Kentucky Press News Service

Barr demands TV stations take down attack ad by veterans group supporting McGrath

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
The campaign of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, sent a letter to several Lexington television stations Thursday demanding they take down an ad that claims he would let payday lenders take advantage of military personnel. With Honor, a super PAC that supports Democratic candidate Amy McGrath in Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, launched an ad Wednesday that criticized Barr’s support of the payday lending industry. In it, the ad notes that Barr has received campaign money from payday lenders and says he would let them take advantage of military families. The letter comes days after Democratic candidate Amy McGrath said Barr ran a misleading ad about her stance on health care. 2018-09-14T08:43:05-04:00

How and when could Hurricane Florence affect Kentucky’s weather?

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
Hurricane Florence could bring “life-threatening flooding” to the Carolinas, and the remnants might reach Kentucky by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but is still expected to be an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it reaches the U.S. coasts late Thursday. As Florence meanders in the Carolinas during the early part of the weekend, it could reach Eastern Kentucky by late Sunday, the National Weather Service said. Parts of Eastern Kentucky, around Pikeville, could receive around 2 inches of rain early next week — adding to an already-high amount of September rain. 2018-09-14T08:39:41-04:00

Lexington backs off new city hall after surprise vote. ‘We did not have that consensus.’

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
Lexington won’t be getting a new city government center any time soon. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted 7 to 5 Thursday not to move forward with negotiations with CRM Companies, which had proposed renovating and expanding the four-story Lexington Herald-Leader building at the corner of Midland Avenue and Main Street. Vice Mayor Steve Kay, who had previously supported the CRM Companies’ proposal, shocked the council prior to the vote by saying it was clear that there was not a consensus on the council and said he would not support moving ahead with negotiations. 2018-09-14T08:33:05-04:00

Bevin's $215K raise for Army friend raises concerns among legislators

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
The news that Gov. Matt Bevin gave an old Army buddy a $215,000 raise for his role as the state's chief information officer was met with derision and concern by some state legislators and others on Thursday, a day after a Courier Journal investigation revealed their decades-long relationship. Bevin has previously called Charles Grindle's $375,000 salary a "steal" for the state, saying that the retired Army colonel's expertise is unmatched by his counterparts in any state and that he would command a salary of more than $1 million in the private sector. The governor has said Grindle's expertise and leadership have already saved the state many times his salary since Grindle was first hired in October 2017. But when asked how long he has known Grindle, he said he had known him for "some time." 2018-09-14T08:30:32-04:00

Grimes slams 'disgusting' Trump tweet denying Puerto Rico death toll

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined the Twitter storm on Thursday criticizing President Donald Trump for saying that "3,000 people did not die" last year in the devastating Puerto Rico hurricane. "Of all the lies the President has told, this is one of the most disgusting," the Kentucky Democrat said on Twitter. "It's a slap in the face to the loved ones of all who died & the people of Puerto Rico." Puerto Rican officials announced in August that nearly 3,000 people died in Hurricane Maria last fall, a significant increase from the 64 deaths initially reported. Trump called the new tally a politically motivated move by liberals. 2018-09-14T08:24:50-04:00

Butt out of state House race, top Kentucky Republican tells Matt Bevin

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover has had enough of Gov. Matt Bevin, and is urging fellow Republican lawmakers to rebuke the party's leader for supporting an independent state House candidate. Bevin is appearing at a fundraiser this month for small-business owner Stacie Earl, who said she is the "true conservative" in a race against Republican C. Ed Massey. The two are among the five candidates running for the House 66th District seat, which covers northern Boone County. Massey told the Courier Journal this week that Bevin administration officials recruited Earl to enter the race, in part because he's been endorsed by the political arm of the Kentucky Education Association, the statewide union that has been at odds with Bevin over pension reform. 2018-09-14T08:18:30-04:00

Pursuit ends in arrest

September 14, 2018 - 9:58am
A Lewis County man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges following a pursuit that began in Vanceburg and ended on the Grayson Spur of the AA Highway more than 30 minutes later. 2018-09-14T08:13:14-04:00

Kentucky volunteers ready to help with Hurricane Florence aftermath

September 13, 2018 - 3:57pm
As Hurricane Florence is preparing to bear down on the Carolina coast, volunteers from Kentucky are preparing to lend a helping hand. More than 100 workers from religious groups, Kentucky fire departments and other organizations are ready help in one of the most severe hurricanes to hit America this year. Two dozen firefighters from Louisville left from Frankfort on Wednesday and will be deployed to rescue people from anticipated flooding, according to the Associated Press. The Red Cross sent five Kentucky workers into the storm zone on Wednesday, according to spokeswoman Amber Youngblood. They are also preparing to send six to Eastern Kentucky in case of severe weather. 2018-09-13T12:51:54-04:00

How and when could Hurricane Florence affect Kentucky’s weather?

