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McConnell, Yarmuth back immigration fix as outrage crosses party lines

June 19, 2018 - 5:33pm
Opposition to President Trump's controversial policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border crossed partisan lines Tuesday as Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said they would support plans to fix the problem. 2018-06-19T16:48:49-04:00

JCPS parents sue over preschool abuse allegations

June 19, 2018 - 5:33pm
Two JCPS parents have sued the Jefferson County Board of Education, asserting that their child was in an abusive learning environment in an early childhood program at Stopher Elementary School. The suit isn’t tied to the district’s criticized Head Start program — Stopher doesn’t have a Head Start program, a JCPS spokeswoman told Insider. However, the suit raises questions about how young children are treated in other district early childhood programs. 2018-06-19T15:59:39-04:00

Kentucky senators address Trump’s child separation policy at border

June 19, 2018 - 5:33pm
Tuesday afternoon, following the meeting of the Senate Republican Caucus, Kentucky U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul finally weighed in on the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy. According to CNN reporter Phil Mattingly, McConnell told reporters after the meeting that Republican senators had a “robust discussion” about legislation to address family separation, and would now reach out to Democrats in order to reach a bipartisan consensus on a bill. He added that such legislation should be narrow and targeted on family separation, and not a broad immigration bill like the one that the administration is now pushing for. After McConnell’s remarks, Paul issued a statement indicating that he strongly supports “enforcing our immigration laws, securing our border, and protecting our country,” but adding that “at the same time, I oppose the government separating families.” 2018-06-19T15:51:34-04:00

Spitting into the wind on Father’s Day

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
My daughters are better at Father’s Day gift giving than I ever was. Because I often wear neckties, they easily could settle for a cliche present. But typically, their gifts demonstrate thought behind the sentiment and some awareness of who I am and what I enjoy. This year, they joined forces for one gift. “Must be something big,” I thought as the gift bag was handed to me. Beneath the tissue paper was a tiny box marked “23 and Me.” For Father’s Day, my girls bought me a DNA test kit. 2018-06-19T13:06:14-04:00

AG urges officials to stop investing retirement contributions in opioid companies

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging state officials and board members to stop investing state taxpayer dollars and retirement contributions in companies that have profited from the opioid crisis. To date, Beshear has sued AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Johnson and Johnson, McKesson Corporation and Walgreens for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. 2018-06-19T12:54:24-04:00

Clayton to be sworn in as chief judge of Kentucky Court of Appeals

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
Judge Denise G. Clayton of Jefferson County will be sworn in as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals at a ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson County Judicial Center in Louisville. The public is invited. The event will take place iin the Appellate Courtroom on the 10th floor of the judicial center. 2018-06-19T12:29:31-04:00

IG report makes clear Clinton probe all show

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
Last week's long-awaited Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign did not produce new information so much as it confirmed many people's worst suspicions. Former FBI director James Comey is the clear loser. Although the report was --predictably -- spun many ways by the two parties and now mostly tribal news outlets -- Comey was universally pounced on. He earned it. The findings of the IG undermine the integrity of both investigations. If one is agnostic about President Trump, and we are, the report at least leads one to question whether pursuit of "Russian collusion" has been more political than substantive. 2018-06-19T12:23:50-04:00

Trump approval falls more in Kentucky than any other Southern state

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
Morning Consult has released their latest monthly poll on President Trump’s net popularity, and the Kentucky numbers are a little surprising. The “net popularity” number is less familiar than the straight-up “approval rating.” The net number is the difference between those who approve and those who disapprove, and the “swing” is the difference in that net number across two or more polling cycles. Now, don’t misunderstand. Trump still has a net approval of +15 points in Kentucky. There are still a majority of Kentuckians who approve of the job he is doing. But, that number has fallen further in Kentucky than in any other state in the Old South. 2018-06-19T12:13:47-04:00

When death comes to the terrarium

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
Father’s Day was Sunday. It was my first Father’s Day without having my Dad around. I didn't buy a bag of peanut butter cups or a crossword puzzle book to take over. He wasn't there to complain about the sorry state of college basketball or show off his new high score in Tetris. I miss him. But I also can’t help but smile a little when I find myself doing some of the same things he did. Whistling randomly, waving at strangers, things like that. 2018-06-19T12:04:43-04:00

Crash in Hart sends five to hospital

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
A multiple-vehicle crash Monday on southbound Interstate 65 resulted in injuries to multiple people, according to Kentucky State Police. The crash occurred around the 66-mile marker near where bridge repairs are being conducted and the road merges from three lanes into one, police said. A 2006 tractor-trailer driven by Geoffrey London, 51, of Leitchfield, approached the congested area in the right lane and failed to yield to stopped traffic, leading to his vehicle striking a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant driven by Casandra Easterly, 33, of Lima, Ohio. London's vehicle continued south, striking multiple other vehicles and causing a chain-reaction crash. 2018-06-19T11:40:07-04:00

