Kentucky Press News Service

Fulfilling a bucket list item

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
I grew up watching NASCAR with my late father and we were able to watch a race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia before he passed, but it was always on our bucket list to get behind-the-scenes access to the garages and to be able to meet the drivers. Of course, my dream was to report on a race and to be able to talk to the drivers I’ve grown up watching and admiring. 2019-07-15T12:40:33-04:00

Heat, humidity and more rain coming thanks to Hurricane Barry remnants

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Just when it finally seemed we had totally dried out after a long wet streak, heavy rain is back in the forecast. Thunderstorms are possible on Monday and through the midweek. Heavy downpours will accompany the remnants of Barry as it makes its way to the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. The rain could lead to localized flooding according to the National Weather Service. 2019-07-15T12:35:40-04:00

Two BG massage parlors accused of prostitution, four arrested

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Investigations into reports of illegal activity at two Bowling Green massage parlors led to four arrests over the weekend on charges that include promoting prostitution. Bowling Green Police Department detectives had been researching several local massage parlors online after receiving tips about suspicious behavior, according to arrest citations. 2019-07-15T12:32:23-04:00

Three members of Pike family sentenced in cocaine conspiracy

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Three members of a Pike County family have been sentenced over the past week in federal court for their roles in a cocaine conspiracy that operated even while some members of the family were jailed in connection with trafficking charges. 2019-07-15T12:23:53-04:00

Paducah couple's weight loss will be featured in fashion show

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Paducah couple Melissa and Brian Henry underwent weight-loss surgery last year and have lost more than 100 pounds each, experiencing major life and health improvements along the way. Melissa, 38, and Brian, 46, haven't tried on their old clothing since the weight loss. That will change Tuesday during Baptist Health Paducah's fashion show for bariatric patients, where they and others will be the stars. 2019-07-15T12:17:18-04:00

Owensboro museum to exhibit 60 years of work by Bardstown artist

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Jim Cantrell has been prolific in his artistic endeavors and starting July 26, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will present a 60-year retrospective of his works. With a career spanning more than 50 years, the Bardstown artist has created more than 900 oil paintings, more than 1,500 watercolor paintings, more than 1,000 large-scale drawings and numerous pottery projects. More than 100 of his pieces are included in this show, dating from the 1960s to the present. 2019-07-15T12:11:22-04:00

Mayfield manslaughter fugitive discovered critically injured

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
stolen truck when he wrecked it and was seriously hurt the same day he left rehab, deputies believe. Mark Basham, 33, of Mayfield, remains in critical condition at an out-of-state hospital, McCracken County deputy sheriff Ryan Willcutt said in a news release. Deputies working with Kentucky State Police and Tennessee authorities identified him Friday as the driver in the single-vehicle wreck June 26 on Old Mayfield Road. 2019-07-15T12:04:43-04:00

Louisville's climate is going to be hotter and wetter by 2050, study shows

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Louisville's climate in 30 years might make you feel like you're living in present-day Nashville, according to a new study. Climate scientists at the Crowther Lab, a research group based at ETH Zürich, a science and technology university in Switzerland, analyzed 520 cities across the globe to project their future climate change. They made projections along a line of factors, including future annual mean temperature and future annual precipitation. The study found that 77% of cities will have striking differences in their climates by 2050. 2019-07-15T11:59:04-04:00

Bevin backs Kentucky bill that would block 'sanctuary policies' for undocumented immigrants

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Gov. Matt Bevin joined two Republican legislators on Friday to unveil a bill that would ban local governments and state universities from adopting "sanctuary policies" for immigrants in the country illegally. The bill mandates local governments and state universities "use their best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law." And it forbids local governments from adopting policies or laws that prevent police officers from asking a person about their citizenship or immigration status. 2019-07-15T11:53:39-04:00

Kentucky GOP remains silent in the face of Trump's racist 'go back' tweet

July 15, 2019 - 3:26pm
Kentucky Republican leaders are keeping quiet about President Donald Trump's rash of tweets Sunday that told an unspecified group of Democratic congresswomen to “go back" to their countries. The president's messages ignited a firestorm across the country, as many presumed the online uppercuts were directed at freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, three of whom were born in the United States. 2019-07-15T11:47:31-04:00

Victims’ families: Air-traffic controller caused 2017 crash

July 15, 2019 - 12:25pm
An air-traffic controller did not provide the safest options after a Kentucky pilot flew into an area of limited visibility and asked for help, family members of crash victims have charged in a federal lawsuit. The plane crashed as a result of the “illegal and negligent instruction” of the air-traffic controller, the lawsuit alleges. The crash happened on Nov. 12, 2017, as Scott T. Foster, 41, an attorney in Somerset, and his son Noah, 15, returned from a hunting trip in western Tennessee with Kyle P. Stewart, 41, a dentist in Somerset, and Doug Whitaker, 40, who had served as chaplain for the Somerset Police Department and also was a lawyer. 2019-07-15T11:29:32-04:00

Blood found in a closet, a rug found with her body. Details in Savannah Spurlock case emerge.

