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WKYT. THIS MORNING...
RADIATION TESTING BEGINS IN ESTILL COUNTY TODAY... AFTER THE COUNTY FOUND OUT RADIOACTIVE WASTE WAS DUMPED IN A LANDFILL. IN LEXINGTON... ONE MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL THIS MORNING AFTER POLICE SAY HE WAS FOUND IN AN ALLEY WAY. AND... HILLARY CLINTON WALKED AWAY A WINNER IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT HOW SHE WON THE STATE'S PRIMARY. GOOD MORNING. I'M SEAN MOODY. AND I'M MICHELE CHAMBERLAND. Get ready for a sneak preview of the spring...before winter
pushes back this week. High pressure off the coast of Florida is pushing mild Gulf of Mexico air northward into Kentucky. This will push temperatures into the mid 60s today under mostly sunny skies; a beautiful day! RADIATION TESTING BEGINS TODAY IN ESTILL COUNTY... AFTER COUNTY LEADERS FOUND OUT RADIOACTIVE WASTE WAS ILLEGALLY DUMPED IN A LANDFILL. THOSE COUNTY LEADERS SAY THEY'RE FIGHTING "TOOTH AND TOENAIL" TO ENSURE THERE IS NO PUBLIC HEALTH RISK. WKYT'S MIKE BEIER IS COVERING OUR TOP STORY THIS
MORNING. I'm here at the Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill County... where radiation tests will start today.. after county leaders found out last week that 16 to 18 hundred tons of radioactive waste was illegally dumped. This is causing concern in the community. On this map you can see that the landfill isn't far away from Estill County Middle School... and Estill County High School. Now... the Division of Waste Management found the low-level radioactive waste sealed in 47 dumpster boxes. It came illegally from three other states. Estill County Judge- Executive Wallace
Taylor says the county is bringing in an independent company to check radiation at the landfill... and at the schools today. "But the first thing we're trying to do right now is to make sure our community is safe. We're even going to have on Sunday the water levels tested that come off the landfill. ONce we get the test samples that's going to take about four days." The testing will cost roughly ten thousand dollars... but Taylor says the landfill will reimburse the county. The judge-executive also wants to better monitor what goes in the landfill. County leaders tell us
they're making every effort to ensure the schools.. and the community is safe. in Estill County, Mike Beier, WKYT. NEW THIS MORNING... ONE MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A HIT AND RUN. LEXINGTON POLICE TELL US A MAN WAS HIT BY A CAR... IN AN ALLEY. IT HAPPENED AROUND 2-45 THIS MORNING... ON LAFLAME ALLEY... NEAR HILLCREST AVENUE... OFF OF WINCHESTER ROAD. POLICE SAY SOMEBODY PASSING BY SAW THE MAN LAYING IN THE ALLEY. POLICE TELL US HE HAD SIGNIFICANT HEAD INJURIES... AND HE WAS TAKEN TO
U-K HOSPITAL. THEY SAY.. HE WAS LUCKY SOMEONE FOUND HIM. POLICE DON'T HAVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE THAT HIT THE MAN... BUT THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR TIRE TRACKS. IT'S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. ALSO NEW THIS MORNING LEXINGTON POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN WHO... THEY SAY... ROBBED A GAS STATION. IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 4 THIS MORNING. POLICE SAY TWO MEN ROBBED THE CIRCLE K IN THE 3- THOUSAND BLOCK OF RICHMOND ROAD. WE'RE TOLD THE TWO MEN
DEMANDED MONEY AND FLED THE STORE. POLICE SAY ONE OF THE MEN SHOWED HE HAD A FIREARM. POLICE SAY THEY WERE WEARING SWEATSHIRTS... PULLED UP COVERING THEIR HEADS. A VIRGINIA POLICE OFFICER WAS KILLED ON HER FIRST DAY ON THE JOB. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIED THE FALLEN OFFICER AS ASHLEY GUINDON. SHE RESPONDED TO A CALL ABOUT A DOMESTIC-RELATED SHOOTING YESTERDAY. SHE HAD JUST BEEN SWORN-IN TO THE DEPARTMENT FRIDAY. TWO OTHER OFFICERS WERE SHOT
AND WOUNDED. THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. CATTLE FARMERS ARE HAPPY WITH LEXINGTON MAYOR JIM GRAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE BLUE GRASS STOCKYARDS IS STAYING IN TOWN. THE NEW STOCKYARDS WILL REBUILD ON IRONWORKS PIKE ... NEAR INTERSTATE 75 ACROSS FROM THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK. CATTLE FARMERS... LIKE CHUCK TACKETT... ARE EXCITED FOR THE NEW LOCATION. HE SAYS IT'S GOING TO BE BETTER FOR CATTLE FARMERS ALL ACROSS THE STATE.
