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9:07am

Mon October 3, 2011
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Mother of Dorm Fire Victim Seeks Justice

Gail Minger, mother of 19 year-old dorm fire victim, Michael Minger

The mother of a Murray State University student who died in a 1998 Hester Hall dorm fire says she hopes justice for her son and others injured will be served by the re-indictment of Jerry Walker Jr. on charges connected to the incident. Michael Minger, 19, died as a result of the fire 13 years ago.

2:52pm

Sun October 2, 2011
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E'Town Interchange Included in National Study

The U.S. 31W interchange at Lincoln Parkway was included in a 2010 national study of major freight congested areas conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Management and Operations. The study was part of a Freight Performance Measures initiative and included 250 “freight significant highway infrastructure” locations, according to the report on the ATRI website. Most of the sites monitored were in urban areas.

4:24pm

Fri September 30, 2011
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Kentucky Inspecting Bridges

Upon the feds' recommendation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge inspectors are double-checking bridges with high-strength steel components to ensure that any critical findings have been appropriately identified and addressed. The Federal Highway Administration, in a nationwide technical advisory, recommended reviews of inspection records and, if necessary, follow-up inspections of bridges containing welded components of “T-1” steel – a type at issue in the forced closure of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind.

4:19pm

Fri September 30, 2011
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Small Plane Hits Motel, No Injuries Reported

A small plane has crashed into the Pine Tree Inn near Rough River in Grayson County. A Louisville TV station says no injuries have been reported. The small aircraft reportedly crashed into the corner of the L-shaped motel on Falls of Rough Road about noon local time on Friday. Aerial pictures from Louisville's WHAS-TV helicopter showed burn marks in the rear corner of the building. Witnesses on the scene told the TV station there was a fire after the plane crashed into the building. No damage could be seen from the front of the motel, which is near Rough River Dam State Resort Park.

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1:25pm

Fri September 30, 2011
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Fireball Run Participants Focus on Missing Children

Joseph Taverna (left) of Quebec, Canada, and Tim Flanary of Mount Airy, Md., plan their route Thursday from the National Corvette Museum to Clarksville, Tenn., during the Chevrolet Fireball Run.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

There are two main reasons why NASCAR star Geoff Bodine is driving across the country on a scavenger hunt: 4-year-old Trust Everitt and 9-year-old Journey Everitt. The siblings have been missing for nearly a year, and Bodine hopes they are soon found. The mission brought him and teams of other people, including an astronaut and an actor, to Bowling Green on Thursday during the 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally. Teams of people have been driving around the country since Saturday, stopping in different cities where they receive assignments and directions to their next location. By this Saturday, they will have traveled 2,500 miles and stopped in 15 cities, including Bowling Green and Scottsville.

10:19am

Fri September 30, 2011
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Governors Annouce Plans for Sherman Minton Bridge

Govs. Mitch Daniels and Steve Beshear said Friday that Indiana and Kentucky have agreed on a solution to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge following three weeks of inspection, testing and analysis.  The bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. will remain closed during repairs, which are expected to take about six months. Preliminary cost estimates are $20 million. Contractor bids, which will be opened in mid-October, will include incentives for early completion, according to a press release from Beshear's office.

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10:15am

Fri September 30, 2011
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Farmers Hoping for Dry Conditions

Hopkins County farmers are chomping at the bit, waiting for an extended stretch of sunny conditions before ramping up grain harvest to full speed. In a year filled with weather-related delays, the latest challenges are too many foggy mornings, overcast skies and showers over the past two weeks. “The biggest problem right now is getting the grain to dry down,” said Nebo farmer Roger Hayes, who was shelling corn Wednesday afternoon. “It’s down to 20 to 21 percent moisture content, and it seems like it’s just sitting there. We’re having to buy some pretty expensive gas to dry it.”

4:56pm

Thu September 29, 2011
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Government Alleges Coal Company Discrimination

The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs at River View Coal’s mine in Union County were rejected because of their race.

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4:43pm

Thu September 29, 2011
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Lexington Will Hire New Cops

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has obtained federal money to help pay for more police officers on the local force. "Lexington has received a three point nine million dollar federal grant that will pay the salaries and benefits of twenty-five new police officers for the next three years. This kind of support is really important in times like today."

