At 3 a.m. this Thanksgiving, as visions of sweet potatoes dance in our heads, Olivia Perkins, 18, will prepare to perform for more than 50 million people. She’ll walk to arguably the most famous New York City block and practice a days-old routine one last time. Perkins is one of about 50 high school color guard members and dancers from across the nation selected to join the Macy’s Marching Band after sending in audition tapes this spring. Only two other students from Kentucky will march in the about 200-person band, and both are instrumentalists, she said.
Berea police are looking for a suspect possibly armed with rifles and other equipment after a Monday morning double shooting that killed one man and wounded another in a building across from city hall. The shooting victims have not been identified, said police spokesman Capt. Ken Clark. Berea College and some schools in Berea and Madison County are locked down as police look for the suspect, he said.
Traffic crashes across Kentucky claimed nine lives last year during the Thanksgiving travel period. In all, there were more than 1,300 crashes with 405 injuries during the holiday period last year, according to Kentucky State Police.
A different kind of on-line fund raising campaign leading up to the holidays could generate more than financial gains for nearly 60 central Kentucky charities. Called the “Good Giving Guide Challenge,” It uses the internet to attract young people. When browsing the internet, if you click on good-giving-guide-dot-net you’ll find a list of non-profit organizations participating in the “Good Giving Guide Challenge.” Among them is the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center. Executive Director Marcey Ansley hopes the on-line campaign will help her reach former students and their families who no longer live in Lexington.
The Justice Department lawyers who prosecuted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will not face criminal contempt charges for failing to share evidence that could have helped his defense team, a federal judge said Monday.
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan and the special prosecutor he appointed, Washington lawyer Henry Schuelke, had tough words for the Justice Department, though.
From Cairo's Tahrir Square, where three days of clashes between authorities and thousands of protesters have left more than 20 people dead and more than 1,700 injured, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says the Egyptians who have taken to the streets again:
Various Kentucky advocacy groups are lining up in support of legislation that would take private money out of judicial races. The measure would block judicial candidates from taking contributions from individuals or companies, and would instead establish a fund to distribute campaign money to candidates. The money would come from voluntary income tax contributions, Kentucky Bar Association dues or nonpartisan fundraisers.
In anticipation of growth in the biomass industry, the Kentucky Division of Forestry has released guidelines for biomass harvesting. The document lays out suggestions for harvesting the material in a sustainable way that will have minimal effect on the forest.
Eight coal miners have been killed in Kentucky so far this year, and half of those deaths have been in the past month. Three of the recent Kentucky deaths have been at surface mines. Historically underground mines have been thought to be more dangerous—working under a mountain carries inherent risks—but the data shows that a surface miner is statistically more likely to die than an underground miner.