"Especially shipping the cattle out and what not. The cattle industry it's unbelievable that they will be right on the interstate. It's a win- win situation. It's going to be easier access for all of us. For anyone that's moving the trailers up and down the road, it's going to be more accessible." THE PRESIDENT AND C-E-O OF COMMERCE LEXINGTON SAYS THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL COST ABOUT TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW FOR HILLARY CLINTON. WITH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS, THE FORMER
SECRETARY OF STATE WON THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY. CLINTON BEAT VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS.. AGAIN. CRAIG BOSWELL HAS THE STORY FROM WASHINGTON, D-C. Hillary Clinton ran away with the South Carolina presidential primary. CBS News projects Clinton beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a wide margin.Sot: Clinton THANK YOU, SOUTH CAROLINA. HILLARY, HILLARY, HILLARY Exit polls showed 84 percent of black voters went with Clinton. She also
dominated among women. by nearly 50 percent. Anne Bolton hopes Americans give Clinton a chance to be President Sot: Anne Bolton/Clinton Supporter The main thing on her mind is to see that Americans have what they need to have. With more than 800 delegates up for grabs next Tuesday..Sanders looked past South Carolina Saturday and over the next three days is focusing specifically on Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Colorado. Sanders ended his day with supporters in Rochester, Minnesota.
Sot: Sen. Bernie Sanders/Presidential Candidate Minnesota can play a profound role in moving this country forward toward a political revolution. Clinton campaigned in Alabama before returning to South Carolina for her victory celebration. Sot: Hillary Clinton/Presidential Candidate We are going to fight for every vote. We will take nothing for granted. Voters there told CBS News that political experience was important to them.and analysts say THAT helped Clinton pick up a decisive win in South Carolina. Craig Boswell, CBS
News, Washington, D.C. ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE... REMEMBER... PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WILL CAUCUS HERE IN KENTUCKY THIS COMING SATURDAY... MARCH 5TH. VOTING HOURS ARE FROM 10 A-M TO 4 P-M. IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR ASSIGNED CAUCUS LOCATION... YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE ON YOUR SCREEN AND FIND THE LOCATION. THREE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WILL BE IN KENTUCKY THIS WEEK. DONALD TRUMP WILL SPEND PART OF SUPER TUESDAY IN LOUISVILLE. BEN CARSON WILL
BE IN LEXINGTON TOMORROW MORNING AT THE 'HIT' CENTER. AND... WE NOW KNOW SENATOR MARCO RUBIO WILL WILL BE IN LEXINGTON ON FRIDAY. DANCERS ARE IN THE FINAL LEG OF THE DANCE BLUE MARATHON! THE EVENT IS A 24- HOUR DANCE MARATHON RAISING MONEY FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER. THIS YEAR'S RECENT OUTBREAK OF MUMPS ON CAMPUS ... DIDN'T STOP STUDENTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT. BUT... IT IS "FOR THE KIDS" ... SO DANCE BLUE LEADERS DID SEND A
WARNING OUT TO PARTICIPANTS. THEY ASKED ANYONE FEELING SICK ... OR WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO MUMPS ... TO STAY HOME! CHILDREN WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS DO ATTEND THE ANNUAL EVENT.... SO ORGANIZERS WERE CAUTIOUS. IT'S . COMING UP ON WKYT THIS MORNING... THE SAY A DOG IS A MAN'S BEST FRIEND... AND THAT SEEMS LIKE A CLICHE... BUT THIS DOG... LOVES TO HUG HIS OWNER. THAT STORY'S COMING UP AFTER MIKE'S FORECAST. Get ready for a sneak preview of the spring...before winter
pushes back this week. . . BREAK. . DOES WEATHER; STARTS AT WX DESK 2:00 Get ready for a sneak preview of the spring...before winter pushes back this week. High pressure off the coast of Florida is pushing mild Gulf of Mexico air northward into Kentucky. This will push temperatures into the mid 60s today under mostly sunny skies; a beautiful day! This spring fling will be short lived as a cold front from the northwest closes in on the Bluegrass. This will bring rain
