Lottery tickets sold in Ky. worth $1 million each
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two Powerball tickets sold in Kentucky barely missed out on an estimated $590.5 million grand prize, but they're worth $1 million each.
Kentucky Lottery officials said Sunday that one ticket sold in Vine Grove and another sold in Buckner matched five numbers but not the Powerball drawn Saturday night. Each ticketholder can claim a $1 million prize.
There's no word yet on who won.
Lottery officials say they should bring their winning tickets to lottery headquarters in Louisville any time after 8 a.m. EST Monday to claim their prizes.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
DRUG TASK FORCE
Ky. drug task force close to expanding
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A drug task force in south-central Kentucky is on the verge of expanding into a third county.
The Daily News reports that the Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force is poised to add Allen County as a partner. The task force is based in Glasgow and investigates drug crimes in Barren and Edmonson counties.
Task force director Jeff Scruggs says the partnership has received approval from city and county governments in Allen County. The final steps are filing and registering paperwork to officially add the third county to the agency.
Under the new arrangement, an officer from the Scottsville Police Department and the Allen County Sheriff's Office would be assigned to the task force.
The sheriff's offices in Barren and Edmonson counties currently supply detectives to the task force.
Dalai Lama begins visit to Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Dalai Lama spoke to about 15,000 people at the KFC Yum Center as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists began his visit to Louisville.
The Courier-Journal reports he spoke for about 40 minutes Sunday and then took questions from the crowd. A line started forming around the arena hours before his speech.
The Dalai Lama started his visit earlier in the day by blessing a temple in suburban Louisville. He handed out prayer scarves at the event and told the crowd that the temple should be known more as a place of learning than of chanting.
The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is considered the most visible symbol and spokesman for human rights and Tibetan autonomy.
Clark County teachers hoping to become 'losers'
(Information in the following story is from: The Winchester (Ky.) Sun, http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun)
WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - Twenty-eight George Rogers Clark High School teachers and staff members are on a mission to become losers.
Biology teacher Sara Stone says the group is using weekly weigh-ins and healthy competition to kick-start a weight loss effort at the Kentucky school.
Eight years ago, a group of faculty and staff members created a weight-loss competition styled after the TV show "The Biggest Loser." Recently, several teachers found themselves wanting to shed some pounds, so they decided to try the competition again.
Teacher Kelli Catron decided to participate after winning the school's original Biggest Loser competition. She has been cutting calories and trying to get in more exercise. She and Stone have mapped out a one-mile loop that they walk after school.
AFGHAN AIR ASSAULT
Afghan pilots learn air assault tactics from 101st
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - With Afghan troops increasingly leading combat operations on the ground, the Afghan Air Force's fledgling helicopter fleet based in Kabul has learned new techniques to support them from the air.
The U.S. Army's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform air assault missions, which they have started to use in combat operations.
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Col. Paul Bontrager said the Afghans need to be weaned off American aviation during the drawdown of U.S. forces this year.
The ability of Afghan helicopters to quickly drop soldiers into combat is a new and critical role.
Blaze destroys candle factory
(Information in the following story is from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews)
LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - A fire has destroyed a factory in central Kentucky that makes scented candles.
The Advocate-Messenger reports more than 200 firefighters from seven departments battled the blaze Saturday morning at the Goose Creek Candle Co. factory in the Casey County town of Liberty.
It took firefighters more than four hours to get the blaze under control.
Goose Creek candles are distributed nationally and the factory employed about 75 people.
Bridges to get new paint sooner than expected
HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky transportation officials say twin bridges spanning western Kentucky and southern Indiana will have to be repainted sooner than expected.
The Gleaner reports the U.S. 41-North Twin Bridges are rusting in multiple places, just five to six years after a $22 million repainting project.
The bridges carry about 37,000 vehicles per day across the Ohio River between Henderson, Ky., and Evansville, Ind.
The paint job once was expected to last 15 or more years, but state transportation spokesman Keith Todd says the work will need to be redone much sooner, perhaps in the next five to 10 years on at least the northbound bridge.
Kentucky officials are disappointed with the outcome of the repainting done in 2007 and 2008.
The project caused headaches for motorists and area businesses.
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