Kentucky Press News Service

‘Muddy, nasty water.’ Why these Eastern Kentuckians are afraid to drink from their taps.

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
David Wilburn stood in the kitchen of his Harlan County home and filled a gallon jug from the faucet and held it up to the light. “It might be clear right now, but that’s just until they have another leak,” Wilburn said as he looked for any discoloration or sediments floating to the bottom. When service lines break near his home, Wilburn said the tap water can be muddy for days at a time. Those periods have left him questioning the quality of his water, which he doesn’t even like to use for bathing. “It’s constantly under a boil water advisory,” Wilburn said. 2018-12-10T12:14:07-05:00

3-year-old girl whose throat was slit has died; uncle faces murder charge after attack

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
A 3-year-old Clinton County girl died at University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital Sunday evening following a violent attack, allegedly by her uncle. The death of Josephine Bulubenchi is being listed as a homicide, according to the Fayette County Coroner. She died at 5:23 p.m. Sunday, more than a day after her uncle allegedly slit her throat, police say. 2018-12-10T12:07:22-05:00

Kentucky must stop backsliding on education

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
Reality collided with ideology, and reality won as Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis wisely retreated from unreasonable demands for earning a Kentucky high-school diploma. Here’s hoping the backlash revealed to Lewis and state Board of Education Chairman Hal Heiner the necessity of enlisting stakeholders in big decisions from the start. More squabbling over under-baked ideas that were whipped up in the dark won’t help Kentucky as it keeps losing hard-won ground in education to other states. 2018-12-10T12:04:14-05:00

The University of Kentucky will pay retired professor $620,000 in lawsuit settlement

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
A retired professor will get $620,000 and will be able to return to the University of Kentucky as part of a settlement to a lawsuit he filed alleging retaliation for criticizing Gov. Matt Bevin’s planned Medicaid rollback. In the settlement filed shortly before the case was to go before a jury, UK did not admit that College of Dentistry Dean Stephanos Kyrkanides shut out long-time professor Raynor Mullins from his work. In the October opinion he wrote allowing Mullins a jury trial, U.S. District Judge Robert Weir called the case “the epic story of academic intrigue and the place of free speech.” 2018-12-10T11:59:03-05:00

WanDale is wise beyond his years

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
Good for WanDale. That’s an unpopular sentiment in the Bluegrass after Wednesday’s announcement that one of the best high school football players in Frankfort history will take his talents to faraway Nebraska, reneging on an earlier verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky. Having watched WanDale Robinson tear up local high school fields, I too was looking forward to watching him play in the Southeastern Conference just 30 minutes from my driveway. Then I read his thoughtful explanation — that his original verbal commitment to UK sprang from home-state pressure, that his heart was in Nebraska all along — and gained instant admiration for a teenager whose maturity exceeds that of his adult critics. 2018-12-10T11:37:28-05:00

Meth pipe found concealed in child’s pants, police say

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
A Louisville woman is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly allowing her 11-month-old child to sit on her lap while riding in the front passenger side seat of a vehicle that was found to contain narcotics, according to an arrest citation. Lindsay Coleman, 23, was arrested at 10:40 p.m. Friday by the Elizabethtown Police Department. She also was charged with possession of methamphetamine; failure to use a child restraint device; possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to an arrest citation, police found a bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine residue and a glass meth pipe wrapped in small child-size pants on Coleman’s side of the vehicle. A partial marijuana joint also was found, according to the citation. 2018-12-10T11:33:48-05:00

Nothing’s more humbling than gift of processed meat

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
Look, I hate to compare myself to the Grinch, but if living far away from civilization with your dog means you get to avoid Christmas music, I really don’t blame the guy. Christmas at grandma’s would start out relatively normal. You’d have a Christmas dinner and there would be a tree for us to gather around to exchange gifts. But when it was time to actually open gifts, things would look a lot more like George Costanza’s Festivus celebration than a standard Christmas get-together. Whereas the Costanza family had the “feats of strength,” we had the “offerings of embarrassment.” No one actually called the activity that, but it’s certainly an appropriate title for what went down. 2018-12-10T11:28:57-05:00

Juvenile in custody after threat against Larry A. Ryle High School

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
A 17-year-old is in custody and accused of making a social media threat against a local high school, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials said they worked quickly to make sure Larry A. Ryle High School is safe. The threat started circulating online Sunday, which had a lot of parents and students concerned. 2018-12-10T11:24:27-05:00

WKU working to address teacher shortage

December 10, 2018 - 1:51pm
Of 65 new teachers graduating this weekend from Western Kentucky University, only six are math teachers. That mirrors a nationwide shortage as teacher education colleges struggle to draw students into high-need fields such as math, reading and science. For Corinne Murphy, dean of WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, it is rare to meet with a district superintendent who hasn’t asked for a specialized teacher or group of teachers. 2018-12-10T11:21:22-05:00

