The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.
"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.
ANTON, Ky. (AP) — The reward being offered for information in the shooting and death of a mated pair of whooping cranes in western Kentucky has more than doubled with contributions from conservation and animal protection groups.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Honor Flight program has been set up to serve veterans in north-central Tennessee and south-central Kentucky.
Michael Flood, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, told The Leaf-Chronicle that he decided to start the Screaming Eagle Honor Flight after the nearby Music City Honor Flight in Nashville ceased operating last year.
Flood said he is currently seeking volunteers, donations and other support for his operation in Clarksville, Tenn.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The debut of a statewide online health insurance marketplace, which earned a thumbs-up from President Barack Obama for smoothly enrolling tens of thousands of people, has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2013.
If approved by the Coast Guard, shale gas waste water from such storage ponds could be barged down the Ohio River to disposal sites on the Gulf Coast.
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The US Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. The wastewater is currently stored at drilling sites or transported by truck or train to treatment plants and deep underground wells.
A rural church in Fancy Farm Kentucky, home to the state’s premier political event has been approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved the designation for the St. Jerome's Catholic Church complex on Friday. The National Park Service has final say, which is expected within a couple of months.
A popular tourist attraction at the Kentucky Capitol is being repaired. The State Journal reports that repairs began this month on the Floral Clock and are expected to take a couple of months to complete. Sam Ruth, commissioner of the Department of Facilities and Support Services, said several cracks are visible on the bottom of the clock. Some are a foot long and an inch wide.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A legislative redistricting bill has breezed through the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Legislative leaders removed many of the partisan overtones that had been in previous proposals, a move that led to broader support among rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties. The House passed the bill 83-17 Wednesday morning. The Senate is expected to rush the measure to a vote on Friday.
More than 250 "cuddlers" have volunteered to comfort newborns going through withdrawal when a unique, independent treatment center opens this fall in southern West Virginia. Lily's Place in Huntington plans to wean infants off drugs outside a hospital setting while also helping their addicted moms. Donations arrive every day. But good intentions don't always pay the bills.
Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky. A partnership of two energy companies announced a plan earlier this year to build the underground pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.
A grand jury has indicted a Richmond, Ky., couple on various charges including murder in connection with the discovery of a child's body in southwest Ohio. The indictments against 26-year-old Whitney Johnson and 25-year-old Nathan Ritze include child endangerment and abuse of a corpse charges.
Two eastern Kentucky deputy jailers have been charged in the death of an inmate last month. Kentucky State Police say indictments were returned Tuesday in Perry County charging 36-year-old Damon Hickman of Hazard and 57-year-old William C. Howell of Estill in Floyd County with one count of first-degree manslaughter.
A former southeastern Kentucky judge and five others awaiting a retrial on federal charges that they engineered a vote-buying scheme that stretched across three election cycles have been released from prison on bond.
Michael Benson takes over today as EKU's 12th President.
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Eastern Kentucky University's new president is starting his job on the Richmond campus. Michael T. Benson's tenure as the school's 12th president begins Thursday. Benson had been president of Southern Utah University. He succeeds Doug Whitlock, who retired. Benson brings nearly 20 years of administrative experience in higher education to his job at Eastern.
Environmental activists are suing the federal government over the exports of Appalachian coal, saying it approved a $90 million loan guarantee to one company without considering the implications for air and water pollution. The first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco says communities near mines, ports and railways that connect them are all affected.
A review has found an 8 percent drop in Medicaid providers in Kentucky since the state moved to a managed care system two years ago. State Auditor Adam Edelen said the decrease raises concerns about Kentucky's ability to provide health care to an additional 300,000 people in a Medicaid expansion next year.
A Kentucky judge is seeking input from the state attorney general's office before deciding whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to two women in a civil union from Vermont. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Susan Schultz Gibson says the attorney general's office should be given a chance to respond.
A tiny liberal arts school in Kentucky that hosted vice presidential debates in recent years has landed one of the largest donations ever to a U.S. college or university. Centre College announced the gift of stocks worth $250 million Tuesday from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust. The total value puts it among the 20 biggest such gifts of all time, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate Candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes
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Almost a month after announcing she would run for the U.S. Senate, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will kick off her campaign in her hometown of Lexington. Grimes' campaign said Gov. Steve Beshear will join her for the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. The 34-year-old Democrat is seeking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will have served 30 years in the Senate when the election is held in November 2014.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson join Ford Motor Company executives and employees at the Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) to celebrate the company’s planned $600 million investment.
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Tennessee is, for a fourth consecutive year, ranked Number One in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength. Economic development publication “Business Facilities” has released its annual ranking, showing Tennessee as the top state. There are over 900 automotive plants in Tennessee. They’ve created over 6600 new jobs and have generated investments of nearly $1.1 billion.
A conference next month on Civil War sites in Kentucky will focus on the preservation and interpretation of battle sites. Organizers say the presenters at the conference in Danville will include representatives from nearly every Civil War-related federal agency and national nonprofit. It is designed as an educational forum for administrators, staff, docents, board members and volunteers.
Christian health program is doing business again in the Commonwealth. Medi-share pays medical bills for churchgoers who pledge not to smoke, drink or engage in extra-marital intercourse. Christian Care Ministry President Tony Meggs said Kentuckians are already rejoining Medi-Share. It’s a less expensive alternative to traditional insurance plans because participants tend to be healthier.
Kentucky corrections officials say they failed to take DNA samples from between 6,300 and 7,000 felons as required by law over a four-year period. Justice Cabinet Secretary and Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson said during a news conference Thursday in Frankfort that they are now trying to locate about 3,900 people no longer in state custody or on probation or parole to take samples from them.
A Louisville couple on Friday challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages, saying the state isn't putting them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples. Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.
People heading to the Kentucky State Fair next month will have some new options for weekend parking, including one free lot. That location is the Green Lot at Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street. The State Fair Board says shuttles will run continuously to the fair. Fair tickets can be purchased at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium or advance discount tickets can be presented before boarding the shuttle.
The Kentucky Horse Park is offering two-day tickets for the price of one day's admission as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. The Lexington attraction says the offer will give visitors more time to explore the park. The deal means that guests who purchase a general admission ticket will receive free admission the following day.