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University of Kentucky archaeologists are finishing their dig at a prehistoric Native American campsite on the edge of Lake Barkley in Canton. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet found the site during land analysis for a new bridge.

Lead Archaeologist Mickey Loughlin said this site ranks high in importance on a 1-10 scale.

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The Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit for a case in Muhlenberg County over song lyrics in a Facebook post.

In August, James Evans of Central City posted lyrics on his Facebook page from a song called “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” by the band Exodus. The 2010 song is about the Virginia Tech shooting.

Evans was arrested that month on a criminal charge of first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. The charge was eventually dismissed.

The ACLU of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming Muhlenberg County Police Officer Michael Drake falsely arrested Evans for posting those lyrics. Evans’ attorneys—Brenda Popplewell and William Sharp—claim that arrest was illegal and violated their clients’ First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The lawsuit was filed at a U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky and names Muhlenberg County and Officer Drake as defendants.

An Amish father and son will be in a Logan County courtroom Wednesday.  The men are facing charges of violating a local ordinance requiring owners to clean up after their large animals.

Amos Mast and his son Dan, both of Auburn, were cited this year by police for refusing to fit their horses with special bags to collect their droppings.  The ordinance requires large animals to wear the collection devices in order to keep streets clear of feces. 

Members of the Amish community object to the law, claiming the devices can spook their horses.  The Mast family will take their case before a jury in Logan District Court. 

The Masts are members of the Old Order Amish, the same sect involved in a legal battle a few years ago when they refused to place a slow-moving vehicle emblem on the back of their horse-drawn buggies.  They objected to the bright orange emblem on religious grounds.  The General Assembly eventually passed a law allowing the Amish to place reflective tape on their buggies.

The mayor of Owensboro is planning to introduce a plan to save a city-owned golf course from being sold.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports Mayor Ron Payne will share the plan with the city commission at its Tuesday evening meeting. The city’s proposed budget does not include funding for Hillcrest Golf Course, listing it as eligible to be sold to private interests.

A new ordinance that includes funding for the nine-hole course will be introduced as an amendment to the budget during the city commission meeting.

The ordinance proposes to fund the golf course through a slight increase in the city’s occupational tax.

The increase would also help cover the city’s recent $2.4 million commitment to the construction of the new downtown International Bluegrass Music Center.

Update at 1:54 pm:

All lanes of I-65 south in Hardin County have been reopened Monday afternoon following a late morning accident that caused a semi to catch fire.

Update at 1:21 pm:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued the following update about a vehicle fire and lane closure on I-65 south in Hardin County:

Remaining cars from the vehicle hauler semi which caught fire and burned near the Glendale Interchange (Exit 86) are being removed.  One lane is now open.  Both lanes should be open within the hour.  Currently, traffic is backed up to the 94 interchange (approximately 7-8 miles).  Volume will continue to be heavy in the area and motorists may still wish to use Exit 91 to continue south via US 31-W or (if going thru to Bowling Green) take WK Parkway to Natcher Parkway and rejoin I-65 in Bowling Green at the Exit 20 interchange.

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Officials with the Kentucky State Police have no plans at this time to purchase body cameras for their troopers.

The issue of equipping law enforcement officers with body cameras has gained increased national attention following several high-profile deaths of unarmed African-Americans during encounters with police. KSP spokesman Paul Blanton says troopers were asked about the possibility of using body cameras after some field-tested the technology about three years ago.

“We had the troopers fill out a questionnaire to see if it was something that would assist them in doing their job, however that project has not moved forward into a next step.”

Blanton says while troopers largely responded favorably to using body cameras, the biggest concerns related to the technology are the costs, and how to store the large amount of video that would be recorded.

While state police aren’t equipped with body cameras, Blanton points out that about one-third of the agency’s troopers have cruisers with dash-mounted cameras that begin to record whenever the vehicle’s sirens are turned on. Those same troopers also wear body microphones that record audio of any encounters that take place after the cruiser’s sirens are engaged.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing family from Glasgow.  The family of three has not been since Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Missing are 49-year-old Raymon Ingram, his wife, 40-year-old Cynthia, and their eight-year-old daughter Danica. 

The family’s vehicle has been found in a vacant lot of the Golgotha Fun Park, which has been out of business for quite some time, in Cave City. 

Raymon Ingram is 5’ 2” tall, weighs 125 pounds and has sandy blonde hair.

Cynthia Ingram is 5’ 1” tall, weighs 113 pounds and has long black hair.

Danica Ingram is 4 feet tall, weighs 65 pounds and has long dark hair.

The Glasgow Police Department isn’t releasing any other information at this point. 

Anyone with knowledge of Ingram family's whereabouts is asked to call the GPD at 270-651-5151.

Ask anyone in Louisville, Ky., what to eat and drink during the Kentucky Derby, and chances are good he'll tell you two things: mint juleps and "derby pie."

But while bartenders around the country make mint juleps without controversy, things are a little more complicated for "derby pie." The creators of the pie are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and what can't. And they're not afraid to sue over it.

Kevin Willis

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in parts of Kentucky affected by severe winter storms.

The White House said the disaster declaration was signed Thursday, ordering federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by snowstorms, flooding, landslides and mudslides earlier this year.

Three of Kentucky's top Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Obama earlier Thursday urging him to approve Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's request for federal funds to help clean up from the storms.

U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul along with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers sent the letter saying counties throughout the state suffered extensive damage.

Beshear requested the disaster declaration on April 16. It took several weeks for state officials to do all of the work to submit the request, the result of new procedures implemented by FEMA.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says there will be lane closures on Interstate 65 in northern Hardin County during the next couple of weeks.

The northbound lanes will be affected starting Sunday night, with the inside and center lanes closed at 7 p.m. for concrete repairs between mile points 102 and 104 near the Bullitt County line. The work should be finished Friday, depending on weather.

Southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between mile points 104 and 102 beginning at 7 p.m. May 10, also for concrete repairs. That work is expected to be finished May 13 if weather is clear.

The cabinet advises reducing speed and preparing for slow or stopped traffic when approaching the work zones. Expect delays during peak hours, and consider alternate routes.

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