River Pilot Michael Collins says he tried to steer the Delta Mariner through an alternate span of the western Kentucky Eggners Ferry Bridge with confidence he would clear the road deck prior to the accident. The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board have conducted a hearing this week, investigating the January crash that collapsed a portion of the bridge.
A new trial date has been set in the court martial of a Kentucky soldier facing two murder charges. Sergeant Brent Burke is accused of killing his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law in 2007. The two women were found shot to death inside a home in Rineyville in Hardin County.
The charges stem from an investigation by the new Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit , which was created last September. The Corbin, Kentucky Social Security Administration Office reported suspected fraud during a continuing disability review. Authorities say the defendants were involved in a scheme to cash a Supplemental Security Income check issued to Eric Partain, after he died.
By a vote of 29-0, the Tennessee Senate approved a bill to prevent students from being discriminated against for expressing their religious beliefs. The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Kerry Roberts of Springfield, who says the bill requires school districts to treat a student's religious expression the same way they would a secular viewpoint.
Navigation lights are the focus of the first day of Coast Guard and National Transportation and Safety Board hearings on the crash that collapsed a portion of the Eggners Ferry Bridge. A cargo ship operated by Foss Maritime collided with the bridge that connects Aurora to Land Between the Lakes on January 26th.
A Pulaski County man is under arrest for trafficking in prescription drugs that he stole from out of state. Detectives say 31-year-old Shannon Helton of Somerset allegedly broke into a Florida pharmacy and stole drugs to mail back to Kentucky. He was arrested in Somerset this week after detectives found a large amount of painkillers.
Two Kentucky men are the first in the nation to be charged under a new law that makes it illegal to assault a person because of sexual orientation. A federal grand jury indicted 37 year old David Jenkins of Cumberland and 20 year old Anthony Jenkins of Partridge on charges of committing an act of violence based on the victim's sexual preference.
The Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals is hoping more people will gain a better understanding of how that court works. Chief Judge Jeff Taylor of Owensboro says the Court of Appeals reviews the correctness of decisions made by trial courts, and conducts sessions around the state to give citizens the opportunity to see how the cases work.
A new report describes confusion leading up to the stage collapse at last summer’s Indiana State Fair that killed seven people. According to the report, Fair officials weren’t properly prepared for emergencies, and the stage that collapsed wasn’t built to withstand strong winds.