Kentucky Press News Service

Man faces 20 additional child-porn charges

March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
A 31-year-old Georgetown man, indicted in October on four child-pornography counts, now faces trial on 20 more counts following his indictment by a Scott County grand jury last week. Damian F. Humphrey of the 100 block of Gano Avenue was charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. 2018-03-06T09:08:37-05:00

Here are the five best (legally accessible) spots to watch the Capital Plaza Tower implosion

March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
As implosion day approaches, some Frankfort residents still may be searching for the best spots to watch the Capital Plaza Tower come down. With a 700-foot “exclusion zone” set up on all sides of the tower on its final day, identifying a suitable vantage point for the tower, let alone for the official ceremonies, is no easy task. 2018-03-06T09:02:05-05:00

Maryland man indicted on 11 sex offenses

March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
A Maryland man who police say took an online relationship with an Elizabethtown teen to a physical one in December has been indicted on 11 felony charges by a Hardin County grand jury. Domenico Antonio Bucci, 21, is charged with having a sexual relationship with a girl younger than 14 years old. According to an arrest warrant, the girl was 13 when the acts occurred between Dec. 27 and Jan. 1 at her home. 2018-03-06T08:58:44-05:00

Report: In Kentucky, more pregnant women smoke than most other states

March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
This region stands out on a new map of the United States produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have more pregnant women who smoke tobacco. West Virginia actually leads the country with the highest rate. That number comes in at 25.1 percent, according to a study released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kentucky has the second highest number – 18.4 percent – of women who reported smoking at any time during pregnancy. 2018-03-06T08:52:23-05:00

$30 million hemp facility to break ground in Carlisle County

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
A California company has announced it will break ground next week on a planned $30 million hemp processing plant in Carlisle County, potentially creating 100 jobs. Keith Taylor, chief operating officer for Kings Royal Biotech, of Capistrano Beach, reported the groundbreaking will be March 15. The event was scheduled after the Kentucky Department of Agriculture approved permits for growing and processing hemp into the pharmaceutical grade CBD isolate. 2018-03-06T08:33:56-05:00

Railroad Museum set to reopen

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
Due to its proximity to coal fields in Kentucky and Illinois and to major cities in the region, Paducah was once a major railroad hub, and the industry employed more people in the area than any other. Though interstates, passenger cars and 18-wheelers dramatically diminished the role of railways over the last hundred years, the rich history of life on the rails is once again on display at the Paducah Railroad Museum. 2018-03-06T08:30:28-05:00

Marshall sheriff meets with president about school safety

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars had the opportunity last week to discuss making schools safer with two federal officials in a good position to address the issue: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Byars was invited to a private meeting with them at the White House last Thursday. Also at the meeting were survivors of several school shootings including Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut; and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The chief law enforcement officer at Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 school shooting, also attended. 2018-03-06T08:25:26-05:00

Kentucky Derby Museum breaks ground on $6.5 million expansion

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
March 5 is “a huge day” for the Kentucky Derby Museum, businessman Todd Spencer declared at the groundbreaking for a $6.5 million expansion. The museum announced in November that it planned to add more than 11,000 square feet in the back of its space, located next to Churchill Downs, and renovate an existing 5,000 square feet. The museum will remain open throughout the expansion. 2018-03-06T08:13:41-05:00

Nearly 400 died of a drug overdose in Louisville last year, with 64 percent involving fentanyl

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
Nearly 400 people died of an accidental drug overdose in Louisville last year, with 64 percent of those fatalities involving the powerful opioid fentanyl, according to records from the Jefferson County Coroner’s office. This amounts to yet another record-high total of fatal drug overdoses for Louisville, as the city continues to be hit hard by the national opioid epidemic that has shifted from prescription painkillers, to heroin, and now to fentanyl — the drug that was largely unheard of just a few years ago. 2018-03-06T08:09:41-05:00

Nationally renowned pain doctor calls Kentucky's plan to tax opioids 'immoral and cruel'

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
A nationally renowned pain doctor has called a proposed Kentucky opioid tax "immoral and cruel." Dr. James Patrick Murphy, former president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, said the extra 25 cents levied on each dose of prescription pain pills by House Bill 366 would end up punishing legitimate pain sufferers. "If it was cancer patients, or heart medicine, they would never do it," Murphy said. "It's so offensive." 2018-03-06T08:06:47-05:00

