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4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Kentucky Coal Mine Officials Fined, Put on Probation for Safety Violations

Three former officials at an eastern Kentucky mine where a coal miner was killed in 2011 have been fined in federal court and ordered to spend time on probation for violating federal mine safety standards.

U.S. District Judge Gregory van Tatenhove scheduled a hearing to determine whether to impose a fine for Manalapan Mining Co.

The men were supervisors at Manalapan's P-1 Mine in Harlan County during a June 2011 underground collapse that killed miner David Partin.

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Regional
4:19 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Construction to Start on New $763 Million Ohio River Bridge Between Louisville, Indiana

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pledged Wednesday that a new Ohio River bridge east of Louisville will be built under budget and on time, as decades of talk is turning into action with construction starting on the span that will connect Indiana and Kentucky.

Standing on a bluff overlooking a wide stretch of river where the East End Bridge will go up, Kentucky and Indiana officials applauded the cross-river cooperation that overcame financial obstacles for a project that has been discussed since the late 1960s. Pence said the bridge, carrying a construction price tag of $763 million, will promote job growth and opportunities that play to the region's strengths.

"It was a dream that two states could come together, could put aside regional competitiveness and political differences and accomplish something that would benefit all of the people of our region," Pence said. "Today that dream is finally beginning to become a reality."

After months of site preparation and pre-construction work, crews will begin actual construction work next week, officials said.

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Regional
5:24 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bardstown Police Chief Vows Justice as Slain Officer is Laid to Rest

Officer Jason Ellis
Credit Bardstown Police Department

A slain Bardstown police officer will be laid to rest Thursday, even as the person responsible remains undetected.  Colleagues will bury Officer Jason Ellis who investigators say was ambushed on the job. 

The 33-year-old Ellis was on his way home from work Saturday morning when he stopped to move debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.  He was shot multiple times after getting out of his cruiser.  Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin believes Ellis was targeted, saying the planning and execution of the attack was "methodical and precise." 

Compunding the sadness of Ellis' colleagues is the fact there remains no suspects or motive for the crime.  Chief McCubbin says he will not rest until there is justice.

"The happiest day will be, cause this is certainly the worst day, but the happiest day will be when we've got this person or persons, in whatever fashion we get them.  We will get them," says McCubbin emphatically.

Ellis leaves behind his wife and two sons, ages six and seven.  Following the funeral Thursday morning, a procession will go through Bardstown on the way to the cemetery for the community to pay respects along the route.  

The Fraternal Order of Police has set up two accounts at a local bank.  Wilson and Muir Bank and Trust is accepting donations to a memorial fund for the officer's family and a reward fund for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Regional
12:44 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

KSP: Female Body Found off I-65 in Hardin County

Kentucky State Police say mowing crews discovered a woman's body along Interstate 65 in Hardin County Wednesday morning.  Trooper Norman Chaffins says the body was found on northbound I-65 in a grassy area near the 99 mile marker. 

"We do know the body had been there for some time.  We don't know the exact time the body had been there.  That's something we'll determine with some accuracy once the body has been examined by the medical examiner," said Chaffins.  "Once we get a description of the body, we'll be able to put that out and compare with any missing persons reports."

Investigators do suspect foul play.  As police process the scene, the right lane of I-65 from mile marker 98 to just pass mile marker 99 will be closed for several hours.

Regional
11:32 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Wife: Slain Bardstown Officer Will Always 'Be My Hero'

Jason Ellis
Credit Bardstown Police Department

The widow of an ambushed Bardstown police officer is making her first public comments since her husband was gunned down Saturday. 

Kentucky State Police say 33-year-old officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.

Amy Ellis Tuesday morning thanked the community for an outpouring of support.

"The only reason I can get up here right now is because of prayers, and God has picked me up off the bathroom floor," said Ellis.  "I didn't want to live another second without him, but I know I have to be strong for our kids."

More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station.  A stream of mourners turned a police car into a makeshift memorial, covering it with flowers, flags, and balloons. 

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