News briefs

Father, daughter dead; murder-suicide likely

Richmond: A Madison County man apparently killed his daughter and himself with carbon monoxide early Sunday, officials said. Richard "Rich" Moore, 43; and Kelsey Moore, 13, were found in the garage of their house in Boone Trace neighborhood, Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell said. Authorities were called to the house shortly after noon. Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said there was the strong indication of carbon monoxide in the garage and house. He placed the time of death at 1 a.m. The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for autopsies. Kelsey Moore had physical handicaps, O'Donnell said. Richard Moore was divorced from the girl's mother. "The case is still open pending further investigation, however no further foul play is anticipated at this time," the sheriff said.

Teen killed in one-car wreckin Laurel County

London: A 17-year-old girl was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle accident on Ky. 490 in Laurel County. The victim was Carmel Howell, said Mary Bowling, the mother of Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. The accident happened about 2 p.m., she said. Additional information about the accident was not available.

Christmas bird count set for Saturday

Lexington: One of the nation's oldest bird counts will take place in Lexington on Saturday. The National Audubon Society began its annual Christmas Bird Count in 1900. The Audubon Society of Kentucky, recorded its first count in Lexington in 1902. To take part in this year's count, participants should be at the Denny's restaurant, 1949 Nicholasville Road, at 7 a.m. For more information, call Betty Maxson at (859) 948-1824.

Homes go green to reduce carbon footprint

Frankfort: Thirty-two households that pledged to reduce their carbon footprint this fall already have taken steps to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 318,000 pounds a year, according to the group Lighten Up, Frankfort! With other reductions in the works, an additional 210,000 pounds could be kept out of the environment, said Tona Barkley, the group's coordinator. Participants did things such as installing low-flow shower heads, increasing recycling, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs or planting trees. Sixty-one households joined the effort, but only 32 had reported when the numbers were totaled at a celebration Saturday night. The effort is expected to expand in the coming year, Barkley said. For more information, go to

Vandals damage holiday light display

Ashland: Vandals in northeastern Kentucky have caused thousands of dollars in damage to a light display at a park in Ashland. The Daily Independent in Ashland reports that park workers found the damage Saturday morning at the Winter Wonderland of Lights display in Central Park. The chairman of the display, Marion Russell, says the vandalism caused an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 in damage. The Winter Wonderland of Lights is paid for in part by donations from businesses and individuals. Ashland Police Maj. Todd Kelley says the department already had stepped up patrols in the area.

$1 million boiler expected to cut down on coal usage

Bowling Green: Western Kentucky University is nearly finished installing a $1 million boiler that officials expect will cut in half the amount of coals the school uses for heat. The new 30-foot-tall burner joins three others, two of which burn coal and have been at Western Kentucky since the early 1950s. The Bowling Green Daily News reports that all of the boilers will work together to create enough steam to heat nearly every building on campus with a three-mile-long steam line that runs around campus in a loop. After final inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency, the boiler is expected to go into commission in late December or early January.

staff, wire reports