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4:43pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Outdoor Show Hunts for Great Stories

Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer records an introduction for the television show during a recording session at the studio at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
Hannah Reel/The State-Journal

“Kentucky Afield” has been on television for more than half a century, becoming one of the longest-running programs in TV history. In that time, the program has evolved from a small, in-studio operation that started in 1953 and dealt mostly with statewide hunting and fishing reports to a show where people see firsthand what – and, in some cases, who – Kentucky’s outdoors can offer.

4:27pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hustonville Fire Chief Resigns After Dispute

Hustonville finds itself with a new fire chief and fewer volunteer firefighters Thursday after a dispute over one of the town’s two haunted houses boiled over in a post-Halloween meltdown. Mayor Cecil Maddox said he dismissed Chief Stanley Shepperson on Wednesday afternoon, mostly because Shepperson left the fire department open and allowed cast members of the adjacent Hustonville Haunted House to use it as a dressing room during the last few weeks. Shepperson, however, said he resigned the post because the mayor has been giving him grief and meddling in the department’s affairs for the past year. The disagreement over the haunted house was the final straw, he said.

4:20pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Environmental Compliance Hearing

KU and LG&E are seeking state authorization to spend a total of about $2.5 billion to comply with new federal environmental requirements affecting utilities that burn coal to generate electricity. The utilities estimate that total electric bills for LG&E customers would increase by about 19.2 percent by 2016, while KU customers would see total bills increase by about 12.2 percent over that same time.

4:10pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Knives Found at Elementary School

Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof sent a letter home to parents of students at Wright Elementary Wednesday concerning knives at school. It's the second letter parents of the school have received in three days. Knives were found either in possession of students or on school grounds on three different occasions over the last seven days.

4:04pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Lawrence County Declares War on Junk

Lawrence County Judge-Executive John Osborne has declared war on junk cars and abandoned, run-down buildings. Osborne released a letter to the public via Solid Waste Coordinator Bill Richards that says the county will begin to enforce a 2004 ordinance which prohibits these type of materials from ruining the scenic beauty of the area. Those who ignore the clean up effort will be taken to court, the letter says.

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4:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Fire Department Chief Accused of Theft

Westside Volunteer Fire Department Chief James R. Douglas and his brother, Assistant Chief Jerry G. Douglas Jr., were arrested on allegations they stole thousands of dollars from fire department funds, according to a Thursday morning press release from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence was seized, and James Douglas and Jerry Douglas Jr. were both arrested, according to the release.

3:52pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Police Department Merger in Question

The cars driven by officers in the merged Highland Heights/Southgate Police Authority were shown re-marked as "HHSPA" in 2008.

Three years after merging their operations, the Highland Heights and Southgate police departments may become separate entities again. The Highland Heights City Council Tuesday night had a first reading to withdraw the city from the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority. The authority was the first of its type in Kentucky but the Highland Heights mayor said his city wants to disband because residents don't feel comfortable with the arrangement.

3:48pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Campbellsville Picks Next Police Chief

New Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette and his wife Margaret talk with Councilwoman Vicki Mullins following Tuesday night�s special council meeting.
James Roberts/Central Kentucky News-Journal

Tim Hazlette, a former colonel with the Kentucky State Police, will serve as Campbellsville’s next police chief. Mayor Tony Young made the recommendation to hire Hazlette during a special Campbellsville City Council meeting Tuesday night. Hazlette takes the reigns of Campbellsville Police Department on Dec. 1. Dennis Benningfield is retiring on Nov. 30 after six years as chief.

