Kentucky Press News Service

Crews battle fire at building on former Glen Dale Children’s Home property

November 9, 2018 - 10:33am
The Glendale Fire Department received a call at 9:47 p.m. Thursday about a fire at a building on the former Glen Dale Children’s Home property, which is on Hardin County's New Gilead Church Road. The fire is under investigation. 2018-11-09T08:19:42-05:00

Vine Grove, E’town hosting Veterans Day events this weekend

November 9, 2018 - 10:33am
In a county with deep ties to the military, two weekend events will recognize, honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed for their country. The 21st annual Hardin County Veterans Day parade and ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Vine Grove and the eighth annual Veterans Day ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hardin County Veterans Tribute inside Elizabethtown Nature Park. Both events are free and open to the public. 2018-11-09T08:16:12-05:00

Weekend weather: Rain, chance of flurries, polar vortex

November 9, 2018 - 10:33am
Rain, snow and a polar vortex are going to bring less than stellar weather this weekend. Chances of snow will bookend the weekend and Saturday's predicted high is only 37. We've already had a cold front sweep through the region, which could bring a wintry mix of rain and snow on Friday night. A secondary cold front will arrive, bringing scattered snow showers early next week. If it does snow on Friday, there should not be much accumulation. 2018-11-09T08:11:12-05:00

Food service worker at UK Chandler Hospital diagnosed with Hepatitis A

November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm
A food service worker at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of Hepatitis A, UK officials announced Thursday. The employee prepared food at the cafeteria, but was not involved in food preparation for hospital patients. A memo to UK employees said that anyone who ate in the Chandler Dining Room at Chandler Hospital Pavilion A between Oct. 11-30, including employees and visitors, may have been exposed and should get a Hepatits A vaccine as soon as possible. 2018-11-08T13:03:47-05:00

Kentucky’s main pension fund for state workers was already frail. It just got weaker.

November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm
As of June 30, Kentucky state government’s primary pension fund had only 12.9 percent of the money it’s expected to need to make future payments to tens of thousands of retirees, compared to 13.6 percent a year earlier, according to data presented Thursday to the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees. The pension fund — managed by the KRS board within the Kentucky Employees Retirement System — had about $2 billion in assets and $15.6 billion in liabilities on June 30, actuarial advisers told the trustees for their annual update. 2018-11-08T12:50:42-05:00

Former employee files 'whistleblower' lawsuit against Judge Holderfield

November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm
Alleging unlawful workplace harassment, verbal abuse and official misconduct, former Warren Circuit Family Court Administrator Leslie Warden Carr has filed a civil lawsuit against Warren Circuit Family Court Judge Catherine Holderfield and the judicial branch of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. The lawsuit, filed Nov. 2, is pursuant to Kentucky’s “Whistle Blower Act” that provides protection from reprisal or retaliation to public employees who disclose suspected violations of any laws or regulations or suspected mismanagement, waste, fraud or abuse of authority. 2018-11-08T12:36:14-05:00

The more things change ...

November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm
It’s finally over. Months, no — years of campaigning led to a fated Tuesday where the electorate spoke its solemn wish as prescribed by the founding tenants of our country. Those roughly disabused of the notion they would take up the mantle of public office can return to their lives, wondering where they went wrong. Those chosen by a mandate of the people (the few who voted anyway) can now get to work doing what all politicians do: Trying to elected next time with a slight possibility of some governing in-between. 2018-11-08T11:11:23-05:00

Granted a third term, it's time for Mayor Greg Fischer to dream big

November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm
It’s time to take risks. It’s time to catapult Louisville to new heights. After a grueling campaign that gave him a decisive victory and a third term Tuesday, Mayor Greg Fischer has four more years to make Louisville the city we hope and believe it can be. 2018-11-08T10:54:38-05:00

Waiting in line to vote, we had lots of time to think: Kentucky’s post-election to-do list

November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm
With Election Day 2018 still fresh on our minds, we offer are a few suggestions to make voting more convenient and democracy stronger. One of our suggestions: Kentucky should offer early voting or at least no-excuse absentee voting. 2018-11-08T10:50:25-05:00

Fertilizer facility project will benefit riverport, agriculture

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority has reached a lease agreement for the construction and operation of a new fertilizer-handling facility which will significantly upgrade its services for the agriculture industry. According to Bill Miller, riverport executive director, the 10-year lease -- with an additional 10-year extension option -- is a multi-million dollar project with Southern FS to construct a state-of-the-art fertilizer handling facility within the riverport's bulk terminal complex. 2018-11-08T10:04:24-05:00

Student took loaded gun into Lexington high school. Metal detector wand did not catch it.

