4:36pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

As Foreclosures Surge, Help Is Often Hard to Find

Residents pack an auditorium during a town hall on mortgages organized by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, in Northern Virginia.
Todd Parola Todd Parola Photography

President Obama's new plan to help millions of people stay in their homes by refinancing their mortgages at low rates raised hopes of easing the housing crisis.

But federal budget cuts have sharply reduced the number of housing counselors who can help distressed homeowners in the nation's hardest hit communities. Banks that own the properties are slow to pick up the tab.

"We are definitely concerned about counseling capacity," says Lemar Wooley, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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4:30pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Many Large Corporations Are Paying No Income Taxes

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 4:31 pm

As the U.S. faces a presidential election in the middle of tough economic times, taxes have been firmly in the spotlight. A study (pdf) released today is bound to add more fuel to the fire.

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4:27pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hustonville Fire Chief Resigns After Dispute

Hustonville finds itself with a new fire chief and fewer volunteer firefighters Thursday after a dispute over one of the town’s two haunted houses boiled over in a post-Halloween meltdown. Mayor Cecil Maddox said he dismissed Chief Stanley Shepperson on Wednesday afternoon, mostly because Shepperson left the fire department open and allowed cast members of the adjacent Hustonville Haunted House to use it as a dressing room during the last few weeks. Shepperson, however, said he resigned the post because the mayor has been giving him grief and meddling in the department’s affairs for the past year. The disagreement over the haunted house was the final straw, he said.

4:20pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Environmental Compliance Hearing

KU and LG&E are seeking state authorization to spend a total of about $2.5 billion to comply with new federal environmental requirements affecting utilities that burn coal to generate electricity. The utilities estimate that total electric bills for LG&E customers would increase by about 19.2 percent by 2016, while KU customers would see total bills increase by about 12.2 percent over that same time.

4:14pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Corbin Man's Script to be Used for Film

Actor, Malcolm McDowell, left, with Corbin screenwriter Mark Daniels.

Every day, no matter how many hours he puts in at work or devotes to his family, Mark Daniels sets aside enough to write at least one single, solitary page for whatever movie script he has rolling around in his mind at the time. It's a hobby he's had since high school. At 49, it's a hobby that's starting to pay off. Daniels, who works as director of support services for the Corbin Independent School District, is about to see one of his scripts turned into a marketable, feature film for the first time. The movie has a budget of about $1 million and is an independent project, but Daniels said it has some very recognizable actors in it including the legendary Malcom McDowell, Dean Cain and Natalie Distler.

4:10pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Knives Found at Elementary School

Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof sent a letter home to parents of students at Wright Elementary Wednesday concerning knives at school. It's the second letter parents of the school have received in three days. Knives were found either in possession of students or on school grounds on three different occasions over the last seven days.

4:04pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lawrence County Declares War on Junk

Lawrence County Judge-Executive John Osborne has declared war on junk cars and abandoned, run-down buildings. Osborne released a letter to the public via Solid Waste Coordinator Bill Richards that says the county will begin to enforce a 2004 ordinance which prohibits these type of materials from ruining the scenic beauty of the area. Those who ignore the clean up effort will be taken to court, the letter says.

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4:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fire Department Chief Accused of Theft

Westside Volunteer Fire Department Chief James R. Douglas and his brother, Assistant Chief Jerry G. Douglas Jr., were arrested on allegations they stole thousands of dollars from fire department funds, according to a Thursday morning press release from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence was seized, and James Douglas and Jerry Douglas Jr. were both arrested, according to the release.

3:52pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Department Merger in Question

The cars driven by officers in the merged Highland Heights/Southgate Police Authority were shown re-marked as "HHSPA" in 2008.

Three years after merging their operations, the Highland Heights and Southgate police departments may become separate entities again. The Highland Heights City Council Tuesday night had a first reading to withdraw the city from the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority. The authority was the first of its type in Kentucky but the Highland Heights mayor said his city wants to disband because residents don't feel comfortable with the arrangement.

3:48pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Campbellsville Picks Next Police Chief

New Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette and his wife Margaret talk with Councilwoman Vicki Mullins following Tuesday night�s special council meeting.
James Roberts/Central Kentucky News-Journal

Tim Hazlette, a former colonel with the Kentucky State Police, will serve as Campbellsville’s next police chief. Mayor Tony Young made the recommendation to hire Hazlette during a special Campbellsville City Council meeting Tuesday night. Hazlette takes the reigns of Campbellsville Police Department on Dec. 1. Dennis Benningfield is retiring on Nov. 30 after six years as chief.

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