A decline in coal mining tax revenue has many of Kentucky’s top officials concerned. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear say they are concerned about the declining revenues from the coal severance tax.
The tax is used for a variety of state, county and local infrastructure projects, mostly in Eastern Kentucky. Beshear says the drop in revenue reflects the tough market for Kentucky coal.
An intense winter storm system will continue to bring rain, snow and icy conditions to our region through Wednesday evening.
The Blizzard Warning for Owensboro, Henderson, and Evansville has been cancelled, though these areas can expect additional snow today. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for portions of southern Indiana.
Much of the rest of our coverage area is under a Winter Weather Advisory through early evening Wednesday, with predictions of accumulations around 1", along with icy conditions as rain mixes with sleet.
The southern Indiana portion of our listening area got hit with as much as seven inches of snow during an early-morning snow storm Wednesday. The Evansville Courier-Press reports that Evansville's mayor has announced that all non-essential city offices will close at noon.
Emergency responders had to help numerous motorists in the area who got stuck in the snowstorm, or skidded off roads.
A federal judge has delayed sentencing until late January for a pair of Iraqi nationals who pleaded guilty to conspiring to send weapons, cash and explosives to al-Qaida in Iraq.
U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell rescheduled for Jan. 29 the sentencing of 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and his co-defendant, 24-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi. Sentencing had originally been planned for Jan. 3 in federal court in Bowling Green.
Alwan pleaded guilty in December 2011. Hammadi bypassed a trial and entered a guilty plea in August.
Ray Burnam ran for sheriff on a pledge to do whatever he could to settle three unresolved slayings in this tranquil corner of Kentucky. He even dangled his own money as a reward, pledging $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in any of the cases.
What the sheriff got in return was a court order demanding he turn over his findings in one case and claims he’s gone “rogue” as part of a spat with state police. The bad feelings may date back to Burnham’s own departure from the state force, have erupted with tense words in open court and, the prosecutor argues, could jeopardize efforts to prosecute one of the cases. It’s an unusually public dispute between law enforcement agencies.
Burnam, who was elected Trigg County sheriff in 2010, sounds unapologetic about his efforts, driven by his desire to make sure the killers “get what’s coming to them.”
A restaurant emblazoned with the Maker's Mark name is accused in a lawsuit of civil-rights violations by allegedly refusing to allow a party for a black group. The claim has stirred the Kentucky bourbon maker to distance itself from the downtown watering hole.
Andre Mulligan claims in his lawsuit that he was making party preparations when he met with officials from Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge last Aug. 17, the day before the event. The Louisville man, accompanied by his brother, was pressed to specify the ratio of blacks to whites who would attend the event, the suit claims.
When LeBron Gaither was last seen alive, he had just gotten into a car in Taylorsville for a drug buy in July 1996, unaware that someone tipped off his dealer, Jason Noel, to his role as a police informant.
Police later found Gaither's body in Casey County. He had been tortured, stabbed, beaten, dragged and killed.
Now, the Kentucky Supreme Court is giving Gaither's mother, Virginia Gaither, a chance to argue why she should be compensated for her son's death. The high court on Thursday agreed to take up the family's case, but did not give a reason why in the single-line order. The case is likely to be heard sometime in 2013. Initial briefs are due from the plaintiffs in 60 days.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding everyone to use caution due to high winds in the forecast for today and tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, indicating the region can expect sustained winds above 20 miles per hour with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour at times through tonight. This will create hazardous driving conditions until at least midnight and possibly into Friday morning.
Motorists should slow down and use appropriate caution. Vehicles such as commercial trucks, RVs, vans and large SUV’s are particularly susceptible to high winds.
An illegal alien living in Kentucky has pleaded guilty in a sex trafficking case that spanned several counties. Adulfo De Aquaino-Cancino was indicted by a grand jury over the summer.
According to an affidavit, between August 2011 and January of this year, he recruited females, arranged for commercial sexual encounters, transported, and financially benefited from the sex trafficking ring.