State News in Brief

Beshear criticizes Bevin, Obama for secret Medicaid talks

FRANKFORT (AP) — Former Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is criticizing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the Obama administration for negotiating in private as Bevin seeks to replace the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

Beshear sent a letter to Bevin and federal Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Monday demanding that they “pull back the curtain” and “stop the back room deals” as Bevin seeks a federal waiver for Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program.

Beshear expanded the program while he was governor under the federal Affordable Care Act. Bevin says the program is too expensive and needs to be replaced. He has had several meetings with Burwell and plans to announce his plan this summer.

The governor’s office says it is meeting with advocates and the plan will have a public vetting process.


Mom fatally shot in front of 8-year-old son on Mother’s Day

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a Louisville woman was fatally shot on Mother’s Day in front of her 8-year-old son, who had yet to give her the necklace he had bought for her.

Louisville Metro Police Department Lt. Todd Kessinger tells news outlets that the boy was present when 27-year-old Angelina Pressley was shot multiple times in the parking lot of her apartment complex early Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not named a suspect in the slaying, which occurred in the city’s Okolona neighborhood.

Kessinger says the boy told investigators he was very excited to give her a necklace to celebrate the holiday.

Anyone with information about the slaying can leave an anonymous tip by calling 502-574-LMPD.


Fayette Co. Schools hires full-time homeless coordinator

LEXINGTON (AP) — Fayette County Schools will hire a full-time staffer to assist the district’s nearly 800 homeless students.

Fayette schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall tells the Lexington Herald-Leader the homeless coordinator will be in place by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The number of homeless students in the district has doubled in four years. For the 2014-15 school year, Fayette County reported 795 homeless students. In 2011-12, 393 kids were identified as homeless.

A federal statute requires that all school districts designate a staff person as a coordinator for homeless education. However, many of those staffers have other job titles and other duties.

Charlie Lanter, director of Lexington’s office of homeless prevention and intervention, says having a full-time staffer dedicated to improving education outcomes for homeless students could have a dramatic impact on those students’ test scores and lives.


Kentucky Derby trainer Romans hurt in Louisville accident

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky Derby trainer Dale Romans says he’s resting at home after being involved in a car accident following the race.

Romans tells the Louisville Courier-Journal that he was driving his friends to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post after Saturday’s race when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a sport-utility vehicle at an intersection.

Louisville police said no report on the accident was immediately available. Romans says he and four passengers in his vehicle went to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A Louisville native, Romans says he has bruised ribs and plans to take a few days off.

Romans says “we’re all lucky, because the car’s crushed.”

Romans is the trainer of Brody’s Cause, which finished seventh in the Derby.


Hillary Clinton schedules campaign stop in Louisville

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop in Louisville this week.

According to her campaign website, the former secretary of state will be in Louisville on Tuesday ahead of the state’s May 17 Democratic presidential primary.

The event is free and open to the public, although registration is encouraged. Doors to the event open at 4 p.m.

Clinton spoke at a campaign event in Ashland last week. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, visited Lexington, Louisville and Morehead last Tuesday.


Ex-Kentucky basketball star Farmer files for bankruptcy

LEXINGTON (AP) — Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer, who went to prison for violating state ethics and campaign finance laws, has filed for bankruptcy.

Farmer filed a Chapter 7 petition on May 4 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Farmer indicated he is unemployed and living on $194 in monthly food stamps. The petition also noted that his parents give him an estimated $400 each month.

The petition listed assets of about $24,000, most of it in his state pension. Other listed assets were $200 cash, $500 worth of furniture and $100 in clothes.

Farmer said he had liabilities of about $386,000.

The petition listed a debt on a home in Frankfort of nearly $208,000, the difference between what he owed and what it was purchased for at a foreclosure sale. Farmer also listed a liability of $120,000, which was the restitution as part of a plea agreement in his criminal case.

A $2,000 payment for attorney and bankruptcy filing fees was made by his parents last month. Farmer said he rents a home from his parents in Clay County and drives a 2007 car that they own. The filing listed no rental expenses.

Farmer left a federal prison in West Virginia in December after serving a 27-month sentence for misappropriating government resources while in office, including having state workers build a basketball court for him at his house.

Farmer was a member of the 1991-92 Kentucky basketball team nicknamed “The Unforgettables.”


Demolition of old western Kentucky bridge may be delayed

AURORA (AP) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the demolition of a western Kentucky bridge could be delayed due to osprey eggs.

District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor says despite efforts to keep the federally protected birds from building nests on the old bridge, officials have found osprey eggs on the steel structure. He says it could take weeks to determine if the eggs are viable.

Last month, a new bridge replaced the outdated Eggners Ferry span carrying U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 traffic over the Kentucky Lake-Tennessee River navigation channel and connects Aurora, Kentucky, to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The statement says the U.S. Coast Guard has requested the older structure be removed as quickly as possible.

McGregor said the cabinet is working with agencies to determine “the best path forward.”


Man charged with manslaughter in fatal fire in Winchester

WINCHESTER (AP) — The father of one of three people who died in an apartment fire in Winchester has been charged in their deaths.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that 55-year-old Jackie Hisle Jr. was indicted Thursday on three counts of second-degree manslaughter.

Hisle’s 36-year-old son, Donald Hisle, and 29-year-old Tina Reynolds died of smoke inhalation in the March 11 fire. Another woman, 71-year-old Dixie Everman, died of smoke inhalation and blunt-force trauma after she jumped from a second-story window.

Police Detective Tom Beall testified at a hearing that Jackie Hisle was smoking a cigarette near an oxygen machine that had warning labels saying that no smoking was to occur near it.

The indictment said Jackie Hisle “wantonly caused” the deaths. The Associated Press could not immediately determine if Hisle has a lawyer.


Ceremony signals start of Fort Knox construction project

FORT KNOX (AP) — Fort Knox is planning a wall-breaking ceremony at the future headquarters building of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater).

The ceremony represents the start of a construction project to renovate the building before the unit arrives at the central Kentucky Army post in July 2017.

Fort Knox officials say the project, costing an estimated $20 million, will renovate and equip a 1940s-era building.

The unit currently is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The unit consists of about 520 active-duty soldiers and 60 Department of Defense civilian workers.

The unit’s mission is to ensure that soldiers have the supplies and transportation capabilities they need to accomplish their missions. The unit supplies food, fuel, water, transportation, ammunition, building materials and repair parts.

The ceremony at Fort Knox is set for Monday morning.


Paducah police to hold surplus auction

PADUCAH (AP) — Police in Paducah are inviting the public to a surplus auction.

The Paducah Sun reports the cash-only auction will be held May 21 at the police department.

Items up for bid include 93 bicycles, along with cameras, cameras, gaming systems, hunting equipment, jewelry, laptops, televisions and tools.

An auction held by the police department in 2014 raised more than $3,500 with most of the proceeds going toward a police and fire pension fund.

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