Kentucky Press News Service

'It was never a threat.' Man behind Trinity tweets about Brohm arrested

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
A man accused of threatening to burn down Trinity High School on Twitter was arrested Thursday afternoon, St. Matthews Police said. Thor Wiljanen, 29, of Louisville, was arrested by St. Matthews Police and taken to Louisville Metro Corrections around 2:45 p.m. and charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, said Tony Cobaugh, St. Matthews' assistant police chief. 2018-11-30T12:12:30-05:00

Kentucky ranks fifth for overdose deaths in 2017. More than 70,000 died nationwide.

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
A record 70,237 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2017, a 10 percent rise from the year before, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Kentucky’s death rate was ranked fifth in the nation behind West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Twenty states, mostly in the upper Midwest, had death rates above the national average. 2018-11-30T12:05:05-05:00

‘Bad arrest.’ Kentucky mayor charged, but officer says it was probably bogus.

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
The mayor of Morehead was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating a domestic-violence order, but the officer who picked him up said the arrest likely wasn’t justified. The mayor, Jim Tom Trent, produced paperwork showing that a judge had set aside the order, said Rowan County Sheriff Matt Sparks. The sheriff said it may be a case in which records used in seeking a warrant for Trent had not been updated to show the domestic-violence order was vacated. “If I had the authority to un-arrest him, I probably would have done it,” Sparks said Thursday. “It’s probably a bad arrest.” 2018-11-30T11:58:44-05:00

Kentucky House Republicans make Osborne their speaker. Who joins him in leadership?

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
Kentucky House Republicans made it official Thursday: Rep. David Osborne, who served as the acting leader of the House during a contentious 2018 legislative session, has been nominated for Speaker of the House of Representatives. Osborne, a commercial realtor and horse farmer, took over the gavel last winter after former House Speaker Jeff Hoover got caught up in a sexual harassment scandal with a member of his own staff and resigned from leadership. Rep. John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, will be Majority Floor Leader; Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, will be Majority Whip; and Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro will be Majority Caucus Chair. 2018-11-30T11:54:22-05:00

Defendant describes timeline of killing

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
The fate of a Radcliff man charged with killing his former fiancee will be in the hands of a Hardin County grand jury today. Brian Woods, 35, could face life in prison, if convicted of murder. Woods, who had been in an on-and-off relationship with Maria Williams for about six years, spent nearly two hours testifying in the trial’s third day. He was the lone witness called by his defense team. On April 4, 2017, Woods confessed to causing Williams’ death in the living room of a Congress Drive home they shared with her four children — and repeated that admission Thursday during his time on the stand. 2018-11-30T11:30:20-05:00

Fort Mitchell, Nashville to be hubs for opioid strike force in Appalachia

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
Fort Mitchell is set to become a hub for a new task force to combat the opioid epidemic, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced Thursday. The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force was announced by federal officials and Whitaker said Fort Mitchell will become the northern hub. Nashville will be the southern hub, he said in Tennessee. Whitaker will be in downton Cincinnati on Friday to speak about the newly announced strike force, which is composed of 12 opioid fraud prosecutors across nine Appalachian districts. 2018-11-30T11:23:36-05:00

Major Frankfort intersection closed following officer-involved shooting; woman connected with case arrested

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
UPDATED: An officer-involved shooting temporarily closed all four lanes of U.S. 127 South at Leonardwood Drive for several hours Friday. Leonardwood is the entrance to the Frankfort Walmart and is near I-64. A Kentucky State Police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after allegedly becoming involved in a pursuit with a man who was trying to evade Frankfort Police early Friday morning. 2018-11-30T11:18:03-05:00

State won't give 10th grade ACT next spring, lacks funds

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
Kentucky won’t administer the ACT to high school sophomores next spring after it failed to find the needed funds to pay for the test. The Kentucky Department of Education delivered the news this week in a message to district assessment coordinators. “Grade 10 students will not take the state administration of the ACT during spring 2019,” the message said in part. The message also noted that “although Senate Bill 1, 2017, mandates that grade 10 and 11 students take a college admissions examination, grade 10 participation in the state-required college admissions examination has been contingent on available funds. ..." 2018-11-30T11:14:58-05:00

Phase-in of Real ID to start in early 2019

November 30, 2018 - 1:46pm
The wait is nearly over for Kentucky to begin implementing the Real ID Act that Congress passed in 2005. One of 13 states still under an extension delaying their implementation, Kentucky will be rolling out its new driver’s licenses and IDs county-by-county sometime during the first three months of 2019. Real ID, which Congress passed in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, modified federal law regarding state driver’s licenses and identity documents and limits the ability of those without compliant IDs to board domestic flights or enter federal buildings. But current licenses are good under federal law until Oct. 1, 2020. 2018-11-30T11:10:01-05:00

Holiday party planning 101: don’t worry about it so much

November 29, 2018 - 4:46pm
There’s a curse that some of us fall into this time of year, particularly around holiday gatherings, or even less-formal get-togethers with friends and family we may only see a couple of times a year, if that. Its name — trying to please everybody. You know how it manifests. You plan an event, and extend your invitations, and immediately, the worry begins to set in. “Oh no,” you say, realizing you’ve invited two people whose own connection has been frayed or broken, and you brood on the ramifications. Will they cause a fuss, or make a scene, or (shudder to think) both create a fuss and a scene? And how will it affect the other guests? And then, there’s the menu, which requires an in-depth NSA profile on each attendee to determine their food likes and dislikes. 2018-11-29T13:51:37-05:00

Trump says, I ‘don’t see’ climate change. Voters must say, ‘Open your eyes, man.’

