The Commonwealth

9:13am

Fri August 2, 2013
The Commonwealth

Court Could Resurrect Horse Slaughter In The United States

Racehorse rescued from slaughterhouse by American Humane Society.
Credit The American Humane Society

A federal judge in Albuquerque is expected to decide Friday whether companies in New Mexico and Iowa can begin slaughtering horses next week. The Humane Society of the United States and others are requesting a restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa, from opening their slaughterhouses as planned on Monday.

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8:51am

Wed July 31, 2013
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Does Kentucky Law Exempt A Same-Sex Spouse From Testifying?

A Kentucky judge is seeking input from the state attorney general's office before deciding whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to two women in a civil union from Vermont. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Susan Schultz Gibson says the attorney general's office should be given a chance to respond.

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6:40am

Mon July 29, 2013
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Juvenile Jailed for Non-Criminal Offenses Decline

Far fewer Kentucky children are spending time in jail for such things as skipping school and running away from home.  The Courier Journal reports Judges across the Commonwealth have cut in half the number of kids they are incarcerating for non-criminal offenses.  The data comes from the Kentucky Youth Advocates.  It shows the number of jailed juveniles fell from almost 23 hundred in 2007 to just under 11 hundred last year.

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6:36am

Mon July 29, 2013
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Western Kentuckians Benefit from Military Health Care

Licensed medical professionals in the military are offering free medical care to western Kentucky residents.  The Paducah Sun reports the program ‘Innovative Readiness Training’ provides medical screening, non-emergency medical treatment, minor lab tests, optometry exams, and free glasses.  The program will begin taking patients next week in Mayfield.

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12:10pm

Fri July 26, 2013
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Couple Challenges Kentucky's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Credit City of West Hollywood

A Louisville couple on Friday challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages, saying the state isn't putting them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples. Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.

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2:21pm

Tue July 23, 2013
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Ohio Judge Issues Restraining Order In Gay Marriage Lawsuit

Jim Obergefell (on right) and his attorney Al Gerhardstein exit the federal courthouse after presenting their case Monday.
Credit Holly Yurchison / WVXU News

Judge Timothy Black has granted the temporary restraining order. This means Ohio is now prohibited, in the event of John Arthur's death, from issuing a death certificate that doesn't indicate that he was married and name his spouse. Saying it's unconstitutional to single out a group of people just because the have differing views, Federal Judge Timothy Black promised to act expeditiously Monday in the case of a Cincinnati same-sex couple married in Maryland who want their marriage recognized in Ohio.  Read more...

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8:37am

Tue July 16, 2013
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Heavy Rain Leaves Tobacco Crop Down, But Not Out

Eastern Kentucky tobacco field.
Credit Sendai9193 / Flickr, Creative Commons

Heavy rains around the Fourth of July seriously damaged burley tobacco fields in the Bluegrass.  Some fields were flooded when several inches of rain fell in just a few hours.  Other fields, given the wet, cool weather, have struggled all season. Steve Pratt manages the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative.

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7:17am

Mon July 8, 2013
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Kentucky-Grown Watermelons Late, But Should Be Worth The Wait

Credit University of Kentucky

Locally grown watermelons are about to make their first appearance this season at Kentucky’s farmers’ markets.  Although not in the same league as watermelon growers in many southern states, the Commonwealth produces quite a few melons.  University of Kentucky Horticulturalist John Strang says it’s a delicacy that Kentuckians crave.

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6:45am

Fri July 5, 2013
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More Rainy Waves Anticipated

Credit weather.bloginkentucky.com

Instead of fireworks, lightning will likely light up the skies over the Commonwealth this holiday weekend.  Rain and thunderstorms remain a strong possibility.  So far in 20-13, much of Kentucky has experienced cool, damp weather conditions.  Still, on Wednesday of this week, University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon said it was dryer than it was in 20-11.

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11:26am

Wed July 3, 2013
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Pyrotechnics Fly, Explode Freely in Most of Kentucky

Weather permitting, most Kentuckians will enjoy a full array of fireworks this holiday weekend.  For over a year, state law has permitted exploding and flying pyrotechnics. State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says the only exceptions are larger cities that have enacted tougher local ordinances.

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11:08pm

Tue June 25, 2013
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James Kay wins Special House Election; Maintains Democratic Majority

Credit Lexington Herald Leader

A rookie Democrat will represent Woodford, Franklin, and Fayette Counties in Frankfort. The election of Attorney James Kay also maintains his party’s majority in Kentucky’s lower house.  Three candidates vied for the vacant seat in Tuesday’s special election.   James Kay defeated Republican Lyen Crews and Independent John Mark Hack.  The 30 year old Kay believes his youth was an advantage.

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3:24pm

Thu June 20, 2013
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Special Session Set for August 19th

Credit kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is calling lawmakers back to Frankfort the end of this summer to tackle legislative and judicial redistricting.    The session will begin on August 19th in Frankfort.  Governor Beshear says leaders in both chambers have indicated a willingness to use the same census numbers for redrawing legislative and judicial boundaries as were used for Congressional redistricting in 2012.  So, the governor is not including Congressional redistricting on the agenda for the upcoming special session.

