Kentucky Press News Service

Professionals talk about why National Suicide Prevention should be observed this week — and every week, going forward

September 17, 2018 - 10:00am
National Suicide Prevention week began Monday and is observed through Saturday, but for many organizations the work never ends. According to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), annually, more than three times as many people die by suicide in Kentucky than by homicide. 2018-09-17T08:15:34-04:00

‘She took a part of us with her’ -- Suicide from a mother’s perspective

September 17, 2018 - 10:00am
On June 4, 2017, Catheryne Claunch sent a private message to someone on Facebook, trying to find a gun for what she said was a fun outing with friends to a shooting range. That was at noon; by 1:30 p.m., she had the gun, which she purchased for $180. She pulled into a dollar-store parking lot in Perryville, then pulled the trigger. She was 20 years old. Chris Claunch says no parent ever expects to get “that phone call.” 2018-09-17T08:10:01-04:00

Weekend construction causes NKY traffic headaches

September 17, 2018 - 10:00am
Weekend construction work on Interstate 71/75 continues to cause headaches for northbound motorists in Boone and Kenton counties. The backup Sunday afternoon extended from just north of Walton all the way to Erlanger. Motorists sought an alternate route on northbound Dixie Highway both Saturday and Sunday creating backups on that busy stretch of roadway. 2018-09-17T08:07:37-04:00

Kentucky teacher is face of Time magazine story on underpaid educators

September 16, 2018 - 12:59pm
Hope Brown loves teaching. But she doesn't believe educators are paid for the work they do. "I have a master's degree, 16 years of experience, work two extra jobs and donate blood plasma to pay the bills," her Time magazine cover reads. "I'm a teacher in America." Brown, who teaches history at Woodford County High School in central Kentucky's Versailles, is one of the faces of Time's most recent cover story, focusing on the recent teacher "uprising" seen across the country, including in Kentucky. 2018-09-16T10:13:54-04:00

Find out what Kentucky nurses, National Guard are doing to help victims of Florence

September 16, 2018 - 12:59pm
Members of the Kentucky National Guard and state public health nurses left this weekend to help with Tropical Storm Florence evacuation and rescue efforts as the storm continues to bash the East Coast, causing widespread flooding. Ten Kentucky public health nurses were scheduled to leave Sunday morning to go to North Carolina to help staff emergency evacuation shelters. 2018-09-16T10:06:43-04:00

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame ceremony opens its doors to the public for the first time

September 16, 2018 - 12:59pm
Since 2001, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame has celebrated individuals and organizations that have made an impact on the industry. Each year, an inductee luncheon ceremony is held during Kentucky Bourbon Festival week, recognizing a handful of folks many bourbon drinkers are familiar with — with names like Samuels, Noe, Beam, Blanton, Russell, Van Winkle and the list goes on. This year’s ceremony, held Friday, Sept. 14, at the Frazier History Museum, marked the first time the event was held in Louisville and also the first time it was open to the public (with an admission fee). 2018-09-16T10:02:56-04:00

Rick Pitino returns to Louisville seeking 'closure' after bitter exit

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
As with many other recent moments in his career, Rick Pitino's first public return to Louisville was marked by conflict. The former University of Louisville basketball coach was torn between what he said was his desire for "closure" and the lingering bitterness from being fired in October amid a recruiting scandal. Eventually, he said, the former won out. 2018-09-16T00:14:20-04:00

Why is UK paying $4.65 million for 16 acres of tobacco warehouses on Versailles Road?

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
The University of Kentucky plans to buy 16 acres of offices and tobacco warehouses on Versailles Road in order to move its motor pool off campus. The $4.65 million deal to buy the G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Company headquarters at 1247 Versailles Road was approved Thursday by the finance committee of the UK Board of Trustees. The plan is to move UK’s motor pool location on Sports Center Drive to the property on Versailles Road. The motor pool is housed on valuable real estate between Kroger Field and a new baseball stadium under construction. Parking could be part of the property’s new use, said Eric Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance. 2018-09-16T00:08:34-04:00

A note to Gov. Bevin: What we mean by #ReadLocal. And why we’ll keep asking questions.

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
Gov. Matt Bevin, who’s made a habit of calling journalists names during his time as governor, recently pointed his Twitter finger in the Herald-Leader’s direction. Over the last few weeks, the governor took issue with two articles: one about the state of economic progress under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative in Eastern Kentucky; the second about a report on the state’s economic progress in general. 2018-09-15T23:58:41-04:00

Four-year-old hit by car on Cooper Drive during football game; UK student charged with DUI

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
A four-year old boy was hit by a car during the University of Kentucky football game on Saturday afternoon, and a UK student was charged with DUI in the crash. Lexington police Sgt. Stephen Yoder said the child was taken to UK Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries. No updates were available regarding his condition as of 10 p.m. Saturday. 2018-09-15T23:54:22-04:00

