Kentucky Press News Service

‘Brutal.’ ‘Unprecedented.’ Nothing safe as lawmakers slash $1 billion from budget

January 7, 2018 - 1:40pm
Tiffany Dunn, who teaches English at Lassiter Middle School in Louisville, began to weep Tuesday at the state Capitol. She was speaking at a rally of educators scared of what the 2018 General Assembly will do to Kentucky’s schools when it axes up to $1 billion a year from the state’s $11 billion General Fund. 2018-01-07T11:46:42-05:00

State official working on Real ID compliance exits from Bevin administration

January 7, 2018 - 1:40pm
John-Mark Hack, who has been trying to help Kentucky comply with federal security regulations involving drivers licenses, is no longer a member of the Bevin administration. Hack, of Woodford County, left last month as state vehicle regulation commissioner, a position he has held since April 2016 early in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration, Keith Buckhout, a spokesman for the state Transportation Cabinet, said Friday. 2018-01-07T11:43:11-05:00

Gov. Bevin uses deep freeze to credit President Trump with having 'fixed global warming'

January 7, 2018 - 1:40pm
Citing the deep freeze gripping much of the United States, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is crediting President Donald Trump with having “fixed global warming.” With temperatures falling to near zero degrees across much of Kentucky on Friday night, Bevin took to Twitter to mock mainstream climate science and defend Trump. 2018-01-07T11:18:12-05:00

Graves County's Goddard to run for 2nd District House seat

January 7, 2018 - 1:40pm
Democrat Charlotte Goddard, a Graves County resident and career school teacher, has announced a run for the 2nd District House seat now occupied by Republican Richard Heath. Goddard and her family gathered at U.S. Bank in Mayfield on Friday to have her filing application notarized and signed before submitting her paperwork to the Kentucky Secretary of State's office. 2018-01-07T11:07:11-05:00

ACLU questions basis of Mayfield alcohol ordinance

January 7, 2018 - 1:40pm
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has requested information concerning the city of Mayfield's ordinance that would ban quota retail drink licenses, including those for any future taverns. "We were concerned that the motivation behind the proposed ordinance was discriminatory," said Heather Gatnarek, legal fellow with ACLU Kentucky. The ACLU has not made any determination and continues to look into the matter, she said. 2018-01-07T10:58:41-05:00

Daviess County sheriff's officials hoping technology will help solve cold case

January 7, 2018 - 1:40pm
Officials with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department are hoping technology will provide them with a lead in a 2016 case where an unidentified man was pulled from the Ohio River. In addition to the DNA profile, a digital reconstruction is also being prepared of the man's face. 2018-01-07T10:44:32-05:00

Amid turmoil in Frankfort, Republican Party calls special meeting about Jeff Hoover

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
The Kentucky Republican Party has called a special meeting of its executive committee to discuss the status of House Speaker Jeff Hoover. On Friday, party Chairman Mac Brown announced that the committee will hold a special meeting Saturday, Jan. 13, to discuss “the party’s position on the current standing of the Kentucky Speaker of the House,” according to an email obtained by the Herald-Leader. 2018-01-07T10:29:19-05:00

Want to sleep in a jail cell? Oldham County Detention Center says come on over

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
If you’re a law-abiding citizen who’s ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night in the pokey, here’s your chance to find out. Oldham County is getting ready to open a new $22 million jail, and it’s hosting a sleepover first. 2018-01-07T10:18:31-05:00

Christian County fiscal court judge would like opportunity to save taxpayer dollars with felony escape

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says he would love to sit down with prosecution, defense attorneys and other officials involved in decisions about felony escape charges and see if there’s something that can be done to save taxpayer dollars. Tribble and Walter Cummings, treasurer for Christian County, said they aren’t sure the amount of money that ends up being spent to bring people who have failed to pay their fines and court costs back to the community is worth the benefit of doing so. 2018-01-07T10:16:01-05:00

Hopkinsville police report shows decrease in crime in 2017, HPD clearing rate higher than state

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Hopkinsville Police Department is reporting an overall decrease in crime in 2017, according to a year-end report released Wednesday. Since 2013, Hopkinsville has seen a 23 percent decrease in crime reports, and Chief Clayton Sumner believes it’s a result of implementing new philosophies in the department, as well as building better relationships throughout the community. 2018-01-07T10:09:55-05:00

