Veteran with no knownfamily will be buried today

A veteran with no known family will be laid to rest at 9 a.m. today at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.

Pfc. Steven Shields will be honored with a motorcycle procession by members of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club. Anyone who would like to join the procession can meet at 8:30 a.m. at Maddux Fuqua Hinton Funeral Home.

Work on Millbrooke Road postponed

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Thursday that the closure of Millbrooke Drive in Hopkinsville for a bridge replacement project has been postponed to avoid interfering with school bus traffic during the last few days of school.

Plans now call for the roadway to close May 28. Meanwhile, the contactor will do a work zone lane restriction with alternating flow to facilitate clearing of brush and other prep activities.

Propane tank facility slated for Campbellsville

Kentucky officials say a company plans to put a propane tank manufacturing facility in a south-central Kentucky town. The project is expected to create 175 full-time jobs in coming years.

Gov. Matt Bevin's office said Wednesday that the $10-million-plus project by Manchester Tank & Equipment Co. is planned in Campbellsville.

Officials say the company will acquire and retrofit an existing building to expand operations and for production and supply of components to the company's existing facilities.

Manchester Tank is a division of McWane Inc. McWane's CEO and president, Ruffner Page, says the new Campbellsville operation will be a big contributor to the continued growth and success of Manchester Tank.

State officials have preliminarily approved McWane for up to $2 million in performance-based tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

Police officer being investigated for DUI

A Kentucky police officer is accused of driving under the influence in a city police car.

Thirty-year-old Lexington police Officer Jeffery Burden was relieved of his sworn duties and transferred to an administrative assignment while the case is investigated.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cynthiana police in Harrison County received a reckless driving complaint Tuesday morning involving a Lexington police cruiser that was failing to stay in its lane. An arrest citation says the cruiser reportedly nearly struck several signs.

Police say Burden's cruiser entered a gas station and struck a red pole protecting the gas pumps. The arrest citation says Burden admitted he was taking Hydrocodone for back pain. He has been with the department since 2015.

Louisville athletics administrator dies at 73

Jim McGhee, who worked with Louisville athletics since 1977, including the last 24 as assistant director for varsity sports and student life, has died. He was 73.

The school announced in a release that McGhee's visitation is May 13 with his funeral May 14 at Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville. An athletics spokeswoman said McGhee died Saturday. The cause of death was not mentioned at his family's request.

Referred to as Mr. McGhee around the program, he worked with nearly every Cardinal varsity sport and operated a summer program for at-risk youth for 20 years for the department. McGhee joined Louisville as assistant trainer and football equipment manager and became equipment and facilities manager in 1986 before his most recent responsibility.

The Mississippi Valley State University graduate earned his master's degree from Boston University and worked at Harvard and Texas Southern.

Jaguar is overall green car for 2019

The American Automobile Association's latest survey reveals that despite many Americans having interest in electric vehicles, only four in 10 believe most vehicles will be electric by 2029.

Yet, a separate study AAA conducted earlier this year found that more than half of Americans believe most cars will be able to drive themselves in the next 10 years - a reality much less likely to happen

"Electric cars are quickly becoming more common, with more than 200,000 on the road across the country today," said Mike Hoshaw, vice president of automotive services for AAA East Central. "We believe that there is a gap between interest and purchasing electric vehicles because most Americans aren't equipped with the full scope of their capabilities and efficiencies."

The annual AAA survey, which tracks opinions regarding electric and hybrid vehicles, found that while consumer interest remains steady, Americans may not have a solid understanding of electric vehicle performance. For instance, electric vehicles, unlike those running on gas, perform better in stop-and-go traffic because they can recapture energy to charge the battery when decelerating. However, 59 percent of Americans said in the survey that they were unsure of whether electric vehicles have better range when driving at highways speeds or in traffic.

The survey also revealed that 40 million Americans would be likely to consider an electric vehicle for their next car purchase. Concern for the environment and lower long-term costs remain the leading reasons to go green. AAA's 2019 Green Car Guide named the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE the overall winner of its Top Green Car award. For more information, visit AAA.com/greencar.

Zoo announces birth of 3 clouded leopard cubs

Nashville Zoo announced that River, the zoo's on-exhibit clouded leopard, gave birth to three cubs, two males and one female April 29.

"These three cubs are important because they will go on to pair with other clouded leopards and increase this species' captive population," said Dr. Heather Robertson, Nashville Zoo director of veterinary services. "The two males are particularly important because there were no males born at AZA facilities last year, which means there were few, if any, cub pairings."

Clouded leopards are paired with mates within the first year so the couple will grow up together. This process lowers aggression from the males and increases the chance of successful mating and birth in the future.

The cubs weigh between 220 and 265 grams each. With the addition of these cubs, the zoo is now home to 13 clouded leopards. Nashville Zoo has been working with these cats since 1992 and has welcomed 38 cubs since 2009. There are currently 74 clouded leopards in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' care and 295 in facilities globally.

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