Kentucky Press News Service

'The NCAA is not our friend': Ex-Louisville trustee wants university to fight inquiry

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
Having failed to gain mercy on bended knee, Bill Stone believes it is time for the University of Louisville to clench its fists and fight. The former U of L trustee is urging the university administration to respond to an NCAA notice of inquiry with defiance and delay. “Why do you want to be Mr. Nice Guy with the NCAA?” Stone asked Thursday. “They give no credit for being morally correct. They give you no credit for being honorable..." Three years since the university self-imposed a postseason ban on its men’s basketball program in an effort to mitigate the severity of sanctions stemming from the Katina Powell sex scandal, numerous U of L fans have advocated the school adopt a more combative approach concerning potential allegations arising from the recruitment of Brian Bowen. 2019-04-12T12:28:09-04:00

University of Kentucky researcher under investigation after article retraction

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
A high-level University of Kentucky researcher is under investigation by UK’s Office of Research Integrity, officials confirmed. Xianglin Shi, the William A. Marquard Chair in Cancer Research in the department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology and the director of the UK Center for Research on Environmental Disease, is still employed at UK, said spokesman Jay Blanton. The investigation began in June 2018. 2019-04-12T12:21:49-04:00

Hedge fund firms accused of cheating public sue Kentucky pension agency over fraud suit

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
Two investment firms that have handled hundreds of millions of dollars for Kentucky Retirement Systems sued the state pension agency this week for breach of contract, accusing it of betraying them by backing a lawsuit that alleges they swindled KRS on hedge funds. Prisma Capital Partners and Blackstone Alternative Asset Management filed similar lawsuits in Delaware’s Court of Chancery to demand that the cash-strapped KRS reimburse them for their mounting legal expenses from the hedge fund suit and — if they lose that case — any court-ordered damages they are required to pay. 2019-04-12T12:15:33-04:00

La Grange Rotary 2020 president-elect charged with incest

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
A Crestwood man is accused of sexually assaulting his niece for over two years. Gary Barr, 66, was arrested on Friday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. after he called police and said his niece was attempting to stab a dog, according to an arrest citation. When Oldham County Police arrived on the scene, the female told them she and Barr had gotten into a physical altercation 30 minutes earlier and that Barr slapped her in the face. 2019-04-12T11:56:00-04:00

Human remains located in Bell County

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
Human remains were found in Pineville on Wednesday. At approximately 8:27 p.m., Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan was contacted by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a homeowner locating a human skull in their backyard. Troopers from Post 10, along with the Bell County Coroner’s Office, responded to 1599 Harbell Road in the Pineville community. 2019-04-12T11:48:08-04:00

Father, son arrested in hit-and-run

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
Two individuals are in custody after police say they were involved in the death of a Bell County man. According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan, Joshua D. Ellis, 34, of Monticello, and his 15-year-old son were arrested following an alleged hit-and-run on Wednesday. According to KSP, the department received a call about a collision on Ky 92 in the Ingram community of Bell County. Troopers and detectives from Post 10 responded to the scene to begin an investigation. 2019-04-12T11:44:28-04:00

DNA links E’town man to 2011 rape

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
An Elizabethtown man was indicted Thursday by a Hardin County grand jury, linking him to a 2011 sexual assault by using the state’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The initiative, started by Attorney General Andy Beshear, led to the indictment of Thaddeus Artis, 37. He was indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, intimidating a participant in the legal process and first-degree persistent felony offender, according to a news release from Beshear’s office. 2019-04-12T11:28:57-04:00

Swatting incident in Erlanger a ‘tremendous waste': Hoax draws 40 officers, multiple agencies

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
There was a large police presence on Rosary Drive in Erlanger on Thursday evening. Police had the street blocked off for nearly two hours, but it eventually became clear that the incident was a 'swatting' hoax. The woman who police thought was in danger turned out to be a 75-year-old widow who was fast asleep after taking medication. The woman’s daughter said police contacted her about the threat. She said she tried calling her mother but she didn’t pick up because she said she didn’t hear the phone. 2019-04-12T11:25:12-04:00

Bowling Green colleges, many Kentucky universities don’t require vaccination

April 12, 2019 - 1:37pm
Measles and mumps outbreaks have been reported across the U.S. – and across college campuses – this year. Earlier this week, Belmont University in Nashville reported that two students have been diagnosed with mumps. Temple University in Philadelphia has reported 146 cases of mumps this year. In response, that university said last month it would update its policy to require students to have their immunization shots for measles, mumps and rubella, chickenpox, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis before attending classes this fall. Despite data indicating the benefit of mandated vaccination, other colleges and universities without current vaccination requirements might not be inspired to follow suit. 2019-04-12T11:20:26-04:00

Pleasureville woman arrested in cockfighting case

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
A second person from Pleasureville has been arrested on animal cruelty charges on Thursday. Deanna Smith, 37, was arrested around 9 a.m. Thursday on charges of second degree unlawful transaction with a minor, trafficking marijuana (less than 8 ounces), drug paraphernalia (buy/possess), second degree cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a minor. 2019-04-11T13:21:56-04:00

