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A Kentucky man has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top Ten Most Wanted List.

Authorities are searching for Benjamin Brewer of London, KY.  He is wanted in connection with a DUI crash that happened near Chattanooga in June that killed six people.

Police say he was driving an 18-wheeler that crashed into vehicles that were stopped in a construction zone.

The indictment against Brewer was handed up earlier this week.

Update 8/10 6:12 a.m.

Police in Kentucky have arrested a truck driver accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that killed six people at a construction zone near Chattanooga.

   Benjamin Scott Brewer was arrested Friday night in Lexington after being indicted this week on six counts of vehicular homicide.

   Lexington Police say the 39-year-old Brewer was found in a parking lot around 8:30 p.m.

   Sgt. Joe Anderson says Brewer tried to kick out a window when he was put into a police cruiser. He will be jailed in Lexington until he can be extradited to Tennessee.

   His arrest came a day after he made Tennessee's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list.

   Federal investigators say Brewer had been driving for 15 consecutive hours before the June 25 crash on Interstate 75.

Nelson County Sheriff's Office

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office says the boyfriend of a missing mother of five has agreed to take a lie detector test.  
 
Friends and family continue their search for 35-year-old Crystal Rogers. The search area has expanded with teams combing additional areas off of the Bluegrass Parkway.  
 
Rogers' car was found abandoned near mile marker 14 with her purse and cellphone inside. The 2007 maroon Chevrolet Impala also had a flat tire.  
 
Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly says Brooks Houck, Rogers' live-in boyfriend, is the last reported person to see her at his family's farm.  
 
The family has increased their reward to $40,000 for information that leads police to find Rogers.

Matt Bevin is already looking ahead despite the threat of a recanvass.  

The Louisville businessman addressed his supporters in a Louisville ballroom Tuesday night, acknowledging all three of his competitors before claiming victory in the GOP primary.  
 
Bevin held the lead for most of the night before James Comer was propelled into the lead for a time by rural western Kentucky counties with Bevin retaking the lead with some of the last returns reported.  
 
In a 20 minute address, Bevin outlined his platform and called for the supporters of his former rivals to join his campaign.  
 
Bevin at one point quoted Ronald Reagan, calling his GOP primary win "morning in Kentucky". 

James Comer isn't done with the GOP gubernatorial primary and may not be for at least a week.  
 
Comer is 83 votes behind GOP rival Matt Bevin and told supporters in Lexington he would ask for a recanvass.  
 
Comer's comeback capped a night that saw him in third place and over 10,000 votes back of the leader before the ballots were counted in western Kentucky.  
 
Even with the call for a second look, Comer said he had taken time to call Bevin and said if the vote count held, he would support him in November.  
 
According to the Secretary of State's office, Comer's campaign has until 4p.m. on May 26 to request a recanvass. If one is requested, it will be conducted at the individual county election offices at 9 a.m. May 28. 

Right to Work legislation that passed in the Kentucky Senate failed in a House committee.  
 
After hearing nearly an hour of testimony the House Labor and Industry Committee soundly rejected the bill Thursday.
 
Supporters said it was needed to clear away hurdles for future economic development and job growth.  

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Home in time for the holidays!

About 50 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard returned to Louisville this morning from Africa, where they have been helping battle Ebola.

The 123rd Contingency Response Group established a cargo processing hub in Senegal during its deployment. 

The Air National Guard says the members were stationed hundreds of miles away from areas affected by Ebola outbreaks. 

They will not have to undergo a quarantine upon their return but are undergoing symptom monitoring as a precaution.

 

Kentucky BioProcessing

A spokesman says an Owensboro company is hiring more people and is working around the clock on an experimental medicine that was recently used on  American aid workers who contracted Ebola.

Reynolds American Inc. acquired Kentucky BioProcessing in January. Reynolds spokesman David Howard said the company has put its full focus on the compound ZMapp. Kentucky BioProcessing was contracted by San Diego based drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical to produce ZMapp. It makes the compound using tobacco plants.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health  is reporting the first positive lab-confirmed influenza case this week, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky.   The case was from Jefferson County.

DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.  Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,” the lowest level indicating flu activity.  

The flu season in Kentucky typically begins in October or November.  

Churchill Downs is considering dropping September racing in 2015 if required to share racing dates with Kentucky Downs.

Track president Kevin Flannery told the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's race date committee that there are issues with horse population and making sure everybody can fill the fields.

One of two Campbellsville firefighters injured during an ALS ice bucket challenge on campus last month has been released from the hospital.

Firefighter Alex Quinn was released from University Hospital this week. He's returned home but stillf aces a long recovery according to the group Supporting Heroes.

Captain Tony Grider remains in critical condition at University. Two uniformed firefighters remain on 24 hour watch with the Grider family at the hospital.

Two new polls offer the latest numbers on Kentucky's senate race and next year's race for the Governor's mansion.

Public Policy Polling found Kentucky incumbent senator Mitch McConnell at 44%, with 40% for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and 7% for Libertarian David Patterson. The poll also showed that McConnell has a high negative image as well. Among the undecided voters, McConnell has just a 10% approval rating to 66% of voters who disapprove of him.

Looking ahead to next year's race for Governor, Public Policy Polling finds a wide open race.

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