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3:56pm

Wed June 19, 2013
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State Gets part of Illegal Gambling Court Settlement

Credit pokernews.com

Kentucky is receiving more than six million dollars for its efforts to curb unregulated online gambling across the state.  The court settlement comes following action taken in 2008 when the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet filed suit.  The legal action was aimed at seizing 141 domain names used to conduct unauthorized and unlicensed internet gambling in Kentucky.  It was the first lawsuit of its kind in the country.

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5:53pm

Tue June 18, 2013
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I-75 Ramp Work Could Impact Area Businesses

Interstate ramp maintenance in Madison County could impact traffic and businesses along I-75 over the next week or so.  Crews are working to mill, resurface, and restripe ramps at three interstate exits.  Jack Wyatt has operated a gas station at one exit for 33 years.  He says most previous repair work hasn’t carried as big an impact.  “I mean they widen the roads out front, put a new bridge in, but they didn’t, it didn’t slow traffic down that much, cause they always had lanes of traffic they were working on, but they had other lanes of traffic that was open,” said Wyatt.  Kentucky Transportation Department Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says ramps will not be shut down for extended periods of time.  She says the plan calls for three to four closures during each day of work.

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11:17am

Tue June 11, 2013
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Bardstown Police Receive Death Threats

In the wake of the killing of one of their own officers, Bardstown Police are now dealing with threats against other cops. Police Chief Rick McCubbin said this morning that his department received multiple threats — by letter, phone and social media. "They were non-specific threats," he said, explaining that they did not name particular officers. McCubbin said police have no suspects as to who sent the letter. "The specific language, I can't put out, but the basic gist of them was that there were more to come," he said. "We're going to treat them as if they're credible."  Read more...

2:23pm

Thu May 30, 2013
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Hundreds Gather In Bardstown To Mourn Slain Officer

Credit Lexington Herald Leader

  BARDSTOWN — On the seventh anniversary of taking the oath as a Bardstown police officer, Jason Ellis was laid to rest Thursday after a funeral that drew law enforcement officers from surrounding states. Police from Chicago, Pennsylvania, Ohio and all over Kentucky were among those who attended the funeral at Parkway Baptist Church, just off Blue Grass Parkway in Bardstown. Hundreds of police cruisers and other emergency vehicles made the 20-mile procession to the rural cemetery in Chaplin where Ellis was buried. The route was lined with American flags flapping in the breeze.  Read more...

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10:04am

Thu May 30, 2013
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Summer-like Heat continues until Sunday

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Summer-like heat continues today before we cool down and see some rain this weekend. It will be partly sunny later with a high of 87 degrees. There’s a slight, 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight before 9 p.m. The overnight low will hover around 69. The chance for rain and thunderstorms increases to 50 percent on Friday. It will be partly sunny with a high of 86. More rain could fall Friday night into Saturday morning. Saturday will remain balmy and in the mid-80s. We could see severe thunderstorms develop Saturday afternoon and night. The main threat will be winds gusting up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail.  Read more...

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9:30am

Thu May 30, 2013
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What You Need to Know About the Ohio River Bridges Project

An artists rendition of the new downtown Louisville crossing.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Over the next several weeks, construction on the Ohio River Bridges Project will accelerate. Here's what the Louisville area needs to know about where this project has been, where it stands now and what is to be expected in the future. Kentucky and Indiana officials broke ground Wednesday on the East End section of what will be a years-long overhaul to the region’s interstate system. What comes next will be more workers taking to the sites, traffic changes, final decisions on tolling and more. Read more...

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7:57am

Tue May 28, 2013
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West Kentucky Bridge-One year After Collapse

Credit Marshall County Daily

One year ago, life returned to the normal in the area known as the Lakeland.  With the sound of vehicle engines from both the Marshall County and Trigg County sides, the venerable Eggners Ferry Bridge returned to its duty of supplying a route over Kentucky Lake between those counties. This came just 121 days after the massive cargo ship The Delta Mariner tore a 322-foot span away from the bridge when it crashed into it on the night of Jan. 26, 2012.

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12:53pm

Wed May 22, 2013
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Storms Could Kick Up Across Kentucky Today

Widespread showers and thunderstorms will strike today, with the worst expected mid-afternoon.Winds could gusting up to 58 mph with quarter-size hail anytime after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.  Tornadoes cannot be ruled out, but the threat for them to develop is small, said meteorologist Scott Hickman.   The high temperature will peak near 80 at 5 p.m.

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10:34am

Mon May 20, 2013
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`Click It or Ticket' campaign begins

Beginning today and continuing through June 2, Kentucky State Police will be participating in the “Click It or Ticket” national, seatbelt enforcement campaign. The federal highway safety initiative focuses on seatbelt and child restraint enforcement as well as driver education.

