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10:09am

Tue July 19, 2011
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Source of Water Losses Discovered

City officials in Cumberland believe they have found a major reason behind the city’s massive water losses. A major leak was located Friday on the southern bank of Cumberland River right behind city hall. Last week, the Enterprise reported on the major problems that Cumberland has with its water system. A report presented by the mayor indicated that during the first half of 2011 the city was losing two-thirds of the water it was producing. The report pointed to water leaks as the main factor behind the losses.

10:05am

Tue July 19, 2011
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KY Nascar Driver Passes Away

A well-known Frankfort racecar driver died Monday around 7 p.m. at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after injuries from a crash at the Richmond Speedway on Saturday. Billy Carroll Wooldridge, 60, had just completed his drive in the 24th annual Paul Butterball Wooldridge Memorial race, named after his older brother, when officials say he suffered a heart attack, causing him to lose control of his car.

1:51pm

Mon July 18, 2011
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Dangerously High Heat Invades State

Kentucky will be plagued with hot and humid weather from Tuesday through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The combination of hot temperatures mixed with high humidity levels will produce dangerously high heat indices. Areas west of Interstate 65 will potentially see a heat index of 110 by midweek. Areas along Interstate 75 will generally see slightly lower temperatures and humidity, the NWS said.

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1:49pm

Mon July 18, 2011
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Fireworks Create Sparks in Bowling Green

Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash was recently told a joke by a Bowling Green resident. The man remarked that the last person to sign the Declaration of Independence actually did so on July 12. Then the man said, perhaps that’s why fireworks are still being shot off in the city. Tuesday night, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners will seek a solution to the issue over the use of fireworks that arose following the Fourth of July. Nash said the issue of fireworks has been second to the smoking ban in terms of feedback he’s received from citizens. He said he has received numerous emails and calls from people against fireworks.

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10:10am

Mon July 18, 2011
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Three Kentucky Cities make "Best" List

FRANKFORT — Forbes magazine has named three Kentucky cities to its Best Places for Business and Careers List. The magazine ranked Lexington at No. 4 and Louisville at No. 14, as well as Bowling Green at No. 5 on the small towns list.

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10:04am

Mon July 18, 2011
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Bracken County Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers.
The Ledger Independent

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.

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9:52am

Mon July 18, 2011
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Dangerous Heat this 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.

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9:29am

Mon July 18, 2011
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Pension Costs Blamed for Layoffs

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.

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2:37pm

Fri July 15, 2011
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Kentucky Gets Funds for Homeless Vets

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.

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10:05am

Fri July 15, 2011
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Work Widening US 27 Two-Thirds Complete

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.

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9:51am

Fri July 15, 2011
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Delays, Closure Expected at Maysville Bridge

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.

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8:55am

Fri July 15, 2011
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Domestic Partner Benefits in Louisville

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.

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10:23am

Thu July 14, 2011
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Fort Knox Unit Prepares for Iraq

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.

10:13am

Thu July 14, 2011
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Bikefest Rides Through Western KY

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.

10:05am

Thu July 14, 2011
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Judge Orders Review of Legal Firm

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.

12:16pm

Wed July 13, 2011
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Group Presses for End to Bridge Suit

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.

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9:13am

Wed July 13, 2011
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I-69 Backers Lobbying for Funds

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.

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1:09pm

Tue July 12, 2011
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Feds Bear Cost of Terror Trial

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.

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6:30am

Tue July 12, 2011
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Fighting Suburban Sprawl in Rural KY

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.

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5:56am

Tue July 12, 2011
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Water Main break Floods UL Campus

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.

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5:35pm

Mon July 11, 2011
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For Gay Presbyterians, Rights Vary by Region

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.

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11:40am

Mon July 11, 2011
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Urban Bourbon Trail may add Distillery

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.

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9:46am

Mon July 11, 2011
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Hot Day in Kentucky

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.

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6:43am

Mon July 11, 2011
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KY Holds Millions in Unclaimed Assets

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.

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6:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
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National Guard Prepares for War's End

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.

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1:41pm

Thu July 7, 2011
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Switch in 911 Duties Will Save Taxpayers

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.

1:38pm

Thu July 7, 2011
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Bowling Green Revisits Fireworks Law

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.

4:14pm

Wed July 6, 2011
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Mayor Speaks Out About Terror Trials

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.

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4:05pm

Wed July 6, 2011
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Deadly Weekend on Kentucky Roads

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.

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3:47pm

Wed July 6, 2011
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Senator: Justice System not Meant for Terrorists

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.

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