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KENTUCKY SUNDAY LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER | KENTUCKY.COM Arrest made in robbery of Subway Lexington: Police on Saturday arrested Arnold Perkins, 52, of Lexington, accusing him of robbing the Subway at 115 North Locust Hill Drive at 2 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Dean Marcum said. Perkins, charged with one count of firstdegree robbery, Perkins 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 Thanksgiving Day. 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. Negotiating for 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 property owners. 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. Maysville dedicates highway to fallen police officer 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. Premature birth initiative launched 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 B3 Corps cuts flow on Missouri River OPPOSITION HEAVY AS MOVE COULD HALT BARGE TRAFFIC DOWNSTREAM By Jim Salter Associated Press 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 both rivers. 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 the drought. “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 Mississippi River. 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 to intervene. “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 are low. 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 is incidental. TREE 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 a throne. 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 Above: Patrick Murr, 2, and dad Kevin Murr got a closer look at a train ice sculpture after the ceremony. Left: Anne Marie Dvorak, 2, and her mother, Tanya Dvorak, gazed at the newly lighted tree in Triangle Park on Saturday night. STAFF, WIRE REPORTS Corrections The Herald-Leader corrects all significant errors that are brought to the editors’ attention. If you think we have made such an error, please call our newsroom at (859) 231-3200 or 1-800-950-6397 after 9 a.m. on weekdays or after 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays. PHOTOS BY MATT GOINS

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