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UofL board to meet while state judge considers its legality

FRANKFORT (AP) — The newly created University of Louisville board of trustees has called a special meeting on the same day a judge is scheduled to hold a hearing about whether the new board is legal.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin replaced the board with an executive order last month. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, arguing the order was illegal. Thursday, Beshear will ask a state judge to block Bevin’s order. It is one of three pending lawsuits pitting Beshear against Bevin.

The new board held its first meeting last week. President James Ramsey offered his resignation, but the board did not act on it. Thursday’s agenda includes the budget and tuition and a closed session to discuss possible litigation and “a business proposal.”

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3 dead, 1 injured in single-car crash in Boyle Co.

DANVILLE (AP) — Authorities say three people have died in a single-vehicle crash in Boyle County.

According to news media outlets, police said the driver of the car missed a stop sign and the vehicle hit a rock wall on Highway 33 on Thursday morning.

The car caught fire, killing three people and injuring a fourth person. Identities of the victims have not been released.

Highway 33 was closed due to the crash, but it has since reopened.


Fort Knox hospital transitioning into acute-care clinic

FORT KNOX (AP) — The hospital at Fort Knox is transitioning into an acute-care clinic.

Ireland Army Community Hospital Commander Col. Bob Cornes told The News-Enterprise ( that the facility will make the switch on Sept. 1. A public meeting to discuss the changes is planned on Monday at American Legion Post 113 in Elizabethtown.

Ireland closed inpatient services last month and has its last surgery scheduled for July 22. The emergency room will stay open through Aug. 31.

Cornes said the clinic will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offer about 60 appointments per day, which is about the number of patients seen in the ER.

The facility will be renamed Ireland Army Community Health Clinic. Cornes said the impact to area hospitals is expected to be small.


Police: Woman found in burning home was shot twice

PADUCAH (AP) — Authorities say a woman whose body was removed from a house fire in Calloway County was shot twice with a shotgun before the fire was intentionally set.

According to The Paducah Sun, Kentucky State Police Detective Sgt. Kyle Nall said preliminary autopsy results show the death of 51-year-old Linda Whittenberg has been ruled a homicide.

Nall says Whittenberg’s body was pulled from a burning home Tuesday. Whittenberg, of Murray, was pronounced dead about 10 minutes after she was found. Nall said authorities believe the shooting and arson took place within a 20 minute period.

Officials say the body of a man was found in a garage behind the home. Preliminary autopsy results showed the man died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. His death has been ruled an accident.

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