3:44pm

Thu November 3, 2011
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Successful Opening Night for Horse Show

Todd Minikus and Sweetheart negotiated a fence during the Sasco Creek Farm International Open Jumpers $50,000 Welcome Stakes during the first day of competition at the Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Pa
Matt Goins

Although the 128th Alltech National Horse Show has barely kicked off, show officials already are hailing the new Kentucky version a success and looking at how they can build on that next year. Show treasurer Allan Shore of Bedford, N.Y. said that in addition to top riders and horses, the National has drawn great interest from vendors — more than 100 applied for the 60 trade show spots that ring the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

4:27pm

Wed November 2, 2011
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Deer v Kentucky Motorists

FRANKFORT – With fall’s arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see more wildlife on the move through the state. November is traditionally the heart of deer migration and mating season creating greater potential for deer-car crashes. KSP spokesman Lt. David Jude said motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall.

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12:32pm

Wed November 2, 2011
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First Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test this Month

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 9. This will be the first time that a national Emergency Alert test will be conducted. TV and radio stations as well as cable TV systems will broadcast a test warning message for two to three minutes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission are coordinating this test with broadcasters throughout the United States.

12:31pm

Wed November 2, 2011
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Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Daylight Saving Time will come to an end on Sunday at 2 a.m. Prior to going to bed on Saturday night, people are reminded to set their clocks back one hour. For example, set them from 11 to 10 o'clock.

4:45pm

Tue November 1, 2011
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Initiative Collects Unwanted Medications

KSP reports that the third national "Take Back" Initiative netted 804 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications. Each of the 16 KSP posts collected the drugs from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday. The program, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is intended to give people a safe and convenient way to part with unneeded medications.

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3:55pm

Tue November 1, 2011
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Grant Received to Prevent Domestic Violence

Lexington officials announced Tuesday that the federal government has rewarded the city's domestic violence prevention efforts by renewing a $400-thousand dollar grant. Yhe money comes as part of the Violence Against Women Act. Despite a relatively consistent number of domestic violence calls in recent years, the number of arrests in those cases has jumped 70 percent since 2007 in Lexington. Police and community advocates credit federal grants that allowed them to overhaul their training, place a new emphasis on apprehending offenders, and maintain two victim advocates that respond within 24 hours of a call. Police Chief Ronnie Bastin. 

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8:54am

Tue November 1, 2011
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Complete Overhaul Slated for Northern Kentucky's I-471

Some Newport residents and their City Commission wish Interstate 471 would quiet the heck down. Not so much the cars on the interstate, but the pavement itself, which causes rumbling sounds and makes chocka-chocka noises as tires speed over it. Rob Hans, the chief district engineer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 6, promises whatever form of pavement the state uses to replace the worn out, late-1970s concrete pavement definitely will be quieter than the noisy material there now.

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3:59pm

Mon October 31, 2011
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60 Troopers Graduate from KSP Academy

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers at ceremonies held Sunday in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 914 troopers. “It's always an exciting day when we graduate new recruits,” said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. 

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10:40am

Mon October 31, 2011
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Lex. Firefighter Toy Drive Underway

Kids might be suiting up for trick-or-treating tonight, but Lexington firefighters are already thinking about Christmas. The Fire Department's annual toy drive is already underway.  2011 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Lexington Fire Department's toy drive and organizers are hoping they can meet the increased need. Last year, the department handed out toys to around 3000 children. Lexington firefighter John Durr says that number could be much higher this time around.

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10:18am

Mon October 31, 2011
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Miners Killed in Ohio County Highwall Collapse

The identities of two miners killed in a highwall collapse at Equality Boot Mine in Ohio County have been released. The men were both from Hopkins County. They have been identified as Darrel Winstead, 47, of Madisonville, and Samuel Lindsey, 23, of Mortons Gap. The men worked for Mine Equipment and Mill Supply Company of Dawson Springs.

7:00am

Mon October 31, 2011
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Big City Gangs Migrate to Rural Kentucky

On the streets of rural Kentucky, there are signs of increased gang activity. Hats, bandanas, colorful graffiti all symbolized a problem more familiar in urban settings. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Shelly Baskin reports, Kentucky’s prosecutors and legislators are reading the signs and taking steps to stop the spread of gangs.

