Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky sites included in new national civil rights trail

January 15, 2018 - 1:50pm
Kentucky and 11 other states are debuting a U.S. Civil Rights Trail on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The trail, which includes more than 130 landmarks, will highlight three sites in Kentucky: Berea College, Louisville and the Simpsonville birthplace of civil rights leader Whitney Young. 2018-01-15T12:07:49-05:00

Judge releases murder suspect on house arrest

January 15, 2018 - 1:50pm
After nearly four years in jail, the defendant in the Sue Jones murder case has been ordered released to house arrest, court papers and the trial judge said. Nicholas A. “Nic” Willinger’s release comes days after prosecutors notified defense attorneys about DNA evidence that requires more advanced testing, attorneys for both sides told the News-Graphic. 2018-01-15T11:16:43-05:00

Local Salvadorans face backlash from TPS termination

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
The family of local college student Francisco Serrano is plagued by uncertainty after a decision to revoke the temporary protected status of some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants. Serrano’s parents, who were granted temporary protected status in 2001, came to the U.S. in the 1990s as political asylees fleeing a civil war there. 2018-01-15T10:15:57-05:00

Home-grown Lynx Labeling expanding in Glasgow

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Lynx Labeling, in existence less than two years, is expanding its presence in Glasgow, thanks to state tax incentives that will help the maker of custom labeling machinery and software build new headquarters in the Highland Glen Industrial Park. Company President Billy Jones said Lynx will invest $65,000 in equipment and $25,000 in startup-related costs at the new 12,000-square-foot building that is twice the size of the company's current headquarters on Glasgow's Shane Drive. 2018-01-15T10:08:25-05:00

Homeless veterans advocate overwhelmed by response

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Last year Arlene DaCorte described people’s response to her appeal to help homeless veterans during the holidays as “phenomenal,” but this year, it was even greater, she said. “You wouldn’t believe all the stuff I received,” she said Tuesday. She said she took five truckloads of donated items to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, and a military van picked up items at two locations. 2018-01-15T09:56:15-05:00

Teens charged with killing cows plead

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
The two teens charged with killing more than $20,000 worth of cattle at Ball Fork Mountain in August pleaded guilty to a connected charge Friday and will immediately begin a pretrial diversion program in the case. Elijah Williamson, 19, of Benton Fork, Canada, and Michael S. J. Dillon, 16, also of Canada, were indicted on charges of first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree cruelty to animals after the slain cattle were located. 2018-01-15T09:26:12-05:00

Teen finds inspiration in music, faith

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
If you took the music from Bailey Arnett, she would be a different person. "Music is my life," said the 17-year-old Community Christian Academy senior. 2018-01-15T09:17:51-05:00

Legendary trial lawyer, philanthropist, Larry Franklin dead at 80

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Larry Franklin, a plain-spoken Shively native who went on to become one of Kentucky’s most successful trial lawyers, settling more than 20 cases for $1 million or more and winning the state's largest medical malpractice verdict, $27.6 million, died Sunday. He was 80 and died at his home in Cherokee Triangle, according to a friend Don Brown, who said Franklin had been battling the flu and may have had a heart attack. 2018-01-15T09:02:56-05:00

Businessman convicted in fraud case awaits sentencing

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
A Bowling Green businessman has been convicted of defrauding people of more than $1 million in a case involving investments in a natural-gas pipeline in Tennessee. Clay Shelton, 48, faces up to 20 years in prison, according to a release from Russell M. Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. 2018-01-15T08:56:52-05:00

Family resource centers bracing for big cuts

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Six years ago, Monica Hall had $12,500 in state funding allocated for her operating budget for Booker T. Washington Elementary Family Resource Center where she is the coordinator. This year, she said that amount was $244. And more cuts could be coming. The mission of Kentucky’s 811 school-based Family Resource and Youth Services Centers is to help academically at-risk students succeed in school by minimizing barriers. Right now, Hall said she depends heavily on community support, donations and grants to supplement her budget and continue programs at the center. 2018-01-15T08:51:23-05:00

