Henderson, KY – A longtime horse training facility in Henderson has been shut down. Riverside Downs trainer John Hancock says uncertainty surrounding the closure of neighboring Ellis Park is a factor in his decision to close the facility. Ellis Park is set to close its doors for good following this year's meet.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University is trying to acquire over an acre of vacant property on College Street by asking the state to condemn it. The school has made attempts in the last four years to buy it at its appraised market value and says it has exhausted all options. The latest appraisal for the property was $447,000. However, the property owner is reportedly asking $1.5 million. The school says it wants to use the commercial-zoned lot for parking and green space.
Paris, TN – A Murray man has been arrested after a Henry County Tennessee grand jury indicted him on meth-related charges Monday. Five charges against fifty-year-old Jay Lee Burton include possession with intent to deliver, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Burton was originally arrested in Henry County in 2006. A fugitive warrant for his arrest recently brought him back to Tennessee.
Bowling Green, KY – Bowling Green physician Rand Paul says he may enter the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate even if incumbent Jim Bunning doesn't withdraw. Paul, the son of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, says he'll decide by August 20th whether he'll jump in. So far, Paul has formed an exploratory committee and has raised $100,000. Bunning has maintained he's staying in the race for what would be his third term in the Senate. Paul says he's unconvinced and is afraid of Bunning dropping out at the last minute.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky attorney general's "cybercrimes" unit has marked its first anniversary. Spokeswoman Shelley Johnson says investigators from the unit have seized more than 34,000 pornographic images and videos since last July. Attorney General Jack Conway says investigators and prosecutors in Kentucky have cracked down on "cyberpredators," having launched 50 investigations that so far have resulted in nine arrests.
Lexington, KY – Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith has filed a letter of intent with the state saying he intends to run for Kentucky governor in 2011. A perennial gubernatorial candidate, Galbraith filed the letter with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance earlier this week. He is the first potential gubernatorial candidate to do so. He lists his party affiliation as an independent. The race would be Galbraith's fifth for governor.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's educators interviewed four finalists for the empty education commissioner post yesterday. Chairman Joe Brothers says the board may decide on who gets the position at a special meeting on July 17th. The new commissioner will replace Jon Draud, who resigned in February for health reasons.
Dexter, KY – A two-vehicle crash near Dexter claimed one life yesterday. Kentucky State Police say Darla Davidson was not wearing her seatbelt when she collided with a pick-up truck on KY-1824. Police say they don't know why Davidson crossed lanes into oncoming traffic, leaving the roadway a short time before re-entering and colliding head-on with a truck driven by James Higgins. Higgins and his passenger were injured, while Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the investigation is ongoing.