The top elected official in an eastern Kentucky county devastated by a 2012 tornado has been indicted on charges of mail fraud, theft and conspiring to launder money.
The indictment unsealed Monday claims Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley rigged bidding to ensure a Salyersville-based construction company won contracts.
One count stems from allegations Conley used his position to ensure PBTHNOJJ Construction received payments in excess of actual work to clean up storm debris.
An FBI spokeswoman says Conley was arrested at his West Liberty office Monday. Conley was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center. An attorney identified by Conley's office as his possible lawyer in the case did not immediately return a call.
Conley faces four counts of mail fraud, one theft-related count and a count of conspiring to launder money.
Enrollment through Kentucky's health benefits website has grown by more than 11,000 in a 10-day period starting Thanksgiving week.
Governor Steve Beshear's office says the technology team for the state's online health insurance marketplace was expecting an increase in traffic, applications and enrollments after Thanksgiving and increased capacity to prepare.
A news release from Beshear's office says the site enrolls about 1,000 Kentuckians a day.
The largest increase during the period from Nov. 26 to last Thursday was among people buying private health insurance plans. The state says nearly 4,000 people chose a new private insurance police, a 32 percent increase.
Nearly 72,000 people had enrolled in new health coverage as of last Thursday, including Medicaid and private insurance.
WKU police have made two additional arrests in connection with a recent armed robbery at a residence hall.
The school announced Monday that WKU Police arrested 22-year-old Orlando Mouncil of Radcliff, and 19-year-old Corey Stevens of Elizabethtown. Both are WKU students and are charged with first-degree robbery following an incident Friday afternoon at Hugh Poland Hall.
Two other students were arrested Friday. Eighteen-year-old Cedric Arnold of Worthville, and 21-year old Christopher Wilson of Old Hickory, Tennessee were charged with first-degree robbery.
Wilson was also charged with marijuana possession.
A statement released by the university says an investigation is continuing in conjunction with the Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney.
State revenues exceed expectations but budget officials say they won’t be enough to satisfy the need. State Budget Director Jane Driskell offered a financial report Monday in Lexington during the annual Kentucky Chamber Legislative Preview.
By the end of June, state income will likely run $130 million over budget. But Driskell says the amount needed to cover the growing costs in areas like Medicaid, teacher retirements, and education is much higher than the available monies.
“We haven’t even gotten to all the additional budget requests from the agencies. All those important things, all that important work those agencies are doing. If you just add these up, it’s well over $400 million dollars. Don’t forget, we’ve got $130 million to spend,” said Driskell.
A state agency says child protection officials in Kentucky investigated 20 allegations of human trafficking involving 25 children from late June through mid-October.
The cases included children prostituting themselves for drugs and a guardian offering to sell a child for money or place the child in a prostitution ring. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services submitted the report to the Legislative Research Commission.
The annual report is required by the Human Trafficking Victim's Rights Act, a state law that went into effect this year.
Gretchen Hunt, a staff attorney for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, says the new law is raising awareness of the problem of trafficking children.
Under the new law, the victims are no longer viewed as criminal.
Blake Pillow rushed for 150 yards and Blue Tisdale put up three touchdowns as Bowling Green High School scored 49 unanswered points to roll past Pulaski County High 49-14 in the KHSAA Class 5A championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at WKU Sunday afternoon.
The win marks the Purples third consecutive state championship and their third straight undefeated season.
Pulaski County jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a 25 yard score from quarterback Riley Hall, who finished the game with 41 yards on the ground while completing 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.
The two women vying for a vacant seat in the Kentucky House both agree jobs are the foremost issue facing the 7th District that includes Union and portions of Henderson and Daviess counties. How to create them is one way they differ from each other.
Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro would vote for a right-to-work bill in the General Assembly. Under right-to-work laws, employer cannot make the payment of union dues a condition of employment. Miles believes having the law in Kentucky would remove barriers to job creation.
“I don’t feel like people should have to pay to work," remarks Miles. "Our states north and south of us, Indiana and Tennessee, both are right to work states. I do know that it makes a difference in those states from people that travel with their work.”
Miles has the endorsement of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Her Democratic opponent Kim Humphrey of Morganfield is endorsed by the state AFL-CIO. Humphrey is against Kentucky becoming a right-to-work state.
“What right-to-work takes away is the ability for wage earners to make a good living and for those folks to be able to organize if they wish to do that," says Humphrey.
If elected state representative, both Miles and Humphrey say they would work to create jobs and protect existing jobs in western Kentucky's coal industry.
Both women are making their first political run. The 43-year-old Miles is the Owensboro field representative for 2nd District Congressman Brett Guthrie. Humphrey, 53, is a former banker and economic development official who now works for Riverview Coal in Union County.
The winner of Tuesday's special election will fill the seat of former House member John Arnold who resigned in September amid sexual harassment allegations.
Despite being bowl eligible for a third straight season, the WKU Hilltopper football team was not selected to take part in a bowl this postseason. WKU finished with an 8-4 record and was considered by bowls in Detroit, Mobile, Ala. and Shreveport, La.
Athletic Director Todd Stewart says with 79 bowl-eligible teams and 70 spots, someone was going to be left out.
“For me personally, this feels like a loss right now,” said Stewart. “But I think when you have difficulty, I think you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. That’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I hope our fans do.”
Stewart says he’s especially disappointed for the seniors who have played their final game in a Hilltopper uniform.
Christmas at Shakertown events at South Union Shaker Village WILL take place as scheduled Friday night and Saturday.
WKU Bowling Green cancelling classes after 3:00pm today. Campus will remain open.
WKU Glasgow campus closing today at 3:00pm.
Auburn Christmas parade canceled.
Mammoth Cave National Park has closed cave tours, the visitor center, Mammoth Cave Hotel, Green River Ferry and some park roads.
WKU Owensboro campus closed Saturday.
WKU Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox will close at 1:00pm ET today and will be closed Saturday.
Abraham Lincoln birthplace will be closing today at 10:00 a.m. (ET).
The Bowling Green Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until Sunday, Dec.15 at 2:00pm.
The Bowling Green Junior Woman's Club has postponed the Coats for Kids distribution day that was scheduled for Saturday morning. The new date for the Coats for Kids Community Distribution will be Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Hot Rods Stadium from 9am to 12pm.
Christmas in Kentucky at the KY Museum is canceled.
The Team Penning event scheduled for the WKU Expo Center Saturday has been canceled.
This is not a comprehensive list of closings and cancellations, only those of which WKU Public Radio has been made aware. Check back for further announcements.