News Digest: July 17, 2013

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By The Staff

Guthrie eschews bid for

governor to pursue re-election


U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will run for re-election to Congress and not pursue the governor’s office in 2015, according to WHAS-TV in Louisville.

“I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for governor,” Guthrie said in a statement. “I went to Washington to solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I’ve spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation."

Guthrie and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer frequently had been mentioned as possible GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2015.

Guthrie represented Shelby County until 2013, when the county was redistricted from District Two to District Four, which is represented by Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg).


Scorching weather to continue

It was another scorcher Wednesday as a heat wave continues to bake the Midwest and particularly the Ohio Valley. The high temperature approached a humid 94 degrees with a heat index of 99 degrees.

The sweltering, dry conditions – the hottest so far this summer – are expected to last through Saturday. Highs will reach the low 90s with heat indexes at or near 100 degrees. Overnight lows will only fall to the mid- to low 70s.
If you must be outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks. Wear light colored and light weight clothing.
The record high on this date remains 99 degrees, set in both 1988 and 1931.


Frankfort moves toward ‘fairness’

Frankfort's Fairness Ordinance is no more – at least in name. Although Mayor Bill May reminded the Frankfort City Commission the official name of the document is the Fair Housing, Public Accommodations and Employment Ordinance, some commissioners feel its unofficial name has made the opposition look bad.

“That’s the purpose – I believe it’s largely propaganda,” Commissioner Robert Roach said at Monday’s special meeting, theState Journal reported.

The ordinance is an extensive amendment of the city’s fair housing laws, adding new sections banning discrimination in the categories of public accommodations and employment. It also adds the currently unprotected classes of sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes already protected under state and federal law, including race and age.

A draft of the ordinance was placed on the agenda for the first time for Monday’s meeting, and commissioners spent nearly two hours addressing issues with the language.

Much of the current language comes from the current Fair Housing ordinance, state law and Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance.

May said he is still hopeful the ordinance could have a first reading at the July 22 meeting. If that happens, a second reading, and approval, could occur Aug. 26.


Madison bridge about to be gone
The demolition of the first section of the old Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River has been moved to 9 a.m. Monday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the delay is because of predicted high water and a swift current. The bridge connects Milton and Madison, Ind.
After the old bridge is demolished, engineers will move the newly constructed bridge from its temporary structures to the permanent pilings.


Reward increased for info on murdered Bardstown officer

The reward has risen to $135,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people involved in the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. Bardstown Police put out a statement Thursday with the new total, which had stood at $125,000. Tips can be emailed to EllisCaseEtips@ky.gov, which is monitored directly by detectives working the case.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by text message. With any texting-capable device type 67283 in the address field and KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and then type the information about the crime.

Ellis was murdered in an ambush attack on the Bluegrass Parkway exit 34 ramp in the early morning hours of May 25 on his way home after his shift.


Landowners claim pipeline agents misled them

Landowners in nearby counties say survey acquisition agents seeking a path for a natural gas liquids pipeline have misled them and their neighbors.

“He was just caught in lie after lie,” Tom D. Isaac, owner of Isaac Properties in Frankfort, told the Frankfort State Journal about of an agent who tried to get permission to survey his land in Anderson County just across Graefenburg Road from the Franklin County line.

The survey process is under way to determine a route for the Bluegrass Pipeline, a joint venture between Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners that plans to establish a more than 1,000- mile pipeline from gas-mining regions northeast of Kentucky to the Gulf Coast. Surveys may be followed by requests for easements. One proposed route for a pipeline would travel through Bracken, Pendleton, Grant, Harrison, Owen, Franklin, Anderson, Nelson and LaRue counties where it would join with an existing pipeline that runs from La Rue County into Hardin County and then into Breckinridge County.


Bluegrass Pipeline meeting

The Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Shelby chapter will host a meeting in Shelbyville at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stratton Center. The meeting will have a guest speaker who will discuss the details of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline and what other county KFTC branches are doing to raise concerns.

The pipeline will transport natural gas liquids from the shall-drilling areas in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to a current pipeline located in western Kentucky. The current proposal has the pipeline entering Kentucky at Bracken County and traveling southwest through Franklin and Anderson counties and very close to southeastern Shelby County.


Butterfly count is Saturday

The national butterfly census is underway, and locally involves an expedition July 20 in Oldham County. University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists will lead the activities for children and adults in the fields and forest of UofL's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary.

The count will be done in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Covell suggests that participants wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring water, lunch and insect repellent. Count leaders will teach people how to identify the butterflies they see. Covell will supply nets but volunteers can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. Last year’s local count yielded 36 species and 765 individual butterflies. Volunteer counters of all ages should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sugarbabe Antiques in Brownsboro, about one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville.

The rain date is July 21 at the same time.

For more information, contact Covell at 502-639-2691 or covell@louisville.edu


SBDM meeting

  • Collins High School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council will meet at 4 p.m. today in the school’s conference room.


Multi-Purpose sets meeting, needs volunteers

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency will have its next board meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Spencer County Fiscal Court Room located in Taylorsville. The public is invited to attend. Multi-Purpose CAA provides services in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer Counties. The agency also is looking for volunteers to help with its food bank. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Shareeta Manson at 502-633-6371.


Wright Elementary Back to School Bash

The Wright Elementary School Back to Bash will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the school. The event is a welcome back night for students and parents to visit classrooms and see the school at 500 Rocket Lane, Shelbyville.


Road projects and closures

  • I-64:Lane closures and delays are possible between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday, between the Welcome Center and a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening. On Saturdays the hours are 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed due to ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays are possible at the I-64 interchange because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.  The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.
  • KY 55:  Lane closures and delays between Interstate 64 and Breighton Boulevard because of roadway widening and paving. 
  • KY 1399:Construction delays possible at the intersection with KY because of roadway relocation.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.