Over the past three years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reported a dramatic jump in the number of veterans in search of mental health services. In Kentucky, the outbreak of prescription drug abuse is also taking a toll. To better coordinate local, state, and federal agencies that deal with veteran’s health, Governor Beshear has appointed a team of health and military specialists to reevaluate the state’s policies. Retired Col. David Thompson heads up the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has placed a Paris murder suspect on its top 10 most wanted list. The T-B-I says 20-year-old Tevin Lumpkin of Milan is wanted by the Henry County sheriff's office in connection with the death of 41-year-old Eric Kinley of Paris. Authorities say Kinley was shot at Fahrenheit 101, a nightclub located on Highway 79 after he was involved in a confrontation with several other people. The TBI says Lumpkin is 6-foot-1 and weighs approximately 170 pounds.
Tennessee's safety department is creating a new unit that will investigate identity theft crimes local law enforcement agencies don't have the resources to target. Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons announced Tuesday the 14-member unit would be made up of personnel from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the state Office of Homeland Security and the Driver Services division. In addition, the unit will be working with the U.S.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has rejected a plan to expand gambling in the state. Quinn announced his veto yesterday, saying the proposed bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight. The bill proposed five new casinos, one land-based and four more on riverboats.
The Kentucky state auditor’s office found several non-compliance issues with the Caldwell County Fiscal Court’s financial practices. The comments came in the 2010-2011 fiscal year audit released today. The report found poor tax record keeping, and a lack of outside review.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will restrict traffic to one lane on the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter tomorrow. The restriction allows inspectors to take a close look at the bridge’s structure. Highway engineers have been inspecting the span on an accelerated schedule since a three-ton load limit was instituted earlier this year. Transportation officials say the bridge carries more than 7,000 vehicles across the Tennessee River between Paducah and Ledbetter on an average day.
The Illinois Department of Corrections is telling workers at prisons targeted for shutdown they should keep coming to work after the end of the month. A letter sent to correctional employees announces what officials call a "temporary delay" in the face of layoffs and closures scheduled for August 31st. Governor Pat Quinn wants to shut down prisons such as Tamms in Southern Illinois, but is meeting resistance from the prison workers' union.
Illinois officials are taking steps to make the state’s criminal law shorter and simpler. A rewrite cuts the length of the criminal code by one-third by deleting outdating, conflicting and confusing material. Governor Pat Quinn approved the last piece of the legal overhaul Monday. The rewrite was drafted by the CLEAR Commission, which stands for Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Reform. The process doesn't change any crimes or punishments, but it simplifies the law by deleting outdated or unconstitutional parts. Former Gov. Jim Thompson helped lead the commission.
Two Graves County men charged with murder in a triple shooting will face a March 2013 trial. The Paducah Sun reports Kenon Andrews and Jacob Carder appeared in Graves Circuit Court yesterday. Judge Timothy Starks set a joint trial for March 3. Police say Carder and Andrews shot 25-year-old Ashley Lambert, 22-year-old Jonathan Cagle and 18-year-old Whitley Moore last March. Moore was the only survivor.
llinois state officials are reminding campers to practice fire safety, especially with the severe drought conditions in the state. Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s office say that with the drought there's greater danger for brush fires. There were 212 uncontrolled campsite fires reported between 2005 and 2012 and authorities say they could have been avoided. Safety tips include avoiding building fires in windy conditions, not using gasoline or other substances that could cause explosions and never leaving a campfire or grill unattended. Officials also recommend ensuring all fire