- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014
Airport gets $1.5M grant to build taxiway

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Muhlenberg County Airport has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to complete a parallel taxiway.

Airport board chairman Danny Walker told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1kWo5DD) last week that the taxiway will help airport safety.

Currently, he said planes have to “back-taxi” on the runway, meaning they go down the runway facing incoming traffic and then turn around to take off.

About 18 planes are stationed at the airport in Greenville.

“But we get a surprising number of corporate jets coming in,” Walker said. “And we had an air show this weekend with five planes flying people around. That was a lot of landings and takeoffs without a parallel runway.”

Walker said bids on the project are expected to start June 25.

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Authorities search for escaped inmate

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a Madison County woman who failed to return to jail from a furlough.

According WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1qQRLm0), 38-year-old Flora J. Carrier, of Richmond, was granted a medical furlough from the Madison County Detention Center Friday morning and was to report back after the appointment.

Detention center employees contacted Kentucky State Police Saturday morning to inform them Carrier hadn’t returned.

She was being held on charges for theft by deception, including cold checks.

Since 2011, officials say Carrier has been booked 11 times in the detention center.

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2 Fort Campbell soldiers die in Afghanistan

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Two Fort Campbell-based soldiers have been killed in a combat operation in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, and 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia, were among five soldiers killed June 9 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan.

Studenmund and McDonald were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, located on the Kentucky-Tennessee state lines.

The department says the incident remains under investigation.

Earlier this month, the department reported the death of another Fort Campbell soldier.

Twenty-year-old Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds he received when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.

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KFC probes whether scarred girl was asked to leave

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - KFC Corp. says it’s investigating allegations that a restaurant employee in Jackson, Mississippi, asked a 3-year-old to leave because her facial injuries disturbed other patrons. The company is also giving $30,000 toward Victoria Wilcher’s medical bills, a spokesman said Sunday.

The allegation about KFC was made Thursday on “Victoria’s Victories,” a Facebook page following Victoria Wilcher’s recovery from a pit bull attack in April. The administrator posted a photo showing Victoria smiling shyly in spite of her facial scars and cartoon-decorated eye patch, and wrote, “Does this look scary to you? Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners.”

KFC posted an apology the next morning, requesting details.

“As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC,” spokesman Rick Maynard wrote Sunday in an email to The Associated Press. “Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them. The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria.”

Her grandmother Kelly Mullins said Victoria had just been to a doctor’s when they stopped at the restaurant. She ordered mashed potatoes for Victoria because she thought the hungry child could swallow the soft food without chewing.

She says she was then approached by an employee. “They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,’” she told WAPT-TV (https://bit.ly/1p7ByYo).


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