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4:37pm

Thu September 29, 2011
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OxyContin Lawsuit Returns to Kentucky

Attorney General Jack Conway is praising a U.S. District Court ruling this week that returns a 2007 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, to Pike Circuit Court. "OxyContin is one of the most powerful and addictive substances on the planet," Conway said in a press release. "Purdue Pharma's misrepresentations about the addictive nature of OxyContin helped fuel an epidemic of prescription pill abuse across Kentucky. I am pleased that this case is now back in Kentucky courts and moving forward after four years of delay at the hands of Purdue Pharma."

4:00pm

Thu September 29, 2011
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Commuter Ferry Might Shut Down

The commuter ferry transporting residents between Southern Indiana and Louisville will shut down soon if more riders don’t take advantage of the $1 rides. The 300 passenger steamboat will operate as a ferry for at least two more weeks, said Linda Harris, CEO of the Spirit of Jefferson. At that point, Harris will decide whether to continue the service. She expects to make her decision after the Sherman Minton Bridge is fully inspected, she said.

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3:37pm

Thu September 29, 2011
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Marketing Firm Adds 135 Jobs

Lexington-based CMSText LLC, a mobile marketing company, announced Thursday it will expand its workforce from 19 to 154. It will be a $4.4 million expansion for the Lexington firm. Text message marketing is growing as an advertising tool for more and more businesses.

10:01am

Wed September 28, 2011
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Kentuckians Still Struggle to Find Work

As politicians fight among themselves and debate how to fix the economy and create jobs, Larry Green of Madison, Ind., continues to pound the pavement searching for work. Formerly a machinist with Arvin Meritor, he has been unemployed since 2008, and at 61 years old, said he has had trouble finding a job for a man his age. “They don’t want someone that’s got a lot of years,” he said.

2:52pm

Tue September 27, 2011
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UofL’s School of Dentistry Renovated

Renovations to University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry are complete, and school officials say student enrollment and patients are increasing as a result. The two-year, $45 million improvement project added more space and updated school equipment and technology. The school remained open during the renovations and worked around student and staff schedules, said Dr. John Sauk, School of Dentistry dean.

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2:44pm

Tue September 27, 2011
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Medal of Honor Recipients in Louisville

Several Medal of Honor recipients will be in Louisville this week for the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the medal, which is the nation’s highest award granted for U.S. combat.

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1:31pm

Tue September 27, 2011
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I-69 could have Bowling Green Spur

Kentucky is studying a new north-south corridor through the state. While the major portion of the road would be in western Kentucky, a spur for the newly designated roadway could have its terminus in Bowling Green. It would use the William H. Natcher Parkway between Bowling Green and Owensboro.

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10:42am

Tue September 27, 2011
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Covington begins Fire Department 'Brownouts'

One of Covington's busiest fire engines stayed in its station Monday as the city decided not to staff the engine as a way to save money. The city has reduced the minimum number of firefighters on duty at any given time from 30 to 27. The staffing reduction is expected to save $600,000 a year, said City Manager Larry Klein.

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10:40am

Tue September 27, 2011
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Former Deputy Jailer Guilty of Contraband Charges

A former Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailer pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting of contraband Monday in Hardin District Court. Randall Lee Jackson, 24, was arrested in May following an investigation by the Hardin County Drug Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff. According to the arrest citation, Jackson admitted to exchanging tobacco products and marijuana for money and other favors.

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10:38am

Tue September 27, 2011
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Tornado Destroys Hopkins County Homes

White Plains resident Billy Petitt looks over his shattered belongings after strong winds from either a micro-burst or small tornado overturned his mobile home at Mount Carmel and Hardwick roads at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday while he was asleep.
Doreen Dennis The Messenger

Billy Petitt walked around with a blank, empty look on his face, trying to comprehend nature’s forces that wrapped his Hopkins County mobile home against a willow tree like a piece of chewing gum. As friends helped salvage his few remaining possessions Monday morning, the man from the White Plains community felt at a loss for words. He complained only of a sore back after being thrown from the trailer while asleep in bed Sunday night when an EF-2 tornado struck, packing winds that the National Weather Service says peaked at 120 mph.

