The head of the Kentucky Derby Festival says Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence won't make it to this year's Pegasus Parade to serve as grand marshal. But CEO Mike Berry says there's a silver lining; Lawrence has a standing invitation for any year she can make it.
Lawrence, a 22 year old Louisville native, won an Oscar this year for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and received a nomination in 2011 for "Winter's Bone."
Parts of southeastern Missouri, western Tennessee and western Kentucky got a little bit of a shake overnight.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.7 earthquake rumbled through the area around 10:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday.
WPSD-TV in Paducah reported the epicenter registered southeast of Portageville, MO. That area is in the New Madrid seismic zone, which the Geological Survey considers the most active zone in North America east of the Rockies.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is lending his name to a conservative gun rights group that's targeting fellow Republicans.
The group, the National Association for Gun Rights, is running ads against two Congressmen in Virginia, including House Minority leader Eric Cantor, saying they gave in too easily to President Obama's gun control measures. They also say the National Rifle Association is too willing to compromise on gun rights.
Update at 9:10am: An earlier advisory from the Transportation Cabinet stated the truck was hauling lumber. Additional information determined it was a load of steel. The crash occurred in the construction zone, creating issues with removing material due to barrier wall constricting boundaries of the roadway.
The towing company is on the scene and working to remove the truck from the northbound lanes.
Motorists continue to be detoured off I-65 at Cave City and back on the interstate at Horse Cave.
Crews on site anticipate having the area cleared and open to traffic in 2-3 hours.
Detour traffic is slow moving and traffic is currently backed up about six miles.
A tractor trailer hauling a load of lumber crashed Wednesday morning on northbound I-65 in southern Hart county at mile marker 55. The load is scattered across both lanes and has shut down the northbound direction.
Motorists are being detoured off I-65 at Cave City and back onto the interstate at Horse Cave.
The interstate is expected to remain closed for two to four hours.
A release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should anticipate slow moving traffic while traveling in the detour.
As Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton prepares to go on federal trial at the end of the month, he is scheduled for trial next spring in an unrelated case.
According to the Glasgow Daily Times, the lawsuit in U-S District Court names deputies Chris Wyatt, Rodney Sponhouse, and Aaron Bennett as defendants. The plaintiff is Mark Smith who contends he consented to a breathalyzer, but Deputy Wyatt refused to share the test results and slammed his body against the police cruiser.
Smith’s lawsuit alleges Deputy Sponhouse pepper sprayed him and locked him in the cruiser for 30 minutes in 90-degree heat during the August 2011 incident.
Kevin's audio story with Wes Berry, Kentucky barbeque aficionado
When it’s lunch time at the Smokey Pig barbeque restaurant in Bowling Green, be prepared to wait in line. This place opens at 10:30 a.m., and within an hour on a recent Tuesday, almost every table was taken and every seat claimed. I came to the Smokey Pig today to meet with a man who claims to be afflicted with something he calls H.E.B.D--Hyper Enthusiastic Barbeque Disorder.
Wes Berry, the self-diagnosed victim of H.E.B.D is also a Ph.D-holding Professor of English at WKU. And he has just authored a book—not about fine literature or poetry—but about his true passion: barbeque. And more specifically, the kinds of barbeque one can find in the Bluegrass State.
The Kentucky Barbeque Book is Berry’s love letter to his favorite food and state. The Barren County native says he’s eaten at 168 barbeque restaurants, joints, shacks, festivals, and Catholic church picnics in the commonwealth.
All in the name of good research, of course.
Barbeque: Monroe County Style
The Smokey Pig is the place Wes and I have chosen to talk about Bluegrass State barbeque. I follow Wes’s lead regarding what I order. They say “when in Rome”, and when it comes to barbeque, Wes Berry is Caesar.
Gov. Steve Beshear has until Saturday to sign or veto a bill that would open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky. So far, he hasn't said what he'll do.
The General Assembly passed the bill last Tuesday in the final minutes of this year's legislative session, giving the governor 10 days excluding Sundays to veto it, according to the Legislative Research Commission.
The bill would allow Kentucky farmers to grow hemp if the federal government lifts its decades-long ban on the plant. Hemp can be used to make products ranging from paper to cosmetics.
It thrived as a crop in Kentucky for generations before it was classified as a controlled substance related to marijuana. Although hemp is similar to marijuana, it has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.
Citing increased exposure and football bowl game opportunities, WKU President Gary Ransdell and Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Monday that the school will join Conference USA on July 1, 2014.
Following a unanimous vote by the WKU Board of Regents late Monday morning, WKU officials and the Conference USA commissioner held a news conference a short time later announcing the pact.
C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said WKU brings a lot to the conference.
“We want to provide an opportunity to the next generation of great universities, and (WKU) certainly fits that profile. I think they’re a growing university connected to some large markets like Nashville and Louisville, and frankly I think they have a tradition of excellence,” said Banowsky.
WKU will play one more season in the Sun Belt, a conference WKU joined in 1982.