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Citing his “very high” intelligence, President Donald Trump dismissed his own government’s new warnings about the intensifying effects of climate change. “As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,” Trump told the Washington Post on Tuesday. To which everyone should shout, “Open your eyes, man.” Trump’s outsized ego may be unusual, but his indifference to the scientific consensus on global warming is common among Republican politicians and even some Democrats in Kentucky. Future generations will never understand — or forgive — this political failure in light of overwhelming scientific consensus and increasing evidence that anyone can observe. 2018-11-29T13:39:21-05:00

Pikeville Medical Center announces nearly $52 million in investments, will add children's hospital

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Pikeville Medical Center announced Tuesday that it will be expanding services across the region, creating new facilities and creating a children’s hospital in Pikeville. The organization plans to invest nearly $52 million. During a press conference held at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville on Tuesday, PMC made a series of announcements — nine in total — including the announcement of Pikeville Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital, which will occupy the second level of PMC’s main campus, the current administrative block. 2018-11-29T13:23:25-05:00

Man who confessed to 90 murders was arrested in Louisville

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Samuel Little is 78. He's been in prison since 2012. Prior to that, he traveled the country for more than three decades murdering women. And he says he has killed in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Little was arrested at a Louisville homeless shelter in 2012. He was extradited to California on drug charges, and once there his DNA was quickly matched to three unsolved homicides in the 1980s. He was sentenced to life in prison. He confessed to 90 murders, investigators said, many of which he remembers in great detail. The FBI has confirmed 34 of Little's murders and continue to investigate the others 2018-11-29T13:04:46-05:00

Federal appeals judges rule in favor of former Conn clients

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
A panel of three U.S. Circuit judges have ruled in a consolidated appeal of 11 former clients of Eric C. Conn, in a decision that could impact hundreds of other cases, and found the Social Security Administration violated due process in their redeterminations of Conn’s clients’ disabilities. The decision, released recently, noted that Conn had bribed an administrative law judge who reassigned Conn’s cases to himself and rapidly approved them, based on the medical evidence of four doctors. The SSA, the decision said, then threw out any medical evidence from those four doctors before opening cases for redetermination, without giving claimants any avenue to argue that the evidence may have been valid in their cases. 2018-11-29T12:52:26-05:00

Tourism officials trying to make Owensboro a destination

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
There's a new billboard on I-65 at the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. "Bourbon. Bluegrass. Authentic," it says. There's a picture of Sam Bush, the "father of newgrass," wearing a Kentucky jersey and playing his mandolin. And there's a picture of a bottle of O.Z. Tyler bourbon and a glass of bourbon that's either half full or half empty. "We're partnering with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum and O.Z. Tyler Distillery to promote Owensboro," Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Wednesday. "When we split the costs three ways, billboards are affordable. 2018-11-29T12:45:15-05:00

Legislators quiz state official on Medicaid waiver implications

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Will thousands of Kentuckians lose health care coverage as a result of the state’s recently re-approved Medicaid waiver, or will many of the low-income participants “graduate” to greener pastures? State health official Adam Meier promoted the latter possibility Tuesday as some legislators expressed concerns about the risk of many Medicaid recipients falling through the cracks because of the state’s Section 1115 waiver, Kentucky HEALTH. During a legislative committee meeting, state Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington, called the state’s previous estimate of 95,000 people losing coverage over the course of five years “problematic,” noting, “We have to be concerned with what happens to them.” 2018-11-29T12:24:32-05:00

Vinyl records revival boosts Crosley Brands revenue

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Crosley Brands, a venerable Louisville electronics company that has its origins in the heyday of radio, has been capitalizing on a surprising trend: a resurgence of vinyl. The analog technology, which requires a physical medium (the phonograph record) and a mechanical device that spins the record and decodes it with a needle, is finding ever more fans in an era dominated by streaming music and handheld devices that hold tens of thousands of songs. And if it weren’t for a gutsy decision and impromptu trip to China by a young CEO in the early 1990s — when vinyl, thanks to the dominance of CDs, seemed to go the way of 8-track — Crosley might have folded long before the vinyl renaissance. 2018-11-29T12:17:19-05:00

Tea party leaders tell Matt Bevin to keep Jenean Hampton or lose votes

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
The conservative tea party movement that backed Matt Bevin when he was a struggling long-shot Republican wants Bevin to keep Jenean Hampton as his running mate when he seeks re-election as governor in 2019. A dozen tea party leaders from across the state met with Bevin at the Capitol about a month ago, and the first item on their agenda was a unanimous request that Hampton remain on Bevin’s ticket. “We said we’d really like to see him keep Jenean…” said Scott Hofstra, of Elizabethtown, spokesman for the United Kentucky Tea Party. “Jenean is very conservative. I think she’s been a bright spot for Matt’s administration.” But Hofstra and two others at the meeting said Bevin told them he had not yet made a decision on a 2019 running mate. 2018-11-29T12:13:23-05:00

Dad, son who died after being found in garage identified

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
The father and child who were found unconscious in their Valley Station garage Wednesday and later died have been identified. Juvenal Garcia Mora, 39, and his son, Cruz Garcia, 3, were found around 9:11 a.m. in the enclosed garage of their home in the 9000 block of Plaudit Way, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office said. They were taken to Southwest Hospital and died around 10 a.m., the coroner's office said. 2018-11-29T12:09:55-05:00

FBI wants person behind tweets threatening Trinity High to come forward

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
St. Matthews Police and FBI officials are asking for the person behind a Twitter account accused of threatening Trinity High School to come forward. School officials decided to cancel Thursday classes late Wednesday night after police alerted them to the alleged "threat against the school due to Jeff Brohm deciding to remain at Purdue." Tony Cobaugh, assistant chief of police, said messages from Twitter account named “Proud Clarion” used words that were concerning, such as "gas cans" and "matches." 2018-11-29T12:06:23-05:00

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