- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014
Police chief shoots, kills armed suspect at bank

PRINCETON, Ky. (AP) - A police chief visiting a western Kentucky bank shot and killed an armed man who entered the bank wearing a stocking over his head, authorities said.

Kentucky State Police say Princeton Police Chief Don Weedman ordered the man to put down his gun, but instead the man fired at Weedman. Weedman, a former state police captain, returned fire and struck 67-year-old James E. Hamm, fatally injuring him.

State Police say Hamm entered the Planters Bank in Princeton shortly after it opened at 8:30 a.m. Friday. There were about five people in the bank, mostly employees, and no one else was hurt.

State Police Trooper Stu Recke says Weedman “just happened to be there” when Hamm entered, carrying the gun and a tool bag. State police say Hamm ignored Weedman’s commands, and turned toward him and fired his gun.

Recke said the same bank was robbed Wednesday, but he said it was too early to know if Hamm was involved. Hamm, of Princeton, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according a preliminary autopsy by the state medical examiner in Madisonville.

Weedman served as a state police trooper for 25 years, rising to the rank of captain. He also served as an investigator on a regional drug task force before he took the police chief job in Princeton in 2007.

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McConnell weighs in on border crisis

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday the flood of child immigrants overwhelming officials along the country’s border with Mexico could be stopped by sending them back immediately.

“We want to stop the flow,” the five-term Republican senator told a gathering of county leaders from across Kentucky. “It’s really not that complicated. Secure the border, treat the children humanely and return them immediately.”

McConnell’s comments drew applause from the crowd of judge-executives, magistrates and commissioners from Kentucky’s counties.

“I guarantee you it will work,” he said.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have come since October, overwhelming Border Patrol facilities in South Texas. Without more beds, the Homeland Security Department says immigrants caught entering the country illegally will continue to be released while awaiting their deportation and asylum hearings. Right now, they are detained only if there is a place to house them.

Many are fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, drawn by rumors that once in the U.S., they could stay.

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Beetles blamed for wiping out ash trees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An infestation of small green beetles has started taking a toll on ash trees in Kentucky.

From Lexington to Louisville and north to Cincinnati, ash trees are being wiped out from rural landscapes, parks, subdivisions and urban corridors, according to The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1nl0vRG).

The culprit is the emerald ash borer.

The Asian invader arrived in Kentucky a few years ago from the north where the beetles killed more than 25 million trees.

Now, dead tree tops and whole dead trees are visible from the westbound lanes of Interstate 64, and in pockets of destruction throughout northern Kentucky, including Franklin, Shelby, Oldham and Jefferson counties.

“For some areas of the state, we are beginning a peak decline,” said Jody Thompson, ecologist and forest health specialist with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. “We really are at a point where we are crossing a threshold, where ash trees in these infested areas are starting to reach their peak decline, where it is going to be most noticeable.”

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US Appeals panel stands by EPA in coal ruling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court is declining to stand in the way of the Obama administration’s efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued the ruling Friday, according to The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1moxzbk).

It concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency was within its authority to consult with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.

The panel rejected a 2012 District Court ruling that that the EPA had overstepped its authority under federal water pollution and strip mining laws when the agency tried to reduce water pollution from Appalachian coal mining operations.

West Virginia and Kentucky are among those that challenged the EPA’s actions.

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