Construction Workers Weather the Heat Wednesday near the UK Hospital
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The current heat wave in Kentucky could be a record breaker….and Thursday could be the hottest day, so far this year. It makes one wonder how Kentuckians coped before air conditioning was invented. It was a scant half century ago when air conditioned homes or cars were rare. Today, one would be hard pressed to find an average wage earner who lives without air conditioning. Doctor Tom Wayne, who’s a professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky, says certain people could find the 90 plus degree heat more physically oppressive than our ancestors.
Part of a storm sewer grate along Fourth Street in Corbin has been missing for weeks. Officials say it is one of 16 taken from around the city.
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Authorities are on the lookout for those responsible for a recent epidemic of storm-drain and sewer grate thefts going on in Corbin. In the past three weeks, 16 different sized grates, valued at more than $3,000, have been removed from their matching drains, city officials said. "This has become a bad problem," Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said. "This could cause someone to wreck, bust a tire or tear the whole front end off your car."
Clark County was classified as having some of the “highest” reported numbers in robbery offenses, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and murders in an annual report detailing the state’s crime rates. The Kentucky State Police’s 2010 Crime in Kentucky Report was recently released, and the numbers reflect offenses reported to or known by police.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced more than 60 million dollars in federal homeless prevention grants this week - and Fayette County is among the recipients. The grants are part of a new program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, which aims to identify and aid at-risk veterans and their families with the help of private non-profit organizations. 17 Kentucky counties, including Fayette, Jefferson, Jessamine, and Woodford, will receive a share of the funds.
In the wake of the self-proclaimed “regretted action” of Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Miller, who shot and killed Bart and Renee Lewis’ pet Labrador, Daisy, several training facilities in Shelby County say they will offer classes to law enforcement concerning dealings with domestic animals and their potential to use aggressive behavior. Plus, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said there are some training procedures in the works that his department will go over internally regarding entering a home or yard with the possibility of a pet in the area.
Members of the Patriot Guard salute as the casket is taken from the aircraft Monday.
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With members of his family and community standing near, the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers was lowered from a chartered jet to the waiting grasp of an honor guard from the U.S. Army, Forward Support Company, 19th Engineering Battalion, at Bluegrass Airport on Monday. Summers, 27, died in Afghanistan, July 14, after a small arms attack by enemy troops on July 13.
One of Lexington’s best known social service agencies has suffered funding cuts from three different sources, totaling close to 120 thousand dollars. Tough to swallow’ news about funding cuts was delivered this summer to officials with the Salvation Army. United Way cut its contribution by 73 thousand dollars, the city of Lexington cut another 20 thousand dollars, and the agency lost 25 thousand dollars in federal support.
A 2008 beating of a Floyd County jail inmate that court documents say involved him being "brutally and savagely tortured" by as many as 10 inmates over three days is now the focus of several criminal trials set for early next year and a pending civil trial in federal court.
Three people died in motor vehicle crashes in Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night. A fatal motorcycle accident took one man's life in Leslie County while a head-on crash between two vehicles took both drivers' lives in Knott County
A Clay County constable, Jackie "The Tireman" Roberts, 50, charged in a drug case sold prescription pills to an informant and snorted a crushed-up pain pill in front of that witness, according to a court document. Details about the investigation and arrest of Roberts — an elected constable with arrest powers — and his wife Jennifer, 41, were included in a sworn statement from an ATF special agent who has taken part in the case. Police arrested the couple Wednesday.
Preparations have been completed to have the body of Bracken County soldier, U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers brought home to Kentucky for burial. According to officials, a flight will arrive at 9:25 a.m., today at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington with Summers' casket and remains.
An interracial couple in Berea says they’re overwhelmed by community support since they were victimized by a hate crime two weeks ago. Melanie Stamper, who is white, and her African-American boyfriend, Damon Dunson, awoke to find their vehicles spray painted with racial slurs. Stamper says she’s been surprised by the response.
The heat wave poses a considerable risk to central Kentuckians who can find no shelter. Kenneth Newton at Lexington’s Hope Homeless Center is seeing as many men today as he sees in the dead of winter. “Well, right now we are dealing with our winter time numbers. If there was a major blizzard outside, that’s the type of numbers we are dealing with tonight,” said Newton.
Kentucky has long standing medical issues related to the unhealthy foods we eat. Serious medical conditions like colon cancer, heart disease and stroke are the result of poor diets. Food concerns in central Kentucky are expanding into a new territory.
Rescue crews are one scene after receiving a report of a vehicle submerged in water at the Valley View Ferry in eastern Jessamine County at 1:30 p.m. The Jessamine County coroner is also on scene. According to Jessamine County Fire Chief Mike Rupard, the vehicle was not on the ferry at the time of the accident and it drove into the water from the Jessamine County side of the river.