showers overnight Sunday and into Monday as temperatures begin to cool down. This won't be a major drop-off but temperatures will step back to the low 50s as cloud cover limits sunshine .The next chance for active weather pops up on Tuesday as another frontal system cuts across the Midwest. This will trigger thunderstorms and push temperatures even further down. THERE'S A SPECIAL BOND BETWEEN A POLICE OFFICER AND HIS K-NINE. A PICTURE OF THE DEPUTY AND HIS PARTNER CAPTURED THE INTERNET'S HEART THIS WEEK. IT SHOWS THE
DEPUTY GETTING A HUG FROM HIS BELOVED DOG. RIKKI MITCHELL MET THE CRIME FIGHTING DUO... AND HAS THEIR STORY. IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS THAT MANSON LOVES HIS PARTNER -- DEPUTY CHASE GARRETT. THAT LOVE PERFECTLY CAPTURED IN A SINGLE SELFIE. Deputy Chase Garrett, Pima County Sheriff's Office- "He likes to give hugs, he's a huggin dog. Most of the time if were just sitting there he'll plop his head on my shoulder and just sit there like that." DEPUTY GARRETT SAYS HE TOOK THE PHOTO A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO DURING A
NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION. MANSON IS A 5- YEAR-OLD CHOCOLATE LAB -- TRAINED AS A SPECIALIZED DETECTION K9. HE IS USED TO FIND EVIDENCE SPECIFIC TO NARCOTIC INVESTIGATIONS. THE TWO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. "We went from you know in the car where he didn't know who I was I didn't know who he was really and he didn't listen too much and now he's a great dog. He's a great partner. He's just fun to have in the car, I mean it makes the hours go by." MANSON EVEN GOES HOME WITH DEPUTY
GARRETT AFTER THEIR SHIFT. "He's very playful, very active. Even at home he just wants to be part of the family." GARRETT SAYS HE NEVER IMAGINED THE RESPONSE HIS PHOTO WOULD GET -- BUT HE LIKES SEEING HIS FAITHFUL PARTNER GET SO MUCH RECOGNITION. "People don't think of them as cops or anything else but I mean its good that the community actually likes police K9s and they care that much about them." IT'S ... . MORE NEWS... WHEN WE RETURN. GOOD MORNING... SOME WATCH DOG JOURNALISM BY THE HERALD LEADER REVEALED THAT
MANY HOMES ON LARGE LOTS AND OTHER PARCELS OF LAND HAVE BEEN BENEFITTING FROM A DRASTICALLY REDUCED TAX BILL BECAUSE THEY WERE CLASSIFIED AS FARMS. NOW FAYETTE COUNTY PROPERTY VALUATION ADMINISTRATOR DAVID O'NEILL IS PROMISING SWIFT CHANGES AND HE'S SEEKING CLARIFICATIONS FROM THE STATE. O'NEILL APPEARS WITH ME ON THIS WEEKEND'S EDITION OF 'KENTUCKY NEWSMAKERS.' WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT THE ISSUE IS? WELL, WE NEED CHANGE AT THREE
DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES IN THE P.V.A. OFFICES BUT WE ALSO NEED THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO ISSUE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES ON WHAT EXACTLY AG USE IS. THEN WE NEED THE STATUTE TO CHANGE. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THIS BIG LOOPHOLE WHERE THERE'S EVEN A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT SHOULD BE AG USE OR AG CAPABILITY. AND MOST OF THE P.V.A. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AT THIS POINT ARE
FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES OF IF IT'S CAPABLE OF PRODUCING AGRICULTURE RELATED INCOME THEN THE QUALIFIES. BUT WE NEED TO CLOSE THAT LOOPHOLE. IT SHOULD BE AGRICULTURE USE BUT WE NEED CLEAR DEFINITIONS ON WHAT THAT IS. DO YOU AGREE THIS HAS SHIFTED THE BURDEN TO SMALLER PROPERTY OWNERS? BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO HAVE THE RESOURCES TO RUN ITS SERVICES. I SUPPOSE TO A CERTAIN EXTENT PERHAPS BUT I DON'T THINK THAT
IT'S AS MATERIALLY CHANGED TAX RATES. I THINK THAT THE $1 MILLION OR THE $1.5 MILLION THAT THE SCHOOLS MAY OTHERWISE HAVE GOTTEN. THE SCHOOLS ARE ABLE TO INCREASE THEIR TAX RATES EVERY YEAR AND MANY YEARS THEY DO. BUT BECAUSE THE PROPERTIES ARE VALUED HIGHER IN TOWN ON SMALLER LOTS, THEN THOSE WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS FARM TAX BREAK THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE PAYING MORE OF THE BILL, RIGHT, THE ONES ON SMALLER PROPERTIES?
