Regional
10:11 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Judge Rules Ex-Deputy Violated Rights of Detainee

Billy Stinnett's rights were violated by deputy.
Credit Kentucky Department of Corrections

A federal judge has ruled that a former Barren County sheriff's deputy violated the constitutional rights of a man under arrest. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley found that Adam Minor used excessive force on Billy Stinnett after a 2010 chase.

The decision is the latest in the long-running case involving former Barren County sheriff Chris Eaton and other officials.

Stinnett claimed in a civil suit filed in federal court in 2011 that Eaton, Minor and other officers struck him or failed to intervene when others struck him after he was arrested.

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Politics
9:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Reports: Pro-McConnell Super PAC Seeing Much More Fundraising Success than Group Supporting Grimes

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

A Super PAC supporting Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is greatly out-performing a similar group that is raising money for Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

According to a report in the Courier-Journal, the vast majority of the contributions made to the pro-McConnell group Kentuckians for Strong Leadership come from out-of-state individuals.

That Super PAC this week reported raising nearly $424,000 during the months of May and June. None of that money came from Kentuckians. The single biggest donation came from Sam Fox of St. Louis, the CEO and chairman of a private company that acquires businesses.

Reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has raised more than $3.7 million dollars since it was formed last year, with less than 5 percent of that coming from donors with Kentucky addresses.

A Super PAC supporting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes called We Are Kentucky raised $50,000 during the second quarter, while spending nearly $65,000 in that same time period. Since forming last year, the group has raised $343,000, a fraction of what Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has taken in to support Senator McConnell.

Regional
8:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alleged Shooter Identified in Rest Stop Murder-Suicide in Franklin, Ky

Updated Wednesday at 8:52 a.m.:  According to Kentucky State Police, the shooter has been identified as 39-year-old James Roames of Hendersonville, TN.

Original post:

Kentucky State Police say two people are dead after a murder-suicide at a rest stop on I-65 at the Kentucky-Tennessee line in Franklin.

Trooper Jonathan Biven says a man walked up to a parked car at about 9:30 Tuesday night and shot the driver at point blank range before turning the gun on himself.

The man in the car, 40 year old Jamie Plymel of Spring Hill, Tennessee, was pronounced dead at Franklin Medical Center in Simpson County. Biven says the gunman died at Skyline Medical center in Nashville. His name has not been released.

Biven says the shooting at the welcome center along I-65 appears to have been random and there's no apparent connection between Plymel and the shooter.

An investigation is continuing.

Regional
8:20 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Man Returned to Barren County to Face Murder Charge

John Amis

A southern Kentucky man charged with killing his wife has been returned to Glasgow after being arrested in an Ohio park.

The Glasgow Daily Times reported that 35-year-old John William Amis was taken in to the Barren County Detention Center on Tuesday night. Jail records list his bond at $1 million cash and do not list an attorney for him.

Amis is charged with one count of murder and two counts of felony tampering with evidence after Lorine Dawn LaBombard was pronounced dead on June 16 at the T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

Police arrested Amis on Friday inside a tent in East Fort State Park near Batavia, Ohio.

Education
7:54 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students

Tuition and fees at most community colleges these days are pretty reasonable but according to a new report, students in a fifth of these schools do not have access to federal student loans.
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Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:50 am

Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. But, according to the Institute for College Access and Success, a non-profit advocacy group based in California, nearly a million community college students who do need help paying for school don't have access to federal student loans.

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Regional
6:42 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems Pension Seeks to Dismiss Ft. Wright Lawsuit

The troubled Kentucky Retirement Systems pension is firing back at a lawsuit filed by a small Northern Kentucky town over what it alleges are “high risk investments” made by KRS.

In June, the city of Ft. Wright -- population 5,700 -- filed a civil suit against KRS over risky investments into Wall Street hedge funds with public money, seeking $50 million to cover the losses and to divorce its city and county employees from the state system.

KRS fired back with a motion last week claiming that the city lacks the proper legal standing to do so, and is asking Kenton Circuit Court to dismiss the claim.

Specifically, KRS argues that the types of alternative investments it makes into hedge funds are allowed by state law, and that circuit court is an improper venue for the suit because it is an administrative agency.

KRS’ motion will be heard Monday in Kenton Circuit Court.

Politics
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Laws Impacting Everything From Kudzu to Lobbyists Become Official This Week in Kentucky

Recently passed Kentucky laws go into effect July 15, 2014.
Credit ky.gov

A bevy of new state laws passed this year by the Kentucky General Assembly is going into effect this week. The legislation ranges from dealing with invasive plant species to tougher ethics laws governing the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.

The state constitution stipulates that laws without an “emergency” clause go into effect 90 days after the adjournment of a legislative session. Since the last day was April 15, many new laws are going into effect this week.

Senate Bill 170 grants the state expanded powers to combat invasive plant species like kudzu, which can quickly overtake other plants by drowning them in shade.

Similarly, House Bill 28 will make it tougher for lobbyists to invade the decision-making process in Frankfort by restrict their ability to pay for a legislator’s expenses.

Other laws taking effect this week include a streamlined concealed carry permitting process for victims of domestic violence; expanded prescription-writing authority for registered nurses; leniency on lesser crimes for victims of human trafficking; and permitting by-the-drink alcohol sales at state parks, if  nearby residents approve it.

Environment
3:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Kentucky Swimming Advisories Still in Effect Due to E. Coli Bacteria

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste, and the problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

Untreated sewage is released into streams and rivers from combined sewer systems—or CSOs—in cities like Louisville. It also runs off agricultural fields, leaks from aging septic tanks and is deposited directly into the river through straight pipes in some rural areas. Tim Joice of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance says data shows the number of stream miles affected by E.coli is growing, and it could take another 15 to 20 years to get the problem under control.

“We likely, especially in cities, will not see substantial improvement in CSO issues or insufficient wastewater treatment capacity issues for another number of years,” Joice said.

The state’s swimming advisories—which include the Upper Cumberland River, Kentucky River and Licking River—are in effect until further notice.

Politics
2:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Grimes Reports Over $4 Million Raised During Second Quarter, McConnell Takes in $3.1 Million

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

Kentucky’s two U.S. Senate candidates are reporting major fundraising hauls.

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she took in over $4 million during the second quarter ending in June, breaking the record for most money raised by a Kentucky Senate candidate in a single quarter.

That record was previously held by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the man Grimes is trying to defeat this November. McConnell raised $2.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2008.

Overall, the Grimes Senate campaign has raised nearly $11.3 million dollars to date.

Shortly after the Grimes camp released their fundraising totals Tuesday, the McConnell campaign announced they raised $3.1 million dollars in the second quarter. The incumbent reported $9.8 million in cash on hand--about $3.6 million more than his Democratic opponent.

The race between Grimes and McConnell is shaping up to be one of the most closely-watched Senate races in the nation, with many analysts predicting it could also be one of the most expensive Senate campaigns in history.

Regional
12:14 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

WKU Students Biking for Alzheimer's Reflect on Grueling, Rewarding Summer

The WKU bicyclists are wrapping up a 3,000-mile cross-country ride to raise money for Alzheimer's research for the BrightFocus Foundation. Their goal is to raise $100,000.
Credit www.bike4alz.org

Their bodies are sore, but some WKU fraternity brothers are having the most memorable summer of their lives.  Twelve members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are wrapping up a cross-country bike ride to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. 

Drew Tingle of Franklin is riding in honor of his grandfather who passed away with dementia.  WKU Public Radio reached Tingle as he was pedaling through West Virginia.  He shared one of the highlights of the trek.

"We were climbing Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado.  We probably climbed ten miles," said Tingle.  After climbing for several days we got to the top and we all got to lay in snow in the middle of June on top of this mountain 11,000 feet in the air."

The college students typically pedal 70 to 80 miles a day and have faced all types of terrain from snowy mountains to dry deserts.  Along the way, they’ve relied on the generosity of strangers, including many churches for housing. 

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