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Boone County has become the first county in northern Kentucky to pass a local right-to-work law. 

The fiscal court voted unanimously Tuesday night to join ten other Kentucky counties in approving the controversial measures, which prohibit mandatory union membership as a condition of employment. 

Meanwhile, Oldham County government has voted to table its right-to-work ordinance until a federal lawsuit is resolved.  A group of labor unions has a suit pending against Hardin County for passing a similar ordinance. 

City of Owensboro

A new emergency alert system could be coming to Daviess County. 

The smartphone app Ping4 would allow emergency officials to send out messages to people in a specific area during outdoor events like concerts or fireworks shows. 

Daviess County Deputy Emergency Management Director John Clouse says the alerts could be anything from severe weather to a missing child.

"We have several different festivals and things going on down at Smothers Park and on Second Street," notes Clouse.  "This would give us the opportunity should a missing child come up to alert everyone in that area and give a general description of what the child was wearing and where they were last seen."

Any smartphone would receive the alerts without the owner downloading the app. 

Clouse says the system was tested last year at the music festival ROMP and went well.  He adds the system could be operational in days once the Daviess County Fiscal Court approves a contract with the app manufacturer.

Emil Moffatt

Forecasters expect the Ohio River to remain above flood stage for most of this week after reaching its highest level in two decades on Sunday morning.

Robert Szappamos with the National Weather Service in Louisville says the river has crested in both the upper and lower parts of the McAlpine Dam.

“Over the next few days will begin a slow fall, so the worst of the flooding is what you have right now," Szappamos commented.

Forecasters say the river will be above its 52-foot flood stage until late Thursday.

Melted snow and rainfalls have caused flooding that swamped roads, businesses and homes in scattered low-lying areas across the region.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Access to Addiction Medication

Mar 11, 2015

A federal lawsuit says Kentucky is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because it prohibits drug addicts from taking medication for their addiction while they are out of jail on bond.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports Stephanie Watson filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Pikeville.

The suit names the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, which runs the Monitored Conditional Release program that forbids those arrested and released on bond from taking drugs such as methadone and Suboxone, even though they have a prescription.

The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts spokeswoman Leigh Anne Hiatt said on Tuesday that the office hasn't been served with the complaint and declined further comment.

Watson's lawyers say the outcome of the case could affect "thousands" of people in Kentucky's court system.

An injury collision on I-65 northbound, at mile marker 73 in Hart County, has traffic backed up in both directions Tuesday afternoon.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Kentucky State Police Post 3 is currently on scene of an injury collision at the 73 MM on I-65 Northbound where both lanes are at a standstill and backing up.  Information will be released when it becomes available and the scene is cleared and the roadway reopens.

Updated at 3:38 p.m.:

Brandenburg Bypass is now open in Meade county.  Power lines have been repaired.

Original post:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports power lines are down across Brandenburg Bypass in Meade county due to a vehicle crash.  The road is blocked in both directions at the scene. 

A northbound detour for thru traffic is set up via KY 933, Old  933 and KY 448 back onto the Bypass.  Southbound is detouring using the same routes via KY 448, Old 933, KY 933 back onto the Bypass.  Local access is available along the Bypass between detour points.

Utility crews are on scene.  It's not known how long it will take to clear the scene.

Update at 4:02 pm:

All lanes of I-65 in Hardin County have been reopened following an early morning accident involving a semi.

However, heavy traffic volume along the interstate and 31-W, where vehicles were being rerouted, is expected for at least the next hour.

Original post:

I-65 Northbound is closed Tuesday morning at mile point 79 in Hardin County following an accident.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Interstate 65 northbound is closed beginning at Exit 76 (Upton) where traffic is being detoured off to US 31-W and back on at Exit 81 (Sonora).

A double-trailer semi is being recovered after running off the right side of the road. The semi came to rest in standing water and soft ground is prohibiting recovery vehicles from using right of way.

Additional rain is also complicating recovery efforts.

WKU Public Radio

Mammoth Cave National Park and Cave City are preparing for celebrations that will mark special anniversaries in 2016.

Mammoth Cave will mark its 75th anniversary as a national park its 200th anniversary as a location for cave tours. In addition, Cave City will celebrate it sesquicentennial.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports Mammoth Cave plans to redo trails in the historic section of the cave and repair an elevator to offer impaired-mobility tours.

In addition, it plans to hold events focused on attracting more visitors and is working with the nonprofit organization Friends of Mammoth Cave to sponsor week long day camps for area children in June.

Events for next year are still being planned, but discussions have included holding concerts, painting murals and a Cave City festival.

Update at 5:10 pm:

Here's an update on work to clear Kentucky's roadways following the latest snowfall and ice, from the state transportation office:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews are nearly finished with clearing state routes of the snow and ice left by a winter storm that swept the Commonwealth with some record snowfall totals and frigid temperatures.

Work in most of the 12 Department of Highway districts is expected to conclude in early evening.

On Interstate 65, scene of a pair of miles-long backups that began Wednesday night, a crew today repaired a barrier “crash cushion” that was struck by a tractor-trailer in Hart County. The work required temporary closure of the southbound lanes at Exit 65, near Munfordville. The highway is now open, but southbound traffic volume is reported as heavy.

In western Kentucky, crews today were able to clear a long line of tractor-trailers on I-24, though recurring crashes plagued travelers throughout the day. Incidents included a multiple-vehicle pileup involving a commercial truck this afternoon in the eastbound lanes in Lyon County.

“Our road crews have been working in very difficult circumstances, contending not only with extreme weather but also with repeated highway crashes that lead to new traffic backups,” KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock said.

Motorists traveling tonight and over the weekend should slow down.  The rash of crashes overnight underscores the importance of adjusting one’s speed to road surface conditions.

With temperatures below zero across the Commonwealth, the focus will be on plowing with limited chemical treatment until there is some warming.

A video update is now posted on the District 4 Facebook Page from I-65 backup in Hart County.  Since shooting the video a minor crash has also happened southbound at Mile Point 67 which is also contributing to congestion.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/kytcd4

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