With an excessive heat warning in effect for Lexington and all of central Kentucky, residents are taking every opportunity to cool off. Normally, at this time of the year, the Lafayette High School Marching Band practice field would be filled with the sound of snare drums, rustling flags, and metronomes... but not today. Shannon Clark, color guard instructor, says it's hard work staying outdoors.
A group of 15 citizens in Lexington is moving ahead with a reworking of the cities’ council districts. The panel has split into three groups. Committee members crowded around computer screens… reviewing numbers. They’re drawing new district boundaries so they better represent population shifts within Fayette County.
The votes are in, and Quest Farm has won. A new van, that is. On Monday, the developmental disability organization won the van as part of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. It received 57 percent of the vote in an election on Toyota’s Facebook page against four other nonprofits: IDS Resource Group in Evansville, Ind., Clothes the Deal in Downey, Calif., the Family Scholar House in Louisville, and the Pennsylvania DUI Association in Harrisburg.
Frank Wiseman’s organic chemistry class at Georgetown College has two unusual students in attendance this summer semester. The two “students” sit on the floor, quietly listen to the lectures on electrons and molecular weight, and when class ends walk out on all fours. Graham, an 8-month-old golden retriever-poodle mix, and Romeo, a 6-month-old labradoodle, are training to become service dogs. Organic chemistry students Katie Skarvan and Stefanie Hadley, who raise puppies, bring Graham and Romeo to class with them as part of the socializing training.
The Winchester Board of Commissioners will draft an updated ordinance to set specifics for the use of civilian aerial fireworks, including when they can be sold and when they can be set off. Police Chief Kevin Palmer, Fire-EMS Chief Eric Hunter and Fire Marshal Rob Carmichael spoke to the commission Tuesday and expressed safety concerns because of the high level of complaints they received over the Fourth of July, when HB 333 allowed a higher grade of civilian fireworks to be sold in Kentucky.
Before a student can start school in Kentucky, the child must get a clean bill of health from a dentist. However, many Kentucky kids, especially the children of Spanish-speaking farm workers have little access to dental care. In response, free screenings will soon be offered in Lexington
Steve Nunn, seen here at a hearing in Fayette Circuit Court on Aug. 19.
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The Urban County Government reversed course on Wednesday and said it will release a "significant portion" of the police investigation in the murder case against former state Rep. Steve Nunn. In a response last week to the Herald-Leader's open-records request for the records, Lexington police said the investigative file would not be released until after Nunn had completed his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence was handed down after he pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Amanda Ross.
A local gay rights group is a finalist for a $10,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh campaign. Lexington Fairness hopes to use the money to expand, Project Speak Out, an anti-bullying initiative in area middle and high schools. Craig Cammack, board chair of Lexington Fairness, says the group plans to partner with the national Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (also known as Glisten), to train volunteers who in turn will work with students, educators, and administrators to reduce and prevent youth bullying and suicides.
Four years ago, the U.S. economy was beginning to take a dive, bad weather made it difficult for farmers to feed their horses, and domestic horse slaughter came to a halt. Essie Rogers of the Kentucky Horse Council says not much has changed in the number of unwanted and neglected horses.
Despite months of meetings on a proposed fairness ordinance and human rights commission, members of the Berea city council still say they’re taking the “first step” on the issue. In May, the council first considered passing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and creating a commission to educate the public. A subcommittee was formed to research and inform the rest of the council on the two ideas.
Officials say another discovery of crude oil under southern Kentucky’s Wolf Creek Dam will not delay the long-term plan to fix leaks in the dam. The oil was found in a core sample taken from the earthen dam last week. The Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a project launched in 2006 to prevent the dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland, from failing.
A spokesman with the U-S Postal Service says the agency is about to conduct a study to see if some of the duties handled by the Lexington Processing and Distribution Center could be performed more efficiently at the Louisville plant. David Walton says such "Area Mail Processing" studies are going on all across the country.
A Corbin man and an Illinois woman died Friday morning after a van traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 crashed head-on into a passenger car, authorities said. Joseph Vardeman, 38, of Corbin was driving the van, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. Amy Adkins, 26, of East Peoria, Ill. was a passenger who died in a Chevrolet. Investigators have not identified the person who was driving the Chevy. They were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington.
After winning the Jessamine County Fair demolition derby small car division and receiving his trophy Wednesday night, David L. Warner Jr., 36, received something else — a set of handcuffs as Nicholasville police arrested him and charged him with DUI. “He won the demolition derby in the small car division,” Nicholasville police Capt. Chris Cain said. “We had some complaints from officials and the crowd that he was drunk.”
Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch is going after those he claims have defamed him by posting unkind and untrue comments about him anonymously on the gossip website Topix. Gooch filed a lawsuit in Lincoln Circuit Court alleging “unknown defendants intentionally and maliciously published statements on the website Topix with knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.” The “false statements” injured Gooch’s personal and professional reputation and caused severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment, the lawsuit maintains.