Hilltoppers Clip Boston College Eagles 79-62 in NIT Opener

03/14/2018 12:21 AM

by Ryan Dearbone The Hilltoppers could have laid an egg in the NIT after losing a heartbreaking Conference USA title game to Marshall. Instead, the Tops decided it would be better to show the NCAA selection committee just what they missed out on. The Tops struggled early against the Eagles of Boston College from the Atlantic Coast Conference. There were moments when the Tops had all of the momentum and then times where the Tops couldn’t get any traction. However, led by... Read more 

Bevin blames video games and culture for school shooting

02/15/2018 01:46 PM

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is responding to the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead and at least 14 hurt. Bevin appeared on a talk radio broadcast on Thursday, saying he is heartbroken over the shooting, mere weeks since the Marshall County High School shooting took the lives of two people, injuring 17 others. Bevin again said guns are not the cause of the school shootings — blaming culture and violent video games, and other media. The first-term governor compared... Read more 

WKU Wins Against Revenge-Seeking Herd

01/28/2018 01:13 AM

By Ryan Dearbone Last season, Marshall (14-7, 5-3 Conference USA) came into Diddle Arena and beat WKU (15-6, 7-1 in Conference USA) in tough game. Then a few weeks ago the Tops played arguably a perfect game on Marshall’s home court, hammering the Herd 112-87. So to think the Thundering Herd was going to let the Tops roll over them again this season was a pipe dream. “They did something we couldn’t do. They beat Middle Tennessee. We knew how good Marshall... Read more 

Updated: Deadly shooting at Marshall Co. High School

01/23/2018 04:21 PM

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders has confirmed the names of the two 15-year-old students who were killed after a 15-year-old student walked into Marshall County High School at 7:57 a.m. on Tuesday morning and opened fire with a handgun in a commons area. 15-year-old Bailey Nicole Holt died at the scene, while 15-year-old Preston Ryan Cope died of his gunshot wounds at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The shooter was not identified by authorities because he is a juvenile. Police... Read more 

Rep. Dan Johnson's widow will run for his seat

12/14/2017 02:20 PM

Less than a day after her husband committed suicide, Rebecca Johnson announced that she will run for the 49th House District that Rep. Dan Johnson held since his 2016 election. Rebecca Johnson announced her intent in a statement to the Associated Press and other news outlets Thursday. She called her husband’s death a “high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths,” referencing a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in which a 21-year-old woman accused Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington,... Read more 

State Rep. Dan Johnson commits suicide

12/13/2017 09:04 PM

State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was accused of molesting a teenager in 2013, has committed suicide, WDRB News reported Wednesday. Johnson’s death comes a day after he categorically denied the allegation, which were first reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. fir A 21-year-old woman told the outlet that Johnson forcibly kissed her and fondled her beneath her clothes on Jan. 1, 2013, at Johnson’s church when she was 17. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell told WDRB that Johnson... Read more 

Medicaid officials say they expect Congress to reauthorize CHIP funding

12/13/2017 05:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Officials in Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services have weathered a loss of federal funds for a program meant to provide health insurance for children in low-income families, and they told lawmakers on Wednesday that they expect Congress to refinance the program. Stephen Miller, the department’s commissioner, told the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee that the state has enough money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in the short-term. Federal funding was not renewed by the start of the federal fiscal... Read more 

Rep. Dan Johnson rejects calls for resignation, denies sexual abuse allegations

12/12/2017 02:09 PM

State Rep. Dan Johnson rejected calls for his resignation from Kentucky’s House of Representatives on Tuesday and denied allegations from a 21-year-old woman that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17. Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, faced mounting pressure from leaders in the state’s Republican and Democratic parties following a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting detailing Maranda Richmond’s account of New Year’s Eve 2012, in which she said Johnson forcibly kissed her and fondled her beneath her clothes... Read more 

State lawmaker proposes $1 assessment per pack of cigarettes, other tobacco products to generate Medicaid dollars

12/08/2017 01:26 PM

Don’t call it a tax. That’s the message state Sen. Stephen Meredith hopes to convey in next year’s legislative session as he tries to pass a bill that would create a $1 health care reimbursement assessment on every pack of cigarettes sold in Kentucky starting Oct. 1. Meredith pre-filed the bill on Thursday. That would also apply to sales of dip, chew and snuff tobacco, and distributors would also have to pay a dollar per unit sold. Meredith, R-Leitchfield, said in a phone... Read more 

State and local government will pay nearly $800M more in pension contributions per year under new rates

12/07/2017 04:56 PM

FRANKFORT – State and local governments will be on the hook for $794 million more in pension contributions in each year of the upcoming biennium. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees approved new actuarial numbers on Thursday that increased contribution amounts for state and local governments. The Kentucky Employees Retirement System non-hazardous pension plan, which covers most state workers, saw the largest spike in employer contributions under the new numbers, moving from 50.4 percent of payroll to 83.4 percent of payroll.... Read more