Kentucky Press News Service

Together Lexington’s black heritage trail is a path to understanding

September 12, 2018 - 3:57pm
Powerful people in Lexington’s past would have rather buried memories of our city’s slave jails and the assassination of a black newspaper editor. That makes it all the more commendable that a group of today’s leaders is reviving that history by creating an African-American Heritage Trail in and around downtown. The first of 12 historical markers was unveiled last week in time for the annual Roots and Heritage Festival. 2018-09-12T13:52:28-04:00

Indentured servants, slaves ... apprentices? All the same to Bevin?

September 12, 2018 - 3:57pm
When Master Matt Bevin thinks of the “good ol’ days,” who knew he thinks about the late 1700s? Marse Bevin — according to WFPL — went to the Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit on Monday and extolled the virtues of indentured servitude as being something akin to an early form of an apprenticeship. According to the radio station, Marse Bevin said that a couple of his ancestors came to America as indentured servants, learned how to make bells from their master and went on to form their own company after they were freed. 2018-09-12T13:49:29-04:00

Corbin area doctor facing drug charges

September 12, 2018 - 3:57pm
A Corbin area doctor facing charges in connection with an alleged kidnapping incident in Florida in June, is facing additional drug-related charges out of Campbell County. Morris Wilson Beebe, 65, of London, was arrested Aug. 26 outside a convenience store in Wilder in northern Kentucky. According to the arrest citation, law enforcement saw assorted drug paraphernalia including syringes and a glass pipe inside the vehicle in which he saw Beebe exit before walking into the store. 2018-09-12T13:16:51-04:00

State lawmaker provides update on his son, a UK student seriously injured in balcony fall

September 12, 2018 - 3:57pm
A Kentucky state representative’s son who fell from a third-floor apartment balcony near the University of Kentucky campus last month remains in a coma, but he’s showing some “positive signs,” his father said. Corbin Harris, a UK sophomore, fell from a balcony at The Lex off Harrodsburg Road after midnight Aug. 31. He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with “critical injuries,” police said. In a Monday night Facebook post, Rep. Chris Harris (D-Forest Hills) provided an update on his son. 2018-09-12T13:05:27-04:00

Kentucky’s pension law goes before high court next week. Here’s how to watch it live.

September 12, 2018 - 3:57pm
It likely won’t get the TV ratings of a Kentucky-Louisville basketball game, but many viewers across Kentucky are expected to tune in next week as the Kentucky Supreme Court considers the fate of the state’s controversial new public pension law. At play is the future of retirement benefits for thousands of state and county workers and public school teachers. For the second time in its history, Kentucky’s highest court is partnering with the Kentucky Educational Television network to provide a statewide televised broadcast of one of its hearings. 2018-09-12T13:01:24-04:00

Webster man arrested for video voyeurism with minor under 18

September 12, 2018 - 12:57pm
A Webster County man is behind bars and charged with six counts related to video recording at least one underage girl. Taylor D. Stiles, 22 of Providence, was arrested Thursday in the Webster County Sheriff’s Office after turning himself in to Sheriff Frankie Springfield. 2018-09-12T12:52:33-04:00

Fort Campbell hosts memorial ceremony on 9/11 for fallen soldiers

September 12, 2018 - 12:57pm
Thousands of boots lined the grass outside Fort Campbell’s McAuliffe Hall Tuesday, each a stark reminder of an individual who had died while on active-duty in service to their country since 9/11. The post hosted a National Day of Remembrance Ceremony for them, and acting 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander Brig. Gen. Todd Royar said the boots represent a staggering, and sobering cost of 17 years of conflict. 2018-09-12T12:47:28-04:00

Inmates facing 130 counts after jail fire

September 12, 2018 - 12:57pm
Two Letcher County Jail inmates are named in felony indictments charging each of them with 129 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of third degree arson. Michael Dylan Rayburn, 20, of Isom, and Joseph D. McLemore, 35, of Morehead, are two of 11 people named in indictments handed up last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The indictments were returned nearly two months after the two men were accused of intentionally setting a fire in a jail holding cell and endangering the lives of 129 other inmates and jail employees. 2018-09-12T11:16:17-04:00

Magistrate indicted, charged with a Class D felony

September 12, 2018 - 12:57pm
Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 5. Elder, 53, of Lebanon was officially charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, a Class D felony. Commonwealth's Attorney Terry Geoghegan said the indictment concerns fencing materials purchased by the county. 2018-09-12T10:57:53-04:00

Former Rabbit Hash dog mayor Lucy Lou dies, legacy will live on

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
Former Rabbit Hash Mayor Lucy Lou has died. The red and white border collie who served in office from 2008 to 2016 died Sept. 10. She was 12. Lucy Lou lived her entire life in Rabbit Hash, an Ohio River community that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She dedicated her time in "the center of the universe" to help others. Since her political career took off Lucy Lou attended many charity events and served as spokespet for a women’s crisis center. 2018-09-12T09:25:39-04:00

Remembering 9/11: Fort Knox ceremony honors victims on 17th anniversary of terrorist attacks

