Kentucky Press News Service

Savannah Spurlock, missing Central Kentucky mom, to be featured on new Discovery series

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
Savannah Spurlock, a Central Kentucky mother of four who has been missing since January, will be featured in a new online series by Investigation Discovery. Spurlock’s story is one of the first five episodes of “The Missing,” which will be posted to the Investigation Discovery Facebook page Friday, according to a network spokeswoman. The series will also be available through the IDGo app. 2019-07-10T13:06:00-04:00

Paintsville school board faces criticism

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education heard complaints alleging staff misconduct and the mismanagement of funds from a soccer fundraiser. After the meeting, a verbal altercation between two individuals who had been in attendance at the meeting ensued outside of the district’s administrative building, leading to a physical altercation that took place 2019-07-10T12:41:39-04:00

Cape Air recommended for essential air services contract in Owensboro

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
At a special meeting held on Tuesday, the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board of Directors voted unanimously to recommend Cape Air remain the area's Essential Air Service provider. "We wanted to be thorough and give all of those airlines that presented a fair hearing," Board Chairman Ed Riney said. "That is what we did. We feel comfortable with recommending to the Department of Transportation that we continue on with Cape Air with the caveat that they add Nashville as a destination." 2019-07-10T12:34:53-04:00

Coroners pull over suspected drunk driver

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
A Frankfort man was charged with DUI after he was pulled over by the Anderson County Coroner’s van last Saturday night. Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Votaw and Deputy Coroner Richard Medley were returning to Lawrenceburg on U.S. 127 when they used the van’s lights and siren to stop a driver at the intersection of 127 and Highway 151, according to police reports. Votaw and Medley, who were completing a death investigation, observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and being operated “in an erratic behavior,” according to Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey. 2019-07-10T12:26:34-04:00

Trump tweets Democrats 'coming after' Mitch McConnell as Amy McGrath enters race

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night, weighing in on Amy McGrath's decision to enter the 2020 Senate race against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump claimed that Democrats are "coming after our great Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell, with someone who compared my election to September 11th … ." He implied that McGrath wasn't qualified to take McConnell's position. 2019-07-10T12:22:43-04:00

Kentucky special pension session likely to start July 19, House Republican leader says

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
July 19 is a "very likely" starting date for a pension-related special legislative session, Kentucky House Majority Leader John "Bam" Carney said Tuesday. The purpose of the session would be to pass a bill giving relief to quasi-governmental groups from the soaring pension costs they must pay starting this month. Carney, R-Campbellsville, said in an impromptu interview at the Capitol Annex on Tuesday that date is not certain, and he stressed only Gov. Matt Bevin can call a special legislative session. 2019-07-10T12:18:58-04:00

Kentucky makeover: Amy McGrath challenges Mitch McConnell as a pro-Trump Democrat

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
Democrat Amy McGrath tried to make a new ally on Tuesday morning as she returned to Kentucky politics to challenge Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2020 election. McConnell, she said, has prevented President Donald Trump from accomplishing much of his agenda during his first two and a half years in office. McGrath, 44, embraced the president in a way that is bound to agitate some progressives voters, but it's an early window into her acknowledgment that Trump's popularity in the Bluegrass State, where he pummeled Hillary Clinton by 30 percentage points, is nearly impenetrable. 2019-07-10T12:14:04-04:00

McGrath raises $2.5 million in her first day as candidate against Mitch McConnell

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
Former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath brought in a whopping $2.5 million in the first day of her campaign to challenge U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to her campaign, a formidable number that could help her clear the field in a potential Democratic primary. Mark Nickolas, McGrath’s campaign manager, said the $2,501,166 in the 24 hours after the campaign’s launch came from 69,188 donors with the average donation of $36.15. 2019-07-10T12:10:21-04:00

Off-duty Kentucky sheriff’s deputy fatally shoots suspect who tried to disarm him, police say

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
Kentucky State Police are investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday night in Powell County. About 8 p.m. Tuesday, an off-duty Powell County sheriff’s deputy made contact with a male suspect who allegedly had led law enforcement on an earlier pursuit, state police said. The vehicle was found on Ashley Hollow Road near Clay City, according to state police. 2019-07-10T12:07:08-04:00

‘We’re going down.’ NTSB blames Kentucky pilot in crash that killed 4 on hunting trip

