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JUNE 21, 2018

 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional.

Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear speaks to the crowd as hundreds of teachers from school districts around Kentucky rallied in Frankfort on Friday morning after pension reform legislation was pushed through on Thursday night. March 30, 2018 (Photo: Michael Clevenger/Louisville Courier JournalAttorney General Andy Beshear speaks to the crowd as hundreds of teachers from school districts around Kentucky rallied in Frankfort on Friday morning after pension reform legislation was pushed through on Thursday night. March 30, 2018 (Photo: Michael Clevenger/Louisville Courier JournalIn a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used to enact the law.

Shepherd’s ruling is certain to be appealed. Ultimately, the law’s fate will be determined by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Overhauling the pension system for government employees in this year’s legislative session sparked protests from teachers, who held a series of protests at the Capitol.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Shepherd’s decision is a “win for open, honest government.” Beshear filed the lawsuit that led to Wednesday’s decision.

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Republican-controlled Legislature took steps intended to shore up the financially troubled retirement systems, fearing that, without changes, they could go bankrupt and retirees could lose their benefits.

“I appreciate today’s ruling, which is a victory in every sense of the word for the people of Kentucky, especially our teachers, public employees and retirees,” said House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins. “It confirms the arguments that House Democrats and I made as we soon saw the bill. I said it was a bad bill then; it’s still a bad bill today; and Judge Shepherd reaffirmed that with his opinion.”

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

 

June 19, 2018

Boons Camp woman charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment for April 28 incident

 

WINCHESTER, Ky. -- A Johnson County woman charged with leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through three counties in April made her first court appearance Monday in the case.

Leigh OwensLeigh OwensLeigh A. Owens, 48, of Boons Camp, was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment for the April 28 incident. Court officials said she was serving a sentence in Johnson County and was transferred to the Clark County Detention Center Saturday.

Clark District Judge Charles Hardin entered an automatic not-guilty plea, as Owens is facing felony charges, and scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 27. She is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

According to the arrest warrant, Clark County Sheriff’s deputies were on patrol the night of April 28 and noticed a vehicle with a missing brake light. The vehicle was registered to Owens, and deputies identified Owens as the driver.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle near Rockwell and Vanmeter roads, but it continued for a half-mile before accelerating to speeds between 80 and 100 mph. Deputies pursued the vehicle into Fayette County and Bourbon County before terminating the pursuit for safety reasons.

Owens was arrested in May in Paintsville, according to court records.

By Fred Petke
The Winchester Sun

 

June 18, 2018

Monday starters:

Pike Co. man charged with shooting brother --  again!

 

CARROLL FILES NEW BILL ON SPORTS WAGERING AFTER SUPREME COURT RULING

Majority of revenue to do to teachers and state workers retirement 

 See NYT story on Supreme Court decision Click HereSee NYT story on Supreme Court decision Click Here

Kentucky Sen. Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, filed legislation Friday to set the framework to allow any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility to offer sports wagering.

The legislation is essentially the same bill that was filed last year in anticipation of the United States Supreme Court decision issued earlier this month. The ruling found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, commonly known as PASPA, to be unconstitutional. PASPA, a federal law, prohibited sports wagering nationwide while excluding a few states.

Carroll's bill did not get a hearing during the 2018 legislative session. "Because of the General Assembly's failure to act on this bill last year, Kentucky is losing revenue daily that could be funding our schools and public employees. And frankly, our residents are now vulnerable to an unregulated sports wagering market," Carroll said.

A report conducted last year estimates that 32 states will offer regulated sports wagering by 2023, which will result in a market worth $6.03 billion in annual revenue for the states.

The bill requires a majority of the revenue generated from sports wagering to be deposited into the Kentucky Employees Retirement Systems Non-Hazardous and Kentucky Teachers' Retirement Systems proportionally.

The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship will also benefit, with the remaining going toward horse racing development funds.

The sports wagering bill will be considered during the next regular session beginning January 2019.


The Paducah Sun

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PIKE MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING BROTHER FOR SECOND TIME IN ONE YEAR

David l. Adkins allegedly shot his brother Darrell twice on two separate occasions in past yearDavid l. Adkins allegedly shot his brother Darrell twice on two separate occasions in past year

Darrell Kevin Adkins was shot by his brother two separate times this past year.Darrell Kevin Adkins was shot by his brother two separate times this past year.

 

A Pike County man who previously pleaded guilty to shooting his brother last June is back in police custody after, Kentucky State Police say, he shot his brother again Thursday.

According to a statement from KSP, troopers responded to a reported shooting in the Peter Fork area of McCarr around noon on Thursday. Callers reported the victim, Darrell Kevin Adkins, had been shot by his brother, David L. Adkins, 43, the statement said. Kevin Adkins was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle, KSP said.

Adkins was arrested on unrelated charges at the time, including a probation violation, and, KSP said, he was also to be charged with first-degree assault.

According to the citation, KSP Det. Chris Phillips made contact with David Adkins at his home and David Adkins “admitted that he shot his brother.” David Adkins showed Det. Phillips a 9mm semi-automatic handgun which, David Adkins said, he used to shoot his brother, the citation said.

Darrell Kevin Adkins was hospitalized for “serious injury treatment,” the citation said.

The probation violation, according to court records, stems from David Adkins pleading guilty to shooting Kevin Adkins last June. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office said, at the time, David Adkins fired multiple shots from a handgun into a vehicle, striking his brother with a single shot. A passenger in the vehicle, Ariel Lashay Epling, was unharmed during the shooting, the statement said.


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