Frankfort, KY – Preliminary statistics show seven people died in seven separate traffic crashes on kentucky roadways from the day after Christmas through New Year's Day. Alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes and four of the victims was riding a motorcycle and wearing a helmet. Single fatality crashes occurred in Franklin, Fleming, Floyd, Hart, Letcher, Perry and Scott Counties. Four highway fatalities were reported during the New Year's holiday period.
Louisville, KY – The National Weather Service has confirmed that six tornadoes struck central Kentucky on Monday with the most powerful in Hardin, Lincoln and Adair Counties. They had F-2 twisters but no fatalities or serious injuries. One minor injury was reported in the Lincoln County community of McKinney. The injured person was treated at a local hospital and released. Less powerful F-1 tornadoes occurred in Adair, Jefferson and Larue Counties. The Louisville twister was on the far west side near Campground Road.
Louisville, KY – That West Virginia coal mine where 13 miners were trapped and 12 eventually died is owned by a Kentucky coal producer that has a dozen surface and deep mines in eastern Kentucky. International Coal Group reported earnings of $8.65 million for the three months that ended September 30th and $28.6 million for the first nine months of 2005. International Coal Group is moving to Charleston, WV and won't be a publicly owned Kentucky company for much longer.
Halfway, KY – Evacuees from the scene of a natural gas pipeline rupture in Allen County were allowed to return to their homes five hours after the 3:00 a.m. Thursday eruption. Nearly 300 people were evacuated around the scene in the Halfway community, six miles north of Scottsville. There were no injuries. Officials still don't know what caused the rupture but they're looking at a spot on the 30 inch line that ahd previously been welded
Fort Campbell, KY – More than 175 soldiers returned to Fort Campbell Army Base early Thursday morning after serving in Iraq for the past year. Members of the 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment arrived at the post just after 4:00 a.m. This was the second tour of duty for many of the soldiers, who said they were excited to be back on American soil. The soldiers will remain at Fort Campbell for the next few months, at which point they'll be moved to Fort Riley, Kansas.
Elizabethtown, KY – Hardin County fiscal court has taken the first step toward trying to display the Ten Commandments on county owned property. Magistrate Roy easter proposed a motion Tuesday that was unanimously approved by the court. It directs the county attorney to research and draft a resolution to authorize a display of the Ten Commandments. The display would be alongside other historical documents on designated county-owned property and buildings.