Two charged in recorded assault case

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Two more people were arrested Saturday night in connection to an assault case from November. Camile L. Jones, 38, of Big Clifty, and Forrest M.W. Isaacs, 18, of Cecilia, were arrested by Kentucky State Police. They both were charged with complicity to second-degree assault and complicity to first-degree wanton endangerment in connection to events on Nov. 13. 2018-01-15T08:47:38-05:00

Radcliff man honored with Martin Luther King Jr. award

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Jeffrey Kennedy was honored Jan. 4 by the by the state, receiving the Commonwealth of Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Adult Leadership Award. Kennedy was recognized for mentoring more than 1,200 youth and volunteering more than 2,000 hours in 2017. 2018-01-15T08:32:10-05:00

'Eyes are on Newport' for needle exchange movement in light of HIV cluster in NKY

January 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Don't expect a flurry of needle exchanges to pop up quickly in Northern Kentucky, even after the recently revealed huge upswing in HIV cases among people who inject drugs. The law allowing needle exchanges in Kentucky requires both the host city and county to approve the service. That's been a key holdup in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties since late 2015. 2018-01-15T08:17:52-05:00

Dates set for Convention Center, Capital Plaza Tower demolition

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
Prepare to say last goodbyes to the Frankfort Convention Center. Starting in the middle of next week, workers will begin tearing down the 46-year-old structure, said Andy Roberts, director of marketing for demolition contractor Renascent. Roberts estimates the entire process will take about six weeks for the Frankfort Convention Center, which has a total of 102,000 square feet spread over two levels. 2018-01-14T10:26:03-05:00

Rep. Watkins laments increased partisanship politics at Capitol

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
As he has each January the past six years, District 3 State Rep. Gerald Watkins has settled into his Frankfort office as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. While his daily activities on behalf of his constituents in Paducah and a portion of McCracken County are much the same, this session will be different. 2018-01-14T10:13:10-05:00

DeFebbo relies on basics to make his mark on Bowling Green

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
Next to Kevin DeFebbo’s desk at City Hall sits a large, time-worn folder. It is there that the Bowling Green city manager keeps the things from his career that he said mean the most to him – every thank-you card, note and letter he has received in his long career in public service. On his desk is a Texas Instruments calculator from the 1980s. “This is how I’ve done every budget for the last 35 years,” he said of government budgets that have ranged from $5 million to $275 million. 2018-01-14T10:08:38-05:00

Tennessee murder suspect killed by Allen County deputy

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
A man who was shot and killed Friday afternoon by law enforcement in Allen County was a suspect in a Tennessee homicide. Jason D. Whittemore, 39, of Portland, Tenn., was wanted in Sumner County, Tenn., on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Miranda Whittemore, 33, of Portland, Tenn. 2018-01-14T10:00:44-05:00

Proposed legislation would ease restrictions on volunteer fire departments

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
State Rep. Michael Meredith introduced a bill that if passed would improve complex and expensive auditing requirements for volunteer fire departments statewide. Several of Warren County’s volunteer fire department chiefs along with two county magistrates met with Meredith in the fall and asked him to sponsor the legislation that is now House Bill 122. 2018-01-14T09:56:18-05:00

Volunteer fire departments also struggle to find participants

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
Stephen Smith is on his third year as chief of Stanley Volunteer Fire Department and has been a firefighter for more than 20 years. His schedule is a bit hectic, splitting his time between 12-hour rotating shifts at Owensboro Grain, seeing his children and overseeing the fire station. Being short on time has become a part of a modern volunteer firefighter's life, but Smith has other worries. 2018-01-14T09:44:53-05:00

Florida man arrested, victims ID'd after Friday's triple homicide in Jefferson County

January 14, 2018 - 10:49am
A Florida man has been arrested in connection with a triple homicide that took place in Louisville Friday afternoon. Christopher Olivo, 46, was taken into custody Friday night in Florida on a Kentucky warrant. He will face charges that include three counts of murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence, according to a statement from Louisville Metro police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. 2018-01-14T09:30:30-05:00

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