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9:02am

Thu August 25, 2011
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Madisonville Drug Unit Triples Arrests

Madisonville Police Department’s Vice and Narcotic Squad has confiscated almost $190,000 worth of drugs in the first six months of its existence, said Police Chief Wade Williams. “That’s drugs that would have made it to the streets of Madisonville,” he said. The amount of illegal substances are not the only thing taken off the street.

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3:59pm

Wed August 24, 2011
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Red Cross Sends Volunteers to East Coast

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Spokesman Winn Stephens says as the storm moves closer to land, volunteers are mobilizing. "We have our emergency response vehicle and two local volunteers who left at 6 o'clock on Wednesday morning to drive to Columbia, South Carolina. And that is the staging location for all of the Red Cross' emergency response vehicles on the east coast." 

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1:43pm

Wed August 24, 2011
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Alleged Copper Thief Electrocuted

A man was found dead Tuesday in the Harlan County Smith community on property owned by Manalapan Mining Company. The body was located inside the fenced area of an electric substation. Kentucky State Police Trooper Doyle Halcomb is in charge of the death investigation. KSP Sgt. Jeremy Lee said the man appeared to be have been electrocuted while attempting to steal copper wiring from a relay station that supplied power to the property of R & B Coal Company.

11:06am

Wed August 24, 2011
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Former Oak Grove Police Chief Sues City

Milton Perry, Oak Grove’s former police chief, believes the city violated his state and federal rights when Mayor Dan Potter fired him in March. At the time, Potter cited “ongoing leadership issues” and said Perry had jeopardized the police department’s liability insurance coverage for the second time in three years.

10:41am

Wed August 24, 2011
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Scattered Thunderstorms to Hit Tonight

An approaching cold front could create some scattered thunderstorms that might hit the greater Louisville area and parts of Central Kentucky during the overnight period early Thursday. Some of the storms could become severe, according to the National Weather Service. The greatest danger would be high winds, NWS said.

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10:29am

Wed August 24, 2011
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Utility Owes Family for Gas Line

Jurors in Knott County have ruled that a natural-gas company should pay more than $600,000 for building a transmission line across a family's property without permission. The jury awarded the family $64,490 in compensation and $600,000 to punish Chesapeake Appalachia LLC for its conduct, said Lexington attorney Joe F. Childers, who represented the family.

2:39pm

Tue August 23, 2011
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No Earthquake Damage Reported in Kentucky

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, according to CNN, struck Washington, D.C. shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries and only minor damage has been reported. The quake was felt in Eastern Kentucky, a Lee County resident said. The quake's epicenter was in Northern Virginia and it was felt up and down the East Coast, CNN reported.

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9:30am

Tue August 23, 2011
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Kentuckians Recover from Fair Collapse

Shannon and Jade Walcott, of Erlanger, are shown waiting for the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair moments before the stage collapse.
Kentucky Enquirer

A Northern Kentucky mother and daughter remained hospitalized in Indianapolis after being crushed by the falling stage at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13. Shannon Walcott, 34, of Erlanger, suffered broken ribs, broken vertebrae, a broken pelvis and a third-degree burn on her leg. Her 10-year-old daughter Jade a suffered a crushed skull, fractured neck vertebrae and an ear laceration.

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1:22pm

Mon August 22, 2011
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Engineer Fitted With A Big Heart

Arnie LeMay, director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, stands beside a 16 million BTU boiler.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

When Arnie heard that a woman was trapped alone in an elevator, he was off to the rescue. He climbed down the elevator shaft, crawled through the roof and kept her company until she was freed. The next day, he sent flowers. In his official capacity, Arnie LeMay, 58, is director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Unofficially, he’s “the engineer with a big heart.” Hospital CEO Chip Peal calls him Frankfort’s MacGyver. Arnie can fix, build or rig anything, which makes him a lifesaver at home, at work and across the globe.