#217Strong: Community shows support for deputy

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
There was almost an audible exhale Friday throughout Scott County when news Deputy Jaime Morales gave Sheriff Tony Hampton two thumbs up from his hospital bed. The deputy ate a meal Friday, much sooner than doctors expected, said a friend. Morales was critically wounded Tuesday night when he joined federal authorities trying to apprehend a suspected serial bank robber at the northbound rest area on I-75 at Exit 127. Despite wearing a bullet-proof vest, Morales was struck in the side when shots rang out as law enforcement officers approached the suspect’s car. 2018-09-15T23:37:27-04:00

Man who carjacked semi truck sentenced to 10 years

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
A Cold Spring man will spend at least eight years in federal prison after carjacking a semi tractor-trailer last year, officials said. Christopher D. Pinguely, 35, held up a truck driver on Sept. 3 with an AR-15 style rifle in Henry County, according to court documents. Threatening to shoot the driver, Pinguely took the truck and made it to Gallatin County before Kentucky State Police and the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle. 2018-09-15T23:29:08-04:00

Latest census data show local growth, challenges

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
Local wages are up and poverty and unemployment levels are down, but Bowling Green and Warren County still lag behind national averages in most of those categories. The question remains as to how much the region's job growth will affect poverty and wage levels going forward. The latest American Community Survey Census Bureau data was released Thursday. The rise in wages and decrease of people in poverty and unemployed was welcome news for Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. 2018-09-15T23:25:00-04:00

California-based manufacturer to locate in Albany, create 25 full-time jobs

September 16, 2018 - 12:59am
Rack-It Truck Racks Inc., a utility truck rack manufacturer with operations in California, will invest more than $1.35 million and create 25 full-time jobs to establish a location in Clinton County. Rack-It leaders plan to purchase, upgrade and build out from an existing 37,000-square-foot facility on Fairgrounds Road in Albany. 2018-09-15T23:16:00-04:00

Kentucky Personnel Board opens investigation of Alison Lundergan Grimes. Here’s why.

September 14, 2018 - 3:58pm
The Kentucky Personnel Board voted Friday to launch an investigation into allegations that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office violated state personnel law by using the state’s voter registration database to look up the party affiliation of employees and prospective hires. Jared Dearing, the executive director of the State Board of Elections, filed a complaint with the personnel board claiming that Grimes’ office looked up the party affiliation of staffers and job applicants at the state board of elections and that she created a hostile work environment for himself and other employees. “This is not about party politics, this is about the welfare of our system,” Dearing said. “If it does not work for Republicans now, it will not work for Democrats in the future.” 2018-09-14T14:28:00-04:00

Andy Barr doesn’t care

September 14, 2018 - 3:58pm
Here’s the basic point of this post: Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit for office. He has done things that would have gotten any other president impeached. He has damaged our country, perhaps for generations. And he is moving closer and closer to authoritarianism. And Andy Barr doesn’t care. Truthfully, the construct “Donald Trump is [insert bad thing], and [insert Republican] doesn’t care” could be used for every Republican in the House and Senate, including our two Senators and most of our House members. Why, then, pick on just Rep. Barr? Because he has invited this misbegotten president to come campaign for him. Andy Barr has shown, very clearly, that his race matters more to him than anything that Trump has said or done. 2018-09-14T14:22:09-04:00

State police rank atop records scofflaw list

September 14, 2018 - 3:58pm
Louisville TV station WDRB recently published an article on its website about the worst violators of Kentucky's Open Records Act over the past five years. The Kentucky State Police tops the list. The station notes the irony of this -- that an agency charged with enforcement of the law would so routinely ignore one that applies to itself. Specifically the station found that the Kentucky Attorney General's office, which is the primary arbiter of open records disputes, has found KSP in violation 33 times since 2013. The scandal-plagued University of Louisville came in second with 30 violations over the term. 2018-09-14T13:56:00-04:00

Paducah Coast Guard unit assists in relief

September 14, 2018 - 3:58pm
Four members of the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Unit-Paducah have been dispatched to North Carolina to assist with reliefs efforts related to Hurricane Florence. The four are part of the Western Rivers Flood Punt Response Team. They will participate in the Coast Guard's catastrophic incidence search and rescue efforts, according to Petty Officer DeWayne Visser. The four from Paducah will be joined by three members of the Coast Guard's Sector Ohio Valley Boat House. 2018-09-14T13:53:38-04:00

Autopsy says man found Thursday in Central Kentucky was homicide victim

September 14, 2018 - 3:58pm
The death of a man whose body was found near Wilmore is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Jessamine County sheriff’s office. The body was found Thursday on Pekin Lane off U.S. 68 about two miles west of Wilmore. An autopsy performed Friday in Frankfort led investigators to believe the man’s death was a homicide, said Jessamine Chief Deputy Allen Peel. 2018-09-14T13:24:36-04:00

Teen accused in child porn complaint

September 14, 2018 - 3:58pm
A federal criminal complaint filed this week accuses a Logan County teenager of possessing and distributing child pornography. The case against Zachary Stogner, 18, of Russellville, was unsealed Tuesday by a federal judge. The complaint, filed by Special Agent Theodore Curtis of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, details how an undercover Homeland Security agent based in Phoenix was able to identify Stogner as a suspect. The undercover agent accessed an unidentified online platform and logged into a chat room known to contain child pornography July 9, according to the complaint. 2018-09-14T13:20:48-04:00

Pages