Kentucky Press News Service

There's a big push in Kentucky to uncork wine shipments to your door

February 19, 2019 - 2:40pm
Richard and Ginger Parker toured California's Napa Valley wineries two years ago and found a chardonnay and a pinot noir they liked so much they wanted to send some home. But the staff at Hanzell Vineyards told the couple from eastern Jefferson County that they were out of luck: Kentucky is a "no-ship" state, where the law doesn't allow out-of-state wineries to ship to customers. The General Assembly, with support from the California wineries lobby the Wine Institute, is working to clarify the rules. A bill sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would allow licensed out-of-state wineries to ship up to two dozen 9-liter cases per year directly to a Kentucky customer. The bottles can't be resold. 2019-02-19T12:14:49-05:00

Changes to teacher retirements could resurface in pension reform bill

February 19, 2019 - 2:40pm
The Kentucky General Assembly's new Public Pensions Working Group may have missed its first deadline, but two key lawmakers say there's still a chance for pension reform this legislative session. In fact, unless he hears a different plan, Rep. Jerry T. Miller, a Louisville Republican who co-chairs the group, said he'll file a bill Wednesday that's similar to the past bill that caused so much consternation and led to a state Supreme Court appeal. Wednesday is the deadline in the House for filing bills this session. 2019-02-19T12:10:40-05:00

Kentucky legislators consider protections for pregnant workers

February 19, 2019 - 2:40pm
A bill to make Kentucky businesses more friendly for pregnant workers and new moms is making its way through the legislature with support from Greater Louisville Inc. Senate Bill 18, which is sponsored by Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Fayette County and others, advanced out of the Senate’s judiciary committee Feb. 14 and has now moved to the Rules Committee. The legislation would require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including breastfeeding and the need to express breast milk. 2019-02-19T12:02:33-05:00

Low water pressure keeps $12 million school closed

February 19, 2019 - 2:40pm
A new $12 million school in Floyd County that was supposed to open by last October is sitting empty because of a lack of water pressure. The water pressure at the new Renaissance Learning Center at Martin won’t support the emergency sprinklers in the building’s anti-fire suppression system, said Floyd County School Superintendent Danny Adkins. A solution for the problem has not been finalized. “It’s been frustrating,” Adkins said. “The facility is sitting up there, a brand new facility we can’t get in.” 2019-02-19T11:51:35-05:00

Kentucky students need border wall before a new middle school, Sen. Lindsey Graham says.

February 19, 2019 - 2:40pm
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday it would be better off if funds go to the proposed border wall instead of constructing a new Kentucky middle school. He made the comment when asked about the possibility of $3.6 billion allotted for military construction efforts reallocated to wall construction instead. Some of that money was to be used for constructing Fort Campbell Middle School. President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration has allowed him to move nearly $8 billion funds in various government budgets for the border wall. Graham has voiced his support for the proposed border wall and doubled down Sunday on “Face the Nation.” 2019-02-19T11:46:45-05:00

Four arrested, charged in multiple crimes

February 19, 2019 - 11:40am
Less than a year after Ofc. Phillip Meacham was shot and killed, another Hopkinsville Police Department officer has been shot in the line of duty. Ofc. Jeremy Davidson was shot around 1:30 a.m. Monday during the pursuit of a robbery suspect on North Drive. He was in stable condition Monday at Skyline Medical Center, according to Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the robbery that took place before Davidson was shot. 2019-02-19T11:32:07-05:00

Increased police presence at Georgetown Middle School following threats

February 19, 2019 - 11:40am
Law enforcement presence will be increased at Georgetown Middle School following a social media threat, said Eddie Hart, public information officer with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. “The sheriff’s department will have extra deputies and the Georgetown Police Department will have additional officers at the school throughout the week, which is standard protocol,” Hart said. Sunday as night several parents saw a threat on social media against Georgetown Middle and contacted a school resource officer. The response was such the Scott County Sheriff’s Office posted a news alert on Facebook. 2019-02-19T11:23:44-05:00

Federal restrictions avoided in Natcher Parkway's transition to I-165

February 19, 2019 - 11:40am
This year, the William H. Natcher Parkway will finally become a part of the federal Interstate Highway System, with safer bridges, ramps and interchanges and a new set of regulations. However, thanks to legislation passed earlier this month, vehicles traveling on the soon-to-be Interstate 165 will not need to comply with federal size and weight restrictions. The Natcher Parkway connects Bowling Green to Owensboro. 2019-02-19T11:09:13-05:00

Couple plead guilty in plot against in-law

February 19, 2019 - 11:40am
A husband and wife from Hardin County pleaded guilty Monday to multiple criminal counts in a case in which the wife's brother-in-law was tied up and held at gunpoint by the couple in the man's Bowling Green apartment. Michael Paul Thompson, 37, and Laura Silverman Thompson, 39, both of Radcliff, pleaded guilty in Warren Circuit Court to first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. 2019-02-19T11:06:01-05:00

Kentucky Senate rolls over for NRA

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
What can you say about a legislative body that parades the grieving parents of young gunshot victims before a committee’s microphone, then takes its orders directly from the National Rifle Association? Moral bankruptcy is too mild for what Kentuckians witnessed as the state Senate obediently advanced the NRA gospel that no matter the question, the answer must be more guns in the hands of more people. 2019-02-18T13:56:33-05:00