July 10, 2019 - 3:20pm
A Kentucky pilot likely became disoriented as he maneuvered to avoid deteriorating weather conditions, leading to a crash in which he and three others died, according to a federal investigation. The probable cause of the crash was that pilot Scott T. Foster, who wasn’t rated to fly by instruments alone, flew into an area where the conditions would have required flying by instruments, resulting in a loss of control because of disorientation, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. 2019-07-10T11:57:13-04:00

Call center warns state of 179 layoffs

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
Sykes has notified the state that the call center company will be laying off a total of 179 employees from its Hazard facility According to the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employer and Apprenticeship, the company filed the notice July 1 that it would be laying off nearly half its workforce. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Sykes, established in 2007, is a banking services support center/inbound call center which currently employs 375 people. 2019-07-10T11:49:53-04:00

KentuckyWired achieves another milestone

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
The state’s KentuckyWired project reached another milestone, placing the last of 20 local telecommunications huts across the state. The final hut was installed in Henderson, near U.S. 41 and the Henderson bypass on June 27. The huts, housing communications equipment vital to the KentuckyWired fiber optic network, are located primarily at state police posts and Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses. 2019-07-10T11:38:13-04:00

Homemade pipe bomb container snarls Scott County traffic

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
A homemade pipe bomb container found in front of Georgetown's International Crankshaft facility closed off part of Lemons Mill Road Tuesday afternoon, according to Georgetown Assistant Police Chief Robert Swanigan. The container was discovered by a groundskeeper mowing the grass, and when he looked at it, immediately reported it about 1:30 p.m. 2019-07-10T11:30:31-04:00

Charges against former deputy in fatal ATV wreck to go before Owen County grand jury

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
The case of a former part-time Franklin County Sheriff’s Office court security officer accused of being intoxicated during a deadly ATV crash last month will be presented to a grand jury. He previously pleaded not guilty to charges in the June 21 ATV accident in Owen County that killed 73-year-old Patricia Karsner. Chavez, of Frankfort, is currently on house arrest and will have to undergo random drug and alcohol tests, court records state. 2019-07-10T11:26:47-04:00

Gallatin County: Sparta airport gets federal grant for construction

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
Northern Kentucky will be getting a new airport -- this one in Gallatin County's Sparta, home of the Kentucky Speedway. The airport will be built with help from a $9 million federal grant, according to a release Tuesday from Rep. Thomas Massie. The grant's funding will come from taxes levied on users via airline tickets and aviation fuel, Massie said. 2019-07-10T11:22:54-04:00

Identity of man found under I-65 overpass released

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
No foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found Monday under an Interstate 65 overpass. Kentucky State Police identified the man as Charles Douglas Morton, 59. He was found lying unresponsive under Warren County's Scottsville Road overpass at the 22-mile marker of I-65. 2019-07-10T11:17:08-04:00

Forgotten WWI vet honored on July 4th

July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
One hundred years ago, Pvt. Fred Stout returned to Taylorsville to be buried at the bottom of a hill in Taylorsville’s Pioneer Cemetery. Time, unjust racial customs, and neglect erased his gravestone and his memory. On July 4, AMVETS Post 129 gave Stout the honor he was due. 2019-07-10T11:11:10-04:00

KSP: One dead in shooting in Pike County park

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
Kentucky State Police and other emergency responders converged on a South Williamson park Saturday evening and found a man dead as the result of a shooting. According to a statement from KSP, the agency responded to a shooting incident in a park area near the flood wall in South Williamson which occurred at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday. 2019-07-09T13:41:13-04:00

Trade war forces farmers to harvest government payments instead of crops

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
The federal government’s plans to pay back farmers for the losses they’re suffering due to our ongoing trade wars keep getting more convoluted, less efficient and worse for the economy. New reporting from the Associated Press has now shone a light on how bigger farms are dodging a cap that was supposed to limit government payments to $125,000 per farm. 2019-07-09T13:32:53-04:00

Ironclad 'no call' list needed in state

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
Telemarketers calling our phones, many times on a daily basis, could not be more annoying. It’s a common experience these days to look at an incoming call and see a number originating in a faraway state or in some cases another country. These telemarketers have also began using our area code and the first three digits of your number to appear as if they are local callers. The problem is they’re not. You answer to hear a computer telling you of ways to save money, ways to help pay off student loans – when you probably don’t have any student loans to pay off – or you’ve been selected to win a cruise or sum of money. 2019-07-09T13:24:34-04:00

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