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3:20pm

Sun October 30, 2011
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Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Honor Slain Officer

David Whitson

Life changed for Bowling Green Police Department officers at 10:40 a.m. Oct. 31, 2006. That’s the exact time city police dispatchers received a call about shots being fired the day Officer David “Slim” Whitson was shot and killed in the line of duty. He is the only officer in the BGPD’s 100-plus years who has given his life in service to the city. In observance of the fifth anniversary of his death, the BGPD is conducting an honor guard wreath-laying ceremony Monday at his gravesite in Gallatin, Tenn.

3:51pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Calendar Salesman Cons Police

When looking for marks, sheriff’s offices and police departments would not seem like the smartest choices for a con man. Yet calendar salesman Richard L. Clements Jr. allegedly has targeted a handful of law enforcement agencies around the state and now he’s on the run. Clements, 45, of 111 Magnolia Way, Apt. A, Nicholasville, was indicted last week by a Mercer County grand jury for theft more than $500.

3:44pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Rescue Attempts for Two Trapped Men

Rescue attempts are underway in Ohio County where preliminary information indicates that two men from a blasting crew are trapped inside a truck after being covered by rock and material from a highwall collapse. Officials with the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are on site.

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3:35pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Security Law Requires Reliance on 'Almighty God'

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has the right to publicly declare "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth," the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday. State law requires the Office of Homeland Security to publicize God's benevolent protective powers in its official reports and on a plaque posted outside the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. State Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister, placed the "Almighty God" language into a 2006 homeland security bill without much notice at the time.

1:50pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Junction City Paves Way for Alcohol Sales

Junction City is quickly moving away from prohibition with preliminary approval of two ordinances detailing alcohol requirements and restrictions. The City Council unanimously approved first reading Thursday of ordinances allowing package liquor sales, retail beer sales and alcohol by the drink at restaurants. The measures will not take effect until the council votes on a second reading Monday, said Merl Baldwin, city police chief and soon-to-be local Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator.

1:20pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Coal Company has Previous Violations

The two men trapped under rubble at an Ohio County surface mine have been identified as blasters at a company called MEMSCO, which also does business as the Mine Equipment and Mill Supply Company. MEMSCO has an office in Dawson Spring, Kentucky, but is owned by Midland Powder Company in Evansville, Indiana.

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1:18pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Trapped Men in Ohio Co. Identified

The Kentucky Cabinet of Energy and the Environment has released the names of two men trapped on an Ohio County surface mine. They are Darrel Winstead, a 47-year-old blaster from Madisonville, KY and 33-year-old Samuel Lindsey, a blaster helper from Mortons Gap. A cabinet spokeswoman said the two men work for a company called Memsco.

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1:17pm

Fri October 28, 2011
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Two Men Trapped at Ohio County Surface Mine

Two men are trapped in their vehicle on an Ohio County surface coal mine site. The accident happened early this morning when a mine highwall caved in, burying the one-ton flatbed truck in rubble and trapping the men inside.  Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson is leading the rescue operation from the scene.

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4:31pm

Thu October 27, 2011
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Thriller Parade in Lexington

Lexington's Thriller Parade LFUCG Department of Parks and Recreation

This Sunday, more than a thousand zombies are expected to fill the streets as the 10th anniversary Thriller Parade dances through downtown. The recreation of Michael Jackson's classic video has become more elaborate every year. Though Thriller may have turned 25 a few years back, for many fans in Lexington, the dance never gets old.

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4:15pm

Thu October 27, 2011
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Complaint Filed Against Livestock Commission

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a formal complaint against the Kentucky Livestock Commission. Under state law, meetings of state agencies, boards and commissions need to be open to the public. But the Humane Society says the Livestock Care Standards Commission has been meeting secretly to draft new rules for managing farm animals.

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2:44pm

Thu October 27, 2011
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Traveling Exhibit at Horse Park

Each year the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park attracts thousands of people from across the region. On this particular Sunday a family from Indianapolis is here to experience the museum's newest exhibit simply titled "The Horse". Six year old Sebastian says there's one thing he's really looking forward to seeing. "Bones!"

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