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Adelina Lancianese

Western Kentucky District U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman didn’t hide his emotion when announcing federal charges against a coal company for faking coal dust samples.

“This is one of those that just made me angry, it just made me angry to see the impact on these miners,” Coleman said.

 

Coleman unsealed indictments Wednesday against eight employees of the now-bankrupt Armstrong Energy coal company for falsifying dust monitoring samples in two of its Kentucky mines.


Owensboro Municipal Utilities

Now that a boil water advisory has been lifted for most customers, Owensboro Municipal Utilities is working to fortify the pipes that burst on Monday. 

About 100,000 residents of Owensboro and Daviess County had little to no water before service was restored on Wednesday. 

OMU Spokeswoman Sonya Dixon says it’s believed that a cast-iron pipe more than 100 years old ruptured and caused another pipe to leak.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Motorists who use the William H. Natcher Parkway in Warren County can expect traffic delays through the end of the year. 

Construction work begins on Monday that will upgrade the parkway into an Interstate 65 spur. 

The Natcher will be down to one lane in both directions between exit six at US 31-W, which is Nashville Road, and exit seven at US 68, which is Russellville Road. 

Unsealed Lawsuit in Tennessee: Opioid Firm Placed Profits Over People

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A newly unsealed lawsuit by Tennessee's attorney general says the maker of the world's top-selling painkiller directed its salesforce to target the highest prescribers, many with limited or no pain management background or training.

Citing the public's right to know, Attorney General Herbert Slatery said Thursday that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has dropped its previous efforts to shield details of the 274-page lawsuit in state court. The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the Knoxville News Sentinel had also requested that the lawsuit's records become public.

Carl Ganter

Jubilation turned into trepidation in northern Thailand this week where rescuers found 12 boys and their soccer coach alive in a cave after being trapped by floodwaters for nearly two weeks. 

The daunting task now is how and when to extract the group.  The rescue could take weeks or perhaps months.

Dr. Chris Groves is a Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology at Western Kentucky University.  In this interview with WKU Public Radio, he said rescuers are contending with karst topography similar to the caves and limestone bedrock in south central Kentucky.

Warren County Regional Jail

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has filed a civil lawsuit against his neighbor who was sentenced this month for assaulting the Republican lawmaker.

A civil complaint filed in Warren Circuit Court says Paul is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages from Rene Boucher for "physical pain and mental suffering."

Boucher admitted to attacking Senator Paul outside his Bowling Green home on November 3.  Paul suffered several broken ribs and contracted pneumonia as a result of his injuries. 

Christian County Detention Center

The Allen County man charged in the brutal death of a young girl nearly three years ago was in court Tuesday afternoon with his lawyer for the last time.  Timothy Madden’s defense attorney was disqualified from the case in May.

The 41-year-old Madden has been declared indigent and in need of state funds to prepare his death penalty case for trial.  Attorney Travis Lock has been representing Madden pro bono for more than a year, but the defendant and his family can no longer afford to hire expert witnesses who would, among other things, conduct psychological evaluations of the defendant. 

Simpson County Tourism Commission

A small town in south central Kentucky is preparing to celebrate one of country music’s greatest love stories. Franklin will commemorate the 1968 wedding of Johnny and June Carter Cash with the unveiling of a historical marker outside the First United Methodist Church where the country music stars became man and wife in a surprise, low-key ceremony. 

They may have gotten married in a fever, but it wasn’t in Jackson as the couple’s 1967 hit suggested.  It was in Franklin, Kentucky, the first town north of the Tennessee line on I-65.

“Franklin and Simpson County had a bit of a reputation from the 1930s through the 1970s as a place for couples from northern middle Tennessee to come to get married because they could do it all in one day," explained Dan Ware, Simpson County's tourism director. "In their home state of Tennessee, there was a mandatory three-day waiting period, by law, that was in place at the time.”


Christian County Detention Center

The judge presiding over the case of an Allen County man charged in the 2015 murder of a young girl has dismissed his defense lawyer from the case. 

At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Attorney Travis Lock requested that his client Timothy Madden be declared indigent, and therefore, entitled to money from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Lock has been representing Madden pro bono for a year, but he argued the state funds were needed to hire expert witnesses. 

Kentucky Dept. of Veterans Affairs

A Hardin County facility that provides long-term care for military veterans is getting a special dedication Thursday.

A section of the Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center will feature two brick walls, one of which will have the etching “Once a veteran, always a veteran.”

The other will say, “Together we serve.”

Kyeland Jackson

Community members gathered in Radcliff on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the deadliest drunk driving crash in American history.

The accident took place on May 14, 1988, when a drunk driver hit a church bus carrying 60 people on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky.

Karolyn Nunnallee’s daughter Patti was 10 years old when she died in the crash. Nunnallee channeled her grief into activism, eventually becoming the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

This story is part of a series on coal country by NPR's Embedded podcast. Episode audio is below.

On May 5, 2016, Donald Trump led a campaign rally in Charleston, W.Va.

He put on a hard hat and pretended he was shoveling coal. The crowd loved it.

Lisa Autry

President Donald Trump has called the opioid crisis a national health emergency, ravaging Appalachian states like Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio.  That’s helped put the spotlight on the role doctors play in prescribing powerful pain relievers that sometimes lead to addiction and overdose deaths. 

A former Warren County physician will get a stinging reminder on Monday that his medical career is over, and that his freedom is being taken away.  Fred Gott will be sentenced in federal court for over-prescribing powerful painkillers, including Fentanyl and Methadone.  The case against the 66-year-old heart doctor started to build in 2012.


Barren River Area Safe Space

A Bowling Green-based domestic violence shelter wants to empower women who are trying to land jobs in office settings.

Barren River Area Safe Space—or BRASS--is holding its spring Dress for Change event through May 23. The shelter is giving women donated clothing and accessories they can wear for job interviews and while at work.

BRASS Executive Director Tori Henninger said women who are physically abused by their partners are also often victims of financial abuse.

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Kentucky is taking part in a new research program aimed at reducing the recidivism rate of the state’s prison inmates. Kentucky is one of four states participating in the project.

The Safe Streets and Second Chances program will be funded by the Koch Industries network. The project will begin in June with 200 randomly chosen inmates in Kentucky prisons. The program’s advisory board chair Mark Holden said the idea is to begin the process of preparing an inmate for reentry as soon as they’re incarcerated.


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