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Diocese recommends permanent suspension for accused priest

May. 2, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Kentucky has recommended a priest accused of sexually abusing two juveniles be permanently suspended from public ministry. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro released a statement Wednesday afternoon that included the recommendation...

Second man will face death penalty in Owensboro slayings

Apr. 30, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Prosecutors in western Kentucky say they will seek the death penalty against a second man charged in a triple homicide in Owensboro. Cylar Shemwell has been charged with murder and first-degree assault in the Jan. 17 shooting deaths of Jay Michael Sowders, Robert D. Smith and...

Kentucky diocese IDs priests 'credibly' accused of abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, has released a list of priests it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reports the bishop of the diocese, the Most Rev. William Medley, released the list of 15 priests Friday....

Kentucky farmer brings youth to otherwise aging profession

Apr. 7, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Maceo farmer Tanner Stroup is a rare commodity these days. At age 24, Stroup is bringing youth to an otherwise aging profession. According to the USDA's Census of Agriculture, the average age of a Kentucky farmer is 57.6 years old while the U.S. average is 58.3 years old. Stroup, who...

Forums scheduled for public input on foster care system

Apr. 5, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say regional community forums scheduled this month will allow people to discuss ways to improve outcomes for children and families involved in the foster care system. State officials say forums are scheduled for Monday in Owensboro and Tuesday in Madisonville in...

Double duty: Bivocational pastors lead church, work 2nd job

Mar. 31, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Ky. (AP) — Ken Frizzell wears a badge daily as McLean County sheriff, but he also keeps his Bible close as the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Sacramento. Frizzell, 39, is among the many bivocational pastors who essentially juggle two full-time jobs. "There's sometimes a balance; sometimes...

Forums to focus on improving Kentucky foster care system

Mar. 29, 2019 4:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced details about five more public forums that are being held around the state in an effort to improve the state's foster care system. The agency says Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are hosting forums on March 30 in Florence, April...