12:37pm

Sun August 21, 2011
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Disability Pension Could Cost Lexington

Embattled Lexington fire Chief Robert Hendricks already draws a service pension from his first career as a Lexington firefighter, from which he retired in 1997. He wants more. Hendricks' request is common in a city where disability pensions are more generous and easier to win than elsewhere. During the past five years, 38 percent of the 119 Lexington police officers and firefighters who retired were awarded disability pensions. That compared to 3 percent for Kentucky State Police and 7 percent for Louisville hazardous-duty workers, including police officers and firefighters.

11:50am

Sun August 21, 2011
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Is Kenton Co Smoking Ban Repeal Ahead?

Four months after Kenton County became the first Northern Kentucky county to ban smoking inside most public establishments, the initial furor has died down, but neither side is satisfied. Enforcement issues, exemptions and the lack of uniform rules with neighboring communities raise the question of whether a community can effectively ban smoking on its own. With Campbell and Boone counties allowing smoking and Ohio having a state ban, Kenton County's ban has struggled to succeed and remains in the cross hairs of those opposed to it.

12:58pm

Fri August 19, 2011
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State Roadshow Report for Next Week

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 area on a daily basis.

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10:35am

Fri August 19, 2011
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Wilmore Tables Livestock Ordinance

Discussion about whether to enact a livestock ordinance was abundant at the Wilmore City Council meeting, but after talking for 40 minutes, the council voted to table the discussion until its next meeting on Sept. 12. Councilwoman Kim Deyer weighed both sides of the issue at the meeting, addressing protection of property values, safety and animal rights. Deyer said she’s not sure an ordinance is necessary but she does think the city needs some kind of boundaries for animal-owners.

10:22am

Thu August 18, 2011
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Mason Bypass Nears Completion

Workers are hoping to complete the bridge over Clark's Run Road in the next four weeks.

The idea of a limited access bypass was first introduced to Mason County citizens in September 1999. The project was one of the last accomplishments under the tenure of the late State Rep. Pete Worthington and stirred opposition among landowners affected by the proposal. Nearly 12 years later, the footprint of the bypass is visible and construction is expected to be complete in late summer or early fall 2012, a project 13 years in the making.

10:14am

Thu August 18, 2011
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Northern KY Receives Transportation Grant

A key Northern Kentucky transportation artery will get a major safety fix and a much-needed facelift, thanks to a federal transportation grant awarded Wednesday. Interstate 471 will be rehabilitated and repaved. The rehabilitation of I-471 will benefit tens of thousands of drivers. The 30-year-old interstate connects U.S. 27 in Highland Heights to I-71 in Cincinnati. I-471 is just 5.75 miles long, but average daily traffic is roughly 90,000 vehicles.

1:11pm

Wed August 17, 2011
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Danville City Manager Resigns

John Bowling

UPDATE: Interim City Manager John W.D. Bowling stepped down from the position Tuesday, saying he feared for his safety after a threat was made on his life, but an attorney who said he represents the man accused of making the threat claims his client is innocent. Attorney Ephraim Helton of Danville, who also represented Paul Stansbury during his dismissal as city manager earlier this year, said late Tuesday that the perceived threat in question was actually only banter between employees.

10:46am

Wed August 17, 2011
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Shelby Co. Bridge Fails Inspection, Closes

Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever. Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.

10:31am

Wed August 17, 2011
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Radcliff Opts Out of Unified Government

Radcliff City Council plans to draft a resolution opting out of plans for a unified local government in Hardin County. A majority of the council provided vocal support to the resolution, proposed by Councilman Don Yates, after several residents urged the council Tuesday night to reject unification efforts.

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10:29am

Wed August 17, 2011
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Northern Kentucky Leaders Address Issues

The judge-executives of Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant counties Tuesday morning touted regionalism, warned against the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, talked of possible 911 dispatch mergers and urged the need for the federal government to fund a new Brent Spence Bridge. They spoke to hundreds of business leaders Tuesday morning during the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce "State of Northern Kentucky" address in Erlanger.

