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10:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kings Island Reveals Plans For New Coaster

Banshee, the 15th coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park is scheduled to open next spring.
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MASON, Ohio - Kings Island's latest thrill ride - the longest inverted steel roller coaster in the world - is opening next spring.

The Cincinnati area theme park announced details of the 167-foot "Banshee" coaster late Thursday. The park's 15th coaster will cover more than 4,000 feet of track and include seven inversions. It will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

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7:38 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Ky. Native Loretta Lynn To Receive Medal Of Freedom

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country music legend Loretta Lynn will be among 16 people that President Barack Obama will venerate later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The White House made the announcement this week.

Loretta Lynn was born in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and chronicled her life in an autobiography and song, both titled "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Oprah Winfrey will also be among those receiving a medal. Winfrey grew up in Nashville and got her start in broadcasting in the city.

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5:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Emergency Mgmt. Director Resigns After Scathing Audit

Brigadier General John Heltzel
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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's emergency management chief resigned Thursday after a blistering review said those within his agency wasted taxpayer money, intimidated employees and created a hostile work environment.

Gov. Steve Beshear said he accepted John Heltzel's resignation Thursday morning, two days after state Auditor Adam Edelen released findings that found $5.6 million in questionable spending in recent years, some of it on alcohol, entertainment and door prizes at conferences.

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11:27 am
Thu August 8, 2013

House GOP Unveils Redistricting Plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. — House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.

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5:31 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Groups Protest Gas Pipeline At Ky. Capitol

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FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Land owners joined environmental activists at the state capitol Wednesday to oppose a pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky.

Some residents spoke during a brief rally about their fear of the proposed underground pipeline, which is being developed by a partnership of two energy companies. The more than 1,000-mile Bluegrass pipeline would carry a byproduct of the natural gas refining process from the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.

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2:32 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Beshear Stiffens Penalties For Texting While Driving

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Motorists in Kentucky could lose their licenses for repeated offenses of the state's law against texting while driving.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced a change Wednesday under which the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will assess "penalty points" against the licenses of drivers convicted of texting behind the wheel.

Each violation would mean the loss of three points. The Transportation Cabinet could suspend the licenses of adult drivers who accumulate 12 points and of minors after seven points.

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1:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Officials Oppose Addiction Recovery Center

ASHLAND, Ky. -- Officials in Boyd County are vowing to do everything they can to stop a planned addiction recovery center.

The Independent reports the action came Tuesday following an hour-long meeting in which residents near the proposed location vocally opposed the Recovery Kentucky center citing concerns about safety and property values.

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4:55 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Coal Miner Killed In Eastern Ky., Two More Injured

HARLAN, Ky. -- Kentucky officials say a coal miner has been killed and two more injured in an underground eastern Kentucky mine.

The miners were working with a mining machine and became trapped when a wall apparently collapsed.

The collapse killed 56-year-old Lenny D. Gilliam of Appalachia, Va.

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4:46 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Youth Sports Coach Charged With Abusing 6 Boys

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ A northern Kentucky youth sports coach has been charged with sexually abusing six boys entrusted to his care.

A grand jury in Boone County on Tuesday handed up 14 charges against 46-year-old Michael Schweitzer of Hebron. Schweitzer has been in custody since June 26 on charges of sodomy with an incapable person or someone unable to give consent, unlawful transactions with a minor and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Police say Schweitzer slipped a sleeping pill to one 13-year-old boy staying with him, then molested the youth while he slept.

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11:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor Finds Misspending, Intimidation In Agency

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A state agency responsible for Kentucky's response to weather disasters and other emergencies has been slammed by a team of auditors who are reporting misuse of taxpayer money, intimidation of employees and an overtly hostile workplace.

Auditor Adam Edelen said Tuesday that Kentucky Emergency Management may have misspent millions in recent years, some of it on alcohol, entertainment and door prizes at conferences.

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