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About 60 animals have been rescued from a western Kentucky animal shelter where authorities say they were being underfed and not given enough water.

Kim Carroll, 50, of Bee Springs in Edmonson County, was charged Friday with second-degree animal cruelty following the discovery of dozens of malnourished animals, as well as one dead dog and three dead cats. Several other animals have since been euthanized.

Owensboro Humane Society member Cheryl Bartlett says she alerted deputies after one of her children discovered a dead dog in an outdoor kennel.

The Edmonson shelter had taken in animals via contracts with governments of Edmonson, Hart, Grayson and Metcalfe counties.

It's unclear whether Carroll has an attorney.

Muhammad Ali To Be Buried In Louisville Friday

Jun 5, 2016
J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

Funeral plans have been set for legendary boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali.

The Louisville native died late Friday evening at a Phoenix hospital of septic shock after battling respiratory problems. He was 74.

News of Ali’s death drew hundreds of mourners to the boxing legend’s boyhood home in West Louisville and the Muhammad Ali Center in the city’s downtown. Flags in the city are flying at half-staff, and elected officials from across the state called his death a huge loss for Louisville and the world.

Prior to the funeral service, a procession will carry Ali’s casket through the streets of Louisville. The procession will begin at 9 a.m. Friday on Bardstown Road and travel west to 34th street before returning to Cave Hill Cemetery.

Ali will be buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery. His burial will be preceded by a public funeral at the KFC Yum Center in downtown Louisville. The service will begin at 2 p.m. and will have limited seating. Information on tickets is not yet available.

The funeral will also be live streamed via the Ali Center’s website.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 74, is being treated for respiratory problems at a hospital in the Phoenix area – and now comes word that his condition could be more serious than was first believed when he was admitted on Thursday.

Today, the AP says of Ali, "two people familiar with his condition say [these] may be more serious problems than his previous hospital stays."

Ali's treatment could also be complicated by symptoms of Parkinson's, the debilitating disease from which he has suffered for more than 30 years. Before Thursday, Ali's last known multi-day stint in the hospital was in January 2015.

Widespread concern for Ali blossomed on Twitter and elsewhere Friday, after celebrity gossip website Radar Online published a story saying that the beloved boxer was on life support – a characterization that hasn't been confirmed or reported elsewhere. According to NBC News, the boxer's family has gathered at the hospital – and a "well-informed source" tells the network that Ali is in "grave condition."

Saving Liberty DH4

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

Friends of Jenny, a group of volunteers in Kentucky and Tennessee, is working to preserve a piece of that history by purchasing the last remaining fuselage of a DeHavilland DH4, known as the Liberty Plane.  The aircraft was the first fighter plane manufactured in the U.S. for the war.

Army veteran and pilot Dorian Walker of Bowling Green says once the fuselage is purchased, the Liberty will be reconstructed and placed back into flying status.

"Four of the eight medals of honor awarded for air service in World War I were awarded to DH4 crews," Walker told WKU Public Radio.  "It's an amazing story and we're trying to remember those folks that we've long since forgotten."

Once restored, the Liberty Plane will be taken on a nationwide tour in 2017 alongside the Jenny, which was the nation’s first military trainer.

A Kickstarter campaign is underway through next Tuesday to raise $60,000.

Relatives say a Blue Angels pilot who died when his jet crashed near Nashville had wanted to fly since he was a child.

A U.S. official identified the pilot killed Thursday as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dolph Kuss says his grandson dreamed of being an aviator since a young age. And Kuss' mother, Janet Kuss, said in a 2014 newspaper interview that her son had "wanted to be a Blue Angel since forever."

It was the second fighter jet crash of the day for the military's elite fighter jet performance teams. A member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crashed in Colorado after a flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation where President Barack Obama spoke. That pilot ejected safely.

Missing Plane Found, Pilot's Body Recovered

Jun 2, 2016
Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport

Kentucky State Police say debris spotted from a helicopter is from a plane that's been missing in western Kentucky since Monday and a body has been recovered from the plane.

Police said in a news release Wednesday night that officials have not been able to positively confirm the body is the 70-year-old missing pilot, Robert C. Dalzell Jr., but have notified the family. An autopsy was scheduled.

A news release from police said the site is in thick woods in the Fordsville community of Hancock County. The Federal Aviation Administration will be at the scene Thursday to investigate.

Police said earlier that Dalzell left the Owensboro Regional Airport on Monday morning and landed at Falls of Rough in Grayson County about 35 minutes later. The statement says he departed later from the Falls of Rough, but never returned to the Owensboro airport.

A Franklin physician has admitted to illegally prescribing pain and anti-anxiety medicine that resulted in two deaths.

Roy Reynolds pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to charges that he illegally prescribed controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky, Reynolds had two patients under his care die from drug overdoses.  One was a 46-year-old man with a history of illegal drug use and psychiatric issues that were documented in his patient charts.  Two days prior to his death, Dr. Reynolds prescribed him 180 Oxycodone pills and 90 Xanax tablets. 

Henderson Police Department

A Henderson man will appear in court Wednesday after being charged with vandalizing the city’s Memorial Day display.

Police say 27-year-old Anthony Burrus drove his car through a display of more than 5,000 crosses in the city’s Central Park early Saturday morning.

