Randy Steidl has faced death twice and lived to tell about it. He was released from prison in Illinois in 2004 after spending 17 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. He now travels the country speaking against the death penalty and was a guest on WKU Public Radio's "Morning Edition" this morning to talk about his trial, his more than 6,000 days behind bars, and his life since he regained his freedom.
Fort Knox is dedicating a memorial to a 19-year-old soldier who died in Iraq in 2006 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor. The memorial display in honor of Spc. Ross A. McGinnis will be unveiled and dedicated at the central Kentucky post at 1:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 7.
Southern Coal Corp. is recalling several hundred laid-off miners in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia and plans to hire 650 new workers. Roanoke-based Southern Coal announced Tuesday that it has entered into a multi-year contract to supply coal to American Electric Power. The contract will allow it to re-start mines idled earlier this year and to save 500 jobs.
The University of Louisville has received funding for a program that helps students aspiring to be the first in their families to attend college. U of L said Monday it has received two federal grants totaling $3.3 million to continue its Upward Bound program for another five years.
Kentucky State Police investigators are re-interviewing people about a 21-year-old slaying after turning up new information in the case. Detective Laura Isenberg told The Daily News that technological advances are allowing the probe into the death of 36-year-old Danny Martin Kennedy of Russellville to move forward with evidence collected just after he died.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a highway contractor who wants a bid-rigging statement he made to investigators nearly 30 years ago to remain secret. Earlier this year, the Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 2-1 ruling rejected an argument by contractor Leonard Lawson that his privacy would be invaded if the 1983 statement was released.
A set of pillow shams and copies of the military newspaper Stars and Stripes dating from World War I and World War II are now part of the collection at the Don F. Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell. The Kentucky New Era reports that Kathy Kozlinski of St. Clair Shores, Mich., donated pillow shams from Camp Claiborne, La., where the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) first activated during World War II.
A WKU senior died early Sunday after being shot in Louisville over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Jefferson County deputy coroner identified the victim as 24-year-old Cheryl Williamson. The Courier-Journal reports Williamson was a senior fashion major.
As part of his efforts to increase citizen involvement in government, Auditor Adam Edelen's office will soon release a smart phone app to let residents make anonymous requests for investigations. Tips have always been taken in person or over the phone, but now, the office is on the verge of allowing tips to come in via smartphone or tablet.
Motorists this Thanksgiving Week are likely to see very congested interstate highways around Kentucky. Holiday travel is anticipated to increase slightly for the five day period. Triple-A spokesman Christopher Oakford says that’s been the trend in recent years.