Pursuit suspect in court

June 19, 2018 - 2:33pm
A Johnson County woman charged with leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through three counties in April made her first court appearance Monday in the case. Leigh A. Owens, 48, of Boons Camp, was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment for the April 28 incident. Court officials said she was serving a sentence in Johnson County and was transferred to the Clark County Detention Center Saturday. 2018-06-19T11:36:49-04:00

London woman, husband admit to killing mother who was reported missing

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
A London woman, along with her husband, admitted Tuesday morning to fatally stabbing her mother, who was reported missing Monday afternoon, court documents state. Christie McFadden, 28, is charged with complicity to commit murder and Joseph McFadden, 31, is charged with murder of 58-year-old Sherry Rose, according to court documents. Rose, who reportedly never misses work, was last seen on June 12 before being reported missing Monday, according to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. She was an employee at Walmart. 2018-06-19T10:46:29-04:00

Couple accused of locking daughter in a cage in basement full of feces

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
A Richmond couple have been charged after locking their daughter in a cage in a room filled with feces, police said. According to the arrest citation, officers responded on Friday to a welfare check at the home of Shannon and Tito Felix where police found a wooden cage in the juvenile’s bedroom in the basement. The cage, with bed and small toilet inside, had two bolt latches on the outside of the door. There was also a combination lock on the outside of the bedroom door. The citation reported a large amount of animal feces throughout the entire basement. 2018-06-19T10:42:06-04:00

Daughter fights parole for mom who killed 5-year-old

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
Fighting back tears in recounting the horrific, prolonged death of her 5-year-old stepsister, the lone witness pleaded with Kentucky parole board members to keep the killer, her mother, in prison. Roxanne Suleski was up for parole this week after serving 25 years of a life sentence for the murder of Alex Suleski, who was a few days from turning 6 years old in 1989 when she was placed in one garbage bag and then another and left for dead at her Radcliff home. Nyssa Corbin, whose testimony in 1993 put her mother and stepfather, Thomas Suleski, in cells, said at Monday’s victim hearing that Roxanne Suleski is incapable of living in society. 2018-06-19T10:33:22-04:00

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is too secretive about Derby ... and other things

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
There comes a time in virtually every administration when secrecy begins to outweigh openness. With Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, that happened a while back and it seems to be getting worse. Last year, for some inexplicable reason, the Courier Journal had to go to the Attorney General to get Fischer to release copies of official proclamations he had handed out. 2018-06-19T10:25:20-04:00

Comer hears concerns of small-business leaders

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
Four area small-business leaders shared their success stories - and concerns - with Kentucky's 1st District U.S. Rep. James Comer in a hearing he convened Monday in Paducah. The first-term congressman, a member of the U.S. House Small Business Committee, heard testimony from a cross section of small-business leaders in western Kentucky: Bruce Kimbell, president, First Community Bank of the Heartland, in Clinton; Leon Owens, of Paducah, president of Swift & Staley Inc.; Ed Musselman, of Paducah, owner of Musselman Properties; and Jonas Neihoff, of Paducah, owner of Socially Present. 2018-06-19T09:27:06-04:00

Daviess sheriff receives national honor

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain has been named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff's Association. Cain, who has been sheriff since 1999, received the Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year award Monday morning at the association's annual summer meeting in New Orleans. 2018-06-19T09:24:12-04:00

Guthrie bill making way to Senate

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
A bipartisan bill to create a number of substance abuse treatment centers that use multiple treatment methods that was co-sponsored by 2nd District Rep. Brett Guthrie has passed the House and will be sent to the Senate for approval. The bill, Guthrie said Monday, would pay for 10 multi-service treatment centers to be established across the country, with a future possibility of federal funding to create more if the initial 10 programs are successful. The bill, the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 2018, is one of many on which House members have worked to address substance abuse, particularly the opioid crisis, Guthrie said. 2018-06-19T09:20:54-04:00

Former Webster County police officer convicted of wrongful arrest

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that William Dukes, Jr., a former sergeant with the Providence, Kentucky, Police Department, was found guilty Friday in federal court on one count of willfully arresting a citizen without probable cause. After five days of trial, the jury convicted Dukes of arresting the victim, knowing that he did not have probable cause to believe that the victim had committed a crime, in violation of his 4th Amendment rights. 2018-06-19T09:13:31-04:00

Education gives former miner new opportunities

June 19, 2018 - 11:33am
The downturn in the coal industry has many former coal miners looking for other ways to support their families. Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College can provide an avenue to help them achieve that goal. According to SKCTC Public Relations Director Amy Simpson, former coal miner Mark Lane is one of those who have taken advantage of the opportunities at the college. Simpson explained Lane is a fifth generation coal miner who was displaced due to the downturns in the coal industry. 2018-06-19T09:08:33-04:00

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