Kentucky Press News Service

Body of Winchester man recovered on Thursday morning

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
The body of the Winchester man whose boat capsized last Saturday on the South Fork of the Licking River was recovered Thursday morning. Harold Porter Lamb, 77, was fishing with Anthony “Hank” Durham, close to the dam, when problems with the their trolling motor led to catastrophe. 2018-09-13T12:12:44-04:00

WKU defends general education requirements

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Western Kentucky University is pushing back on a D grade its general education requirements received from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a survey that reviewed academic standards. In its annual flagship survey, “What Will They Learn?,” the national nonprofit gave WKU low marks for only including two of seven core subjects it views as essential to a high-quality liberal arts education. But critics at the university said that doesn’t accurately represent WKU’s requirements. 2018-09-13T11:55:31-04:00

Cuomo, Dems sweating latest radical challenge

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
In most years someone as secure in the Democratic mainstream as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would dismiss a primary challenge from the star of a long-canceled TV series as a quaint curiosity. These are unusual times however, which is why Cuomo is taking a primary race against "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon (the election is today) as cause for conducting a much more vigorous campaign than he otherwise might have. 2018-09-13T11:43:03-04:00

KSU continues impressive transformation

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Regardless of the judge, the rapid pace at which Kentucky State University has improved is impressive. That progress appears to coincide with the structure and vision of President Christopher M. Brown II, whose tenure officially began nearly one year ago. Proof of the fruits of his efforts can be found in the school’s 2018 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. KSU is now among the top 25 historically black colleges and universities in the nation, according to the magazine. Officially, KSU is tied for 22nd — a notable improvement compared to its 38th-place ranking last year. 2018-09-13T11:40:34-04:00

Welcome to the indentured servant economy

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Gov. Matt Bevin probably didn’t entice many young people when he likened 21st century apprenticeships to colonial-era indentured servitude. But he did provide a useful metaphor — for Kentucky’s economy. Two new reports underline how, despite an increase in jobs, Kentucky is not catching up economically with the rest of the United States, while areas in the state’s east and west are not even keeping up with Kentucky. The state’s unemployment rate is low — just 4.3 percent — but the profits from Kentuckians’ work are not showing up in their paychecks. 2018-09-13T11:35:31-04:00

La Grange passes controversial smoke-free law

September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
The La Grange City Council has approved the same smoke-free law OldhamCcounty has in place. The smoking ordinance bans smoking electronic cigarettes, hookahs and other devices inside workplaces and indoor public spaces, in addition to cigarettes. “We’ve been operating under the county so we’re just going to have our own ordinance adopted to have it on file,” La Grange Mayor Joe Davenport previously said. “This way if something was changed that we don’t agree with, we have our own ordinance to do that.” 2018-09-13T11:11:57-04:00

Penny Chenery’s 1973 Kentucky Derby program sells for world-record amount

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
The 1973 Kentucky Derby program and personal 1973 Kentucky Oaks clubhouse box ticket stub of Penny Chenery’s sold for a world-record amount in a recent Lelands.com auction. Chenery was the owner of Secretariat, who won the 1973 Derby in the fastest time ever on his way to capturing the Triple Crown. Forty bids were placed for the program and ticket, which sold for $11,687. The sale was the most ever for a modern horse racing program, according to Lelands. 2018-09-13T09:21:11-04:00

Kentucky among the most obese states in annual report

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Kentucky — the land of barbecue, bacon, biscuits and burgers — is once again ranked among the top 10 states for adult obesity. With 34.3 percent of Kentucky adults being obese in 2017, Kentucky ranks No. 8 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the nationwide snapshot, The State of Obesity, released Wednesday. 2018-09-13T09:15:13-04:00

Owensboro Diocese will cooperate with investigation

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
If the Kentucky Attorney General's Office forms a grand jury to investigate Catholic dioceses in Kentucky, the Diocese of Owensboro will cooperate, the Most Rev. William Medley, bishop of the diocese, said on Wednesday. "My pledge is, our diocese will cooperate as we are asked," Medley said. "... Not that we have a choice, but we will cooperate and trust that something good comes of it." In the meantime, the local diocese is checking its records for any and all complaints and allegations involving abuse by priests going back to 1937 and will eventually release the results of that effort, Medley said. The diocese wants to know how many priests have been accused and how many victims of abuse there have been, he said. 2018-09-13T09:07:21-04:00

Kenergy line crews to head to Virginia

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
As Hurricane Florence nears the eastern coastline, local electric companies are communicating with their counterparts in the Carolinas and other states along the coast, and some local line crews will be heading east in coming days. Officials expect it to be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the eastern seaboard in decades. More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in the Carolinas and Virginia. 2018-09-13T09:05:02-04:00

How will Hurricane Florence affect our weather?

