Kentucky Press News Service

Journalists work for the public, but not everyone knows it

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
Who do you think pays journalists to write stories? Hopefully, you know it’s the newspapers the journalists work for. Bonus points if you know newspapers get the money to pay journalists from advertisers and, increasingly, from you — the reader. Unfortunately, if you got that question right, you’re in the minority. A whopping 60 percent of people said they think reporters are sometimes or very often paid by their sources — the people they write about. That’s according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll from December, conducted for Columbia Journalism Review. 2019-03-05T13:09:00-05:00

Taxi driver jailed for imprisonment

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
A Winchester taxi driver is facing unlawful imprisonment charges after allegedly giving a passenger a threatening note and not letting her get out of the vehicle. Johnny Wayne Barnett, 43, was arrested Sunday afternoon about 90 minutes after the alleged incident occurred. According to court and police documents, Barnett is a driver for Nutter Taxi in Winchester. The victim, a woman, called Winchester Police after she got out of the vehicle. She told police Barnett handed her a note that said “If you panic or scream I’m gonna hurt you.” She also said Barnett tried to lock the doors and force her to stay in the vehicle. 2019-03-05T12:59:30-05:00

Official reinstated at McCracken schools after charge dropped

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
After being cleared of criminal charges last week, McCracken County High School's director of pupil personnel was reinstated Monday. Brian Bowland had been suspended with pay from his position after he was charged with second-degree official misconduct. McCracken County Schools spokeswoman Jayme Jones confirmed Monday that Bowland had been reinstated. She gave no further comment regarding the situation. 2019-03-05T12:54:39-05:00

Family honored by replacement of WWII veteran's lost medals

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
When Army Maj. Syberia Taylor walked into a conference room Monday in Sen. Rand Paul's office in Bowling Green and saw the picture of her father in front of a display of medals, she almost cried. Her father, Isaac Nathaniel Taylor, was a World War II veteran who served from 1943-46 in New Guinea, Northern Solomons, Luzon and the South Philippines. For his service, he earned several medals that were lost through the years. 2019-03-05T12:47:59-05:00

House fire claims man’s life

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
A spokesperson for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee confirmed Monday that a man who was involved in a Sunday night house fire in Murray died from his injuries. The spokesperson said that Harold Vaughan, 90, of Murray, died at 12:54 p.m. Monday at Vanderbilt. 2019-03-05T12:40:50-05:00

Schnatter to resign from Papa John’s board in settlement

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
Papa John’s International has agreed to a settlement with its founder, John H. Schnatter, who will resign from the board after he and the company found a mutually acceptable independent director, according to an SEC filing. As part of the agreement, entered on Monday in Delaware, where the Louisville-based company is incorporated, Schnatter also agreed to dismiss his lawsuit against the company in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as well as a subsequent suit filed regarding a lease in Jefferson County. The settlement comes days after Schnatter submitted a letter nominating himself to the board at the company’s annual meeting. 2019-03-05T12:28:26-05:00

McConnell: It's clear Senate will vote against Trump's national emergency

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped President Donald Trump wouldn't declare a national emergency over border security, but said Monday that he was "obviously" unsuccessful in arguing against the move. McConnell said it's clear the U.S. Senate will have the votes to pass a resolution of disapproval, which seeks to block the emergency declaration, but he said it will be vetoed by the president and, "in all likelihood," the veto would be upheld by the House of Representatives. 2019-03-05T12:23:28-05:00

Kentucky superintendents join the fight against private school bill

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
School superintendents from across Kentucky on Monday spoke out against a controversial bill they say would cause irreparable damage to the state's public education system. The unprecedented show of unity comes as the Kentucky General Assembly heads into the final stretch of its 30-day session — and as teachers across the Bluegrass State consider whether to wage another massive protest. 2019-03-05T12:18:16-05:00

‘Prepared to strike.’ Educator advocacy group draws ‘lines in the sand.’

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
Leaders of the advocacy group Kentucky 120 United, composed largely of teachers, say they are “prepared to strike” if the General Assembly moves on several issues, including charter schools and scholarship tax credits. “We, the Public Employees of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, are prepared to strike for the betterment of our state, the survival of our communities, and the economic security of our families if the Kentucky General Assembly does any of the following,” said a statement from the group posted Sunday that included some demands. 2019-03-05T12:08:49-05:00

Bill removing Grimes’ power over elections board nixed by House panel. Tempers flare.

