Paducah, KY – A report Tuesday morning says cylinders in which depleted uranium is stored at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant may be corroding. A federal memo says toxic gas was mistakenly left in the cylinders. The Courier-Journal obtained a copy of the memo that says about 1,800 cylinders at the plant had been used in the past to store phosgene, a chemical warfare gas. The memo was from the Department of Energy Inspector General's Office to nuclear facilities in Paducah, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Portsmouth, Ohio.
Franklin, KY – Kentucky state police have captured a Texas fugitive in Simpson County. A release from state police spokesman Jimmy Kitchens says 32 year old Melvin Alexander was captured Wednesday night after he fled from themm off Interstate 65. He's accused of kidnapping his wife, who was found safe. Alexander fled into a wooded area but was hunted down as several police agencies converged on the area. Tracking dogs were used and there was a Tennessee Highway patrol helicopter involved.
Lexington, KY – There's keen interest in the outcome of a vote Thursday in Lexington concerning Kentucky's public and private high school post-season championship sports play. Proposal 20 would allow the schools to keep playing each other in the regular season but would separate them for championships. Those who favor separation say private schools have dominated the championship playoffs with 17 victories in 31 KHSAA title contests last school year. The private schools comprise only 17% of the total number of schools.