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11:53am

Fri October 21, 2011
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Louisville Boys and Girls Club Closes

The Salvation Army’s four area Boys and Girls Clubs are closing Friday, but some members will soon have access to the Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Club’s Shawnee facility.  The Salvation Army says rising costs and diminished income forced the closure. Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs will soon have a temporary solution for members of the Salvation Army’s Portland and Parkland clubs, said Jennifer Hegleson, president of the Kentuckiana clubs.

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3:04pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Student Robbery Suspect Might Avoid Jail Time

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to pulling a gun on a fellow student in a boys’ bathroom at Christian County High School. In return, the commonwealth’s attorney is offering him a chance to avoid prison time and get the criminal charges cleared from his record. Kevon Burrus attended CCHS as of Oct. 1, 2010, according to court records. He was 17 at the time, and a detective said Burrus went by the nickname “K-Money.” Court records show he had several criminal charges as a juvenile.

2:44pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Tribute to Former State Legislator

Whenever Eddie Ballard’s brown van rolled past, his friends knew he was likely doing community service work. Ballard’s passion for public service started long before he began his 24-year run as a state representative in 1987. More than 400 people gathered at the Ballard Convention Center on Tuesday night to pay tribute to the retired lawmaker, who died on May 31 at age 81. They came from all walks of life and represented both sides of the political aisle.

2:31pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Fireworks Ordinance Advances

The Lexington Urban County Council's Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday to forward a fireworks ordinance to the full council. The ordinance would restrict the sale of fireworks to three weeks a year. Currently, they can be sold year-round. It would also limit the use of fireworks to the hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., with exceptions for New Year's Eve and Fourth of July celebrations, when people would be allowed to shoot off fireworks until midnight.

2:28pm

Thu October 20, 2011
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Woman Receives Double Lung Transplant

A Bracken County woman is recovering after undergoing a double lung transplant Tuesday. Sarah Peed McCane, 29-year-old wife of Steven McCane, was born with cystic fibrosis. By 2007, she had only about 47 percent of the lung capacity of a person her age. On Tuesday, McCane received a double lung transplant at Cleveland Hospital, a family member said.

1:26pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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Veteran Kentucky AP Photojournalist Ed Reinke Dies

Ed Reinke, an award-winning Associated Press photographer who traveled worldwide and was known for his striking pictures of Kentucky news and sporting events, died Tuesday following an injury, according to his family. He was 60.

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1:09pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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Search for Danville City Manager Stalls

As Danville begins its fifth month without a permanent city manager, the City Commission is back to reconsidering the use of an executive search firm. The commission heard a presentation Tuesday on a new benchmarking service provided by the Kentucky League of Cities and decided to compare the costs of an in-house search with the cost of contracting with several search firms that made their pitches in August.

11:32am

Wed October 19, 2011
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Bed Bugs Found at Owen County Schools

Since Sept. 22, several bed bugs have been found in Owen County schools, but Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said there’s no need for panic. Owen County Elementary School was the first to send a letter home with students after two bed bugs were found in the school. On Oct. 3, Raleigh said three were found in one classroom around the same desk at Owen County High School, and one was found in the office of the Owen County Primary School.

11:31am

Wed October 19, 2011
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I-69 to Enter Western Kentucky

A milestone in the state's years-long effort to get Interstate 69 into western Kentucky will take place Tuesday when Gov. Steve Beshear will unveil the Interstate 69 shield signs for 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24. The state recently secured federal authority to erect the I-69 shields along the WK Parkway from Nortonville (south of Madisonville) to Eddyville and a few miles of I-24 in the lakes area near Eddyville.

11:27am

Wed October 19, 2011
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Parents Hope School Bullies Change Ways

Darryl and Carol Denham and their son, Daniel, 21,gather in the bedroom of their son, Sam, who they say committed suicide because of bullying at school. Sam's parents want to use his death to educate kids about the dangers of bullying.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Last Friday evening, Carol and Darryl Denham could not comprehend why their 13-year-old son, Sam, took his own life earlier that day. On Saturday, about 150 people held a vigil on the Denham's front lawn. "That's when we got our answer to the question 'Why?'" Carol said. The Denhams say Sam, an eighth grade student at Woodland Middle School, was bullied to the point where he could not take it anymore. They said several students told them that at the vigil, and even named the bullies.

