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12:30pm

Tue September 13, 2011
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Commuters Cope with Closure of I-64 bridge

LOUISVILLE – Transportation and law enforcement officials from Kentucky, Indiana and local governments Tuesday worked to shepherd an extraordinary volume of detoured traffic on the second work day following closure of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. Officials used a variety of tools to keep traffic flowing including:

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11:14am

Tue September 13, 2011
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LOU Commute Faster than Expected

State officials say this evening’s commute from Louisville to Indiana was not as bad as they expected in the wake of the Sherman Minton Bridge closure. Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Department of Transportation watched the commute via traffic cameras in MetroSafe. “Well, from what we can see on the Trimark cameras, traffic is moving so well that frankly it’s surprising,” he said.

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10:53am

Tue September 13, 2011
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Voters Might Decide Expanded Gambling

Many Northern Kentucky legislators haven't decided whether to support the latest bills for expanded gambling, but they said they hope the next legislative session will lead to a resolution. A bill, pre-filed last week by state Rep. Mike Nemes, R-Louisville, would allow voters statewide to decide in November 2012 whether they want to amend the state constitution to make expanded gambling legal. If the amendment passes, another bill filed by Nemes would allow each county to decide through a local ballot issue whether to allow expanded gambling.

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10:05am

Tue September 13, 2011
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Radcliff Withdraws from Hardin Merger

If a unification review commission is created, it will operate without the inclusion of Hardin County’s second-largest city. Radcliff City Council voted unanimously Monday to withdraw the city from further discussion about unification with the county and its five remaining cities. Hardin County United, a volunteer organization charged with examining the strategic goals of the 2010 Hardin County Vision Project, initiated the conversation based on a 2006 law that allows a county government to merge with one or more incorporated cities.

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9:59am

Tue September 13, 2011
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Veteran Take Flight on Historic War Plane

Richard Calland of Maysville observes from a machine gun port Friday while flying on the Aluminum Overcast B-17 Flying Fortress. Calland is a United States Navy veteran and enjoys vintage military aircraft.
Terry Prather The Ledger Independent

A veteran got the chance to take flight recently on an historical American aircraft. Richard Calland, 82, of Maysville, couldn't imagine a better way to spend a Friday afternoon than flying, or being around planes. For as long as Calland can remember, he's been enthralled by aircraft of all shapes and sizes. That's why his flight aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress was so special.

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10:01pm

Mon September 12, 2011
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Clays Mills Road Widening Timeline Extended

Work to widen a major artery in southwest Lexington is proceeding, but slower than commuters, construction workers and government officials had hoped.  Crews have worked since the first of the year on the Clays Mill Road project.  The relocation of utility lines occupied the first few months of 2011. After that, Lexington project manager Keith Lovan says wet weather slowed progress.  Now, Lovan says they’re working to catch up.

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3:35pm

Mon September 12, 2011
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Employers Watch Bridge Traffic

Humana and UPS both say they’ll continue to monitor the effect the Sherman Minton Bridge closure has on their operations. Humana has around 1,900 Southern Indiana employees, most of whom work in Louisville, said Humana spokesman Marvin Hill. While it’s still too early to determine how many employees’ schedules will be affected, Hill said Humana will be listening to employees to make necessary changes to operations in the coming days.

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3:33pm

Mon September 12, 2011
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LOU Bridges Handle Extra Burden

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges can handle the additional traffic load from the Sherman Minton Bridge. The Sherman Minton is closed indefinitely due to structural damage. The 80,000 cars that cross it daily are being rerouted to the two downtown bridges, which are already over capacity. (To see the traffic plan, click here.)

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10:22am

Mon September 12, 2011
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9/11 Sent Hopkins Co. Soldiers to War

Several Hopkins County first responders served in the wars following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  Madisonville Patrolman Bob Couchman began a tradition of displaying a flag he had flown in Iraq on Sept. 11 on a pole in front of his house.

10:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
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New Commander at Ft. Campbell

Maj. Gen. James McConville, commander of Fort Campbell, speaks Friday on post.

Since Maj. Gen. James McConville took command of Fort Campbell on Aug. 13, he said traffic has been terrible. There are a lot more vehicles running around post than there have been in the last 10 years. And it’s a great thing, McConville said, because it means soldiers are coming home.

10:07am

Mon September 12, 2011
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I-64 Bridge Closing Alters Traffic Flow

Louisville - Indiana and Kentucky transportation and law enforcement officials announced traffic plans aimed at managing extraordinary traffic congestion on the first work day following Friday’s closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between west Louisville and New Albany, Ind.

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3:17pm

Fri September 9, 2011
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9-11 Commemorations Dot Commonwealth

Names of the thousands of victims who were killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks ten years ago were read aloud Friday at the University of Kentucky. The ROTC's Perishing Rifles held its annual memorial vigil on the campus' main lawn. Cadet Josh Lynch is commander of the group. "We're trying to get awareness out to the campus. Some people tend to forget or just to help them remember."