1:45pm

Tue August 16, 2011
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Former Herald-Leader Publisher Dies

Creed Carter Black, who dramatically changed the face of the Lexington Herald-Leader when he was publisher from 1977 to 1988, died early Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He was 86. As chairman of the board and publisher of the Herald-Leader, Mr. Black secured the land and oversaw the construction of a new newspaper plant at Main Street and Midland Avenue.

1:32pm

Tue August 16, 2011
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Danville Interim Mayor Resigns Over Threats

Former Danville Mayor and current Interim City Manager John W.D. Bowling stepped down from the position Tuesday saying he feared for his safety after a threat was made on his life. A stunned audience at city hall listened as Mayor Bernie Hunstad read Bowling's letter of resignation following an executive session for personnel action that lasted just under an hour.

1:29pm

Tue August 16, 2011
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Power Restored in Scott Co. After Outages

Power was restored by Monday to nearly all Kentucky Utilities customers in Scott County who were affected by a thunderstorm that hit central Kentucky on Saturday evening. Scott County was the hardest-hit county in central Kentucky, said KU spokesman Cliff Feltham. More than 7,200 KU customers lost power as a result of a lightning strike.

10:17am

Tue August 16, 2011
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Hardin Group Questions Unified Government

Hardin County United wants the state to clarify certain elements of the 2006 legislation enabling the creation of a unified local government before the voters of Hardin County consider the idea here. Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee, said Monday the state needs to confirm the majority votes within a city is respected should a city oppose unification.

11:26am

Sun August 14, 2011
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New Commander for 101st Airborne Division

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville officially assumed command of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in a formal ceremony Friday. McConville relieves Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who served as commander for two years. Campbell will take a position in the Pentagon, where he will be the deputy chief of staff of operations. He will also head the transition team for Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff.

11:22am

Sun August 14, 2011
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Hardin Co. Votes in October on Alcohol Sales

If voters say yes Oct. 4 to expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, alcohol provisions for the three cities will differ based on each city’s classification. A yes vote in Radcliff, Hardin County’s only second-class city, would give the city all of the privileges of wet status, including bars, but fourth-class cities Elizabethtown and Vine Grove still would be limited in alcohol sales, said Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

11:18am

Sun August 14, 2011
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Training Center Halfway Rebuilt

As he walked around a busy construction site on a sunny day this week, Northpoint Training Center Warden Steve Haney acknowledged how fresh the memories of the fiery night in 2009 still seem. "It's hard to believe it's almost been two years, it really is," Haney said during a tour of the rebuilding project. No serious injuries or deaths were reported, but six buildings, including the kitchen, canteen, and multipurpose buildings burned and had to be razed. There was also significant damage to several of the dorms.

1:18pm

Fri August 12, 2011
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WKU Bans Incoming Freshman for 'Planking'

Tyler Webster, an incoming Western Kentucky University student and “planking” enthusiast who was profiled in Monday’s edition of the Daily News, has received a letter from a university official stating that if Webster again sets foot on WKU property, he could face arrest.

1:16pm

Fri August 12, 2011
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State Roadshow Report for Next Week

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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10:39am

Fri August 12, 2011
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Documentary on Carrollton Crash

Harold Dennis
The News-Enterprise

Harold Dennis, a survivor of the Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people on a Hardin County church trip died, wants young people to learn about the dangers of underage drinking and drinking and driving. He’s on the production team for a documentary about the crash, and he’s the only member of the team who was personally involved in the nation’s worst drinking and driving crash. Dennis, a football standout at North Hardin High and UK, will tell his story alongside other survivors in the documentary “IMPACT: After the Crash.”

1:43pm

Thu August 11, 2011
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Vote for A 'Facelift' for Cumberland Falls

 The Kentucky State Park system is taking part in the Coca-Cola “America is Your Park” campaign and is asking for people to vote for Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The campaign encourages people to play, be active and to help give their favorite park a facelift.

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