Kentucky Press News Service

Low pay won’t keep teachers

September 7, 2018 - 12:51pm
A recent study from the Economic Policy Institute indicates teachers are significantly underpaid compared to other similar workers. According to the paper, when adjusted for education, experience, and demographic factors, teachers earned 4.3 percent less than other workers in 1996, while in 2017 the teacher wage penalty grew to 18.7 percent. 2018-09-07T10:10:10-04:00

Dems plumb new lows with Kavanaugh antics

September 7, 2018 - 12:51pm
The Constitution provides that Supreme Court justices shall be appointed by the president with the "advice and consent" of the Senate. For much of our history the Senate's role centered on straightforward analysis of whether the nominee was professionally competent for the position. That changed markedly in the 1980s with President Reagan's unsuccessful nomination of Robert Bork. The integrity of the process has gone downhill ever since. 2018-09-07T10:08:07-04:00

A picture-perfect response at the University of Kentucky

September 7, 2018 - 12:51pm
What a beautiful — literally, beautiful — response to concerns that a New Deal-era mural at the University of Kentucky was racially insensitive to 21st century viewers. Art begot art, as the Herald-Leader’s Linda Blackford put it, in a way that should make all involved proud — students who voiced concerns, UK President Eli Capilouto who heard their concerns and the committee that recommended artist Karyn Olivier’s proposal. 2018-09-07T10:04:57-04:00

Look twice, save a life

September 7, 2018 - 12:51pm
By all accounts, Jon Livers, a Frankfort native who died in a motorcycle accident Sunday, was the victim of a driver’s decision not to take an extra second to check for oncoming traffic. Livers, 30, was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but was pronounced dead at Frankfort Regional Medical Center after a vehicle pulled out in front of him on Versailles Road. No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle, Frankfort Police spokesman Capt. Chris Quire said. Imagine if the driver of that vehicle, whom we won’t shame in an editorial, had taken a few extra seconds and realized that Livers was approaching on a motorcycle. Our parents told us to “look both ways before crossing the street” as children. Motorists might benefit from following the same advice. 2018-09-07T10:01:16-04:00

Suspect leads police to spot Thursday where he says victim was buried

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
The search to find the remains of a missing Williamsburg woman, who disappeared in February, may finally be over. A Williamsburg man, who has confessed to police about taking part in Laura Anderson’s murder, lead authorities Thursday afternoon to a site in southern Whitley County near Dal Road, where he said the body was buried. In addition, three cadaver dogs alerted Thursday evening to the presence of remains at that location. 2018-09-07T09:23:22-04:00

Suspect in theft of $50,000 arrested in Nashville

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
Erica A. English, wanted by McCracken County deputies on a felony warrant, was found Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. McCracken deputies issued a news release Wednesday asking for the public's help in finding English, 28, of Paducah, who was wanted on a warrant based on an investigation involving the theft of more than $50,000 cash from an elderly relative. Deputies said English was her relative's caregiver. 2018-09-07T09:18:06-04:00

Clinton group kicks off Jackson Purchase event

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
Two hundred years ago this year - on Oct. 19 to be exact - the Jackson Purchase became official, as the U.S. government bought the rights to land between the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers from the Chickasaw tribe. The Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society decided to make the event an educational one for the area, and kicked off a year-long celebration Thursday with a special cake and a program for area eighth-graders. 2018-09-07T09:13:28-04:00

Muhlenberg County clinic reports recent spike in hand, foot and mouth virus

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
In the past week or so, cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have spiked at Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky in Muhlenberg County. Dr. Billie Galyen reported treating higher-than-normal numbers on the afternoon of Aug. 28. And that trend held until Wednesday when numbers started to trend down a bit. Two other pediatricians and a nurse practitioner in the same practice reported similar findings. 2018-09-07T09:10:36-04:00

Bevin appoints two UofL trustees

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
Louisvillians Kevin Fuqua and Fred Williams are the University of Louisville’s newest trustees, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. Fuqua and Williams fill vacancies from John Schnatter and Brian Cromer’s July resignations from the board of trustees. 2018-09-07T09:08:15-04:00

Tennessee authorities arrest woman wanted for murder in 2017 Graves crash

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
A Clinton woman wanted for murder in connection with a fatal 2017 wreck in Graves County was arrested Thursday. In a news release, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office said authorities in Obion County, Tennessee located Christina Weeks, 42, of Clinton, and arrested her Thursday morning. There were no details on the arrest. This all stems from a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 18 on KY 58 West in far-western Graves County, near the Hickman County line. The Graves office said that Marilyn Armbruster of Clinton was operating a vehicle and collided with a vehicle driven by Weeks. Armbruster was killed. 2018-09-07T09:04:20-04:00

