A Bracken County family is grieving the loss of family member and soldier, Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers. Summers, a U.S. Army soldier serving in Afghanistan was killed July 14, a family member confirmed Friday. His mother told the Lexington Herald-Leader that her son had just re-enlisted in the Army last week.
Kentucky is in for a bruising week of low- to mid-90-degree weather. As a result, a heat advisory - which is issued when high humidity combines with hot temperatures to make it feel as if it is 100 to 105 degrees - will be in effect today.
When cities and counties around Kentucky passed budgets just before July 1, many blamed the cost of the state pension system for cuts to services and personnel. Legislators anticipate reform of the Kentucky Retirement System will emerge as the top issue once the legislative redistricting is completed in the next session of the General Assembly.
Louisville has received $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help its homeless veterans.The Housing Authority of Lexington and the Kentucky Housing Corporation each received 25 vouchers as well. Kentucky was granted a total of $349,062. Since 2008, HUD has provided vouchers through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to help subsidize housing for homeless veterans in all 50 states. In Louisville they’ve partnered with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.
Nearly four years after state and local officials broke ground on the project in September 2007, work continues on the widening of a 5-mile section of U.S. 27 in northern Garrard County. Heavy equipment rumbles near Bryantsville as the two-lane road is widened to four lanes from Rocky Top to just south of Ky. 34. Construction costs amount to about $39 million of the $56 million project.
Motorists need to mark their calendars for delays and closures on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge. The structure connects Maysville with Aberdeen, Ohio. Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Thursday an inspection is scheduled for Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29 on the bridge on weekdays.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will sign an executive order this morning that will extend health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. The change will go into effect on July 1, 2012. According to the Courier-Journal, the city’s Human Resources Department estimates that as many as 400 of the city’s 5,500 employees will take advantage of the benefits, which would cost about $400,000.
The 233rd Transportation Company is headed back to the Middle East. The heavy truck company under the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) cased its colors Wednesday at Fort Knox as it readied for deployment to Iraq later this week. The deployment is the company’s seventh to Iraq since 2003 and supports Operation New Dawn. The unit deployed six times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
More than 15,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to show up on roadways in western Kentucky and southern Illinois today through July 17, as they partake in the Kentucky Bikefest at the Union County Fairgrounds in Sturgis. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is encouraging local motorists to be alert for an influx of motorcycles, RV’s and other support vehicles pulling trailers in the area.
Northern Kentucky lawyer and radio personality Eric Deters filed a federal lawsuit in January to stop the Kentucky Bar Association from moving forward with disciplinary proceedings against him. What he got on Wednesday was a federal judge who accused him of filing lawsuits before fully researching the facts and the laws that apply - a similar claim that has been made in the state disciplinary proceedings. To discourage such frivolous filings, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves said that he was ordering Deters to have an independent lawyer review the operations of his law firm and adopt any recommendations. Deters must also attend 20 hours of continuing legal education on ethics.
The newly-formed group "Kentuckians For Progress" continues its public relations push to persuade the River Fields conservancy to drop is lawsuit that seeks to delay construction of an east end bridge. River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed the federal suit two years ago, claiming the Federal Highway Administration did not follow federal law when it approved the Ohio River Bridges Project in 2003.
Completing Interstate 69 from Indiana to Texas is edging closer to reality, but advocates of the project want to keep it on the forefront in order to secure financing. Several speakers representing agencies and legislators championing the I-69 project talked about the importance of the roadway during a Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce After Hours-Hot Topic event held at the Eddie Ballard Convention Center on Tuesday night.
Several politicians in recent weeks have called on the federal government to reimburse the City of Bowling Green for potential costs incurred should the trials of two suspected terrorists be held here. However, a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice to the Daily News Tuesday morning reveals such calls might be unnecessary. “The federal government bears the costs of federal prosecutions and covers the bulk of expenses related to security,” said Dean Boyd, spokesman for the Department of Justice.
The fastest growing areas in Kentucky are just outside cities. Trouble is, as population grows so does pressure to fill up those open spaces. It’s a tough balancing act. WEKU’s Jacalyn Carfagno reports.
A broken water main at the University of Louisville campus has caused some flooding across part of the campus. The break occurred near Floyd and Warnock Streets, causing that intersection, and much of the campus, to flood. According to MetroSafe Communications, some people are trapped in buildings as portions of the flooding have reached almost five feet deep. According to witnesses, some tennis courts are under water at the Bass-Rudd Tennis center and the Papa John’s across the street is surrounded by water.
