- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015
University of Kentucky high-rise dormitories to be vacated

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two 23-story dormitory towers on the University of Kentucky campus will be empty for this fall semester as the school decides what to do with them.

The university is planning to either renovate or raze the Kirwan and Blanding towers. Closing those residence halls means the number of low-cost housing options for students will be reduced, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported (https://bit.ly/1ETXDkk).

The administration has not decided on a long-term plan for the towers. Demolishing or renovating them would cost more than $10 million, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said. UK plans to vacate the towers, which together can house about 1,200 students, before the upcoming semester and keep them empty until the university develops a plan.

The towers and a surrounding complex of low-rise housing are the only remaining dorms, aside from Greek housing and UK-operated apartments, that cost less than $3,000 per semester.

Some students were concerned that eliminating lower-cost housing could create hardships for low-income students.

“There are benefits in some ways to having a newer facility, but there are students who pay out of pocket and that could be difficult for them,” said Rosalyn Robinson, assistant director of UK’s Martin Luther King Center. “Everyone doesn’t have scholarships, everyone doesn’t have parents who can pay for that.”

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More craft beer operations expected to open in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The craft beer movement is growing in Bowling Green.

Two businesses that serve craft beer soon will be available to patrons in the city and a third new operation will have supplies for the home brewer.

Those familiar with Kentucky’s market say the state has fewer than 20 craft beer operations, but more are expected, The Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1POJtpzhttps://bit.ly/1POJtpz ).

The White Squirrel Brewery and Taproom is opening its doors this month. It will produce an IPA, a nut brown and German-style Kolsch beer.

This summer, Bliss Ave Brewing Company will open featuring site-brewed in large tanks and catered food. In addition, Blue Holler Brew, a home brewing supplies store, will open in the city Saturday.

The craft beer industry experienced 18 percent growth in 2014, according to a state of the industry report offered at the 32nd annual Craft Brewers Conference this year.

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Victims identified in wrong-way crash on I-40

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 40 near Nashville caused a crash that killed two people.

Nashville Police identified the victims as 26-year-old Devin Strong of Nashville and 34-year-old James R. Hall of Richmond, Kentucky. Police say they believe Strong was driving the wrong way on the interstate early Saturday morning when his car struck Hall’s head-on. The Tennessean reports (https://tnne.ws/1GhozyW) Strong died at the scene.

Another car driven by 53-year-old Christopher Miles of South Holland, Illinois, hit Strong’s car after the initial collision. Miles suffered minor injuries.

Police say they don’t know why Strong was traveling the wrong way on the interstate, and there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involvement at the scene.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. on Saturday.

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