Kentucky Press News Service

Man charged with evidence tampering in Lexington double murder

January 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
An arrest was made Wednesday night stemming from a double murder last September in Lexington. Jose Olascoaga and Marco Antonio Tunai Ortiz were found dead Sept. 14 in a vehicle on the 400 block of Blue Sky Parkway, according to court records. 2018-01-11T14:14:52-05:00

Maryland man faces sex offenses with 13-year-old girl who hid him in basement, police say

January 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
A Maryland man, who police say traveled to Elizabethtown to meet a 13-year-old girl he met online, was arrested and charged by Kentucky State Police with six sex offense felonies Wednesday afternoon. 2018-01-11T14:06:02-05:00

Controversial statue of Confederate to take center stage in Louisville's public art debate

January 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
Louisville officials plan to launch a series of public conversations in 2018 about the city's public art and monuments after a long hiatus in discussions around the controversial John B. Castleman statue in Cherokee Triangle. The statue, vandalized with a splash of orange paint last summer, served as a lightning rod for activism following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 2018-01-11T13:59:21-05:00

Bevin's controversial plan to make Medicaid recipients work will get federal approval

January 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
Kentucky appears on the verge of winning approval for Gov. Matt Bevin's proposal to reshape the state's Medicaid plan after federal authorities announced Thursday that they will approve rules requiring some people on the government health plan to work or volunteer. 2018-01-11T13:56:31-05:00

How deep will Matt Bevin's budget cuts be? Here's what we know

January 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
Gov. Matt Bevin is set to deliver his state budget proposal to the Kentucky General Assembly on Tuesday night, and lawmakers expect it will include deep spending cuts, even to public education. To be sure, the budget will touch the lives of every Kentuckian, from public school teachers to state troopers to college students to people dealing with drug addiction. 2018-01-11T13:50:23-05:00

Wes Strader, longtime 'Voice of the Hilltoppers,' dies at 79

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
Charles Wesley “Wes” Strader – the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for WKU football and men’s basketball for 36 seasons and one of the most prominent figures in Kentucky sports broadcasting history – died Tuesday. He was 79. 2018-01-11T12:02:23-05:00

WKU, state sports fans lose cherished voice

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
Western Kentucky University and the commonwealth of Kentucky lost one of its most beloved voices Tuesday. Wes Strader, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for WKU football and men’s basketball for 36 seasons and one of the most decorated announcers in Kentucky sports broadcasting history, died Tuesday at age 79. 2018-01-11T11:56:48-05:00

Illegal radioactive waste will remain at landfill under state proposal

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
Radioactive waste illegally taken to an Estill County landfill in 2015 will remain in place under a plan announced Thursday by the state. Leaving the material in place at Blue Ridge Landfill rather than excavating it and disposing of it elsewhere “limits potential public exposure to the waste,” the state Energy and Environment Cabinet said of its preliminary approval. 2018-01-11T11:49:30-05:00

Princeton leaving state Main Street program

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
A lengthy city partnership with the Kentucky Main Street Program appears to be at its end. The Princeton City Council voted unanimously to discontinue the city’s association with the state program, administered through the Kentucky Heritage Council. 2018-01-11T11:32:16-05:00

Hoover should have simply gone quietly

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover did not go quietly into the night. That resulted in an unfortunate spectacle. 2018-01-11T11:15:29-05:00

Education department still working on standards for Bible literacy course

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
The Kentucky Department of Education is still developing standards for Bible literacy courses taught in Kentucky schools which meet the guidelines set last year by the state's General Assembly as well as meeting constitutional standards. 2018-01-11T11:09:54-05:00

Consider local history fund as destination for tax refund

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
For many Kentuckians, tax season means a refund check and some extra spending money. For some, it will be used to pay bills. Others may use their tax refund to purchase clothes or new gadgets. Kentuckians should consider another option, too — the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund. Starting with income returns from 2015, the program has doled out grants to local history organizations. 2018-01-11T11:00:32-05:00

Frankfort restaurant back in business; questions linger after federal raid

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
Asian Buffet, the eastside Frankfort restaurant subject to a raid by local and federal authorities on Tuesday, was back operating on its regular 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. schedule Wednesday. Meanwhile, law enforcement and government officials have yet to signal the reason for the raid. 2018-01-11T10:57:32-05:00

Elizabethtown man calls CPS on himself after spanking child

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
An Elizabethtown man called Child Protec­tive Servi­ces on Tuesday after spanking his girlfriend’s child earlier in the day, which resulted in bruising and red marks, according to an arrest citation. 2018-01-11T10:53:12-05:00

Skeletal human remains found in Radcliff neighborhood

January 11, 2018 - 1:46pm
Skeletal human remains, found behind three Radcliff homes off East Lincoln Trail Boulevard, are expected to be identified today at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said a resident found the scattered bones and called police at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday. 2018-01-11T10:50:26-05:00

Third Republican running for DeCesare seat

January 11, 2018 - 10:46am
A third Republican has announced his candidacy for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green. Mike Wilson, a former longtime Warren County Board of Education chairman and member and now director of facilities for Warren County Public Schools, announced Wednesday he is entering the race to represent the 17th District. 2018-01-11T10:34:37-05:00

Cold front will sweep across state; hazardous travel possible

January 11, 2018 - 10:46am
A cold front will sweep east across Kentucky starting Thursday evening with a mix of precipitation progressing from rain to freezing rain to sleet and then possibly snow and causing hazardous road conditions, the National Weather Service warned. 2018-01-11T10:22:23-05:00

Brescia names new building for benefactor family

January 11, 2018 - 10:46am
Brescia University announced Wednesday the future building it has been calling its signature building at Ninth and Frederica streets will be named The C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies at Brescia University. The groundbreaking is slated for April 26 for the facility that is being named for Charles Eldred Field, the founder of Field Packing Company, which is now Specialty Foods Group LLC. 2018-01-11T09:30:48-05:00

Flu shuts down Ohio County schools till Tuesday

January 11, 2018 - 10:46am
Due to flu and other illnesses, Ohio County Schools will not open Thursday, Jan. 11. They will remain closed until Tuesday, Jan. 16. Two schools -- Southern Elementary and Horse Branch Elementary -- were hardest hit. The attendance rate at Southern dropped to 60 percent, said OCS Superintendent Scott Lewis. 2018-01-11T09:25:58-05:00

More than 40 handguns believed taken in burglary at Daviess County shop

January 11, 2018 - 10:46am
Between 40 and 50 handguns, and at least one long gun, were stolen early Wednesday morning when at least four men broke into Whittaker Guns near Owensboro. 2018-01-11T09:18:50-05:00

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