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Kentucky State Police are continuing their investigating into the shooting death of a knife-wielding man by two officers in Owensboro.

State police say 29-year-old Lucas Anderson died from gunshot wounds in the incident Friday night.

Police say Owensboro Police Department officers responded to a domestic argument call. Police say the officers saw Anderson grab a woman's hair and put a knife to her throat.

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A federal agency says it needs more time to complete an environmental review of a proposal to convert a natural gas pipeline to one that would carry natural gas liquids.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it now plans to complete the review by Nov. 2. The agency had originally planned to finish the review in September.

The proposal has caused concerns in some communities about safety and the Danville City Commission passed a resolution opposing the conversion.

Kinder Morgan has said the company would examine the pipeline closely, upgrade any areas in need and thoroughly test it before returning it to service.

The existing pipeline runs through 18 counties, from Greenup in the northeast to Simpson County in south-central Kentucky.

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Western Kentucky Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates has filed a formal protest against the way Western Kentucky University went about bringing a new sports medicine complex to campus

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the orthopaedic group cites violations of procurement laws and regulations for the 99 year, $22 million deal with the Bowling Green Medical Center.

WKONA's protest claims the deal was done in secret, without an open, competitive process they say could have brought better health care and more money to WKU. It claims WKU gave the Medical Center multiple contracts through the deal.

WKU’s vice-president for finance Ann Mead sent the Daily News an email Sunday night saying the university felt the project needed approval because it was built on state property and there was no need to accept other bids.

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Jack Daniel's is a historic brand built on stories and legend. To this day, all of the whiskey is made in the hills of little Lynchburg, Tenn. And as part of its 150th anniversary, the company is highlighting a lesser-known part of its story: how a former slave played a key role in its founding.

The story of Nearis Green first got national attention earlier this summer, when The New York Times ran an article about his role in Jack Daniel's history based on a pitch from the company.

Until now, the story usually told about the firm's founding was this: Jack Daniel left home as a young teen, went to work for Dan Call — ironically, a pastor — and ended up helping with Call's whiskey. That's where he learned his trade — perhaps under the tutelage of Green, who was then a slave belonging to Call.

It's not clear exactly what parts of the process Daniel's picked up from Green. "There's a lot of mystery there," says Jack Daniel's company historian Nelson Eddy. "We don't know exactly what he taught Jack. But we do know that Jack had a great deal of respect for that family. Because I think the best part of this story is the photograph."

The photograph he refers to is one that shows Jack Daniel, with a gray goatee, around 1895, surrounded by his crew, including two African-American men believed to be the sons of Nearis Green.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against the Warrick County School Corporation, accusing the district of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The lawsuit is on behalf of Mycal Ashby who argues she was excluded from attending her child’s Christmas program two years in a row because the venue did not accommodate her wheelchair.  Ashby’s son was a choir member at Loge Elementary School in Boonville.  For the past two years, the school held a holiday program at the Warrick County Museum, which is not wheelchair accessible. 

After being denied access to her son's Christmas program during the 2014-15 school year, Ashby says she and her husband contacted school officials about the program being held at the same location during the 2015-16 academic year.  She claims she was assured the museum had been made wheelchair accessible, but found out accommodations had not been made to open the venue to people with disabilities.  

"Having been disabled my entire life, my son and I have become very close. He's always been my little soldier and my little helper, and we were very excited to attend the concert," Ashby said in a news release from the ACLU. "So when we discovered that the venue would not accommodate my wheelchair, even though we'd been told otherwise, we both broke out in tears."

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Voters in the small Daviess County community of Maceo  have voted to allow the sale of alcohol.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports only about 12% of eligible voters cast a ballot Tuesday with the final result being 63 for and 51 against.

Ironically, voting was held inside the Maceo Baptist Church whose pastor, Rev. Scott Ford, led the opposition to the local option. Supporters were led by a businessman whose family owns nine convenience stores in Daviess County.

Maceo was the second precinct in the county to go wet this year. Whitesville voters passed a local option in June. Daviess County spent more than $6,000 for both elections.

Daviess County now has just 15 dry precincts out of a total of 85.

The next wet-dry vote can’t be held until December at the earliest.

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A vacant judgeship in Daviess County will remain unfilled until the November election. 

The state budget approved by Kentucky lawmakers this year funded Daviess County’s first family court judgeship.  Monday was the deadline for Governor Matt Bevin to appoint someone to the bench.  The governor’s office issued a statement confirming the position will stay vacant but declined to say why. 

"We have no comment but can confirm the governor passed on making the appointment," Press Secretary Amanda Stamper told WKU Public Radio.

The position won’t be filled until the November election.  Four local attorneys are vying for the judgeship.  They include Angela Thompson, Clifton Boswell, Julie Hawes Gordon, and Susan Montalvo-Gesser.

Ft. Campbell

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he will order flags lowered to half-staff in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who has died in Kuwait.

