State News in Brief


UofL board resets meeting on president

LOUISVILLE (AP) — University of Louisville trustees have rescheduled a meeting to decide the status of embattled school President James Ramsey.

The school’s board of trustees had scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, but about an hour before the start time announced it was postponed until Wednesday.

The school says there are no changes to the agenda.

During his 14-year tenure, Ramsey has led successful fundraising drives and helped boost the university’s graduation rate and academic standards for incoming freshmen.

But he came under increasing attack for embezzlement scandals and other campus embarrassments, including an investigation of a top health care executive.

One agenda item calls for “discussion of next steps, including transition planning and search process for next president.”

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Ky. parks to share funding for upgrades

OLIVE HILL (AP) — State officials say five Kentucky State Park resorts will receive an estimated $3.13 million in safety and other improvements over the next two years.

The funding announced Tuesday comes from $18 million approved this year by state lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin. Bevin’s administration says the improvements will include structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades.

Examples of the planned upgrades include painting the lodge and cottages at Carter Caves State Resort Park; structural repairs at the lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park; and roof and sidewalk repairs at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

Other upgrades include lodge and conference center painting and electrical repairs at General Butler State Resort Park and repairs at the Pioneer Museum at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park.

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Old W.Ky. bridge finally demolished

AURORA (AP) — An old western Kentucky bridge that’s been replaced by a new span connecting Marshall and Trigg counties has been demolished.

The old Eggners Ferry bridge opened to traffic in March 1932. After a blast, it collapsed in seconds Monday morning, with the rubble falling into Kentucky Lake.

The Paducah Sun reports about 5,000 people showed up to watch the demolition, which was part of the $133 million New Eggners Ferry Bridge project.

State transportation officials allowed traffic on the new bridge to resume about 45 minutes after the demolition.

The old bridge underwent repairs after a cargo ship hit it in 2012, tearing down a 322-foot section.

The bridge carries traffic from Aurora to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Traffic was rerouted to the new bridge in April.

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KSP: Would-be robber shot, killed at man’s house

BOONEVILLE (AP) — Authorities are investigating after they say an eastern Kentucky man shot two of three suspected robbers at his home, killing one of them.

News outlets report it happened at a home near Booneville early Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police say 37-year-old Jamie Farthing, 42-year-old Charles Harris II and 36-year-old Linda Peters, all of Booneville, went to the home in an attempt to rob the unidentified resident.

Police say Harris was armed with a gun and was shot by the resident. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say Peters was also shot and taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Officials haven’t said what charges she may be facing.

Farthing was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery.

Police say the resident is not currently facing charges.

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Police identify woman whose body was found in river

MUNFORDVILLE (AP) — Kentucky State Police have identified a woman whose dismembered body was found in a container floating in the Green River.

Police on Tuesday identified the woman as 22-year-old Kristen Edwards of Barren County.

The body was found early Saturday by someone fishing in the river in Hart County.

Police said the death is being investigated as a murder and no other details were being released. Investigators asked anyone with information about the case or about Edwards to contact state police at (270) 782-2010.

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Medics at Fort Campbell competing to represent 101st

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — Medics from across Fort Campbell are competing to represent the 101st Airborne Division this fall in Texas.

The competition Wednesday involves medics being evaluated in several medical and warrior tasks within 72 hours of continuous operations.

The top four individual competitors will form primary and alternate teams and begin training for the Army-level competition.

The event in late October is the Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. Army Best Medic Competition at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas.

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Feds investigating troubled youth center in Louisville

FRANKFORT (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a Louisville nonprofit that trained troubled youths for entry-level jobs in the horse industry.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the state terminated its contract with the Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center last year pending “ongoing investigation actions,” according to state justice records.

The center operates a farm in Jefferson County where it works with teenagers committed to the custody of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. Some of the services are paid with federal grants.

A U.S. attorney spokeswoman in Louisville confirmed the investigation and said no criminal charges have been filed.

Jay Wilkinson, who helped found the center in 2011, said Tuesday the center has done nothing wrong and said all bank records will be turned over to investigators.

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