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Tours of Corvette Plant to Resume by Year’s End
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Tours of Corvette Plant to Resume by Year’s End

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Tours of the Corvette assembly plant are set to resume for the first time in about five years, officials said.Tickets can be purchased through the National Corvette Museum’s website beginning on Nov. 1 for tours that will begin before the end of the year, a statement from the museum said.General Motors moved production of the Chevrolet Corvette to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1981 and plant tours allow visitors to watch as the sports cars are made.Tours of the 1.7 million-square-foot (157,935 square-meter) plant were suspended in 2017 due to changes that were being made to the facility and that continued when the COVID 19 pandemic hit, the statement said.“We have been waiting for this day for what feels like an eternity,” said Kai Spande, plant director for the G...
Lexington, Utility Reach Agreement on Tree-Cutting Policies
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Lexington, Utility Reach Agreement on Tree-Cutting Policies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's second-largest city has reached an agreement with a utilities company over the company’s policy of razing trees throughout the city to make way for power lines.The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council and officials with Kentucky Utilities Company announced a joint resolution in response to “community concerns” that modifies how KU cuts, trims and removes trees around transmission lines, Mayor Linda Gorton said.The agreement caps a contentious, years-long back and forth between the city of Lexington and the utilities company over the issue, media outlets reported.The city sued last year after an uproar from residents upset that big trees were being axed in yards across the city and an unheeded request from the city for KU to stop.With the mutually-agree...
Cause Sought for Indiana House Explosion That Killed 3
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Cause Sought for Indiana House Explosion That Killed 3

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities worked Thursday to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized.The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes and crews had not yet completed thorough searches of all of them due to instability of the structures, Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters Thursday morning.Eleven of the damaged homes were uninhabitable and will have to be demolished, Connelly said, and finding a cause is expected to be a “very tedious process — and lengthy."Names of the dead hadn't been released as of Thursday morning. Injuries to the fourth victim weren't considered life-threatening, Connelly said.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was...
New Interim Phoenix Police Chief Oversaw Reform in Baltimore
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New Interim Phoenix Police Chief Oversaw Reform in Baltimore

PHOENIX (AP) — A law enforcement official overseeing police reform in Baltimore has been tapped to lead the Phoenix Police Department, which has been the subject of a wide-ranging civil rights investigation.Michael Sullivan, the deputy commissioner of compliance in Baltimore, will join the Phoenix agency in September as interim chief. He's expected to serve up to two years while the city — the fifth largest in the U.S. — searches for a permanent chief.The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether officers in Phoenix have used excessive force, abused people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness, engaged in discriminatory policing practices and retaliated against people exercising free speech, which is protected under the First Amendment. The investigation began ...
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia
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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rains unleashed high water and people lost electricity as storms kept pounding parts of central Appalachia on Thursday.There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across a mountainous area where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days. Flood watches and warnings were in effect.Poweroutage.us reported more than 20,000 power outages in eastern Kentucky, and nearly 10,000 more in southern West Virginia among the mountains of western Virginia.Floyd County in eastern Kentucky declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews have been deployed there.In West Virginia's Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled peo...