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10:20 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Amid Federal Pressure, Kentucky Drug Courts Look Into Expanding Addiction Treatment

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 1:38 pm

The state’s drug courts might allow addicts to receive medically assisted drug therapy as part of court mandated treatment.

The move comes after White House drug czar Michael Botticelli said in February that drug courts that prohibit medical treatment would stop receiving federal funding.

Kentucky’s drug courts currently receive almost $12 million in federal grants.

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10:17 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery Voting On Same-Sex Marriage on Saturday

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:11 pm

Representatives from more than 50 congregations that make up the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery will convene in Louisville on Saturday to vote on whether to approve same-sex marriage as part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s constitution.

The votes taking place this weekend will count as just 1 of 172 presbytery votes that make up Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), whose headquarters is located in Louisville. As it stands now, the national vote is 55 in favor of new language that would recognize marriage as love between two people.

Twenty-two presbyteries have voted against it.

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Regional
9:18 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Judge: Man Competent for Trial in Sister's Slaying

A judge has declared a western Kentucky man competent to stand trial for the slaying of his 9-year-old sister.

The Kentucky New Era reports Todd Circuit Judge Tyler Gill said Wednesday that the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center found 21-year-old Garrett Dye competent enough to help in his defense.

He is scheduled to go on trial March 9 in the 2011 fatal beating of his adoptive sister, Amy Dye, whose body was found near the farm where they lived.

Garrett Dye pleaded guilty in 2011 and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, but reserved his right to appeal his confession to police. The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned his conviction and sentence in 2013, ruling that his confession was coerced. Justices ordered a new trial in the case.

Regional
8:17 am
Fri February 27, 2015

I-65 Southbound Lanes in Hart County Now Open Following Friday Morning Crash

Update at 11:01 am:

All lanes of I-65 southbound in Hart County are now open following a Friday morning crash involving a semi.

Original post:

A crash involving a semi in Hart County has caused lane closures on I-65 Friday morning.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

I-65 Southbound - Near Mile Point 69 between Bonnieville and Munfordville is closed due to a semi crash.  Closure is required for a period of time to remove the vehicle. One lane will be opened when possible.

Estimated time to completely clear the scene will take until 9:30-10:30 am central.

During the closure, motorists will use Exit 71 at Bonnieville to US 31-W south to Munfordville and rejoin I-65 South at the Exit 65 interchange.

Regional
12:21 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Mammoth Cave to Increase Fees in March, Use Proceeds to Fund Infrastructure

The "historical entrance" to Mammoth Cave.
Credit WKU Public Radio

Fee increases set to go into effect next month at Mammoth Cave National Park will be used to renovate the park’s hotel.

Superintendent Sarah Craighead  announced Thursday that the new fees will  begin March 14.

Most cave tours will increase by $1 or $2, with the Wild Cave tour increasing by $5. Camping fees will jump from $3 to $5, and the cost of reserving picnic shelters will increase $25.

Craighead predicts the fee hikes will bring the park an additional $350,000 this year.

Eighty-percent of the fees collected at Mammoth Cave are used to fund facilities and services at the park. The remaining fees support national parks that don’t charge entrance fees, such as the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville.

Mammoth Cave accepted public comments about the proposed fee increases from Nov. 14-Dec. 5, 2014. The park says it received 17 comments—12 in favor of the fee hike, and five opposed.

Regional
12:32 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Delays on I-65 North in Hardin County Wednesday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issue the following traffic advisory impacting I-65 Northbound Wednesday afternoon:

Corrective work continues between Exits 58 and 65 (Northbound Rest Area to the Green River Bridge). Crews are milling and paving the inside and outside lanes along with the joint where the northbound rest area on ramp connects to the interstate.

One lane is open to traffic but with volume increasing into the afternoon, delays are now being reported upon approach to the work area.  Delays are also likely for those wishing to leave the rest area and merge onto Northbound I-65.

Work should be completed by the end of the day.

Regional
6:09 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Money Invested in Appalachia Helps Up To a Point

The nonprofit group Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. has received approval for a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The grant money will help pay for the nonprofit organization's startup costs. The group's aim is to improve economic diversity in eastern Kentucky. The money is the first of four installments of an ARC grant announced last year totaling $750,000 to be distributed over four years.

Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR, says the seed funding will help pay for essential staff and office equipment.

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9:21 am
Sat February 21, 2015

All Lanes of I-65 North in Hardin County Now Open

Update at 3:42 pm:

All lanes of I-65 north are now open.  

Original post:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following advisory Saturday morning:

Traffic advisory for I-65 north in Hardin County:

I-65 Northbound is reduced to one lane between Sonora and Glendale at Mile Point 83. A semi has lost a load in the median and is also blocking the left lane. Traffic is backing up. Time to clear is estimated to take until noon central/1:00 pm eastern.

With reduced traction due to icing and ponding of water conditions, we are particularly concerned as motorists slow down upon approach to the traffic queue.

Motorists are asked to please slow down well in advance. Driving the posted speed is still too fast for current weather conditions. This is in a construction zone, so responding to crashes is complicated and will require longer durations to clear. Even if crashes happen at low speeds with no injuries, the backup and effects along detour/alternate routes is extraordinary and hazardous for motorists on I-65 and for local traffic.

Regional
1:13 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

$1.5 Million Grant Awarded for Owensboro Transient Dock Project

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Facebook

Citing a need for docking locations on the Ohio River between Louisville and Paducah, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the city of Owensboro a $1.5 million grant toward the building of a new 500 foot dock for traveling boaters.

City attorney and assistant city manager Ed Ray says the intended location for the transient dock is in front of the city’s convention center.

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Regional
12:41 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Animal Shelter Offers Free Boarding During Cold Snap

The Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society is offering to house dogs free of charge during dangerously cold temperatures.
Credit Lisa Autry

As temperatures plunge below zero, the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society is reminding pet owners to bring their animals inside. 

Director Lorri Hare says while it may be an inconvenience, it could mean the difference between life and death. 

If someone doesn’t have room in their home, the shelter is offering to house the animals.

"This type of weather is so extremely dangerous," Hare tells WKU Public Radio.  "Many people don't realize it can be fatal not just domesticated animals, but also large animals.  We just thought that as long as we had room, we would provide free boarding."

Hare says the shelter does not have the capacity to house large-breed animals such as livestock.  The free boarding service is only open to dogs. 

If someone doesn’t have transportation to the shelter, Hare says staff will come to their home and pick up the animal.

The boarding service will continue through Saturday when a warm-up is expected in the forecast. 

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