More than 30 million people plan to drive at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, according the AAA travel group. The thousands who plan to drive Interstate 71/75 through Northern Kentucky could spend part of their holiday stuck in traffic. State transportation officials say the work to repair and replace concrete on the interstate will continue through the holiday weekend.
Alarmed by the high suicide rate among veterans, a Louisville man is raising funds for struggling military families. Iraq war veteran Troy Yokum has walked from Kentucky to the Pacific Ocean and back. Yokum arrived today on the step of the US Capitol in Washington DC.
FRANKFORT - Kentucky State Police report that aggressive driving, failure to use seat belts and driving while impaired are the top three dangers faced by motorists on Kentucky highways during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Accordingly, the law enforcement agency plans to intensify its traffic safety and patrol efforts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.
After servicing the university, downtown Murray and Main Street corridor areas for nearly a year and a half, the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority will suspend regular Trolley services effective Tuesday, May 31. The announcement was made this week by Bjarne Hansen, MCTA executive director, who cited higher fuel costs and declining ridership as the cause of the decision.
A Kentuckian who now lives in Joplin, Mo. survived Sunday's massive tornado along with his family. Eric Polley said the roof was ripped from his house; meanwhile, his neighbors began running around, checking on people, assessing the damage. "It was crazy," he said. "It was worse than anything I've ever seen in a movie ... I don't ever want to go through it again, that's for sure."
Although Lake Barkley is down almost to normal levels, in many places the clean-up and repair work has only really begun after recent flooding. John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said the park lost about $100,000 in sales as the result of cancellations because of flooding. Jordan said the financial impact of flooding was worse this year than last year.
Joel Hatfield’s first impression Monday as he drove into Joplin, Mo., a place he called home for nine years, was that the streets he used to drive — and the homes and businesses that once were familiar — now are scattered everywhere. Trees stand snapped, two-level homes are flattened and vehicles sit after being tossed around like rag dolls. “It was catastrophic,’’ said Hatfield, who lives in Summit. “There’s no way to describe, really, what it looked like. It was like a big lawnmower came down from the sky and ate up everything in its path.’’
FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 97 Kentucky counties between April 2010 and April 2011, while 20 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to a press release from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
People wanting to make donations to help the victims of recent tornadoes and flooding are advised not to send clothing or building materials at this time. Dan Modlin of Kentucky Public Radio has this report. Although relief agencies trying to help storm victims appreciate the idea, they say gifts of money, not materials, are the most efficient way to help.
What started Monday afternoon as a case of tracking down a shoplifter in Elizabethtown turned into much more in Eastview. A meth lab was discovered buried in mud. “I’ve seen them everywhere,’’ said Detective Rob Green with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force. “I’ve just never seen one buried in the mud from someone who was on the run.’’
Louisville has been named one of the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians by the group Transportation for America. The organization looked at pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009 and concluded that Louisville is the 19th most dangerous metro area in the country, and second in the Midwest, behind Detroit.
State officials are moving forward with a plan to establish alcohol sales at four Kentucky state parks, including General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Also included in the plan are Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonburg and John James Audubon State Park in Henderson. The plan originally was announced last summer as part of a strategy to reduce costs generate revenue for the park system in light of state budget cuts.
FRANKFORT — Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday announced that 11 Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Kentuckians in Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, Webster and Union counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred April 22 – May 20 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
When two female Greenwood High School students decided to take their war of words to the next level and throw punches, the fight landed a Bowling Green woman in jail and the two girls in juvenile court. The fight was captured on video and uploaded to the website YouTube, where the adult can be seen smiling as she turned and looked at the camera, according to court records.
The remnants of the storm that devastated Joplin, Mo., on Sunday caused moderate damage in Calloway County early Monday morning and Monday afternoon. A Murray-based weather observer said the system that came through early Monday was a weakening straight-line wind storm left over from the same system that hit Missouri on Sunday. He said the highest winds were 48 mph. High winds knocked down trees and power lines.
Eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carlisle, Daviess, Washington, and Wolfe counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Daviess County crashes.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in 11 Kentucky counties — including Union and Webster counties — who suffered damages in the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April 22 and continuing can apply for federal and state disaster assistance by phone or online, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The acting head of the Louisville Department of Health and Wellness says the city’s recent poor showing in the American Fitness Index is not a reflection of his department’s programs. Louisville and the surrounding counties were ranked next to last in the index, which measured the general fitness of residents of various metropolitan areas.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case out of Kentucky could give law enforcement officers more power to enter homes without warrants. The case came from Lexington, where law enforcement officers burst into Hollis King’s home after smelling marijuana and having reason to believe he was destroying evidence. The police, however, were not looking for King. They were chasing another suspect who had ducked into a different apartment.
FRANKFORT – Over 50,000 standard-issue license plates with the national motto “In God We Trust” have been sold since the plate was introduced in January. This year, for the first time, Kentucky motorists registering passenger vehicles are able to choose between two standard-issue license plates. Both feature the “Unbridled Spirit” brand, but one plate also bears the national motto, “In God We Trust.”
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to memorialize the crash site of Trans World Airlines flight 128 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the 900 block of Petersburg Rd. in Hebron.
Six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 9, through Sunday, May 15. All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carlisle, Estill, Jefferson, Oldham, Perry, and Spencer counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Estill and Spencer county crashes, according to a Kentucky State Police press release.
As floodwaters recede in western Kentucky, homeowners are reminded that furnaces, water heaters, electric panels and liquefied petroleum gas tanks that have been underwater may need to be inspected after repairs are complete.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting an exercise this week in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which covers much of Kentucky. FEMA will conduct various simulations and drills to test the federal, state and local response to a devastating earthquake on the New Madrid Fault. Among the participants will be about 30 of the University of Louisville’s standardized patients, who act out various maladies during disaster drills. Program director Carrie Bohnert says the patients have been trained to simulate common earthquake-related injuries.
The Vatican today released a letter presenting some guidelines for dealing with sex abuse in dioceses around the world. The letter didn’t change much on the policy outlined last summer by Pope Benedict XVI…and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says the new guidelines don’t go far enough.
According to the United States Postal Service, 40 letter carriers in Louisville were attacked by dogs in 2010. That makes us 4th on the list of cities with the most attacks. The Postal Service says 5,669 postal workers were attacked nationwide in 2010. The announcement coincides with National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 15-21). The annual event seeks to raise awareness for attack prevention and responsible pet ownership. Around 4.7 million Americans are bitten annually, most of them being children.