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Lexington: Police on Saturday
arrested Arnold Perkins, 52, of
Lexington, accusing him of robbing
the Subway at
115 North Locust
Hill Drive at 2
Lt. Dean Marcum
charged with one
count of firstdegree robbery,
was being held
in the Fayette
County jail on Saturday night.
The robber of the Subway
showed a clerk a knife and
demanded money, then fled with
“more than a couple hundred dollars” from the store’s cash register,
Marcum said. The clerk suffered
a slight injury to her arm from the
robber twisting it, Marcum said.
Police got a description of the
robber and his vehicle. Minutes
later, an officer on his way to
another call saw the vehicle at
Liberty and New Circle roads and
stopped it; Perkins was driving,
Marcum said. The money was
recovered, he said.
Marcum said Perkins also has
been charged with robbing the
Liquor Barn on Richmond Road on
Man injured after
fleeing into traffic
Mount Sterling: Kentucky State
Police say a 21-year-old man was
hit by a car Friday while trying to
escape them on Interstate 64 near
Mount Sterling. A trooper stopped
Steven Reilly on the interstate at
8:19 p.m. after seeing him drive a
1998 Kawasaki motorcycle “at a
high rate of speed,” police said.
Reilly then fled on foot into traffic in the eastbound lane, and he
was hit by a 2007 Honda Odyssey.
Reilly was airlifted to the University
of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in
Lexington, where he was listed in
serious but stable condition.
7-mile ATV trail
Pikeville: Pike County officials
say they are in negotiations with
two land companies in an effort
to establish a trail for all-terrain
vehicles. Judge-Executive Wayne
T. Rutherford told the Appalachian
News-Express that if the proposal
is successful, it would give the
county a 7-mile loop ATV trail.
He also said it has a big
advantage over other options
to create a trail since it would
require the county to get permission from two entities instead
of possibly hundreds of private
Deputy Judge-Executive John
Doug Hays said the loop trail
would just be a starting point and
that officials could explore options
for other trails.
highway to fallen
Maysville: Officials in Maysville
have dedicated part of a highway
to a police officer who was killed
in the line of duty. The LedgerIndependent reported that part
of U.S. 68 has been renamed the
Danny Hay Memorial Highway.
Signs have been posted along
the highway to honor the 22-yearold Hay, who had just started with
the Maysville Police Department in
1979 when he was dispatched to
investigate a robbery at a store and
was fatally shot.
The newspaper reported Hay
is the only Maysville police officer
killed in the line of duty.
Louisville: Health officials have
begun an initiative to try to prevent
elective premature births. The Courier-Journal reported that partners
in the venture include the March of
Dimes, the Kentucky Department for
Public Health, the state’s Medicaid
managed-care organizations and
several hospitals across the state.
The Kentucky Hospital Association is also involved and
has started a program designed
to limit early elective deliveries
to 3 percent or less by the end
of next year. The goal was set by
the U.S. Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services. Early elective deliveries are inductions or
Caesarean sections done before
the 39th week of pregnancy.
KHA project director, nurse
Donna Meador, said the KHA network has 16 hospitals that are part
of the project. She said the average
rate now for elective premature
births at the participating hospitals
in her networks is 12 percent.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Corps cuts flow on Missouri River
OPPOSITION HEAVY AS
MOVE COULD HALT BARGE
By Jim Salter
ST. LOUIS — The Army Corps of
Engineers on Friday began reducing
the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen lowwater conditions on the Mississippi
River and potentially bring barge
traffic to a halt within weeks.
The Missouri flows into the Mississippi around a bend just north of
St. Louis. One result of this year’s
drought, the worst in decades, has
been a big drop in water levels on
The corps announced earlier this
month that it would reduce the outflow from the Gavins Point Dam near
Yankton, S.D., to protect the upper
Missouri River basin. That drew
an outcry from political leaders and
businesses downstream, who warned
that allowing the Mississippi to drop
more could have devastating economic consequences.
