Kentucky Press News Service

ACLU says McCracken Bible class 'resembles Sunday school'

January 9, 2018 - 10:44am
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky on Friday sent a letter to the Kentucky Department of Education raising "serious concerns" with how Bible Literacy classes are being taught in public schools statewide. 2018-01-09T07:57:36-05:00

Farewell, Kentucky

January 9, 2018 - 10:44am
If a recent national study is to be believed, more of our fellow Kentuckians are bidding it farewell, at least in 2017. United Van Lines’ annual report on state-by-state migration trends revealed that Kentucky ranked eighth out of states that had more people moving out than moving in. Of the number of Kentuckians on the move, nearly 55 percent said their reason was due to job opportunities elsewhere. 2018-01-09T07:49:18-05:00

Food City to bring Starbucks to Pikeville

January 9, 2018 - 10:44am
Pikeville Food City will begin renovations in February and with that renovation comes a new opportunity for local coffee lovers. Store Manager Tim Collins said he is currently hiring 20 employees for his store’s new Starbucks kiosk, in order to get the coffee flowing to his customers. 2018-01-09T07:46:24-05:00

Dueling Barrels GM looking to honor history, tell Pike story

January 9, 2018 - 10:44am
Danny Branham was named the first general manager of Alltech’s downtown Pikeville venture, Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery, in December. Branham spoke recently about the excitement innovation has brought to the area and the work Dueling Barrels is doing to tell the story of the area. 2018-01-09T07:39:58-05:00

Jeff Hoover resigns as Kentucky House Speaker, does not give up House seat

January 8, 2018 - 7:43pm
After a week of drama hanging over the Capitol, state Rep. Jeff Hoover formally resigned as Speaker of the Kentucky House Monday. “The one thing I believe I am most proud of, is I believe people know that I am honest and I’m a man of my word,” Hoover said before handing a letter to a page that said, “I hereby resign as Speaker of the House to become effective if accepted by the members of this body.” 2018-01-08T19:10:10-05:00

Bill would ban drivers from taking, posting car wreck pictures with their phones

January 8, 2018 - 7:43pm
Kentucky motorists could not use their phones to take video or photos of car wrecks — or post them to social media — as they drive past crash sites under House Bill 149, filed Friday by freshman Republican Melinda Gibbons Prunty of Belton. Under the legislation, passengers in passing cars could take video or photos, and drivers would be free to park and do the same. But drivers would not be allowed to play photographer while they operated a vehicle, or else they could face a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail. 2018-01-08T19:06:52-05:00

State Rep. Darryl Owens will not run for re-election in 2018

January 8, 2018 - 7:43pm
Longtime state lawmaker Darryl Owens announced Monday that he will not seek re-election after serving more than a decade in the Kentucky House. Owens, a western Louisville attorney, was first elected in 2005 but he has held various roles in his more than four decades of public life. 2018-01-08T19:05:14-05:00

Judge orders lawyers for Rick Pitino, University of Louisville to discuss settlement

January 8, 2018 - 7:43pm
A judge has ordered the attorneys in Rick Pitino's lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association to discuss a possible settlement in the case. Documents filed Monday show U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsay ordered the attorneys to meet with each other no later than Feb. 8. 2018-01-08T19:02:59-05:00

Medical cannabis, vision bills on Rep. Sim's list

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
State Rep. John Sims outlined two bills that constituents can expect to see from him while the session is in — a medical cannabis bill and a vision bill for elementary aged students. 2018-01-08T13:29:05-05:00

Lexington woman competes in new season of tattoo TV series to win $100,000

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
Lexington tattoo artist Rachael Head will be one of 24 contestants on the new series of Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” a tattoo competition show that ends with one contestant being told they have what it takes to be “Ink Master.” Head is one of the owners of Black Rose Tattoo. 2018-01-08T13:20:29-05:00

Ashley Judd a prominent presence at the Golden Globes

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
Ashley Judd never took the stage at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, but her presence was certainly felt in numerous cutaway shots on NBC and social media, where she was praised as launching the anti-sexual assault and harassment movement that dominated the evening. 2018-01-08T13:17:19-05:00