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10:29am

Fri May 17, 2013
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AAA focus on seatbelts, holiday weekend safety

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, transportation agencies and highway patrols across the area are gearing up for a busy time on the roads. With that, comes an emphasis on seat belt safety. AAA announced their commitment to joining the “Click It or Ticket” effort Thursday, holding an event at their Florence location.  Read more...

3:48pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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Louisville Zoo's Oldest Polar Bear, Arki, Dies

Arki
Credit Kyle Shepherd / Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo officials say the zoo's oldest polar bear passed away today from unknown causes. Arki was 28 years old, and came to Louisville in 2011 from the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. According to Polar Bears International, the bears live an average to 15 to 18 years in the wild, but in captivity can live into their mid- to late 30s. The oldest known polar bear in captivity--Debby, who lived in a Canadian zoo--was 42 years old. Read more...

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3:07pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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Pot pics on Facebook lead to drug charges

Posting photos on Facebook has led to a Frankfort man being indicted Wednesday for trafficking in marijuana. Donald Newton, 39, of 974 Wilkinson Blvd., allegedly posted photos on his Facebook page of marijuana shaped as a birthday cake with a candle on top and of him holding a wad of cash.

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10:28am

Thu May 16, 2013
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Pit Bull ban discussed in Fleming County

The Flemingsburg City Council unanimously voted this week to amend a current animal ordinance to ban ownership of the pit bull breed of dogs within city limits. According to Mayor Marty Voiers, the ordinance previously allowed pit bulls to be within city limits, but required the animals to be registered and for owners to maintain insurance. Read more...

12:23pm

Wed May 15, 2013
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New Ordinance opens Hotel Records open to Police

The Nicholasville City Commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that would require hotels and motels operating inside the city limits to turn over their customers’ information at the request of the Nicholasville public safety officials. “A lot of cities have this, and it’s (become) a burden to us at times when we need to know when we’re looking for somebody, and we go to the hotels and (look at) their registers to see if they’re there,” police chief Barry Waldrop said. “Sometimes we see stolen vehicles out in the parking lot.” Waldrop said area hotels and motels are “reluctant” to release the information to police. Read more...

6:43am

Wed May 15, 2013
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NTSB blames Crew, State in Eggners Ferry Bridge Crash

Credit Photo from harrellhistory.wordpress.com

The National Transportation Safety Board says the January 2012 allision between the cargo ship the Delta Mariner and the Eggners Ferry Bridge resulted from poor bridge span lighting and crew inattention to available navigational tools. The ship sheared off a 300 foot span of the bridge. No one was injured. 

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1:30pm

Tue May 14, 2013
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Firefighters rescue Man from Cave

Bowling Green firefighters work to rescue a man who was stranded in a cave Monday near Cameron Park Apartments on Industrial Drive in Bowling Green.
Credit Alex Slitz / The Daily News

What began Monday afternoon as an outdoor adventure for two Bowling Green friends attempting to shoot video inside a secluded cave ended in one of the men being rescued by Bowling Green Fire Department firefighters. Brian Ahlers, 20, and his 22-year-old friend, who declined to give his name to the Daily News, were exploring the cave off Industrial Drive near Cameron Park Apartments, which has a body of water passing through it. The men swam across the water to get to the other side, but one of them couldn’t get back. Read more...

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11:52am

Tue May 14, 2013
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Indictment prompts resignation of Northern Kentucky Mayor

Walton Mayor Philip Trzop submitted a letter of resignation to city council that was read at Monday night's council meeting. Trzop did not attend the meeting. Earlier this year Trzop was indicted by a Boone County grand jury on a charge of abuse of public trust in regard to a position he held as manager of the Boone County Water District. He was later fired from the position. Trzop was accused of selling scrap metal belonging to the water district for $34,000 between 2009 and November 2012, about $10,000 of which was unaccounted for.  Read more..

10:02am

Tue May 14, 2013
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May 14, 1988: From Park Fun to Roadway Tragedy

Some of the students who went to King's Island on May 14, 1988 at the theme park. From left, Monica Obregon, Emillie Thompson, Carey Aurentz and Ciaran Foran. In the back is Allen Tennison. Thompson was one of the 27 people who died in the crash.
Credit Photo courtesy of Carey Aurentz Cummins

It wasn’t until a few days before the trip to King’s Island north of Cincinnati that Jerry and Jeff Wheeler knew for certain they would be allowed to attend. “I remember begging mom to let us go,” said Jerry Wheeler. “I wanted to go to maybe meet some new people. It was a really fun day leading up to what happened on the way home.”  What happened on the way home, 25 years later, still cuts its survivors to the core. Family members, friends and their communities were — and still are — stricken irrevocably with heartbreak stemming from the Radcliff First Assembly of God bus crash that May night in 1988. “It still doesn’t seem real that something like that could happen,” Quinton Higgins said. “It was a day of a lot of fun. It was like having a pot of gold as a kid.”  Read more...

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