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Appeals Court to Take Up Kentucky Death Row Case
Saturday, March 08, 2014 1:59 PM
A federal appeals court will hear the case of a Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing two people in Louisville later this year. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has set an Oct. 1 hearing date in the case of 53-year-old Roger Lamar Wheeler. Wheeler has been condemned to death for the 1997 slayings of Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield. Police say ...
Bill Bans Gas Chambers for Animal Deaths
Friday, March 07, 2014 12:30 PM
Kentucky animal shelters could not use gas chambers to euthanize dogs, cats and other animals under a bill that passed the House of Representatives on Friday. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, said most of the state's animal shelters stopped using gas chambers about 10 years ago. But she said the purpose of the bill was to find those that still ...
McConnell Has Listening Session on Heroin Problem
Saturday, March 08, 2014 5:05 AM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been addressing concerns from state leaders on the state's growing heroin problem. McConnell heard from medical professionals and law enforcement officials during what he called a ``listening session'' Friday in Florence. Much of the discussion centered on solutions that incorporate a multipronged approach to the drug problem, including ...
KY Jobless Rate Drops in January
Friday, March 07, 2014 8:30 AM
Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched downward, dropping to 7.7 percent in January. The state Office of Employment and Training says the statewide jobless rate in January was down from the 7.9 percent rate in December. It's also an improvement from a year ago, when the statewide jobless rate was 8.2 percent in January 2013. Kentucky's jobless rate remains above the national ...
Preparation Program Keeps Students on Track
Friday, March 07, 2014 6:00 AM
Advisers are meeting with eighth- and 10th-grade students across Kentucky this month in a program designed to make sure the young people are academically prepared for college or career. It's called Operation Preparation, and this year's is the third annual event. The Kentucky Department of Education says it gives students a chance to discuss career aspirations and required education or ...
George Strait Breaks Yum! Center Attendance Record
Saturday, March 08, 2014 12:30 PM
Nearly 22,000 concertgoers packed the KFC Yum! Center on Friday night for the Louisville stop on country music legend George Strait’s final tour, becoming the largest concert crowd the venue has ever hosted. Total attendance for the evening was 21,715, which exceeds the previous record set by Elton John in April 2011. "George Strait is a timeless artist who has made history many ...
Police Seek Assistance Locating Escaped Inmate
Saturday, March 08, 2014 7:04 AM
Police are asking for public's help in locating an escaped inmate. Around 2:00 am Saturday, Kentucky State Police in Mayfield were contacted by staff members at Keeton Correctional Facility in Paducah about an escaped 25-year-old inmate. Matthew L. Wills was last accounted for at 11:30 pm on Friday. Wills is a black male with brown eyes and black hair. He is 5’11” and ...
KY Sues Crew of Ship that Collapsed Bridge
Friday, March 07, 2014 1:49 AM
Kentucky transportation officials are suing the crew of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge at Kentucky Lake. The state Transportation Cabinet says in a lawsuit moved to federal court this week that it spent at least $7 million to repair the bridge after the cargo vessel Delta Mariner struck it in January of 2012. The cabinet's lawsuit says the ship's ...
Senate Bill Passes For Online CCW Application
Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:26 PM
A bill aimed at creating an online application for Kentuckians wanting licenses to carry concealed weapons has been passed by the state Senate. Republican Sen. Sara Beth Gregory said Wednesday her bill is meant to reduce the backlog as tens of thousands of people submit paper applications for concealed carry licenses. She says the goal is to reduce the waiting time from about two months ...
Watkins' Bill Requires Ultrasound Before Abortion
Saturday, March 08, 2014 2:42 AM
A woman would be required to have an ultrasound of her fetus before receiving an abortion in non-emergency cases under a bill that has been sent to the House Health and Welfare Committee. Health care providers who fail to perform the ultrasound would face misdemeanor charges under House Bill 575 filed by Democratic Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah, the bill’s main sponsor. The bill also ...
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