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9:57 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Pulaski County Student Charged with Bringing Gun to School

Police say an 11-year-old southern Kentucky boy has been charged after he told his teacher he accidently brought a loaded gun to school.

The Commonwealth Journal reports police decided to charge the child even though they believe he had no intent to harm anyone.

Police say the boy told a teacher at Southern Elementary School that he had the gun in his pants pocket soon after he arrived at school on Monday morning. Police say the boy and his father said they had been sport shooting on Sunday and the boy apparently left the gun in his pants and wore them to school the next day.

A district official says the boy has been removed from the school. Police continue to investigate.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Senator Paul: Justice System Can Handle Bombing Case

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the federal justice system is ‘‘fully capable of prosecuting’’ a 19-year-old man suspected of detonating deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon.

The Obama administration has indicated it plans to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains in serious condition in a hospital.

Some of Paul’s congressional Republican colleagues have said Tsarnaev’s rights should be more restricted than the administration intends.

Paul said after an appearance at a Louisville power plant Monday that he hopes Tsarnaev is ‘‘prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and I hope he’s ashamed and (is) punished for killing innocents.’’

The most serious charge available to prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill, which carries a possible death sentence.

Health
2:38 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Kentucky Woman Newest Victim of Meningitis Outbreak

A southern Kentucky woman has died at a Nashville hospital of complications from fungal meningitis.

Saint Thomas Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer told The Tennessean that Carol Wetton, 71, of Guthrie, died Tuesday of complications from an original infection.

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed that a death associated with the outbreak of fungal infections occurred and said the death brings to 15 the number of people who have died in the state. Tainted steroidal injections were discovered several months ago. A statement from the department said it is possible there could yet be other deaths from the infections.

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Business
11:28 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelter Gives Shutdown Notice to Workers

Workers at the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville, a major employer in that region.

A western Kentucky aluminum smelter has notified employees that it plans to shut down operations on Aug. 20 unless it can get lower electric rates.

Century Aluminum has been in negotiations with its power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corp., for more than a year. Both parties told the Messenger-Inquirer on Tuesday that they are still trying to negotiate a deal before time runs out.

Legislation to lower the smelter's electric bills was introduced during the General Assembly, but pulled due to misinformation that surrounded the issue.

Century gave a 12-month notice last year to Big Rivers saying it would not renew its power contract. The plant in Hawesville employs about 700 workers.

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Regional
4:17 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Fort Knox Infantry Troops Headed to Afghanistan

The Department of Defense says an infantry brigade combat team from Fort Knox along with three other major units will be deployed to Afghanistan this summer.

The 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Knox includes about 2,200 soldiers.

The military says the deployment is part of an upcoming rotation of forces in Afghanistan later this year.

The other units include the 3,000 members of the 2nd Calvary Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany; the 3,200 members of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, at Fort Hood, Texas; and the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters, Fort Carson, Colo., and its 450 members.

Education
4:14 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky School Boards Offered Financial Incentive to Increase Dropout Age

Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age from 16 to 18 will be given a $10,000 state grant.

Holliday made the announcement Wednesday during a state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort. Just before the announcement, board members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging Kentucky's 174 school districts to raise the dropout age as soon as possible.

The board has for years been urging state lawmakers to raise Kentucky's legal dropout age to 18.

A compromise reached during this year's legislative session allows local districts to make their own decision on raising the age, but with a provision that once 55 percent of districts have done so, the change will be made statewide within four years.

Regional
12:25 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Inmates, Fiancés Sue to Get Marriage Licenses in Kentucky

The prospective brides of two Kentucky inmates are suing a clerk of court after he cancelled their marriage licenses because their fiancés couldn't appear in person to acquire the license.
   
Sara Hudson and Patricia Locke have each sued Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney in federal court in Louisville, saying his actions have denied them the right to marry.
   
Both suits were brought with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. They want a judge to lift the requirement of appearing in person to apply for the license. Hudson's fiancé is an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Locke is engaged to an inmate at Northpoint Training Center.
   
Mooney did not return a message seeking comment. In court records, Mooney said the rejections were based on legal advice.

Regional
10:27 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawrence Too Busy for Pegasus Parade

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."

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Regional
11:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Thousands of Miners from Kentucky, Other States Protest Patriot Coal

Some retired coal miners in western Kentucky are on a mission to protect the retirement benefits they spent years earning. 

Six busloads of miners from western Kentucky will rally Monday outside the West Virginia offices of bankrupt Patriot Coal.  Miners will pressure Patriot to abandon plans to shed a $1.6 billion dollar liability for pensions and health care benefits.  Union leaders claim Peabody Energy and Arch Coal spun off assets and set up Patriot to fail in order to shed retirement obligations. 

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Politics
10:15 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Kentucky GOP Lawmakers Endorse McConnell for Re-Election

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has picked up endorsements from nearly all state-level Republican lawmakers in Kentucky.

The McConnell campaign announced the endorsements on Monday from 64 of Kentucky's 68 Republicans serving in the Legislature.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said the lawmakers will help establish a campaign operation covering all 120 Kentucky counties. Their endorsements, Benton said, shows that the Kentucky GOP is unified heading into next year's Senate election.

Among the lawmakers making endorsements was Senate President Robert Stivers who said McConnell's leadership is needed to "fight against big government and get our fiscal house in order." House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover also endorsed, calling McConnell "a tireless advocate for our conservative values."

McConnell doesn't yet have a major challenger to his re-election. The filing deadline is next January.

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