12:24pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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I-64 Bridge Repair: 135 work days, $14 million

Louisville Public Media

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Tuesday announced the award of a $13.9 million contract to Louisville-based Hall Contracting of Kentucky for expedited repairs of the Sherman Minton Bridge. As part of its bid, Hall Contracting committed to completing the repairs necessary to reopen the bridge in 135 work days.

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12:20pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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Prohibition Alive in Kentucky's Rural Areas

Whiskey bottles were part of a Prohibition exhibit at the Lexington History Museum.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

Prohibition is not a thing of the past in Kentucky the way it is in some states, but the sale of alcohol is still a hot-button issue. When an alcohol vote is on the ballot, it's a major hullabaloo in some places. Earlier this month, there were five local elections to expand alcohol sales. Elizabethtown, for example, went from being "moist" — allowing alcohol by the drink in restaurants that have seating for at least 100 people — to being fully wet, allowing retail and package sales at stores. Kentucky has more "dry" counties than wet ones, although most people live in wet counties.

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1:32pm

Mon October 17, 2011
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State Parks Offer Military Discounts Starting November

Current and former members of the nation’s military services can take advantage of discount rates with the Kentucky State Parks “USA Military Pass” program from Nov. 1 of this year through March 31, 2012.  The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.

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10:10am

Mon October 17, 2011
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Mail Carrier Celebrates 56 Years Accident-Free

Bomar Chaudoin loads mail onto a truck at the U.S. Post Office in Elizabethtown to transfer it to Louisville. Chaudoin has driven for Pepper Mail Service, a contract mail service, since 1956.
Jill Pickett The News-Enterprise

Five nights a week, Bomar Chaudoin drives a mail truck from Elizabethtown to Louisville with a Little Debbie snack in his shirt pocket for when he gets hungry later. In fact, the Magnolia man, who turned 82 on Oct. 3, has been driving various routes for Pepper Mail Service, a contract mail service, since 1956. Now in his 56th year, Chaudoin has not had a traffic accident on the job.

3:56pm

Sun October 16, 2011
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New Witnesses Testify at Soldier's Hearing

Despite defense counsel’s request to start a new Article 32 hearing in the murder case against Brent Burke, the investigating officer at Friday’s hearing in Fort Campbell decided to “reopen” the investigation and will consider testimony from July’s hearing. Burke is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, four years ago at Comer’s Rineyville home. After two mistrials and two hung juries in Hardin Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw filed a motion to dismiss charges without prejudice. Burke was released into Fort Campbell custody and two weeks later the Army began its own investigation into the case.

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3:51pm

Sun October 16, 2011
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Danville Becoming Magnet for Retirees

Recent retirees Pamela and Charles Blackburn stroll near their home in Danville's Rolling Hills subdivision.
Clay Jackson The Advocate-Messenger

Danville has never had a shortage of transplants from other places, but several online and print publications recently have taken notice of what the town offers those who want enjoy a full and active lifestyle. The most attention has come from an article in this month's edition of Money magazine, which named Danville one of the top five places to retire in its print edition and included it among a list of 25 retirement destinations in an online list. The town also will be featured in Where to Retire magazine in November.

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1:34pm

Fri October 14, 2011
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Bath Co. Board of Ed. Power Struggle Continues

The state's appointment of a new, temporary member of the Bath County Board of Education last week apparently hasn't calmed the continuing argument between board factions. The Kentucky Board of Education named Vearl Pennington to the Bath board on Oct. 5 to fill in for Bill Boyd, who is serving a 90-day suspension for various violations. The next evening, Pennington joined members Sandy Crouch and Lisa McFarland in voting to reverse several previous board actions, outvoting chairman Hurschell Rawlings and B.A. Franklin.