If Bevin and Gill Holland won't show us their taxes, let's force them to

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
Finally, an issue on which we can all agree: State Rep. Jeff Hoover's bill that would require all candidates for statewide office in Kentucky to show us their tax returns. Sure, it's an attack on Gov. Matt Bevin, who is the first governor in recent memory not to release his tax returns. But in forcing Bevin to release his taxes, Hoover would also be forcing Democrat Gill Holland to release his. It, in fact, is what both candidates should do. It's what all candidates for top offices should do. You probably don’t care. 2019-02-18T13:52:52-05:00

Wondering why Bevin changed running mate

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
Jenean Hampton truly is a trailblazer. She tells her story of a rise from poverty in Detroit through hard work on an auto assembly line that financed a college degree in industrial engineering followed by seven years in the U.S. Air Force and continued service in the Civil Air Patrol. As lieutenant governor, she’s the first black ever elected to a statewide office in Kentucky. So why did Gov. Matt Bevin decide to drop her as his running mate in his re-election effort this year? That question was directly asked of Bevin during his recent community forum in Elizabethtown. 2019-02-18T13:39:43-05:00

Hands up! Who believes in cleanliness?

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
Germs almost killed the Internet last week. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but the social media uproar over Fox News host Pete Hegseth’s comments that, “Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them; therefore, they’re not real,” certainly went, well, viral. The TV talking head went on to say that he probably hadn’t washed his hands in 10 years. That declaration was fairly universally met with one resounding sentiment: Yuck! 2019-02-18T13:34:31-05:00

Two people killed in Interstate 64 accident

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
Two people have died as a result of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 in Franklin County, according to Kentucky State Police. Though names of the victims haven’t been released, Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod was called to the scene shortly before 10 a.m. Monday. Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire confirmed that his office was helping with point control, as KSP was first on scene of the deadly accident. 2019-02-18T13:21:10-05:00

Newspaper reporter and her family climb Africa's tallest mountain

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
At 16,000 feet above sea level, with a cold relentless wind battering the orange nylon walls of our tent, I watched a guide carry the ailing hiker off and disappear into the cloud line below. In that instant I found myself questioning my decision to bring the three most important people in my life — my family — on this mountaineering expedition. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the famous Seven Summits — the name given to the highest point on each continent. It is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. To get to there, my husband John Grantz and I traveled to Tanzania in East Africa with our daughters, Elliott, 21, and Jordan, 19. At the age when our daughters have become busy with their own adult lives, we saw this as a last opportunity to experience an epic family adventure. 2019-02-18T13:03:35-05:00

KSP: Trooper injured investigating shoplifter

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
A Kentucky State Police trooper was injured while responding Friday to a shoplifting complaint. According to KSP, Trooper Zachery Edwards observed a man shoplifting at the Minit Mart on Nashville Road, at 6:36 p.m. Friday. 2019-02-18T13:00:02-05:00

Is 92 an A or B?

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
“A rich tradition of academic excellence for over a century.” Those words on Pikeville High School’s website describe the school’s quest for academic excellence. It could be interpreted that the system demands higher performance from both students and faculty. It doesn’t mean that less is expected of students at other schools. It means that the independent schools district has higher standards. Other schools produce exceptional students who have gone on to achieve greatness. We see that all the time. The board is considering changing the grading scale from a seven-point to a 10-point system, which is more the norm in grading. There are very few, if any, schools left in the state that use the seven-point grading scale. 2019-02-18T12:55:29-05:00

Winchester man arrested for incest, sodomy

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
A Winchester man has been arrested for multiple counts of incest and sodomy covering more than a decade. Jeffrey L. Plunk, 56, was arrested Wednesday on an indictment warrant charging him with two counts of incest with a victim younger than 12, two counts of incest with a victim younger than 18, two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of second-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sodomy. 2019-02-18T12:26:27-05:00

Family, friends say farewell to 60 being deployed to Middle East

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
Gov. Matt Bevin and leadership from the Kentucky National Guard joined friends and family Saturday to say farewell to nearly 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Air Assault Regiment, who are deploying to the Middle East for the next year. Based in Frankfort, Bravo Co., 2-147 is composed of 10 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and associated personnel. The unit will be charged with providing Air Assault and transport capabilities throughout the U.S. Army Central Command’s theater of operations. 2019-02-18T12:20:18-05:00

Murder case against alleged DUI driver continuing

February 18, 2019 - 2:39pm
A pretrial hearing was held Friday in the case against a Pike County woman who was allegedly driving under the influence when she struck and killed a motorcyclist in October. Kimberly Owens, 29, of Beaver Fork, Virgie, appeared in Pike Circuit Court with her public defender Garland Arnett Friday for a pretrial hearing before Pike Circuit Judge Steven D. Combs. Owens was indicted in November on a single count of murder in connection to the Oct. 19 collision in which “Lamont” Jordan Wright, 20, was killed. Wright’s family and friends packed into the courtroom Friday for Owens’ hearing. 2019-02-18T12:14:23-05:00

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