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1:35pm

Fri September 9, 2011
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Kentucky Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Sunday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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7:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
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Jobs Plan Reaction in Kentucky

Elected officials in Kentucky are split along party lines on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan.  The president put forward a $450 billion proposal to create jobs. It calls for infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, an extension of unemployment benefits and reforms to Medicaid and Social Security.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Restauranteurs Urged To Take Part In Menu Labeling Program

Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Newscast Shows 9-11's Impact on Kentucky

The 9-11 did not simply target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nationwide, the threat was real. In Kentucky, southern governors who were here for a meeting sought safety. “We’re getting ourselves to try to take care of the governors that are here in the state and try to make sure government facilities are as secure as possible,” said then-Governor Paul Patton.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Revisiting Kentucky's 9-11

Kentuckians mostly witnessed the 9-11 terror attacks on television, but, follow-up attacks seemed probable, maybe even in Kentucky.  So, like the rest of the nation, airspace over the Commonwealth was shut down.  Runways in Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Lexington stood still and remained still for days.  On 9-11, Bluegrass Airport spokesman Tom Tyra saw few stranded passengers.  Not knowing what to expect, the airport and its airlines were working to quickly resume operations.

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12:54pm

Wed September 7, 2011
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Garrard County Library Raises Taxes

The Garrard County Public library board recently voted to raise taxes for the fourth year in a row. But, this time, residents and county officials rallied against the increase. About a dozen residents and two Fiscal Court magistrates attended the board’s mandatory tax hearing Tuesday and argued against the hike, which sets the new tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100 of real property.

11:00am

Wed September 7, 2011
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Elderly Hiker Rescued at Cumberland Falls

Emergency officials from Whitley and McCreary counties had to use ropes and a basket to carry a 70-year-old woman up a 30-foot embankment off a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park late Tuesday afternoon. The woman and her husband had been walking on a trail when she slipped down an embankment.

10:40am

Wed September 7, 2011
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Horse Owners, Caretaker Facing Charges

Animal cruelty charges are being filed against the owners and caretaker of 13 horses that were removed from a Hopkins County property by court order last month. The animals were underfed and several had open sores, according to the county attorney.

10:04am

Wed September 7, 2011
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Hardin Co. Remembers 9/11

Elizabethtown firefighters and others bow their heads as a prayer is said Tuesday morning during a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11, at Elizabethtown Fire Department Headquarters.
Jill Pickett News Enterprise

Hardin County law enforcement and emergency responders gathered Tuesday morning at Elizabethtown Fire Department Station 1 for a brief ceremony in remembrance of the attacks on 9/11 as the 10th anniversary draws closer. “We must not ever forget that day, especially the sacrifices made by all those who gave their lives that day,” Elizabethtown fire chief Mike Hulsey said.

11:42am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Interstate Exit Ads Cash Cows

They're staples of each trek down every open highway in the country: the interstate exit business signs. The ones that point you to the nearest gas station or restaurant. But how do they work? Which businesses are chosen? How much do they cost? And how often do they change? In Kentucky, the state has handed off the operation of the sign program to a private company, Kentucky Logos, and receives a portion of the sales. The company, which has handled the program since 1997, is a subsidiary of Interstate Logos, which handles similar programs in 22 of the 28 states that have privatized the service.

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11:33am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Road Repair Work Continues into Fall

Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.

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6:16am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Hearing on Power Rate Increase on Tap

One of the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s public meetings on proposed utility rate increases is scheduled for tonight in Louisville. Commissioners will give an educational presentation about the request, then take testimony from the public. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested that the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E estimates total electric bills will rise by about 19 percent by 2016 for their customers, and KU customers will see bills increase by about 12 percent.

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11:40am

Sun September 4, 2011
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After Days of Heat, Relief On Way

Central Kentuckians who suffered through the sweltering heat of the past several days can take heart: Monday's high should be about 30 degrees lower than Saturday's. Saturday's high of 98 degrees in Lexington was 2 degrees shy of the record for the day, set in 1953, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. It was the fourth straight day with a high in the 90s. But he said "the first powerful cold front" of the season is on the way.

8:55am

Fri September 2, 2011
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Iraq Vet from Kentucky Walks the US

An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday. His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum.

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7:27am

Fri September 2, 2011
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Iraq Vet Walks America

An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday.His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum. The money he’s raising will funding wishes to military families through the program Wish Upon a Hero. He’s already helped around 60 people since April 2010 when he began, he said. One was the son of a fallen soldier who wished he could go to space to be close enough to heaven to see his dad.

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6:33am

Fri September 2, 2011
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Fairness Ordinance Hits Rural Wall

In part one WEKU reported on the experiences and challenges for young people growing up gay in Kentucky. In part two, she examines the complex and sometimes acrimonious debate over fairness ordinances.  They’re designed to protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual preference or identity.

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4:41pm

Thu September 1, 2011
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It's September and Sizzling...Again

The mercury climbed to the mid-90s and higher today across the western two-thirds of Kentucky. The National Weather Service says we will be stuck with heat and high humidity through Sunday when a cold front will deliver scattered thunderstorms. The storms will drop temperatures down into the 80s.

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3:43pm

Thu September 1, 2011
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Preparedness Ten Years After 9-11

The recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks has also focused attention on emergency preparation.  September has been proclaimed ‘preparedness month’ at both the national and state levels.  Over the last ten years, Lexington director of the division of emergency management Pat Dugger says central Kentucky has built a good line of communications.

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