News Around the State

Published 10:21 am Friday, November 16, 2018

2 boys recovering from accidental shooting

LOUISA, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say two boys are expected to recover from an accidental shooting in which both were hit.

Police said a preliminary investigation found that the children, ages 11 and 4, were watching television Tuesday at their home in the Blaine community of Lawrence County when one obtained or disturbed a .22 caliber target pistol. Police say the pistol was not properly secured and discharged one round, which hit both boys. The children were taken to the hospital for treatment, but police say they are expected to make a full recovery.

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No criminal charges have been filed, but police say the investigation is continuing.

Bevin signs order to support Israel against BDS movement

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an executive order to ban the award of state contracts to companies that participate in boycott, divestment and sanction practices against Israel.

Bevin signed the order during a ceremony at the Kentucky Capitol with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Consul General of Israel to the Southeast United States Judith Varnai Shorer.

Supporters of the BDS movement say it is a nonviolent way to support the Palestinian cause. But Bevin called the movement anti-Semitic and “repugnant.” He referenced passages from the book of Ezekiel in the Bible about being a watchman, saying Kentucky was watching and sounding the alarm.

Bevin’s office says 25 other states have enacted laws or executive orders to ban the use of state resources to support the BDS movement.

200 soldiers returning to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — About 200 soldiers are returning this weekend to Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

The Army post said the soldiers are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They have been serving in Afghanistan for nine months.

The post said the soldiers provided counter-rocket, artillery and mortar coverage to help friendly troops. The soldiers covered seven sites in Afghanistan.

The soldiers will be welcomed home in a ceremony at the post.

Korean War soldier’s remains to be buried in Ky.

IRVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The remains of an American soldier killed in the Korean War in 1950 will be buried in his Kentucky hometown.

The remains of Army private Robert J. Sipes were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency last month using DNA, dental records and other evidence. Sipes, of Irvington in western Kentucky, was 19 when he was killed in North Korea during heavy fighting between his 7th Calvary Regiment and the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces.

The remains had been buried at the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu since 1954, where they were known only as N-16678. In June 2017, the accounting agency disinterred the remains for identification.

Sipes was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion in the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

He will be buried Dec. 5 with full military honors.

Sale of racist memorabilia banned at Ky. fairgrounds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky State Fair Board has banned the sale of racist memorabilia at the Louisville fairgrounds including Ku Klux Klan and post-World War II Nazi items.

News outlets report the board unanimously passed the resolution to ban the items Thursday. The ban follows Nazi Christmas decorations and an authentic KKK robe being seen on display or for sale at the National Gun Day annual show last month.

The operator of the Kentucky Expo Center where the items were seen previously didn’t have the authority to regulate the sale of such items. The center is leased to show managers who then lease space to exhibits, which usually aren’t screened.

Board chairman Mark Lynn says the ban’s wording is intentionally vague so the board can change it if needed.

Frontier adds Louisville to Orlando nonstop flight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Frontier Airlines has started offering a nonstop flight from Louisville, Kentucky to Orlando, Florida.

A statement from Louisville International Airport on Thursday says the flights to Orlando International Airport will be offered three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

It’s the third nonstop flight added by Frontier at the Louisville airport this year. The airline added nonstop flights to Denver in May and to Austin in August.

Two other airlines offer low-fare flights from Louisville to Orlando: Southwest and Allegiant.