YES, BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE HOUSE AND THE LAND DIRECTLY UNDER THE HOUSE ARE STILL TAXED AT FULL FAIR CASH VALUE. IT'S THE RESIDUAL LAND AFTER YOU ACCOUNT FOR THE HOUSE AND THE LAND THAT'S BEING TAXED AT A REDUCED RATE. WHAT TRIGGERS A REASSESSMENT? ARE THERE SOME AUTOMATIC THINGS? THERE ARE. THERE ARE SOME WHO THINK IF THEY GO ADD ON A SUN ROOM OR ADD AN EXTRA BEDROOM THERE'S A PERMIT FILED WITH THE CITY YOU WILL PROBABLY JUMP ON
THAT. AT THE SAME TIME, THEN THEY MAY GO AND WONDER WHY THINGS ARE NOT DONE AS QUICKLY ON THESE OTHER PROPERTIES. YOU'RE RIGHT. A SALE WILL GENERATE A REASSESSMENT AND WE WILL TYPICALLY TAKE THE SALE PRICE IF IT'S BELIEVED THAT IT'S AN ARM'S LENGTH TRANSACTION A WILLING OWNER A WILLING BUYER BUT NOT ALL SALES ARE ASSUMED TO BE ARM'S LENGTH SO IT'S NOT ALWAYS THE SALE PRICE THAT BECOMES THE NEW ASSESSMENT. BUILDING PERMITS DO TRIGGER REASSESSMENTS,
MANY CASES UNLESS IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T BELIEVE ADDS VALUE. IF IT'S A SIDEWALK REPAIR OR NEW FENCE IT MAY NOT. THEN WE'RE REQUIRED BY LAW TO PRODUCE A REVIEW PLAN. MOST HOMES ARE REASSESSED FOR VALUE EVERY FOUR YEARS. HAVE YOU NOT REQUIRED AN APPLICATION IN ORDER TO CONSIDER PROPERTY TO BE CONSIDERED AGRICULTURAL AND SOME HAVE. JEFFERSON COUNTY, FOR INSTANCE, DOES THAT? THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, YES. WHY NOT?
WELL, BECAUSE THERE'S NO REASON TO HAVE AN APPLICATION IF THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT AGRICULTURE USE IS TAKING PLACE. IF YOU REQUIRED THE APPLICATION AND ASK PEOPLE WHAT ARE YOU USING THE PROPERTY FOR BUT THEN YOU'RE NOT GOING TO REQUIRE THAT THEY DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN IT BE CAPABLE OF DOING IT THEN I DON'T KNOW THE PURPOSE OF AN APPLICATION PROCESS. TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH O'NEILL AND HEAR FROM A TOP REPUBLICAN LEADER ON NEXT
SATURDAY'S PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUS... SET YOUR D-V-R OR CATCH 'KENTUCKY NEWSMAKERS' THIS MORNING AT TEN ON THE C-W LEXINGTON.... WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST FOR YOU BRIGHT AND EARLY THIS WEEK ON WKYT THIS MORNING... I'M BILL BRYANT....WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. . . BREAK . . . IT'S ON YOUR SATURDAY OUT THIS KITTEN THAT'S GETTING A BIT OF FACE TIME. I TELL YA... LIFE AIN'T EASY FOR A BOY NAMED SUE.
BUT IT IS EASIER FOR A 'STACHED' CAT NAMED SALLY ANN. CHECK OUT THIS LITTLE KITTEN WITH A PRETTY CUTE BEAUTY MARK. YES... HER MUSTACHE. SHE WAS DUMPED IN A DONATION BIN... BUT.. AFTER BEING SAVED BY A SALVATION ARMY WORKER... SHE'S NOW AN INTERNET SENSATION. AND... HER RESCUERS SAY SHE'S RIGHT ON TRACK TO GETTING A NEW HOME. Get ready for a sneak preview of the spring...before winter pushes back this week. High pressure off the coast of Florida is pushing mild Gulf of
Mexico air northward into Kentucky. This will push temperatures into the mid 60s today under mostly sunny skies; a beautiful day! This spring fling will be short lived as a cold front from the northwest closes in on the Bluegrass. This will bring rain showers overnight Sunday and into Monday as temperatures begin to cool down. This won't be a major drop-off but temperatures will step back to the low 50s as cloud cover limits sunshine .The next chance for active weather pops up on Tuesday as another frontal system cuts across the Midwest. This will trigger thunderstorms
and push temperatures even further down. NOBODY'S MORE UP TO DATE THAN YOU TO START YOUR DAY! THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT WKYT DOT COM. THANKS FOR JOINING US! .