Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky cities say Bevin’s legal maneuver in pension case could bring financial ruin

June 27, 2018 - 11:42am
The Kentucky League of Cities has asked to intervene in a lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s new pension law, citing concern that recent developments in the case could jeopardize another new law that gave local governments relief from ballooning pension costs. A hearing on the Lexington-based group’s concern was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court. 2018-06-27T08:47:19-04:00

Tick bite sends man to the emergency room

June 27, 2018 - 11:42am
A Madisonville man became seriously ill last week after presumably being bitten by a lone star tick. Don Whitehouse, 76, said he was bitten by a lone star tick, identified by the white spot on the back of females of the species, around a month ago and didn't think too much of it. Whitehouse was admitted to Baptist Health Madisonville with a 104 degree fever, nausea, dizziness and hallucinations. He said doctors ran various tests to find the source of his illness, but all came back negative and treatments were ineffective until Whitehouse mentioned the tick bite. 2018-06-27T08:41:22-04:00

Graves County orchestra director nominated for a Grammy Award

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
A Graves County High School orchestra director has been nominated for a Grammy, an honor bestowed each year on those that excel in the music industry. Dr. Laura Hill said she is humbled that Grammy officials have recognized her efforts at teaching orchestra at Graves County Schools and honored that she was even nominated for the national award. 2018-06-27T08:38:49-04:00

Attempted murder trial set for October

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
A man police said attacked his estranged wife with a hammer will face attempted murder and other charges in October. During a hearing Monday, Graves Circuit Judge Tim Stark set Brady Ray's trial for Oct. 2-5. 2018-06-27T08:35:32-04:00

Heavy rains, creek bank erosion causing flooding in county

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
Water has risen over several state and county roads over the past two days, but for reasons different from the spring floods that swelled the banks of the Ohio River and caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. Roads across Daviess County, but mostly in the east and central region, were closed because of high water starting on Monday thanks to heavy rains over the weekend. On Tuesday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 posted notices on portions of Kentucky 762 and Kentucky 298. 2018-06-27T08:31:50-04:00

Tuesday storm downs trees, power lines around region

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
Downed trees and power lines led to more than 2,000 residents being without power Tuesday as a result of the summer squall that came through Owensboro and surrounding communities shortly before noon. Leslie Neeley, communications and public relations specialist for Kenergy, said the majority of Kenergy's outages occurred around Owensboro and Henderson, with 892 homes and businesses affected in Daviess County. She said seven crews were sent out to aid in the cleanup, and most of the damage was from severe winds, lightning and downed trees. 2018-06-27T08:26:07-04:00

Kentucky ranks 37th among states in children's well-being

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
Kentucky ranks 37th among the states in children's well-being, according to the 2018 Kids County Data Book, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which conducted the research. The book ranks the states based on several factors, including health, economics, education and family and community. A Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book showing county-by-county data across the state will be released in November. Kentucky ranked 28th in health, 29th in education, 39th in family and community and 40th in economics among the 50 states. 2018-06-27T08:24:20-04:00

A nutty tale: Police help raccoon escape from jar of peanut butter

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
A recent picture on the Paducah Police Department's Facebook page reminds us that the officers serve all of us: young and old, male and female -- or, in this case, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. As the photo shows, officers Steve Thompson and Matt Hopp helped a raccoon escape Sunday from the plastic prison of a peanut butter jar. The Facebook post said the raccoon scurried off "without so much as a thank you." 2018-06-27T08:19:01-04:00

Political candidate charged in sex case could stay on ballot

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
The Letcher County Democratic Party is scrambling to figure out what it can and can’t do about the November election ballot after the party’s nominee for magistrate in District 3 was indicted on child sex abuse and child pornography charges. Since the candidate, Emory “Fudge” Mullins, has not been convicted of a crime, County Democratic Chairperson Carolyn Lewis said she is not sure the party can replace him on the ballot. She said she has called the Kentucky Democratic Party and is trying to research the situation. “I haven’t been chair for that long, and I’ve never faced something like this,” she said. “It’s horrible. It makes us all look bad.” 2018-06-27T08:13:35-04:00

Pair plead not guilty to work crew escape

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
A man who walked away from a jail work crew last week and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to escape charges Monday. Curtis Reece, 33, was serving a state sentence for theft in the Clark County Detention Center, but was approved to be on work release. Reece allegedly walked away from a work crew June 19 near Boonesboro Road, Clark County Jailer Frank Doyle said. Reece was arrested almost two days later in Clay City along with his girlfriend Kimberly Burton. Both Reece and Burton, also 33, were arrested and charged with second-degree escape. 2018-06-27T08:11:20-04:00

Hustonville takes brunt of substantial flooding in Lincoln County

June 27, 2018 - 8:41am
Extensive flooding in Lincoln County has led to the declaration of a state of emergency. Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam said a state of emergency had been declared, which started Monday and would likely last through Wednesday. Calls about flooding problems began coming in before noon on Monday. By Tuesday, essentially the entire city of Hustonville in western Lincoln County had flooded, he said. 2018-06-27T08:06:48-04:00

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