Kentucky Press News Service

Madisonville Police probe Friday death of local teen

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
The Madisonville Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a teen over the Thanksgiving holiday. According to a family member, 13-year-old Malik Stafford was celebrating Thanksgiving with family at Cross Creek Apartments on Friday when he went outside to play. Great-uncle Freddie Stafford said Malik had seemed to be out "a little longer than they thought he should," and his parents, Keith and Tammy Stafford, went out to look for him. The couple found Malik unresponsive in a nearby creek around 10 p.m. 2018-11-26T12:13:13-05:00

Foster care or take them in? Grandparents raise kids with little help

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
For two weeks, Faye and Jihad Saleh sat with their newborn grandson in the infant intensive care unit at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, cuddling, feeding and rocking him as he underwent withdrawal from drugs in his tiny body. Then they were confronted with an unexpected and life-changing decision: either take their grandson home or stand aside as state social service officials placed him in foster care. "That just made us cry," said Faye Saleh, whose eyes filled with tears as she recounted the story. "We said, 'We're not going to put him in foster care — he's ours.' " 2018-11-26T11:59:14-05:00

Missing legendary radio broadcaster was last seen in Kentucky

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
An award-winning radio broadcaster who hosted a show in San Francisco for 34 years has gone missing and was last seen in Paducah. Ray Taliaferro, 79, has been missing for 15 days, according to the Massac County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department. Taliaferro was an award-winning, on-air radio host for KGO News Talk 810 in the San Francisco area from 1977 until 2011. The legendary journalist was last seen talking with the manager at The Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in Paducah, according to Massac County Sheriffs. 2018-11-26T11:55:04-05:00

WKU football set to hire Tennessee's Tyson Helton as new coach

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
Western Kentucky didn't need long to find the Hilltoppers' new football coach, and it's an old name around the program. University of Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton has reached an agreement to be the next head coach at WKU, according to ESPN. Helton, 41, served as the Hilltoppers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014-15 under Jeff Brohm before joining the staff at Southern Cal. He was the Vols' offensive coordinator this past season as a part of Jeremy Pruitt's first staff in Knoxville. 2018-11-26T11:52:30-05:00

Woodford County judge-executive dies unexpectedly

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
Woodford County Judge-Executive John "Bear" Coyle, 63, has died unexpectedly. He formerly served as Woodford County sheriff. Family friends told WKYT Coyle died Sunday, He had been judge-executive since 2007. 2018-11-26T11:47:11-05:00

McConnell should drop the lame excuses. Let the Senate vote on bipartisan justice, prison reforms.

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s excuse that the Senate lacks time to consider bipartisan prison and sentencing reforms rings lame, especially in a season when many Americans are working brutally long hours to meet the demands of their jobs. More likely, McConnell wants to avoid a public fight inside his Republican caucus, a fight sparked by retrograde Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas and others unwilling to do the smallest thing to trim the huge costs — in dollars and human potential — that mass incarceration inflicts on our country. 2018-11-26T11:25:13-05:00

Could ‘the good old boy effect’ return if Kentucky school councils were changed?

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
Twenty-eight years ago, one Kentucky Education Reform Act change that effected education in Kentucky modified the significant control school superintendents could have on a school district. KERA allowed school-based decision making councils composed of parents, teachers and administrators to share leadership and make school policy. Recently, Boone County Superintendent Randy Poe, who oversees the third largest school district in the state, asked state lawmakers to consider modifying and clarifying the role of the school councils in the 2019 General Assembly. 2018-11-26T11:19:56-05:00

‘Crystal meth by the pound.’ Drug’s rise in Kentucky leads to arrests, abuse.

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
Officers doing drug investigations in Floyd County usually go out to make undercover buys three nights a week. There was a time when they would have bought mostly pain pills, and more recently Suboxone, a drug used in addiction treatment but also sold illegally, was the big drug on the street. Now, however, officers usually spend most of their money on methamphetamine, said Sheriff John Hunt. “Meth just jumped up and became the most dominant drug problem,” Hunt said. “Ninety-nine percent of what we’re doing is meth.” 2018-11-26T11:13:25-05:00

Robbery suspect dies after police chase in Bourbon County

November 26, 2018 - 1:44pm
A Bath County man died Sunday after a vehicle he drove crashed into a tree in Bourbon County following a police chase, Kentucky State Police said. Lucas Vanderpool, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Trooper Charles Loudermilk, spokesman for the state police post in Dry Ridge. Winchester police pursued a vehicle driven by Vanderpool after it was seen leaving a store in Winchester that had reported an armed robbery, Loudermilk said. 2018-11-26T11:00:14-05:00

Paul attorney wants testimony from Boucher

November 26, 2018 - 10:44am
The attorney representing U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in his civil suit against his neighbor, Rene Boucher, said in a recent filing that Boucher has not turned over evidence and refuses to testify at a deposition. Tom Kerrick filed a motion on behalf of Paul to compel Boucher to answer Kerrick’s requests for discovery and sit for a deposition, requesting to be heard Wednesday before Special Judge Tyler Gill. Paul was tackled by Boucher outside the senator’s Bowling Green home last year. 2018-11-26T10:37:26-05:00

