There's no room at the inn for the Degmans. Not the Days Inn, anyway.
Jim and Marilyn Degman didn't suffer significant damage to their home in Monday's storm, but they lost power and decided to seek shelter elsewhere. They tried two other places before they found a La Quinta Inn & Suites that would admit Angel Baby, their toy poodle.
"I think she's a little more traumatized than we are, because of her routine," Jim says. "She can't go to her home."
The attorney for Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton is working to keep his client out of prison. Guthrie True filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to overturn Eaton's two felony convictions or grant him a new trial.
A federal jury earlier this month found Sheriff Eaton guilty of directing two deputies to make false reports to the FBI about a 2010 arrest. Suspect Billy Stinnett alleged he was beaten after being placed in handcuffs.
Two other officers were acquitted on all charges. Eaton's attorney, Guthrie True, says it's hard to understand the witness tampering convictions for a crime the jury concluded never occurred.
"I think everybody as well as he and I are a little confounded by the jury's verdict, so we're going to sit tight and see what the court does," says True.
Chris Eaton faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. However, under sentencing guidelines, he is likely to serve one to two years on each count. Sentencing is scheduled for August 1, but in the meantime, Eaton is back on the job as Barren County sheriff.
As financial support pours in from around the country, the Better Business Bureau is warning about scammers that prey on disasters. In this interview, Joe Corcoran speaks with Reanna Smith-Hamblin from the BBB in Louisville.
The tea party has won the first round in a lawsuit that questions the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange that Gov. Steve Beshear set up last year by executive order.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd refused to dismiss the lawsuit on Thursday, as had been requested by attorneys for the state.
The state argued unsuccessfully that taxpayers don’t have legal standing to challenge the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange, which is intended to help uninsured people arrange insurance coverage under the federal health care overhaul.
Tea party activist David Adams filed the lawsuit last month, claiming Beshear created the exchange without necessary legislative approval. Adams wants Shepherd to order work on the exchange to cease.
Your online purchases could alleviate some of Kentucky's budget woes.
The federal legislation that allows states to collect sales taxes from more online retailers would benefit the Kentucky state budget, argues a policy group focused on economic policy.
If such legislation passed, Kentucky could gain $130 million to $200 million in revenue per year, the state's Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has estimated.
That sort of money could lead to a restoration to programs that have recently been cut, including the child care subsidy for low-incoming, working families, says Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
The new revenue wouldn't be a miracle fix for the state budget, Bailey says, but it could reverse some serious cuts made the last few years.