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper of Mill Creek Washington died Saturday from a non-combat related incident. 

According to a news release, Cooper, 25, was killed in a vehicle rollover accident while traveling from Camp Buehring to Ali Al Salem Airfield.

Cooper was an infantry officer in the 2nd Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

He joined the Army in 2013 and arrived in Fort Campbell in 2015. He has received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. 

The accident is under investigation.

On a peaceful hillside in Hardin County stands Kentucky's September 11th memorial.

It was first unveiled on the tenth Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. With some additions, the memorial is now complete for the fifteenth anniversary this weekend.

Chuck Heater is director of the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff which is home to the memorial. “It’s a reminder that the freedoms that we enjoy every day—we don’t always sit back and think about where they come from, and we sometimes taken them for granted. But this is a reminder that the freedoms we enjoy have been paid for by a great price.” 

The latest additions to the memorial include a pair of winged walls.

“The right one depicts the scenes from that day, and the far left is a granite wall with names inscribed of all the Kentucky veterans who have been killed in action since 9/11 defending America against terrorism," Heater said.

Kentucky's 9/11 memorial will be dedicated Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff. The public is invited to attend the event.

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An accident involving a Metcalfe County school bus has left the driver of another vehicle dead.

None of the 34 children aboard the bus or the bus driver appear to have suffered serious injuries.

A statement released from the Metcalfe County School District says the accident took place Thursday around 3 p.m. on Highway 1243, about two miles outside Edmonton. The bus was traveling northbound when a van driven by Alicia Thurmond, 31, hit the bus head-on.

Thurmond was later pronounced dead.

The statement says bus driver David Holley was able to get all of the children safely off the bus.

Sixteen students were transported by ambulances to TJ Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.  Eighteen students were picked up at the scene by parents or guardians. Some parents chose to transport their child to the hospital by private means. 

The statement issued by Metcalfe County Schools thanked Penny Groce, a Metcalfe County resident who helped care for the students before first-responders were able to arrive.

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A judge has partially granted Gov. Matt Bevin’s request to remove a pension board member while a lawsuit over his dismissal is ongoing.

In an order, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd said Thursday Tommy Elliott can still participate in meetings of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Directors and its committees, but as a non-voting member.

Bevin issued an executive order removing Elliott from the KRS board in April, three years before the end of Elliott’s appointed term. He sued Bevin over the move. Last month, Shepherd ruled that Elliott could remain on the board while the lawsuit transpired, but he didn’t attend two recent meetings.

The governor’s office on Wednesday argued that Elliott should be removed because of his absences and Shepherd partially agreed.

Five Soldiers Injured in Hard Landing During Training

Sep 8, 2016
Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell says five soldiers have been injured in a training exercise.

A statement from the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border says the soldiers were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing. The statement says the soldiers were in the middle of a routine training exercise Wednesday evening when the incident happened.

All five soldiers were taken to medical treatment facilities, according to the statement. The Army declined to release the nature of their injuries or their conditions.

No further information was available.

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Glasgow police are saying an unidentified man acting strangely in their town Wednesday morning was the same man who robbed the Midwest American Federal Credit Union in Scottsville later that day.

Glasgow police say an employee at the Citizens First Bank at the South Gate Plaza called them Wednesday after a man wearing an obviously fake beard and latex gloves entered the bank. He stayed in the bank a few minutes before leaving.

Police say he was the same man seen in the parking lot of the Monticello Bank on Happy Valley Road about an hour earlier.

The same man, wearing a similar disguise, entered the credit union in Scottsville, displayed a gun, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department.

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A Morgantown man is facing two murder charges in the case of an elderly couple found dead in their Butler County home in August.

Kentucky State Police report that 34-year-old Kevin Dye was indicted by a Butler County Grand Jury Wednesday. He's charged in the murders of 71-year-old Kenneth Neafus and his 70-year-old wife Dorothy Neafus. 

Kenneth Neafus had been a pastor at Little Muddy Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Morgantown.

Dye is also charged with possession of handgun by a convicted felon, receiving a stolen firearm and being a persistent felony offender. He's being held in the Butler County Jail.

Fort Campbell

The U.S. Army is deploying 1,400 Fort Campbell 101st Airborne Division soldiers to Afghanistan. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team deploys this fall to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. 

In a news release Tuesday, 101st acting senior commander Brigadier General Scott E. Brower praised the brigade, known as Rakkasans, for combat efforts against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in 2002 and an advise-assist mission in 2014 and 2015.

"From hunting Al Qaeda and Taliban forces during Operation Anaconda in 2002, to performing the advise-assist mission in 2014-15, the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team have been nothing short of exceptional while supporting operations in Afghanistan over the years," said Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) acting senior commander. "The Rakkasans are trained, well-led, and prepared to accomplish any mission given to them while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel."

According to the U.S. Army website, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel trains, advises and assists Afghan security institutions and conducts counter-terrorism measures against remaining al Qaeda forces.

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