Kentucky Press News Service

Former official's defamation lawsuit against KSU dismissed

June 11, 2018 - 11:27am
A court case in which the former chairwoman of the Kentucky State University Board of Regents sued the school, its current board chair and faculty members for defamation has been dismissed. On Thursday, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate dismissed a lawsuit that alleged members of the KSU Faculty Senate started a campaign to have Karen Bearden removed as chairwoman by accusing her in electronic communications of being “engaged in an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with a former Kentucky State University President.” 2018-06-11T08:28:17-04:00

Storms, showers possible throughout the week

June 11, 2018 - 8:27am
The National Weather Service is calling for showers and thunderstorms through Monday night, with rainy and stormy conditions possible throughout the week. 2018-06-11T08:18:50-04:00

Police looking for information after child apparently struck by vehicle

June 11, 2018 - 8:27am
Police are looking for more information about a 15-year-old girl they believe was struck and injured by a vehicle on Industrial Drive in Bowling Green. The girl was taken to a hospital and subsequently transferred to a trauma center in Nashville. Anyone with information should call police. 2018-06-11T08:15:01-04:00

Magistrate suffers injuries following wreck on county mower

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
A workers’ compensation report and a liability loss notice were filed recently after Dist. 5 Magistrate Hilman Dotson wrecked a county riding lawn mower while cutting grass at the Hatfield-McCoy Park at McCarr. The incident brings up questions as to whether Dotson should have even been allowed to operate the equipment. A 1978 ruling by the Kentucky Attorney General indicates the answer to the question is “No.” The ruling states that “magistrates have practically no function as individuals outside of fiscal court meetings.” 2018-06-10T10:14:56-04:00

Paducah's strawberry boom a distant memory today

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
When a 17-year-old Aimee Warner accepted the title of Strawberry Queen in 1948, she had no idea she'd be the last young woman in western Kentucky to hold that title. Warner -- whose married name is Grimm -- did have a hunch the industry wasn't what it used to be. Like every Strawberry Queen before her, she came from a family that farmed the fruit, and she'd noticed fewer pickers on their McCracken County farm. "It was dying out," Grimm recalled. But the change came more abruptly than expected. 2018-06-10T10:08:35-04:00

On the Bourbon Trail: O.Z. Tyler expecting 30,000 visitors

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
A tall totem pole of four stacked bourbon barrels at Owensboro's O.Z. Tyler Distillery features signs with the names of 10 other distileries and the mileage to each. All the signs point east. That's because O.Z. Tyler Distillery just became the western gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, an experience that attracts more than 1 million people a year. And local officials expect it to become a major tourist attraction. 2018-06-10T10:03:40-04:00

Graves jailer indicted on assault charge

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
Graves County Jailer Randy Haley is facing an assault charge after a grand jury returned an indictment against him Thursday. Haley was indicted on a charge of second-degree assault, according to McCracken Commonwealth's Attorney Dan Boaz, the special prosecutor in the case. Boaz said the charge alleges the use of a Taser against an inmate in April 2017. 2018-06-10T09:59:50-04:00

A Trump pardon for Ali? Not necessary, Mr. President

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
President Donald Trump said Friday he’s considering a pardon for Muhammad Ali. That raises the question: for what? Ali was convicted of draft evasion — and immediately stripped of his heavyweight title — in 1967, after refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army. But his conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971. As if that’s not enough, President Jimmy Carter pardoned all Vietnam War draft dodgers in 1977. Muhammad Ali’s attorney Ron Tweel said “there is no conviction from which a pardon is needed.” 2018-06-10T09:52:20-04:00

Suicide rate climbs sharply in Kentucky. Who's at risk?

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
With a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control that shows an alarming increase in suicides in the United States and the deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity food writer Anthony Bourdain, conversations on suicide risks and prevention have been brought to the forefront. Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates have climbed in nearly every U.S. state, the CDC said in a report released Thursday. Kentucky saw the 16th sharpest increase among the states, with a 36.6 percent rise. 2018-06-10T09:43:32-04:00

Huge fire at recycling site in Clark County shuts down Winchester Road

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
Firefighters are battling a huge fire at a recycling site in Clark County. A large pile of scrap metal and auto parts was still burning late Saturday night. Lexington police had shut down outbound Winchester Road at Haley Road by 6 p.m. Saturday, and the road remained closed as of 11 p.m. 2018-06-10T09:38:28-04:00

Not a drug but not quite legal: Hemp hampered, Kentucky farmers say

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
Kentucky is again king of hemp, according to officials who spoke at the first Kentucky Hemp Days event on Saturday. Held in Cynthiana, the festival will be an annual celebration of the crop's revival, which began after Kentucky lawmakers cleared a path for legal cultivation beginning with the General Assembly in 2013 and in Congress in 2014. On Saturday, as a crowd turned out to hear the latest developments a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., inserted language in the federal farm bill that will remove hemp from the controlled substance list, distancing it from marijuana. 2018-06-10T09:31:07-04:00

