Round-Up: Thursday January 17
Check out what's making news around Covington and around the Commonwealth:
REP. THOMAS MASSIE EARNS PROFILE FOR "NO" VOTES
Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie is profiled by Politico in which he is dubbed "Mr. No":
In less than three months on Capitol Hill, the Kentucky congressman has voted no on the fiscal cliff deal, no on the rule for Republicans’ thwarted Plan B, voted no on the National Defense Authorization Act, voted no on all of the disaster relief for states affected by Hurricane Sandy and voted against John Boehner for speaker.
And he’s not getting tired of it.
The 42-year-old Republican with a deep libertarian streak says he’s here to be a “consistent conservative voice.” And while that might mean more headaches for the Republican leadership, Massie says he’s just doing what his supporters want him to do. After all, he won his special election in November with the backing of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), tea party groups and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.
The article goes on to include quotes from conservatives that hope Massie challenges Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary. Full story: Politico
SEN. RAND PAUL: LET'S ARM TEACHERS & PRINCIPALS
Kentucky Junior US Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) is in favor of arming teachers and principals in the nation's schools:
The Kentucky Republican said he was horrified by the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school but said tough gun control measures haven't worked in U.S. cities still plagued by high crime and murder rates. He said he would resist efforts to chip away at the Second Amendment.
"It doesn't say you have the right to keep and bear arms that shoot five bullets and not six bullets," he told a civic group in Frankfort.
Paul said he didn't see the need to assign armed security guards to schools, an idea promoted by the National Rifle Association.
But Kentucky's junior senator defended the idea of allowing principals and teachers who have permits to carry concealed guns to bring those weapons to school.
"I'd feel safer if the principal at my school had concealed carry and had a gun in his drawer locked up," Paul said. "I'd feel safer if teachers had it, too."
Full story: Herald-Leader
12-YEAR OLD DIES FROM WOUNDS AT HAZARD SCHOOLL; GUN BOUGHT ON SAME DAY
A 12-year old girl became the third victim of the shooting on the campus of Hazard Community & Technical College Tuesday:
Taylor Cornett, a sixth-grader at R.W. Combs Elementary School in Perry County, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Kristi Lopez.
Also killed were Caitlin Cornett, 20, who was living in Letcher County, and her uncle, Jackie "Doug" Cornett, 53, of the Perry County community of Happy, Hazard Assistant Police Chief Joe Engle said.
Full story: Associated Press
The gun used in the crime was purchased the same day as the shooting:
Caitlin Cornett, 20, and her uncle Jackie Cornett, 53, were found dead at the scene when police arrived about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said. Twelve-year-old Taylor Jade Cornett, who police said was shot multiple times, died Wednesday afternoon at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, said Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.
Dalton Stidham, 21, was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. The officer handling the case was not available Wednesday night to say whether the latter charge would be amended.
Allen said the shooting resulted from a dispute between Caitlin Cornett and Stidham.
A semiautomatic pistol that was found at the scene and believed to have been used in the shooting was purchased the same day at a local pawn shop, Allen said.
Full story: Huffington Post
Meanwhile, on the Hazard campus, a tent was set up for mourners to leave comments for the victims which will be placed in a book to be shared with their families. See the photo: Facebook
KY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RETIRES AFTER BRAIN TUMOR DIAGNOSIS Herald-Leader
KY TEEN ASKS FRIEND TO KILL PARENTS, BOTH IN JAIL AFTER STABBING WLEX
FEDS AWARD KENTUCKY $183 MILLION FOR HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE Herald-Leader
DEFICIENT LEVIES FOUND ACROSS AMERICA Associated Press
LOUISVILLE MAN CAUGHT MAKING FAKE FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES WDRB
GAP TO CLOSE TWO DISTRIBUTION CENTERS IN NKY AP
DEADLY BAT DISEASE FOUND IN MAMMOTH CAVE WFPL
WHAT WILL TOBACCO-FREE LOOK LIKE AT NKU?
Maybe something like the University of Kentucky's policy:
UK implemented the use of a task force called Tobacco-Free Take Action. The ambassadors of Tobacco-Free Task Force help with compliance on campus with scripted conversations used to approach violators. According to Ellen Hahn, co-chair of the Tobacco-Free Taskforce at UK, the ambassadors and volunteers approached over 300 violators within the first weeks of the fall 2011 semester.
Campbell said some resistance to the policy is inevitable and full compliance to the policy is not realistic, but it’s “a small minority” that would be resisting, according to findings from previous surveys.
UK also makes use of a system called the 3T’s of tobacco-free policy implementation. The T’s are: tell about the policy through signage and communication, treat tobacco users by providing support and train staff and volunteers in scripts for handling violators.
At UK, students who violate the smoking policy, specifically continual violators, are given warnings and asked to sign up for programs to encourage smoking cessation. Most of the time, Hahn said, they don’t have to use warnings, just asking violators to put out the cigarette is all it takes.
Melinda Ickes, director of UK’s Tobacco-Free Take Action, said the policy wasn’t meant to be “heavy-handed,” but focused on compliance and making sure the campus recognized the policy.
Full story: The Northerner