11:17am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Slovak Parliament OKs Eurozone Bailout Fund

As expected, "Slovakia's Parliament has approved expanding the powers of the European Union bailout fund," The Associated Press reports from Bratislava.

The wire service adds that:

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11:06am

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

State, Locals Disagree over Wet-Dry Precincts

An up-to-date Clark County map broken down by voting precincts.

Confusion about which Clark County precincts are wet or dry surfaced recently when special permission was given by the parks board for alcohol to be sold in a park during the John Michael Montgomery Country-Fest. The Winchester Sun began researching which precincts are wet or dry after a resident raised questions about the Ecton precinct, which includes Lykins Park, and offered evidence that suggested the precinct might be dry. That is not the case, but The Sun found inconsistent record-keeping between the state office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the county.

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11:02am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Road Rage Kills

The driver of this Ford Explorer was left dead at the scene after his SUV flipped several times, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police have reason to believe a red truck or box truck could have cut the driver off, causing the accident.
Todd Martin The Sentinel-News

An accident just before 9 a.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 at mile marker 33.5 has left a Waddy man dead. Matthew Hensley, 34, was killed when his 1998 Ford Explorer ran off the road and, according to witnesses, flipped several times, ejecting Hensley and leaving him dead at the scene. Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice, who handled the reconstruction, said from witness statements it appears that Hensley was involved in a road rage altercation with a driver in a red pickup truck. According to statements, the two cars were driving very aggressively with each other, changing lanes quickly and tailgating when the mishap occurred.

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10:59am

Thu October 13, 2011
Business and the Economy

Group Focuses on Ohio River as Freight Route

Community and business leaders are studying the Ohio River's future potential as a freight corridor, as they prepare for the waterway to play an increasingly important role in the region's economy with the coming expansion of the Panama Canal. The canal expansion is expected to dramatically increase the amount of freight coming through Greater Cincinnati over the next three decades, especially via road and rail. While its impact on the Ohio River is still unclear, community leaders and river businesses want to be prepared for new business opportunities that could come with an increase in river freight.

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10:58am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Cooler, Fall-like Weather Invades Kentucky

After weeks of gorgeous, Indian Summer weather with warmer-than-normal temperatures and plenty of sun, more autumn-like conditions have finally arrived. There’s an 80 percent chance of rain showers and, possibly thundershowers today as a cold front sweeps in from the west, according to the National Weather Service. The high will only reach 68 degrees.

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10:55am

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Support Troops Prepare for Combat

Sgt. 1st Class Scott Smith executes a bent arm bar on Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Lobo during a combatives training session for members of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in late September on Fort Knox.
Jill Pickett The News-Enterprise

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.

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10:51am

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Accused Drug Traffickers Handed to Feds

One of the five men accused of trafficking marijuana in Scott County last week stood before District Judge Vanessa Dickson Tuesday. Dickson dismissed the charges against them. They will face federal charges in U.S. District Court.
Thomas Musgrave The News-Graphic

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.

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10:48am

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Ex-official at Blue Grass Airport gets Probation

John Slone, a former director of Blue Grass Airport appeared in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 12, 2011. Slone who was jailed in June for violating terms of his probation on an airport theft-related conviction was granted probation.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

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10:46am

Thu October 13, 2011
Television

Ted Danson, On 'Crime' And 'Death' After 'Cheers'

Ted Danson and Marg Helgenberger search for clues on the CBS drama CSI.

Sonja Flemming CBS

This interview was originally broadcast on Sept. 7, 2009. Ted Danson is currently starring in Bored to Death on HBO and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS.

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10:45am

Thu October 13, 2011
Sports

Ellis Park Plans to Open in January with Slots

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.

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