Michael Cook

Update at 11:20 am:

The statewide tornado drill has been postponed until next Tuesday, March 10.

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What would you do in case of a tornado? Kentucky officials believe that's a good question to ask, and answer, on Tuesday.

The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery as voted this weekend to approve a same-sex marriage amendment to the national church’s constitution.

The presbytery includes more than 50 congregations from Kentucky. Its vote on Saturday will count as just one of 172 presbyteries that make up Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which is headquartered in Louisville.

Representatives from presbyteries across the country are voting whether to rewrite language in the national church’s constitution that would recognize love as being between two people instead of between a man and a woman.

A majority of the presbyteries that have already voted have supported the amendment. Those include the Presbytery of Transylvania in eastern Kentucky.

The vote Saturday was 97 in favor, 9 against, and 1 abstention, according to Rev. Dr. Peggy Hinds, associate general presbyter for Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.

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.

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.

Judge: Man Competent for Trial in Sister's Slaying

Feb 27, 2015

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Update at 3:42 pm:

All lanes of I-65 north are now open.  

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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.