- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014
Police say man fatally shoots wife, then himself

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police say a man fatally shot his wife outside a gas station in Louisville before turning the gun on himself.

According to WAVE-TV (http://bit.ly/1kfvBtW), police are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It happened around 11:15 p.m. Saturday at a Thorntons gas station in the Shivley neighborhood of Louisville.

Witnesses say the man came up behind the woman, they exchanged words, then he pulled out a gun and shot her before shooting himself.

The woman died at the scene. The man was taken to University Hospital where he later died.

Their identities have not been released.

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Motorcyclist killed in fatal hit-and-run

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities are searching for the driver of sport utility vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Lexington.

According to WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1kxfUbM), a motorcycle and car crashed into each other late Friday night. Officials say an oncoming SUV then hit the motorcyclist, and drove away.

The victim was identified as 39-year-old Mary Reynolds-Drury of Lexington. She died from blunt force injuries.

Authorities have not said whether the driver of the car faces any charges.

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2 Burlington sites to get historical markers

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two sites in Burlington, Kentucky, will receive historical markers this month.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1nVf1xs) reports that the markers are coming to the Dinsmore Homestead and the Boone County Courthouse.

The Dinsmore Homestead was the family home to James and Martha Dinsmore in 1842 and part of a large antebellum Boone County farm.

The marker at the courthouse will celebrate the city’s history and note the county seat’s start as Craig’s Camp in 1799, and its name change in 1816 to Burlington.

The markers will be the sixth and seventh sponsored by the Boone County Historical Society, and will bring the county’s total number of historical markers to 21.

Mike Crane, of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance and the Historic Burlington Business Association, believes the markers will boost tourism.

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States move to blunt Obama carbon reduction plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers.

The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, further diminishing coal’s role in U.S. electricity production in the process. The Environmental Protection Agency refused to confirm the details of the proposal Sunday. People familiar with the proposal shared the details on condition of anonymity, since they had not been officially released.

The opposition to Obama’s new carbon emission standards has been strongest in some states that have large coal-mining industries or rely heavily on coal to fuel their electricity. State officials say the new federal regulations could jeopardize the jobs of thousands of workers and drive up the monthly electric bills of residents and businesses.

It remains to be seen whether new measures passed by the states will amount to mere political symbolism or actually temper what’s expected to be an aggressive federal effort to reduce the country’s reliance on coal. But either way, states likely will play a pivotal role, because federal clean air laws leave it up to each state to come up its own plan for complying with the emission guidelines.

The proposed EPA rules to be announced Monday could be the first to apply to carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants. Coal is the most common fuel source for the nation’s electricity and, when it’s burned, is a leading source of the greenhouse gasses that trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.

Without waiting to see Obama’s proposal, the governors of Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia signed laws directing their environmental agencies to develop their own carbon emission plans that consider the costs of compliance at individual power plants. Similar measures recently passed in Missouri and are pending in the Louisiana and Ohio legislatures.

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