Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:52pm
Mayor Winnecke says we're a little over a month away from ground being broken for the new Downtown convention hotel. It'll happen January 23 at 2 in the afternoon. Winnecke says the Redevelopment Commission will vote on finalizing that date after a discussion about how the Hilton Doubletree hotel’s progress and construction payments will be reported to the City Council and taxpayers. He says it'll take about a year and a half to finish the work, as long as Mother Nature cooperates.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:48pm
The Mega Millions jackpot rises to $586 million for Tuesday night's drawing. It approaches the current record jackpot of $656 million. It was split between three players last year. Mega Millions says the odds of getting all six numbers is about one in 259 million. The cash payout would amount to more than $316 million.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:47pm
A Kentucky lawmaker wants to lower the state's blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05. State Representative Hubert Collins bill follows the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that states lower their legal limit to .05. Kentuckians Megan Saddler and Melissa Egan say a good idea, that could be carried further. The next session of the Kentucky General Assembly starts next month.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:46pm
Another member of the General Assembly has been plucked away to lead a state agency. Representative Suzanne Crouch of Evansville will take over the State Auditor‘s office on January 2nd. Gov. Mike Pence appointed her. Crouch is the third lawmaker, all women, picked to lead a constitutional office over the last two years. Sue Elspermann of Ferdinand left the Senate to become Lieutenant Governor after Pence selected her to be his running mate. Connie Lawson left the State Senate to become Secretary of State when she was appointed by then-Governor Mitch Daniels.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:42pm
Owensboro Police are investigating armed robberies. Two happened Sunday night in areas off Triplett Street. A woman said that while parked in a vehicle a parking lot of the Moneytree and Book and Music Exchange, two men approached and demanded money. One was armed with a handgun. A second call came about three hours later. A woman at the 231 Motel said that two men entered through the open door of her room and demanded money. Again, one of them was armed with a handgun.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 4:48pm
A young Evansville woman gets a 55-year prison sentence, for her role in the death of her husband. 23-year old Megan Mecum was one of three arrested for 42-year old Keith Vaughn’s murder. Mecum asked Judge Bob Pigman for mercy Friday, and said she hopes Vaughn's family will one day forgive her. Deputy Prosecutor Mike Perry said Mecum may not have been holding the murder weapon, but she put everything in motion.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 4:46pm
A teenager is being held at a western Kentucky juvenile detention center, after he was arrested Friday afternoon, in the probe into a bomb threat at Owensboro High School. Police say the youth will face a felony charge of terroristic threatening. Officers responded to the threat late Wednesday morning. The school was evacuated for a time, but there were no injuires. Details on what led to the arrest have not been released.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 5:35am
Christmas is less than two weeks away, and Santa's Elves are working overtime answering children's letters to Santa. Some letters began arriving over the summer. If you know a child who wants to mail a letter to Santa...here's the address. Santa Claus. PO Box 1. Santa Claus, Indiana. 47579.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 6:46pm
Imagine being able to avoid surgery, heavy chemo and radiation. New research suggests tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer, without greatly harming their odds of survival. Several studies presented at an international conference in San Antonio identify groups of patients who might be able to safely forgo certain treatments. The research is aimed at curbing overtreatment, a big problem in cancer care.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 6:45pm
The U-S Supreme Court listens to an appeal in a Western Kentucky death penalty case. 39-year old Robert Keith Woodall pleaded guilty to abducting 16-year-old Sarah Hansen from a Greenville convenience store, and killing her, in 1998. The high court will consider whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to uphold a decision to overturn Woodall's death sentence. Justices will also weigh whether the appeals court followed proper precedent in how it reviewed the state court's decision.