Kentucky News Network


1:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Laughs at Himself in National TV Debut

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A Kentucky lawmaker says it wasn't so bad being mocked on national television.  Republican Senator Damon Thayer of Georgetown recently appeared in a segment on Comedy Central that poked fun of legislation he introduced in the General Assembly this year. 

The segment was called "Can't Touch This" about states trying to pass laws to counter-act federal laws, a procedure called nullification that's been ruled unconstitutional several times by the Supreme Court. 

Thayer told comedian Jason Jones about a bill the state Senate passed this year to say Kentucky won't go along with any new guns laws from Washington.

Thayer:  "There will be federal gun laws that actually take away what we believe is our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

Jones:  "Other than that premise being completely false (audience laughter), what kind of message did you send to those gun grabbers in Washington D.C.?"

Also appearing on "The Daily Show" segment was Larue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner discussing counties like his moving to nullify state laws. 

For Thayer's part, he says he doesn't take himself nearly as seriously as he did 15 or 20 years ago, so when asked to do the show, he said "why not."

The complete segment can be viewed here.

7:40 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Kentucky Firefighters Heading West to Battle Wildfires

A group of Kentucky firefighters is being sent to Utah to assist with wildfires burning in big timber and juniper grass.  Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say 21 firefighters will gather Wednesday in London for a briefing before heading west. 

The U.S. Forest Service notified the division Tuesday that assistance was needed.  The division has a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service to provide assistance during forest fire emergencies.

"We are glad to be able to help. I am sorry for the situation they find themselves in but happy that we are able to respond.” said Leah MacSwords, Director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

The last time the division sent crews out of state was 2011 when firefighters were sent to Georgia and Florida where catastrophic wildfires were burning. 

9:11 am
Tue July 16, 2013

With Fancy Farm On Tap in Just Over Two Weeks, Conway is First To Accept Invite

Credit Kentucky News Network

Updated at 9:55 a.m.: 

The Republican Party of Kentucky has confirmed that Senator Mitch McConnell will attend Fancy Farm. In a news release, McConnell challenged his most high-profile Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to attend the event in western Kentucky as well.

Original post:

So far, the count of prominent speakers for the 133rd annual Fancy Farm Picnicon the 3rd of next month is...  one.  Organizers say the first statewide elected official to accept an invitation to speak is Attorney General Jack Conway.

The AG's expected by many to run for Governor in 2015, but has been a regular at the picnic in recent years anyway.  The event has historically been, since 1880, the place where Kentucky candidates kick off campaigns.

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9:30 am
Fri June 28, 2013

'Cats, Cards Taken in 2013 NBA Draft

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals both had first round picks in the NBA draft Thursday night. 

Former Wildcat Nerlens Noel was picked sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and Archie Goodwin was picked 29th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Following their picks, each player was involved in a proposed trade, with Noel going to Philadelphia and Goodwin to Phoenix.

Former Louisville Cardinal Gorgui Dieng was taken by the Utah Jazz with the 21st overall pick and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Peyton Siva was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round with the 56th overall pick.

It marks the fourth consecutive NBA draft that Kentucky was represented by multiple players in the first round of the draft.  Dieng is the first Cardinal to go in the first round in four years.

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1:48 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Possible New Development in Murder of Bardstown Officer

Officer Jason Ellis
Credit Bardstown Police Department

Kentucky State Police say there is new information in the investigation into the shooting death of Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis. 

An outside K-9 group got involved in the case, according to State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins, and the dog led investigators from the crime scene to a nearby pond.  Chaffins says the Louisville Police dive squad is combing the pond for clues.

Chaffins adds, they're not sure what will turn up, but it's just part of the lengthy investigation in which they are leaving no stones unturned.

Officer Ellis was killed in the early morning hours of May 25, while he was cleaning tree limbs from a ramp on the Bluegrass Parkway.

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12:00 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

National Education Study: KY Among Most Rapidly Improving

Kentucky is among the most rapidly improving states in the nation when it comes to closing the achievement gap in schools.

Kentucky recorded better than expected gains in student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act in a new national study.

The findings are among those in a recently released national study "The New State Achievement Gap:  How Federal Waivers Could Make It Worse – Or Better" by Education Sector.

The study compares student gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) from 2003-11 in grades 4 and 8, reading and math for all students. Kentucky students recorded an overall gain of 28.2 points. That is better than the national average gain of 20 points.

Kentucky charted the fourth highest gains in the country behind Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

The full report can be viewed here.

9:33 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Services Set for Deceased Elizabethtown Mayor

Visitation for Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker begins Monday.  The mayor died of a massive heart attack last Friday morning at the age of 54.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Elizabethtown and again Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church with the funeral to follow.

Walker will be buried at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.

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10:50 am
Thu June 13, 2013

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Medical Helicopter Crash in Eastern Kentucky

The National Transportation Safety Board has released preliminary information, on the June 6th Air EVAC helicopter crash in Clay County.

Several witnesses reported the helicopter was spinning prior to the crash, about 750 feet from their base landing zone. One told investigators it was in a 40-degree nose up attitude, and shortly after, no engine sound was heard.

There was conflicting testimony: some witnesses saying the weather was clear, others that there was dense fog. According to security camera recordings, the helicopter erupted into a fireball, immediately upon impact.

All three crew members aboard, Pilot Eddy Sizemore, Paramedic Lee Dobbs and Nurse Jesse Jones were killed.  A public memoiral service for them will be held in the North Laurel High School gym, at 10:00 Saturday morning.

The investigation into the crash continues.

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4:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

EF 2 Tornado Causes Damage and Minor Injuries in South Central Kentucky

Credit Michael Cook

Update at 12:28am:   According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, the path width of damage is 300 yards, with maximum winds of 135 mph, making it an EF2 tornado.  One home was completely demolished, three houses and numerous outbuildings were severely damaged, and several livestock were killed. 

Original Post: A tornado touched down in southern Kentucky Monday afternoon, damaging farm structures and some homes. 

The twister hit in Logan and Simpson counties.  It was visible for miles.

Michael Cook, who took this photo, was working on a farm just west of Franklin when the tornado hit.  It destroyed several grain bins and damaged some homes.

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11:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Western Kentucky Toddler Critical after Drinking Meth Ingredients

Rachael Arroyo
Credit Ohio County Detention Center

A western Kentucky child is in critical condition after ingesting a chemical used to make methamphetamine.

The 2-year-old Ohio County girl drank sulphuric acid drain opener that was in a shot glass. She suffered chemical burns to her lips, tongue, mouth and esophagus.

Authorities say the child's mother and her boyfriend were making meth inside the home.   They allegedly waited six hours before taking the child to the hospital.

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