner said. 2018-05-30T11:26:53-04:00

Letcher County jail faces serious problem with overcrowding

May 30, 2018 - 2:17pm
Letcher County’s new jailer will have an old problem facing him when he takes office next January — a jail that is housing more than two and a half times the number of prisoners for which it was designed. “One of the major issues we’ll have to deal with is overcrowding,” Jailer-elect Bert Slone said. “The jail is extremely overcrowded.” Jailer Don McCall, who is retiring after this term, said the jail is designed for 54 inmates. As of Tuesday morning, it had more than 143 inmates with no way to move any out. 2018-05-30T11:19:33-04:00

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