A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Life after the Carrollton crash: It goes on, but now-Principal Jason Booher has a purpose and motivation

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Jason Booher’s life has a definitive marker:  There were the 13 years before May 14, 1988 and the 30 years after. 
That’s the day a fiery church bus crash claimed 27 lives, including that of his best friend since first grade, on a rural stretch of interstate near the Ohio River town of Carrollton.  

Booher survived that crash and went on to become a career...

David Dooley’s attorneys claim vindictive prosecution in motions to dismiss recent sex charges against him

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor David Dooley’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the sex charges recently levied against their client, alleging vindictive prosecution and lack of prosecutorial jurisdiction. David Dooley at a 2017  hearing to determine if he would be granted a new trial in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. He was ultimately granted a new trial because it was determined...

Environmental groups urge leaders to use VW settlement funds wisely, invest in EV technology

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky is expected to get millions of dollars as part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, and environmental groups are asking state leaders to spend the money wisely. After admitting to cheating on emissions tests and deceiving customers, the automaker agreed to a nearly $15 billion settlement. Of that, $4.7 billion will be going to states to reduce nitrogen...

More Kentuckians are heading to Carolinas to offer aid in wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Florence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentucky aid workers headed to the Carolinas to help recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief deployed on Sunday, said Director Coy Webb, and a mobile kitchen and shower unit were set up in Jacksonville, N.C., on Monday. The all-volunteer teams will be providing 25,000 meals daily, offering homeowners professional damage assessments...

Legislative committee hears about the growth of KY’s biggest exporter — aerospace and defense

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today If you thought the automotive industry was Kentucky’s biggest exporter, think again.   
It’s the aerospace and defense industry. 
Stewart Ditto, executive director of the Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium, told the General Assembly’s Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee the industry has over 600 companies, employs 17,000 and exported...

‘Kentucky Can’: UK sets highest-ever fundraising goal in the history of the state — $2.1 BILLION

The largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Commonwealth will create thousands of scholarships to expand access to education at the University of Kentucky and to dramatically accelerate UK’s efforts to solve the Commonwealth’s most challenging health and economic issues. The $2.1 billion campaign – “Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign” – was announced Friday at a special...

Kentucky chipping in to help those impacted by hurricane; discounts at parks, KYTC lifts restrictions

KyForward staff Kentucky agencies are offering relief to those fleeing areas in the path of Hurricane Florence or truck drivers headed to affected areas to deliver supplies. Kentucky State Resort Parks offering discounted rate for East Coast residents seeking shelter Kentucky State Resort Parks are offering a discounted rate of $49.95/night on lodge rooms to residents of any East Coast state seeking...

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaime Morales critical after shooting at I-75 rest stop, fugitive killed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Scott County sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Wednesday following an officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night that left one suspect dead, the Kentucky State Police said. 
The sheriff’s deputies and Georgetown police officers were helping federal agents from the U.S. Marshals capture a fugitive from another state, the state police said. The incident...

1000 Duke Energy workers headed to restoration efforts from Hurricane Florence, a disaster in motion

Staff report Duke Energy deployed over 1,000 employees and contract workers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help with restoration efforts from Hurricane Florence. The team left yesterday morning from the Florence rest area with 30-40 bucket trucks headed for Raleigh. They are expected to arrive Thursday. From there they will be dispatched to the hardest hit areas in the Carolinas to help restore...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...

State budget figures show 4.3 percent increase in revenue in first two months of fiscal year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was more good news for state revenues in the first two months of the 2019 fiscal year. Figures released by State Budget Director John Chilton on Monday show General Fund receipts increased 4.3 percent in August compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $759.9 million, compared to $728.3 million during August 2017. So far in the fiscal year, General...

History Channel’s American Pickers are coming to Kentucky in October — got ideas?

Staff report The Pickers are on the road to Indiana and Kentucky in October — and are asking for your help in finding places they should visit. American Pickers, the popular History Channel Show, is looking for a real taste of Blue Grass — on the hunt for large and junkie private collections that will keep their guys busy. To offer suggestions: Email americanpickers@cineflix.com or Call...

BACK Construction named Small Business of Year at Commerce Lex’s annual awards luncheon

BACK Construction was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year at Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Salute to Small Business Awards luncheon Friday. The recipient of this year’s Business Success Category Award, BACK Construction was chosen for the honor from five different category winners. The company now has the opportunity to be considered for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small...

Representing yourself in small claims cases, you can now eFile in Fayette, Kenton and Hardin counties

Citizens representing themselves in small claims cases in Kenton, Fayette, and Hardin counties may now skip trips to the courthouse to file documents and instead file them electronically. The Administrative Office of the Courts recently began offering eFiling for self-represented litigants in small claims cases in the three counties, with plans to take the program statewide this year. 

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Recent survey shows new law supporting shared parenting is popular among Kentucky voters

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky became a national leader with a new law supporting shared parenting rights, and new polling shows it’s a policy supported by many Kentuckians. HB 528 went into effect July 1. And in cases of permanent separation, it makes joint custody the legal presumption if both parents are considered fit caregivers. Now a new survey of Kentucky voters by Public...

New research shows binge drinking increases after college instead of subsiding, as previously thought

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Kentucky third in the country for its level of binge drinking, and new research indicates old habits die hard. Research from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) finds that binge drinking increases after age 21, instead of subsiding after the college years as previously believed. Researcher...

Be aware and prepared — Gov. Bevin proclaims September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Visit www.ready.gov for a host of ideas throughout National Preparedness Month. Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year, from...

Officials tell committee that sports betting, online sales tax are not the answer to state’s financial woes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Neither sports betting nor sales tax for online purchases will solve Kentucky’s financial woes, a legislative committee was told on Thursday. Department of Revenue Commissioner Daniel Bork told the Appropriations and Revenue Committee internet retailers and mail-order companies weren’t required to collect sales tax on out-of-state sales until a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court...

Jury recommends life for Shayna Hubers; penalty phase includes emotional testimony from families

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A Campbell County jury recommended a sentence of life in prison for Shayna Hubers at Wednesday’s penalty phase of her trial. A day earlier, the jury found Hubers guilty of murder in the killing of attorney Ryan Poston. Katie Carter, Ryan Poston’s sister, clutches the teddy bear she brought to the witness stand with her, as the family answers questions...

Demonstration planned in Louisville on Aug. 31 for FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day

Advocates in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day will demonstrate for a more forceful federal response to the opioid addiction epidemic on Aug. 31 in Louisville. The rally will take place at Jefferson Park (corner of 6th and Jefferson) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is organized by Emily Walden with Stoppnow (Stop the Organized pill pushers now). It will be one of dozens that are scheduled...