5:45 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Flexibility From EPA on New Carbon Standards

Gov. Steve Beshear

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.

“I am glad that the EPA recognized that states need flexibility. We tried to make that point with them over and over again as they developed this rule,” said Beshear. “What I’m concerned about is they, I’m not sure they’ve given us as much flexibility as we need.”

An analysis by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance research arm found that Kentucky could actually be able to increase its carbon emissions up to 4 percent under the EPA rules.

“We all want a clean environment, and I think we all share that goal. It’s a difference in balance and how we phase in those standards and how we can reach them, and at the same time keep coal jobs in the coal fields and keep manufacturing jobs in Kentucky,” said Beshear.

4:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Paul Backs Limited U.S. Involvement in Iraq Conflict

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he would back the U.S. providing arms assistance and possibly using air strikes to help the Iraqi government halt the advance of militants in that country. Paul said it would be a mistake to return American ground troops to Iraq. 

Paul also called it “appalling” that some Iraqi soldiers were stripping off their uniforms and running. Paul is Iowa to speak to that state’s Republican Convention.

12:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Toyo To Expand Plant, Hire 10 New Employees In Simpson County

Toyo Automotive Parts Plant in Franklin
Credit Gray Engineering, Architecture, Construction

Toyo Automotive Parts says it’s expanding its facility in Simpson County.  Governor Beshear’s office announced the $6 million dollar expansion which is expected to bring another 10 new jobs to the plant.

Toyo currently has a 165,000 square-foot facility in the Sanders Interstate Industrial Park in Franklin. It’s been there since 2001. The company will receive up to $150,000 in tax incentives, Governor Beshear’s office announced.

7:22 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Two Ft. Campbell Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced that 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott Studenmund of Pasadena, CA and 28 year-old Staff Sgt. Jason McDonald of Butler, GA., were among five soldiers killed June 9 while engaged in a combat operation in Gaza Village, Afghanistan.

Studenmund and McDonald were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Ft. Campbell. The Defense Department says the incident remains under investigation.

Earlier this month, the Department reported the death of another Ft. Campbell soldier. Twenty-five-year-old PFC Matthew Walker of Hillsboro, MO., died June 5 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.

7:11 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Second Mistrial for Hardin County Father in Infant Death

The second trial for a Hardin County father accused in the death of his month-old son has ended with a hung jury. Prosecutors had accused 25-year-old Jarrod Davis of murder and abuse in the 2013 death of Ja'Vion Davis.

Jurors sent a note to the judge late Friday after more than six hours of deliberations saying they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case.

An indictment said Davis "wantonly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death" to the child. A medical examiner found blunt force trauma to the baby's head and several other injuries. Davis said the injuries occurred when he dropped the infant.

Davis' first trial also ended with a hung jury.

5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Kentucky Military Members Offered Free Museum Admission

The Muhammad Ali Center, alongside Interstate 64 on Louisville's riverfront, is one of many Kentucky museums offering free admission to active military members and their families.
Credit Wikipedia

Throughout the summer, more than a dozen museums in Kentucky are offering free admission to active duty military members and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative. 

The Department of Defense in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and thousands of museums nationwide began the initiative five years ago as a military appreciation effort aimed at connecting military families to cultural resources in communities where they have moved or are based. 

"One of the things I think is great about the program is that if you have someone in your family who is serving out of the country, this might be an opportunity to go somewhere and experience something maybe that you haven't before, and it's kind of therapeutic in the absence of a loved one," says Communications Director Emily Moses with the Kentucky Arts Council.

The following museums are offering free admission through Labor Day, Sept. 1:

Bowling Green

Kentucky Museum

Eloise B. Houchens Center

Historic Railpark and Train Museum


Behringer-Crawford Museum


Aviation Museum of Kentucky


Frazier History Museum

Historic Locust Grove

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Muhammad Ali Center


Kentucky Gateway Museum Center


James D. Veatch Camp Breckenridge Museum & Arts Center


International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro Museum of Science and History


River Discovery Center


Hopewell Museum


East Kentucky Science Center

5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Case of Former Barren County Sheriff Goes Before Appeals Court

Former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton may learn this week if he will remain a free man or report to prison.  A federal appeals court will decide whether to  uphold witness tampering convictions against him. 

Eaton two other officers went on trial last year in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green.  They were accused of violating the civil rights of a suspect who claimed he was beaten while in handcuffs. 

His co-defendants were acquitted on all charges, but Eaton was found guilty on two federal counts of witness tampering, related to accusations that he directed two deputies to write false incident reports to the FBI. 

Eaton was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley allowed him to remain free while his conviction was under appeal. 

The former Barren County sheriff is seeking to have his convictions overturned or be granted a new trial.

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case on Thursday.

4:24 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Father, Son Lead Fort Campbell Army Unit 4 Decades Apart

An Army officer and his veteran father have an unusual bond for Father's Day.

Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins and his dad, retired Col. Bob Harkins have led the same unit into combat four decades apart. Patrick Harkins took the unit known as the Rakkasans from Fort Campbell, Kentucky into battle in Afghanistan. Bob Harkins led the same unit into combat in Operation Apache Snow, better known as the Battle of Hamburger Hill, in Vietnam in 1969.

While the military has long had family legacies — and featured them prominently in Father's Day celebrations — the Harkins' achievements stand out. Capt. Charles Emmons, a spokesman for the brigade, said it appears to be the first time a father and son have commanded the same unit decades apart.

4:52 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Ways Ease Ex-Convicts' Transition Back to Work Life

Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, (right) co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary, makes a presentation with Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown.
Credit Kentucky LRC

In Frankfort, the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations is giving another look at legislation that would make it easier for those with a prior conviction to receive a professional license. 

Hopkinsville Rep. John Tilley says a license should only be denied if there is a “clear connection” between the crime committed and the license sought.  The proposed legislation also makes it necessary for an applicant to be notified in advance if they will be disqualified because of a past crime. They would then receive a hearing, and would be able to appeal the administrative board’s ruling, if necessary.

Senator John Schickel of Union County, expressed concern about the bill and how it might affect an employer’s “right to know”.

4:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Grimes: Don't Send U.S. Troops Back To Iraq

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she would not support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq.

Islamic militants once linked to al-Qaida have taken Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and have vowed to advance on Baghdad. In a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, Grimes called the situation very dangerous and concerning. But she said ultimately the fight is up to the people of Iraq. Grimes said the United States should play a supportive role by providing useful intelligence.

Grimes is challenging Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in one of the country's most closely watched Senate races. Democrats are trying to keep control of the Senate in the midterm elections. Republicans need to pick up six seats to take a majority and control both houses of Congress.

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