July 15, 2019 - 12:25pm
Madison County mother Savannah Spurlock was allegedly found with her feet bound by tape and her body covered with trash bags and a rug in a shallow grave, according to testimony heard Monday morning. Spurlock’s body was found in a grave — on property on Fall Lick Road in Garrard County — that was 19 inches deep at its deepest point, a Kentucky State Police detective testified Monday during a preliminary hearing for the man charged in connection to Spurlock’s disappearance. 2019-07-15T11:22:39-04:00

Hazard Independent Schools' new superintendent takes office

July 15, 2019 - 12:25pm
For months, the Hazard Independent Board of Education has been going through the process of interviewing candidates to hire as the new superintendent for district. On July 1, Sondra Combs assumed the role of superintendent for the Hazard Independent school district, and had her first official day in office. Although she is new to the position of superintendent, Combs said she she is very familiar with the Hazard Independent Schools District, as she has worked with them for more than 20 years. 2019-07-15T11:15:32-04:00

KSP investigating body found in Harlan

July 15, 2019 - 12:25pm
A body was found at a house on May Street in Harlan on Saturday, according to officials at Kentucky State Police Post 10. According to the press release, the residence has been abandonded for approximately six years. Troopers said the owner was cleaning up the property and noticed the basement door was open. The owner went to investigate and discovered a decomposing body. 2019-07-15T11:12:03-04:00

How do we connect the economy to our everyday lives?

July 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
Recent headlines — of course filled with hyperbole — drive home a singular message: America’s economy is booming! The stock market is setting records. The 3.7% unemployment rate hovers around all-time lows. More than 220,000 jobs were added in June. Our gross domestic product has grown for almost a decade, an unheard of 120 months. All these measures get economists excited, but the bigger question is what does this actually mean for the average citizen? Many indicators point to a disturbing answer: absolutely nothing. 2019-07-12T13:33:54-04:00

SOAR program targets root causes of incarceration

July 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
It’s hard to cure an illness if you only focus on the symptoms. For the utmost healing, you have to go to the cause, the issue deep at the root of the illness. For most people who are incarcerated and are also struggling with a substance abuse disorder, jail time alone is like slapping a tiny Band-Aid on a much too big wound. They might see some short-term progress, but the wound will not fully heal and the illness will remain. A new program announced this week aims to help provide more efficient recovery for those who are incarcerated and have a substance abuse disorder. 2019-07-12T13:08:38-04:00

Overturned semi causing delays on I-65 near Elizabethown

July 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
The Transportation Cabinet’s District 4 highway office is recommending a detour because of a crash on Interstate 65. A semi is overturned and leaking fuel, blocking all three lanes near mile marker 97 just north of Elizabethtown. The state reports the roadway surface also is damaged. Officials estimate I-65 will be closed until at least 4 p.m. today. 2019-07-12T13:05:13-04:00

Police searching in Mercer for body in 42-year-old case

July 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
KSP and Lexington Police are searching a former campground in Mercer County on Friday, looking for the remains of a young woman missing since 1977, WLEX reports. The station reports police got a credible tip this week that the remains of Melanie Flynn might be found in an underground tank at a site known as Murphy's Landing. 2019-07-12T12:45:16-04:00

Bevin dismisses House Democratic plan for pension relief, calls it ‘immoral’

July 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
Gov. Matt Bevin strongly dismissed a House Democratic plan to provide financial relief on skyrocketing pension costs for regional universities and quasi-govermental agencies, saying it makes too many assumptions and “frankly is immoral.” The Republican governor also said he would call a special legislative session by the end of this month to address the problem but did not offer a specific date when it should begin. House Republican leaders have suggested it start July 19. 2019-07-12T12:40:46-04:00

Clark County recycling business ordered to pay $57,000 in fines, expenses

July 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
Clark County's Stuff Recycling was ordered to pay more than $57,000 in penalties and response costs to the state for a list of violations from last year’s fire at the business. The penalties were part of an agreed order between the metal recycling business and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet finalized in June. 2019-07-12T12:35:41-04:00

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