Kentucky Press News Service

Pharma = greed

April 22, 2019 - 4:47pm
Once again, the lure of Big-Pharma money has reared its ugly head. If you don’t think Big-Pharma controls our society, politics and greed, you are sadly mistaken. It’s bad enough that Big Pharma misleads the public into thinking their opiods are not addictive. Now, their spreading greed enabled easily duped “professionals” to make extra cash by over-prescribing or illegally prescribing, exacerbating the epidemic. 2019-04-22T13:47:06-04:00

Kentucky doctor shortage predicted to worsen

April 22, 2019 - 4:47pm
Next month, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green campus inaugural class of 30 students will complete its first year. The four-year medical school, which will eventually host 120 students annually, was designed through a partnership between UK, Western Kentucky University and The Medical Center at Bowling Green in part to mitigate a growing doctor shortage in Kentucky. In Kentucky, people struggle to see physicians – with some of the worst physician-patient ratios in the nation. 2019-04-22T11:05:41-04:00

Doing right by victims of sexual assault

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
The long motionless wheels of criminal prosecution finally begin to spin for a former Hardin County resident and victim of an almost decade-old sexual assault cold case. Thanks to the work of Eliza­beth­town Police Detective Madi­son Kuklinski who reopened the cold case, and the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative within Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, Thaddeus Artis, 37, has been indicted by a Hardin County grand jury for the 2011 case. Kentucky’s untested rape kit backlog was discovered through a 2015 state audit. As a result, the state was among the first in the nation to enact comprehensive state-wide reform. A 2016 law now requires the testing of all rape kits collected by law enforcement. 2019-04-22T13:43:41-04:00

Let’s keep focus on children having fun

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
Somewhere along the way, a segment of adults has lost sight of keeping the emphasis on the first word in the phrase “youth sports.” In fairness, there are hundreds of amazing coaches, parents and volunteers who allow these community organizations to have an immeasurable positive impact on countless children. There are others who probably need to be put in “time out.” 2019-04-22T13:38:06-04:00

Fairness ordinance a solution in search of a problem

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
We have stated from the beginning of discussions about a fairness ordinance in Bowling Green that we do not think one is needed. We are still of that opinion. One of the main reasons is that there have been no widespread reports of LGBTQ people being denied housing, being denied access to businesses or being denied jobs in Bowling Green based on their sexual orientation or identity. This newspaper quite often receives phone calls or emails with story tips and reports of events that have happened to people. If the claims are credible and newsworthy, we seek further information and, if the information verified, articles may be published. Exceptionally rarely have we heard claims about LGBTQ residents being denied housing or jobs. 2019-04-22T13:35:45-04:00

Kentucky governor's race: Edelen wins Jefferson teacher endorsement, but who's backing Beshear, Adkins?

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen earned a significant boost in the Democratic horse race when he received the endorsement of the Jefferson County Teachers Association. Observers say Thursday's endorsement could pick up the pace in what's been a sleepy primary contest, so far. The victor will face the winner from the Republican ticket, a field led by incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin. 2019-04-22T13:21:07-04:00

Graves inmate's death under investigation

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
Kentucky law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a Graves County Jail inmate. According to a news release, the McCracken County Coroner's Office alerted Kentucky State Police on Sunday that Rodney L. Evans, 50, had died. The inmate was discovered unresponsive and needing medical attention at Graves County Jail on Saturday. 2019-04-22T12:56:54-04:00

Traffic stops: What police can and can't do if you get pulled over

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
A viral video of a Louisville teen handcuffed after a traffic stop has raised new questions about what police can and cannot do during police stops and what rights motorists have. Here's what you should know the next time you see a police car in your rear-view mirror. 2019-04-22T12:44:48-04:00

Life out of tragedy: Organs donated by overdose victims are saving lives

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
Carrie Parsley begged the first emergency room worker she saw for answers about her youngest daughter: “Is she OK? Is she still alive?” “She is for now,” was all the woman would say. Parsley soon learned the terrible truth: Her 22-year-old daughter, Veronica Jecker, lay silent and still in a hospital bed, brain-dead from an overdose of fentanyl. All Parsley could do was hold her daughter’s hand for a few more days, brush her hair and say goodbye. But from unspeakable tragedy came renewed life. 2019-04-22T12:35:09-04:00

Today is the last day to register for the 2019 Kentucky primary election

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
The 2019 Kentucky primary election is coming up fast — May 21 — and that means it's time to register to vote. The last day to register to vote in the primary is today - Monday, April 22. You can register to vote, or update your registration, online at GoVoteKy.org. 2019-04-22T12:13:58-04:00

The changing face of Kentucky farms. Latest census reveals shifts in $5.7B industry.