A gay elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) says the recent rule change that removes any doubt over the legitimacy of her position makes the church more accepting, though intolerance still exists in many areas. Beth Van Sickle was ordained in her Ohio congregation in the 1980s and faced challenges to her post. But yesterday , the church’s constitution was changed to allow unmarried, noncelibate clergy. Van Sickle says it makes the church appear more accepting to young people, who may be questioning the conflict between their religion and their sexuality.
An unused building on Main Street will soon be converted to a small distillery by a New York-based whiskey brand. Local officials hope it will attract additional tourism to the urban bourbon trail in Louisville. The New York-based Michter’s Distillery has been in existence for nearly three centuries and has decided to produce single barrel and small batch rye and bourbon whiskey in Louisville.
Very hot and humid conditions will dominate Kentucky's weather today. The National Weather Service predicts heat index values will reach over 110 degrees west of Interstate 65 for a few hours this afternoon. East of I-65, expect the highest heat index values to range from 100 to 109 degrees. If spending time outdoors today, remember to drink plenty of water if you plan to be outdoors and try to reschedule outdoor activities for the morning or late evening, the NWS said.
Kentucky’s treasurer says the state is now holding about $300 million worth of unclaimed assets. Unclaimed property typically includes savings and checking accounts, stocks and personal property forgotten by their owners. Sometimes the owners have died and their heirs aren’t aware of the property.
CAMP ATTERBURY, IND. - The United States invaded Iraq in 2003. Now eight years later, the Department of Defense is ready to finalize the military drawdown. Helping in that effort are soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard and three other states. Brenna Angel reports on what some are thinking about as they prepare for the historic mission.
Tears streamed down Wendy Henson’s face Wednesday when Franklin and Simpson County leaders voted to outsource her job to Bowling Green. Henson is the interim supervisor for the Simpson County 911 Dispatch Services center. County leaders in a joint special called meeting Wednesday with the Franklin City Commission voted to terminate their agreement with the city of Franklin for dispatch services. Then, within minutes, both the city commission and county fiscal court voted unanimously to examine an agreement with the state to provide emergency dispatch services through Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green. The switch is expected to save thousands in taxpayer dollars.
The booms, bangs and bright flashes of fireworks over the weekend have given way to an acknowledgment by the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners that it must revisit the recently passed fireworks ordinance. Similar concerns about safety and noise have been expressed in Louisville and Lexington.
The mayor of Bowling Green, Kentucky believes the two Iraqi nationals being held in his city on terrorism charges are secure and American courts can handle terror suspects. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter that the decision to treat Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi as civilian defendants in federal court was “ill-advised.” However, the city commissioners disagreed and voted by a three-to-two margin against a resolution asking Holder to move the trial.
The initial state-wide numbers are in on highway fatalities over the Fourth of July weekend. Six people died in six separate crashes between Friday afternoon and midnight Monday. Alcohol is a suspected factor in one crash. Four fatalities involved motorists not wearing their seatbelts. Lieutenant David Jude with the Kentucky State Police says to date, 321 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways.
While the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners didn’t pass a resolution asking the Department of Justice to move the trial of two suspected terrorists, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., continued his efforts Tuesday. McConnell, the Senate minority leader, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking Holder to reconsider his decision to hold civilian trials for Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, both arrested on terrorism charges in Bowling Green in May.
FRANKFORT – Five individuals were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lexington last week on charges related to an investment fraud scheme through a company called Target Oil and Gas. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions was instrumental in assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in investigating the case. . District Judge Joseph M. Hood handed down these sentences:
Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell is asking the U.S Attorney General to reconsider his decision to try terror suspects in a Bowling Green courtroom. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator McConnell writes the decision to try Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohaned Shareef Hammadi in civilian court was “ill-advised."
He may only have graduated from kindergarten, but Harrison Owens is already being commended by the head of state. Harrison, 5½, came home last week to find a letter in the mailbox from Gov. Steve Beshear. The letter arrived in response to a letter Harrison sent in April. Harrison had told the governor he planned to hold lemonade stands to raise funds to place seat belts on school buses. The Stamping Ground Elementary School student said it was not safe to ride in vehicles without seat belts.
Kentucky detains the second highest number of youths in the nation for behavior that would not be considered illegal if committed by an adult. While national child advocates say Kentucky has been proactive in lowering the number of youths locked up for misbehaving - skipping school, running away or being out of control - the state's ranking is skewed by Northern Kentucky counties that jail an unusually high number of children.
Intense training occurs daily at this huge Indiana base as more than 1,300 Kentucky National Guard members from around the state prepare for a historic tour of duty in Iraq. They've been here about a month and will leave the United States in late July after their mobilization training is completed. The operation could make history in two ways. It will be the largest deployment by the Kentucky National Guard since World War II, and the troops probably will be the last Kentucky Guard members sent to Iraq. The U.S. military is on pace to end operations there and depart the country Dec. 31.