Kentucky Press News Service

Victor Staffieri, chairman and CEO of LG&E and KU Energy, announces his retirement

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
Victor A. Staffieri, chairman and CEO of LG&E and KU Energy, has announced his retirement from the state's largest utility effective March 8. Paul Thompson, who was named president and chief operating officer this month, will succeed Staffieri. 2018-01-10T12:00:02-05:00

Westport man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill state officials

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
A Westport man was arrested for allegedly making several Facebook posts threatening to kill people, including state officials. Adrian Wayne Thompson, 34, posted on Facebook on Jan. 1 that he was going to start killing people, according to an arrest warrant. 2018-01-10T11:48:57-05:00

Hopkinsville looks to capitalize on post-eclipse opportunities

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
The city of Hopkinsville is looking for ways to capitalize on the good press created by the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. To do so, the city hired former Eclipse Marketing Coordinator Brooke Jung on a three-month contract, which runs until Jan. 15. Jung has been compiling information gained from surveys and other sources during the eclipse and she has been holding a focus group of Christian County citizens, which will come up with ideas for marketing the city. 2018-01-10T11:36:53-05:00

Georgetown college president says $1M needed by accreditation visit

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
Georgetown College President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene sounded a clarion call on social media Friday, seeking to raise $1 million in advance of an accrediting agency’s visit this spring. “Building on what was a very fine fall semester, we’re stepping into 2018 with much energy and strength,” Greene said in a video posted on Facebook. 2018-01-10T11:30:52-05:00

Federal agents raid Asian restaurant in Frankfort

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
Details were scant Tuesday after federal agents were seen entering Brighton Park Shopping Center’s Asian Buffet. Agents descended on the east side eatery in the afternoon, empty cardboard boxes in hand, according to Nicole Woods, owner of the neighboring Just for You boutique. When they left a few hours later, they were carrying boxes that were noticeably fuller, Woods said. 2018-01-10T11:17:35-05:00

State representative won't seek re-election; instead Kay will run for Woodford judge-executive

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
James Kay is going local. Instead of seeking re-election this year, State Rep. Kay, D-Versailles, is running for Woodford County Judge-Executive, he announced on social media Tuesday. 2018-01-10T11:11:25-05:00

Elizabethtown expands DARE to home-school students

January 10, 2018 - 1:45pm
Local students who are home-schooled now are able to participate in the DARE program this year, the Eliza­beth­­town Police Department announced Monday. EPD Officer John Thomas said the department began an exploratory process last week to see if there was interest among homeschooling families. 2018-01-10T11:01:45-05:00

Ground broken on $18 million Korean industrial plant in Franklin

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Dozens of officials gathered Tuesday in a tent to commemorate a Korean company's decision to build its first American facility in the Henderson Interstate Industrial Park at Franklin. The $18 million plant will create 76 jobs, a county official said. 2018-01-10T10:20:41-05:00

WKU's student-run newspaper shifts to weekly print edition

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
When Western Kentucky University students return to campus later this month, they’ll notice a change in the university’s student-run newspaper. Effective Jan. 23, the twice-weekly College Heights Herald will move to a weekly print edition in response to some financial hurdles. 2018-01-10T10:18:21-05:00

Entrepreneur Avdic a true inspiration

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Fuji Avdic came to Bowling Green as a 7-year-old Bosnian refugee in 1998. Avdic is a 2009 Warren Central High School graduate who worked as an emergency room technician at The Medical Center at Bowling Green before launching his now very successful business career. Now 26, he has started, grown and sold a trucking company and now is at the head of a transportation-and-storage logistics company whose growth has caught the attention of Entrepreneur magazine. 2018-01-10T10:15:02-05:00

Trial begins for man accused of defrauding investors

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Federal prosecutors began presenting their case Tuesday against a Bowling Green businessman accused of defrauding investors in a natural gas pipeline. Clay Shelton is on trial in U.S. District Court on 19 counts of securities fraud, six counts of money laundering and three counts of wire fraud. 2018-01-10T10:06:23-05:00

Paducah extends human rights ordinance

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
The City Commission chambers at Paducah City Hall overflowed Tuesday evening as the public gathered to voice opinions and hear the outcome of a proposed ordinance that extends discrimination protection categories to include age, sexual orientation and gender identification. The ordinance to repeal and replace the code governing the operations of the Paducah Human Rights Commission passed 4-1. 2018-01-10T09:23:13-05:00

Teen recorded at Shelbyville Police Department talking to his attorney

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
An incident in which a defendant was recorded at the Shelbyville Police Department while talking with his attorney was due to improperly installed recording equipment, police say. The problem came to light in December when defense attorneys for a 17-year-old accused of assault discovered that the teen’s entire conversation with his attorney had been recorded, said Melanie Lowe, directing attorney of the Shelbyville Public Defender's office. 2018-01-10T09:13:09-05:00

Marking county’s past a positive step

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
How often have Clark Countians driven past the site where Quisenberry Lane and Boonesboro Road intersect and never thought twice about what transpired in that area centuries ago? To calculate would be impossible, but that will happen less often now, as a historical marker has been placed to commemorate the work that took place in Clark County and paved the way for the early settlement of Kentucky. 2018-01-10T09:05:24-05:00

CDC to help find roots of HIV 'cluster' tied to heroin, IV drugs in Campbell, Kenton counties

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
The people at the forefront of the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky predicted that a surge in HIV would follow. They were right. HIV cases linked to injection drug use swung up in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati last year, public health officials say. 2018-01-10T08:53:13-05:00

UPS mechanics crank up heat over contract

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Union mechanics at UPS have turned to Sen. Mitch McConnell to ratchet up pressure amid contract talks, citing assurances from lawmakers and the shipping giant that tax reform would lead to boosted paychecks for workers — when they've gone four years without a salary increase. 2018-01-10T08:43:11-05:00

JCPS board has narrowed its superintendent search to two candidates

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Jefferson County Public Schools is one step closer to naming a permanent leader after the district's school board named acting Superintendent Marty Pollio and Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor as finalists for the position Tuesday night. The school board said it will choose the new superintendent by March 1. 2018-01-10T08:28:35-05:00

Judge blasts Bevin's 'ill-advised' tactics but allows reorganization of pension board to stand

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Franklin Circuit Court has dismissed the lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's 2016 reorganization of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board but scolded the Bevin administration for its early tactics to enforce that order. Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled on Monday that the once high-profile challenge to the governor's reorganization powers is now moot because the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill affirming Bevin's order restructuring the board. 2018-01-10T08:25:37-05:00

Ex-Speaker Jeff Hoover disrupts House again to demand rules be changed in investigation

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
For the second day in a row, former Speaker Jeff Hoover dominated and disrupted proceedings in the House, demanding it change its rules to make the "loser pay" costs of a committee investigating his secret settlement of a sexual harassment claim with a former staffer. 2018-01-10T08:21:30-05:00

Wife stuck paying for abusive husband's divorce lawyer because he's in jail - and it's Kentucky law

January 10, 2018 - 10:45am
Choked and knocked unconscious, Jeanette McCue. of Washington County, said a violent attack in 2016 by her husband left her bruised and battered, with black eyes, a split lip and marks around her neck. The attack that sent her husband to prison for 10 years was shocking enough, she said. But she was shocked further when she sought to divorce him and discovered that an obscure provision of Kentucky law required her to pay for his lawyer, because as an inmate, he had no means to hire one. 2018-01-10T08:15:41-05:00

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