State News in Brief


Train derails in Ky.; officials order shelter-in-place

FALMOUTH (AP) — Officials in a northern Kentucky town have ordered a precautionary shelter-in-place after a train derailed.

CSX Transportation said in a statement that the train had 76 loaded cars, some with hazardous materials, and 49 empty cars. It wasn’t clear how many derailed Wednesday morning in Falmouth. The train was traveling from nearby Cincinnati to Atlanta. There were no reports of injuries.

Pendleton County Emergency Management Director Mike Moore said officials ordered a shelter-in-place for most of the town, which has a population of about 2,000. He said they also have shut down roads leading into the town and have sent students at an elementary school near the derailment to a high school.

Moore says officials took the actions as a precaution while hazmat crews assess the situation at the scene.

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Former swimmer, university reach settlement in hazing case

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A former Western Kentucky University swimmer has reached a settlement in a lawsuit in which he claimed to have been hazed and assaulted by his teammates.

Attorney Vanessa Cantley was quoted by the Daily News of Bowling Green as saying that her client Collin Craig had reached a confidential resolution with all parties named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Craig had alleged that he was abused physically and mentally and suffered discrimination on the basis of sex. He reported multiple cases of assaults and hazing.

WKU attorney Tom Kerrick on Tuesday called the settlement an economic resolution and said that the university and its employees continue to assert that they didn’t violate Craig’s rights.

The case hasn’t been formally dismissed by a federal judge yet.

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Lincoln Birthplace marking National Park Service anniversary

HODGENVILLE (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in central Kentucky is hosting an event later this month to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville says in a news release that a living historian portraying President Woodrow Wilson will meet and talk with visitors during the Aug. 27 and 28 event. Wilson signed the Organic Act, which created the National Park Service, and the park’s enabling legislation.

A re-enactment of the park’s enabling legislation and Organic Act will be held.

Entrance fees are being waived nationwide from Aug. 25 to 28. Usually, 127 of the 412 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $30.

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UofL to award Brandeis Medal to Justice Elena Kagan

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville says it will award the 2016 Brandeis Medal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

U of L says in a statement that the Brandeis School of Law will give the medal to Kagan on Sept. 15 at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville and she is expected to give a speech.

The school is named for Louis D. Brandeis, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice from Louisville. The medal is awarded to people who champion the values of Brandeis through work in areas including individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged and public service.

Kagan was appointed to the nation’s high court in 2010, becoming the fourth female justice. Law school Dean Susan Duncan says Kagan has worked for individual freedoms, equal opportunity and human rights.

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Police suspect foul play after couple found dead in home

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Kentucky State Police believe foul play was involved in the deaths of a pastor and his wife who were found inside their Butler County home.

Sgt. Jeremy Smith tells news outlets that a family member discovered 71-year-old Kenneth Neafus and 70-year-old Dorothy Neafus inside the home in Morgantown on Tuesday afternoon.

Smith says foul play is suspected and investigators believe that the suspect involved is injured. It’s unclear how long the couple had been dead inside the residence.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday night.

Neighbors tell the Bowling Green Daily News that Kenneth Neafus was the pastor at Little Muddy Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Morgantown.

State police have not released a possible motive for the killings.

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Police: 1 dead after workplace accident at cement plant

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Officials say a person has died after a workplace accident at a cement plant in Louisville.

Louisville Metro Police Officer Roger Collins tells news outlets that the man was pronounced dead at Cemex Kosmos Cement Plant on Tuesday evening.

Collins says a preliminary investigation appears to show that the man died as a result of a pulley system mechanical failure.

Officials have not released his identity. The investigation is ongoing.

Officials say the death is being considered a workplace accident. Collins did not say whether or not the victim was an employee at the plant.

The company hadn’t released a statement as of early Wednesday morning.

This is not the first time someone has died at the plant. In 2014, a contract worker died after falling down an elevator shaft.

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2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting outside Louisville birthday party

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Officials say two people have died after a shooting outside a birthday party in Louisville.

Lt. Todd Kessinger told reporters three people were outside a home Tuesday night where the party was going on when they were struck by gunfire.

All three were taken to a hospital, where local media report a woman was pronounced dead. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Scott Russ told media that a second person died Wednesday morning. The third person remains hospitalized.

Kessinger says police aren’t sure whether the suspect or suspects approached on foot or in a car. Police are interviewing witnesses.

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