Kentucky's 'child bride' bill is revised amid outrage on social media

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
A revised version of the so-called "child bride bill" aimed at limiting underage marriage in Kentucky is scheduled for a vote at 8 a.m. Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would set 18 as the legal age for marriage in Kentucky, but individuals who are 17 would be allowed to marry with a judge's approval after hearing from a parent. 2018-03-06T07:58:58-05:00

Sister identifies bent butcher knife man used to kill brother, 6, in random Versailles attack

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
The sister of slain 6-year-old Logan Tipton described in court Monday how she woke up to see a man standing over her little brother with a butcher knife in one hand and a butter knife in the other. Koral Tipton, 13, testified she confronted Ronald Exantus, the Indianapolis dialysis nurse who is on trial for murder. Koral said Exantus came toward her and ran the butter knife up her abdomen to her face. 2018-03-06T07:54:34-05:00

Rifle, ammo taken, student charged with Lexington high school threat

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
An anonymous tip to a school safety tipline took police to the door of a 18-year-old Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student, and since then he has been charged with a felony and police have taken a rifle and about 500 rounds of ammunition from his home, according to court documents. Timothy Felker is charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, which is punishable by between one and five years in jail, according to a joint release by Mayor Jim Gray’s office and Fayette County Public Schools. Felker was arraigned in Fayette County District Court on Monday. 2018-03-06T07:49:42-05:00

Medical marijuana bill could get its first vote Tuesday in Kentucky

March 6, 2018 - 8:41am
For several years, Eric Crawford, 46, of Maysville has been urging Kentucky lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana to ease his debilitating pain from glaucoma and being in a wheelchair since a 1994 accident. Crawford and his wife, Michelle Crawford, were at a House Judiciary Committee meeting Monday to hear a discussion on House Bill 166, which would create a legal framework for medical marijuana. The Crawford will have to wait another day to see if the measure is going to get out of committee this legislative session. 2018-03-06T07:43:47-05:00

The charges were dropped, but judge says he can't help Billy Joe Miles clear his name

March 5, 2018 - 5:41pm
A judge ruled that he had no choice but to reject a request from Western Kentucky businessman Billy Joe Miles to permanently dismiss rape, sodomy and bribery charges against him. The attorney general’s office announced in January it was dropping the case, after the accuser’s stories about being threatened and targeted by vandals were shown to be fabricated. 2018-03-05T17:04:22-05:00

Outbreak: 100-plus cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Jefferson County

March 5, 2018 - 5:41pm
An outbreak of hepatitis A has been confirmed in Jefferson County. Health officials noted 115 cases from November through Friday, said Dave Langdon, spokesman for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. One of those cases is an employee at a Kroger store on Dixie Highway, which prompted the grocery store chain to issue an alert Friday to shoppers who bought produce there from Feb. 4-28. There are typically four or fewer cases in an entire year, Langdon said. "We don't know the exact cause." 2018-03-05T16:58:57-05:00

John James Audubon State Park Campground will be closed during 2018 for construction

March 5, 2018 - 5:41pm
The campground at John James Audubon State Park will be closed during 2018 because of nearby construction work. The dam that created Scenic Lake must be reinforced and the campground will be used as a staging area for construction equipment. The work, overseen by the state Division of Water, is being performed this spring on Scenic Lake Dam to bring it into compliance with the state's requirements for high hazard dams and to provide safety for areas in Henderson that lie downstream from the dam. The estimated cost of this phase is $2 million, according to a state news release. 2018-03-05T15:41:02-05:00

Annual drill reminds of importance of weather preparedness

March 5, 2018 - 2:41pm
Students around Clark County had their hands behind their hands and curled into balls at precisely 10:07 a.m. Thursday as part of the annual statewide tornado drill. Across Kentucky outdoor warning sirens sounded, weather alert radios were activated, TV and radio stations broadcast the alert as did mobile devices. The annual drill helps remind students what they should in the case of a tornado, but also serves as a reminder of the importance preparedness in other weather scenarios. 2018-03-05T14:16:31-05:00

Guns in schools

March 5, 2018 - 2:41pm
If teachers have guns, will librarians get silencers? In the recent days following the mass shooting in Florida, a lot of talk and action has taken place. There are four issues that should be addressed as part of the equation: guns, mental illness, families and school safety. 2018-03-05T14:10:32-05:00

We can live with fuel tax proposal

March 5, 2018 - 2:41pm
There are now proposals at the state and federal level to raise fuel taxes. We generally are averse to talk of tax increases. But we concede there are times and purposes for which they sometimes make sense. That's not to say we endorse all that is proposed. But we think particularly on the state level there is a strong argument to be made for a fuel tax increase. 2018-03-05T13:20:30-05:00

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