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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.

Kevin Willis

It’s the time of year when animal shelters across the state become inundated with kittens.

Margie Patton, with the Barren River Animal Welfare Association in Glasgow, says many in the shelter community come to dread the spring and summer months because of the number of cats that are dropped off.

She says it’s a problem that could be largely solved by increased spaying and neutering.

“Most people don’t realize that female cats can get pregnant when they’re four or five months old, and so often people come in and they’ve had this surprise litter,” Patton says. “So we’re trying to encourage people to spay or neuter their cats before they’re four months of age.”

According to Patton, BRAWA has made solid gains in recent years in the number of dogs it’s been able to match with new owners. But the ability of cats to procreate at such a prolific level makes it nearly impossible for the shelter to handle the number of felines that are dropped off.

“They can have three litters a year, four litters a year. The females will stay in heat and just keep having kittens. We’ve had some who were in here to get spayed, who had eight-week old kittens, and they were already pregnant again.”

Patton says many kind-hearted people feed stray cats in their communities. She suggest bringing those strays to the shelter to be spayed or neutered is an even better idea, because it’s much easier to find a home for one cat, as opposed to a litter of kittens.

The judge whose ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage led to an appeal heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. He was 66.

WAVE-TV and The Courier-Journal, citing an announcement from the court, are reporting that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II died Wednesday at home after battling cancer for several years.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement saying Heyburn had delivered opinions in complex cases over more than two decades on the bench but would also be remembered for his devotion to his family.

Last year, Heyburn struck down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage and on recognizing same-sex marriages from outside the state. The rulings were reversed on appeal, but the Supreme Court heard arguments on them Tuesday.

How Black Jockeys Went From Common to Rare in the Kentucky Derby

Apr 29, 2015
Kentucky Derby Museum

Each year, along with hat shopping, forecast watching, and amateur handicapping, the Kentucky Derby brings with it a sense of the state’s rich history. But whose history is it?

Today’s thoroughbreds are piloted around the racetrack by jockeys who are mostly white and Latino. But in the early days of racing, black jockeys dominated.

In fact, in the inaugural Kentucky Derby in 1875, only one rider was white. That race was won by Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis.

But the decline of black jockeys in the Derby and the rest of thoroughbred racing is intricately tied to the history of race and economics in the U.S., experts said.

The early dominance of black jockeys was a result of Antebellum customs. In the time of slavery, enslaved people were often the caretakers of horses on plantations, said Teresa Genaro, freelance turf writer and founder of Brooklyn Backstretch.

“What happened was that you had generation after generation of young black men who grew up around horses and grew up riding horses,” she said.

“The white plantation owners and white slave owners put people that they really trusted in charge of their horses, because their horses are obviously expensive, and necessary to the success of their plantations.”

Decades after the end of slavery, black jockeys remained prominent in racing, riding 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derby winners. Some became widely celebrated, including Isaac Burns Murphy and James “Jimmy” Winkfield.

But the economic aftermath of the Civil War in the South, and the abolition of slavery, changed the lives of black jockeys.

A growing social media campaign is aimed at reopening an investigation into a car crash that killed a Hopkins County teenager earlier this year.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday about whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage. A dozen couples are challenging the bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Judge Rules in Favor of Printer that Refused Gay Pride Job

Apr 28, 2015

A judge in Lexington has ruled in favor of a shop that refused to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival.

The ruling Monday by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturns a decision by the city's Human Rights Commission. The commission had ruled in 2014 that the print shop, Hands On Originals, violated a city law that bans discrimination against gays. The shop says it has refused several jobs due to its Christian beliefs.

Ishmael said the Human Rights Commission went beyond its statutory authority in siding with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization. The judge said that the print shop's refusal in 2012 was based on the message of the gay group and pride festival and "not on the sexual orientation of its representatives or members."

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