A Centre College spokesman says the lockdown has been lifted. There's no word on whether a suspect has been captured.
Update 11:36 a.m.
The Lexington Herald Leader quotes the Boyle County coroner's office as saying three adults died in the shooting.
Centre College's Danville campus is in lockdown. Centre spokesman Michael Strysick said in a news release that it’s linked to a double homicide near campus.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports the shooting was at a pawn shop a half-mile from the college, and the shooter was at large. It also says much of Danville, including public schools, are in lockdown.
Staff at the Danville police department would not comment on the case. An e-mail sent to Centre students asked them to seek shelter in a secure building and keep doors locked.
A developer behind a proposed pipeline that would run through parts of Kentucky is holding an open-house meeting in Hardin County Thursday night to explain their plans. Williams, a construction company based in Tulsa, OK., is hosting the meeting at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown from 5-7:30 p.m.
The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast through northern Kentucky, and into several counties in our listening area, including Hardin, Nelson, Meade, Larue, and Breckinridge.
Pipeline opponents delivered a petition to Governor Beshear’s office Wednesday detailing their concerns about possible environmental damage and property rights concerns related to the project.
Governor Beshear has declined to add the pipeline issue to the agenda of a special legislative session that begins Aug. 19 in Frankfort. Beshear says he wants the sole item on the agenda to be legislative redistricting.
A group of professionals ranging from doctors to state lawmakers is reviewing cases of child abuse and neglect in an effort to improve Kentucky's child protection system. The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Committee met Monday for the first time since a new state law took effect.
Dr. Tracey Corey said she would like to see mandatory drug and alcohol screening.
“I’ve noticed that over the years, many times when there is an accidental death of a child, it is reported that the parents have been intoxicated," said Corey.
Joel Griffith with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky agrees, but wants to be deliberate in how they approach collecting data.
“We don’t exactly know many cases of unexpected child deaths involve drugs so what we need to do is get some baseline data and then move forward from a data informed approach before we just make a jump that could be hard received for people who are going through the death of a child," remarked Griffith.
The group also discussed the need for more education, especially in hospital ERs so that signs of child abuse can be identified and treated more quickly.
A report with recommendations is scheduled to be submitted to lawmakers and the Governor by the end of the year.
In less than a month, Kentucky lawmakers are back in Frankfort for a special session on redistricting, but there are no plans yet to resolve another issue facing the state.
There's been no movement on comprehensive tax reform since a commission chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson offered recommendations last fall. The group suggested raising the cigarette tax, expanding the sales tax, and allowing local governments to levy a sales tax on special projects.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says modernizing the tax structure doesn't seem to be on anyone's agenda.
“I’ve never even spoke to Lieutenant Governor Abramson about the recommendations," Stumbo claims. "He’s never come by to explain to me and as far as I know he’s not been explaining them to other members of the general assembly, or very few members of the general assembly I would say.”
Stumbo says lawmakers are resistant to make tax changes because "somebody pays more and somebody pays less." Regardless, the House leader says tax reform must be accomplished. He says as the nation's economy grows, states continue to lag behind, and he blames that on tax structures that are not fully linked to the modern economy.
When Senator Mitch McConnell faces off against prospective general election opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic on Aug. 3, it will be the first time the Republican has squared off against his Democratic challenger this far in advance.
Director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Al Cross says McConnell had one such opportunity in his first bid for re-election, and didn’t take it.
“In 1989, looking ahead to 1990, Harvey Sloane, the Jefferson County Judge Executive was openly running against McConnell. And McConnell did not give him the opportunity of a face-off that far in advance," remembers Cross.
McConnell’s last opponent, Bruce Lunsford didn’t declare his candidacy until very late in the election cycle. Cross expects the showdown at Fancy Farm will be “no holds barred” with Grimes looking to energize the Democratic base, and McConnell linking Grimes with President Barack Obama.