Kentucky Association of School Superintendents

The superintendent of Simpson County schools is leaving his post to head up a statewide education group.  Jim Flynn will become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, which represents the 173 school superintendents in the commonwealth. 

The group also does advocacy work with the state legislature and federal government.  Dr. Jim Flynn will lead the group starting July 1st of next year. 

One of his goals will be advocating for better funding for education.  He says he will also work toward reversing declining enrollment in colleges of education across Kentucky.

Michelle Hanks

While most of the Meade County public works crew finished their lunches, Pius “Gene” Hobbs was raking along the edge of the road, oblivious to the dump truck backing quickly towards him. 

Unbeknownst to the driver, Hobbs was knocked to the ground and crushed under the truck’s weight. When the truck accelerated forward, Hobbs’ coworker ran him over a second time. He was killed on impact. 

The only eyewitness to the December 2016 incident, a bystander named Greg Turner, said that he didn’t hear a backup beeper on the truck as it reversed. Maybe Hobbs hadn’t either. 


Kentucky House Leader Files to Raise Money for Governor

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The minority floor leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives has filed paperwork to raise money for a campaign for governor, setting up a potentially spirited Democratic primary in 2019 to challenge Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

State Rep. Rocky Adkins and running mate Stephanie Horne are listed on the website of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance for the May 21, 2019, primary. Adkins is scheduled to make a "special announcement" Wednesday in Morehead, Kentucky. Adkins declined to comment Monday through a spokeswoman.

Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.

Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions.

Lisa Autry

The head of a Catholic Diocese in Kentucky says he has no knowledge that a former priest removed from ministry in Tennessee committed any sexual misconduct while in working in Owensboro. 

The Diocese of Nashville published a list this month of 13 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors.  On the list was Father Paul Haus who was assigned to the Diocese of Owensboro in the 1970s. 

In a news conference on Friday, Bishop William Medley who has led the Diocese of Owensboro for the past eight years, said he had never heard of Haus, much less, any allegations against him.

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President Trump defended his selection of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday as new questions arose about Whitaker's fitness for the post and whether his appointment is legal.

WKU Theatre & Dance

Fifty years ago, a revolutionary musical called "Hair" made its Broadway debut. The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance is marking this anniversary with a production of the quintessential American Tribal Love Rock Musical.  

"We were struck by how many of the themes still seem resonant today," said Dr. Michelle Dvoskin, the show's director. "We discuss the show in my musical theater history class and when we were talking about the ending a few years ago, everyone was really overwhelmed by it and had a lot of feelings and I remember standing there and  thinking we have to do 'Hair'. It's time to do 'Hair'."

Becca Schimmel

Western Kentucky University held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning, and unveiled a new panel of granite etchings to be added to the Guthrie Bell Bell Tower in the middle of campus.

The tower, which was dedicated in 2002, contains etchings that depict WKU alumni who served in the military.

Bowling Green resident Chip Hightower came to see the unveiling of the new panel which includes an etching of his father, Ret. Army Lt. Col. and Vietnam War veteran Ken Hightower.

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This week’s election has produced a shakeup in a capital murder case in south central Kentucky. 

Nearly three years after a young Allen County girl was brutally murdered, a new prosecutor is joining the case. 

Clint Willis, the commonwealth’s attorney for Allen and Simpson counties, was defeated in Tuesday’s election by Franklin lawyer Corey Morgan. 

Willis built the case against Timothy Madden after he was charged in the November 14, 2015 death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin.

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Next week, a federal court in Louisville will hear arguments over a new Kentucky law that bans a common type of abortion procedure.

Earlier this year the Kentucky legislature passed a bill banning dilation and evacuation abortions after the 11th week of pregnancy except in medical emergencies.

Gov. Matt Bevin signed the law and the ACLU sued on behalf of EMW Women’s Surgical Clinic, the state’s only abortion provider, arguing that the measure is unconstitutional.

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