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Hurricane Florence could bring “life-threatening flooding” to the Carolinas, and the remnants might reach Kentucky by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but is still expected to be an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it reaches the U.S. coasts late Thursday. As Florence meanders in the Carolinas during the early part of the weekend, it could reach Eastern Kentucky by late Sunday, the National Weather Service said. 2018-09-13T12:20:13-04:00

Body of Winchester man recovered on Thursday morning

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
The body of the Winchester man whose boat capsized last Saturday on the South Fork of the Licking River was recovered Thursday morning. Harold Porter Lamb, 77, was fishing with Anthony “Hank” Durham, close to the dam, when problems with the their trolling motor led to catastrophe. 2018-09-13T12:12:44-04:00

WKU defends general education requirements

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Western Kentucky University is pushing back on a D grade its general education requirements received from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a survey that reviewed academic standards. In its annual flagship survey, “What Will They Learn?,” the national nonprofit gave WKU low marks for only including two of seven core subjects it views as essential to a high-quality liberal arts education. But critics at the university said that doesn’t accurately represent WKU’s requirements. 2018-09-13T11:55:31-04:00

Cuomo, Dems sweating latest radical challenge

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
In most years someone as secure in the Democratic mainstream as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would dismiss a primary challenge from the star of a long-canceled TV series as a quaint curiosity. These are unusual times however, which is why Cuomo is taking a primary race against "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon (the election is today) as cause for conducting a much more vigorous campaign than he otherwise might have. 2018-09-13T11:43:03-04:00

KSU continues impressive transformation

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Regardless of the judge, the rapid pace at which Kentucky State University has improved is impressive. That progress appears to coincide with the structure and vision of President Christopher M. Brown II, whose tenure officially began nearly one year ago. Proof of the fruits of his efforts can be found in the school’s 2018 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. KSU is now among the top 25 historically black colleges and universities in the nation, according to the magazine. Officially, KSU is tied for 22nd — a notable improvement compared to its 38th-place ranking last year. 2018-09-13T11:40:34-04:00

Welcome to the indentured servant economy

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Gov. Matt Bevin probably didn’t entice many young people when he likened 21st century apprenticeships to colonial-era indentured servitude. But he did provide a useful metaphor — for Kentucky’s economy. Two new reports underline how, despite an increase in jobs, Kentucky is not catching up economically with the rest of the United States, while areas in the state’s east and west are not even keeping up with Kentucky. The state’s unemployment rate is low — just 4.3 percent — but the profits from Kentuckians’ work are not showing up in their paychecks. 2018-09-13T11:35:31-04:00

La Grange passes controversial smoke-free law

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
The La Grange City Council has approved the same smoke-free law OldhamCcounty has in place. The smoking ordinance bans smoking electronic cigarettes, hookahs and other devices inside workplaces and indoor public spaces, in addition to cigarettes. “We’ve been operating under the county so we’re just going to have our own ordinance adopted to have it on file,” La Grange Mayor Joe Davenport previously said. “This way if something was changed that we don’t agree with, we have our own ordinance to do that.” 2018-09-13T11:11:57-04:00

Penny Chenery’s 1973 Kentucky Derby program sells for world-record amount

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
The 1973 Kentucky Derby program and personal 1973 Kentucky Oaks clubhouse box ticket stub of Penny Chenery’s sold for a world-record amount in a recent Lelands.com auction. Chenery was the owner of Secretariat, who won the 1973 Derby in the fastest time ever on his way to capturing the Triple Crown. Forty bids were placed for the program and ticket, which sold for $11,687. The sale was the most ever for a modern horse racing program, according to Lelands. 2018-09-13T09:21:11-04:00

Kentucky among the most obese states in annual report

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Kentucky — the land of barbecue, bacon, biscuits and burgers — is once again ranked among the top 10 states for adult obesity. With 34.3 percent of Kentucky adults being obese in 2017, Kentucky ranks No. 8 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the nationwide snapshot, The State of Obesity, released Wednesday. 2018-09-13T09:15:13-04:00

Owensboro Diocese will cooperate with investigation

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
If the Kentucky Attorney General's Office forms a grand jury to investigate Catholic dioceses in Kentucky, the Diocese of Owensboro will cooperate, the Most Rev. William Medley, bishop of the diocese, said on Wednesday. "My pledge is, our diocese will cooperate as we are asked," Medley said. "... Not that we have a choice, but we will cooperate and trust that something good comes of it." In the meantime, the local diocese is checking its records for any and all complaints and allegations involving abuse by priests going back to 1937 and will eventually release the results of that effort, Medley said. The diocese wants to know how many priests have been accused and how many victims of abuse there have been, he said. 2018-09-13T09:07:21-04:00

Kenergy line crews to head to Virginia

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
As Hurricane Florence nears the eastern coastline, local electric companies are communicating with their counterparts in the Carolinas and other states along the coast, and some local line crews will be heading east in coming days. Officials expect it to be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the eastern seaboard in decades. More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in the Carolinas and Virginia. 2018-09-13T09:05:02-04:00

How will Hurricane Florence affect our weather?

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is expected to hit the East Coast sometime within the next 24 hours. But will Kentucky see remnants of its wrath? Florence, which is larger than the states of Indiana and Kentucky put together, is not a serious threat to Kentucky as it is to states directly in the storm's path such as South Carolina. But the National Weather Service in Louisville said residents should "still keep an eye on it." A slight increase in rainfall could also be a factor. 2018-09-13T08:57:57-04:00

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