Kentucky Press News Service

This proposed law takes ridiculous to new level

March 2, 2018 - 2:37pm
There’s nothing that riles me up more than politicians who waste time and government resources with unnecessary or redundant bills that do nothing but stir their bases. State Reps. Mary Lou Marzian and Jim Wayne, a couple of Louisville Democrats, are at it this week. 2018-03-02T13:34:54-05:00

Hal Rogers Parkway crash kills 3

March 2, 2018 - 2:37pm
Three people died following a crash involving two vehicles in Laurel County Friday morning, according to media reports. The crash occurred on the Hal Rogers Parkway at the junction of Ky. 1535, about 3 miles west of London. 2018-03-02T13:23:21-05:00

Children were alone with guns when boy shot his sister. Now, the parents face charges.

March 2, 2018 - 2:37pm
After their son, 11, shot his 6-year-old sister in the head, Bell County parents were charged with endangering their children for allegedly leaving them unattended with loaded guns, police said. Aaron Fredrick, a Kentucky State Police detective, arrested Jennifer Collett, 29, and James Collett, 30, on Thursday, according to a news release. 2018-03-02T12:57:49-05:00

Three men accused of fraud and selling identities

March 2, 2018 - 2:37pm
A tip from a Bee Spring post office employee led to the arrest of three men who were caught with fraudulent credit cards that contained personal information of identity theft victims, officials said. The tipster told Edmonson County sheriff’s dispatch that three men had been at the Bee Spring post office buying money orders on cards thought to be fraudulent. The postal employee said the men were in a gold, two-tone, extended-cab pickup truck with a Texas license plate. 2018-03-02T12:53:09-05:00

Judge: 55-year sentence for Logan man in murder case

March 2, 2018 - 2:37pm
A Logan County man convicted of killing his sister-in-law and dumping her body in a nearby river was sentenced Thursday to 55 years in prison. George Walker, 22, of Adairville, returned to Logan Circuit Court for final sentencing on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Walker was accused of strangling Allison Walker, 23, on Dec. 21, 2015, at the house where she, George Walker and her husband, Chris Walker – George Walker’s brother – lived together. 2018-03-02T12:49:43-05:00

Governor appoints commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

March 2, 2018 - 2:37pm
Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. He will replace retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack who has been confirmed to serve as a U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky. 2018-03-02T12:43:30-05:00

Consumer Alert: Review your coverage before the storm season

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
It is Severe Weather Awareness Week and the Kentucky Department of Insurance said in a news release that it encourages residents to review and understand their insurance coverage before severe weather strikes. “It’s best if people are prepared ahead of the spring storm season,” said DOI Commissioner Nancy Atkins. “Now is the time to review your policies, understand the coverage you have, and meet with your agent to make changes if there is a gap in coverage.” 2018-03-02T10:29:49-05:00

Angel Initiative to help opioid addicts

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
The Kentucky State Police announced Thursday the launch of the Angel Initiative, which encourages people suffering with a substance use disorder to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment. Those taking advantage of the Angel Initiative would visit a KSP post, where they will be paired with a local officer who will help them find an appropriate treatment program. The process is voluntary, and participants will not be arrested or charged with any violations if they agree to treatment. 2018-03-02T10:26:35-05:00

Area floodwaters still rising

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
Agencies in far western Kentucky continued to respond to rising floodwaters Thursday by closing roads, restricting access to Land Between the Lakes and adjusting Paducah's floodwall in response to higher river levels. The Ohio River stood at 50.52 feet at 4 p.m. Thursday at Paducah, and the National Weather Service predicted it would crest at 51 feet over the weekend. 2018-03-02T10:20:43-05:00

Locals asked to vote on I-69 bridge location

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people in Daviess County to vote on which of the three proposed routes for the I-69 bridge between Henderson and Evansville should be selected. "We don't have a preference," Candance Brake, chamber president, said this week. "But it's important for people in Daviess County to weigh in on this. Henderson is very much in support of the central route. The two other routes would take out a lot of homes." 2018-03-02T10:18:42-05:00

Safety expert tells legislators arming teachers is a bad idea

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
An associate deputy secretary with the U.S. Department of Education told an panel of state legislators Thursday there was "no way in hell" arming teachers was a viable approach to stopping school shootings. William Modzeleski, who is with the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, told members of the House and Senate education committees that people who advocate for arming teachers to fight school shooters "haven't been in schools." 2018-03-02T10:14:33-05:00

