Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky's first confirmed flu-related death reported in Lexington

October 9, 2018 - 2:12pm
Kentucky’s first flu-related death has been confirmed in Lexington, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. Last year, 27 people died from flu-related causes in Lexington, according to the health department. It’s recommended that anyone older than 6 months get the flu shot, and the vaccine is particularly important for people older than 65 years. 2018-10-09T12:57:54-04:00

A Kentucky jury ordered this insurance company to pay $15.3 million. It will appeal

October 9, 2018 - 2:12pm
An insurance company ordered by a Magoffin County jury to dish out $15.3 million to the heirs of a Saylersville family will appeal, the company’s attorney said, further extending an 11-year legal battle that likely involves the largest bad-faith insurance verdict in the state’s history. The jury handed down the verdict late last month, compelling the company to pay the heirs of a family that owned mineral rights for a Magoffin County property where two drilling companies wrongfully extracted about $1.3 million of natural gas more than a decade ago, according to documents filed in the case. In 2007, about 80 people who inherited mineral rights to the property brought the case against natural gas drilling companies J.D. Carty Resources, LLC., and Anaconda Drilling, LLC., for wrongfully extracting and selling natural gas from the land, according to court records. 2018-10-09T12:49:17-04:00

State receives $7.5 million grant to nurture young families

October 9, 2018 - 2:12pm
The state of Kentucky has won a $7.5 million federal grant to continue a program that helps nurture young families and promote healthy child development. The money will support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Visiting Program, which is commonly known as Kentucky’s HANDS program, according to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. According to the cabinet, pregnant moms and new parents can request home visits and seek advice on how to create a safe, healthy environment for their children’s growth and development, usually continuing to age 2 or 3. 2018-10-09T12:41:55-04:00

Couple accused of abusing toddler

October 9, 2018 - 2:12pm
City police arrested a Bowling Green couple after discovering that a toddler in their care was covered with bruises. Brad Gerke, 38, was arrested on a charge of first-degree assault (domestic violence) while his fiancee, Cynthia Orr, 36, was arrested on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse (child 12 years of age or younger). EMS officials were called Friday to Intown Suites, 1929 Mel Browning St., regarding a 2-year-old who had been vomiting, according to arrest citations prepared by Detective Ryan Dillon of the Bowling Green Police Department. The toddler appeared to have a litany of injuries. 2018-10-09T12:37:38-04:00

‘All hell broke loose.’ Stolen gun set off barrage that killed Lexington Olympian’s daughter

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
A stolen gun led to the killing of 15-year-old Trinity Gay — daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay — who was a bystander when five or six weapons were fired in the Cook Out Restaurant parking lot on Harrodsburg Road in 2016, Lexington’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. The opening statement of Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn began the trial Tuesday of Chazerae Me’Lon Taylor Sr., 40, who is charged with murder. Also on trial are his son, D’Markeo Taylor, 21; Lamonte Williams, 22; and D’Vonta Middlebrooks, 23, who were charged with wanton endangerment. Middlebrooks also was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun. Trinity was struck in the neck when two groups exchanged gunfire about 3:40 a.m. Oct. 16. She died shortly after at a hospital. 2018-10-09T11:06:41-04:00

'Miss Dot' celebrates 104th birthday

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
When you are young, birthdays are special occasions. Then the luster kind of wears off, but if you grow old enough, they become special occasions once again. That's where Dorothy Lewis found herself Monday. Family members and friends were in attendance at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions on Monday to help "Miss Dot" celebrate her 104th birthday. She has been a resident at the Paducah facility since 2013 and marked her 100th birthday there in 2014. 2018-10-09T09:49:52-04:00

