For some 23-million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, each year many children are injured and even killed in school bus related crashes. Last year, Kentucky had 985 school bus related crashes resulting in 278 injuries and four deaths. With school starting in many communities, KSP Spokesman Lt. David Jude is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses.
The fourth and final conference hosted by the Lexington police department this summer will bring hundreds of female officers from around the world to Lexington for training and education. Many of the attendees come from countries where women may be police officers but are not allowed to drive cars, a press release said. Many of those officers will drive for the first time while in Lexington, during a seminar that will train them in police driving techniques.
Spugnardi left his home in Lexington Thursday morning and plans on meeting up with his family in Virginia.
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A Lexington man, en route to Virginia, is using a unique mode of transportation and along the way drawing lots of attention and making drivers and other passersby take a second glance. Michael Spugnardi is riding in style. However, that style isn't found in the same categories as Mercedes, BMW, or anything else motorized. Spugnardi is riding his three-wheeled, recumbent tricycle all the way from his home to his in-laws residence in Madison, Va.
Voters in three Hardin County cities will go to the polls in less than two months to decide whether or not to expand alcohol sales. Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry signed an executive order Thursday directing local option elections Oct. 4 in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove for expanded alcohol sales.
The arrest and guilty plea by Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank for driving under the influence highlighted a detail of Kentucky's DUI law that distinguishes it from other states - the public doesn't have a right to view the police cruiser camera video of an arrest. Frank and his attorney asked that the video of his arrest in Covington early Saturday for drunken driving not be released. Kenton County District Judge Douglas Grothaus cited the Kentucky law that prohibits the release of any video of an arrest related to drunken driving. First Amendment experts say they don't know of any other state with an exemption for DUI videos.
The director of Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety has been fired after an investigation found improper acceptance of gifts, timesheet violations and racial harassment in the agency. The termination letter obtained by The State Journal Thursday under the Kentucky Open Records Act, did not give a reason for the firing of Director Boyd Sigler on July 22. But a report from the Transportation Cabinet's Office of Inspector General states that Sigler "accepted free passes to events at the Kentucky Motor Speedway, an organization under contract with (the cabinet) with specific oversight provided by" his office.
By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader and Cheryl Truman, Lexington Herald-Leader
Police arrested the wife of Union College's president this week after she allegedly came to the home of an accused drug dealer to buy a pain pill while officers were there for a raid. Lou Ann de Rosset, 40, was charged with operating her 2006 Toyota under the influence of alcohol or drugs and with endangering the welfare of a minor. Police filed the endangerment charge because de Rosset had her 5-year-old daughter with her, according to the citation.
The Environmental Protection Agency says injecting carbon dioxide underground doesn’t pose substantial environmental or health risks. The agency is proposing a rule to classify carbon dioxide as a non-hazardous waste and encourage a controversial coal technology. Carbon capture and sequestration—or CCS—is a process where carbon dioxide is removed from the emissions of coal-fired power plants and injected deep underground. It’s not widely used because it’s not yet economical.
The federal government has denied a petition that would set pollution limits for states in the Mississippi River Basin. The decision was criticized by environmental groups today. Pollution released from wastewater treatment plants and farm runoff eventually travel from Kentucky to the Mississippi River and are contributing to a growing ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico. A dead zone is a spot where pollution has sucked out all the oxygen and there’s no aquatic life.
A fun run that mixes sci-fi with wellness takes place this weekend in Danville. Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader Newspaper, previews “Trun.” Rich also looks ahead at the only live performance this summer at Woodland Park in downtown Lexington. The park was once a regular summer venue for theater and concerts.
After a year plagued with personnel problems, Police Chief Rodney Harlow is working to rebuild the Harrodsburg Police Department and restore the public’s trust. In the last six months, one officer was indicted on third-degree rape charges involving a minor. Another resigned after allegedly shoplifting an item from a local convenience store while on duty. And a police dispatcher was fired by Chief Harlow.
A Fayette Circuit Court judge on Wednesday dismissed the city of Lexington as a defendant in a civil lawsuit over the death of Umi Southworth, who lay alive for hours while police conducted a homicide investigation last year. The lawsuit, however, goes on. Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled that the Urban County Government was shielded from being sued under the legal concept of "sovereign immunity."
Judges can’t get enough of Hardin County Water District No. 2. The water utility once again nabbed first-place honors for best tasting water during the annual Water Professionals Conference, held July 24-27 in Covington, by the Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the American Water Works Association. Now, it's on to national competition.
After hearing pleas and some heated testimonies from two local recyclers, the Winchester Board of Commissioners deferred approving first readings of two of three drug-related ordinances concerning receipt of stolen goods. Representatives from Freedom Metals Inc. and Stuff Recycling raised concerns about the ordinances regulating other recyclers and motor vehicle recyclers.
