Bridge construction

The closure on Substation Road will be at mile marker 18.2 on U.S. 41; however, U.S. 41 will not be closed.

Police find 2 Hopkinsville men fatally shot in Elizabethtown

The bodies of two Hopkinsville men and a wounded woman were found in a vehicle outside a home in Elizabethtown, police said.

The men were identified as Shawn Fox, 32, and Michael Buckner Thomas, 37, both of Hopkinsville. The woman’s name has not been released.

All had been shot and the woman was taken to the University of Louisville Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Thursday morning, the Elizabethtown Police Department said in a statement.

Police spokesman Chris Denham told The News-Enterprise that the people shot were not from Hardin County.

Police said it appears the three were shot Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Elizabethtown and drove to the home to seek help.

Police said they were investigating and do have leads in the case.

No further information was immediately released.

Construction for Christian County bridge to start Wednesday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin construction on a new bridge over the CSX tracks in Christian County on Wednesday. This will require the closure of Substation Road located north of Hopkinsville.

The closure on Substation Road will be at mile marker 18.2 on U.S. 41; however, U.S. 41 will not be closed.

A marked detour for motorists will be set up and signed using U.S. 41, Kelly Church Road and Old Madisonville Road. Trucks and over-sized vehicles are encouraged to take an alternate route.

Motorists should anticipate reduced speeds and observe traffic control while traveling through this work zone. Completion of this project is set for this fall.

Nearly 70,000 Kentuckians file for jobless benefits

Nearly 70,000 Kentucky residents applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic continued to inflict economic damage even as the state gradually reboots its economy.

The number of laid-off Kentucky workers seeking jobless assistance in the past eight weeks approached 750,000 — more than one-third of the state’s civilian workforce.

The 69,069 Kentuckians submitting new jobless claims was down more than 13,300 from the prior week, continuing a downward trend, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday.

It was the lowest weekly number in Kentucky since late March, when the pandemic caused an avalanche of job losses as businesses shut down or scaled back.

Kentucky is processing an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims. Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that the state has enough in its unemployment insurance trust fund until summer but will eventually need a cash infusion to meet demand for benefits.

Governor orders flags half-staff Friday

In accordance with a proclamation from the White House, Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 15, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

A joint resolution of Congress, approved Oct. 1, 1962, designated May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.

Flags at state office buildings are already flying at half-staff in honor of Kentucky’s victims of the novel coronavirus disease and will remain so until further direction is provided. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth to join in these tributes.

Flag status information is available at https://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

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