March 5, 2019 - 2:55pm
Two Republicans voted with Democrats Monday to reject a bill that would limit Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ power over the State Board of Elections. On Monday, the secretary of state’s office mounted its first major public defense against the bill. Mary Sue Helm, a widely-respected elections official who has worked under both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, testified against the bill and defended her office’s use of the voter registration database. 2019-03-05T12:01:41-05:00

Frankfort man charged as beef thief

March 5, 2019 - 11:55am
A Franklin County man has been arrested after more than $75,000 worth of beef came up missing from a Louisville grocer over the span of several months, police allege. Billy Wethington, 42, of Frankfort, was arrested Friday in the case. He had been an employee with a Louisville grocer, which was not identified in reports, until management allegedly discovered he’d been stealing thousands of dollars worth of beef tenderloins over about eight months. Wethington was booked into the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections on a charge of theft by unlawful taking of an amount exceeding $10,000, a Class D felony. 2019-03-05T11:36:47-05:00

Statewide tornado drill planned for 10:07 a.m. ET Wednesday

March 5, 2019 - 11:55am
Emergency management officials remind residents that a statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 10:07 a.m. Eastern Time Wednesday. During the test the outdoor warning sirens will sound, weather alert radios will activate and television, radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the alert. The drill will give residents, businesses, hospitals and schools an opportunity to practice tornado safety measures. 2019-03-05T11:33:12-05:00

Deer-urine vandalism stinks up Danville Walmart

March 5, 2019 - 11:55am
An act of criminal mischief inside the Danville Walmart Supercenter over the weekend created a stinky situation and the loss of merchandise worth more than $2,000. On Sunday afternoon, Danville Police responded to Walmart regarding criminal mischief that had occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday. Three people were seen on surveillance cameras in the sporting goods department, and at least one of them allegedly opened two packages of deer attractant (doe urine) and sprayed it on merchandise throughout the store, Danville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Doan said. 2019-03-05T11:26:39-05:00

Surveillance video missing from first murder trial played in court

March 5, 2019 - 11:55am
The surveillance video that helped get David Dooley his second trial was examined on Monday. The video, less than a minute long, was taken the evening before Michelle Mockbee was found dead inside Northern Kentucky's Thermo Fisher scientific. The video was not seen by the original defense attorneys for Dooley, who is accused of killing Mockbee. In May 2017, Boone County Circuit Court Judge J.R. Schrand ordered a new trial for Dooley, concluding that the video was crucial evidence withheld from the defense. 2019-03-05T11:22:07-05:00

Prosecutor to ask for maximum penalty in school shooting case

March 5, 2019 - 11:55am
Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Foust said Monday he plans to seek the maximum punishment of life in prison without the benefit of parole for a minimum of 25 years for Gabe Parker, the teen accused in the Jan. 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School. Parker is accused of opening fire in the Commons Area of Marshall County High School, killing students Preston Cope and Bailey Holt and injuring 14 others on Jan. 23, 2018. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday, March 8. 2019-03-05T11:04:21-05:00

Suspect in shooting of Barren deputy sees case go to grand jury

March 5, 2019 - 11:55am
A suspect involved in a high-speed chase reached for a police officer's gun multiple times during a confrontation before the gun went off, wounding a Barren County deputy, according to courtroom testimony Monday. A preliminary hearing was held in Barren District Court in the case against Jonathan D. Shelton, 37, of Smyrna, Tenn. Shelton is charged with numerous offenses stemming from the Feb. 23 incident, including first-degree assault (police officer) for the injury suffered by Deputy Joseph Ford of the Barren County Sheriff's Office. 2019-03-05T11:00:29-05:00

Murray State Regents vote Jackson as 14th president

March 4, 2019 - 2:53pm
Ever since asking her fellow Regents in December to allow Interim President Dr. Bob Jackson to be one of the finalists for the position of permanent president at Murray State University, Chair Susan Guess had preached one thing. If the Regents could not be united on the subject, they could at least be supportive once a decision was made. That appeared to happen on Friday, when she once again pushed the envelope to ask for a vote to be taken that morning – this time for Jackson to be named the 14th president in the school’s history. The vote was 9-2 in favor of Jackson, a former president of the Murray State University Foundation and a former state senator. 2019-03-04T13:13:07-05:00

One charge dropped against Kentucky high school principal. Prosecutor admits mistake.

March 4, 2019 - 2:53pm
One of two criminal charges have been dropped against a McCracken County High School principal who is charged with allegedly not reporting the abuse of his students. A county prosecutor announced Friday that he incorrectly interpreted the law in charging two school district leaders with official misconduct. Michael Ceglinski, principal of McCracken County High School in Western Kentucky, was suspended with pay and charged with two misdemeanors after allegedly not reporting abuse of his students, according to court records. 2019-03-04T13:05:15-05:00

Judge rejects Grimes’ lawsuit over access to Kentucky’s voter registration system

March 4, 2019 - 2:53pm
A Franklin Circuit Court Judge ruled Friday that it isn’t his place to wade into the debate over whether Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes should have access to the state’s voter registration system. Judge Thomas Wingate, though, made no ruling on the underlying controversy, but instead acknowledged that the State Board of Elections had approved a resolution in August that granted Grimes explicit authority to access the database. 2019-03-04T13:00:17-05:00

Major I-24 interchange project looms in Paducah

March 4, 2019 - 2:53pm
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing to begin construction on a Double Crossover Diamond interchange project along U.S. 60 at the Interstate 24 Exit 4 Paducah interchange the week of Monday. Studies have shown that a Double Crossover Diamond provides an effective way to improve traffic flow and reduce crash rates, the KYTC said. The traffic arrangement in a DCD helps to reduce delays by eliminating a phase at each traffic signal and reducing the number of left turns. 2019-03-04T12:55:07-05:00

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