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One of the nation’s top warriors is being remembered by a member of the Kentucky National Guard.  Lieutenant Colonel Kirk Hilbrecht served as a tank platoon commander under General Norman Schwartzkopf during Desert Storm.

“When I had a chance to meet General Swartzkopf, I saw him as a big, barrel-chested man who really had the military bearing and presence that really told you that he was the guy in charge," recalls Hillbrecht.

Hillbrecht, who is the Public Affairs Officer for the Kentucky National Guard, credits Schwartzkopf with being very media savvy, allowing reporters embedded with troops to do live reports.

The former head of USA Harvest is expected in federal court Thursday to face felony charges.  Stan Curtis of Louisville is accused of embezzling some $183,000 from the charity.

He is also accused of filing false tax returns over a four year period, in which he failed to report over a half million dollars in income from USA Harvest.

Earlier court appearances were delayed, due to health issues. He is expected to enter into a plea agreement at court on Thursday.

Kentucky health officials say flu cases are being seen earlier this year.  State epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says it's hard to predict if that could mean a more severe flu season or if we'll reach peak season earlier. "We've already reached what we call a regional level of flu activity in the state and that's one level away from widespread and that's the highest category," explains Humbaugh.

Flu season in Kentucky typically peaks in January or February.  The earliest flu activity this season was reported in August in eastern Kentucky.  Dr. Humbaugh says the number of statewide cases has climbed over the past few weeks. 

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

It should be a merry Christmas for Kentucky retailers.  Many are expecting sales to be up this year. "This is the first time in the six years that we've done this survey that we've seeing the kind of optimism among our membership," says Laura Leigh Goins with the Kentucky Retail Federation.

Jefferson County Public Schools are going tobacco free. The policy will keep cigarettes and tobacco off school property. Designated smoking areas outside of the schools will be gone. Employees will have to go off campus to smoke.

Lieutenant Governor and former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says he's wide open about maybe seeking a higher office. Abramson says he’s contemplating whether to challenge Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election bid.

Kentuckians voting in the election Tuesday will be asked if hunting and fishing should be rights protected by the state constitution.  State lawmakers passed a constitutional amendment earlier this year, sending it to voters to ratify or reject. 

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Two pre-schoolers were killed and four others injured, when their bus crashed Monday afternoon in Carroll County.  State Police say a Head Start bus taking nine children home, and was traveling on Boone Road, when it ran off the road, partially overturned onto its side and struck a tree.

Hurricane Sandy is disrupting flights from Louisville International Airport to the East Coast.  Airport spokesperson Trish Burke on Monday said all flights to the Eastern Seaboard were cancelled, which amounts to 20 of their 84 daily flights.

The daughter of a central Kentucky mayor is facing charges after police say she sold drugs on the University of Kentucky campus.  Nineteen-year-old Rachel Siegelman, the daughter of Versailles mayor Fred Siegelman, is charged with trafficking.

A large crowd is expected in Hodgenville to honor a fallen officer. Forty-three-year-old Mark Taulbee was pursuing a suspect early Sunday when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed. 

Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in more than a dozen states due to possible Listeria contamination. The Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach was sold in ten-ounce bags and had a "best if used by" date of September 16.

The couple told police they went shopping at Walmart. Police found the two-year-old and 11-month old children home alone after being called by a witness who saw the man and woman leaving.

Potential future operators of Kentucky Kingdom are getting a look at the old amusement park. The gates were opened Tuesday for prospective bidders to inspect the vacant rides and buildings on the property.

Hundreds of jobs are being cut at Lexmark. The Lexington-based company is going to stop making inkjet printers.  The move means 1,700 people are losing their jobs worldwide, that's about 13% of the company's workforce. 

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