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is expected to hit the East Coast sometime within the next 24 hours. But will Kentucky see remnants of its wrath? Florence, which is larger than the states of Indiana and Kentucky put together, is not a serious threat to Kentucky as it is to states directly in the storm's path such as South Carolina. But the National Weather Service in Louisville said residents should "still keep an eye on it." A slight increase in rainfall could also be a factor. 2018-09-13T08:57:57-04:00

What's Bevin hiding? Worker who got $215K raise is his old Army buddy

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
When Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin wanted a new state chief information officer, he didn't do a national search — he hired an old Army buddy and longtime business associate last October at a salary that now leads the nation for similar state jobs. Some Kentucky lawmakers were stunned last month when the Courier Journal reported that Bevin gave Charles E. Grindle a $215,000 pay raise on Aug. 1 — a highly unusual 134 percent increase after less than a year on the job. The raise also came four months after the passage of a state budget that included no pay increases for more than 42,000 Kentucky public school teachers and most of the state's nearly 30,000 state workers. 2018-09-13T08:49:20-04:00

Andy Barr has hammered Amy McGrath on TV. Can she win without attacking back?

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
After U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, launched his first attack ad of the 2018 congressional campaign, Democratic candidate Amy McGrath responded four days later with an ad of her own. The retired Marine fighter pilot didn’t go after him on any specific issue. There was no narrator or grainy video. Instead, she looked at the camera and asked Barr a question. “I want to say to Andy Barr — seriously, is that all you got?” It wasn't. 2018-09-13T08:42:28-04:00

Drug-addled and out of work. Here’s how much opioids have hurt Kentucky’s economy.

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
The rise in use and abuse of painkilling drugs called opioids has kept tens of thousands of Kentuckians out of the workforce and put a drag on economic growth, according to estimates released Wednesday by a conservative public-policy organization. The growth in opioid prescribing in Kentucky between 1999 and 2015 was associated with a 2.8 percent decline in the number of “prime age” workers — those 25 to 54 — taking part in the labor force, the study from the American Action Forum concluded. That decline, which translated to a loss of 48,200 workers as of 2015 and more than 650 million lost work hours, was among the biggest in the nation. 2018-09-13T08:36:18-04:00

Former educator in Woodford, Fayette pleads guilty to rape of student

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
A former educator in the Woodford and Fayette County schools pleaded guilty Wednesday to the third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy of a student younger than 16. Lindsey Banta Jarvis, 28, faces a recommended sentence of 18 months in prison after entering the plea in Woodford Circuit Court. She was charged in Woodford and Fayette counties for offenses involving the same student. She was a social studies teacher in Woodford County before she became a para-educator (sometimes referred to as an instructional assistant or aide) for Fayette County schools. She resigned last year. 2018-09-13T08:31:22-04:00

Lawsuit filed in shooting

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
The person who was shot by LaRue County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Bennett has now filed a federal suit against LaRue County, Bennett and other officers of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office. The lawsuit stems from an officer involved shooting on April 18, when Bennett attempted to make a traffic stop on Jason Shafer, 35, of Elizabethtown. According to reports from the Kentucky State Police, Bennett initiated the traffic stop because he recognized Shafer and knew he had warrants for his arrest. However, Shafer did not stop and fled in his vehicle. 2018-09-13T08:24:37-04:00

Pennyrile Electric sending techs to help in hurricane recovery

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative is sending 10 line technicians and six trucks to Virginia according to Brent Gilkey, vice president of member services and communications. “At this time the plan is for our guys to leave Saturday morning and head to Virginia,” Gilkey said. The technicians are part of a 110 person contingency from the Kentucky electric co-ops to help in Hurricane Florence recovery. 2018-09-13T08:22:01-04:00

Long-abandoned distillery to reopen after 40 years

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Next week, the doors of a Millville castle serving as home for an upstart distillery will officially open to the public. On Wednesday, Castle & Key Distillery hosted a first look at the newly renovated grounds, a 113-acre property that had spent the past four decades of its 130-year existence in disarray. Now, Castle & Key has the former Old Taylor Distillery site, just outside of Frankfort, all spruced up and ready for the grand opening under its new name next Wednesday. 2018-09-13T08:12:44-04:00

Judge could rule soon on Hardin Memorial Hospital deal

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton could come to a decision on a lawsuit challenging the sale of Hardin Memorial Health by the end of this month. The lawsuit, which had a formal hearing Wednesday in circuit court, claims Hardin County government did not follow state law regarding the sale or disposal of government property. “Our position is simply that the process the county followed did not follow statute,” said attorney James Kelley, who is representing Dr. Larry Hall, who brought the civil action. The sole plaintiff in the case, Hall is a retired physician and businessman. 2018-09-13T08:09:49-04:00

Five new hotels part of Florence business, construction boom

September 13, 2018 - 9:57am
If you build it ... yeah, you know the rest. So do hotel owners. That's the reason for a recent hotel boom in Florence, according to the city's director of business and community development, Josh Hunt. Besides the addition of several hotels in Florence, there are a plethora of business projects coming to fruition this fall. 2018-09-13T08:03:35-04:00

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