Archives for February 2020

Man Arrested After Police Chase Through Laurel, Whitley Counties

A Michigan man is in jail after a two-county police chase along I-75 that went through Laurel and Whitley Counties.

The chase started early Friday on the southbound side of I-75 near mile marker 34. Police pulled over 21-year old Kenaree Estes for speeding and smelled marijuana when the window was rolled down.

That’s when Estes allegedly took off, eventually hitting speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. He was arrested when he got off in Corbin and was stopped at 5th Street and Scuffletown Road.

KY House Passes Bill to Boost Rural Hospitals

The Kentucky House voted Friday to create a loan program to provide struggling rural hospitals with cash transfusions lawmakers hope will spark a financial turnaround.

Hospitals in counties with fewer than 50,000 people would be eligible for the loans.

More than 60 hospitals qualify under that definition, and more than a dozen are considered “vulnerable to closure,” said Republican Rep. Danny Bentley, the bill’s lead sponsor.

The bill cleared the House on an 80-0 vote and now goes to the Senate. Its cosponsors include House Speaker David Osborne, who said funding for the loan program could come from the issuance of bonds.

Kentucky Dems Calling on Pikeville Senator to Resign

The Kentucky Democratic Party is calling on Senator Phillip Wheeler from Pikeville to resign.

A photo of Governor Andy Beshear posing with a group of drag queens and other LGBTQ activists in Frankfort last week has led to controversy among state Republicans.

A video shows Wheeler criticizing Beshear for meeting with a group in the Capitol rotunda. Wheeler said the group was “corrupting the values of children,” and calling it “a fight against evil, for just the forces of decency.”

Restoring Voting Rights For Felons

The Kentucky Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for some felons who have completed their sentences.The measure passed on a 29-7 vote and now heads to the House, the Courier Journal reported. If approved there, it would be placed on the statewide November ballot for voters to decide.It would amend Kentucky’s Constitution to allow felons to have their voting rights restored after serving their full sentence, as long as they were not convicted of treason, violent crimes or crimes against children.

Technology Company Expanding In KY

A Kentucky technology engineering firm plans to add at least 83 jobs with a $5.3 million expansion of its headquarters.STEP CG’s headquarters is in Covington and will move to a location on the Ohio River, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office said in a news release Thursday. The new facility will provide nearly 7,000 square feet of additional office space, the release said.

Fire And Rescue Partnership Evaluated

A recently-proposed partnership between the City of Prestonsburg and Lifeguard Emergency Medical Services was declined by the city council this week.According to Mayor Les Stapleton, the partnership would have been a managerial labor contract that would allow the city to transport emergency patients if Lifeguard needed help and would supply the ambulance for those runs.Stapleton said the council decided it already had the resources and options to skip the middle man by running its own ambulance from Prestonsburg Fire and Rescue.

Ambulance Siren Scares Away Birds

The Clay County Ambulance Service was asked to blare their sirens Thursday evening to scare away the birds that roost in the trees.Community members have complained about the birds in the area. A local group was worried about health concerns because of the bird droppings being left behind.

Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center Celebrates

The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center in Pikeville hosted its 7th annual Banquet for Life Thursday, bringing the community together with one message: ‘Ohana.”‘Ohana, which means family, which means no one is forgotten or left behind,” said Executive Director Kay Hammond.The luau-themed event included live music, a silent auction, and a live auction. According to Hammond, this year’s event is the largest in the history of APCC’s banquets.She said that growth is due to the “incredible” community support the center has garnered over the years.

Investigating Abortion Issue

The Family Foundation has announced at a press conference in the State Capitol, that it and 35 state legislators are asking Attorney General Daniel Cameron to investigate the University of Louisville Medical School’s Ryan Residency Program to determine whether it is violating state laws prohibiting taxpayer-funded abortions. The group cited documents it had obtained, showing the close relationship between U of L’s medical school and an abortion clinic in Louisville.

Limiting Pardon Powers

Responding to an outcry over former Gov. Matt Bevin’s flurry of last-minute pardons, the Kentucky Senate advanced a proposed constitutional change Wednesday to prevent his successors from doing the same thing in their final days in office.