Kentucky Press News Service

Marsy's Law could have unintended consequences for crime victims

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
When a state trooper in South Dakota shot a motorist in August, state officials refused to release his name, saying he was attacked first and had invoked his right to privacy under Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment passed two years earlier. In the same state, sheriffs stopped asking for the public’s help in solving crimes in progress to avoid inadvertently violating the law by revealing the victim’s location, according to news accounts. Kentucky voters on Nov. 6 will consider a version of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment to provide “an equivalent level of legal protection” for victims “as those who are accused and convicted.” But a surprising array of opponents – and not just criminal defense lawyers – warn that Marsy’s Law will produce unintended consequences in Kentucky, as it has in South Dakota. 2018-11-02T08:57:53-04:00

Fall time change: Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Kentuckians will get back the hour of sleep they lost during the spring time change in March. When going to bed on Saturday night, adjust your clocks back one hour. For example, if going to bed at 11 p.m. Saturday, turn your clocks to 10 p.m. That way, your clocks will be accurate when you awaken Sunday. 2018-11-02T08:52:18-04:00

‘We will remember in November.’ Will teachers toss lawmakers who backed pension bill?

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Fayette County Schools employee Nema Brewer is nervous about the Nov. 6 elections. “This one can affect teachers and state workers for the next 50 years,” she said. During nearly every waking hour this fall outside her job as multimedia productions specialist for Fayette County Schools, Brewer has been working to oust Kentucky lawmakers who voted this year for the controversial public pension bill. 2018-11-02T08:43:27-04:00

Football standout Robinson staying close to home with Kentucky

November 2, 2018 - 8:27am
WanDale Robinson’s commitment video had six different endings. The only one that mattered had him choosing Kentucky. Robinson, a senior at Franklin County's Western Hills High School and a four-star football recruit, showed the video during an assembly Thursday at WHHS as he made public his decision to play football next year at the University of Kentucky. The other four finalists on Robinson’s list were Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Purdue. 2018-11-02T08:20:24-04:00

LaRue deputy injured in crash

November 2, 2018 - 8:27am
A LaRue County deputy sheriff was injured Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on Bardstown Road east of Hodgenville near the intersection of Ky. 470. The preliminary investigation revealed LaRue County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathaniel Hall was traveling south on Bardstown Road with his emergency lights and siren activated while responding to a burglar complaint in Upton. 2018-11-02T08:14:57-04:00

Upcoming documentary will highlight health risks of asbestos

November 2, 2018 - 8:27am
Western Kentucky University graduate Bryan Lemon said he encountered some of the strongest people he’s ever known while making “Dirty Laundry,” a documentary about people affected by mesothelioma. After mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, killed their 90-year-old grandmother, cousins Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson set off on bicycles across the country in an effort to find answers. Their journey features surviving family members, doctors, activists and communities still living with active, toxic asbestos sites, according to a news release. 2018-11-02T08:08:50-04:00

Murder suspect pleads not guilty

November 1, 2018 - 2:26pm
A Winchester man charged for failing to seek medical attention for his mother before her death pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Wisecup, 27, is facing a single count of murder for the Oct. 21 death of 54-year-old Sheila Wisecup in their apartment. 2018-11-01T13:35:04-04:00

Attorney general: Grandparent scammers threatening seniors

November 1, 2018 - 2:26pm
Three Kentucky grandparents were robbed of nearly $18,000 recently after falling victim to a “grandparent scam,” according to Attorney General Andy Beshear who issued a statewide scam alert via a news release. Six grandparents in Boyle, Butler, Fayette, Jefferson, Meade and Pulaski counties have reported the scam phone call. 2018-11-01T13:02:30-04:00

This form is not from the Secretary of State’s office

November 1, 2018 - 2:26pm
Some voters across the state are receiving a form in the mail that looks official, but is actually a get-out-the-vote effort from an organization outside the state. The form is a notification from the Center for Voter Information, a Washington-based organization focused on encouraging people to vote. The survey says that the organization is studying voter turnout in Kentucky this year, and tells the recipient that they have been chosen to be part of the study. 2018-11-01T12:38:03-04:00

Gray business destroyed by fire Monday

November 1, 2018 - 2:26pm
A Gray area business was destroyed by fire Monday night. West Knox and Lily firefighters were called to ShedMax on Old Barbourville Hwy., near the intersection with Ky. 830, at approximately 7:20 p.m. in response to a report of a structure fire. “When we got the call, we thought it was a storage building on fire,” said West Knox Fire Chief Darryl Baker. The chief said the fire started in a smaller building behind the main building, spreading to the main building where the company builds backyard storage buildings. 2018-11-01T12:27:57-04:00