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
More women and young people are farming in Kentucky. More very small and very large farms are operating, though there are fewer in the middle. The overall market value of the state’s crops and animals is up, but some sectors are suffering. Those are some of the takeaways from the latest census of agriculture, which covered 2017 but was released recently after the U.S. Department of Agriculture crunched the numbers. The census shows that agriculture remains a significant piece of Kentucky’s economy, with the overall value of agricultural products sold topping $5.7 billion in 2017, up from $5 billion in the prior census year of 2012. 2019-04-22T12:08:11-04:00

Kentucky workers’ comp agency cuts CEO’s pay, imposes probation after critical audit

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
In response to a stinging audit that criticized its spending practices, including no-bid contracts and University of Kentucky athletics tickets going to top managers for no identifiable business purpose, the governing board of Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance on Friday recommended that its chief executive take a pay cut and lose his long-term job contract in favor of year-to-year probation. KEMI’s board of directors unanimously voted to change the terms of CEO Jon Stewart’s employment after a three-and-half-hour closed-door meeting in Lexington with representatives from the offices of the state auditor and the attorney general. 2019-04-22T12:03:02-04:00

‘We mourn the loss of our brother-in-arms.’ Richmond soldier deployed in Iraq dies

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
The Department of Defense has identified a U.S. Army soldier who died over the weekend in Iraq as a man from Richmond. Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, died Saturday in the Ninawa province, according to the announcement Sunday. He was serving in the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell. 2019-04-22T11:58:33-04:00

Hopkinsville's airport is its most important mile

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
It has played host to celebrities, athletes and one particular entertainer with a fondness for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Agriculture and industry have relied on its presence. "The Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport is arguably the most important mile of road our region has," noted Wes Westerfield, acting chairman of the airport board. "It will take you anywhere you want to be and is often the first impression corporate America has of our community because corporate America doesn't travel by bus." 2019-04-22T11:36:37-04:00

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event gives boost to merchants

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
A small city of 75-80,000 will make its annual pilgrimage this week for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park April 25-28. With that many people coming to town with their wallets open, Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission Executive Director Lori Saunders said it is one of the area’s biggest attractions. 2019-04-22T11:30:42-04:00

Will Rocky reconnect Dems with rural Kentucky?

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
Voters will deliver the final verdict in a month, but Kentucky Democrats, a dysfunctional bunch not known for their consensus-building, seem to be galvanizing around a common belief: that longtime legislator Rocky Adkins is the party’s best bet to unseat Gov. Matt Bevin in November. 2019-04-22T11:23:09-04:00

$520,000 grant could help secure ‘vital’ piece of Perryville Battlefield

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
The American Battlefield Trust is planning to purchase a 128.5-acre tract of land that could nearly complete preservation of the site of the Battle of Perryville. “This particular piece of land is of such importance to preserve,” said Nicole Ryan, communications manager for the American Battlefield Trust. “(It) is in the heart of the Perryville Battlefield and certainly would lead to near-completion of that Perryville State Historic Site.” 2019-04-22T11:12:16-04:00

Fire at Gallatin Co. steel plant prompts shelter-in-place

April 22, 2019 - 1:47pm
A fire at a Gallatin County steel plant prompted a shelter-in-place in Ghent early Monday morning, according to dispatchers. The shelter-in-place has since been lifted. Residents were advised to stay indoors from Ghent to Markland Locks and Dam, dispatchers confirmed. Officials at Gallatin County Schools said the “hazmat situation" affected transportation to class for some students in the area. 2019-04-22T11:09:37-04:00

Julian Carroll successor has big shoes to fill

April 19, 2019 - 1:44pm
News that former Gov. and current state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, won’t seek re-election next year and will instead back state Rep. Joe Graviss, D-Versailles, for his seat was bittersweet. With a political career that spanned nearly 60 years, Carroll has been a mainstay in the legislature — serving five terms in the state House, including a stint as speaker from 1968-70 where he was known for shattering gavels, and, since 2004, four terms in the state Senate. In between, he was elected lieutenant governor and assumed the governorship three years later when then-Gov. Wendell Ford was elected to Congress. He won a re-election bid the following year and served as the state’s top leader in the mid- to late-1970s, before settling down to practice law. 2019-04-19T13:40:07-04:00

Raising the age to buy tobacco a smart move

April 19, 2019 - 1:44pm
On the heels of legislation to make all school campuses in Kentucky tobacco-free, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has proposed another logical solution to help curb the increasing rates of teens using tobacco and e-cigarettes in Kentucky. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Thursday that McConnell said he would soon file a bill to raise the legal age to buy any tobacco product to 21 nationwide. There has been a rapid increase in vaping and e-cigarette use, which McConnell said prompted the proposed legislation. 2019-04-19T13:36:59-04:00

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