UofL gets $16.4 million from NIH for diabetes, obesity research

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team of researchers at the University of Louisville with more than $16.4 million to study how various environmental factors affect the “development or health impacts of diabetes and obesity,” according to the school. A handful of researchers at UofL’s Diabetes and Obesity Center will benefit from the funding to study things like the metabolic and inflammatory mechanisms leading to diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance; stem cell biology; and the environmental determinants of cardiometabolic disease. “It’s a very exciting time right now,” said Matthew Nystoriak, one of the researchers involved. “A number of our investigators are really taking off, and I think it’s going to lead to some really new and exciting findings in the future.” 2018-10-09T09:40:29-04:00

Analysts: Sports betting a good wager for Kentucky, Churchill Downs

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
Two Kentucky legislators have pre-filed sports betting bills, and industry experts told Insider that legalization would boost revenue for both the state and Louisville-based Churchill Downs. However, two advocates who help problem gamblers warned that if the commonwealth legalized sports betting, it likely would push more Kentuckians into addiction — though they said the state could address that downside by earmarking some of the additional tax dollars to expand counseling services. Chris Grove, a researcher with the Santa Ana, Calif.-based consultant Eilers & Krejcik, predicts that sports betting in Kentucky will go live as early as 2021 as part of a wave of 16 states that includes Indiana and Ohio. At that point, though, he said, sports betting already will have begun in 11 states, including Kentucky neighbors Illinois and West Virginia. 2018-10-09T09:32:13-04:00

Diocese says abuse claims date back to 1937

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro announced Monday that it received 66 sexual abuse allegations against 27 of its priests since 1937, including four allegations since 2002, when a new U.S. program was launched to address sexual abuse in the church. A news release dated Monday stated the diocese had recently compiled statistics regarding sexual abuse allegations against diocese priests and regarding those individuals who identified themselves as victims of child sexual abuse. 2018-10-09T09:26:48-04:00

After car chase, police arrest second inmate who escaped using a trashcan

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
Two inmates who escaped Metro Corrections on Saturday night by hiding inside trashcans are back in custody. Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said the escape was a result of a "breakdown" of basic security protocols. "You know that the possibilities of that are always present," Bolton said of an inmate escape. "But when it could have been prevented with just security 101, yeah, that’s pretty upsetting.” After a weekend of following leads, both Justin Stumler, 27, and Jeremy Hunt, 38, were back in custody by Monday evening. 2018-10-09T09:23:08-04:00

Mitch McConnell: Kavanaugh is the biggest accomplishment of my career

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell returned to Kentucky on Monday, taking his victory lap after getting Justice Brett Kavanaugh seated on the U.S. Supreme Court. At a news conference with reporters, McConnell was beaming as he called it his most consequential accomplishment in his 34-year Senate career. "It's hard to judge your own legacy but I can say this: I think it's the single most important thing I've been involved in in my career," McConnell said Monday. 2018-10-09T09:19:27-04:00

Andy Barr knocks Amy McGrath for agreeing to debate only once

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
In 2010 and 2012, Andy Barr criticized his Democratic opponent for not debating. In 2016, he was criticized by his Democratic opponent for not debating. Now, he’s back to criticizing his latest Democratic opponent, former fighter pilot Amy McGrath, for dodging debates. Barr and McGrath have agreed to appear in an Oct. 29 candidate forum on KET, alongside Libertarian Frank Harris, but couldn’t agree to a second televised debate. 2018-10-09T09:11:03-04:00

Report: Man fatally impaled by lance at medieval-themed Kentucky event

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
A man in Northern Kentucky died over the weekend after being impaled by his lance during a medieval-themed equestrian game, according to media reports. Peter Barclay, 52, of Virginia was performing a trick when the accident occurred on Saturday in Williamstown, Cincinnati news station WLWT 5 reported. He died while being flown to a hospital, according to the news station. Barclay was also known as Master Terafan Greydragon, according to the Society for Creative Anachronism. The organization posted on Facebook Sunday that they are investigating what led up to the accident, and what can be done to prevent anything similar from happening in the future. 2018-10-09T09:07:22-04:00

