Kentucky governor appoints his appraiser's wife to $90K job

FRANKFORT — The wife of the appraiser whose estimate was key to Gov. Matt Bevin's successful appeal of his house's property tax value has landed a state job with a $90,000 salary.

The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that Bevin appointed Shellie A. May as the executive director of the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesman Doug Hogan touted May's nursing and managerial credentials, along with her experience taking care of a son with special needs.

May holds a bachelor's in nursing, but Kentucky Board of Nursing General Counsel Nathan Goldman says records show she's never been licensed as a nurse in Kentucky.

May was previously an executive assistant to the Jeffersontown mayor. She says she was one of six candidates.

Boy! Gender reveal draws ire of residents with water woes

INEZ — It was meant to be a joyful event in eastern Kentucky, where firefighters sprayed a plume of blue water from a truck to announce that one of their own is having a boy.

But the gender reveal isn't going down well in Martin County, where some residents have to use bottled water for everyday needs.

Members of the Facebook group "Martin County Water Warriors" are sharing outrage over a video of the event, at a time when they face outages, low pressure and dirty water. The eastern Kentucky water district says it can't afford infrastructure repairs. They've proposed a rate increase of 49.5 percent.

Inez Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lee Gauze is defending his crew, saying a firefighter paid $6.70 for 1,000 gallons of water.

Convicted of murdering as teen, Kentucky man seeks parole

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Supreme Court is considering whether a man convicted of committing murder as a juvenile should be eligible for parole.

The court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Sophal Phon, who shot a 12-year-old girl and killed her parents in 1996. Prosecutors sought the death penalty, which was legal for juveniles at the time. The jury sentenced him to life without parole. State law does not allow such sentences for juveniles, but Phon asked for it as an alternative to death.

Since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled sentences of death and life without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional. Phon is asking for a new sentence.

Attorney General Andy Beshear's office says the Supreme Court ruling does not apply to Phon because his sentence was not mandatory.

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