Kentucky Press News Service

KSP investigating former McLean County High teacher for alleged sexual misconduct

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
The Kentucky State Police has confirmed that there is an open investigation regarding a former McLean County High School teacher that involves allegations of sexual misconduct. "I know we have an investigation about a former teacher who had a sexual relationship with a student or multiple students," said Trooper Corey King of KSP Post 16. "We do have an open investigation on that." 2018-09-06T09:24:17-04:00

Deal reached on I-165 designation

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
State and federal transportation officials on Tuesday amended the William H. Natcher Parkway-I-165 conversion agreement in order to designate the highway stretching from Bowling Green to Owensboro an interstate before several interchange projects along it are completed. The Messenger-Inquirer reported late last week that negotiations were underway to allow for interstate status before the project was fully complete. Without it, said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Deneatra Henderson, the interstate designation could have been delayed. 2018-09-06T09:20:57-04:00

With Papa John's benched, Pizza Hut hopes to score in NFL sponsorship

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
Looking to capitalize on a fumble by competitor Papa John's, Pizza Hut plans to bring its A-game in time for Thursday night's NFL season kickoff featuring the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. The Hut earlier this year scooped up official sponsorship of the NFL after a "mutual decision" by the league and Papa John's to end their relationship as the Louisville-based company struggled with controversy over founder John Schnatter's criticism of protesting athletes. Exactly how much the sponsorship cost Pizza Hut has not been made public. Nor are there reliable estimates of what financial boost the deal might give the Texas-based subsidiary of Louisville's Yum Brands. 2018-09-06T09:11:57-04:00

Kentucky lawyer says Colin Kaepernick is 'by definition racist'

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
A Kentucky lawyer who ran for the state Senate this year used his campaign page to blast Nike's decision to make former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its newest ad campaign, and asset Kaepernick is "by definition racist." Alex White, who ran as a Republican, asked Facebook followers on his campaign page what they thought about the Nike ad. In the post, which has since been deleted, White said that Kaepernick is disrespecting U.S. military service members. He continued by saying communist dictators "should be hung and shot in public squares, not celebrated and worn on t-shirts." White is referring to Kaepernick wearing a t-shirt during a post-game press conference two years ago that pictured a 1960 meeting between black nationalist leader Malcolm X and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. 2018-09-06T09:04:49-04:00

Which state pays its technology chief the most? You do, Kentucky

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
Kentucky Chief Information Officer Charles E. Grindle is the highest-paid state CIO in the nation, according to the most recent 50-state salary survey by the Council of State Governments. The second-place finisher isn't even close. Grindle, a retired Army officer who took the job less than a year ago, makes $375,000 per year, thanks to a whopping $215,000 raise granted by Gov. Matt Bevin on Aug. 1. The most recent salary survey compiled by the Lexington-based Council of State Governments shows Grindle easily outpaces Oregon's CIO, whose $210,989 salary was the largest for state IT administrators as of Jan. 1, 2017. 2018-09-06T08:59:35-04:00

Can free classes help prevent accidental shootings in Kentucky?

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
The accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old by a sibling in Western Kentucky this week was the third fatal shooting of a young child in Kentucky in a month. The Barren County sheriff’s office said a juvenile sibling was handling a loaded rifle when the toddler was shot. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. For Doug Ramsey, the director of operations at Buds Gun Shop in Lexington, accidental shootings should be preventable. 2018-09-06T08:50:01-04:00

50 years overdue: Georgia man returns Lexington public library book

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
“The United States in World War I” was checked out from the Lexington Public Library in 1968. On Tuesday, 50 years later, the book was returned to the library’s Tates Creek branch on Walden Drive via the United States Postal Service. “50 years pass (sic) due. Checked out in 1968. Sorry. Dale H.,” said the note with the book. The book was returned, apparently in good condition, and was posted with a return address from a leafy Cape Cod home in Marietta, Georgia. (Thanks, Google.) 2018-09-06T08:46:23-04:00

Ky. district excessively removed disabled students from class —including one for 63 days

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
Breathitt County School officials inappropriately disciplined special education students with mild mental disabilities, an audit found, excessively removing them from classrooms or suspending them from school grounds but recording that they were voluntarily absent. One disabled student received out-of-school suspensions for 63 1/2 days. That’s one of the reasons the Breathitt County district will have the rare distinction of being managed by the state for at least one more year, making for a total of seven. 2018-09-06T08:42:15-04:00

Body found in the home of a Fairview man last heard from a year ago

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
Law enforcement was called Wednesday to a Fairview home to check on a man who the caller had not heard from in roughly a year. Officers found a body in the home, according to radio traffic. The man, whose name has not been released, lived in a home on Kentucky 1801 just across the road from the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site. That's near the Christian-Todd county line. Kentucky State Police are investigating the death, but say it’s unclear at this point if the body is that of the missing man, adding the remains have been there for a long time. 2018-09-06T08:33:42-04:00

Trail of Tears Powwow is almost here

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
The 31st annual Trail of Tears Intertribal Powwow returns to Hopkinsville this weekend. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days. They close at 9 p.m. Saturday and will close by 6 p.m. Sunday. According to New Era archives, Hopkinsville was a major stopping point on the Trail of Tears, which was the route used for relocating Native Americans from the eastern U.S. to Oklahoma in 1831. More than 17,000 Native Americans made the journey, with many thousands dying along the way. There will be plenty of merchants with Native American artifacts and other wares available for purchase. 2018-09-06T08:29:15-04:00

Indianapolis cop trying to prove dad's affair arrested in Henderson over gun incident

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
An Indianapolis police officer has been placed on leave after reportedly pulling a gun on a family member at Burger King in Henderson. Jeremy Fuesler, a 15-year veteran with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, "is on administrative leave and has no police powers at this time," according to Michael Hewitt, spokesman with the Indianapolis department. The 39-year-old Fuesler, who has served with IMPD since 2003, was arrested in Henderson on Aug. 31 and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault - domestic/minor injury. 2018-09-06T08:25:13-04:00

U.S. 25E intersection in Knox County to get traffic approach warning system

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be installing an Intersection Conflict Warning System at the U.S 25E/KY 229 intersection in Knox County. The system, which is intended to reduce the number of crashes at the site, is expected to go into service at 9 a.m. on Sept. 18. Over the years, traffic engineers have added enhanced intersection warning signs, oversized stop signs, temporary rumble strips, and other safety measures to the intersection in an effort to drive down the crash rate. 2018-09-06T08:20:43-04:00

Landslide in Highland Heights may displace dozens of residents

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
A landslide could displace dozens of residents at a condominium complex in Campbell County. Residents in building 19 at Highland Meadows Condominiums were recently notified that a contracted company suggested they all evacuate until the area is repaired. 2018-09-06T08:10:59-04:00

Chief: Lightning sparks 6 house fires in Hebron alone

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
Storms caused damage across Greater Cincinnati, including Northern Kentucky, on Wednesday, snapping trees, knocking out power and producing lightning that sparked several house fires. Lightning caused six house fires in Hebron, according to the community's fire chief, Tony Scheben. All residents were able to get out safely, and no injuries were reported, he said. 2018-09-06T08:07:34-04:00

Unhinged liberals or GOP progress? Republicans' midterm message is clear

September 5, 2018 - 3:49pm
In 2016, Americans, tired of the gridlock produced by divided government, unified control of the Congress and executive branch under the Republican Party. Their demand was simple: produce results and move this country forward. Now, with the midterm elections looming, Senate Republicans are preparing a September closing argument that they have delivered on the demand for progress. 2018-09-05T14:35:41-04:00

Missing person case turns into homicide investigation; one arrested

September 5, 2018 - 3:49pm
A Williamsburg missing person case has turned into a homicide investigation, and late Tuesday afternoon one person was charged in connection with the case. About 3:30 p.m., Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird served Joseph Samuel James Bauer, 33, with an arrest warrant charging him with complicity to commit murder, complicity to commit first-degree robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of Laura Anderson. Anderson was last reportedly seen alive about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, on Ky. 92W near Pilot Travel Center 2018-09-05T14:28:50-04:00

Plane has rough landing at London-Corbin Airport

September 5, 2018 - 3:49pm
The runway at London-Corbin Airport was closed for approximately one hour Monday night after a plane ran off the runway and became stuck in the grass. Airport Manager Matthew Singer said the incident occurred at approximately 8:15. Phil Williams was reportedly practicing touch-and-go landings when the Cessna 206 single-engine aircraft suffered an unknown failure and went off the runway. 2018-09-05T14:25:02-04:00

After Thought: Wise as serpents, harmless as doves, advised

September 5, 2018 - 3:49pm
Shots rang out just down the hall. Louder than I ever thought. The crisp "pops" were growing closer. The gunman was moving toward us! Would we be his next victims? Fortunately, it was only a drill. The shooter was using blanks, not bullets, and he didn't want to harm us—only help us to be prepared. Workshops, like this one offered by Triple Counter Measures, are sadly necessary as horrific scenes of violence seemingly have become a "new normal" in our society. 2018-09-05T14:16:58-04:00

High temps call for some precautions

September 5, 2018 - 3:49pm
Labor Day usually marks the unofficial end of summer, but weather forecasts show the heat of the summer won’t be letting up anytime soon. With heat indices that hovered in the mid- to upper-90s over the weekend and temperatures expected as high as 88 to 90 degrees this week, area emergency management agencies have declared heat emergencies. Be a courteous neighbor and check on those who are disabled or elderly. Ensure they have proper air conditioning and shelter from the sun and heat. Also make sure they have plenty of water. 2018-09-05T14:13:02-04:00

‘A desperate, angry bitter person.’ Kentucky’s governor responds to Pitino’s attack.

September 5, 2018 - 3:49pm
Rick Pitino sounds like a “desperate, angry, bitter person,” according to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who was one of the former Louisville men’s basketball coach’s targets in his new book, “Pitino: My Story.” Bevin joined Leland Conway on NewsRadio 840 WHAS on Wednesday morning and was asked to respond to assertions leveled by Pitino and his book that the governor was somehow involved in his removal from the university. “It’s pretty sad. It really is,” Bevin said. “He was a great coach, and his life is devolving into this.” 2018-09-05T14:05:00-04:00

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