Kentucky News Now – February 29th 2016
Woman dead, man injured in Lexington shooting
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A woman has died and a man is not expected to survive after a shooting at a Lexington residence.
Lexington police say officers were called to the house Sunday morning after a report of an assault with a weapon. When police arrived, the woman had already died.
The man was taken to the hospital with what police say appeared to be self-inflicted injuries. He was last reported to be in critical condition.
The identities of the man and woman have not been released.
Fayette County Coroner Gary Gunn says investigators aren't sure what caused the incident, and are still investigating.
11 Kentucky sites approved for Register of Historic Places
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Eleven Kentucky sites have been approved for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The register is the nation's official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation. The sites approved by the National Park Service span much of Kentucky.
They are First Christian Church, Clinton; Sroufe House, Dover; Bell House, near Edmonton; the Clel Purdom House, in the Lebanon area; Charles Young Park and Community Center and Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association, Lexington; Klotz Confectionary Co. and Louisville Cotton Mills Administration Building, Louisville; Morehead C & O Railway Freight Depot, Morehead; California Apartments, Paducah; and the Felix Grundy Stidger House, Taylorsville.
The Kentucky Heritage Council says the Sroufe House is the first residence listed from Kentucky associated with the Underground Railroad.
Rock slide shuts down I-75 in both directions in Tennessee
CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A rock slide has shut down Interstate-75 in both directions in Campbell County, about 30 miles from the Kentucky border.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday that motorists should be prepared to use alternate routes for weeks to come.
Nagi told WVLT-TV (http://bit.ly/1VKe8bO) the long closure is needed to give workers time to clean-up the slide and stabilize the area, making sure it is safe.
Northbound traffic is being diverted at exit 134 at Caryville. Southbound traffic is being diverted at exit 160 at Jellico.
The slide happened Friday afternoon, and drivers told the station they were waiting about an hour to get off the interstate.
Blue Grass Stockyards to rebuild after massive fire
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Blue Grass Stockyards plans to rebuild in Lexington after a massive fire destroyed the beef cattle auction business.
Jim Akers, chief operating officer, said in a statement released by the Lexington mayor's office that the city is "part of our culture; our roots are here," while also noting that it has a central location and is convenient to farmers.
The fire on Jan. 30 churned up a plume of thick, black smoke that darkened the skies for miles. The flames also consumed several nearby businesses.
The Lexington Fire Department ruled the blaze accidental, saying that a construction worker's circular saw ignited combustible materials. No one was injured.
The statement said the new facility will be on Ironworks Pike near Interstate 75. It was previously located off Forbes Road.
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