Instead of fireworks, lightning will likely light up the skies over the Commonwealth this holiday weekend. Rain and thunderstorms remain a strong possibility. So far in 20-13, much of Kentucky has experienced cool, damp weather conditions. Still, on Wednesday of this week, University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon said it was dryer than it was in 20-11.
Weather permitting, most Kentuckians will enjoy a full array of fireworks this holiday weekend. For over a year, state law has permitted exploding and flying pyrotechnics. State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says the only exceptions are larger cities that have enacted tougher local ordinances.
A rookie Democrat will represent Woodford, Franklin, and Fayette Counties in Frankfort. The election of Attorney James Kay also maintains his party’s majority in Kentucky’s lower house. Three candidates vied for the vacant seat in Tuesday’s special election. James Kay defeated Republican Lyen Crews and Independent John Mark Hack. The 30 year old Kay believes his youth was an advantage.
Governor Beshear is calling lawmakers back to Frankfort the end of this summer to tackle legislative and judicial redistricting. The session will begin on August 19th in Frankfort. Governor Beshear says leaders in both chambers have indicated a willingness to use the same census numbers for redrawing legislative and judicial boundaries as were used for Congressional redistricting in 2012. So, the governor is not including Congressional redistricting on the agenda for the upcoming special session.
Kentucky is receiving more than six million dollars for its efforts to curb unregulated online gambling across the state. The court settlement comes following action taken in 2008 when the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet filed suit. The legal action was aimed at seizing 141 domain names used to conduct unauthorized and unlicensed internet gambling in Kentucky. It was the first lawsuit of its kind in the country.
Interstate ramp maintenance in Madison County could impact traffic and businesses along I-75 over the next week or so. Crews are working to mill, resurface, and restripe ramps at three interstate exits. Jack Wyatt has operated a gas station at one exit for 33 years. He says most previous repair work hasn’t carried as big an impact. “I mean they widen the roads out front, put a new bridge in, but they didn’t, it didn’t slow traffic down that much, cause they always had lanes of traffic they were working on, but they had other lanes of traffic that was open,” said Wyatt. Kentucky Transportation Department Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says ramps will not be shut down for extended periods of time. She says the plan calls for three to four closures during each day of work.
In the wake of the killing of one of their own officers, Bardstown Police are now dealing with threats against other cops. Police Chief Rick McCubbin said this morning that his department received multiple threats — by letter, phone and social media. "They were non-specific threats," he said, explaining that they did not name particular officers. McCubbin said police have no suspects as to who sent the letter. "The specific language, I can't put out, but the basic gist of them was that there were more to come," he said. "We're going to treat them as if they're credible." Read more...
BARDSTOWN — On the seventh anniversary of taking the oath as a Bardstown police officer, Jason Ellis was laid to rest Thursday after a funeral that drew law enforcement officers from surrounding states. Police from Chicago, Pennsylvania, Ohio and all over Kentucky were among those who attended the funeral at Parkway Baptist Church, just off Blue Grass Parkway in Bardstown. Hundreds of police cruisers and other emergency vehicles made the 20-mile procession to the rural cemetery in Chaplin where Ellis was buried. The route was lined with American flags flapping in the breeze. Read more...
By Jennifer Edwards Baker and The Kentucky Enquirer
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Summer-like heat continues today before we cool down and see some rain this weekend. It will be partly sunny later with a high of 87 degrees. There’s a slight, 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight before 9 p.m. The overnight low will hover around 69. The chance for rain and thunderstorms increases to 50 percent on Friday. It will be partly sunny with a high of 86. More rain could fall Friday night into Saturday morning. Saturday will remain balmy and in the mid-80s. We could see severe thunderstorms develop Saturday afternoon and night. The main threat will be winds gusting up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail. Read more...
An artists rendition of the new downtown Louisville crossing.
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Over the next several weeks, construction on the Ohio River Bridges Project will accelerate. Here's what the Louisville area needs to know about where this project has been, where it stands now and what is to be expected in the future. Kentucky and Indiana officials broke ground Wednesday on the East End section of what will be a years-long overhaul to the region’s interstate system. What comes next will be more workers taking to the sites, traffic changes, final decisions on tolling and more. Read more...
One year ago, life returned to the normal in the area known as the Lakeland. With the sound of vehicle engines from both the Marshall County and Trigg County sides, the venerable Eggners Ferry Bridge returned to its duty of supplying a route over Kentucky Lake between those counties. This came just 121 days after the massive cargo ship The Delta Mariner tore a 322-foot span away from the bridge when it crashed into it on the night of Jan. 26, 2012.
Widespread showers and thunderstorms will strike today, with the worst expected mid-afternoon.Winds could gusting up to 58 mph with quarter-size hail anytime after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. Tornadoes cannot be ruled out, but the threat for them to develop is small, said meteorologist Scott Hickman. The high temperature will peak near 80 at 5 p.m.
Beginning today and continuing through June 2, Kentucky State Police will be participating in the “Click It or Ticket” national, seatbelt enforcement campaign. The federal highway safety initiative focuses on seatbelt and child restraint enforcement as well as driver education.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, transportation agencies and highway patrols across the area are gearing up for a busy time on the roads. With that, comes an emphasis on seat belt safety. AAA announced their commitment to joining the “Click It or Ticket” effort Thursday, holding an event at their Florence location. Read more...
Louisville Zoo officials say the zoo's oldest polar bear passed away today from unknown causes. Arki was 28 years old, and came to Louisville in 2011 from the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. According to Polar Bears International, the bears live an average to 15 to 18 years in the wild, but in captivity can live into their mid- to late 30s. The oldest known polar bear in captivity--Debby, who lived in a Canadian zoo--was 42 years old. Read more...
