Author: Associated Press

Woman says she was ordered at gunpoint to shoot another

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A detective says a Kentucky woman charged with murder told investigators she was ordered at gunpoint to kill another woman or her children would be shot in front of her. News outlets report Pulaski County detective Lt. Bobby Jones testified Wednesday during a probable cause hearing about details of the case against 33-year-old Danelle Nicole Powell,…

Hemp application period underway in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the state’s hemp licensing program for 2020 is underway. Grower applications must be submitted by March 15 of next year. Processor applications may be submitted year-round. For the first time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is hosting an online application portal on its hemp webpage. The department oversees the state’s…

Officials to announce new wildlife refuge in Kentucky

Photo Credit: Lee Andrews, USFWSHENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce a new national wildlife refuge in western Kentucky. A statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior says Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will join other dignitaries Friday in Henderson to announce the Green River National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

AG-elect Cameron says Barry Dunn will serve as deputy AG

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron says he will appoint Barry Dunn as his deputy attorney general when he takes office as the state’s top prosecutor. Cameron says Dunn’s deep knowledge of state government and his private-sector experience will serve the state well. In 2015, Dunn was appointed as general counsel of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet….

School officer: Teen suspects should be ‘passed around’ jail

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky school security officer is in trouble over a Facebook comment he made about the beating of an autistic student in a high school bathroom. The Courier Journal reports that Tony Howell was commenting on an article about an assault at Iroquois High. Surveillance video showed four teens following the victim into a school bathroom,…

Kentucky police investigating gun found at school playground

Photo Source: WSAZASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky are investigating how a gun ended up on an elementary school playground buried underneath mulch. The Daily Independent reports the firearm was found by an Ashland, Kentucky, kindergarten student Tuesday morning. The child didn’t touch the gun. Ashland Independent Schools Superintendent Sean Howard said nobody was injured or in danger. Howard…

Beshears invite children to take part in poster contest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov.-elect Andy Beshear and his wife are welcoming Kentucky’s children to participate in a poster contest celebrating the gubernatorial inauguration theme — Team Kentucky. The Beshears say children ages 6-17 are asked to imagine Kentuckians working together to accomplish common goals. They’re asking youngsters to draw a picture of the goal they want accomplished. Future first…

Amazon tells senator it’s considered face-scanning doorbells

BOSTON (AP) — Amazon says it has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras. The company is telling Congress that facial recognition is a “contemplated, but unreleased feature” of its home security cameras. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in September raising privacy and civil liberty concerns about Ring’s video-sharing partnerships with hundreds…

Molly Solomon promoted to lead NBC Olympics coverage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Solomon will lead NBC’s Olympics coverage, becoming the first woman to be an executive producer for a network sports division. She succeeds Jim Bell, who announced Nov. 4 he was leaving the network. Solomon was promoted Tuesday to executive president and producer of the network’s Olympics unit. She will continue to be executive producer at…

Trump spokeswoman says Obama aides left behind mean notes

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Tuesday that Obama administration aides left behind taunting notes for incoming Trump officials when they handed over their offices in 2017. Numerous Obama aides denounced the accusation as fiction. “We came into the White House. I’ll tell you something, every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes…