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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

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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.
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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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7:25am

Tue May 14, 2013
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Memorial Service, Documentary mark Carroll County Bus Crash

Tuesday, May 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the deadliest drunk-driving crash in U.S. history. 27 members of a Radcliff church group, most of them children, were killed when their bus was struck by a pickup traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 71 in Carroll County, Kentucky. The group was returning home from an amusement park outing.  The anniversary will be marked with a memorial service, and the screening of a new documentary about the tragedy.

2:29pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Kentucky Ranks 47th in Bicycle Friendliness

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A national bicycling advocacy group has ranked the 50 states for cyclist friendliness. Their determination: Kentucky is not so bicycle-friendly. Kentucky ranked 47th in the U.S., according to the League of American Bicyclists.  That's better than North Dakota, Alabama and New Mexico. (And worse than the rest.) Kentucky ranked poorly in almost all of the report's five categories—legislation/enforcement, policies/programs, infrastructure/funding and evaluation/planning. On education/encouragement, Kentucky got a middle ranking.

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1:16pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Charges Possible in Death of 2-Year-Old Shot by Brother

Kentucky State Police said Wednesday it is too early to say whether charges will be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister. "The mother was home at the time, cleaning house, and stepped out to empty a mop bucket and heard a pop," Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Billy Gregory said. "She ran back in and found it had happened."

2:31pm

Tue April 30, 2013
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Kentucky Residents Set to Serve as Long-Term Volunteers After Sandy

Four Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including Bill Johnson, have accepted long-term missions assignments to help with the rebuilding of New York after Hurricane Sandy.
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Two Kentucky Baptist couples have accepted long-term volunteer positions in New York to assist residents who are still recovering from last year’s Superstorm Sandy. Bill and Donna Johnson of Grayson have agreed to serve for two years as rebuild coordinators for the New York post-Sandy response. Ron and Greta Wilson of Bardstown have volunteered to serve one year as warehouse coordinators for the New York rebuilding effort.

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11:27am

Tue April 30, 2013
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Local Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out

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Louisville gay rights leaders are praising veteran NBA player Jason Collins publicly announcing that he is gay, but area sports commentators say the revelation will do little to change the game. The 34-year-old Collins is a free agent who reveals his sexual orientation in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, which makes him the first active professional male athlete to disclose his homosexuality.

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8:12am

Thu April 25, 2013
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FAA Seeks $4 Million From UPS Over Alleged Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a $4 million penalty from UPS for not complying with federal safety rules. The FAA says UPS did not follow federally-approved procedures for maintaining four planes, which allegedly went on more than 400 flights in 2008 and 2009. The agency further says UPS has not entirely complied with an agreement that required the company to check aircraft repairs against maintenance records. The FAA says had UPS followed the agreement, the penalty would not be necessary.

1:02pm

Tue April 23, 2013
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Churchill Downs and Louisville Metro Police Outline Derby Security Plans

Churchill Downs officials, Louisville Metro Police and others discuss security plans for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
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It's becoming a common refrain. As with Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville Metro Police are urging attendees to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks to report suspicious activity, in a bid to heighten security after last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon. "If you see something, say something," said Maj. Kelly Jones of Louisville Metro Police. "Find the nearest police officer, tell him or her, 'Hey it doesn't look right,' or, 'This is suspicious,' or, 'It bothers me.' We'll be happy to address it. That's why we're here—to serve the public and make sure everybody is safe."

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11:48am

Tue April 23, 2013
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Appeals Court Rejects Coal-Mining Permit Process

Environmental groups cheered a ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday that invalidates a streamlined permitting process for surface coal mines. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling in Eastern Kentucky that upheld the nationwide permitting process adopted by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2007. The appeals court called the permitting process "arbitrary and capricious" in a 16-page ruling.

5:37pm

Mon April 22, 2013
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Guns Star in Kentucky-Based Reality Show 'Guntucky'

The new reality show Guntucky features the Sumner family of Bullitt County. Among them are Biff, center; Steven, third from right; Stephanie, second from right; and Payton, right.

When you think Kentucky, what do you think of? Horses? Bourbon? Rolling hills and limestone cliffs? Bluegrass music? Country Music Television hopes to change your way of thinking to also include unlimited guns and blowing up big things. The network launched a new series, Guntucky, on Sunday. Guntucky follows the family that runs Knob Creek Gun Range in Bullitt County.

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1:16pm

Sun April 21, 2013
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Workers Injured by Fire at Louisville Train Derailment Site File Suit

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Two Illinois workers injured in a fire during the October clean-up of a derailed Paducah & Louisville Railway train in southwestern Louisville have filed suit against the railroad and its contractors. Leonardo Anthony Carrillo and Gregory Powers claim that P&L, CSX and a contractor failed to properly monitor dangerous contaminants while the men—employed by clean-up contractor RJ Corman—worked at the site near West Point, Ky.

