Michelle Leibold and her sister Amy Lawrence take a moment to honor the memory of their father, Major Michael R. Lawrence. He was among the 258 Fort Campbell soldiers who died when their plane crashed in Newfoundland in 1985
One of the K-9 officers working with the Christian County Sheriff’s department is now wearing a high-dollar piece of protective equipment.
Timo is a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard who’s now sporting a $3,500 bulletproof, stab-resistant vest. Deputy Sean Head has been Timo’s handler for the last year.
“It’s no different from me going to a call and having no vest on – I kind of feel bare,” said Deputy Head. “It does give me added protection knowing that if I have to place him in danger like that, he has protection as well as I would.”
The vest came from a company called Vested Interest, which received $335,000 in donations to produce the protective gear. Several law enforcement agencies around the country were selected to receive the special vests.
Head says he’s trying to encourage other K-9 handlers to apply as well.
The U.S. Postal Service says it will open post office locations in Bowling Green and Evansville on two Sundays this holiday season to reduce wait times and allow customers to get a jump on holiday shipping.
The Bowling Green General Mail Facility on Scottsville Road along with the Lawndale Station on S. Green River Road in Evansville will open on December 14th and 21st. The facilities will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. those days.
The Postal Service says 607 million pieces of mail will be processed on Dec. 15th, making it the busiest day of the season.
Traffic is backed up from Mile Point 82 to about the 91 interchange at Elizabethtown. The paving crew is still working and the right lane is expected to remain closed for another 2-3 hours. Heavy rain is moving into Central Kentucky over the next few hours. Motorist should use extreme caution in the work area. Motorists and especially trucks are urged to consider exit 91 Western Kentucky Parkway to Natcher Parkway to rejoin I65 in Bowling Green to proceed south on I65.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following traffic advisory Friday morning for those traveling on I-65 in the Hardin County region:
Interstate 65 southbound near Mile Point 82 in Hardin County is reduced to one lane.
The right lane is blocked until base failure repairs can be completed. Keep left.
There are three repair locations between exit 86 at Glendale and exit 81 at Sonora.
Signage is posted well ahead of the work area. Use exit 86 to US 31W south as an alternate route to rejoin I65 at exit 81.
Weather conditions are less than ideal for pavement work. Surfaces are more slippery and visibilities are reduced because of rain, fog and traffic spray.
A student governing body at WKU is working to amend the university's alcohol policy.
The Student Government Association and its executive committee have approved a resolution to expand alcohol sales to on-campus restaurants and at some catered events. William Berry is an SGA senator-at-large. He co-authored the resolution and argues more than half of the student population at WKU is of legal drinking age.
Berry says it’s also a safety issue because students drink off campus and return to their dorms intoxicated.
"I surveyed a pool of around 200 students, and the research I found was that 74% of students have themselves or know of someone who has driven home while under the influence of alcohol," Berry explained.
WKU already allows alcohol sales at sporting events and during tailgating.
Recreational and tourism projects in communities around Kentucky are getting a boost from 17 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants announced totaling almost $700,000.
Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release from his office Wednesday that the projects will provide safe places for residents to be active, be involved in sports and live healthy lifestyles.
The grant program is for development and maintenance of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, such as campgrounds, sports and playfields, swimming and fishing areas, boating facilities and trails.
Counties where projects were approved for grants are Barren, Clark, Clay, Fleming, Franklin, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hopkins, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Powell, Robertson, Wayne, Webster and Wolfe. Two projects are in Webster County.
General Motors Co. says work will begin in January to restore two prized Chevrolet Corvettes extracted from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green
GM has received two of the classic vehicles that were among eight gobbled up by a 40-foot-wide by 60-foot deep hole in February at the museum. Among them is the 1 millionth Corvette, a 1992 model, which had significant damage.
The attorney for the Somerset man accused in the fatal shooting of defense attorney Mark Stanziano this summer may be formulating an insanity defense in the case. The lawyer for 40-year-old Clinton Inabnitt has filed notice of a potential insanity defense.
The Herald-Leader reports a psychiatrist testified at a hearing Tuesday that Inabnitt is schizophrenic, delusional and refuses to take his medication. On June 27, prosecutors say Inabnitt shot Stanziano multiple times outside his office in downtown Somerset.
The judge in the case ordered Inabnitt to be given anti-psychotic medication -- forcibly if needed -- and says he’ll re-evaluate the case in 60 days.
With the holiday season often comes an increase in the number of flu cases across Kentucky. Over the last week state officials report rates of the flu virus jumped from 'sporadic' to a 'regional' designation.
State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says getting a flu shot remains the primary recommendation. "Each flu season unfortunately, thousands of Americans die from flu or flu-related complications and the flu shot is folks best protection against influenza," said Humbaugh.