A Kentucky State Police trooper will go on trial in 2015 in a civil lawsuit stemming from a deadly traffic crash.
Trooper Jonathan Biven was behind the wheel of his cruiser when it crossed the center line and collided with another car on U.S. 31E in Barren County. A police report cited inattention and distraction as contributing factors.
The 2011 crash killed the driver of the other car, 33-year-old Nurcan Ceylan. Prosecutors declined to pursue charges against Biven, but a civil lawsuit was filed by Samuel Parker, a passenger in Ceylan's car.
The Glasgow Daily-Times reports Parker’s complaint alleges negligence that resulted in his permanent injuries.
A judge has set aside March 3-4 of next year of hear the lawsuit. Trooper Biven is the public affairs officer for the Kentucky State Police post in Bowling Green.
An outside group supporting Senator Mitch McConnell is spending nearly $1 million over the next week to run ads attacking his opponent on the immigration issue.
While immigration hasn’t been a major topic of focus in the Senate race between McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the ads accuse Grimes of backing legislation that would lead to “citizenship for millions who broke the law.”
The Republican who challenged Senator Mitch McConnell in this year’s GOP primary tells the Associated Press that he’s strongly considering a run for governor.
Louisville businessman and Tea party activist Matt Bevin won 35 percent of the Republican Senate vote in May, following a campaign in which he portrayed McConnell as too moderate. If Bevin joins the 2015 gubernatorial contest, he’ll enter a G-O-P contest that includes Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner.
Warren County Republican Party chairman Scott Lasley says he doesn’t think a Republican candidate has to wear the Tea Party label to win the party’s nomination next year.
But the WKU Political Science Professor thinks it will be important for GOP candidates to at least reach out to grassroots organizations ahead of the primary.
The pool of high-profile Indiana Democrats running for Governor in 2016 has shrunk by one. Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh says he won’t seek a return to the office he held from 1989 to 1997.
Bayh is a moderate Democrat who strongly considered a presidential run in 2008, before deciding not to run and endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate but didn’t seek re-election in 2010.
The Kentucky chapter of the ACLU is asking Kentucky Educational Television to adopt more inclusive rules related to who it invites to appear on its televised debates.
The Courier-Journal reports that the legal director for the Kentucky ACLU sent a letter to KET saying the statewide broadcaster might be running afoul of federal law due to changes it made to it rules regarding debates.
A copy of the rules sent to WKU Public Radio by KET stated that candidates invited to appear at its U.S. Senate debate must have accepted at least $100,000 in contributions for the current election. Another rule says that those invited must have at least 10 points of support in a public opinion survey conducted by an independent pollster.
A new poll taken in Iowa shows Kentucky Senator Rand Paul still has some convincing to do among voters if he decides to run for the White House in 2016.
The CNN\ORC International poll among registered Iowa Republicans gave Senator Paul seven percent support, putting him in third place behind former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
A similar poll taken in March had Paul leading the potential GOP president field. Senator Paul has made three trips to Iowa this year, holding campaign-style events and fund-raisers with local politicians.
Among Democrats in this latest poll, Hillary Clinton remains the number one choice with 53 percent support. In a distant second place is Vice President Joe Biden who was favored by 15 percent of respondents.
After two years without a permanent leader, the Evansville Museum has selected a new executive director. Bryan Knicely comes to Evansville from Florida where he led the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
The Evansville Museum completed a major renovation earlier this year and houses 30,000 objects in its permanent collection.
"This is an exciting time for the Museum. After the successful completion of the capital campaign and building expansion, we are in a period of rapid growth and look to become the number one cultural destination in the region,” said board president Sharon Walker. “We are happy to have Bryan join the staff, as he has extensive experience leading arts and cultural centers across the country.”
Dr. John Streetman III retired at the end of 2012 after nearly four decades with the museum. Mary Bower had been serving as the interim director.