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5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Warren County Man Due in Court for Cold Case Murder

Leland Neal
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

A Warren County man under indictment 16 years later for allegedly murdering his wife is due in court Monday morning. 

Leland Neal was in a Mexican jail earlier this month, accused of taking part in an armed robbery.  That’s when authorities there learned he was wanted in the U.S. 

Neal fled to Mexico in 2008 and a warrant was issued last year, charging him in the death of his estranged wife Carol Neal in 1998.  At the time, the couple was in the middle of a divorce. 

Her body was never found, but a portion of her skull was located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in 2003. 

A Warren County grand jury indicted Leland Neal last Wednesday on a murder charge.  The following day, he was returned to Warren County from Mexico.  He's being held on more than one million dollars bond.

Regional
8:13 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

All WKU Campuses Closed Monday Due to Winter Weather

WKU released the following statement Sunday:

ALL WKU campuses will be closed Monday, March 3. Essential dining and facilities personnel should report to work, but all other operations will be closed. If you must travel, please use caution. Follow the latest updates on www.wku.edu and on official social media platforms.

Regional
9:47 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Winter Storm Moving Into Kentucky Sunday, Bringing Snow, Ice, and Sleet

Much of our region is under a winter storm warning from Sunday afternoon through Monday at noon.
Credit NWS

The winter storm moving into and through Kentucky Sunday is expected to bring rain, sleet, and ice.

A winter storm warning in effect for much of the region, lasting from 3 pm central Sunday through noon Monday.

One to three inches of snow is predicted by the National Weather Service, along with four tenths to three quarters of an inch of ice accumulation. Travel could became dangerous at times, with tree damage and power outages likely.

The Kentucky State Police issued the following advisory to motorists on Sunday:

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Regional
5:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Latest Tug-of-War Over I-69 Route Pits Owensboro against Evansville, Henderson

The latest debate over the route for Interstate 69 revolves around the highway's path from Southern Indiana into Kentucky

 While researching his book, “Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway”, Matt Dellinger traced the very early history of I-69 to a southern Indiana landowner, who in the early ‘90s, wanted to build a toll road from Evansville to Indianapolis.  

“This man, David Graham, in Washington, Indiana, had been talking to this economist who said ‘look, your problem is, that it is too small a project. If you continued this proposed highway  all the way to Mexico, then the numbers would change and the economics of it would look a lot more attractive if it was an international trade route,’” said Dellinger.

Twenty years and billions of dollars later, I-69 remains incomplete, although there has been progress, If I-69 ever is complete, it will extend from Canada to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Dellinger says funding issues and sometimes, the proposed route of the interstate have impeded progress as each mayor, congressman or senator along the way has tried to steer it in a way that would most benefit his or her constituents.

“These arguments about the route have been going on since the idea was very, very young. It is about politics and it is about economic development,” said Dellinger.  “The bridges are obviously key points in the route.  They’re kind of the pillars that the rest of the route is defined by.”

The latest dust up over I-69 doesn’t take place far Washington, Indiana.  

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Regional
2:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Kentucky Court Clerks Await Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage

Clerks across Kentucky are awaiting legal guidance on when and how to handle requests for name changes and other legal benefits of marriage from same-sex couples a day after a federal judge officially struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Jefferson County clerk's spokesman Nore Ghibaudy says as of Friday state officials have offered no notice that the law has changed.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II is scheduled to meet with attorneys in the case Friday afternoon about a request by the Kentucky attorney general's office to delay the ruling overturning the ban.

Attorneys for one couple say two of their clients went to a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Bardstown earlier in the day for a name change and were turned away.

Regional
3:37 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Both Sides React to Ruling Partially Lifting Kentucky's Gay Marriage Ban

31-year-old Ross Ewing and his partner 46-year-old David Cupps cut the cake during their 2009 commitment ceremony.
Credit Ross Ewing

A Lexington couple is celebrating a federal judge’s final ruling that orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. 

Ross Ewing has been with his partner for eight years.  The couple had planned to marry this summer in New York.

“By happy coincidence, we were and still are, planning on being in New York on the first weekend in June which is our anniversary. My partner sings in Lexington Singers and they are performing in Carnegie Hall that weekend. We were just going to get married while we were up there,” explained Ewing.

Now, Ewing says the couple is thinking about waiting a little longer for the opportunity to get married in their home state. With the ruling partially lifting Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, Ewing believes it’s only a matter of time before Kentucky fully legalizes gay marriage. 

“I just cannot help but see the comparison to inter-racial marriage. That didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen in all 50 states simultaneously, but it happened, and I just can’t help but see the parallel.”

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Regional
3:34 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Three Corvettes Could Be Out of Bowling Green Sinkhole by Wednesday

The sinkhole opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green on Feb. 12.
Credit Abbey Oldham

Engineers expect to start pulling out Corvettes from a Bowling Green sinkhole next week.

Eight vintage versions of the car fell into the sinkhole that opened up two weeks ago beneath the National Corvette Museum. The construction company Scott, Murphy, and Daniel says the removal of the first three cars could begin next Monday, with the hopes of having those vehicles out of the sinkhole by Wednesday.

The construction team has been told it can bring excavation equipment into the Skydome area of the museum where the sinkhole opened up.

Workers will be allowed to set up cranes that will suspend engineers and contractors into the hole so that they can better examine the condition of the sinkhole and create a recovery plan.

The company estimates the crane will be in place by Saturday.

Regional
2:46 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

KSP Says Kentucky Speedway Owes Thousands for Security Detail

The Kentucky Speedway allegedly owes the KSP nearly $300,000.
Credit Kentucky Speedway

The State Police has a message for a speedway in northern Kentucky: pay up.

KSP officials say the Kentucky Speedway owes nearly $300,000 for security provided at several major races

Records obtained through a Kentucky Open Records Act by the Courier-Journal show that—since at least summer--the KSP has been sending the speedway emails and letters requesting reimbursement. A letter sent in late December stated that the Kentucky Speedway owed a little over $299,000, and requested payment by mid-January.

KSP commander Rodney Brewer told the paper there hasn’t been any response to the letters or recent phone calls that were placed to the speedway. Brewer says he’s never before been in a position where someone with a contractual obligation with state police refused to pay.

The KSP commander says the money is owed under agreements the agency has with the speedway to provide uniformed troopers for security at events on speedway property.

Regional
1:34 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Out of State Same-Sex Marriages Now Legally Recognized in Kentucky

A federal judge has signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Thursday issued a final order throwing out part of the state's ban on gay marriages. The order makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."

The order means same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. The order doesn't affect a related lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Kentucky's attorney general has asked for a delay, which hasn't been ruled upon.

Regional
9:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Baptists say Sunrise Homes Short on Funding

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is starting a $5 million fundraising drive for the state's largest private child care agency.

Executive Director Paul Chitwood says Sunrise Children's Services, which is affiliated with the Baptist church, lost donations after the departure of its longtime CEO last year. Bill Smithwick resigned in December after floating a proposal that the agency open its employment to gays. The change was rejected by Sunrise's board.

Chitwood says "funding streams were severely damaged during the last three months of 2013." He said many donors did not give because they were unsure of Sunrise's future, and others withdrew donations in protest.

Chitwood says the agency has a funding gap of about $7.5 million. He is asking the state's 2,400 Baptist churches to raise about $2,000 each.

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