Members of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command are not known as a combat unit, but the group recognizes the need for readiness when it enters a war zone early next year. Part of the process to prepare bodies and minds for the upcoming deployment was unleashed in September on a padded wrestling mat in a gymnasium on Fort Knox. The exercise was part of combatives training, a multi-dimensional course in hand-to-hand combat completed in stages.
The five men charged last week with trafficking more than 360 pounds of marijuana through Scott County were taken into custody by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The accused drug traffickers appeared in Scott District Court, where assistant county attorney Rand Marshall moved to dismiss all the charges against them. The men were then handed over to the DEA, which will press federal charges.
Former Blue Grass Airport official John Slone, jailed since June for violating the terms of his conditional discharge on a theft-related conviction in an airport spending scandal, has been granted shock probation. Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine granted Slone shock probation during a court hearing Wednesday. She placed Slone on probation for 18 months.
If the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves -- and there appear to be no reasons it wouldn't -- Ellis Park will reopen for simulcasting on Jan. 1 and stay open year-round as Instant Racing machines are installed early in 2012. The Henderson track also will have no overlap with Churchill Downs for its live race meet, which would encompass 30 race dates from July 1 through Labor Day. Churchill did not ask for the July 4 holiday when it made its presentation to the racing commission in Lexington.
"French prosecutors have suspended the investigation into sexual assault claims against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn," France 24 reports. "French journalist Tristane Banon has accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003."
The Associated Press writes that "the prosecutor's office said Thursday that Strauss-Kahn admitted to sexual aggression against writer Tristane Banon but that it is too late to prosecute for that charge, because the incident in question happened in 2003."
One day before the so-called Underwear Bomber pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jetliner on Christmas Day 2009, a Henderson resident’s voice was heard in the federal courtroom. Steve Stewart was the co-pilot on the Northwest Flight 253 when passenger Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate a chemical bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up the plane. It was he who reported the incident to authorities on the ground. Abdulmutallab failed in his attempt to bring down the plane and the 290 people aboard.
Carhartt plans to invest $11 million to upgrade equipment at its burgeoning Hanson distribution center, which has already added 150 new jobs this year. The investment, coupled with Gov. Steve Beshear’s unveiling of $3 million in state tax incentives, drew cheers from workers, city, Hopkins County and state officials gathered at the plant Wednesday afternoon.
The Food and Drug Administration regularly courts controversy. But the regulator is treading new and particularly emotional territory as it has moved to revoke approval of the drug Avastin to treat breast cancer.
A Kentucky-based movie production company specializing in horror and thriller movies has struck a television deal with the nationally syndicated program Macabre Theatre. That means Big Biting Pig Productions' movies, shot all around Hopkins County, will be seen in more than 160 U.S. television markets.