Jurors resume deliberations in ex-coal CEO’s federal trial
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have deliberated several hours in their first day back since breaking for Thanksgiving.
The jury entered its sixth full day of deliberations Monday. They had not met since Tuesday because of the holiday.
Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break safety laws and defrauding mine regulators at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine, and lying to financial regulators and investors about safety. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.
Prosecutors contended that Blankenship was a micromanager who meddled in the smallest details at the mine and cared more about money than safety.
Blankenship’s defense team said the government offered no evidence he was involved in a conspiracy.
Blankenship’s trial began Oct. 1. Deliberations began the evening of Nov. 17.
Registry names adult caregivers with proven abuse claims
OWENSBORO (AP) — A registry that names adult caregivers with substantiated abuse claims has been quietly building since it was created last year.
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports that 51 people with proven histories of abuse and neglect of adults in professional care have been placed on the caregiver misconduct registry since it was created after Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 98 in April 2014.
The registry includes the names of paid employees and volunteers at adult care facilities such as nursing homes who have had complaints of abuse or neglect substantiated against them by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The caregiver misconduct registry isn’t open to the public and can only be reviewed by agencies such as nursing homes who want to check on prospective or current employees.
Man found dead was to be witness in court-martial case
PEMBROKE (AP) — A man found dead in his home as police investigated remains found in a burnt vehicle was scheduled to testify in an upcoming court-martial at Fort Campbell.
The Kentucky New Era reports 59-year-old Calvin Lee Phillips was listed as a witness for the prosecution and the defense in the case of Maj. Christian Martin, who is charged with sexual assault and mishandling classified information.
Army Lt. Col. Chevelle Thomas said Phillips was on the prosecution’s list of potential witnesses, and defense attorney Bill Summers said Phillips was going to testify on Dec. 1 in his client’s defense.
Detectives with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department found Phillips body on Nov. 19 while investigating the remains of two people found in a burnt vehicle. Those remains haven’t yet been identified.
2 assaulted with handgun after UK-UofL football game
LEXINGTON (AP) — Two people have been injured and one person has been arrested after a pistol-whipping incident at Commonwealth Stadium.
University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe tells media outlets that just after the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game ended on Saturday, police received multiple reports of a man with a firearm in the stadium parking lot. Monroe says when police arrived, they found that a man had hit two people on the head with a handgun after an argument escalated. Paramedics treated both at the scene.
Police arrested 59-year-old Paul G. Walters and charged him with second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment. No students were involved.
Paul files for president, re-election in Ky.
LOUISVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul officially filed for re-election and for president in his home state Monday, a move he insists does not undermine his faltering presidential campaign.
Paul is the only major candidate running for president who is running for two public offices at once. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are not facing election bids in 2016 for their current jobs and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida decided not to seek re-election in favor of his presidential campaign.
The move is complicated for Paul because of a Kentucky law barring candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. The state Republican Party decided to hold its first-ever presidential caucus in March to avoid the conflict in its normal primary election in May. Paul raised $250,000 to cover the caucus’ cost. And on Monday, he is scheduled to pay the $15,000 filing fee to participate in the caucus.
Paul signed his paperwork in Louisville’s West End neighborhood, a poor area of Kentucky’s largest city. He highlighted his ideas for alleviating poverty by creating “economic freedom zones” where federal taxes would be slashed in poor areas of the country. And he blamed Republicans in part for the country’s poor financial state.
But no viable Democrat has emerged to challenge Paul for his seat. Democrats are still struggling to regroup after losing the state’s race for governor earlier this month. Paul’s biggest potential challenger, state Auditor Adam Edelen, lost his re-election bid earlier this month and has said he will not run for the U.S. Senate.
Firefighters: 1 dead after fire at Lexington duplex
LEXINGTON (AP) — A woman has been killed, a man has been injured and a family of three has been displaced in a fire at a South Lexington duplex.
Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Harvey says the duplex was in flames and there was heavy smoke when firefighters arrived Sunday evening.
Harvey says firefighters knew a person might be inside and put out the fire quickly. But the woman in the right side of the duplex was dead when firefighters found her. Her name and age have not been released.
The man who lived with her was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
The family of three that lived in the other side of the duplex made it out safely.
Harvey says there were no smoke detectors in either unit of the duplex.
State agency approves acquisition of Public Gas Co.
FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Frontier Gas LLC is expanding again with the purchase of Public Gas Co.
The Public Service Commission said in a statement that it approved the acquisition, which creates a company that will serve nearly 6,000 customers in eastern Kentucky.
Public Gas has 1,728 customers in Breathitt, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan and Wolfe counties.
Kentucky Frontier Gas has operated in Kentucky since 2008, when it purchased four small companies. It has expanded through other purchases since then and now operates 11 small natural gas systems that serve customers in nine eastern Kentucky counties.
According to the PSC, Kentucky Frontier is paying $1.9 million for the smaller company.
Tribute planned for veterans at new center near Fort Knox
RADCLIFF (AP) — A group of central Kentucky residents are planning a tribute for veterans at a center under construction near Fort Knox.
The News-Enterprise reports Clint Meshew, Gary Broadway, Jerry Howard and Greg Barnes formed a nonprofit to raise money and create a tribute outside the Radcliff Veterans Center, which is expected to open next year.
Two displays on either side of the center’s administrative building are planned. One will depict an elderly veteran with a shadow background of him as a soldier. The other will depict the family of a soldier welcoming him home.
Howard said the tribute is meant to show veterans that they are honored and respected.
The center is expected to begin accepting veterans in March 2016. Barnes said they hope to unveil the tribute later in the year.
New app developed to help homeless people
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS (AP) — A new app developed at Northern Kentucky University aims to help homeless people in the Cincinnati area.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports the Street Reach app allows members of the public to report when they see a homeless person. The electronic report goes to street outreach services.
Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness, said people who use the app can ensure that homeless people they encounter get aid, especially as winter arrives.
NKU professor of social work Rachael Winters said the app also educates the public about resources available for homeless people.
The free app is available in the Android store or on the web at www.streetreachcincy.com .