Kentucky Press News Service

Release jail’s sexual-harassment report

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
Transparency is a core tenet of good government and, lately, we’ve been underwhelmed with responsiveness to a request made for a sexual-harassment report. Weeks ago, The State Journal requested a report into an allegation of sexual harassment made by a female staff member of the Franklin County Regional Jail against Chief Deputy Jailer Kelly Rouse. County Attorney Rick Sparks responded to our request on Aug. 10. We were under-whelmed by his response. 2018-09-06T12:45:24-04:00

Complaints about Grimes’ alleged abuse of voter records raise larger questions of election security

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
Last week’s criminal indictments against her father and campaign consultant may render Alison Lundergan Grimes a political has-been. But questions about the oversight and security of Kentucky’s elections will remain relevant even after Grimes finishes her final term as secretary of state next year. So relevant, in fact, that an independent commission should be convened to study and make recommendations about what may seem esoteric matters but that ultimately are key to public trust in elections. 2018-09-06T12:37:53-04:00

Animal cruelty laws need to be strengthened

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
A recent animal cruelty case in Clark County raises concerns once again about the need for stronger laws in the Commonwealth. Over the weekend the Clark County Animal Shelter responded to a severe case of animal neglect. Shelter Director Adreanna Wills called the situation, where four severely malnourished dogs and a cat were removed from a Linden Avenue home, the “worst case of outright neglect” she’d seen in the county. It’s hard not to become emotional when thinking about the conditions these animals survived. Wills said the home was covered in urine and feces. The animals were being eaten alive by fleas. There were no utilities on in the home, meaning the animals were without air conditioning during one of the hottest weekends of the summer. 2018-09-06T12:28:18-04:00

Work rule plaintiffs may reap bitter harvest

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
The saying about being careful what you wish for may soon apply to 15 Kentucky plaintiffs who sued to block the state's "community engagement" requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Kentucky became the first state in the nation to receive approval from the Trump administration for such requirements. 2018-09-06T12:22:00-04:00

Beyond tickets, Bevin administration spent $189K on secret Derby guests’ lodging, meals, gifts

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin didn’t just spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets for mystery economic development guests over the last three years, it also shelled out tens of thousands more for these guests’ lodging, meals, transportation and even gifts — from bourbon balls to socks to jewelry. As Insider first reported last month, the state Cabinet for Economic Development and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet have spent over $350,000 on “Millionaires Row” tickets at Churchill Downs for such guests to attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby during the past three years. They also continued the tradition of past governors’ administrations by withholding these guests’ identities by citing an exemption in the Kentucky Open Records Act to prevent the disclosure of prospective businesses. 2018-09-06T11:00:57-04:00

Fire damages iconic Madisonville eatery

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
An accidental fire has all but destroyed the interior of one of Madisonville's iconic businesses, but its owners promise it is not the end of an era for Ferrell's Snappy Service. 2018-09-06T10:52:52-04:00

Graves, Mayfield agencies help capture Fulton escapee

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
A man who allegedly had escaped from a Fulton County detention facility early Wednesday was captured later that afternoon with help from Graves County and Mayfield law enforcement personnel. 2018-09-06T10:50:45-04:00

Russellville man pleads guilty to molesting child

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
A Russellville man admitted to sexually molesting a child over several years in Logan County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Ethan Dakota Goodnight, 24, was indicted and subsequently pled guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sodomy, third-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. An investigation by the Russellville Police Department led to Goodnight's arrest in February, after the victim came forward at their school about the abuse. 2018-09-06T10:46:16-04:00

Floyd County man accused of endangering officer, others

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
A Floyd County man is accused of endangering the life of a Kentucky State Police trooper and three others following a high speed chase in the Martin area. KSP Trooper Darvin Marsillett issued an arrest warrant against Kevin R. Ousley, 29, of Martin, charging him with several felonies after the alleged incident. 2018-09-06T10:03:05-04:00

Letcher resident seeks audit of Kentucky Power

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
A Letcher County resident has asked the Kentucky Public Service Commission to conduct a management audit of AEP Kentucky Power. Freddie J. Coleman, identified in the filings as a resident of Whitesburg, submitted a complaint to the PSC last month, asking for a “Management and Operations Audit” of AEP Kentucky Power. He alleges that customers in the company’s 20-county service area has “seen power bills increase steadily” and, citing high rates of poverty, says customers are struggling to pay their power bills. 2018-09-06T10:00:45-04:00

Pike man pleads guilty in brother’s death

September 6, 2018 - 12:50pm
A Pike man who was arrested and indicted on murder charges in connection to the death of his brother last year pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and was recommended to serve 15 years in prison Wednesday in Pike Circuit Court. Harold D. Brewer, 38, of Collins Highway, Pikeville, was arrested nearly one year ago, on Sept. 10, 2017, on charges including murder for the death of his brother, Greg Brewer. 2018-09-06T09:57:34-04:00

Steel mill expansion means more jobs, revenue for Gallatin County

September 6, 2018 - 9:50am
Construction of Nucor Steel Gallatin's large $176 million expansion project is on schedule and is expected to be completed next spring. The project will add 75 full-time employees to the mill, near Ghent. Currently, there are about 430 works at the steel mill. The project calls for the construction of a hotbed pickling and galvanizing line. A company official said the addition of the galvanizing line will allow Nucor to expand into segments of the automotive industry the plant doesn't currently serve. 2018-09-06T09:36:13-04:00

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

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