Following your heart is always the right call

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Some of the comments made on social media after Western Hills High School senior WanDale Robinson flipped his commitment to play football for the University to Kentucky to the University of Nebraska Wednesday were insensitive and, in some cases, downright filthy. On the internet, people hurl thoughtless criticisms and hide behind the web’s anonymity — like an unfair snowball fight when one side has cover and the other is a sitting duck. Like everything he has done up to this point, Robinson handled the situation with class. He announced his decision on Twitter, honestly admitting, “I got overwhelmed with the pressure from outside influences, the pressure of staying home and the pressure of trying to please everyone.” 2018-12-07T13:45:01-05:00

Bardstown bank robbed again

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Bardstown Police have someone in custody after a bank robbery Friday morning. The suspect who was picked up at his home at 146 Wilble Court is Ledrick Edwards, 39, who is charged with second-degree robbery. He had recently been released from prison on parole for serving time in another bank robbery, in Springfield in 2008. 2018-12-07T13:39:47-05:00

New details emerge in school gun case

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Details about an alleged threat to a Betsy Layne High School student emerged during a bond hearing held in Floyd Circuit Court on Monday. The bond hearing was held on Dec. 3 in a felony case against Andrew Jacob Prater, 18. Prater was 17 years old at the time he was arrested in March for allegedly bringing a gun onto Betsy Layne High School property. Officials reported he had stopped attending that school several months prior to the alleged incident and had no business there. His name was not publicly released until he was indicted by a Floyd County grand jury on Oct. 31 and his arrest warrant was filed on Nov. 13. 2018-12-07T12:34:02-05:00

Meteorologists say prepare for wintry weather

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
This week is winter weather awareness week in Kentucky, and the timing may be perfect. Meteorologists say another round of winter weather may be on the way this weekend. Ashley Ravenscraft, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office at Barkley Regional Airport, west of Paducah, said it's difficult to know the exact placing of a low pressure system that will determine how much moisture will be in the air and exactly which area may receive wintry precipitation. "As of now, southern Illinois to north Tennessee appears to be the sweet spot," she said. 2018-12-07T12:28:00-05:00

New trial date set in murder case

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Murder suspect Lonnie Martin has another trial date in Clark County, but prosecutors still want to see another county’s murder case work out first. Martin, 45, of Stanton is facing a Clark County murder charge for the 1995 death of his cousin, Joseph B. Martin. He is also facing a murder charge in Montgomery County for the July 2013 death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline. 2018-12-07T12:22:43-05:00

Felons may be back in the hemp farming business

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
People with felony drug convictions may be able to grow hemp after all. A controversial provision in the Senate farm bill that bars felons from growing hemp, even as it makes it easier for farmers across the nation to grow the crop, has been modified. Congress is expected to release final details of the compromise bill next week, with a vote shortly afterward. 2018-12-07T12:12:16-05:00

School disciplinary incidents increase as more students use e-cigs, officials seek remedy

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
The national increase in teenagers smoking e-cigarettes is upending Lexington high schools as well, with disciplinary incidents increasing and adults struggling to address the health concerns. Betsy Rains, principal of Lexington’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, estimates that at least 1,000 of her students — half of the student body —are using e-cigarettes. At Lafayette High School, where the incidents of e-cig confiscations has tripled since last year, parent Jennifer McChord was so concerned that she approached Principal Bryne Jacobs about it. E-cig use is an issue at high schools elsewhere in Kentucky, too, and is an indication that more mental health services are needed in schools, one student said. 2018-12-07T12:04:53-05:00

Southern, Eastern Kentucky are biggest targets of weekend snow

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
The greatest threat for weekend snow and ice continues to target southeast areas of Kentucky, according to WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey. However, the system is still hard to predict and some weather models vary on their expectations for the region. 2018-12-07T11:48:26-05:00

Soldiers to return to Fort Campbell following deployment

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Fort Campbell says more than 200 soldiers are returning to the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line over the next two weeks. A statement from the post says the soldiers are returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. 2018-12-07T11:46:07-05:00

Felony sexual assault charges against sheriff’s son dismissed

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Felony sexual assault charges against 22-year-old Patrick Melton, son of Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, have been dismissed. On Tuesday, a Fayette County Circuit Court grand jury did not indict Melton on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, both Class B felonies. He was arrested on the charges, which stemmed from an alleged incident on July 5, by Lexington Metro Police on Aug. 28 and released on a $17,500 bond paid by his mother, Donna Pace Melton. He was also ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim. 2018-12-07T11:41:41-05:00

Brothers arrested for not registering as sex offenders

December 7, 2018 - 1:50pm
Two Radcliff brothers, who police say have been non-compliant with the sex offender registry for more than a year, were arrested late Wednesday afternoon. According to warrants for Johnny Tarter, 51, and Wayne Tarter, 53, it’s the second time both men have failed to comply with the state sex offender registry. Both are listed as lifetime sex offenders. 2018-12-07T11:36:20-05:00

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