The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green will re-open to the public Thursday after a sinkhole collapse swallowed up eight of the iconic vehicles.
The collapse happened shortly after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Bowling Green Fire Department responded to an alarm triggered by the sinkhole.
Security cameras at the museum captured the collapse, which took place in the Skydome portion of the facility where the museum shows off some of its most invaluable vehicles. Six of the Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole are owned by the museum, with the other two on loan from General Motors.
According to a news release by the museum, all cars on display in the Skydome not affected by the sinkhole have been safely removed from the area. That same release also said a structural engineering firm at the site has determined that the perimeter of the Skydome is stable.
Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode estimated the hole that opened up at the facility is 25 to 30 feet deep and 40 feet wide.
The sinkhole didn't come as a shock to WKU Geology Professor Jason Polk, who says recent rainfall may have played a role in Wednesday's collapse.
A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, striking down part of the state ban.
In 23-page a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II concluded that Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbians differently in a "way that demeans them." The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004. The out-of-state clause was part of it.
The decision came in lawsuits brought by four gay and lesbian couples seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriages.
Heyburn did not rule on whether the state could be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
Kentucky's top state trooper says his agency is suffering from a shortage in manpower.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told a state House committee that years of flat lining budgets and a proposed 2.5 percent cut under Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest spending plan have put a squeeze on the agency.
Brewer says expenses in employee retirement, healthcare costs and fleet maintenance have led to layoffs.
“It caused us toward the end of last fiscal year to start making some reductions, and I was forced with the very difficult decision to lay off those troopers, which was extremely painful,” said Brewer.
Brewer says nearly two-thirds of KSP troopers make less than $50,000 per year.
Wednesday marks the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Several activities are planned at the Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville. As a part of the commemoration, Lincoln historian Carl Howell will donate an artifact to the park – the grave marker for Abraham Lincoln’s only brother – Thomas Jr. – who died in infancy.
“I think it needs to be displayed in Larue County at the National Park where people can see it on a daily basis because of its extreme importance and significance to the Lincoln heritage,” said Howell.
Howell, a Hodgenville attorney, says he purchased the limestone grave marker in the 1970s from the owner of the small Redmon family cemetery as he was preparing to sell the property.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday the award of a contract to build the first of the twin Lake Bridges in the Jackson Purchase area of western Kentucky.
The contract was awarded to Johnson Brothers Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas. The $131.5 million project will build a modern, four-lane bridge to carry U.S. 68/KY80 over Kentucky Lake and serve the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
“Replacement of the bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley has been a priority of my administration because of their importance to the tourism industry of western Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said in a news release.
The new bridge will replace the Eggners Ferry Bridge, which was built in 1932 and no longer meets traffic demands in the region.
The Eggners Ferry, joining Marshall and Trigg counties, has two lanes, each 10 feet wide, with no shoulders. The new bridge will have four travel lanes, each 11 feet wide, plus 4-foot shoulders and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian/bicycle path.
The Lake Bridges Project also includes replacement of the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge on Lake Barkley. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes to award a contract for the second bridge by December.
An open judicial seat in Warren County Family Court may get filled next month.
Governor Steve Beshear has appointed four Warren County residents to the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission. They include Kim Dobler, Larkin Ritter, Travis Russell, and Gracie Hunt.
The commission will recommend three people to the governor who will appoint one to serve as Family Court Judge until the November election.
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton chairs the commission, and says the panel doesn’t have to recommend any of the Six Bowling Green attorneys who have filed to run for the seat this year.
"The fact that the person is a candidate for the position doesn't necessarily mean that he or she would be considered by the commission," explains Minton. "They could be, but the commission is not bound by the names of those persons who have filed for the office."
Justice Minton says the commission will meet and forward its nominees to the governor in early March.
The vacant seat belonged to the late Judge Margaret Huddleston.
A Kentucky state worker has been arrested on child pornography charges.
According to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office, 49-year-old Gordon Bowers was arrested Monday afternoon at his office in London, Kentucky. He worked as an environmental scientist for the Department for Natural Resources Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement.
The investigation, which began last November, revealed that Bowers, using a file sharing software program, downloaded images and saved them to his state office computer.
Dick Brown, a spokesman for the Department for Natural Resources told WKU Public Radio that Bowers has not been fired and the state is cooperating with the investigation.
Bowers is facing four felony counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Each count carries one to five years in prison.
Two doctors and a chain of addiction recovery centers operating in Kentucky have reached an agreement with the federal government to settle fraud allegations.
SelfRefind, as well as its owners Dr. Bryan Wood and Dr. Robin Peavler will pay $15.7 million dollars to resolve allegations that they fraudulently billed Medicare and Kentucky’s Medicaid program for unnecessary and excessive urine tests.
The business required clients to take urine tests to make sure that they weren't abusing drugs and that they were using treatment medication as prescribed.
According to federal prosecutors, the chain submitted reimbursement claims for tests that were medically unnecessary or more expensive than the actual tests that were performed.
Workers at Kentucky's State Parks will continue full-time employment this winter. Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker says a 23 percent cut in staffing over the past seven years is a result of what she calls "right staffing. " The reduction was achieved through retirements and workers leaving the department.
Although, during recent winters, hours have been cut, this year workers can expect full hours through the off-season.
“With those modified hours, that means it gives some of our full time staff the ability to do some of the deep cleaning and fixing up that we need to do to make sure that in the spring when people start to come en mass to our parks, we put our best foot forward,” said Walker.
The state parks commissioner says the stable schedules for off season workers helps them maintain their household budgets.