Kevin Wheatley The State Journal en Bank Forecloses on State Office Buildings <p><a href="">State government will be paying rent</a> to U.S. Bank this year after the bank foreclosed on three office buildings in Frankfort. The buildings, near Buffalo Trace distillery, house offices for state agencies, including the Department of Revenue, Division of Air Quality, Division of Water and Department of Public Advocacy. The bank took action against the buildings&rsquo; Floirida-based owners in 2010 after the companies defaulted on a $31 million loan from 2005 to buy the office buildings. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:27:24 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 18149 at Bank Forecloses on State Office Buildings Marching Bands Galore at Inaugural Festivies <p><a href="">Turnout for Gov. Steve Beshear&rsquo;s inaugural parade Tuesday </a>was light compared to years past, but many crowded Frankfort&#39;s Capital Avenue to glimpse the governor and watch the more than 50 high school marching bands. &ldquo;We used to be in the band together back in high school, and we really like parades,&rdquo; said Tim Schultz, a state employee who sat in a camping chair along Broadway with his wife, Nanette Schultz. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:17:54 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 18003 at Marching Bands Galore at Inaugural Festivies Signs Point to Beshear Win, Low Voter Turnout <p><a href="">Barring a dramatic change over the next few days</a>, political experts expect Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to handily beat Republican challenger David Williams Tuesday. Beshear, who holds a significant double-digit lead in recent polls, and Williams top a ballot that hasn&rsquo;t generated much interest among voters across the state. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicted Tuesday&rsquo;s turnout somewhere between 25 and 28 percent based on absentee voting numbers, down from the 37 percent turnout when Beshear beat Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher in 2007.</p><p> Sun, 06 Nov 2011 23:18:03 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 15725 at Frankfort Man Eager to Fly Kit-Built Helicopter <p><a href="">If Kevin Phillips had his way</a>, he&rsquo;d be flying to work today. But Phillips has to wait until his self-built kit helicopter can take the air. He&rsquo;s waiting for an evaluation from the Federal Aviation Administration before he can train with the aircraft and prove he can safely handle it. It took him five years to complete the aircraft from a kit. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 17:13:36 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 13593 at Frankfort Man Eager to Fly Kit-Built Helicopter Feds Force Special Legislative Session <p><a href="">Gov. Steve Beshear will call a special session to handle</a> a looming $28 million interest payment on a federal loan for unemployment benefits if no other options are available, his spokeswoman says. The outlook for business owners statewide is bleak if Kentucky misses the Sept. 30 deadline, several say, and they&rsquo;re waiting to see what happens. At stake is roughly $600 million in federal tax credits they could lose. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:35:33 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 11392 at Decals Designed to Dissuade Burglars <p><a href="">Police and health officials hope </a>a new window decal will curb the number of home break-ins in Frankfort by burglars looking for prescription painkillers. The decals cling to a front door or window and tell would-be burglars that the home is free of unused medications</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 18:01:01 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 9602 at Man Finds Civil War Graves <p><a href="">Robert Bohrn knows a little about the two men </a>behind the bronze busts in his foyer. One thing he&rsquo;s sure of is that this year&rsquo;s Civil War sesquicentennial adds to their historical worth. He knows they served in the Union&rsquo;s all black 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. That they built roads and fortifications, often under Confederate fire, in Folly Beach, S.C., from 1863-1864 and that they died from typhoid, dysentery and other ailments common in military encampments then. Bohrn, a 54-year-old Charleston, S.C.-born hunter of Civil War relics who now lives in Franklin County, helped unearth 19 skeletons of the men in the 55th.</p><p> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:10:37 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 9234 at Man Assaults Police, Pleads Guilty <p><a href="">The man caught on tape dragging a Frankfort Police office</a>r during a traffic stop has pleaded guilty to assault and other charges. Russell Wheat, 50, will be sentenced Sept. 2. He faces up to 20 years in prison, but Commonwealth&rsquo;s Attorney Larry Cleveland recommends four years and will oppose probation, according to the plea agreement. Sun, 03 Jul 2011 14:06:26 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 7809 at Student-Gunman at KSU Pleads Mentally Ill <p><a href="">A former Kentucky State University</a> student who pulled a handgun in a crowded KSU student center has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to several charges and released to his mother&rsquo;s custody. Christopher Sims, 25, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Friday before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to unlawful possession of a weapon on school property among several other charges stemming from the incident. Sims threatened to kill everyone in KSU&rsquo;s student center cafeteria March 2, 2010, but his 9mm Hi-Point handgun jammed, according to court records of the incident. He ran to a bathroom, cleared the jam and ran to a nearby computer lab. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:31:44 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 6904 at Arson Suspected in Dorm Fire <p><a href="">A former Kentucky State University</a> student who allegedly set fire to the door of another KSU student&rsquo;s dorm room has been indicted on an arson charge. Juanisha Feliciano, 19, sprayed an accelerant on the door of a female student, who hasn&rsquo;t been identified, at Chandler Hall and ignited it around 5:20 a.m. April 24, Commonwealth&rsquo;s Attorney Larry Cleveland and state police say. Thu, 26 May 2011 18:31:58 +0000 Kevin Wheatley The State Journal 4714 at