Tuesday marks one month since a Bardstown police officer was ambushed on the job and those responsible have not been caught.
Officer Jason Ellis was shot several times May 25th while removing tree limbs from a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp in Nelson County. The case remains unsolved, despite enlisting the help of multiple police agencies.
Alex Payne is a retired Kentucky State Police Sergeant who now works as a law enforcement specialist with the Kentucky League of Cities. He says it's a trying time as investigators work on behalf of one of their own.
"There is and will continue to be a lot of emotion involved in this case," says Payne. "In reality, there's a separation between what we want and the time it may actually take, and that's not unusual when investigating homicides."
Two Iraqi men sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges in Kentucky are getting new federal homes.
The federal Bureau of Prisons lists 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan as "in transit." Alwan had been serving a 40-year sentence at United States Penitentiary-Terre Haute, in a facility 70 miles west of Indianapolis.
A co-defendant, 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, is serving life in prison. He is currently listed as an inmate in Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center. Hammadi had been held at the United States Penitentiary-Big Sandy in Inez, Ky.
Both are awaiting new federal prison assignments.
Alwan and Hammadi pleaded guilty in 2011 and 2012 to conspiring to ship thousands in cash, machine guns, rifles, grenades and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he won't support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that's up for a vote this week in Washington. The Bowling Green Republican told WKU Public Radio on Monday that one of the problems he has with the bill is that it doesn't allow for an expansion of work visas.
"A lot of people come here to work, then they move to another job," Paul remarked. "They come here to pick crops, then they take a construction job. This bill doesn't let them switch from agriculture to construction. It actually puts new caps on those numbers, and because of those caps, I think that's the drive for illegal immigration."
Senator Paul sponsored an amendment that would have required Congress to vote annually on whether the border with Mexico was secure. With the amendment's defeat, Paul says he can't vote for the bill. His concern continues to be that a pathway to citizenship would be put in place regardless of whether border security has been achieved.
Paul predicts the immigration bill will clear the Senate, but die in the more conservative House.
Decades later, the family of a Kentucky native and military veteran finally has the medals honoring his service. Airman First Class Billy Hickey was a Korean War veteran who was held for nearly three years as a prisoner of war.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul presented the medals to his son Colonel George Hickey in Bowling Green Monday.
“I never was able to get these medals and I'm very glad the senator was able to get them for me," said Hickey.
Col. George Hickey was presented the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal & Silver Star Attachment, and the United Nations Service Medal.
Senator Paul, whose family has a history in the Air Force, said being able to present the medals was gratifying.