Bowling Green, KY – Bowling Green city commissioners have approved an ordinance that makes pre-paying for gasoline mandatory. City police and other proponents of the ordinance say it virtually eliminate gas station drive offs. Investigations of drive offs took more than 1,000 hours of police time last year with few arrests. Supporters say it would free police to investigate other crimes. Opponents say the ordinance will drive business away from local stations because of increased inconvenience.
Elizabethtown, KY – An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to life in prison after his conviction in the beating death of a 78 year old minister last December. It will be at least 20 years before 26 year old Joshua Simmons will be eligible for parole. he was convicted Tuesday of murdering the Reverend James Hornback after breaking into Hornback's home. Prosecutors said Simmons wanted to steal prescription drugs. Hornback's throat was slashed and he was struck on the head 23 times with a hammer.
Paducah, KY – A regional gasoline distributor in paducah says motorists should expect gas prices to jump above $3.00 a gallon by the weekend because of Gulf Coast refinery disruptions. Phil Russo says the damage caused by Hurricane Rita puts more pressure on the market, but he adds that a rush to the pump isn't necessary. Russo predicts an average increase in price of ten cents a gallon per day. He says the wholesale price of regular has risen to $2.90 a gallon. Russo's firm operates several BP stations in the Paducah area.
Louisville, KY – Tests by the Louisville Metro Health Department show the fountains and pools at the city's Waterfront Park have unsafe levels of coliform bacteria from human waste. Health officials say the levels found in some of the samples were 10 to 30 times as high as what would be allowed in swimming pools. Officials say the problem is caused by the soiled diapers of infants along with homeless people bathing and defecating in the water. As a result of the discovery, the city will spend $22,000 to change the plumbing.