Incentives helping new Henderson County aluminum industry get running

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
When Hansens Aluminum begins production here — hopefully in 2019 — it will mean 90 jobs at an average hourly wage of $20.21, not including benefits. It also means that the 75,000 square-foot facility, to be built on 10-acres within the Henderson County Riverport Industrial Park, will join this area to a global automotive industry thanks to Hansens' reach as an international supplier of aluminum components. 2018-01-08T13:14:33-05:00

1 in 5 Ky. kids don't get enough food; new program to put local produce in their hands

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
Commissioner Ryan Quarles has said it before, and he'll say it again: It is unacceptable to have a hunger problem in a state so steeped in agricultural history. So on Monday, the leader of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced a new incentive program that will further attempt to end hunger while supporting local fruit and vegetable growers. 2018-01-08T13:04:13-05:00

Louisville fighting a lawsuit after a police officer sent a graphic photo to another cop

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
The city of Louisville is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit in which a female police lieutenant says the police department inadequately responded when she complained another lieutenant had sent her a picture of a man holding his genitals. Lt. Robert Shadle was suspended without pay for 20 days for conduct unbecoming an officer for sending the text. But in a suit filed last month, Lt. Jill Hume contends the department and commanding officers knew or should have known of his misconduct and failed to take prompt and appropriate action. 2018-01-08T13:00:27-05:00

Richards will not seek another term after 4-decade legislative career

January 8, 2018 - 1:42pm
After more than 40 years in the state House, Jody Richards announced Monday he will not seek re-election. The Bowling Green Democrat was first elected to the state House District 20 seat in 1975, served as House speaker for 14 years and twice ran for governor. 2018-01-08T10:43:15-05:00

Residency requirement could benefit city, county government

January 8, 2018 - 10:42am
Regardless of an applicant’s credentials, local government leaders should always classify a person’s familiarity with the community — including where he or she lives or is willing to relocate into the area — as a significant benefit when filling department director positions. That consideration is especially important when hiring for critical positions such as police chief, fire chief and city manager. 2018-01-08T09:21:46-05:00

Robocall solution lies with telecoms

January 8, 2018 - 10:42am
Gerald Watkins, a Democratic state legislator who represents McCracken County's 3rd District, is having a final go at robocall legislation. Watkins has announced this year will be his last in Frankfort. Before departing, however, Watkins has again filed a measure in the House he hopes will put a dent in the plague of unsolicited robocalls. His bill, similar to ones he has filed unsuccessfully in the past, would impose substantial fines on anyone who shares, markets or sells a person's cellphone number without that person's consent. 2018-01-08T09:11:30-05:00

Mismanagement drives losses at postal service

January 8, 2018 - 10:42am
President Donald Trump was on target over the holidays when he criticized the U.S. Postal Service for undercharging e-commerce giant Amazon.com for package delivery. "Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?" Good question. 2018-01-08T09:05:58-05:00

K-9 officers in Daviess County change tactics, take steps to keep dogs from overdoses

January 8, 2018 - 10:42am
Daviess County Sheriff's Deputy Russ Day won't put his K-9, Cyla, inside vehicles anymore to do drug searches. Because of powerful opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil, the practice has become too risky, Day said. "The initial cost (of a police dog) is $18,000 to $20,000. You have some big bucks wrapped up in these dogs real quick," Day said. "I don't put my dog inside a car anymore because of that reason." 2018-01-08T09:03:27-05:00

Will Congress break pension promise to coal miners, millions of other Americans?

January 8, 2018 - 10:42am
A life of hard work should bring more than an old age in poverty. President Gerald Ford underwrote that promise in 1974 by signing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The law authorized the use of premiums, not tax dollars, to insure private-sector pensions through the federally chartered Pension Benefits Guaranty Corp. Secure in the knowledge that Congress had their backs, unionized workers often gave up wages in favor of earning retirement benefits. Now, like any 44-year-old structure, the PBGC needs repairs. 2018-01-08T08:58:17-05:00

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