Around Kentucky

Beaver, W.Va.

Coal protesters unable to make bail

Environmental group Mountain Justice says six people arrested on trespassing charges during a coal-mining protest are still jailed. The group said Sunday that the six have been unable to raise $2,000 cash apiece to make bail. All six were arrested a day earlier at Richmond, Va.-based Massey Energy Co.'s Marfork Coal mining complex in Pettus. Mountain Justice says they were protesting Richmond, Va.-based Massey's plan to blast at the mine. Mountain Justice says blasting could cause a coal slurry dam at the site to collapse. The arrests are the latest in a string of approximately a half-dozen trespassing incidents at Massey mines in West Virginia this year. Massey operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.


Driver's manual only online

Kentucky State Police have quit providing printed versions of the Kentucky Driver's Manual to the public in a cost-cutting move, officials told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Capt. Tim Lucas has asked high school principals to display information about where teens can find the manual online.

Fort Knox

Soldier's death brings changes

Indiana National Guard Sgt. Gerald "G.J." Cassidy served his country in Bosnia and Iraq, but he died Sept. 21, 2007, alone and ignored in a barracks at Fort Knox. Army officials say his death from an accidental overdose of methadone and an antidepressant left a legacy that has changed the lives of thousands of wounded soldiers. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Sunday that Cassidy's death led to improvements at Fort Knox and all 45 Warrior Transition Units nationwide devoted to healing war wounds and getting soldiers back to military jobs or productive civilian lives.

Staff, wire reports