As many as 160 of the crosses were damaged or destroyed.

Henderson police officer Jennifer Richmond said the city’s Memorial Day observance went off as scheduled Monday, thanks to some fast repair work.

“To my knowledge, they were able to get the crosses back in the ground, and repair some others that had been destroyed,” Richmond said.

The crosses were repaired by members of the Henderson fire department, the American Legion and local residents.

Burrus told police he has no memory of what happened.

He’s been charged with criminal mischief in the first degree and leaving the scene of an accident.

WKU Student Shot Near U of L After Party

May 31, 2016
University of Louisville

A Western Kentucky University student home for summer break has been struck at random by gunfire that broke out after a party near the University of Louisville campus.

News outlets report 19-year-old Eriaun Warrick was upgraded to serious condition from critical condition early Monday.

Warrick was shot in the mouth early Sunday, with the bullet becoming lodged in her upper back.

Warrick's friend Sasha Snardon tells the Courier-Journal that she was leaving the party with Warrick when they came across a large group of people outside, some of whom then began fighting.

Warrick's friends say they heard at least 20 to 30 shots fired.

Louisville police have not released any information about what may have prompted the shooting. As of Monday, no arrests had been made.

Barren River Area Safe Space

A Bowling Green-based domestic violence shelter wants to empower women who are trying to land jobs in office settings.

Barren River Area Safe Space—or BRASS--is holding its Dress for Change event May 31-June 15.

The shelter is giving women donated clothing and accessories they can wear for job interviews and while at work.

BRASS Executive Director Tori Henninger says the project can be valuable for low-income women and victims domestic violence.

"They are able to feel a little more confident, a little more secure, and a little bit better about their appearance, especially when they're trying to prepare themselves for work outside of a--say--fast food restaurant."

BRASS serves Warren, Barren, Simpson, and seven other southern Kentucky counties.

Lisa Autry

A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Bowling Green Schools’ Professional Learning and Development Center on Friday night for a town hall on the proposed resettlement of Syrian refugees.  Heated exchanges between opposing sides last two hours. 

Albert Mbanfu, executive director of the International Center of Kentucky, explained the extensive screening process that takes 18-24 months before refugees are approved for resettlement in the U.S.  

Mbanfu introduced Major General Allen Youngman, a Bowling Green resident and former Adjutant General of Kentucky.  Youngman tried to put to rest fears of terrorism by explaining that the government’s current vetting process did not exist on September 11, 2001, the date of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.  The screening process, he said, has become much more stringent in the past decade.

“I would not have been able to tell you ten years ago that I had a lot of confidence in the system.  We have things in place today that we didn’t have just a few years ago,” Youngman remarked.  “I feel pretty good about it.  Is it foolproof?  No.”

Youngman said anyone wanting to harm the U.S. would likely not go through the refugee resettlement program, but instead through a student or tourist visa.

Lisa Autry

One of the tour guides stranded by flood waters in a south central Kentucky cave says emergency plans already in place paid off  Thursday. 

Gary Russell was a mile deep into Hidden River Cave in Hart County when he saw water pouring through the cave’s passages. 

He and a group of geology students from Clemson University waded through rushing currents to safety after being in the cave for six hours. 

Russell told WKU Public Radio that he doesn’t think the incident could have been avoided.

"We got up that morning and checked the forecast as we always do.  We had a 30 percent chance of rain, so that's normal, and we always go in under that," Russell told WKU Public Radio.  "Storms make up their own minds sometimes, and as the day developed, the storm hit an hour sooner and it was more intense."

Russell says the group remained calm throughout the ordeal while waters rose to neck-level on some of the students.  He added that the rescue went according to the cave’s plan of action in the case of rising water. 

Waters receded Friday and the cave was able to reopen for partial tours.

Horse Cave Stories

Nineteen people who were trapped in a Hart County cave by quickly rising waters Thursday had a close call, but made it to safety.

Students from Clemson University in South Carolina began their caving trip at Hidden River Cave at 10:00 am.

The students entered the attraction in the town of Horse Cave with four tour guides.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued about 2 in the afternoon. Four members of the group were able to get out of the cave. But quickly rising waters trapped the rest of the group. They stayed in a portion of the cave with a higher ceiling “The Attic.”

At 3:00 pm  two officers from the Horse Cave Police Department went in to rescue the cavers, but the police officers also became trapped.

A tour guide was able to lead the trapped group out of the cave safely by 4:30.

Ft. Knox Army Post

Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes is the new Commanding General at Fort Knox.

He assumes the position previously held by Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs, who was the post's first female commander. She'll be the new chief of staff of the Northern Command Headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hughes comes to Fort Knox after serving a two year term as chief of staff for the Army's Pacific Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

One of the Commanding General's major responsibilities is guiding the Cadet Command at Fort Knox.

Jacob Ryan, WFPL

A judge has ended a restraining order that barred the city of Louisville from removing a 120-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that sits near the University of Louisville.

A group of residents and the Sons of Confederate Veterans opposed removing the 1895 stone obelisk monument and won a temporary restraining order a few days after Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced it would be removed on April 29.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman on Wednesday presided over several hours of testimony from the monument’s supporters, who argued that the city does not own it and that it could be damaged or crumble if it is removed.

Burkman asked that the city not take any action until she issues a written ruling.