Posting photos on Facebook has led to a Frankfort man being indicted Wednesday for trafficking in marijuana. Donald Newton, 39, of 974 Wilkinson Blvd., allegedly posted photos on his Facebook page of marijuana shaped as a birthday cake with a candle on top and of him holding a wad of cash.
The Flemingsburg City Council unanimously voted this week to amend a current animal ordinance to ban ownership of the pit bull breed of dogs within city limits. According to Mayor Marty Voiers, the ordinance previously allowed pit bulls to be within city limits, but required the animals to be registered and for owners to maintain insurance. Read more...
The Nicholasville City Commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that would require hotels and motels operating inside the city limits to turn over their customers’ information at the request of the Nicholasville public safety officials. “A lot of cities have this, and it’s (become) a burden to us at times when we need to know when we’re looking for somebody, and we go to the hotels and (look at) their registers to see if they’re there,” police chief Barry Waldrop said. “Sometimes we see stolen vehicles out in the parking lot.” Waldrop said area hotels and motels are “reluctant” to release the information to police. Read more...
The National Transportation Safety Board says the January 2012 allision between the cargo ship the Delta Mariner and the Eggners Ferry Bridge resulted from poor bridge span lighting and crew inattention to available navigational tools. The ship sheared off a 300 foot span of the bridge. No one was injured.
Bowling Green firefighters work to rescue a man who was stranded in a cave Monday near Cameron Park Apartments on Industrial Drive in Bowling Green.
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What began Monday afternoon as an outdoor adventure for two Bowling Green friends attempting to shoot video inside a secluded cave ended in one of the men being rescued by Bowling Green Fire Department firefighters. Brian Ahlers, 20, and his 22-year-old friend, who declined to give his name to the Daily News, were exploring the cave off Industrial Drive near Cameron Park Apartments, which has a body of water passing through it. The men swam across the water to get to the other side, but one of them couldn’t get back. Read more...
Walton Mayor Philip Trzop submitted a letter of resignation to city council that was read at Monday night's council meeting. Trzop did not attend the meeting. Earlier this year Trzop was indicted by a Boone County grand jury on a charge of abuse of public trust in regard to a position he held as manager of the Boone County Water District. He was later fired from the position. Trzop was accused of selling scrap metal belonging to the water district for $34,000 between 2009 and November 2012, about $10,000 of which was unaccounted for. Read more..
Some of the students who went to King's Island on May 14, 1988 at the theme park. From left, Monica Obregon, Emillie Thompson, Carey Aurentz and Ciaran Foran. In the back is Allen Tennison. Thompson was one of the 27 people who died in the crash.
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It wasn’t until a few days before the trip to King’s Island north of Cincinnati that Jerry and Jeff Wheeler knew for certain they would be allowed to attend. “I remember begging mom to let us go,” said Jerry Wheeler. “I wanted to go to maybe meet some new people. It was a really fun day leading up to what happened on the way home.” What happened on the way home, 25 years later, still cuts its survivors to the core. Family members, friends and their communities were — and still are — stricken irrevocably with heartbreak stemming from the Radcliff First Assembly of God bus crash that May night in 1988. “It still doesn’t seem real that something like that could happen,” Quinton Higgins said. “It was a day of a lot of fun. It was like having a pot of gold as a kid.” Read more...
Tuesday, May 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the deadliest drunk-driving crash in U.S. history. 27 members of a Radcliff church group, most of them children, were killed when their bus was struck by a pickup traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 71 in Carroll County, Kentucky. The group was returning home from an amusement park outing. The anniversary will be marked with a memorial service, and the screening of a new documentary about the tragedy.
Kentucky State Police said Wednesday it is too early to say whether charges will be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister. "The mother was home at the time, cleaning house, and stepped out to empty a mop bucket and heard a pop," Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Billy Gregory said. "She ran back in and found it had happened."
Four Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including Bill Johnson, have accepted long-term missions assignments to help with the rebuilding of New York after Hurricane Sandy.
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Two Kentucky Baptist couples have accepted long-term volunteer positions in New York to assist residents who are still recovering from last year’s Superstorm Sandy. Bill and Donna Johnson of Grayson have agreed to serve for two years as rebuild coordinators for the New York post-Sandy response. Ron and Greta Wilson of Bardstown have volunteered to serve one year as warehouse coordinators for the New York rebuilding effort.
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a $4 million penalty from UPS for not complying with federal safety rules. The FAA says UPS did not follow federally-approved procedures for maintaining four planes, which allegedly went on more than 400 flights in 2008 and 2009. The agency further says UPS has not entirely complied with an agreement that required the company to check aircraft repairs against maintenance records. The FAA says had UPS followed the agreement, the penalty would not be necessary.
Churchill Downs officials, Louisville Metro Police and others discuss security plans for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
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It's becoming a common refrain. As with Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville Metro Police are urging attendees to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks to report suspicious activity, in a bid to heighten security after last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon. "If you see something, say something," said Maj. Kelly Jones of Louisville Metro Police. "Find the nearest police officer, tell him or her, 'Hey it doesn't look right,' or, 'This is suspicious,' or, 'It bothers me.' We'll be happy to address it. That's why we're here—to serve the public and make sure everybody is safe."
Environmental groups cheered a ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday that invalidates a streamlined permitting process for surface coal mines. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling in Eastern Kentucky that upheld the nationwide permitting process adopted by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2007. The appeals court called the permitting process "arbitrary and capricious" in a 16-page ruling.