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Incentives for new coal plant get initial OK

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary approval Thursday to $550 million in incentives to entice a Louisville company to build its new coal plant in Western Kentucky. The $7.6 billion plant in McCracken County would convert coal to diesel and other liquid fuels. Clean Coal Power Operations of Louisville is also considering sites in Missouri and Illinois, The Paducah Sun reported on its Web site Friday.


Two sought in home robbery

A Richmond man was shot Friday morning during a home robbery, and police are searching for two suspects, police said. The shots were fired about 12:44 a.m. on East Irvine Street, Sgt. Willard Reardon said. Two men with handguns forced their way into a home and forced those inside to lie on the floor, Reardon said. One of the men shot a resident of the home. The robbers ran away and took the victim's cell phone and cash, Reardon said. The victim was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital.


Jury suggests 30-year term

A jury recommended Friday that a Stamping Ground man serve 30 years for a burglary and assault of an elderly couple last year, the Scott County Circuit Clerk Office said. On Thursday, a jury convicted Stanley Stander, 28, of charges burglary, robbery, assault and unlawful ­imprisonment of Ralph and Mattie ­Michaels of Georgetown. Final sentencing is set for Aug. 4.


Settling halts work on dam

The Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily halted some emergency work on a large dam in south-central Kentucky because of rapid settling in one section. Officials are investigating the cause of the settling in an earthen portion of Wolf Creek Dam at the point where it connects with a concrete dam and hydropower plant on Lake Cumberland, The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported in Friday's edition. Officials said there is no cause for alarm and the settling should not delay scheduled repairs.


Police seek shooter

Lexington police are trying to find a suspect in a shooting Thursday on Willard Street near downtown Lexington. Two bystanders were shot and injured outside 222 Willard Street, off Manchester Street, after a fight between two other men. Lt. Edward Hart said police thought the shooter was in Jessamine County Thursday afternoon, but that person was not involved. He said police are seeking a person of interest, but no arrest has been made.


Boone Forest office to close

The Stanton office of the Daniel Boone National Forest will permanently close after Thursday. Starting July 7, the Gladie Cultural Environmental Learning Center will be the public's contact point for the Red River Gorge area. The center's telephone number is (606) 663-8100. The mailing address is 3451 Sky Bridge Road, Stanton, Ky. 40380.

Staff, wire reports