Author: Associated Press

Police: 2 dead in Whitley County fire

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say two people are dead after firefighters extinguished a fire at a home in Whitley County. News outlets report that investigators and detectives with the Kentucky State Police were called to a residence early Saturday once firefighters found the two bodies. State police have not yet released the names of the two killed….

Large fire erupts at Loftis Mansion

(Photo Credit: WYMT)SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a well-known landmark near the border of Kentucky and West Virginia has been damaged in a fire. News outlets report firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire on Friday at the Loftis Mansion in South Williamson. The mansion was heavily damaged in the fire. The mansion was once a…

Bevin-Beshear competition extends to fundraising

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The bitter competition between Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear spread to the size of their campaign bank accounts Friday. Both sides offered glimpses into their fundraising performances as the governor’s race heads toward the pivotal final weeks before their Nov. 5 election showdown. Their detailed financial reports had not yet been…

Chief Justice Minton delivers State of the Judiciary Address

FRANKFORT, Ky.- Bowling Green resident and Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, John Minton, gave his annual State of the Judiciary Address in Frankfort Friday morning. Minton spoke to legislators about a number of important topics, including, a move to establish business courts, the work of the Civil Justice Reform Commission and how the courts are helping to address…

Kentucky State Police adding victim advocates this fall

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Officials with Kentucky State Police say a new statewide victim advocacy program will launch this fall. A statement from the governor’s office says the Victim Advocate Support Services initiative will provide a trained advocate at each of Kentucky’s 16 state police posts. Officials say advocates will help crime victims or those involved in traumatic events by…

Lawsuit: Defunct Univ. Kentucky frat’s culture led to death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Relatives of a 4-year-old boy are suing a now defunct University of Kentucky fraternity and its national organization, saying they were responsible for the boy’s death. News outlets report the lawsuit by Marco Lee Shemwell’s family blames Alpha Tau Omega and its UK chapter for Marco’s death. Police say Marco was fatally struck by Jacob Heil’s…

Court records: Kentucky jail guards get added abuse charges

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Four former Kentucky jail deputies charged with manslaughter in the death of an inmate have been given additional criminal abuse charges. The Daily Independent reports that multiple counts of criminal abuse were added to each of the former Boyd County Detention Center deputies’ existing charges on Friday. All defendants pleaded not guilty to the added charges….

Kentucky candidates focus on abortion, gambling

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear fought to shift the battleground of their bitter campaign in Kentucky on Thursday, both turning to divisive social issues to highlight their starkly different visions for the state. Beshear doubled down on his support for expanded gambling as neighboring Indiana starts allowing sports betting — a venture…

Kentucky Supreme Court to hold session in Somerset

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court will travel to Somerset for death penalty arguments later this month. The session will be held Sept. 19 at the Center for Rural Development. The session is open to the public, and after the arguments, justices will take questions that aren’t related to pending cases. The Somerset appearance is part of a…

Kentucky state park handed over to city

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Levi Jackson Wilderness Road is no longer a state park. WYMT-TV reports the park that includes historic trails now belongs to the city of London. London Mayor Troy Rudder says local officials have seen a decline in both the condition of the park and the number of visitors over recent years. The station reports negotiations between…