WKU to benefit from statewide partnership

November 26, 2018 - 10:44am
Western Kentucky University expects to benefit from a new partnership among the state’s public universities that will help bring new ideas and innovations to the marketplace. “I think the impact is especially going to be strong from the regional comprehensive universities,” said Cheryl Davis, the associate provost for research and creative activity at WKU. Through the new Commonwealth Commer-cialization Center that Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced, universities will share resources to help translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups, a news release said. 2018-11-26T10:33:39-05:00

Centuries of Thankfulness

November 23, 2018 - 4:42pm
Nearly 400 years ago, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated when a small settlement of 50 Pilgrims invited about 90 Indians for a feast to celebrate the friendly ties among the two peoples, and to give thanks to God for helping the small settlement survive a very harsh winter as they prepared to endure the second. Now that’s the story many of us learned in school years ago, and if you actually read the history, it’s more accurate than many of today’s history rivisionists would like you to believe. 2018-11-23T13:52:36-05:00

The Gong Show

November 23, 2018 - 4:42pm
Do you know what I really miss? The Gong Show. That’s right, the 1970’s variety show that featured wacky acts and oddball antics from the host, judges and contestants. While not exactly groundbreaking television, the brainchild of genious/nutjob Chuck Barris, the show certainly found a niche and helped define a decade. 2018-11-23T13:47:07-05:00

A safer world for women means a brighter future

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Sunday marks the beginning of more than two weeks of activism geared at eliminating violence against women. Violence against women is one of the many obstacles faces worldwide to achieving equality and the fulfillment of women’s and girl’s rights. A future without violence against women is one that is brighter for all of us. 2018-11-23T13:36:21-05:00

2018's Leftover Turkeys: Matt Bevin, Charles Grindle and Mike Pence

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
According to the most recent USDA Turkey Market News Report, the cost of frozen toms is off by 8 ½ cents per pound this year. That’s perfect timing for 2018’s Leftover Turkeys, our 11th annual feast of political miscues, misstatements and miscreants from the last year. As if we here in Kentucky didn’t know that turkey is cheap. And plentiful. So, now that the in-laws are gone and Gramps has finally ceded your easy chair back to you, it’s time to kick back and enjoy this year’s heaping helping of the tastiest fowl critters this state has to offer. 2018-11-23T13:18:58-05:00

Williamsburg man indicted in connection with missing woman

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Many questions still remain about the February disappearance and suspected killing of Williamsburg resident Laura Anderson, including where her remains are located and how many people were involved in her killing. Monday morning, the Whitley County Grand Jury indicted Joseph Bauer, whose address is listed as the Whitley County Detention Center, and charged him with criminal complicity to commit murder in Laura Anderson’s Feb. 11 killing, criminal complicity to commit tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and first-degree robbery. According to his indictment, Bauer worked in conjunction with others to kill Anderson, hide her body and used physical force while in the course of robbing Anderson. 2018-11-23T13:06:29-05:00

Two Ohio County cities lack leadership after election

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Two of Ohio County's smaller incorporated cities have had frequent trouble finding a full slate of candidates for its city leadership in recent years, but the 2018 election was something different. The cities of Rockport and McHenry failed to garner a single candidate for their city commissions, and Rockport didn't get a nomination for mayor. McHenry did see the return of Mayor Dennis Chinn, but only after he was sure no one else would run. Chinn, who has been the mayor of McHenry since 1982, said he submitted his name as a write-in candidate at the last minute even though he would have preferred someone else take the position. 2018-11-23T13:02:46-05:00

Reports: 1,000 jobs may not be filled

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Indeed.com is filled with help wanted ads from local retailers, trying to hire seasonal employees. Target, Macy's, Big Lots, Bath & Body Works, Ulta Beauty and Kirkland's are among those advertising for workers to help through the holidays. Kohl's began its holiday hiring last summer to get a jump on the others. But retailers aren't the only businesses having trouble finding workers. And it's not just seasonal workers. 2018-11-23T12:56:50-05:00

State cuts, KentuckyOne separation inflate UofL operating loss to $316M; Pitino, Jurich payouts curtail assets

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
State funding cuts, big payouts for high-profile firings and a costly separation from KentuckyOne Health have undermined the University of Louisville’s financial position and escalated its fiscal year net operating loss to nearly $316 million. The loss is nearly $50 million worse than the year prior, primarily because of the institution’s separation from KentuckyOne Health, according to a new financial report the university posted on the controller’s office website Tuesday. 2018-11-23T12:51:26-05:00

Your online holiday order may hit your porch earlier this season

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
This month, when Crystal Ishmael went to buy a pair of jeans for her son in college, she skipped the trip to American Eagle at the local mall and grabbed her iPad to place the order. As an Amazon Prime member, she receives free shipping, and her package showed up at the doorstep two to three days later. But she's noticed the retail giant is sliding toward the far end of estimated delivery dates, and she suspects she knows why. 2018-11-23T12:13:08-05:00

Pages