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A former Western Kentucky University football star has been charged with drug trafficking.  Nacarius Fant was arrested in Bowling Green on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Bowling Green -Warren County Drug Task Force with help from Kentucky State Police took Frant into custody during a traffic stop at Chesnut and Regents Streets. 

Fant was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (over four grams), which is a Class C Felony.  Drug Task Force Director Tommy Loving says the investigation began six weeks ago and police made four undercover cocaine purchases from Fant before his arrest.

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

Kentucky’s Legislative Ethics Commission is asking state lawmakers to update an existing law to specifically prohibit workplace sexual harassment by lawmakers against their staff. 

The legislative ethics law currently doesn’t include such language.  The ethics panel has investigated such cases in the past, mostly recently involving former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, but on the grounds of misuse of public office. 

Legislative Ethics Commission Director John Schaaf told WKU Public Radio that updating the law would remove any questions about whether the panel has jurisdiction to investigate sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers.

Kentucky Mayor Charged After Hit-and-Run Injury Accident

Aug 13, 2018
Somerset Mayor's Office

Police in Somerset say they've identified a hit-and-run driver who injured a child on a bicycle, and it’s the town’s mayor. 

Kentucky State Police say Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler has been ordered to appear in court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. 

Police say the child was hit in Somerset Sunday evening and taken to a local hospital, and then flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.  Police said on Monday that they did not know the juvenile's current condition. 

Girdler did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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The Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is suing to block a constitutional amendment said to advocate for victims’ rights from appearing on the ballot in November.

The measure is called Marsy’s Law. It passed the Kentucky General Assembly this year, and if it’s ratified by voters in the fall it will amend Kentucky’s constitution to require crime victims be notified of court proceedings, receive compensation from the convicted and more.

Last week, KACDL sued the Secretary of State’s office and Kentucky State Board of Elections, alleging the Marsy’s Law amendment is flawed due to its effects on the criminal justice system and the language representing the amendment on the ballot.

Kentucky to Offer New Driver's Licenses to Comply with Law

Aug 13, 2018
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky will start offering new driver's licenses in January, becoming one of the last states to comply with a federal travel law passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, requiring states to upgrade the security of their driver's licenses.

Kentucky will offer a standard driver's license or a voluntary travel ID. People can only have one. Both enable a citizen to drive, vote and apply for federal benefits. But beginning Oct. 1, 2020, only people with travel IDs will be allowed to board domestic flights or enter U.S. military bases.

J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky's Governor is meeting Monday night with the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.

Matt Bevin and Cui Tiankai will discuss economic development at the meeting in the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

The meeting comes at a time of increasingly strained relationships between Washington and Beijing.

President Donald Trump has pursued an aggressive trade policy against China, slapping billions of dollars in tariffs on imported Chinese products, such as solar panels, washing machines, flat-panel televisions, and medical devices.

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Employees of Kentucky’s public colleges and universities will continue to receive tuition assistance in the upcoming fall semester, despite the end of a program that allowed them take some classes for free at other schools. 

The General Assembly this year eliminated a statewide mandatory tuition waiver requirement that allowed full-time employees of post-secondary institutions to take up to six credit hours per semester at no cost.  House Bill 592 retained those benefits only for employees of state and locally operated secondary area technology centers.

A former Simpson County physician will spend more than four years in prison for over-prescribing pain killers and anti-anxiety medication.  Roy Reynolds was sentenced in federal court in Bowling Green on Friday. 

Roy Reynolds has been held in the Grayson County Detention Center since his conviction in April on 15 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. 

Kentucky Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Pension Case

Aug 10, 2018
Ryland Barton

The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's appeal of an earlier ruling striking down changes to the state's struggling pension systems.

Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature passed a law earlier this year that would move all new teacher hires into a hybrid plan and limit how teachers can use sick days to calculate their retirement benefits. In June, a state judge struck down the law because he said lawmakers violated the state constitution by not giving the bill three readings over three days.

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has negotiated a deal to clean up the pollution at a coal-fired power plant in western Kentucky. The agreement comes nearly two years after a state inspector first discovered coal ash leaching from a landfill at the D.B. Wilson plant near Centertown in Ohio County. That coal ash spill leaked arsenic into public waterways.

Conservationists say the deal is a rubber stamp on the power plant’s own plans and doesn’t do enough to address environmental impacts. 


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