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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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9:58am

Wed October 12, 2011
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Bridge Inspection Focuses on Outdated Steel

Jeff Sams, a Kentucky Cabinet of Transportation bridge inspector, checks structural steel near a gussett plate atop the Carroll Cropper Bridge between Indiana and Boone County. The bridge is undergoing a "fracture critical inspection."
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

n inspection is under way this week on the I-275 Carroll C. Cropper Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana to determine whether the span has any structural problems caused by outdated steel. At issue is a type of 1960s-era steel known as T-1 steel. The material was linked to a crack discovered in a load-bearing beam of Louisville's I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge, which closed on Sept. 9. As a result, the Federal Highway Administration urged states to do special inspections of all bridges that contain T-1 steel components.

4:10pm

Tue October 11, 2011
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Man Rescued in Apartment Fire

An early morning fire at Winchester's Brown Proctor apartments was traced to a stove burner that was left on in an apartment kitchen. Winchester Fire-EMS Maj. Greg Beam said the fire started in the kitchen of an apartment where a burner ignited some papers that were lying on the counter.

4:04pm

Tue October 11, 2011
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Civilian Employee of the Year

Bruce Olin, center, who works at Kentucky State Police headquarters in Frankfort, received the KSP Employee of the Year Award from Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown, left, and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, right.

Kentucky State Police named Frankfort worker Bruce Olin “Civilian Employee of the Year” Monday in a ceremony at Capital Plaza Hotel. Olin, who was a state trooper for 33 years, now works as a program coordinator in public affairs at KSP headquarters in Frankfort. He also serves as state coordinator for the D.A.R.E. program.

2:23pm

Tue October 11, 2011
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League of Cities Recognizes its Own

 

LEXINGTON - Simpsonville, Greenville,  Pikeville,  Hopkinsville  and Lexington were recognized with Enterprise Cities Awards by the Kentucky League of Cities during its annual Conference & Expo on Friday in Lexington.  The Enterprise Cities Awards, given since 1999, go to municipalities in four population categories that have demonstrated entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local governance. Entries are judged in seven key areas: innovativeness or creativity of the project, long-term value to the community, adaptability to other cities, use of public/private partnerships, ability to achieve project benchmarks, community-citizen participation and program efficiency.

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10:36am

Tue October 11, 2011
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Fatal Wrecks Drop in KY.

Roadway deaths across Kentucky are significantly lower this year than prior years, and the state appears headed for its sixth straight year of decreases. As of early Monday, 549 people were killed on highways and other roads across the commonwealth, down 7.7 percent from the same point last year, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

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3:37pm

Mon October 10, 2011
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Kentucky's Part in a National Emergency Drill

 

Kentucky, along with all other states in the U.S., will participate in a national emergency alert system test a month from now.  The presidentially directed emergency alert system drill is set for the afternoon of November ninth.  Buddy Rogers, with Kentucky Emergency Management, says the call will go out to broadcasters all across the commonwealth.

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12:45pm

Sun October 9, 2011
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Danville Blowout Creates Camaraderie

Two teams from Danville High School spent weeks crafting the perfect privy to race in the Penn’s Store Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday. But an hour before the first heat, coordinators deemed both vehicles unfit for action due because their front wheels were not properly fixed. Never fear — turtle team to the rescue.

12:28pm

Sun October 9, 2011
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Veterans Honored with Free Tour

Ernest Snowden surveyed the scene at the World War II Memorial Thursday. Snowden fought in the South Pacific and was wounded twice.
Rachel Parsons/The Winchester Sun

“He’s my hero,” Frank Farmer said of fellow World War II veteran Ernest Snowden. Thanks to the Bluegrass Chapter of Honor Flight, Snowden and Farmer, along with 17 other central Kentucky veterans, were honored for their service to their country. Any interested veteran was provided the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to visit the World War II Memorial, and other war monuments, free of charge.

12:23pm

Sun October 9, 2011
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State Police Target Scam

A financial scam involving online dating sites led to the discovery of electronics, clothing, jewelry and other goods Friday at a home on Sextons Creek in Clay County, according to Kentucky State Police. The New York State Police called the Kentucky State Police to ask for help investigating a credit card fraud case. Kentucky state Trooper Nick Metcalf went to the home allegedly receiving the fraudulently obtained goods and discovered that they were being reshipped from there to Africa, police said in a statement.

12:18pm

Sun October 9, 2011
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World Equestrian Games Reshape Community

One year ago, Lexington was wrapping up perhaps the biggest equine-related shindig the state has ever thrown: the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Although the European visitors and the horses, Princess Haya and Muhammad Ali, the volunteers and the crowds have long gone home, the landscape of the city has been reshaped in ways that might be felt for years to come.

12:14pm

Sun October 9, 2011
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Bridge Lanes to Close for Work

Daytime lane closures are planned on each of the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges for approximately one week starting Monday, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Lane closures will begin at approximately 8 a.m. each day and end around 3 p.m. State highway maintenance crews will be undertaking the annual fall cleaning and maintenance of the bridge structure.

1:35pm

Fri October 7, 2011
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Injunction to Halt Gambling Rejected

A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel declined Wednesday to approve an injunction halting instant racing at Kentucky Downs in Franklin. The Family Foundation had asked for the court to halt instant racing games at the Franklin facility until it decided upon an appeal. The foundation contends that instant racing is illegal in Kentucky. The decision, issued by judges Glenn Acree, Janet Stumbo and Denise Clayton, said allowing the games to continue until a final decision is reached won’t harm the foundation.

1:29pm

Fri October 7, 2011
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State Workers Recognized

After decades of injustice, 75 hearing-impaired black students finally got their high school diplomas – thanks to Sharon White of the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Frankfort.
White was one of several state employees honored at the third-annual Governor’s Ambassador Awards ceremony, established in 2008 to recognize the service of state workers.

10:12am

Fri October 7, 2011
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Trigg Students Arrested on Gun Charges

Two freshmen at Trigg County High School were arrested Thursday after a school employee found a handgun on campus. According to a Cadiz police report, Principal Shannon Burcham at 8:40 a.m. received a tip from a student who said that someone on the school bus spoke about having a weapon and was bringing it to school. Burcham notified School Resource Officer Dave Colbert, and the high school was placed on lockdown while authorities investigated the tip.

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