Kentucky Press News Service

Legislator pays cost of mailer that violated campaign finance law

October 5, 2018 - 2:10pm
After apologizing and covering the expenses incurred during a recent campaign finance law violation, state Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville, hopes to put the issue behind him. The Republican Party of Kentucky last month filed a complaint against Stone with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. The GOP alleged Stone misused state resources during his re-election campaign by sending a survey to constituents that included the phrase “I appreciate your input, and I request your vote and support.” 2018-10-05T12:37:37-04:00

Kentucky lawmakers who are against casinos aren't pious - just dumb

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
What is it that makes our legislators think that — despite our bourbon, despite our horse racing, despite our lottery, despite our smoking and all the vices that we Kentuckians embrace on a daily basis — their refusal to approve casino gambling will somehow save us all from the fires of hell? And if God really is against gambling, do they think he’s so blind that he doesn’t see that the 900 machines in Churchill Downs’ newly opened Derby City Gaming are nothing more than the slot machines they so piously stand against? 2018-10-05T09:51:25-04:00

Bevin slams Beshear over botched statewide broadband project

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Gov. Matt Bevin slammed his predecessor Thursday for saddling Kentuckians with a statewide broadband project that has ballooned from an expected public cost of $30 million to a projected $1.5 billion. In a WHAS radio interview, Bevin accused the administration of Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear of jamming the project through in its final weeks. Beshear is the father of Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat who is seeking his party's nomination to challenge the Republican governor in next year's election. Bevin pointed to the “poorly constructed” effort’s initial lack of agreements to string fiber-optic cable from poles often owned by for-profit competitors AT&T and Windstream. Delays in obtaining the agreements have stalled the project, originally scheduled for completion this year, according to a state audit report released last week. 2018-10-05T09:49:04-04:00

Shelbyville police accused of illegally taping attorney-client talks

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Shelbyville police illegally recorded a confidential meeting between a defendant and his attorney, then used the information to try to frame him for a crime, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Louisville. In the lawsuit, attorneys for Enrique Gonzalez, 18, allege the department continuously recorded privileged conversations between suspects and their lawyers for six months last year. Attorney-client conversations are supposed to be confidential — a concept considered among the most sacred under the law. 2018-10-05T09:44:11-04:00

Cape Air passengers up 31 percent

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
In June, Cape Air dropped its air fares on trips between Owensboro and St. Louis to $19 in hopes of increasing passenger loads and getting its costs to provide essential air service to Owensboro below the $200 threshold the U.S. Department of Transportation requires. And it worked, Erin Hatzell, a Cape Air spokeswoman, said this week. "Since the introduction of the $19 fare into the Owensboro market, Cape Air has seen a 31 percent increase in ridership each month," she said. 2018-10-05T09:27:27-04:00

Coal county leaders ask for role in severance tax policies

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Leadership from coal-producing counties addressed state legislators Thursday in Owensboro on the fiscal challenges they face from the mineral’s declining value, but also offered their help in finding solutions in the future. The Kentucky Coal and Mineral County Coalition, an advocacy group for coal producing counties – including Daviess County – spoke to state representatives Thursday gathered for a joint committee meeting of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and the House Committee on Transportation at Owensboro Grain. Webster County-Judge Executive Steve Henry, a former coal miner, said he was grateful for the relationship coal counties had with their legislators over the last legislative session, but he also shared coal county’s concerns about dwindling coal severance tax funds. 2018-10-05T09:24:05-04:00

'Breath of fresh air': Bendapudi inaugurated as U of L's new president

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
The University of Louisville's new president, Neeli Bendapudi, was inaugurated as the school's leader Thursday afternoon in a ceremony that celebrated the start of what many hope will be an era marked by optimism, integrity and transparency. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni and others from the local community gathered in front of Grawemeyer Hall to witness the inauguration and formally welcome Bendapudi — whose first day of work was May 15 — to the University of Louisville and to the city. Provost Beth Boehm called Bendapudi "a breath of fresh air" and praised how open, energetic and optimistic she is. And Army Gen. Robert Brown, a friend of Bendapudi's who met her when they both lived in Kansas, said her enthusiasm is spreading in Louisville. 2018-10-05T09:18:00-04:00

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul had their private info leaked online

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Kentucky's Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul joined a growing group of D.C. lawmakers who have had their private information leaked to the public. Senate Majority Leader McConnell's home addresses in Kentucky and Washington, D.C., were added to his public Wikipedia page earlier this week, according to a report from D.C.-based newspaper Roll Call. Meanwhile, Kelley Paul, Sen. Paul's wife, wrote in a letter published on CNN late Wednesday that "someone just posted our home address, and Rand's cell number, on the internet." 2018-10-05T09:15:13-04:00

Here's why Ford isn't making as many vehicles in Louisville

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Ford Motor Co. built 8,872 fewer Escape compact SUV's at its Louisville Assembly Plant last month compared with September last year, a 28 percent cut made in response to slowing consumer demand for its once hot-selling models. The company also dialed back production of its higher-priced Lincoln MKC at the factory, cutting production by nearly 18 percent year over year in September and by more than 34 percent through the first nine months of the year. "This is normal course of business for us. We match production to consumer demand, as we always do. During that month, we had one down week," Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said. 2018-10-05T09:11:00-04:00

A man was found dead as debris from a police pursuit in Lexington was cleared. Estate sues KSP.

