Kentucky Press News Service

New leader discusses basketball museum

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
In the view of its new chief operating officer, the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is much more than a collection of exhibits housed in a historic church building. Joseph Grove, who replaced Paul Najjar in the position this month, brings a public relations and marketing background to the position and sees part of his role as being a storyteller to grow an audience. Expanding its reach also has practical applications for Grove. Foremost in his task is putting the museum on solid financial footing. The museum, adjacent to Elizabethtown City Hall, has more quiet days than busy ones. 2018-11-12T11:55:08-05:00

Simpson superintendent to lead Kentucky Association of School Superintendents

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
After a fulfilling career as an educator spanning almost 30 years, some might not remember that Simpson County Schools Superintendent Jim Flynn was a late bloomer. Flynn, who will step down as superintendent in July to lead the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, first discovered a passion for teaching as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. Flynn, who is in his 16th year as superintendent, will become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents on July 1. In his new role, Flynn will help shape education policy in the state and help support Kentucky’s 173 school districts and superintendents who lead them. 2018-11-12T11:47:06-05:00

Woman charged with helping sell marijuana at school

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
A woman was charged with second degree unlawful transaction with a minor after helping pick up drugs with a juvenile. Shannon Shelton, 18, allegedly helped a juvenile pick up and sell marijuana at Christian County High School. According to a Hopkinsville police report, she went with the juvenile to pick up 2.7 ounces of marijuana and drove to the school to sell it to another juvenile to sell inside the school. 2018-11-12T11:42:53-05:00

7-year-old boy shot in Kentucky hunting accident

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
A 7-year-old was hospitalized after a gun he was carrying while hunting discharged, hitting his back, WKYT-TV, the Herald-Leader’s media partner, reported. A Kentucky State Police dispatcher told the Herald-Leader Saturday that the injury occurred Saturday morning and was non-life threatening. She said she could not confirm other details but that Fish and Wildlife authorities were investigating. WKYT reported that the child and his grandfather were deer hunting in McCreary County and as the two were leaving the hunting area, the child’s gun was slung over his shoulder when the gun fired. 2018-11-12T11:40:07-05:00

Education chief pledges to ask for ‘funding mechanism’ for charter schools

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said Friday that he will ask the 2019 General Assembly to create a funding mechanism or process for charter schools, but that doesn’t mean that he is asking for extra money. “It’s simply a mechanism that shows how dollars — already appropriated public schools dollars — would follow a kid to a public charter school if their parents decide to enroll them in a public charter school,” he said. At a meeting in Frankfort of the newly configured Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council, Lewis said he would advocate for anything else the state could do to raise achievement and close achievement gaps. 2018-11-12T11:36:46-05:00

'Brutal' or 'safest'? Kentucky prepares to defend abortion ban in court

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
A federal judge on Tuesday will hear arguments over whether a state law that bans an abortion procedure is constitutional. About 500 patients a year at Kentucky's only abortion clinic undergo the procedure. Supporters of the law say it ends a procedure they see as "brutal and violent." Opponents say it will severely restrict abortions for women who are not able to obtain one through other methods because of medical reasons. 2018-11-12T11:26:03-05:00

Vince Tyra 'called an audible' in signaling U of L coach change with two games left

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra made an inevitable move on a date that was not planned, firing head football coach Bobby Petrino on Sunday with two games left in the season. Tyra said Sunday he hoped to signal to players, recruits and fans that he would act to re-energize the program, and urgency forced his hand. After a University of Louisville Athletic Association board meeting on Oct. 25, Tyra said he would wait until after the season to decide Petrino’s fate. At that point, the Cardinals were 2-5 and coming off their bye week. Tyra said he did not want to make a midseason change and expressed optimism for a turnaround in the second half. He maintained that stance until this weekend. 2018-11-12T11:19:18-05:00

Police: School employee exchanged nude photos with student

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
State police have arrested a Graves County Schools employee after saying they learned of an inappropriate relationship between him and a teenage student. State police Trooper Brian Luckett arrested David Shane Darnell, 28, of Mayfield at 12:15 p.m. Thursday on the district’s campus on Eagles Way, according to a police citation that is part of the public court file. He is charged with promoting a sexual performance by a minor, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (illegal sex act, under 18 years old) and possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. 2018-11-12T11:12:29-05:00

Despite loss, McGrath could be pivotal in Kentucky Democratic politics

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
As Democrats gained power nationally Tuesday, they continued to fall short in Kentucky, doing little to improve their future prospects here, and by one measure hitting a historic low. But now some hope their most prominent loser will lead them to a turnaround. Republicans lost the U.S. House, but gained seats in the Senate, making life easier for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In his home state, McConnell’s party used its big advantages – money and President Trump – to keep its supermajority in the state House, a result few expected. Another set of results, as yet unreported, may be the best evidence that Kentucky is now a firmly Republican state, from top to bottom. For the first time, most of the state’s elected county judge-executives are Republicans: 73, to only 44 for Democrats. Three are independents. 2018-11-12T10:59:55-05:00