Julius Catlett Jr. found guilty in Younglove Street murder

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
The trial for the Younglove Street murder was concluded Friday afternoon, with the jury finding Julius Catlett Jr. guilty. After the jury deliberated for roughly two hours, it unanimously found Catlett guilty of the shooting death of Shaun Smith on the early morning of Sept. 4, 2016. Catlett was charged with murder along with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offender. Catlett was sentenced to prison for 50 years and a combined 15 years for the others. These sentences will be served consecutively, giving him a total of 65 years in prison. 2018-06-10T09:23:17-04:00

Bear activity rising with the temperature

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
Warmer temperatures mean bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. Complaints about bears raiding garbage are on the rise as well, as hungry animals are looking for an easy meal. A bear problem may be easier fixed by changing your own habits, rather than trying to change the bear’s habits. Most bear problems center around food, according to John Hast, bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. To a bear, your garbage or an open dumpster can equate to a quick and easy meal. Even food scraps thrown out to bears in parks can create a problem. 2018-06-10T09:18:17-04:00

Explosion, death leave more questions than answers

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
UPDATED: Investigators admitted Thursday it is possible, maybe even likely, all the answers to Wednesday’s explosion and fire in Georgetown that killed Susan Brady, 61, will never be known. Based on gasoline odors and patches of accelerants inside the remains of the house detected by Honey, an accelerant detection canine, fire investigators believe the blaze was set intentionally, said Chief John Ward with the Georgetown Fire Department. Some clues are emerging, but they are scant and not always easily verified. The house was sold at auction and Brady was planning to move, based upon information from investigators and her son, John. 2018-06-10T09:14:09-04:00

Syringe exchange program aims to prevent disease, infection among drug users.

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
If you passed him in the hardware store, you would never know that Chris is a chronic intravenous drug user. He looks like a typical 35-year-old — rugged, good looks with a full beard, hands permanently dirt-stained from years of outdoor labor. He’s self-employed and has his own health insurance. He is an affectionate uncle and a good friend to many. As he sits in a plastic chair at the Franklin County Health Department’s Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange office, he wrings his hands as he tells his story. 2018-06-10T08:59:34-04:00

Auction helps offset frozen federal funds

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
Twenty-seven pairs of Air Jordan sneakers sat on a table with speakers, jeans, watches and other pieces of property seized in recent years by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force. Hundreds of items, from vehicles to saddles to scopes, were auctioned Saturday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the auction go back to the task force. For the past year, the task force has been without its main source of a revenue: a federal grant program that has been on hold because of a federal lawsuit. 2018-06-10T08:54:18-04:00

ATVs disrupting life on the Fork

June 10, 2018 - 11:26am
Deep in the woods of southern Boyle County, there’s a scenic picnic spot along North Rolling Fork Creek where people have come for decades to enjoy the beauty of “the Fork.” The property has been in Alan Ellis’ family for three generations. “It’s always been in my family. And we keep it up in honor of my mother and dad,” said Ellis, 72. But Ellis is one of dozens of landowners in the Forkland area who say they’re dealing with a growing number of disrespectful visitors on the Fork, who ride roughshod up and down the creek, over private property and create problems. 2018-06-10T08:47:10-04:00

Man who found Bullitt County girl: 'There are no words, except God'

June 10, 2018 - 2:26am
UPDATED: Beth Campbell was looking up at the hill behind her Lebanon Junction home — praying for her granddaughter Charlee's safe return — when she saw her dog Penny. As she watched the pit bull running toward her Friday evening, Campbell said she had a feeling Charlee wouldn't be far behind. Both had gone missing roughly 36 hours before. "God is listening to us. He is listening," Campbell recalled thinking. Not long afterward, the Bullitt County sheriff informed the family that 2-year-old Charlee Nichole Campbell had been found safe at a home less than a mile away. She was dehydrated and covered in ticks, officials said, but had no obvious serious injuries. 2018-06-09T23:58:42-04:00

Justify becomes 13th Triple Crown champion with win in 2018 Belmont Stakes

June 10, 2018 - 2:26am
He’d broken the “Curse of Apollo,” won in the mud and fog and become the unquestioned leader of his 3-year-old thoroughbred class. Still, some didn’t believe in Justify. “This guy,” trainer Bob Baffert said, “everybody keeps waiting for him to get beat.” They’ll just have to keep waiting, perhaps forever. Justify did it, breaking well under jockey Mike Smith from the ominous No. 1 post position, steadying himself on the backstretch and holding off a late charge from long shot Gronkowski to win Saturday’s $1.5 million, Grade 1 Belmont by 1 ¾ lengths and become the 13th Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing history. 2018-06-09T23:53:55-04:00

Pike County lost its credit rating. Now it's 'nearly impossible' to borrow money.

June 10, 2018 - 2:26am
In response to a scathing report from Kentucky's state auditor, the credit rating agency S&P Global withdrew its rating for the largest local government in Eastern Kentucky, making it "nearly impossible" for Pike County to borrow money. The audit criticized the county's financial management practices and, in particular, its poor record-keeping processes and insufficient supervision of the county treasurer. 2018-06-09T23:50:10-04:00

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