5:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Allen County Man Receives Life Sentence for Murder of Pregnant Woman

The Scottsville man who admitted killing a woman and her unborn child was in court Tuesday for sentencing.  Thirty-six-year-old Charles Copass will spend the rest of his life behind bars with no chance for parole. 

Twenty-two-year-old Chelsea Mahaney was four months pregnant when she was killed in a gruesome attack at Copass’ home in June of 2012.  An autopsy revealed Mahaney was stabbed 51 times.  The prosecutor was seeking the death penalty, but that wasn’t the sentence the Mahaney family wanted.

"It's too easy," said Diane Mahaney, the grandmother with whom Chelsea lived.  "That's the quick way out."

Mahaney came to the sentencing wearing a T-shirt with Chelsea’s picture on the front.

"Chelsea is a part of me and when he took her, he took a part of my heart, and that hole in my heart will never be filled," sobbed Mahaney.  "I do have this to look forward to that one day I will be with her."

During the sentencing hearing, Copass made two outbursts when the prosecutor suggested he was not remorseful for the murder.  Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker threatened to remove him from the courtroom.  Copass declined to make a statement to the victim’s family during the sentencing.

4:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Tatman Accepts Position With WKU's Center For Research And Development

Dave Tatman (pictured right) with WKU professor Terry Wilson in 2011
Credit Clinton Lewis/WKU

Earlier this summer, Dave Tatman was named the first executive director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. Now he’s joined WKU’s Center for Research and Development. The university says Tatman will act as an interface between the newly-formed association and WKU.

“Dave is a very talented leader and he wants to give back to education,” said Dr. Gordon Baylis, WKU’s Vice President of Research. “WKU has been interested in economic development and in providing technical assistance for industry. And that’s what we’re doing through the Center for Research and Development and our applied research programs. We need people with real manufacturing experience to help us help industry.”

Tatman spent 34 years with General Motors before retiring as plant manager of the Corvette Assembly Plant. 

4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

In Hardin County Region, Fingers are Crossed that Cuts to Ft. Knox Will Be Scrapped

The Ft. Knox military post is facing major job losses if proposed cuts are carried out.
Credit Ft. Knox

Hardin County area business and political leaders are in the final stages of an effort to stave off proposed cuts at the Fort Knox military post.

The Army has said Ft. Knox could lose up to 4,100 soldier and civilian jobs if maximum cuts are implemented in 2016. That would be on top of the 3,500 positions already eliminated with the inactivation of the Third Brigade Infantry Combat Team, which is winding down operations by the close of this year.

Under the worst-case scenario facing the post, $500 million in payroll would be lost if the latest cuts become a reality.

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12:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Weather Service Confirms Sunday Tornado In Henderson Co.

Credit NWS

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Henderson County on Sunday afternoon. The twister had top winds of 90 miles an hour and was on the ground for two miles near the small town of Robards.

There were no reports of injuries, but three houses and a mobile home were damaged.

The weather service says the tornado was on the ground from 4:49 p.m. until 4:53 p.m Sunday.

8:33 am
Tue August 19, 2014

KY, TN Launch Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:01 pm

Kentucky and Tennessee officials have launched initiatives today to spread awareness of human trafficking.

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7:41 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Late Perryville Man's Extensive Civil War Collection To Be Auctioned Off

A reenactment at the Perryville Battlefield site
Credit Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

At an auction house in North Carolina Tuesday morning, hundreds of Civil War artifacts hit the auction block.  The collection represents the life’s work of a Perryville, Kentucky man who died in April.

Jimmy Johnson says his company, based in Angier, N.C., has been dealing with Civil War relics for 30 years.  

“Lots of times you get little bits and pieces of different collections, but in this case, we’ve just got such a wide variety of different items,” said Johnson 

The collection belonged to James “Cotton” Reynolds of Perryville. He was 84 when he died this spring.

His two daughters were at the auction house Monday where hundreds of collectors previewed the trove of Civil War artifacts.

 “Obviously they’re excited, it is an emotional thing anytime you’re selling your parents items, it’s an emotional event,” said Johnson.  “But they saw their Daddy nurture these items and collect them over the years.” 

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2:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Rush Sworn In As Indiana's First Woman Chief Justice

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush
Credit State of Indiana

For the first time in state history, Indiana has a female Supreme Court chief justice. 

Loretta Rush, who was appointed to the high court in 2012 by Governor Mike Pence, was sworn in as chief justice Monday. The Evansville Courier and Press reports the ceremony took place inside the Supreme Court law library at the Indiana Statehouse.

Rush takes over for chief justice Brent Dickson, who will remain as an associate justice.

11:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Timber Sale Proposed For Daniel Boone Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest
Credit National Forest Service

The National Forest Service has proposed allowing more commercial logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest than it has in over a decade.

The logging would take place on 3,515 acres in Pulaski and McCreary counties as part of a project that also entails controlled burns and other activities on about 15,000 acres. It is designed to better manage the forest by improving wildlife habitat and forest health.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the proposal has prompted some concern and some support.

Kentucky Heartwood Director Jim Scheff said commercial logging carries risks and the Forest Service could accomplish its goal through less-invasive means.

McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens says some local residents would oppose logging due to environmental concerns while others would support it because it would boost the economy.

10:02 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Fort Campbell Communities Write Letters in Hopes of Avoiding Cuts

Communities around Fort Campbell are asking residents to write or sign letters to the U.S. Army in an effort to stave off significant cuts at the sprawling Army post that straddles the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

The Army said in July that Fort Campbell could lose half its civilian and military workforce -- about 16,000 people -- and take an economic hit of $863 million if maximum cuts in both budget and force size are reinstated in 2016. That's twice the amount as originally projected.

Clarksville, Tennessee, Mayor Kim McMillan said residents can sign pre-written letters or write their own.

Christian County, Kentucky, Chamber of Commerce official Kensley Marcus said the letters are a way to tell Army officials how cuts would negatively affect the area around the post.

5:27 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Kentucky Agriculture Department Reaches Deal To Quicken Hemp Seed Import Process

The disputed hemp seeds arrive this spring after a legal battle between the DEA and the Kentucky Agriculture Department
Credit Kentucky Department of Agriculture

An agreement is in place between Kentucky and the federal government that aims to make hemp seed importing a more seamless process. 

Agriculture commissioner James Comer announced late Friday the two sides had reached an agreement following a dispute in May when a shipment of seeds was held up in customs for several weeks.

"With this agreement, Kentucky is now the first state in the nation with a legal, practical process through which farmers can partner with the state to grow hemp," said Comer in a written statement.  “We and the feds started out as adversaries, but by both talking and listening, we became partners in this process."

The agriculture department says it will fill out an application when importing hemp seeds and the federal government will process that application in an “expeditious” manner.  And, the Agriculture Department says the agreement means it has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit it filed against the justice department in May. 

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