Sunday alcohol sales up for OK by Henderson City Commission

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
City commissioners on Tuesday will consider first reading of an ordinance legalizing the sale of package liquor and beer on Sundays. That means grocery stores, liquor stores, drug stores and other outlets such as convenience stores with the proper licensing would be able to sell alcohol on Sunday, after 10 a.m. and until 2 a.m. the following Monday. 2018-01-07T10:06:05-05:00

New Frankfort police chief lives in neighboring Anderson County

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Does it matter that the new Frankfort police chief lives in a neighboring county? Though no residency requirement exists, some city officials say they were not aware that newly appointed Frankfort Police Chief Travis Ellis lives elsewhere. Ellis, named interim chief on Aug. 30 and full-time chief in December, owns and resides on a small farm in Anderson County, public records show. When asked about Ellis’ residency, however, some city officials said they’re not concerned that he lives in another community. 2018-01-07T09:41:38-05:00

Ky. first lady's foster care initiative to launch in Hardin County

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
The foster care system in Kentucky is a beast. That’s the opinion of Edward Palmer who is working with first lady Glenna Bevin to create better outcomes for children in the system. “We have a responsibility to ensure that the 8,600 kids succeed,” Palmer said, referring to the state’s foster care population. Bevin and Palmer have worked together over the last several months on an initiative to engage community organizations in the state’s foster care system to better serve children in it. 2018-01-07T09:38:11-05:00

WKU president outlines priorities for lawmakers

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Facing budget cuts and a pension system short billions of dollars, Western Kentucky University will likely face difficult decisions in the coming months, according to WKU President Timothy Caboni. Caboni, who spoke in a wide-ranging interview Friday, said that became more apparent to him as he listened to an address from Gov. Matt Bevin at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner this week. 2018-01-07T09:35:43-05:00

Bowling Green's Stryker Logistics makes list of top entrepreneurs

January 7, 2018 - 10:40am
When Fuji Avdic came to Bowling Green as a 7-year-old Bosnian refugee in 1998, he learned to speak English in three months. “I had no choice,” he said. “There was no ESL (English as second language) program back then.” Avdic has been on the fast track ever since. Now 26, he has started, grown and sold a trucking company and now is at the head of a transportation-and-storage logistics company whose growth has caught the attention of Entrepreneur magazine. 2018-01-07T09:31:27-05:00

Glasgow plant to expand

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Lynx Labeling Inc., which develops and sells custom labeling machinery and software primarily to the meat and poultry industries, will build a $500,000 facility and create 10 jobs in Glasgow, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. The company also plans to invest $65,000 in equipment and $25,000 in startup-related activities at its new 12,000-square-foot Barren County facility, which will be located in the Highland Glen Industrial Park. 2018-01-05T13:27:59-05:00

Who’s that mystery man? Speaker of the House

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
Many, apparently most, House Republicans want to allow their on-again, off-again Speaker Jeff Hoover due process. That is reasonable, though politically risky since Democrats will have a field day with the sexual harassment claim against the House’s top Republican. What’s not reasonable or acceptable is the assertion that this drama can or should play out in private. 2018-01-05T13:14:20-05:00

Ky. juveniles suffer in failed system

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
When individuals bring children into their homes, they take on the responsibility of giving them what they need to thrive: a stable, safe environment, learning opportunities, mental and physical health care. When the state takes a child into custody, it has the same responsibilities. Kentucky has failed the children at the seven detention centers operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice. 2018-01-05T13:09:12-05:00

In Afghanistan, TV anchor drew his gun and waited for attackers to come through the door

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
WTVQ-TV morning anchor Doug High joined the Navy Reserve after 9/11. He was called up to go to Afghanistan in 2017, and spent from April to December on active duty. He was on communications duty and, at the time, could not have envisioned there would come a morning when he would be holding a gun and waiting for an attacker to come through the door. But the time came. 2018-01-05T13:00:20-05:00

House committee will decide in secret whether to investigate charges against Hoover

January 5, 2018 - 1:38pm
The special committee assigned to investigate charges against House Speaker Jeff Hoover will likely decide in secret whether or not to pursue the investigation. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, said he thinks the committee will have to take a vote on whether the charges against the Russell County politician are valid before they pursue a larger investigation. 2018-01-05T12:47:25-05:00

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