Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era http://weku.fm en Energy Secretary to Discuss Paducah Plant http://weku.fm/post/energy-secretary-discuss-paducah-plant <p><a href="http:// Energy secretary agrees to meeting with Whitfield about nuclear waste in Paducah">After multiple letters from Kentucky politicians,</a> U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has agreed to meet and discuss what should be done with nuclear waste sitting at a Paducah facility. In a letter sent Tuesday from Chu to U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., Chu states he is &ldquo;welcome to the opportunity&rdquo; to talk about the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its expansive stores of depleted uranium &ldquo;tails.&rdquo; Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:23:38 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 21578 at http://weku.fm Bill Introduced to Combat Road Damage http://weku.fm/post/bill-introduced-combat-road-damage <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_8e47ede6-579d-11e1-9a21-0019bb2963f4.html">A bill recently introduced in the Kentucky</a> legislature aims to keep steel, iron and wooden tires &mdash; typically found on Amish and Mennonite vehicles &mdash; off the roads unless they are covered by a rubber strip. The measure would combat rising road maintenance costs for local and state government, said sponsor Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville. &ldquo;We have a hard time keeping our roads up as it is,&rdquo; Pendleton said. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:12:23 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 21483 at http://weku.fm Beshear to Announce Bridge Repair http://weku.fm/post/beshear-announce-bridge-repair <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_3bb18d48-579e-11e1-b972-0019bb2963f4.html">Sen. Joey Pendleton expects Gov. Steve Beshear</a> will announce plans today to repair, not replace, a Kentucky bridge damaged by a cargo ship recently. The Hopkinsville Democrat said Tuesday he spoke with the governor recently about the plan for the Eggner&rsquo;s Ferry Bridge and it appears engineers are suggesting fixing the nearly 80-year-old bridge. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:09:42 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 21482 at http://weku.fm Damaged Kentucky Lake Bridge May be Shifting http://weku.fm/post/damaged-kentucky-lake-bridge-may-be-shifting <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_8dfa5016-49f8-11e1-9b10-001871e3ce6c.html?success=1">The eastern portion of the Kentucky Lake bridge</a>, still standing after a cargo ship slammed into it Thursday night, may be shifting, according to state transportation officials. &ldquo;It appears there would be a shift in the railing,&rdquo; said Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. The Delta Mariner, a 312-foot boat hauling rocket components for NASA and the Air Force, hit the Eggner&rsquo;s Ferry Bridge at approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday. The ship took out 322 feet of the bridge. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:56:17 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 20558 at http://weku.fm General Assembly Opens for 60-Day Session http://weku.fm/post/general-assembly-opens-60-day-session <p>When noon EST rolls around today, the state Capitol in Frankfort could resemble a different Kentucky icon: the starting gate at a horse race.&nbsp;Once the House and Senate kick off the 2012 General Assembly Tuesday, the legislature will officially have 60 days to try to address 200 bills filed ahead of the session and craft a budget that takes into account a shortfall believed to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Additionally, they&rsquo;ll need to find time to fulfill their constitutional obligation of redistricting congressional and senatorial lines, a process that could hinder the regular session or require a special session. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:53:37 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 19050 at http://weku.fm Protecting Jobs an Accomplishment for Beshear http://weku.fm/post/protecting-jobs-accomplishment-beshear <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_5466fbac-31e7-11e1-90f5-001871e3ce6c.html?success=1">For the second straight year</a>, it&rsquo;s all about jobs for Gov. Steve Beshear. &ldquo;Attracting and protecting jobs&rdquo; topped the list of his most notable accomplishments in 2011, which his office released Wednesday. Beshear has released a year-end list of his top accomplishments for the past few years, said spokeswoman Kerri Richardson. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good way for us to look back and review,&rdquo; Richardson said. Beshear said that, thanks to the work of the state economic development office, there was an investment of more than $2.6 billion that could lead to 13,178 jobs created or retained. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:33:18 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 18835 at http://weku.fm Police Officer Arrested http://weku.fm/post/police-officer-arrested <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/web/news/article_f488d394-11a8-11e1-b4cb-001cc4c03286.html#.TsZh3c1hwdI">A Hopkinsville police officer was arrested</a> Thursday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie confirmed. A call came in around 5:30 p.m. that Officer Timothy Leyenaar, 35, was suspected of reckless driving, Howie said. Members of the Christian County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department investigated the call, and determined there was enough evidence to arrest him on charges of DUI and reckless driving. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:21:33 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 16538 at http://weku.fm Project Outlines Christian County Public Salaries http://weku.fm/post/project-outlines-christian-county-public-salaries <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_b1b130ac-d076-11e0-9b0e-001cc4c03286.html?mode=print">People generally do not like to talk about how much money they make</a>. That could explain why it took several weeks for the Kentucky New Era to obtain information about the salaries paid to local public officials working in Christian County. In almost every case locally, that information is not readily available. Most agencies do not list employee salaries on their websites, and a citizen who calls or walks into a public office to ask for the information often has to file an open records request. In some cases, they will be asked to explain why they want the information. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:15:44 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 12867 at http://weku.fm Bus Driver Accused of Assaulting 8-year-old http://weku.fm/post/bus-driver-accused-assaulting-8-year-old <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_ddd49a62-def8-11e0-b061-001cc4c002e0.html?success=1">A bus driver for the Christian County </a>Public Schools turned herself in Tuesday afternoon to Hopkinsville police after being accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a bus, according to a Hopkinsville police report. The driver was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:26:18 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 12503 at http://weku.fm New Commander at Ft. Campbell http://weku.fm/post/new-commander-ft-campbell <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_e1f1c7d0-db76-11e0-bd42-001cc4c03286.html?success=1">Since Maj. Gen. James McConville took command of Fort Campbell</a> on Aug. 13, he said traffic has been terrible. There are a lot more vehicles running around post than there have been in the last 10 years. And it&rsquo;s a great thing, McConville said, because it means soldiers are coming home. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:15:01 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 12252 at http://weku.fm New Commander at Ft. Campbell Western KY Mentoring Program to Close http://weku.fm/post/western-ky-mentoring-program-close <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_57854e86-b2f5-11e0-9f93-001cc4c002e0.html?success=1">After serving the community for more than 35 years</a>, the Hopkinsville Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is shutting its doors. The board of directors for the service organization voted to shut down operations at its July 5 meeting, according to a news release Tuesday. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very heartbreaking for us to have to come to terms with this decision,&rdquo; said Cecelia Cloos, president of the board of directors. During her 10 years of work with the organization, Cloos said, two changes led to the organization shutting down: a lack of funding and declining interest among mentors. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:10:07 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 9062 at http://weku.fm New Law Means More Citations, Fewer Arrests http://weku.fm/post/new-law-means-more-citations-fewer-arrests <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_c2cfb2e0-9062-11e0-acb7-001cc4c03286.html?success=1">Starting Wednesday, small amounts of</a> marijuana or prescription pills may not land a violator in jail. Under provisions of House Bill 463 set to take effect this week, law enforcement officials will issue citations instead of making arrests on many misdemeanor offenses. Hopkinsville Chief of Police Guy Howie said his department has already been issuing citations for some misdemeanor offenses. Still, he admitted any time there is a new procedure there is also an adjustment period. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be a change,&rdquo; Howie said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to take some getting used to.&rdquo; Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:44:29 +0000 Dave Boucher, Kentucky New Era 5735 at http://weku.fm