State News in Brief

Man awarded $21M after getting unnecessary heart procedures

LONDON (AP) — A jury has determined that a hospital in London, Kentucky, and its parent company should pay $21.2 million to a Corbin man who received unnecessary heart procedures.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the jury ruled Wednesday that St. Joseph Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives were negligent, violated consumer-protection rules and took part in a conspiracy after performing heart procedures on Kevin Wells.

Wells alleged that the hospital performed the procedures to boost payments from health programs and insurance companies.

Wells’ attorney, Hans Poppe, says a doctor at the hospital recommended Wells get a peacemaker, although other doctors would later say he didn’t need one.

The hospital argued that the treatment Wells received was necessary.

Poppe says the defendants are likely to appeal.


General Electric Lighting plans to close 2 Ky. plants

LEXINGTON (AP) — General Electric Lighting has announced it will close two plants in Lexington and Somerset by August 2017.

WKYT-TV reports that the company announced Thursday the closures of Lexington Lamp Plant and Somerset Glass Plant would affect over 200 people.

The Lexington plant makes traditional, non-LED lighting products and employs 139 people. The Somerset plant makes halogen lamps and employs 71 people.

GE says in a statement that consumer demand for traditional lighting is at an all-time low. As a result, the company says it is operating at 15 percent capacity.

GE says the local union representing the workers has 60 days to ask for a different plan.


Mother sent drug to jailed daughter who then overdosed, died

COVINGTON (AP) — A northern Kentucky woman has been sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison after providing drugs to her jailed daughter, who later died of an overdose.

Local news outlets report that 44-year-old Kimberly Mullins of Crittenden was sentenced Thursday to 224 months in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and morphine.

Mullins had confessed to regularly sending heroin to her daughter, while she was an inmate in the Kenton County jail. She also confessed to buying a fentanyl and morphine mixture, thinking she was buying heroin.

The Kentucky Department of Justice says Mullin’s daughter, Jamie Green, overdosed on Sept. 5, 2015.

Two inmates have also been convicted after pleading guilty to being a part of the conspiracy.


Officials: Boater rescued from Kentucky River, charged

LAWRENCEBURG (AP) — Officials say a boater has been arrested after being rescued on the Kentucky River.

Anderson County Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Brown tells news outlets that the man was near Lock No. 5 on the water near Lawrenceburg Thursday afternoon when his boat went over the dam.

Brown says the man told rescuers that he ran out of gas, his engine stalled and he went over the lock. The boat was stuck on some rocks.

Several surrounding counties and state agencies assisted in the rescue.

Brown says the man, who wasn’t hurt, was arrested by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. WKYT-TV reports that he was charged with second-offense operating a vessel under the influence.

Brown says the dam is private property and is owned by the Kentucky River Authority.


Norton, Kosair reach settlement over hospital contributions

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Norton Healthcare and Kosair Charities have reached a settlement in a legal battle over contributions to a children’s hospital that will remove the Kosair name from the Norton institutions.

The Courier-Journal cited a statement Thursday from the organizations that says the resolution allows each to “focus on its respective mission.” Terms weren’t disclosed.

Kosair Charities filed suit against Norton Healthcare last year accusing it of misspending donations and refusing to provide an account of how contributions to Norton Healthcare’s Kosair Children’s Hospital are spent.

Norton filed a countersuit in Jefferson Circuit Court accusing Kosair of claiming that it is a major funder of the hospital when it stopped making contractual payments two years ago. The claim said Kosair was $11.5 million behind on required contributions.

Both sides had denied allegations made by the other.

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