Kentucky Press News Service

Guilty plea entered for 2015 murder

March 18, 2018 - 12:52pm
Roger and Debra Kinney were supposed to plead guilty to a 2015 homicide Thursday, but only Roger went through with it. The husband and wife were charged in connection with the May 9, 2015, death of Darryl Wiseman on their farm on Twin Fork Lane, following an earlier mediation session. 2018-03-18T10:14:44-04:00

Kentucky to open some child protection cases to public under 6-county pilot project starting March 19

March 16, 2018 - 6:50pm
For the first time in Kentucky, some child protection cases will be open to the public under a four-year pilot project that will take place 2018-2021. The Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order March 13 authorizing the Open Court Pilot Project. In 2018, Family Courts will be open from March 19-May 31 in Hopkins and Jefferson counties and the four-county judicial circuit of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson, a state news release said. 2018-03-16T16:04:18-04:00

Adopt-a-Highway groups to give Kentucky roadsides a ‘Spring Clean’

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway program will give the state's roadsides a “Spring Clean” from March 19-25 during the first cleanup outing of 2018. As Adopt-a-Highway groups remove unsightly litter to make way for spring flowers, green grass and budding trees, the Transportation Cabinet reminds motorists that when Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are present, roadsides are active work zones. Whether it is Spring Clean week or Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, which will occur April 9-13, drivers are expected to slow down and to travel through work zones with extra caution. 2018-03-16T13:21:54-04:00

PSC grants emergency rate increase to Martin County Water District

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted Martin County Water District an emergency rate increase in order to stave off the utility’s financial collapse. In an order issued Friday, the PSC granted Martin County Water an annual revenue increase of about 26.5 percent, consisting of an increase in base rates and a separate surcharge that will be used by the utility to reduce its unpaid bills. The average monthly residential bill will rise by $11.17, or about 28 percent, going from $39.90 to $51.07. 2018-03-16T13:15:52-04:00

Nominations now being accepted for Kentucky’s most distinguished historic preservation awards

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
Nominations are now being accepted for Kentucky’s most distinguished awards honoring excellence for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, and cultural and archaeological sites. Presented annually since 1979, the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will take place this May in Frankfort during National Historic Preservation Month. 2018-03-16T13:02:05-04:00

Schools move ahead with mental health efforts

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
Christy Bryce, director of intervention for Warren County Public Schools, knows how damaging traumatic experiences can be on a child’s developing brain. “Children’s experiences determine which neural connections are kept and which are pruned,” she said. “So basically our brain is constructed based on our experiences.” Warren County Public Schools and the Bowling Green Independent School District are taking steps to train their staff to recognize and address the traumatic experiences students might bring into the classroom. 2018-03-16T12:57:49-04:00

Logan man charged with 243 sex offenses

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
A Russellville man accused of hundreds of sex crimes against a single juvenile victim over a five-year period was arraigned Thursday in Logan Circuit Court. A Logan County grand jury indicted Ethan Dakota Goodnight, 24, on 144 counts of first-degree sexual abuse (victim younger than 12 years of age), 96 counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. 2018-03-16T12:53:17-04:00

KSP detective's memory helps police identify human remains

March 16, 2018 - 3:50pm
A good memory and investigative persistence led to the identification of skeletal remains found in Logan County. When Kentucky State Police Detective Joe Gregory was assigned to investigate the human skeletal remains found near Auburn in December, he remembered seeing an abandoned vehicle near that spot in 2015. Ultimately, that memory he had from his days as a road trooper led to the identification of the skull and vertebrae of John J. Cauley, 66, of Ohio, Kentucky State Police Post 3 spokesman Jeremy Hodges said. 2018-03-16T12:47:19-04:00

Bill clouds citizens’ access

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
The incredible demolition of the Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort’s tallest building brought down after falling into disrepair, offers a stark visual reminder not only of what’s going to happen with continued neglect of reforming Kentucky’s pension systems but also the danger of eroding respect for its open records and meetings laws. 2018-03-16T10:43:56-04:00

Students should continue speaking up for safety

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
In an age when people are faster to post a Facebook status than to pick up a sign and march for a cause, students who rallied at the Capitol Wednesday should be praised for speaking out about an issue that directly affects their lives. More than 200 students from Franklin County, Marshall County — where a school shooting happened earlier this year — and other communities in Kentucky gathered on the Capitol steps to speak about recent shootings in schools. Many brought signs with them. 2018-03-16T10:40:10-04:00

