Kentucky Press News Service

State issues emergency declaration for transportation of petroleum

March 2, 2018 - 8:37am
As Kentuckians recover from flooding from recent rainfall and with more rain in the forecast, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has issued an official order waiving hours of service regulations on commercial motor vehicles transporting petroleum and petroleum products in Kentucky. A State of Emergency was declared by Gov. Matt Bevin on Feb. 23 due to continued flooding in the state. 2018-03-02T08:10:58-05:00

Amazon could deal postal service a blow

March 1, 2018 - 5:36pm
Amazon, a company that began as an online bookstore, today is the tech world's most-feared disruptor. The company's stock now trades at almost $1,500 a share. Jeff Bezos, its founder, recently surpassed Microsoft's Bill Gates as the world's wealthiest individual. Since its debut Amazon has expanded into many sectors -- everything from retail to video streaming to, most recently, the grocery business. Every time Amazon is rumored to be contemplating entering some new business -- prescription management, for instance, stocks in that entire market sector quake. 2018-03-01T14:02:27-05:00

13-year-old has lesson for us all

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Whitaker is a perfect example of what can happen when you put into the play the old adage, “When life knocks you down, get back up again.” As she shared with the Sun earlier this week, when life closes one door, another usually opens. And, if it doesn’t open on its own, keep pushing at other doors until one does. 2018-03-01T13:58:10-05:00

Kim Davis has a book out. Why it should create ‘furious, fist-pounding’ Kentuckians.

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
Thanks to Kim Davis, I now have a new way to describe myself. I’m a furious, fist-pounding Kentuckian. Davis, the law-breaking Rowan County Clerk, has written a memoir to make money for her lawyers, recapture some of her 15 minutes of fame and try to get herself re-elected in November. Davis became an international embarrassment to Kentucky nearly three years ago when she refused to obey the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Morehead. 2018-03-01T13:54:37-05:00

West Virginia’s governor should be a better neighbor. Time for his companies to pay their Kentucky taxes.

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
After talking to a sixth-grader who inspired him to think about “education as an investment,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice supported a five percent pay raise for teachers whose strike shut down schools in West Virginia for four days. Now if only a sixth-grader from Knott County could bump into the billionaire coal operator/resort owner and urge him to make good on the more than $1 million in delinquent taxes that one of Justice’s coal companies owes the struggling Eastern Kentucky school district. 2018-03-01T13:49:12-05:00

Stay in the game

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
The analysis of the Elizabeth­town Sports Park yielded obvious results: Revenue must increase dramatically to make up a roughly $1 million annual shortfall. Presenters said the park has a great reputation nationally and a higher rate of returning events. But the consultants also made another logical observation: These advantages fade over time as newer and nicer sports parks are built and competition increases. 2018-03-01T13:45:24-05:00

Food insecurity is a problem, but it can be solved

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles touched on a big problem that needs more attention during his comments to Danville Rotary on Friday: food-insecurity. “I have the honor of representing an industry that is blessed with an abundance of food. We are really good at growing crops and raising livestock. But yet, one in six Kentuckians and one in five Kentucky school children are considered food-insecure,” Quarles said. “We can do better than that. Seven hundred and forty-three thousand Kentuckians are considered to be food-insecure — 17 percent of our population.” 2018-03-01T13:42:36-05:00

Trailblazer award winners worthy of emulation

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
By shining the light of recognition on local African-Americans who have achieved success, the Trailblazer awards program has itself been a beacon of light for the past 21 years. Started by members of Bowling Green’s State Street Baptist Church, the Trailblazer program each year honors high achievers in such fields as government, education, health care, community service and business. Many have overcome obstacles to make their mark in those fields, and that makes their light shine brighter. 2018-03-01T13:39:45-05:00

Private firm helps build KentuckyWired

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
MuniNet Fiber Agency has entered into an agreement with the state of Kentucky to build part of its KentuckyWired fiber optic cable project in Caldwell, Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties. MuniNet will construct approximately 66 miles of the 3,400-mile ultra-high speed cable network that will extend into every county in the state. 2018-03-01T12:38:19-05:00

Elderly man dies in Brodhead house fire

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
A 79-year-old Brodhead man died in a house fire Wednesday afternoon in his Rockcastle County residence. Authorities said that after the fire on Bowling Ridge Road was put out, an arson investigator found the body of James Brummett, WTVQ reports on its website. 2018-03-01T12:33:51-05:00

Vice President Pence to visit Central Kentucky next week

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
Vice President Mike Pence will appear at a Versailles bakery next week for an event to promote the Republican tax cuts. America First Policies, a group started by President Trump’s campaign aides to back the White House agenda, is hosting the event at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at More Than a Bakery. 2018-03-01T12:30:06-05:00