Ford's F-Series pickup that was built in Louisville is part of nationwide recall

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
Ford Motor Co. is recalling selected F-series pickup trucks equipped with engine block heaters that were part of a recall last year. The problem: Block heater cable splice connectors in some instances were damaged during the original service work, causing plugged in heaters to become inoperable or to trip household breakers or potentially spark electrical shorts. That poses a risk for overheating or melting wiring, according to a Ford release on the company's website this week. 2019-04-11T13:11:31-04:00

Clark Regional Medical Center names new CEO

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
Clark Regional Medical Center Thursday announced Aphreikah DuHaney-West has been named chief executive officer, effective May 20. DuHaney-West comes to Winchester from Teche Regional Medical Center, another LifePoint Health facility in Morgan City, Louisiana, where she served as CEO. 2019-04-11T12:55:56-04:00

Teacher charged after alleged assault at elementary school

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
The Independent was made aware of an alleged altercation that occurred at North Magoffin Elementary on Friday, April 5. Magoffin County Schools Superintendent Scott Helton issued a statement to the Independent and Mortimer Media Group earlier this week. The incident did not involve any students. 2019-04-11T12:46:00-04:00

Pikeville renames Jenny Wiley Theatre, approves lease with Expo Center

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
The now-former Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville has a new identity. At Monday’s meeting of the Pikeville City Commission, city officials approved a lease agreement between the city and the East Kentucky Exposition Center Corporation for the Jenny Wiley Theatre building in downtown Pikeville. The city commission also approved renaming the venue from Jenny Wiley Theatre, and it will now be known as “Appalachian Center for the Arts.” Pikeville City Manager Philip Elswick said the name is the brainchild of Robin Irwin, who will act as director of the theater. He said the new name more accurately describes the venue. 2019-04-11T12:41:40-04:00

Car strikes, kills woman, crashes into residence

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
A single-vehicle collision in Coal Run resulted in the death of a Pike County woman Tuesday. According to a statement from the Coal Run Police Department, the crash occurred Tuesday evening in the Weddington Plaza area of Coal Run. Barbara Davis of Shelbiana, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Raymond Robinett, also of Shelbiana. Davis, the statement said, had exited the vehicle to see if she had left her cell phone on the trunk of the car. The vehicle began moving in reverse, the statement said, and struck her before finally coming to a stop after striking a mobile home. 2019-04-11T12:38:02-04:00

Commissioner email sparks debate

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
Public officials walk what's sometimes a tricky line: They must respect open meetings laws while also ensuring they're positioned to make educated votes. Text from an email made public Tuesday from Paducah City Commissioner Richard Abraham left some Paducah residents concerned about decisions being made behind closed doors, but commissioners said Wednesday the communications Abraham referenced took place one-on-one, which Kentucky's open meetings laws allow. 2019-04-11T12:33:19-04:00

Legislators: Bevin must lead pension talks after veto

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of the only pension-related bill lawmakers passed during this year's legislative session means quasi-government organizations such as health departments and rape crisis centers could see large increases in their pension expenses on July 1. One of the affected agencies is the Green River District Health Department. Clay Horton, the department's public health director, said for every dollar of salary the agency pays, it puts 49 cents into the public employee pension system. Unless something is done, that amount will increase to 84 cents on July 1, Horton said. 2019-04-11T12:29:41-04:00

WKU dean reinstated after controversial resignation

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
In a surprise announcement Wednesday, Western Kentucky University Acting Provost Cheryl Stevens announced that Larry Snyder will resume his duties as dean of the Potter College of Arts and Letters. “In this time with all this change, it seemed to me that stability was very important,” Stevens told the Daily News after announcing the change in a brief email to faculty and staff. “I’m happy to announce that Dr. Larry Snyder will resume serving as Dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters effective Monday, April 15,” Stevens wrote in the email. “He will finish his term which ends June 30, 2021.” 2019-04-11T12:24:39-04:00

Feds appeal Medicaid ruling on Kentucky HEALTH

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
The federal government has decided to appeal a judge’s decision to strike down Kentucky’s plan to overhaul its Medicaid program by adding work requirements and other rules for receiving benefits. The defendants, who include U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, filed a notice Wednesday, saying that they’re appealing last month’s ruling by Judge James Boasberg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Boasberg issued an opinion March 27, saying that the Trump administration’s approval of Kentucky’s Section 1115 waiver, also known as Kentucky HEALTH, was arbitrary and capricious. 2019-04-11T12:18:50-04:00

Labor cabinet subpoenas JCPS for teacher sickout information

April 11, 2019 - 1:36pm
Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet has subpoenaed Jefferson County Public Schools for information regarding teachers who forced a series of sickouts over the past month. JCPS spokeswoman Renee Murphy confirmed the district received a subpoena Wednesday, but could not comment further on what was requested. A spokeswoman for Oldham County Schools said they also received a subpoena. It is unclear what prompted Wednesday’s subpoena. A Cabinet spokeswoman said the issue has been referred to the Inspector General, and that the Cabinet does not comment on OIG inquiries. 2019-04-11T12:14:42-04:00

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