Kentucky Press News Service

'Landmark' Seattle tax meets a rapid demise

June 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
Seattle is in the news again. This was the headline on USA Today's website Wednesday: "In a fast about-face, Seattle caves to Amazon, overturns landmark corporate head tax." Not exactly. Allow us to elaborate. 2018-06-15T11:55:00-04:00

Kentuckiana Pride Festival open to all, but most Republicans stay away

June 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
When Louisville’s gay and lesbian community kicks off its annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival with a parade on Friday, it's not likely you'll see too many recognizable Republicans there. The festival, which was apolitical for much of its history, is fast becoming a Democratic happening with that party's top politicians taking part in the Pride parade and other events that are expected to draw a record 40,000 people this year. 2018-06-15T11:49:29-04:00

Partnership between state, CVS Health to train persons with disabilities for jobs in retail

June 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Johnson County's Thelma community and CVS Health celebrated the grand opening of the CVS Retail Pharmacy Collaborative program and mock pharmacy store on Friday. The new collaboration will train Kentuckians with disabilities for employment in a retail store such as CVS Pharmacy, and be the first mock pharmacy program in the state, according to a state news release. 2018-06-15T11:40:14-04:00

Man with machete accused of robbing gas station, attacking homeowner

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
A Madisonville man is in custody after allegedly robbing a gas station and threatening a homeowner with a machete Wednesday. According to a Madisonville Police Department report, Officer Joe Keelin responded to a robbery at the Marathon gas station at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The complainant said a man had entered the store, brandished a machete and stolen five bottles of beer, a lighter and a newspaper totaling $11.90 before leaving the scene. 2018-06-15T11:11:26-04:00

Father-daughter barbers - it’s a family affair

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
The upcoming Father’s Day weekend has special meaning for at least two families in Cynthiana. Fathers Jerry Adams and Woody Richie are both long-time barbers in town and both have daughters working with them in their respective barber shops. 2018-06-15T10:52:40-04:00

Willett Distillery announces changes in leadership

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
The historic family owned and operated Willett Distillery of Bardstown announced Thursday the promotion of Kristin Martha-Britt Kulsveen to the role of president and chief whiskey officer. The announcement was made in conjunction with National Bourbon Day at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. Kulsveen is the great-granddaughter of founder A. Lambert Willett and succeeds her mother, Martha Harriett Willett Kulsveen, as president. The landmark announcement also came on Britt Kulsveen’s 39th birthday. 2018-06-15T09:39:15-04:00

Candidate with no opposition in fall had sexual abuse charge expunged

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
A Fayette County constable candidate who won the Democratic primary on May 22 and has no Republican opponent in the November general election served several years in prison for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old. Wade McNabb, who beat incumbent Jeff Jacob and Liekiem Broyles on May 22, was convicted, but his case was overturned by the state Court of Appeals. The charge was expunged and now McNabb will serve as one of three constables, who serve civil summons for attorneys for a fee. 2018-06-15T09:25:25-04:00

Slain Marine’s wife, mother describe attack

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Marine Cpl. Jonathan Price wanted to be an organ donor before he and his wife were shot outside a Lexington bar. But his organs couldn’t be used because he bled out, his mother testified Thursday in the trial of two men accused of murder and robbery. Debbie Price, Jonathan’s mother, and his wife, Megan, helped jurors get to know the man they lost and described the events that led to his death in a 2014 robbery and shooting outside Austin City Saloon. 2018-06-15T09:21:35-04:00

Kentucky Center fire: Most art is OK but staff worry about one piece

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Much of the $18 million in artwork at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts survived the building's fire unscathed, but officials said Thursday they're worried about one piece that was hit with "a great deal of water." John Chamberlain's "The Coloured Gates of Louisville," which rests on the wall of the center's Bomhard Theater, is the staff's primary concern, said Kentucky Center President Kim Baker at a news conference Thursday afternoon. The center is working to bring in experts to examine that piece — which Baker said was created specifically for the Louisville community. 2018-06-15T09:19:16-04:00

Kentucky Supreme Court rules death penalty IQ law is unconstitutional

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
The Kentucky Supreme Court threw out an "unconstitutional" state death penalty law Thursday and ordered a new hearing for a man convicted of murdering a teenager 20 years ago. Kentucky uses an IQ test to determine if defendants have the mental competence to be sentenced to death, a practice the court deemed outdated. The opinion arose from the case of Robert Keith Woodall, who was sentenced to death after he pleaded guilty to slitting the throat of Sarah Hansen, a 16-year-old Muhlenberg County honor student. Woodall raped and dumped her into a freezing lake, where she drowned in 1998. 2018-06-15T09:14:25-04:00

