5K gallons of fuel oil spill into Ohio River
CINCINNATI (AP) — An estimated 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati.
A Duke Energy official says the spill happened late Monday night at one of its substations in New Richmond.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.
An official with the Cincinnati Marine Safety Detachment tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that the spill is considered medium-sized, saying that designation applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons.
He says it will take several days to clean up the spill and that a vacuum likely will be needed to suck the oil out of the water.
Thelen says the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is on scene.
United Mine Workers president re-elected
TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — United Mine Workers union President Cecil Roberts has been re-elected to a new five-year term.
The Triangle, Virginia-based union said Monday that Roberts’ re-election was certified last week. He has served as the union’s international president since 1995.
Robert says he’s humbled to receive the continued confidence of the union membership.
Secretary-treasurer Daniel J. Kane also received a new five-year term. Nine others were elected as international at-large and district vice presidents.
The union’s membership includes thousands of coal miners, health care workers, truck drivers, manufacturing workers and public employees throughout the United States and Canada.
Man arrested in 3 deaths, robbery
INEZ (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man remains in jail charged with murder in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a home that burned.
Kentucky State Police arrested 41-year-old Jack D. Smith of Inez in Martin County and charged him with three counts of murder, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Smith is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center without bond.
Smith was arrested Saturday after officials were called to a house fire in Inez. Three bodies were found inside the home, and autopsies were being conducted by the state medical examiner’s office. Officials haven’t released the victims’ identities.
The investigation is continuing.
Human trafficking series explores issues
FRANKFORT (AP) — A new online video series is designed to increase awareness of human trafficking in Kentucky.
The series was unveiled by the Kentucky attorney general’s office, along with the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board and the Catholic Charities of Louisville HOPE Campaign.
The seven-part video series includes perspectives from trafficking survivors, Kentucky legislators and law enforcement officials.
Attorney General Jack Conway called trafficking “modern-day slavery” and says it’s happening in Kentucky.
The series was produced by the HOPE Campaign and funded through a grant from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund.
It is available for viewing on http://ICareAboutKids.ky.gov and the HOPE Campaign’s website at http://www.rescueandrestoreky.org .
TV ads heating up in State Senate race
FRANKFORT (AP) — The air war in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race is heating up.
Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes’ TV ad last week criticized Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell as a multimillionaire who has voted against raising the minimum wage. Tuesday, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell responded with an ad calling Grimes “despicable” and noted most of McConnell’s wealth came from an inheritance from his wife’s deceased mother.
Media outlets have not been kind to either campaign’s ads. Organizations including the Washington Post and Politifact have criticized both sides for a pair of ads earlier this summer about Medicare that included incorrect information.
Voters will get to see both candidates side by side in a televised debate on Kentucky Educational Television scheduled for Oct. 13.
Edelen proposes overhauling airport board
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has proposed overhauling the board overseeing the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The board has been in turmoil with the resignations of its chairman and vice chairman and questions about extravagant spending at conferences.
Edelen said Tuesday the airport’s flawed governance structure hinders economic growth in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio.
He proposes an 11-member board for the airport in northern Kentucky, with eight appointments by Kentucky officials and three by Ohio leaders.
The Kenton County judge-executive would choose three members. Judge-executives in Boone and Campbell counties in Kentucky would choose two and one, respectively. Kentucky’s governor would make two appointments.
In Ohio, the governor, Cincinnati mayor and Hamilton County Board of Commissioners would appoint one member each.
Kenton County’s judge-executive now appoints the seven voting members of the board.
No charges planned in deaths of dogs
PADUCAH (AP) — A prosecutor says no criminal charges are warranted in the deaths of five dogs that died of heat stroke at a western Kentucky animal shelter.
The animals were found dead in June by an employee at the McCracken County animal shelter upon arriving at the facility.
The Paducah Sun reports that Graves County Attorney John Cunningham reviewed the police investigation before issuing his finding. He said there is no proof that the dogs died from intentional acts, and there is no way to tell if a mechanical failure or power loss made the air conditioner stop working.
The dogs were being kept in an outbuilding because the shelter was overcrowded.