The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. “This is very troubling since assault in the third degree involves assaults against certified and classified personnel in the school system,” the 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law said.
Human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, visited Lexington’s Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet School on Friday. Satyarthi’s visit was arranged by Nathan Cryder, a Maxwell parent and a friend of Satyarthi.
State documents released Friday show that Menifee County Superintendent Benny Patrick resigned Aug. 31 as part of a settlement between Patrick, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Menifee Board of Education.
Kentucky judges need to be paid more, Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told state lawmakers Friday. In his annual State of the Judiciary Address, Minton said Kentucky’s 284 justices and judges are among the lowest paid in the country and last in salaries among judges in surrounding states.
A former deputy circuit court clerk in Pike County pleaded guilty Friday a felony charge of abuse of public trust. Bethany Smith was sentenced to be on probation for three years and ordered to repay $5,872.01 in restitution.
An invasive plant called hydrilla has been found for the first time in two Eastern Kentucky lakes. The plant can grow quickly, choking out native plants and hurting fishing and boating. State and federal officials have asked boaters to help stop the spread of the plant and are figuring out how to push it back at Cave Run Lake.
The Kentucky Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow to Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive power Thursday, finding that he exceeded his statutory authority by cutting state universities’ budgets by 2 percent this spring, after the General Assembly had already appropriated their funding. The 5-2 ruling reverses a May 18 decision by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate, who said the state’s universities and colleges are part of the executive branch of government and that Bevin has the power to reduce budget allotments to units within that branch.
A judge has upheld a state ethics code violation against a woman linked with former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said Wednesday that he would not alter the January 2015 decision by the state Executive Branch Ethics Commission that found Stephanie Hiser had falsified state time sheets.
Rupp Arena is preparing to unveil a two-year $15 million renovation of the storied arena. A new center-hung scoreboard with LED-viewing screens on four sides will be operational before Big Blue Madness on Oct. 14. The public may have an opportunity to name the new scoreboard.
Few people today have heard of Marion Miley, unless they are familiar with the annual women’s amateur golf tournament at Lexington Country Club. Or unless they remember hearing about how she and her mother were brutally murdered during a robbery at the club 75 years ago this week — a crime that sent three men to the electric chair.
Hundreds of garbage trucks travel down narrow U.S. 25 in Scott County to the Central Kentucky Landfill. On Sept. 16, Kim Smith died following a collision between two of those trucks. Residents say something has to change.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visited Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary for a morning assembly in the gymnasium to talk to students. The 2014 Nobel winner also sang with the students and answered their questions on a variety of topics.
Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary
Chief Justice Minton: pay judges more
Families of drug addicts sharing 'horrific experience' to raise awareness