Papa John Schnatter says CEO Steve Ritchie created the N-word scandal

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
Ousted Papa John’s chairman John Schnatter is still on the rampage. In his second lawsuit against the company he founded in 1984, he alleges that CEO Steve Ritchie has “admitted privately that he launched a false and defamatory campaign” accusing Schnatter of racism “for the sad and simple reason that Mr. Ritchie learned that he was going to lose his job.” In the complaint, unsealed Thursday in Delaware, Schnatter charges that Ritchie, whom he handpicked as his successor, “placed his own self-interest and desire to salvage his own employment over the best interests of the company all in an effort to save his own job.” 2018-09-07T08:58:44-04:00

Louisville woman survives being shot 12 times in Cincinnati rampage

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
A Louisville woman was shot 12 times but survived after a gunman opened fire Thursday in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati. Whitney Austin, 37, is in stable condition, her brother-in-law Lonnie Gardner told the Courier Journal on Thursday evening. Austin was conscious following the shooting and called her husband, Waller, from the ambulance, Gardner said. She's in a "lot of shock, still," but was coherent and responding, Gardner said. She was also "thankful she's in the condition she's in, and not worse," Gardner said outside his Louisville home after returning from visiting Austin in Cincinnati. 2018-09-07T08:53:11-04:00

Group wants $100 million tax break to lure developer for Rupp Arena’s parking lot

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
The agency that runs Rupp Arena wants the city and state to approve a $100 million tax break that it can use to lure a developer to build a parking garage, hotel, restaurants and retail space on its High Street parking lot across from the basketball arena. According to documents submitted to the city, Lexington Center Corporation wants to create a tax increment financing district to help develop the nearly 20-acre parking lot into an entertainment district that will include a 10-screen movie theater, which is already under construction; a possible 160-room hotel; and 70,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. 2018-09-07T08:46:55-04:00

‘Served pitcher after pitcher.’ After deadly crash, Lexington bar fights for liquor licenses

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
A Lexington bar’s owner has appealed the recommended suspension of three alcohol licenses following the 2017 crash deaths of two customers. Bar patrons James Houston Wallace and Justin Lynn King, both 21, died in July 2017 about a mile from SEC Pub & Grill off Harrodsburg Road outside of Man o’ War. The pickup driven by Wallace struck a tree on Keene Road about 15 minutes after he and King left the bar. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said the bar’s malt beverage drink license, a special Sunday retail drink license and a quota retail drink license should be suspended for 300 days or the bar should pay a $15,000 fine. 2018-09-07T08:42:30-04:00

Parvo outbreak puts halt to dog intakes, adoptions at Henderson Humane Society

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
After the death of seven puppies from Parvo, the Humane Society of Henderson County has ceased the intake and adoptions of dogs for 14 days. Executive Director Angela Hagedorn said the quarantine went into effect Thursday. "We've had seven puppies die between Tuesday and Wednesday morning because they are more susceptible to the virus. They were only old enough to have received one round of shots to prevent Parvo, but not old enough to have received all the shots necessary," she told The Gleaner Thursday afternoon. Symptoms of Parvo include loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. 2018-09-07T08:33:47-04:00

Georgetown College president to leave at end of academic year

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, president of Georgetown College, announced Thursday that he will be stepping away from his presidency at the close of the 2018-19 academic year. Greene has declined the wish of the College’s Board of Trustees to extend his contract, citing a desire to relocate closer to family. 2018-09-07T08:20:10-04:00

Sullivan University to close its Northern Kentucky location

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
After being in Northern Kentucky for more than two years, Sullivan University will close its brick and mortar location. The university will focus solely on its virtual classroom offerings for the Northern Kentucky region. University officials said its students have clearly indicated this mode of delivery is their preference. 2018-09-07T08:12:23-04:00

Bones found in Shelby County are identified

September 7, 2018 - 9:51am
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the remains found in Waddy February 2017. During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said a DNA result has confirmed the bones belong to Timothy J. Stites of Colorado Springs. Ivers said the man was 29 years old at the time he went missing, which was about seven months prior to the discovery of the remains. 2018-09-07T08:09:38-04:00

Bevin orders flags to half-staff Friday in honor of Fort Campbell soldier killed in Iraq

September 6, 2018 - 6:50pm
Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor J. Galvin, 34, a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Galvin was assigned to the 1st Battallion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), Fort Campbell, according to a news release from the governor's office. 2018-09-06T16:02:38-04:00

Graves Sheriff Dewayne Redmon pleads not guilty

September 6, 2018 - 3:50pm
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday in Christian County Circuit Court. Redmon, charged with drug possession and official misconduct, was arraigned before Circuit Judge John Atkins, who was appointed to serve as a special judge after Graves County Circuit Judge Tim Stark recused himself. A grand jury indicted Redmon on Aug. 16 for first-degree possession of a controlled substance and official misconduct. Redmon is accused of stealing hydrocodone from the prescription drug disposal drop box at the sheriff's office. 2018-09-06T13:24:11-04:00