Daviess County grand jury issues murder indictment in shaken baby death

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
A Daviess County grand jury has indicted an Owensboro man for allegedly causing the death of his 3-month-old son. The grand jury indicted Austin L. Haaff, 22, for murder in the April death of Collin Lee Haaff, who died at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville. The cause of death was abusive head trauma and other injuries. 2018-06-15T09:08:55-04:00

Queen of Mississippi ushers tourists from around globe

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
The riverboat royalty known as The Queen of the Mississippi docked in Paducah early Thursday morning, and with her poured in tourists from every corner of the world, eager to partake in Paducah on their one-day stop. Arriving later than expected and limited to less than 24 hours in the city, it was difficult for tourists to experience Paducah in its complete form and charm. But for many, the small taste was just enough to pique their interest and make them hungry for more. 2018-06-15T09:04:54-04:00

Police: Man recorded rape of 6-year-old

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
A 23-year-old Paducah man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl and videoing the abuse. Tirrell L. Vasser is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree fleeing or evading police, use of a minor in a sexual performance, possessing/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and resisting arrest. 2018-06-15T09:00:38-04:00

Inmate indicted on murder charge

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
A Floyd County grand jury issued an indictment against a Floyd County Detention Center inmate Wednesday, charging him with the murder of another inmate at the jail. The indictment accuses 23-year-old Scotty Gibson of “wantonly” engaging in conduct that “created a grave risk of death” to Adam Potter, who was incarcerated alongside Gibson at the Floyd County jail. The incident, which occurred on June 5, was recorded on the jail’s video surveillence system. 2018-06-15T08:58:15-04:00

KSP: Investigation opened after body found at Jenny Wiley State Park

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Kentucky State Police have opened a death investigation after a body was found on one of the hiking trails at Jenny Wiley State Park. According to a statement from KSP Post 9, shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, troopers, along with the Prestonsburg Police Department, Prestonsburg Fire Department, Kentucky State Park Ranger Service and Trans Star Ambulance were dispatched to the park. Upon arrival, the statement said, troopers were led to the scene where the body was found by a person who had been hiking on the trail. 2018-06-15T08:56:01-04:00

Former Winchester-Clark County parks employee indicted

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
A former Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation employee charged with stealing more than $10,000 from the department has been indicted. Dosha Plummer, 36, was indicted Thursday by the Clark County Grand Jury for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. The charge is a Class C felony and could carry a sentence of five to 10 years if convicted. In January, an audit of the 2016-17 fiscal year uncovered a number of issues within the parks department, including an employee who had taken $15,000. 2018-06-15T08:53:05-04:00

Therapist offers perspective on increased suicide rates

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
With suicide among celebrities becoming more publicized and increasingly prevalent, the often overlooked issue is becoming talked about more. However, the stigma of talking openly about suicide still remains in our nation and the community. Kentucky ranks 20th in the nation for suicide rates, and it is the 11th leading cause of death in the state overall, according to Kentucky Health News. Suicide is also the second leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34 in Kentucky and fourth for ages 35 to 54. 2018-06-15T08:50:36-04:00

Swimsuits are in for pageant, deadlines approaching

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
The swimsuit portion of the Miss America beauty pageant may have been cut out this year, but the Western Kentucky State Fair will continue it. At least for the time being. Carolyn Cobb, organizer of the Miss Western Kentucky State Fair pageant, explained that this pageant follows rules set by the Kentucky Association Fairs and Horse Shows, who govern all county and state fair pageants in Kentucky. “We have to follow those rules,” she said. They also aren’t associated with Miss America. 2018-06-15T08:46:48-04:00

Georgetown College's probation lifted

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Georgetown College is no longer on probation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges announced Thursday morning the organization was convinced Georgetown College’s administration was doing all it can to restore financial stability and viability to the college. Georgetown College has been on probation for several years for its “failure to comply” with accreditation requirements on financial resources and stability and a financial stability standard. 2018-06-15T08:42:09-04:00

Franklin Humane Society takes in 101 animals in five seizures

June 15, 2018 - 11:30am
The Franklin County Humane Society recently has seen an uptick in animal confiscations. Kerry Lowary, Franklin County Humane Society manager, said the group has assisted in five different animal seizures since May 30 and has taken in 101 animals as a result. Normally, the group helps in one to two cases a year. “As long as I’ve been with the Humane Society, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Lowary said. 2018-06-15T08:37:22-04:00

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