1:31pm

Fri October 14, 2011
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Teen Drivers Encouraged to Stay Alert

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is helping raise awareness of distracted driving in teenagers during the National Teen Driver Safety Week, which occurs from Oct. 16-22.  Inspired by the loss of classmates and friends, distracted driving is currently a pressing issue for many high school students. High schools throughout the nation have formed teen-led organizations and promoted educational opportunities that are shaping driving attitudes and behaviors.

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1:28pm

Fri October 14, 2011
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Man Walks Away from 25-Foot Drop

Bystanders and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department view the scene on Old Lawrenceburg Road where a vehicle slid off the road and into a creek Thursday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle wasn't injured.
Hannah Reel Frankfort State Journal

When a head-on collision stopped traffic Thursday, a motorist on his daily commute swerved into a ravine to avoid a second crash. Dale Brooks, 48, of Lawrenceburg, was driving home from work in Frankfort when he rounded a curve and saw traffic was stopped. He ended up going off the road and dropping about 25 feet down into a creek - and walking away from it.

10:21am

Fri October 14, 2011
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Deadly Stretch of I-64 in Shelby Co. Gets Fixed

A highway construction project in Shelby County to correct a deadly stretch of Interstate 64 is nearing an end. The state determined that excessive water on the road surface was contributing to hydroplaning - which resulted in several wrecks, some fatal.

10:11am

Fri October 14, 2011
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Armed Men Spark Bardstown Debate

Two men openly carrying semiautomatic handguns attended Tuesday's Bardstown City Council meeting. One of the men, Stephen McBride of Shelbyville, told city council members that Bardstown ordinances pertaining to gun control were illegal. That sparked a discussion about the legality to guns on city-owned property.

2:09pm

Thu October 13, 2011
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After 58 Years, Man Receives Purple Heart

A Hancock County soldier injured in the Korean War received a Purple Heart Saturday, 58 years after losing his foot to machine gun fire on Pork Chop Hill in Korea. Sgt. Henry Vogt received the medal posthumously, and the medal presentation ceremony took place at the VFW Post 5186 in Hawesville.

1:57pm

Thu October 13, 2011
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Free Trips Raise Ethical Concerns

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says international trips paid for by an education foundation did not lead to the decision to contract with its business arm. The New York Times reported several states entered into agreements with Pearson after taking trips on its foundation’s dime and this raises thical questions, said Times reporter Mike Winerip.

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1:38pm

Thu October 13, 2011
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Racetracks Struggle to Grow Business

A member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is challenging racetracks to be more innovative in order to compete with surrounding states for business. As race tracks have proposed 2012 schedules, some tracks are cutting the number of racing days. “We’ve got to do something to lure people back to the tracks,” said Commissioner Tom Ludt.

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11:02am

Thu October 13, 2011
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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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10:58am

Thu October 13, 2011
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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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10:40am

Thu October 13, 2011
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Kentuckian Co-Piloted Underwear Bomber Flight

One day before the so-called Underwear Bomber pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jetliner on Christmas Day 2009, a Henderson resident’s voice was heard in the federal courtroom. Steve Stewart was the co-pilot on the Northwest Flight 253 when passenger Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate a chemical bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up the plane. It was he who reported the incident to authorities on the ground. Abdulmutallab failed in his attempt to bring down the plane and the 290 people aboard.

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12:26pm

Wed October 12, 2011
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Facebook Sued for Misusing Client Data

A Kentucky man wants a judge to grant class action status to a federal lawsuit against Facebook. In the suit, Paducah-resident David Hoffman accuses the social media site of violating the Wiretap Act. It prohibits the installation of a cookie on a user’s computer which tracks browsing history even after logging off. 

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11:39am

Wed October 12, 2011
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Rescued Boy Wins Project Lifesaver Bracelet

A project that rolled out in late March is finally reaching its intended audience. Project Lifesaver, which helps caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and autistic children, has been available for Washington County residents since then. Randall Chesser, the seven-year-old autistic boy that went missing for nearly two days last month, is the first person to benefit from the program.

10:42am

Wed October 12, 2011
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State Warns Motorists of Deer Collisions

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police are teaming up to remind motorists that vehicle-deer collisions take a quick upturn as the fall crop harvest and mating season combine to put deer on the move.

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