Kentucky Downs also files for Oak Grove race track

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
Ask many Oak Grove public officials, and they’ll tell you they’re used to being overlooked. Hopkinsville is the seat in Christian County, where Oak Grove resides, and rapidly-expanding Clarksville across the state line leave the tiny town of about 8,000 feeling like the place you drive through to get somewhere else. With two horse racing titans fighting over her, however, little Oak Grove might as well be a prize thoroughbred. Monday, Kentucky Downs ownership announced plans to build Oak Grove Meadows, a standard-bred horse racing track, just weeks after a partnership between Keeneland and Churchill Downs announced it would do the same. 2018-10-09T08:54:03-04:00

Man sentenced for abusing now dead infant, new offense

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
When a Henderson man appeared for sentencing recently in Henderson Circuit Court he faced penalties involving infant abuse, as well as a new charge. First, Joseph Scott Overfield, 36, would receive sentencing in a case from 2016 in which authorities said he repeatedly abused his then girlfriend's infant son who died in his care on Aug. 15 of that year. On Oct. 1, Overfield was sentenced to five years in the more serious charge -- wanton endangerment, amended from criminal abuse -- of 5-month-old Jordyn Lord. 2018-10-09T08:45:50-04:00

High school football star Wandale Robinson to announce college choice Nov. 1

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
Western Hills senior football phenom Wandale Robinson has completed his official college visits. Now it’s time to make a decision. Robinson plans to make his decision Nov. 1 to honor his cousin Shanna Davis, who died last week. Nov. 1 was her birthday. His final college visit was this weekend to Ohio State, and it went well. Ohio State is among the six schools Robinson announced as his finalists over the summer. The others are Kentucky, Alabama, Purdue, Michigan and Nebraska. 2018-10-09T08:35:21-04:00

Kayaker drowns in Franklin County creek

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
One person has been confirmed dead after drowning in Franklin County's Elkhorn Creek Monday. The drowning was reported at 1:39 p.m. near the Jim Beam Old Grand-Dad Plant. A caller told authorities that two kayakers had gone under the water. One person was rescued and authorities were searching for another who had possibly drowned. The pair went around a low head dam, but got too close to the dam. The victim got sucked into the undertow, but was able to hold onto a rope for nearly two minutes before going under water, Sheriff Pat Melton said Monday evening. 2018-10-09T08:30:04-04:00

Radcliff company recently named top retailer in Kentucky

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
Ruffle Girl’s recent growth was showcased Monday afternoon when Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton stopped by its Radcliff headquarters. Ruffle Girl, a clothing company, recently was named the top retailer in Kentucky by Inc. Magazine. It also was ranked No. 1,324 on the annual Inc. 5000 listing of America’s fastest-growing private companies. 2018-10-09T08:22:20-04:00

Covington eyes IRS site, hires consultant to develop master plan

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
As the Internal Revenue Service building is set to go on the market, Covington has begun the planning process to make the best use of this key development site. “The IRS site is attracting national attention and will require a lot of staff time and energy given its size and the tax revenue it produces,” Covington Economic Development Director Tom West said. In 2016, the IRS, one of Covington’s largest employers, announced that it would close down the processing facility at 200 W. Fourth Street in the fall of 2019, given the trend toward electronic tax filing. The closing will eliminate about 1,630 jobs in the city. 2018-10-09T08:17:51-04:00

Postal workers rally against privatizing Postal Service

October 9, 2018 - 11:12am
The post office on Bowling Green's Scottsville Road was one of dozens of places across the nation where members of postal worker unions gathered to say no to the idea of privatizing the U.S. Postal Service. An executive order president Donald Trump issued in April that established a task force to “evaluate the operations and finances of the USPS,” has postal workers across the nation concerned that private companies could eventually operate the postal service. According to Heather Gregory of the National Association of Letter Carriers, one of four postal employees' unions that organized Monday's protests, privatizing USPS would be detrimental to the public and the service's employees. 2018-10-09T08:11:12-04:00

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