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
A student on Wednesday brought a loaded gun into Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School after he was checked with a hand-held metal detector, officials said. Last May, Douglass was the first high school in the district to install stationary walk-through metal detectors. “This afternoon, we determined that one of our students had a gun with him at school,” Lexington principal Lester Diaz said in a letter to families. 2018-11-08T10:00:33-05:00

Feds back work requirements in other states as Kentucky waits

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
As Kentucky waits to see whether the main portion of its plan to overhaul Medicaid gets greenlighted, the federal government continues to back work requirements in other states. Last week, Wisconsin became one of four states that now have approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to place such restrictions on Medicaid recipients. In a recent blog post announcing the Wisconsin approval, CMS administrator Seema Verma acknowledged that work requirements are controversial but showed no sign of backing down from them. “We will not retreat from this position.” 2018-11-08T09:56:00-05:00

A weekend just for veterans

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
The 54th annual Veterans Day parade in Madisonville is all set to begin Sunday with dozens of floats, marchers and countless American flags, while there's several other tributes or events scheduled this week. The annual parade, considered the largest one in Kentucky, will have roughly 113 floats participating, along with involvement by school bands, Hopkins County fire departments, Madisonville Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, two Humvees and 25 soldiers from Fort Campbell, and numerous other organizations. 2018-11-08T09:51:24-05:00

See ya later, fall. There's already a chance of snow in Louisville.

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
There could be the chance for *gasp* snow in Louisville on Friday. Thursday is supposed to be free of rain, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Sharp.But it'll get dicey Friday. Starting early Friday morning, there is 60 percent chance of showers that will diminish to a 30 percent chance later in the day, Sharp said. Roughly 0.1 inches of rain is expected overall. But around midnight Friday evening, temperatures will dip to a low of 27 degrees with a 20 percent chance of snow. 2018-11-08T09:41:37-05:00

UK student, healthcare employee arrested after allegedly placing campus bomb threat.

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
A University of Kentucky student who filed a police report Wednesday about a bomb threat on campus was arrested for falsely reporting an incident and terroristic threatening. The woman who was arrested, 19-year-old Haily Duvall, is a sophomore from Glasgow and also a part-time employee at UK HealthCare, according to a release from the university. The threats by Duvall triggered an increased “safety presence” around White Hall Classroom building, but events and classes will continue as normal Thursday, President Eli Capilouto said. 2018-11-08T09:34:13-05:00

Recanvass looms in 13th District House race

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
Every voter that chose Jim Glenn in the 13th District House race may be the person that proved every vote counts, but a recanvass could soon be underway to determine if the scale was really tipped Tuesday night. Incumbent DJ Johnson, an Owensboro Republican, confirmed Wednesday he will be requesting a recanvass from the Kentucky Board of Elections to verify that the vote count was completely accurate. 2018-11-08T09:25:11-05:00

Police: $20,000 taken from BBQ on River

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
The Paducah Police Department issued a report Wednesday about the funds allegedly stolen from Barbecue on the River. David Boggs, the organization's director, is believed to have absconded with $20,000 from the festival's 2018 operating expenses after writing several unauthorized checks to himself. 2018-11-08T09:22:49-05:00

Shamed lawmakers out to bury woman's graphic testimony, lawyers say

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
The sworn testimony of a former female staffer who accused former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover and other lawmakers of sexual harassment is graphic, according to lawyers involved in two related lawsuits. It likely is highly embarrassing, they said at a hearing in Franklin Circuit Court Wednesday. But that's no reason to seal portions of a deposition provided by Marissa Espinosa, a former employee of the Legislative Research Commission who entered a confidential settlement last year with four Republican lawmakers over her claims of sexual harassment, assault and retaliation, they said. 2018-11-08T09:18:46-05:00

ESPN: New Kentucky, Louisville players linked to college basketball scandal

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
As the NCAA moves ahead with its own investigation into alleged rule-breaking resulting from the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, multiple Kentucky and Louisville players have been linked to aspiring agent Christian Dawkins, according to an ESPN report. Yahoo Sports first reported Tuesday the FBI had given the NCAA the go-ahead to begin investigating schools involved in the scandal. ESPN then reported one of the documents provided to the NCAA as part of that step was a five-page email Dawkins sent to aspiring business partners on Sept. 5, 2017 outlining a plan to make monthly payments to current college players and high school recruits. Among the “prospective players” listed in the document were Louisville’s Ray Spalding and V.J. King and Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt and Ashton Hagans, but ESPN reported “there is no evidence that any of the payments were actually made before (Dawkins') arrest or that any of the players had knowledge of the pay-for-play schemes.” 2018-11-08T09:12:56-05:00

Cargo plane for UPS crash lands at Louisville International Airport

November 8, 2018 - 10:31am
A small cargo plane carrying packages for United Parcel Service made a crash landing at the Louisville Airport early Tuesday morning when it had a mechanical failure. The Shorts 360 aircraft, which was delivering packages for UPS, had two pilots on board when it crashed on runway 17L. Neither of the pilots were injured, according to UPS spokesman Jim Mayer. The crash happened when the "nose gear collapsed" according to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration. Mayer described the crash as a belly landing, where the landing gear fails and the plane scrapes its way to a stop. 2018-11-08T09:02:54-05:00

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