Engineers expect to start pulling out Corvettes from a Bowling Green sinkhole next week.
Eight vintage versions of the car fell into the sinkhole that opened up two weeks ago beneath the National Corvette Museum. The construction company Scott, Murphy, and Daniel says the removal of the first three cars could begin next Monday, with the hopes of having those vehicles out of the sinkhole by Wednesday.
The construction team has been told it can bring excavation equipment into the Skydome area of the museum where the sinkhole opened up.
Workers will be allowed to set up cranes that will suspend engineers and contractors into the hole so that they can better examine the condition of the sinkhole and create a recovery plan.
The company estimates the crane will be in place by Saturday.
The State Police has a message for a speedway in northern Kentucky: pay up.
KSP officials say the Kentucky Speedway owes nearly $300,000 for security provided at several major races
Records obtained through a Kentucky Open Records Act by the Courier-Journal show that—since at least summer--the KSP has been sending the speedway emails and letters requesting reimbursement. A letter sent in late December stated that the Kentucky Speedway owed a little over $299,000, and requested payment by mid-January.
KSP commander Rodney Brewer told the paper there hasn’t been any response to the letters or recent phone calls that were placed to the speedway. Brewer says he’s never before been in a position where someone with a contractual obligation with state police refused to pay.
The KSP commander says the money is owed under agreements the agency has with the speedway to provide uniformed troopers for security at events on speedway property.
A federal judge has signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Thursday issued a final order throwing out part of the state's ban on gay marriages. The order makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."
The order means same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. The order doesn't affect a related lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Kentucky's attorney general has asked for a delay, which hasn't been ruled upon.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is starting a $5 million fundraising drive for the state's largest private child care agency.
Executive Director Paul Chitwood says Sunrise Children's Services, which is affiliated with the Baptist church, lost donations after the departure of its longtime CEO last year. Bill Smithwick resigned in December after floating a proposal that the agency open its employment to gays. The change was rejected by Sunrise's board.
Chitwood says "funding streams were severely damaged during the last three months of 2013." He said many donors did not give because they were unsure of Sunrise's future, and others withdrew donations in protest.
Chitwood says the agency has a funding gap of about $7.5 million. He is asking the state's 2,400 Baptist churches to raise about $2,000 each.
Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says legislative efforts to make children of people living in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition "have some merit," but that he has no plans to change his own free tuition proposal to include those same students.
Haslam wants to create the country's first free community college program for all high school graduates by using state lottery reserves to cover the difference between tuition costs and all available aid.
The governor's proposal would require students to exhaust all possible support by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which requires a Social Security number.
Haslam told reporters Wednesday that removing the requirement to fill out that federal form would cause the cost of the tuition plan to become too high for the state.
The widow of a Bowling Green man shot to death following an apparent act of road rage has filed a civil lawsuit against the shooter and top officials at area law enforcement agencies.
On February 26, 2013, off-duty Warren County court security officer Tommy Brown shot 27-year-old Brandon Bradshaw three times in a parking lot off the 31-W Bypass.
Brown claimed he acted in self-defense. His attorney Paul Lawless could not be reached for comment.
Attorney Gary Logsdon is representing Heidi Bradshaw, who is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
"Her husband left her home with three children and he did not return. That is a wife's greatest nightmare and fear," Logsdon told WKU Public Radio. "For that, she seeks compensation, and more so for accountability for those who would do this again. It's a deterrent."
Named as defendants in the federal lawsuit are leaders within Kentucky State Police, Bowling Green City Police, and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Medical Center EMS.
"The EMS were told by some police agency that was already there that he was 10-7, which means out of commission, dead, that is Bradshaw was," Logsdon added. "They waited a considerable number of minutes before they went over and actually did an assessment, whereupon they found that Mr. Bradshaw had a very strong pulse."
The Medical Center declined to comment on pending litigation.
The case was closed after a Warren County grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict Tommy Brown, who has since resigned.
Attorneys for gay couples seeking formal recognition of their out-of-state marriages say a federal judge is expected to sign a final order in the case by the end of the week.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II earlier this month threw part of the state's ban on gay marriages. The ruling only applies to couples married in other states or countries.
A final order would mean same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. But Heyburn's ruling doesn't affect a related lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Kentucky attorney general's office has not sought to delay the ruling as of Wednesday afternoon.
The Kentucky House Transportation committee has approved a bill that would outlaw handheld cell phone calls in work zones while workers are present and school zones when lights are flashing. The bill, sponsored by Lebanon Democrat Rep. Terry Mills, would not apply to those making calls with a hands-free device under an amendment added Tuesday.
Also, House Bill 33 increases fines for those texting while driving. The penalty for a first offense would increase from $25 to $50, with each subsequent offense carrying a $100 fine, up from $50. The bill now advances to the full Kentucky House.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission is asking electric and natural gas utilities to work with customers who are having difficulty paying higher heating bills in the wake of this harsh winter.
The agency that regulates the state's utilities sent a letter to chief executives of the utilities urging the electric and natural gas providers to "be as flexible as possible in avoiding disconnections and in allowing customers to make arrangements to extend their payments."
PSC Chairman David Armstrong says the higher monthly bills could come as a shock to many customers. The Commission says assistance is available from the state through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP. A number of utilities have also announced increase corporate contributions to their assistance programs.
The National Park Service says a disease deadly to bats known as white-nose syndrome has been discovered in passageways of Mammoth Cave that are open to park visitors. Park spokeswoman Vicki Carson says there are no plans to change the way the park operates its tours or research.
Approved cleaning methods recommended by the Us S. Fish and Wildlife Service are being adhered to. For some time, visitors have had to walk through bio-security mats as they exit cave tours, for instance.
The disease was found in remote sections of Mammoth Cave last year. Carson says discovery of it in passageways open to visitors wasn't unexpected. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats in eastern North America. Park superintendent Sarah Craighead said the disease affects bats, not humans.