WSIP News 10-25-2016


KSP Investigating Armed Robbery in Pike Co

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, in the morning hours of Sunday, October 23, 2016, Post 9 Pikeville received a panic alarm from the Shelbiana Double Kwik in Pike Co. Troopers responded to the scene and determined that an unknown male entered the business armed with a firearm. The male brandished the weapon and demanded money. The clerk retrieved an undisclosed amount of cash, and gave it to the male before he fled the scene on foot. The male was described as wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a black mask covering his face. The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case, and can call the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Chris Phillips.

Reward Offered in a Perry Co. Arson Investigation

U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials is offering a big reward related to an arson investigation in Perry Co. The reward is for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) who set fire to the Yerkes, KY Post Office" located on Highway 451. Officials say the fire happened just after 3 A.M. on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at a building that holds a post office and a convenience store. Preliminary investigations first suspected no foul play the day of the fire because they say many people used to sit and smoke outside of the building, so investigators thought a cigarette was to blame. After reviewing surveillance video of the business, it shows someone getting out of a car, lighting something on fire and throwing it at the building. Investigators say they do not know what was thrown, or who is to blame. Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (859) 231-6801.

Police Continue Search for Missing Magoffin Co. Man

Law Enforcement in Magoffin Co say they are continuing their search for a missing Magoffin Co. man that has now been missing for over a month. According to reports, Scott Standifer, 48, of Salyersville, was reported missing on September 11 by family members, to the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard. According to his sister, Mary Beth Standifer, no one has heard from him since August 28. Standifer is described as having brown and gray hair, with blue eyes and is approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 240 pounds. He drives a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Z71, pewter in color and was said to be a former employee of Rumpke. Family members say they have received very few leads in Standifer’s disappearance and they are asking that if anyone sees Scott Standifer or has any information about his whereabouts, please contact your local authorities or call the KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069.

Kentucky’s Unemployment Rate at 5 Percent in September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for September 2016 was 5 percent from a revised 4.9 percent in August 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary September 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.4 percent rate recorded for the state in September 2015. Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed. In September 2016, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 1,981,794, an increase of 12,605 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was up by 10,571, and the number of unemployed increased by 2,034. Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. However, because of the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Report Shows K-12 Funding in Kentucky Slipping

A new national report shows when education dollars are adjusted for inflation and student population 23 states, including Kentucky, provide less core funding to elementary and secondary schools now than when the recession began. Greg Stotelmyer reports.

A new national report shows that when education dollars are adjusted for inflation and student population, 23 states, including Kentucky, provide less core funding to elementary and secondary schools now than when the recession began. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Kentucky's formula funding, known as SEEK, is down 13.1 percent from 2008, the third largest decrease. Ashley Spalding, research and policy associate with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, said the report debunks the perception that education funding in Kentucky has gone up. "That's not the case when you take into consideration the number of students in our schools and the cumulative impact of inflation over time," she said. "These are cuts and these cuts have an impact on the quality of education and the state's economic growth." In raw dollars, there is now more than $3 billion a year in SEEK, the 2017 budget allocation is about $105 million more than in 2008. Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said, while she commends state leaders for not cutting SEEK dollars from the budget, other cuts have taken their toll. "For instance, textbooks were cut by 33 percent since 2008; after-school programs for kids have been cut by 30 percent; professional development for employees has been cut more than 30 percent," she explained. The report shows Kentucky's total K-12 funding per-student is down 8.5 percent from 2008 when adjusted for inflation. Spalding said that underscores the need for tax reform. "And if we don't bring in more revenue, we'll see even more cuts or certainly more stagnation," Spalding added. "We've got to invest in our communities by ending special-interest tax breaks so we can generate more revenue for our schools." The report noted that five of the eight states with the deepest cuts to education have also cut their income tax rates, one of the main sources of education funding. Spalding said that's a "warning sign" to Kentucky, which has not done that.

Watch Out For Deer on the Road This Fall

The last three months of the year are when the most collisions involving deer on the road are reported, according to Kentucky State Police. Road officials warn drivers across the Bluegrass to be careful this time of the year, especially during dusk and dawn, when whitetail deer are more active searching for mates. Officials say about half of all crashes involving deer happen between October and December, with the most occurrences in November from 5 to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight. Officials encourage drivers to slow down if you see a deer on the road, but only swerve if you are sure it can be done safely. Otherwise, swerving abruptly can scare the animal. Officials say 3,283 vehicle-deer collisions were reported in 2015 which resulted in 3 deaths and 163 injuires to humans.

Some of the highest collision rates are found Boone County with an average of 151 vehicle-deer collisions per year, followed by Hopkins with 124, Jefferson with 98, Christian and Hardin with 93 each, and Campbell with 103. Biologists estimate Kentucky has about 1 million deer and attribute the increased movement in fall to breeding activity, not hunting pressure. More information about vehicle collisions with deer, including statistics and driving tips, is available online at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/deerauto.htm