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
As time passes, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day not to be forgotten, Fort Knox officials say. “It was a moment in American history that changed our way of life,” said Maj. Gen. John Evans Jr., commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Com­mand and Fort Knox. Evans, Fort Knox Police Chief Richard Anderson and Fort Knox Deputy Fire Chief Jason Lewis were speakers Tuesday morning at a Patriot Day ceremony on post on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. 2018-09-12T09:21:55-04:00

Boucher appeals injunction

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
Rene Boucher has appealed a court injunction that orders him to stay away from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and his family while a lawsuit involving the two sides is pending. The temporary injunction was issued last month by Judge Tyler Gill, who is presiding over the civil case between Boucher and Paul and his wife, Kelley Paul, in Warren Circuit Court stemming from the retired doctor's tackle of Paul last year as the lawmaker was doing yardwork. Boucher's appeal of the injunction was filed Monday with the Kentucky Court of Appeals by his attorney, Matt Baker. 2018-09-12T09:19:49-04:00

Found on river bank, man remembered as hard worker, loving friend

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod has identified the 45-year-old Frankfort man whose body was recovered from the banks of the Kentucky River on Friday. Bryan D. Cox was found around 11:30 a.m. Friday by a sightseer on a city tour boat. Harrod pronounced him dead at the scene at 12:30 p.m. On Monday, following an autopsy, Harrod concluded that the cause of death was most likely natural or accidental. A post-mortem exam also ruled out trauma. 2018-09-12T09:15:44-04:00

Walmart just paid its Kentucky employees millions in bonuses. Here’s why.

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
Walmart workers across Kentucky had a little something extra in their Sept. 6 paychecks: $4.45 million in bonuses. In January, associates, as hourly workers are called, received $200 to $1,000 in one-time payments after the Republican tax break that cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. But last week’s bonuses were on top of that. They were part of $200 million that the Arkansas-based retailer paid out to 915,000 hourly workers in the second quarter, a news release from the company states. 2018-09-12T09:12:05-04:00

Agent is first sentenced for ‘pervasive and severe’ $6 million crop insurance fraud

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
A crop insurance agent whose actions defrauded taxpayers of nearly $6 million was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison. Debra Muse, 63, of Wallingford in Fleming County was the first defendant to be sentenced as part an investigation into crop insurance fraud. She pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of making a false statement and report. The initial indictment said the loss amounted to $169,000 but court documents filed in advance of the sentencing said Muse “churned out” fake documents and reports to cause the government to pay out $5,917,515 in crop insurance indemnity payments “to producers who did not deserve that money” over the course of 2013 and 2014. 2018-09-12T09:08:49-04:00

Lexington health department recommends hepatitis A vaccinations for all residents. Here’s why.

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
The Fayette County Health Department recommends all Lexington residents get hepatitis A vaccinations because the number of cases in the county, region and state continues to climb. The health department announced the push for vaccines Tuesday. It comes after the state required the immunizations for children attending school or day care. 2018-09-12T09:03:09-04:00

Fourth man indicted in Morganfield's 2017 double homicide

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
A Morganfield man accused of an armed robbery in Illinois was indicted in his hometown this week in connection with a 2017 double homicide. Breshod Everhart was indicted by a Union County grand jury on two counts of murder by complicity in the Jan. 20, 2017, slayings of Caesarrae Rapier, 33, and George Black Jr., 28, both of Morganfield. Keyontea McGuire of Morganfield; Joevionte C. Sims, 22, Centralia, Ill.; and Clarence L. Smith III, 21, of Danville, Ill., were charged with murder shortly after the alleged crimes in 2017. Since the investigation began, authorities said they'd received information that another person might have been present when the shootings occurred. 2018-09-12T08:53:11-04:00

Cab driver's drowning launches debate over Louisville's responsibility

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
The death of a cab driver who drowned after his taxi got caught in a flash flood has launched a sharp debate over whether Louisville officials could have prevented the man's death. Councilwoman Angela Leet blamed the death of 40-year-old Abdinasir Siyat on Mayor Greg Fischer's administration, saying Monday on her campaign Twitter account that the "tragedy could have been prevented." Leet is running as a Republican against Fischer, a Democrat, in the November mayoral election. She criticized the city for routinely closing roads and intersections for special events but not deploying the same resources to close roads vulnerable to flooding as a record rainfall soaked Louisville on Saturday. 2018-09-12T08:47:11-04:00

First responders honored on 9/11 anniversary

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
Though many hearts were heavy throughout the day Tuesday during the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, several individuals across Hopkins County saw to it that the area's first responders enjoyed a cheerful day. At 10:30 a.m., the smell of smoked pork wafted over downtown Madisonville as members of Independence Bank held a free pork burger grill out for law enforcement employees, all fire departments, Central Dispatch and Medical Center Ambulance Service. 2018-09-12T08:37:13-04:00

Stepfather pleads not guilty in death of infant

September 12, 2018 - 9:57am
A stepfather charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of an 8-month-old Mayfield child pleaded innocent Monday morning in Graves Circuit Court. David E. Kayse, 20, entered a plea of not guilty before Circuit Judge Tim Stark through his attorney, Wesley Boyarski of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, during arraignment via closed circuit television from Graves County Jail. 2018-09-12T08:34:20-04:00

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