State gets driver’s license extension
FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentuckians don’t have to worry about their driver’s licenses for another year.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Kentucky a one-year extension on meeting new security requirements for its driver’s licenses. The extension expires Oct. 10, 2015, and is renewable.
Without the extension, Kentuckians would have had to show two forms of ID to enter some federal buildings. The federal government has granted extensions to 20 other states.
The problem is not with how Kentucky’s driver’s licenses look but with the security procedures in place at the 142 county offices across the state that issue the licenses. The state must comply with the federal Real ID act of 2005, passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
3 Southeast flowers get federal protection
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Southeast flowers are now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Short’s bladderpod, fleshy-fruit gladecress and whorled sunflowers are found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it’s protecting the flowers.
The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the agency to protect the plants in 2004.
They have been on a waiting list of species known to be in need of federal protection since 1999.
In 2011, the center and the agency reached a landmark agreement that will ensure all the species that were on the federal waiting list for protection as of 2010 will get protection decisions by 2018.
Father, son found dead at Tennessee business
BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A sheriff says two bodies found at a business in north Tennessee were a father and son who were working at the family-owned store.
According to media reports, Sheriff Dan Dowdy says the bodies were found Thursday morning after deputies were called to the Sugar Shack in Pickett County, which is located along the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the case is being investigated as a possible double homicide, though the agency hasn’t released how the victims died or their names.
Spokesman Josh DeVine said agents are collecting evidence and trying to figure out a timeline for what happened. He said video surveillance at the store would be reviewed.
Anyone who might know something about the crime to call (800) TBI-FIND, or (800) 824-3463.
Pilot killed at air show was from state
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The Experimental Aircraft Association says a pilot who died in a crash near the organization’s annual fly-in convention in Wisconsin was from Kentucky.
The EAA says 74-year-old Jim Oeffinger (EF’-ing-er), of Versailles, Ky., died when the custom-built Breezy airplane crashed and caught fire at Wittman Regional Airport adjacent to the EAA grounds Thursday morning.
EAA spokesman Dick Knapinksi (nah-PIN’-skee) says the passenger in the plane who was injured is 21-year-old Jennifer Woloszyk, of Elmhurst, Illinois. Woloszyk is hospitalized in serious condition. Knapinski says Oeffinger was an EAA member.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The AirVenture convention in Oshkosh draws about a half million people to the weeklong event.
Fort Knox commander being promoted
FORT KNOX (AP) — Fort Knox’s commander is being promoted.
Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, the commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, will be promoted to major general on Friday.
Combs assumed command in March, the first woman to lead the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox. She served at Fort Knox from 2011 to 2012 as deputy commanding general of the Cadet Command.
Combs has nearly 30 years of military experience. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Chemical Corps and as a distinguished military graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and master’s degrees from Saint Mary College and the U.S. Army War College.
MSHA blames company elevator death
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Federal regulators say the operator of a Louisville cement plant is responsible for the death of an employee who fell 51 feet down an elevator shaft.
In a report made public this week, regulators said Filipe Mata Vizcaya’s death in February was more than two years after CEMEX was made aware that the elevator doors were defective and should be replaced.
The Courier-Journal reported Thursday that the report was from the U.S. Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.
CEMEX spokeswoman Sara Engdahl and other CEMEX officials didn’t respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.
The newspaper said repairs were made to the doors in the days before the accident.
Mexico-based CEMEX has been cited for a safety violation. MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said penalties are still being determined.