Archives for July 2019

Keeping Out The Fish

Officials say they have begun constructing a riverbed bubbler and sound system in Lake Barkley as an experimental and environmentally friendly way to block the spread of an invasive fish known as Asian carp.The Paducah Sun reports the bio-acoustic fish fence at Barkley Dam in western Kentucky will be evaluated over the course of the next three years, although officials hope to see some preliminary results next year.

Getting Credit For Using Solar Panels

Kentucky regulators are seeking input on implementing a new law changing the way utility customers receive credit for electricity generated from solar panels and other renewable sources.The Kentucky Public Service Commission says public comments will be useful in future rate cases that will determine net metering rates for electric utilities.The PSC says it will make no decisions on those rates in the current proceeding.Officials say written comments on the matter are due by Sept. 20

Getting School Bus Drivers Ready For the New School Year

As summer is coming to an end, parents are preparing for back to school and so are bus drivers across Eastern Kentucky.Bus drivers were put to the test on bus safety Tuesday at Mountain View Elementary School.”Since we have done this, we actually split our classes up. We do half a day driving, half a day in classroom instruction,” said Jamie Roberts, Transportation Area Assistant. “And since we have done that, our accident rates have dropped. Last year, we had zero.”Driving through an enclosed cone course, drivers are taught to maneuver the large vehicle in tight spaces. Most of those spaces include a blind spot.Officials say blind spots are the most common cause of school bus incidents.

Getting The National Motto Back In Schools

A recent law passed through the General Assembly, requiring all schools in the state of Kentucky to display the national motto, “In God We Trust” somewhere prominent on campus.Superintendent Danny Adkins says the Floyd County School District will be in compliance by the start of the fall semester.”We have our signage ordered. It will be placed right near the front office,” said Adkins.He said the signs will include the state seal, the Floyd County Schools logo and a list of the members of the board of education.

Social Security Fraud Case Update

Former attorney, Eric C Conn is currently serving a 27-year sentence in federal prison for defrauding the social security system out of more than $600 million several years ago.Ned Pillersdorf, a Prestonsburg attorney representing some of Conn’s former clients held a meeting at the old Pikeville Courthouse on Tuesday giving an update to those still waiting to receive social security benefits.”In the last few weeks there have been a series of court-ordered for 300 of them who have active cases to get their benefits back,” said Pillersdorf.Those who are receiving their benefits are asked to make sure their mailing address is correctly documented with the Social Security Administration as they are mailing paper checks. Attorneys also are warning former clients to be wary of scammers.

KY Hiring Teachers

Kentucky education officials say a growing teacher shortage has become critical and they are launching a recruitment campaign.Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis says recruitment efforts could include using programs like Teach for America, working with universities on alternative certification routes and hiring based on work experience.

Beshear Promotes Term Limits

Democrat Andy Beshear has proposed term limits and a lifetime lobbying ban for Kentucky lawmakers as part of an ethics plan for state government.The gubernatorial candidate’s plan, released Tuesday, includes financial disclosure provisions and pay restrictions aimed squarely at incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.It calls for limiting state representatives to four consecutive terms and state senators to two terms – equaling eight years for members of both chambers.

KY Doctor Sentenced

A judge has sentenced a Kentucky doctor to 30 months in prison for illegally prescribing controlled substances.The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky says 64-year-old Michael Lee Cummings of Albany was sentenced last week. He also was ordered to pay a $400,000 fine and reimburse the Bureau of Prisons for the costs of his incarceration. He was indicted in 2017 and pleaded guilty this year.

Capital One Data Breech Affects Thousands

A hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, the bank said Monday as federal authorities arrested a suspect in the case.Paige A. Thompson – who also goes by the handle “erratic” – was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Thompson made an initial appearance in court and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday.The hacker got information including credit scores and balances plus the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers, the bank said. It will offer free credit monitoring services to those affected.

Looking For Child Advocate Volunteers

Officials with a program for Judi’s Place for Kids called “CASA” are looking for volunteers.”CASA” stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate.”This branch serves Pike, Floyd, and Magoffin Counties.Typically, a CASA volunteer will spend around 18-months on a child’s case.They can only take one case at a time.Program director Shawna Kelly-Blair tells media outlets right now they have 18 volunteers but the court system sees hundreds of cases each year.”So we definitely need more that can provide a voice for a child and be an advocate for them,” she explained. The volunteers stay on the case until the case is closed in family court.”