Lexington student charged after taking loaded gun to school

March 1, 2018 - 2:36pm
A Henry Clay High School student took a loaded gun to the campus Thursday, according to the school principal. In a letter sent to students’ families, principal Paul Little Jr., said the school’s administrative team and the district’s law enforcement confiscated a weapon before classes began Thursday after receiving a tip. Following an investigation, Little said the juvenile student was armed for protection in the neighborhood and not to do harm at school. 2018-03-01T12:26:13-05:00

Temporary stabilization of flood-damaged Dover Covered Bridge complete

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
Work to temporarily stabilize the flood-damaged Dover Covered Bridge in Mason County is complete, officials said Wednesday. Over the last two weeks, contractors inserted steel beams through the covered bridge then tied them to the structure and the ground on either side. The reinforcement is designed to protect the bridge from structural failures. In addition, the bridge’s wooden truss was moved back into place. The Dover Covered Bridge, also known as Lee's Creek Covered Bridge, dates back to as early as 1835 when the 61-foot structure opened as a toll bridge. 2018-03-01T10:43:57-05:00

Maysville woman sentenced to prison for Internet threats

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
A Maysville woman was sentenced to federal prison earlier this month after she admitted to issuing threats to service members through social media. Marie Antoinette Castell, 57, was sentenced on Feb. 15, by Judge David L. Bunning, in U.S. District Court in Covington, to two counts of interstate communication of a threat. She will serve 90 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release once her sentence has been completed and be released on March 21, 2023, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 2018-03-01T10:39:24-05:00

Parents plead not guilty in son’s starvation death

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
The parents of a man with Down Syndrome pleaded not guilty to murder charges related to his death Wednesday during their first court appearance. Albert Christy, 61, and his wife Patsy Christy, 65, were arrested Monday and charged in connection with their son Logan’s death in December from malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia. Clark District Judge Earl-Ray Neal entered automatic not-guilty pleas for both and appointed public defenders to represent both. Their bonds were unchanged at $1 million cash each. 2018-03-01T09:22:37-05:00

Prosecutor disappointed judge was not replaced

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
An impromptu meeting on a chaotic morning led to the controversial appointment of a public defender for accused Marshall County High School shooter Gabe Parker without objection from prosecutors, according to Marshall County Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship. The legality of that appointment was called into question in an order by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton Wednesday, although Minton decided it was not, standing alone, reason to disqualify Marshall County Circuit Judge James Jameson from continuing to hear the case. 2018-03-01T09:20:34-05:00

Request for new judge denied

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton declined Wednesday to disqualify Marshall County Circuit Judge James Jameson from presiding over the Marshall County High School shooting case. But in doing so the chief justice cast doubt on the legality of Jameson's actions appointing a public defender for the accused shooter, Gabe Parker, in the hours immediately following the shooting. 2018-03-01T09:16:41-05:00

Evening commuters regain downtown Louisville interstate exit as Ohio River flood recedes

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
It's about time! Interstate 71 Northbound at Zorn Avenue reopened Wednesday after being closed from flooding this weekend. I-71 Southbound at Zorn Avenue is still closed. The Zorn Avenue exit near River Road was the site of heavy Louisville flooding this past weekend when the Ohio River reached near-historic flood levels, drowning out residences and businesses. 2018-03-01T09:05:12-05:00

House panel votes to reverse major Bevin budget cuts, increase cigarette tax

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
Using money from a surprise tax increase bill, the House budget committee overwhelmingly approved a 2018-20 state budget that takes much of the pain out of the original budget as proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin in January. The committee boosted base funding of public schools and restored funding that Bevin proposed be cut to public schools for student transportation and employee health insurance. If also restored funding that the governor proposed be cut in other areas, including state universities and county property valuation administrators. But to do this, as well as appropriate more than $3 billion to fund pensions as Bevin had, the committee also approved a bill that would raise taxes by about $250 million a year. 2018-03-01T08:54:15-05:00

Pension bill illegal in at least 21 ways, Beshear tells lawmakers

March 1, 2018 - 11:36am
Attorney General Andy Beshear told state lawmakers Wednesday that a proposal to overhaul Kentucky’s ailing public pension systems contains “multiple legal violations.” In a six-page legal opinion address to lawmakers, Beshear outlined 21 ways he believes Senate Bill 1 violates the “inviolable contract” the state has made with teachers and employees of state and local governments. Instead of passing the bill, lawmakers should expand gambling in the state to fund its legal obligations to retirees, he suggested. 2018-03-01T08:49:06-05:00