A giant Ferris wheel is coming to Louisville's Waterfront Park this spring, just in time for the Derby

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
A giant traveling Ferris wheel will be parked at Louisville's Waterfront Park this spring, offering aerial views of the river and skyline, as well as a nightly LED light show. The SkyStar Observation Wheel, one of the world's tallest traveling observation wheels, is set to be in Louisville for five weeks, according to a news release from Waterfront Park that describes the attraction as "Not Your Grandfather's Ferris Wheel." 2018-03-02T09:20:21-05:00

Police: Marshall County High School shooter confessed and led us to the gun

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
The 15-year-old defendant in the January shooting at Marshall County High School confessed and led authorities to the gun, according to newly released court documents. Gabe Parker, a student at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, is accused of killing two 15-year-old classmates and wounding 14 others with gunfire on Jan. 23. He was arrested and is facing two counts of murder and 14 counts of assault. More than 90 pages of documents were released to the public on Thursday after a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals granted a motion requesting that the court unseal the records. 2018-03-02T09:16:17-05:00

Kentucky's 'child bride' bill stalls as groups fight to let 13-year-olds wed

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
A bill to make 18 the legal age for marriage in Kentucky has stalled in a Senate committee amid concerns about the rights of parents to allow children to wed at a younger age, according to several lawmakers. Known as the "child bride" bill, Senate Bill 48 was pulled off the agenda just hours before a scheduled vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee for the second time in two weeks. 2018-03-02T09:07:19-05:00

House takes $480.6 million from public workers’ health plan to balance budget

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
House Republican surprised many Wednesday when they released a budget that called for tax increases to help fund education, but tax increases alone were not enough to balance their proposed two-year budget. Republican leaders have proposed grabbing $742 million in cash earmarked for specific purposes throughout state government and dumping it into the General Fund, which pays for most of state government. That’s a 57 percent increase over the $472.3 million that Gov. Matt Bevin had proposed to transfer. 2018-03-02T09:05:21-05:00

‘Stopgap’ budget, tax bill heads to Ky. Senate. Will it be enough to salvage pensions, education?

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
he Kentucky House of Representatives easily passed a budget bill Thursday that would increase taxes in Kentucky while funding retiree pensions and education. But the fate of the bill, especially the tax increases, is uncertain in the Senate. “I’m sure that they will put their touches and their ideas on it,” said House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect. 2018-03-02T09:02:30-05:00

‘You know better!’ Safety meeting quickly becomes forum for frustrated Henry Clay parents

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
Fayette County parents and students showed up at a safety meeting Thursday night demanding answers after a student carried a gun into Henry Clay High School in an incident that created panic and frustration. The meeting began on a planned agenda, but was quickly disrupted when the day’s events were not discussed. “Superintendent Caulk you know better,” said Henry Clay student Zach Sippy, who had earlier criticized communication from school officials during the incident. 2018-03-02T08:52:32-05:00

Active shooter threat started as alleged dare, three juveniles charged

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
Henderson police said the alleged threats against an elementary school started as a dare among juveniles, including a 9-year-old. Officer Jennifer Richmond, HPD's public information officer, said the threats were allegedly made based on a "dare" by a 15-year-old high student to the 9-year-old elementary student and an 11-year-old middle school student. 2018-03-02T08:48:44-05:00

Harlan County schools to increase police presence

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
The Harlan County Board of Education, meeting in special session on Tuesday, voted to contract with off-duty officers from the local, county and state police agencies for increased security in the schools. Pending a potential policy and legislative change in Frankfort, off-duty state troopers should join and be visible in all district schools with officers from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Department soon. Logistics for placing the off-duty officers from the agencies in schools are being worked out. 2018-03-02T08:42:25-05:00

Franklin County judge-executive calls for increase in state gas tax

March 2, 2018 - 11:37am
Franklin County Judge-Executive Huston Wells is throwing his support behind a proposed 10-cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax that he says will fund much-needed road improvements. “The gas tax is our true funding source,” Wells said at a news conference Thursday to announce the results of a recent survey of road conditions. The conference was one of 12 across the state hosted by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based group, formerly known as the Road Information Program, that is funded by the transportation industry and works to improve highway conditions. 2018-03-02T08:39:32-05:00

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