Celebrating with tiny heart warrior

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
Sometimes the biggest reminders about how precious the gift of life is comes from the smallest people. Eli Alexander, all of 4 months old and with a brand new heart pounding inside his tiny chest, is one of those people. Being an organ donor is vital to helping save somebody else’s life. As Eli’s mother eloquently pointed out, for their son to live, another family is agonizing over the loss of a child. 2018-03-16T10:36:51-04:00

S.T.O.P. Tipline would be another useful tool

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
Regardless of where you stand on the gun control debate that continues to roil in the wake of the latest round of school shootings, students in Kentucky and outside our borders are fed up with the climate of fear present at the institutions of learning they attend. They demonstrated as much on Wednesday when students across the country staged a 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence — one minute for every life lost in last month’s Parkland, Fla., school shooting. A recent meeting hosted by Nelson County Schools introduced a new tool for combating these concerns to NCS officials, as well as those from Bardstown City Schools and a handful of other districts around the state. The S.T.O.P. Tipline (Safety Tipline, Online Prevention), created in 2013 by the Kentucky Center for School Safety, is currently used by about 70 school districts across Kentucky. 2018-03-16T10:32:33-04:00

Even Dems on board with bank law rollback

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
We have often commented on what a bad law we believe the 2010 financial reform law known as "Dodd-Frank" is. The law was passed by majority Democrats in the aftermath of the "Great Recession." Its champion was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the former Harvard professor who has never encountered a capitalist enterprise she does not hate. 2018-03-16T10:29:01-04:00

Grateful for Pearse Lyons’ lasting legacy

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
Kentucky is lucky that fate — plus a scientific knowledge of whiskey — brought Pearse Lyons to the Bluegrass and that he put down roots. We don’t envy his eulogists, though. How to convey the power of his vision and generosity? Not an easy task. Lyons’ extraordinary drive as a scientist and entrepreneur enabled him, in partnership with his wife, Deirdre, to build a $3 billion company and also pursue another passion: philanthropy. 2018-03-16T10:23:30-04:00

Who’s ‘ignorant’ and ‘uninformed’? Bevin should do more homework before ranting on radio.

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
Just when you thought Gov. Matt Bevin couldn’t stick his foot further into his mouth, he goes on the radio and lets loose a new blizzard of insults and nonsense. Appearing Tuesday on WVLC radio in Campbellsville, Bevin went off on Kentucky teachers angry that he and Republican lawmakers want to cut billions from their retirement benefits. Bevin called teachers “remarkably selfish and short-sighted” and claimed they were “throwing a temper tantrum.” 2018-03-16T10:18:55-04:00

Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announces retirement

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
Gregory K. Johnson, commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, announced his retirement Friday at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting after nearly four decades of public service in natural resources, wildlife management, and agriculture. 2018-03-16T10:13:08-04:00

Timber! Tree felled by a beaver cuts power to utility customers

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
About 1,000 Kentucky Power customers lost electricity briefly on Thursday after a beaver gnawed through a tree that fell on a utility line. The tree fell on a line near Pippa Passes in Knott County, the utility company said in a press release. Power was restored to affected customers within 34 minutes. 2018-03-16T09:58:19-04:00

Man who killed boy has ‘major mental illness,’ previously injured baby, doctor testifies

March 16, 2018 - 12:50pm
A psychologist who evaluated Ronald Exantus concluded that he has “a major mental illness” and was undergoing a psychotic episode when he stabbed 6-year-Logan Tipton to death in Versailles. On the fifth day of testimony in the Exantus trial, Dr. Kenneth Benedict, who was hired by the defense, could not specify what type of illness Exantus has. But he said it could be schizophrenia. The testimony is the foundation of the defense, which acknowledges that Exantus, an Indianapolis nurse, killed the boy in December 2015 but argues Exantus should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. 2018-03-16T09:41:20-04:00

Jefferson schools reports more Head Start abuses, firings

March 16, 2018 - 9:50am
Already under scrutiny from federal Head Start officials, Jefferson County Public Schools this school year recorded an additional 18 incidents in which staffers or others reported that young children had been left unsupervised or abused, the district has told Insider. The district’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been under fire since a federal education official last October threatened an emergency suspension of the programs, telling officials that a culture of abuse and neglect of young students within Jefferson County Public Schools made her sick to her stomach. 2018-03-16T09:19:55-04:00

Door blocks coming to Taylor schools

March 16, 2018 - 9:50am
As ideas continue to be discussed about what should be done to strengthen local schools, Taylor County Schools Superintendent Roger Cook has decided to involve the local community in taking a step to strengthen security in each of the district’s four schools. Cook attended a school safety seminar in Louisville last week, and has decided to purchase expandable doorstops to be placed on each door of an occupied room at each of the schools. 2018-03-16T09:13:49-04:00