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4:00pm

Thu April 18, 2013
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Churchill Downs Revises List of Banned Items Due to Security Concerns

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon. Add to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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1:52pm

Tue April 16, 2013
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Bowling Green Man Witnessed Events After Finishing Boston Marathon

Grant Cline’s first Boston Marathon on Monday became unforgettable and tragic when three people were killed and more than 170 were injured in explosions at the 117-year-old event. “There is evil in this world,” said Cline, 56, of Bowling Green, who qualified for Monday’s 26.2-mile run a year ago. “If I’m 25 minutes later, I’d been in the middle of that,” he said of the blasts.

11:33am

Tue April 16, 2013
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Kentucky Runners in Boston Marathon Express Shock, Sadness

Dr. Ronald Dubin was about five miles from finishing the Boston Marathon on Monday when police began telling runners to get off the course and onto the sidewalks. Dubin, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Middlesboro and Corbin, said he saw police cars driving fast down the road and then buses carrying military people. Soon after, he learned about the explosions at the finish line through calls from family members and friends wanting to check on him. His first reaction was disbelief.

12:37pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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Grants Awarded by The Kentucky Foundation for Women

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works.  Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects.

12:24pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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400 Thousand State Returns Could Come In Today

It’s tax day and a busy one at the Kentucky Revenue Department.

“I noticed, I’ve been watching our phone board and evidently we’re getting a lot of questions today. So, a lot of phone calls coming in already.”

State Division of Individual Income Director Bruce Nix says some one- point-three million state tax returns have already been filed, but another 400-thousand could arrive today.  For taxpayers who need more time, Nix says filing for an extension with the I-R-S is all that’s required in Kentucky.

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11:14am

Fri April 12, 2013
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Tough Mudder Event Returning to Mason

Participants in last year's Tough Mudder event crawl through mud and under electric wires in one of the many obstacles. The Tough Mudder event will return again in October.
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Organizers of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event have decided to return to Mason County after a successful event in 2012. Scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, the event drew 8,400 participants and 3,000 spectators to the Big Rock Off-Road Park in 2012. Maysville officials said the event had a significant economic impact, with hotels booked for the weekend, as well as restaurants and local retailers also benefiting from competitors and visitors to the area.

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3:37pm

Thu April 11, 2013
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Volunteers Work to Improve State Parks

Members of an AmeriCorps crew and other volunteers gather tools as they prepare to work on a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
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CORBIN – Nine young people from across the country are spending several weeks this spring working on trails in Eastern Kentucky to help communities and state parks. The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team has worked in Letcher County and at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin and is scheduled to do more work at Stearns and Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade during April and May, according to a state park system news release.

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11:22pm

Wed April 10, 2013
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Lexington Hosts Statewide Immigration Rally

Supporters of immigration reform gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday
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Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday, waving flags and calling for immigration reform.   It was unseasonably warm as one corner of Triangle Park filled with hundreds of immigration reform supporters.  Speakers chanted into a public address system, urging the crowd to join them.

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12:00pm

Tue April 9, 2013
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New State Laws will Take Effect June 25

Most legislation passed by Kentucky's 2013 General Assembly will take effect June 25, the state attorney general's office said Monday. The attorney general's opinion came from a request by Legislative Research Commission director Robert Sherman about the effective date of legislation passed during this year's law-making session.

5:42pm

Mon April 8, 2013
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Children's Organizations Begin Campaign to End Child Abuse

FaceItAbuse.org is the website that will launch this week as part of the campaign to end child abuse.

Several organizations have partnered with Kosair Charities to participate in a campaign to end child abuse. The announcement expected Tuesday comes in the middle of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kosair Charities announced the initiative last year. Since then, Kosair president Randy Coe says the coalition has been developing a plan to measure the success of the campaign. The goal is to eradicate child abuse, which Coe acknowledges is ambitious.

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2:21pm

Sun April 7, 2013
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Army Veteran Identified as Fort Knox Shooting Victim

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Neighbors of Lloyd Gibert described him as a soft spoken man who kept to himself but was warm toward those around him. A U.S. Army veteran and civilian employee with nine years of experience with Human Resources Command, Gibert was the victim in Wednesday’s shooting at Fort Knox. Gibert, 51, was shot Wednesday evening in a parking lot near the HRC building at Fort Knox, according to a statement released Friday by the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office. He was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m. at Ireland Army Community Hospital.

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10:32am

Fri April 5, 2013
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Fort Knox Shooting Suspect Charged

A soldier in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Fort Knox civilian employee was charged with murder Thursday after he was apprehended in a town 5 miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

1:16pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Court Ruling has Kentucky Libraries on Edge

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A judge’s decision in Campbell County has libraries across the state fearful it might lead to closings and cuts should the ruling stand. The ruling could slice the property tax rate for the Campbell County Library District by more than half – from 7.7 cents per $100 to its 1978 level of 3 cents.

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