9:45 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hardin County Bridge to Remain Closed Another Week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says bridge repairs on Kentucky 391 in Hardin County will require closure for another week.

The cabinet said Monday that more deteriorated concrete than expected was encountered and the bridge would be closed until July 7.

The closure is over Otter Creek at mile point 1.2.

Residents on the southern end of Kentucky 391 must access the road from Kentucky 1600, and residents on the northern end must access from Kentucky 1500-Kentucky 144.

6:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Anti-meth Law Among Those Taking Effect July 1 in Tennessee

A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect Tuesday in Tennessee.

The anti-meth law requires a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, which is the equivalent of about five months' worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed.

According to the governor's office, 268 children were removed from their homes last year because of meth-related incidents and nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized.

Also taking effect on Tuesday is a measure that requires more disclosure from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, as well as a statute that allows the state to use the electric chair to execute death row inmates.

4:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

WKU Professor: Supreme Court Breached a Wall with Contraception Ruling

A legal and constitutional historian at WKU believes the U.S. Supreme Court may have set a precedent with its ruling that some companies can refuse to offer contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 

The nation's highest court on Monday handed a legal victory to religious groups opposed to the mandate within the federal health care law. 

In a 5-4 decision, justices ruled that family-owned and other closely held corporations can be exempted from the contraception mandate. 

The decision  came in the case of Hobby Lobby, the largest employer that has gone to court to fight the birth control provision. 

"For the first time, in this opinion, the court holds that corporations are persons whose religious beliefs are protected by the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Dr. Patti Minter told WKU Public Radio.  "The question becomes, for instance, whether or not a publicly traded company or the the board might adopt a position that they have a religious objection to a contraception mandate or another kind of mandate.  That's an issue not addressed in this opinion."

The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners. 

There are separate lawsuits challenging the contraception provision from religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges, and charities.

4:54 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Inabnitt Pleads Not Guilty On Charges of Shooting Prominent Somerset Attorney

Clinton Inabnitt
Credit Pulaski County Detention Center

The Somerset man accused of shooting a prominent attorney to death last Friday has pleaded innocent to a murder charge. The Herald-Leader reports 40-year-old Clinton Inabnitt entered the plea at an arraignment on Monday. 

Fifty-seven year old Mark Stanziano was shot multiple times as he was walking outside his office. 

Funeral services are set for Tuesday for Stanziano. He’ll be buried Wednesday following a memorial mass at St. Mildred Catholic Church in Somerset.

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11:57 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hodgenville Police Chief Charged With Misconduct

Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson
Credit City of Hodgenville

Kentucky State Police have charged the police chief in Hodgenville with official misconduct and hindering prosecution.

A statement from the KSP post in Bowling Green says the charges were filed Friday in a summons against Steven Johnson, who will have a court date in July.

The charges come amid an investigation of former Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback, who have been indicted on charges of theft and abusing public trust. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hodgenville Mayor Kenny Devore told The News-Enterprise that the charges won't immediately change Johnson's status as police chief. He said it was common knowledge that police might file charges against Johnson.

9:51 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Man's Body Pulled from Lake Cumberland

Update 3:09 p.m.

The identity of a south-central Kentucky man whose body was found in Lake Cumberland has been released.

The Pulaski County coroner's office told the  Herald-Leader the man was 32-year-old Justin D. Shelton of Burnside. An autopsy was performed Monday, but officials were awaiting results before releasing a cause of death.

The body was found in the water Sunday morning. David Muse of the coroner's office said initial indications suggest that Shelton's death was accidental.

The case remains under investigation by the Pulaski County sheriff and the Kentucky Water Patrol.

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Officials in southern Kentucky say they have pulled a man's body from Lake Cumberland.

The Pulaski County coroner told WKYT-TV that a fisherman found the body Sunday afternoon and called authorities. The coroner says the death appears accidental, but it is early in the investigation.

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9:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:54 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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3:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Rep. Hoover 'In Shock and Disbelief' After Shooting Death of Fellow Criminal Defense Attorney

Rep. Jeff Hoover of Jamestown, worked for several years with Mark Stanziano
Credit Kentucky LRC

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, a defense attorney by trade, has known and worked with Mark Stanziano for many years and says he was stunned by the news out of Somerset Friday morning.

Stanziano, 57, was fatally shot as he walked near his law office. Police have taken 40-year-old Clinton Inabnitt into custody in connection with Stanziano's death. He's now charged with murder.

“Well I was just in shock and disbelief,” said Hoover. “Then I was sick at my stomach thinking that such a senseless act could take place, you know, just a guy going to his law office and he gets gunned down.”

Hoover, who works in neighboring Russell County, says Stanziano never shied away from taking high-profile cases and called him a “very, very good” defense attorney.

“He was very knowledgeable; he was very good in front of a jury.  He did not shy away from high-profile or high-publicity cases. In fact, I think Mark enjoyed those.”

Hoover says representing accused criminals in small town, high-profile cases can be especially challenging. He says he had known Stanziano for many years and had several cases pending with him.

Police say the man charged in connection with Stanziano’s death had contact with the attorney as recently as Thursday. Inabnitt told police Stanziano had failed to help him with an unknown problem.

10:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Police: Defense Attorney Fatally Shot in Somerset, Kentucky

Clinton Inabnitt is lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Credit Pulaski County Detention Center

Officials say a defense attorney well known in his small, southern Kentucky town has been shot and killed outside of his law office.

Somerset police say Mark Stanziano, 57, was shot multiple times about 8 a.m. Friday morning outside his downtown office.

Police have arrested Clinton D. Inabnitt, 40, of Somerset. They say witnesses have told them the man had been in contact with Stanziano on Thursday evening and had previously threatened the attorney.

A police citation says Inabnitt told officers that he shot Stanziano because the attorney declined to help him with a problem and laughed at him.

Somerset is a town of 11,000 in Pulaski County in southern Kentucky.

In 2002, a former Pulaski County sheriff was killed in a plot around the time of a political rally. Stanziano represented the man charged with the murder.

A biography on Stanziano's law practice website says he had 30 years' experience in criminal cases.

7:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Kentucky Growing Jobs But Wages Not Keeping Up

Most regions of Kentucky are adding jobs, but most of those jobs don't pay very much according to a recent analysis by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

University of Louisville economist Paul Coomes said four of the the state's nine regions are above the national average in terms of job growth. But the average pay per job in all nine regions was lower than the national average.

Northern Kentucky had the highest growth in average pay at 18%, while the mountain region in eastern Kentucky had no growth at all. The national average for wage growth since the last recession is about 23%.

Coomes will expand on his report during a July 22nd speech during the Chamber's annual meeting in Louisville.