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3:19pm

Mon September 26, 2011
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Police Locate Missing Washington County boy

After more than two days of searching, state police have found Randall Leon Chesser, a 7-year-old Washington County boy who had been missing since Saturday. Randall was found off Coulter Lane, about two miles northeast of the Willisburg fire station, shortly after 2:30 p.m.

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1:38pm

Mon September 26, 2011
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Search for Seven-Year-Old Continues

The search for Randall Chesser will continue and expand despite inclement weather

The Kentucky State Police are expanding the search for 7-year-old Randall Leon Chesser. In spite of inclement weather, the field search will continue as 60 cadets from the Kentucky State Police Training Academy will join in the effort. KSP is looking to expand the geographical area of the search and have reached out to the military for additional air support that will be provided once the weather breaks.

10:20am

Mon September 26, 2011
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Engineers Inspecting Louisville Bridge

Louisville Public Media

A thorough inspection of the Sherman Minton Bridge could be completed in about a week, after which engineers will determine the extent of the repair job ahead and how long the I-64 span connecting Louisville and southern Indiana will be closed.

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10:01am

Mon September 26, 2011
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Rain, Watches, and Warnings Invade State

A tornado watch remains in effect for southeast Kentucky until 1 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. The potential for severe weather is the result of a line of storms that began moving through the state during the overnight period and is now moving into Eastern Kentucky.

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1:38pm

Sun September 25, 2011
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Harlan County to Suffer Highest Population Decline

The Kentucky State Data Center recently released population projections for every county in the state. The future that is painted for Harlan County is remarkably grim. The demographers project that the county will lose more than 3,000 people over the next 10 years, which would mean that the population decreases by one percent every year. By 2050, they forecast that 16,216 individuals will reside in the county, down from 33,202 in 2000. That would be a dramatic decrease in population by more than 50 percent, in fact, the projected decline in Harlan is greater than in any other county in the state.

4:27pm

Fri September 23, 2011
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Veteran Receives Medals 66 Years Later

World War II veteran Alvin Wilson Jr. couldn’t figure out how they pulled it off. More than 60 years after he was discharged from the U.S. Army following World War II, Wilson received his final medals from the war recently, in a ceremony that included his children, grandchildren and his wife. “I didn’t know anything about it,” the 88-year-old Wilson said. “Everyone knew about it but me. I couldn’t believe it.”

4:10pm

Fri September 23, 2011
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Rally Encourages Move Away From Fossil Fuels

Louisville will participate in a global movement tomorrow to offer up ideas for moving beyond fossil fuels. Moving Planet, Moving Louisville is designed to call attention to the city’s transportation carbon footprint. Drew Foley is one of the event’s organizers. He says different cities are focusing on different aspects of fossil fuels.

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1:32pm

Fri September 23, 2011
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Man Owes $319K in Back Taxes

A Scottsville businessman admitted Wednesday in federal court that he filed false federal tax returns for four consecutive years. Robert Wilkins Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to four counts of filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. The charges against Wilkins were handed down last month in a four-count information.

7:52pm

Thu September 22, 2011
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Obama: "Help Us Rebuild this Bridge"

Tana Weingartner WVXU, Cincinnati

With traffic crawling across the rusty gray Brent Spence Bridge behind him, President Barack Obama discussed his job creation plan in Cincinnati today. Just two weeks after mentioning the "functionally obsolete" bridge in a speech to the nation, the President came to see the aging span for himself. Mr. Obama says his proposed jobs bill would put Americans to work on projects like replacing the Brent Spence Bridge... and the recently shutdown Sherman Minton bridge between Indiana and Kentucky.

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4:03pm

Thu September 22, 2011
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Kentucky Kingdom Can’t Reopen In 2012

Louisville Public Media

Louisville developer Ed Hart says there’s no way the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened next year, but he’s willing to extend his interim agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board and aim for a 2013 reopening. Hart says without a public/private funding partnership and a long-term lease in place, suppliers won’t be able to fill orders get the park’s rides up and running for 2012.

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3:53pm

Thu September 22, 2011
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Ferry Unpopular with Louisville Commuters

The ferry that shuttles residents between Southern Indiana and Louisville isn’t popular among commuters. Just over 50 commuters take the Spirit of Jefferson in the morning and a little over 100 in the afternoon, said Spirit of Jefferson CEO Linda Harris. It can hold 300 passengers but the most it has transferred was 209, she said.

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