Corps spokeswoman Monique
Farmer told The Associated Press on
Friday that the reduction began as
scheduled that morning. By midday,
the flow that had started at 37,500
cubic feet per second had been cut to
35,500 cubic feet per second.
Farmer said plans call for a gradual reduction down to 12,000 cubic
feet per second by Dec. 11 because of
“We’re hoping Mother Nature
brings some snow this winter,” she
said, “but we’ve been told to expect
low, stable conditions, that it’s probably going to remain dry.”
The cut in flow comes despite opposition from the governors of Missouri and Illinois and 77 members
of Congress whose states sit along
the Mississippi River. Scott Holste,
a spokesman for Missouri Gov. Jay
Nixon, said his office never received
a reply to a letter Nixon sent Army
Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy,
asking that the corps delay plans to
reduce the Missouri River flow.
The Mississippi is nearing historic
lows between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill.
Barges are already required to carry
JIM SUHR | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two barges head north on the Mississippi River past St. Louis. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun reducing the flow
from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially
halt barge traffic at St. Louis within weeks.
lighter loads and the middle of the
river could be closed to barge traffic if the water level at St. Louis dips
below minus 5 feet. It was at minus
0.45 feet Friday.
A zero river reading at St. Louis
was established more than a century
ago. It’s the point at which people
at that time thought the river would
never drop below.
The National Weather Service
forecast for river levels extends only
as far as Dec. 6. It calls for the Mississippi River to get to minus 3.7
feet at St. Louis by then. Businesses
that ship on the river and their trade
groups expect to get to minus 5 feet
by around Dec. 10.
Barges carry 20 percent of the
country’s coal and more than 60 percent of its grain exports. Other cargo,
including petroleum products, lumber, sand, industrial chemicals and
fertilizer, also gets shipped along the
Barge operators and those who
ship on the Mississippi have warned
that a shutdown would have disastrous economic consequences on
those industries, with companies laying off workers if it lasts for any significant amount of time.
River shipping trade groups have
even asked President Barack Obama
“This is a pending economic emergency,” said Ann McCulloch, director
of public affairs for the American Waterways Operators.
A message left with the White
House on Friday was not returned.
The weather forecast offers little
hope with no big storms in sight.
While the drought has eased in the
St. Louis area, it persists in the upper
Mississippi and upper Missouri river
basins, which feed water to the areas
below, said Scott Truett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.
“That means less runoff and hence
low water levels,” Truett said.
The corps has taken steps to keep
the Mississippi open as long as possible, including increasing dredging. It
also plans to remove two rock formations in the river in southern Illinois
that jut up, potentially scraping the
bottoms of barges when water levels
But that work isn’t expected until
February, although 15 senators and
62 House members in separate letters
asked for the rock removal to be expedited.
Corps officials in Omaha say the
drought already has hurt recreation
along the upper Missouri River areas.
The low water has exposed Native
American artifacts, leaving them prone
to looting, and if it persists into spring,
hydropower could be impacted.
Corps officials in Omaha say they
are bound by the Missouri River
Master Manual to act in the best
interest of the Missouri River basin
and what happens on the Mississippi
From Page B1
No one seemed to mind the chill, least
of all the children who enjoyed the two ice
sculptures set up at the foot of the Christmas tree. Carved from 3,600 pounds of
ice, they were in the shape of a train and
Sophie Owen, 11, and Josephine Owen,
12, got their pictures taken while sitting
on the ice train with their cousins, Joshua
Owen, 8, and Morgan Owen, 14.
“It was pretty cool,” Josephine said.
This year’s large Christmas tree was donated by Garry and Tracy Beatty. Charles
Lawson and Suzanne Thompson also donated trees for the celebration.
Garry Beatty said Saturday night that
the big blue spruce had been growing next
to his house on Lin Wal Road for years before he and his wife decided to donate it
to the city as a Chistmas tree.
“It was getting too close to the house,”
he said. “Now everybody can enjoy it.”
Jim Warren (859) 231-3255
2, and dad
got a closer
look at a train
2, and her
at the newly
lighted tree in
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