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Wait for Execution Has Financial, Mental Toll
Friday, November 28, 2014 2:00 PM
The average time between a death sentence being handed down in Kentucky and an execution is 20 years — exceeding a national average of 12.8 years. For the families of those killed, it's a long wait that doesn't get easier with time. Donata Nelson has waited 30 years since her son, Scott, was slain after being kidnapped on the way to a high school football game in Louisville. The man ...
Case Dismissed Against Former Soldier after Appeal
Friday, November 28, 2014 12:55 PM
A former Fort Campbell soldier once convicted of taking part in killing four people has been freed from prison after prosecutors dropped the case against him 20 years after the crime. The release of 40-year-old David Gene Housler Jr. of Radcliff, Kentucky, closes a chapter of one of the most notorious killings in Clarksville history. Housler and Courtney Matthews were convicted of killing ...
Kentucky State Police Minding Roads this Weekend
Friday, November 28, 2014 10:29 AM
Motorists on Kentucky highways this weekend may notice more state troopers making sure travelers make it to their destinations safely. Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says troopers will be watching for impaired drivers and those not wearing seat belts. State police said in a news release that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports Thanksgiving in the ...
Kentucky Farm Products Hit Record Sales Mark
Friday, November 28, 2014 8:35 AM
Farm cash receipts reached a record level in Kentucky in 2013. The Kentucky Agriculture Department reports National Agricultural Statistics Service information shows $5.6 billion in farm cash receipts in 2013 statewide. Total receipts were up more than 16 percent over 2012's total of $4.8 billion. The most growth was in soybeans, with farm sales of just over $1 billion, a 45 ...
Some Health Exchange Hours Change During Holiday
Friday, November 28, 2014 2:00 AM
Kentucky's health benefit exchange, kynect, will have special hours during the holiday weekend. Open enrollment continues through Feb. 15, but the kynect retail store in Fayette Mall in Lexington was closed Thursday and will be closed Friday, both state holidays. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The call center was closed ...
Parks Foundation Participating in Giving Campaign
Thursday, November 27, 2014 9:24 AM
The Kentucky State Parks Foundation is taking part in a campaign to raise awareness during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Parks Department says organizers plan to use social media to encourage people to give during the holidays, at the hashtag #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said in a news release the foundation is a good way for parks supporters ...
Supreme Court Justice Mulling Run for Governor
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2:00 AM
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is considering a run for governor in 2015. Scott told the Lexington Herald-Leader he will make his decision by early January. If he does decide to run, Scott said he would immediately resign his seat on the state's highest court that he has held since 2004. The deadline to file for governor is Jan. 27. ...
KY Senate Republicans Nominate Leaders
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:33 PM
Senate Republicans have nominated a Greensburg business owner to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate. Republicans chose Sen. David Givens to replace retiring Sen. Katie Stine as Senate president pro tem during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. It is the first leadership position for Givens, who lost to Sen. Damon Thayer as majority floor leader two years ...
Kentucky Pushing To Overturn Maryland Gun Law
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:06 AM
Twenty-one states including Kentucky are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, last week. The brief says the law ...
Waters: Fear Not Criminal-Justice Reforms
Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Politicians often opine about how the latest election results indicate that “the people want us to get something done.” In that spirit, I offer an issue that a Democratic House, Republican Senate and lame-duck governor can – and should – come together on: further reforms to Kentucky’s criminal-justice system. I say “further” because ...
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