House Speaker Greg Stumbo is invoking the state constitution as his reason for not appearing at next week’s legislative ethics hearing looking into sexual harassment allegations against former State Representative John Arnold.
Stumbo received a subpoena from Arnold’s lawyer, but says the constitution exempts him from appearing while the General Assembly is in session. Stumbo also tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that he has no knowledge of the complaints against Arnold, other than what he’s read in the news media.
Arnold, who resigned last September, continues to deny allegations that he sexually harassed female LRC staffers.
The Warren County school district and the Bowling Green school system remain at odds over a student transfer agreement.
The county school board has rejected the city’s latest proposal to cut the number of non-resident students over a ten-year period. The county wants to keep more of its students and the state funding that comes with them.
Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton told WKU Public Radio that he also didn’t like the city's plan to allow transfers on a first-come, first serve basis.
“The board feels that the process needs to be the most transparent, efficient, and equitable process available and it’s the board’s conclusion that a random draw meets this criteria the best," said Clayton.
Negotiations between the two districts began in last September and went into mediation this month. Clayton said he felt that now is the time to appeal to Kentucky’s Education Commissioner.
“We’re coming to the point where a timely resolution is critical," Clayton added. "Both school districts need to have the opportunity to plan and prepare for the 2014-15 school year, but more importantly, the families in this community need a resolution so they can plan and prepare for the upcoming school year, as well.”
Education Commissioner Terry Holliday can either make a ruling or recommend a hearing take place similar to the one the school systems took part in last summer.
Legislation that would allow those with permits to carry concealed weapons into bars and restaurants is on its way to the Kentucky House. The Senate passed the measure Thursday by a 30-4 vote.
Northern Kentucky Senator John Schickel believes Senate Bill 60 is all about the right to defend oneself. Speaking on the Senate floor, Schickel said crime rates and gun-related accidents have fallen since concealed carry laws were established.
Schickel says there is a place for gun possession in a bar.
“Now some have said that’s crazy, how could you, how could you Mr. President, how could you mix guns and alcohol, that’s very irresponsible," said Schickel. "Well, Mr. President, actually the opposite is true, the opposite is true. This law strictly forbids anyone to consume alcohol while they have a concealed carry weapon.”
Schickel says bar owners can still opt to not allow concealed weapons in their establishments.
One of the four "no" votes came from Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas, who argued policing the law will be very difficult. He says gun owners could feel “entitled” and “one thing could lead to another,” ending in violence.
A man wanted in the cold case killing of his wife in south-central Kentucky has been captured in Mexico.
Prosecutors took out a warrant last year, charging Leland Neal in the death of his estranged wife Carol Neal.
The Bowling Green social worker was reported missing in 1998. Her body was never found, but hikers discovered part of her skull in 2003 in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Mexican authorities were holding Leland Neal about a week ago in connection with a robbery when they discovered the murder warrant and contacted U.S. officials. Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron says Neal is now in custody in Texas.
"The warrants we had outstanding against him were served on Mr. Neal," stated Cohron. "He was lodged in the Harris County Detention Center in Houston, Texas and should be extradited to Warren County in the next couple of weeks."
At the time of her disappearance 16 years ago, Carol was separated from Leland and the couple was in the midst of divorce proceedings. An affidavit stated that Carol had filed a domestic violence report against her estranged husband.
Darel Carrier looks back on his childhood, his pro career and his three remarkable years at WKU
Darel Carrier’s new home just outside of Bowling Green features an expansive workout room in the basement. Upstairs there’s a display of many of the mementos from his distinguished college and pro basketball careers. He enjoys giving visitors a detailed tour of the home, right down to the insulation
The handsome, two-story house is a far cry from his humble beginnings in Warren County.
His family's house growing up lacked electricity or a bathroom until he was a teen, but Carrier found a way to sharpen his basketball skills.
“I saved up enough money to buy my first ball and goal. It was a little lace up ball and a goal for $3.99. I put it on the side of a corn crib and I shot with my little ball through that goal for two or three days,” said Carrier. “My ball went over the fence and a big ol’ hog took a bite of it. That was the last of my ball.”
A lot of preparation work is underway at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to recover eight classic cars that fell into a sinkhole a week ago.
In the meantime, the spectacle continues to attract gawkers.
Sharon O’Connor of Wisconsin was at the museum Thursday picking up her brand new C-7 coupe.
The pictures she’d seen had not done the sinkhole justice. Seeing the fallen cars firsthand was difficult for someone who has owned seven Corvettes.
"People donate their vehicles here to show out of the goodness of their heart, and to have something like this happen is pretty sad," she said.
Recovery of the cars may begin late next week and could take up to three weeks. Two of the cars can’t even be seen. Once the cars are retrieved, they’ll go in display at the museum.
"People have come forward saying they're really interested in this and want to see what they look like when they come out," says Communications Director Katie Frassinelli. "It's an important piece of the museum's history and now Corvette history, as well."
The display will last from April 20-July 31. Then, the cars will head to GM headquarters in Michigan for restoration.
Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a new initiative aimed at improving Kentucky’s health outcomes over the next five years.
‘KyHealthNow’ (Kentucky Health Now) will seek to improve Kentuckians’ health in the areas of smoking, obesity, cancer, heart disease and more by 10 percent.
Beshear says the initiative will piggyback off of the success of the state’s implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, which has enrolled over 240,000 people across the commonwealth.
“We want to reduce Kentucky’s rate of uninsured individuals to less than five percent," the Governor said Thursday. "The link between access to affordable health care and good health is clear, it’s direct, it’s indisputable.”
Beshear says the initiative will coordinate executive and legislative actions, as well as public private partnerships.
Kentucky ranks among the worst states for rates of smoking, cancer deaths and heart attacks.
Pokey LaFarge on his musical style, influences and life on the road
Among the things that make Pokey LaFarge stand out: his unique moniker, his throwback sound, the formal attire he often sports on stage and one of the songs from his latest album, which celebrates….a time zone.
I don’t mind the West Coast, and I don’t mind the East Coast, Oh, baby, but I ain’t gonna live on no coast. I’m just a plain ol’ Midwestern boy, gettin’ by on central time.
LaFarge says the song, called "Central Time", took him only five minutes to write
“Some songwriters would say that’s proof that it’s a good song,” said LaFarge. “Some of the best songs come out that way If it came out in five minutes, I wasn't even consciously thinking about it. It just came out.”
The 30-year-old St. Louis native along with his five-piece band will keep it within the Central time zone tonight as he performs in Bowling Green. The Pokey LaFarge sound can be described in a variety of different ways. He says it changes every time he’s asked.
“If I had to describe it today, I would say that it’s acoustic-rooted, horn-accentuated, lyric- and melody-driven Midwestern swing. How’s that?”
The Kentucky Supreme Court says the state can’t collect pari-mutuel taxes on instant racing games.
However, the Courier-Journal reports the high court also ruled Thursday that instant racing was legally implemented in the commonwealth.
Kentucky Downs in Franklin and Ellis Park in Henderson currently offer instant racing, which involves bettors wagering money on videos of previously run races.
Despite the ruling, justices said the conservative Family Foundation of Kentucky can continue its efforts to oppose Instant Racing. The group is gathering evidence for its legal challenge against the games, which it believes were implemented illegally.
State regulators have allowed pari-mutuel taxes to be collected on the games, but Thursday’s ruling by the Kentucky Supreme says those taxes only apply to live racing events.