Wednesday March 5, 2014

A bill that would allow a greater number of employees to be legally classified as independent contractors has passed the Kentucky Senate. The bill would also shield primary contractors from liability for illegal activity conducted by the subcontractors they hire. All workers' compensation decisions regarding contractors and subcontractors would be handled by the Labor Cabinet. Sen. John Schickel, a Republican from Union says the measure has the support of Kentucky's business sector and would be beneficial for business interests in the state.
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An update on a deadly weekend accident in Letcher County. Police say 27 year old Ronnie Campbell died in the crash. Troopers say a truck ran off the road along Kentucky Highway 805, hit a tree and flipped.  Robert Walker and Shawn Bevins suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle has not been determined.  Troopers believe alcohol played a role in the crash.
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Five different departments, consisting of nearly 60 firefighters. have been called in to help battle a blaze at an auto parts store in downtown Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Big Stone Gap Police said firefighters were called to NAPA Auto Parts, 13 East 5th St., around 5 p.m. Monday. Part of the NAPA store partially collapsed due to the blaze. Firefighters say one person was injured at the scene and rushed to the hospital.
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Workers have plucked a third Corvette from a giant sinkhole that swallowed eight classic cars at a Kentucky museum. More painstaking work lies ahead to retrieve the five cars still buried deep in the hole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Progress continued Tuesday when a 1962 black Corvette was extracted by a crane.
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A scheduled statewide tornado safety drill was delayed for a day due to a winter storm that has caused problems and closed schools around Kentucky this week. The drill is being held as part of Severe Weather Awareness Month and is set for 10:07 a.m. this morning. Kentucky Broadcasters Association will send a tornado test message that will activate weather radios and broadcast media.