WWI vet put war story in Bible

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
David Luton's hand rested Wednesday on an item close to his heart -- a Bible more than 100 years old. Its pages are yellowed, bent and torn loose, held together by fragile binding. It's the type of book you'd hesitate to touch out of fear it might fall apart, its stories and history lost to time and age. You see, Luton's Bible contains two stories -- the New Testament, and scrawled on several pages, the chronicle of Luton's great-uncle, the late Roy R. Rudd, a Paducah native. Rudd used the Bible to journal his experiences while serving during World War I. 2018-11-11T08:30:09-05:00

Jewish, U of L hospitals again score low on safety; Norton rating rises

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital downtown again received D grades on a national nonprofit's fall 2018 safety ratings, even though they've made recent efforts to improve the quality of their operations. Both hospitals failed to raise their scores, with each having earned a D on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in the spring of this year as well as in 2017 and 2016. The nonprofit examines and scores hospitals on patient safety issues such as surgical problems and the number of infections that were reported at each facility. 2018-11-11T08:21:40-05:00

Bishop says Diocese will be more transparent when reviewing abuse allegations

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro said Friday the diocese will work to be more open and transparent about how it handles allegations of sexual abuse by priests. The Most Rev. William Medley told reporters at a Friday morning news conference he will have former members of the Diocesan Review Board, which investigates reports of sexual abuse, review the list of 27 priests who have been accused of abuse in the Diocese since 1937 to determine if those names should be made public. 2018-11-10T23:24:07-05:00

McConnell: Mueller probe isn't in danger so it doesn't need protection

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
A measure to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will not be considered by the U.S. Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday in Kentucky. "It's not going to come up because it isn't necessary," McConnell told reporters at a 21-minute news conference at the state Capitol. "The Mueller investigation is not under threat. The president has said repeatedly he's not going to dismiss the Mueller investigation. He's said repeatedly it's going to be allowed to finish," McConnell said. "That also happens to be my view." 2018-11-10T23:18:15-05:00

Exercise rider dies in training accident at Churchill Downs

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
An exercise rider died after a training accident at Churchill Downs early Saturday morning. Daily Racing Form first reported that Odanis Acuna, 42, suffered fatal injuries when the horse he was breezing before dawn broke down in both front legs. Churchill Downs confirmed Acuna's death in a news release. The accident happened near the end of the workout at approximately 5:45 a.m., with the horse collapsing about a sixteenth of a mile before the finish line, the release said. 2018-11-10T23:13:27-05:00

Bevin remains unpopular, but was Tuesday’s election a sign he’s safe in 2019?

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
His name wasn’t on the ballot Tuesday in Kentucky and candidates who were up for election mostly avoided him like the plague, but Gov. Matt Bevin was one of the day’s big winners. Republicans think the election results bode well for Bevin in his re-election bid next year. “You can write it down right now. Matt Bevin is going to be re-elected governor of Kentucky,” a jubilant state Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said Wednesday morning. “That’s what we’re going to be talking about this time next year.” Democrats, though, remain defiantly doubtful. 2018-11-10T23:10:19-05:00

Trump promised to put coal miners back to work. Kentucky has fewer coal jobs now.

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
Two years since Donald Trump carried every Kentucky coal county by whopping margins after promising miners would go back to work if he became president, the state has fewer coal jobs. Coal employment averaged 6,550 in Kentucky in the first quarter of 2017 when Trump was sworn in, according to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. The estimated average in the July-through-September quarter this year was 6,381, according to a cabinet report released this week. Of those jobs, 3,851 were in Eastern Kentucky and 2,530 were in the state’s western coalfield. Both regions had fewer jobs than in early 2017. 2018-11-10T23:04:48-05:00

Ex-recycling company owner sentenced for improper disposal of hazardous waste

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
A former Central Kentucky businessman, who currently resides in Austin, Texas, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday. Kenneth Gravitt, 63, was sentenced, to 36 months, by Chief U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, on convictions relating to the illegal storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. 2018-11-10T22:54:21-05:00

81-year-old man charged with child porn, sexual abuse

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
Detectives from Kentucky State Police arrested an 81-year-old Brandenburg man after reportedly discovering evidence of child pornography in his home. With assistance from Brandenburg police, KSP executed a search warrant Wednesday at the residence of Floyd Collins on Park Lane. He subsequently was arrested and charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12 years of age. 2018-11-10T22:51:05-05:00

Outgoing councilman says $2,200 missing from Perryville property taxes

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
Outgoing Perryville City Council member Paul Webb seemed to throw the rest of the Perryville City Council and the mayor for a loop Thursday evening when he asked to go into executive session over $2,200 in missing city funds. Webb said he had contacted Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon after a former, long-time clerk for the city — who filled in after the last clerk was fired — told him about the missing money. 2018-11-10T22:47:25-05:00

Veteran of three major wars shares story

November 12, 2018 - 1:35pm
As a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Col. Arthur L. Kelly knows what it means to serve your country. But he learned what war is when he was pinned down by machine gun fire, alone, on a Korean battlefield in 1952. “All this stuff’s going through my mind quickly,” said Kelly, who didn’t know whether he’d see his family again or if he’d be buzzard food. “War is hell and war is crazy.” Kelly, now 93 years old, is a native of Springfield and grew up on his family’s farm. He left a relatively sheltered life behind at 19 years old when he enlisted with the U.S. Army. 2018-11-10T22:40:48-05:00

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