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
A police pursuit that resulted in the death of a Lexington homeless man who was an innocent bystander is the subject of a federal lawsuit against Kentucky State Police. Anthony Tyrone Moore, 57, died after he was struck and killed by a stolen truck driven by Nathaniel Harper in August 2017. Harper, 40, led police on a five-county chase before he lost control and his truck hit Moore where the latter was sleeping in a yard on Old Georgetown Street, police said previously. Howard Sweat, the stepfather of Moore and the administrator of Moore’s estate, filed the lawsuit to recover damages and “to deter the irresponsible law enforcement conduct that caused” the death. 2018-10-05T08:59:11-04:00

After 55 years, Trane is closing Lexington plant, laying off 600 hourly workers

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Trane’s Lexington HVAC plant will close by the end of 2019, with 600 hourly employees losing their jobs. Ingersoll Rand, Trane’s parent company, said in a release Thursday afternoon that it is consolidating operations at its 1 million square-foot plant in Columbia, South Carolina. The South Carolina plant has land for expansion, according to Ingersoll Rand. 2018-10-05T08:50:56-04:00

KSP concludes former priest’s investigation; findings ‘inappropriate’ but not criminal

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
The Rev. Gerald Baker is permanently suspended from Catholic ministry; however, he will not face criminal repercussions for a 2016 sexual misconduct investigation. Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King confirmed that the investigation was closed six to eight months ago. 2018-10-05T08:43:27-04:00

Yes, you're seeing a lot more stink bugs right now

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
Move over, hover flies. There's a new pest here to bother us in the late summer and early fall. Meet the brown marmorated stink bug, that odd-looking insect you've no doubt seen crawling along your window sill. Or your kitchen counter. Or your car's dashboard. Or ... or ... or ... Yeah, they're everywhere. And it didn't used to be this way. The brown marmorated stink bug made its way to America from Asia in the 1990s. A huge problem, according to Purdue University entomology professor Christian Krupke, is that the the bug's predator didn't come along. 2018-10-05T08:37:44-04:00

Judge upholds process used for hospital sale

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
The process used by Hardin County government that resulted in a decision to sell Hardin Memorial Health has been upheld in Hardin Circuit Court. Ruling on a lawsuit filed in July by retired physician Larry Hall of Elizabethtown, Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton affirmed the legality of the decision in a 20-page ruling issued Thursday afternoon. Easton also determined county government acted responsibly and appropriately relied upon confidentiality agreements to protect business interests of all concerned. 2018-10-05T08:30:05-04:00

Radcliff man charged with lawnmower DUI

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
A Radcliff man was arrested Thursday afternoon in Vine Grove and charged with driving a lawnmower while intoxicated. Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said a witness contacted authorities about a man possibly needing a welfare check. When police arrived, they found Mark Smith, 48, atop of a riding mower. According to an arrest citation, when police arrived Smith stumbled after getting off the lawn mower and smelled “heavily of alcoholic beverages.” 2018-10-05T08:26:52-04:00

Mercer man gains national attention, says local establishments could learn from Lexington restaurant

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
The success of a young Harrodsburg man’s battle against his demons has brought national attention to the nation’s drug addiction epidemic and how employers can help recovering addicts get back into the job market. Zachery Thomas, 20, dropped out of Mercer County High School in December 2017 — only four months short of graduating. Zach had just turned 18; was hooked on methamphetamines, heroin and alcohol; had broken family relationships; and was homeless. On Sunday, Sept. 30, of this year, NBC Nightly News broadcast an episode about Lexington restaurant DV8 Kitchen, showing Zach as a prime example of someone successfully working at recovering from their addictions, and how he was given a second chance in the workforce. 2018-10-05T08:20:29-04:00

Truck driver in 2017 crash indicted for reckless homicide

October 5, 2018 - 11:10am
The Tennessee truck driver involved in a deadly crash on the Bluegrass Parkway in May 2017 was indicted Wednesday on three counts of reckless homicide and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment. Richie B. Warren, 41, of Springfield, Tenn., was the driver of a tractor-trailer that crossed the median of the parkway on May 11 and drove over top of a vehicle occupied by Delmer and Delores Odell of Harrodsburg and their two grandchildren, 3-year-old Keren Odell and 5-year-old Phoebe Odell. Delmer, Delores and Keren were all pronounced dead at the scene and Phoebe, the lone survivor of the Odell vehicle, suffered serious injuries. 2018-10-05T08:08:40-04:00

Warrant issued for newly identified suspect in Lexington homicide

October 4, 2018 - 5:10pm
Lexington police are searching for a 32-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a man in July. Jermaine D. Yates is wanted for the July 1 murder of Kerry Douglass Kenney, 31, who was a passenger in a car on that stopped on Short Street near North Broadway, police said. Police said in July they did not believe the shooting occurred where Kenney was found in the back seat, Detectives believed a drug transaction led up to the shooting. 2018-10-04T14:07:09-04:00

Two plead, one declines offer in case connected to officer’s death

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
Two men accused of helping to hide a man accused of killing a Pikeville Police Dept. officer in March pleaded guilty to their roles in keeping the man from apprehension and a woman charged in the case declined her plea offer Wednesday in Pike Circuit Court. Michael T. Slone, 40, of Chloe Road, Pikeville, and Greg Dean Slone, 55, of Stoney Brook Drive, Betsy Layne, each pleaded guilty to their respective charges. in connection to hindering the apprehension of John R. Hall, 56, of Hurricane Creek, Pikeville, on March 14 and 15. Hall is charged with capital murder for the alleged shooting death of PPD Officer Scotty Hamilton on the night of March 13. 2018-10-04T14:03:57-04:00

Henry County men arrested after Smithfield murder

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
One Smithfield man was arrested on Tuesday for murder and another Bethlehem man was arrested for tampering with physical evidence. Gregory Heightchew, 20, was booked at the Oldham County Jail at around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on one count of murder, with a supplementary code of attempt and one count of wanton endangerment. 2018-10-04T13:47:33-04:00