The University of Kentucky's Darius Miller will represent the United States in the 2011 World University Games. Miller was named to the 12-member men's basketball team Wednesday following six days of tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado.
Customers of Berea Municipal Utilities will soon have the option to invest in a small solar farm. The Berea Solar Farm won't be a moneymaker for investors. A 25-year lease for one panel will cost about $700. The average residential customer uses an average of 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, and a single panel would provide about one-twentieth of that energy.
Sandhill cranes are large, red-capped migratory birds that haven't been hunted in Kentucky for almost a century. But as Alan Lytle reports, that could change in just a few months if a proposal to establish a sandhill crane hunting season is approved by a legislative subcommittee.
The Hancock County Board of Education approved a 3- year, $265,000 lease for 500 iPads for all the teachers and students at Hancock County High School. The money for the devices comes out of the school district’s General Fund. “We will be the first high school in the state to give iPads to every student and every teacher,” Hancock County Board of Education Superintendent Scott Lewis said. “My vision is that eventually kids can walk around the high school with iPads and no books.”
Bikes for the Bike Share Program in Corbin, purchased with a $2,500 grant from Wal-Mart, are kept under lock and key due to lack of interest in the program. Officials feel the unused bikes may be vandalized if left out in the open.
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A Corbin Main Street Program, funded by the local Wal-Mart store and designed to help encourage bike use in the area, has been shelved almost since it began for lack of interest, city officials say. Marlon Sams, director of Parks and Recreation for the city, says the program hasn't really drawn much interest - an idea that that may work in larger towns, but can't really be shoehorned into smaller, more rural towns, like Corbin.
A connector road that would link Jessamine County directly to Interstate 75 is one of many road projects vying for state and federal dollars in a tight economic climate. So, with governmental funding in question, a Jessamine County transportation committee is taking a cue from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock and considering private investors.
Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear came to the Family Resource Center at Fort Campbell on Tuesday to speak to the spouses of the soldiers on the base about how the Commonwealth of Kentucky can better support soldiers’ families.
With no regard for her own personal safety, Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge rushed into a home in Lynch where a war grenade detonated injuring several children and sending 20 people to the hospital. Eldridge led children from the home and began spraying them with a water hose to remove chemicals from their bodies and clothes. Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley praised Eldridge for her “bravery” and called her a local hero.
Some Hardin County residents will have a chance to vote on expanding alcohol sales this fall. Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb confirmed Wednesday that Yes for Economic Success had reached the number of needed signatures in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove to force three local option elections.
Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard told a roomful of elected officials Wednesday that Hardin County is in an age of prosperity and growth, which is the perfect time to consider looking at a unified local government. Without a crisis hanging over their heads or their backs against the wall, a more reasoned and careful examination of unification can be taken, he said. Howard, chairman of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee, partnered with consultant Luke Schmidt to walk elected officials through a comprehensive study Schmidt’s firm conducted that analyzed five unified governments in Georgia and Kentucky.
Politicians and political activists from around Kentucky will travel this weekend to the far western corner of the state and listen to candidates and political parties duke it out and set the tone for the rest of their campaigns. The 131st annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County on Saturday will feature speeches from all the candidates for statewide offices. The rowdy atmosphere and spontaneous cheers and jeers the candidates endure during their stump speeches draws people to the picnic from across the state.
It was, as the chairman of the state board of education called it, "a small opportunity to correct a large wrong." During a Wednesday afternoon ceremony, the Kentucky School for the Deaf presented diplomas to a handful of blacks who had left the institution decades ago without receiving the official recognition of their completion of courses.
By Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader and Jennifer Hewlett, Lexington Herald-Leader
Former state Rep. Steve Nunn appeared in Judge Pamela Goodwine's courtroom in December 2009. He pleaded guilty in June to Amanda Ross's murder and is serving a sentence of life without parole
Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader
UPDATED: As police in Hart County closed in on Steve Nunn after he murdered his ex-fiancée in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009, the former state lawmaker apologized to his daughters by phone. Seven days after the killing, Mary Elizabeth Nunn and Katharine Courtney Nunn told police officers of the disturbing play-by-play they received from their father, who called them from a cellphone the day Amanda Ross was murdered. A summary of the police interview with the two women was among hundreds of pages of documents released Wednesday by the Urban County Government in response to the Lexington Herald-Leader's request under the Kentucky Open Records Act.
Customers of Berea Municipal Utilities will soon have the option to invest in a small solar farm. The Berea Solar Farm won’t be a moneymaker for investors. A 25-year lease for one panel will cost about $700. The average residential customer uses an average of 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, and a single panel would provide about one-twentieth of that energy.
A professor of anthropology at Transylvania University in Lexington has completed the first leg of an expedition to the remote Mosquito Coast area of Honduras, where he’s exploring the legend of an ancient “lost city.” Kentucky Public Radio’s Rick Howlett spoke with Christopher Begley, whose work will be featured in a documentary funded by the National Geographic Society