Quarles: Innovation key to farming's future

November 1, 2018 - 2:26pm
This week's announcement that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has submitted an emergency disaster designation request to help the commonwealth's farmers is the latest evidence that those who raise crops and livestock for a living are living on the edge. Kentucky farmers – already buffeted by fickle commodity markets, international trade wars and changing consumer demand – took a hit from Mother Nature that led to the governor's request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If approved, the disaster designation will allow for the availability of low-interest loans to farmers in all counties affected by the disaster. 2018-11-01T12:23:27-04:00

Nazi and Ku Klux Klan crap has got to go from public property

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
There isn’t too much imagery in American history more repugnant than the Nazi swastika and the Ku Klux Klan robe. One represents an evil we fought and defeated during World War II. The other represents an evil that we fought within ourselves since the birth of our nation and still do to this very day. That’s why the photos of a 1925 Klan robe and things like Nazi Christmas tree ornaments that were taken at the National Gun Day gun show in Louisville struck such a nerve. 2018-11-01T11:08:50-04:00

Rallying around I-65 goat

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
Known for his now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t persona, Houdini, the roaming Interstate 65 goat, is on the mend from a recent injury. With a broken right leg, Houdini’s days as an I-65 attraction have ceased. After he was caught last month when it became obvious he was injured, there was no hesitation by Hardin County Animal Care and Control and veterinarians to get Houdini on the road to recovery, albeit, not the road he has become so familiar with over the years. The public elevated the unassuming Houdini to legendary status. 2018-11-01T11:01:36-04:00

Be a part of the voting process Tuesday

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
Voting is a right given to all of us. Many people have sacrificed their lives to give us this right. We are fortunate as a country that we are allowed to have this right. In many parts of the world, people aren’t allowed this right, which is very sad and unfortunate. Every election cycle, those seeking office work hard, offer their opinions and vision for our community, our state and our country. All who do so should be commended for putting themselves and their families out there and being part of the democratic process. 2018-11-01T10:55:09-04:00

GE Appliances taps students to avoid production bottlenecks

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
GE Appliances has created 150 part-time positions in Louisville to help avoid production bottlenecks that arise when workers extend their weekends by taking off Mondays and Fridays. The manufacturer, which employs about 6,000 at Appliance Park in Louisville, has partnered with Jefferson County Public Schools to offer at least some of the jobs to Doss High School seniors. 2018-11-01T10:01:50-04:00

Judge doesn't revoke former chiropractor's probation

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
A judge declined to revoke a former Mayfield chiropractor's probation Tuesday, determining not enough evidence existed to prove he was practicing medicine when a court order prohibited it. Dr. Stephen Douglas McAdoo said in Graves Circuit Court that the reason a friend and former patient of his was lying on an adjustment table June 30 was because the table had a hydraulic leak, and he needed the weight of a larger person on the table to adjust the tension appropriately. 2018-11-01T09:20:58-04:00

Two-year-old child found in road; mom faces endangerment charge

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
A Mayfield woman is facing endangerment and drug charges after her young child was allegedly found standing in a road. According to the Graves County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to Rule Shack Road, near Fancy Farm, on Tuesday, regarding a small boy who was standing by himself in the roadway. Deputies spoke to a witness who had almost hit the child. 2018-11-01T09:15:36-04:00

Grand jury will hear police shooting case

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
In the next few months, a grand jury will be asked to determine if charges will be made in a shooting incident that left an Owensboro Police Department officer injured in early October, according to an official from the Kentucky State Police. Corey King, public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post in Henderson, said the investigation into the Oct. 10 shooting of Officer Zachary Morris was still ongoing, but it has reached a point where the Commonwealth Attorney's Office has decided to bring it before a grand jury. 2018-11-01T09:13:03-04:00

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has plans for next legislative session

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is thinking ahead -- to the next legislative session. Ben Chandler, the organization's president and CEO, made a few stops in Owensboro on Wednesday afternoon, including a visit to the Messenger-Inquirer. He gave a brief breakdown of the foundation's hot-button issues for 2019. No. 1 on the agenda: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will push for all schools in the state to have tobacco-free campuses. The effort failed earlier in Frankfort, Chandler said. 2018-11-01T09:09:50-04:00

Kroger shooting suspect Gregory Bush indicted on murder charges

November 1, 2018 - 11:26am
State prosecutors tacked on an attempted murder charge against Gregory Bush, who is accused of killing two people last week at a Jeffersontown Kroger. A Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Bush, 51, on two counts of murder, one count of criminal attempted murder and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Bush is accused of killing Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67, in the Oct. 24 shooting. The attempted murder charge stems from what police said was gunfire between Bush and a man identified in the indictment as Dominiic Rozier. 2018-11-01T09:05:42-04:00

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