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Local News
6:42 am
Fri October 4, 2013

VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths

On July 29, after a fight landed Tim Fazio in a VA emergency room, an agency doctor prescribed oxycodone. “I opened (the bottle) up a couple of times a day for three or four days to take one out,” but never swallowed a pill, he said. He later flushed the pills down the toilet.
Credit Adithya Sambamurthy/The Center for Investigative Reporting

This reporting will be explored further on air at 1 p.m. today on Reveal, a news special produced by the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting. Tune in to 89.3 to stream at WFPL.org.

Because of a technical issue, we're rescheduling Reveal. It's air at 9 p.m. Friday.

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Local News
9:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

One Killed, Several Injured in Exercise at Fort Knox

A U.S. Army spokesman says one member of the U.S. Navy was killed and several others injured during a training exercise at the Fort Knox Army post.

Fort Knox spokesman Ryan Brus said Friday the accident happened at 9:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday and involved members of a Naval branch at the post in central Kentucky.

Brus had no other details and referred calls to U.S. Navy Lt. David Lloyd. Lloyd did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press.

Local News
12:11 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Following Shooting, Fort Knox Remains on Heightened Security

Credit Wikimedia Commons

  The Pentagon says an Army civilian employee has died following a shooting incident in a parking lot at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

Military officials said in a news release late Wednesday that the victim was an employee of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. The shooting occurred outside the command. He was transported to the Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Chris Grey, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command, said authorities "are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence."

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Local News
4:14 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Opens Combat to Women

Leon Panetta
Credit U.S. Defense Department

WASHINGTON — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

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Politics
11:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Paul Amendment Changes How Soldiers Are Counted in Census

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

Services members would be counted differently in future U.S. Censuses under a successful amendment to a major defense bill that's to be debated in the U.S. Congress -- an amendment sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Currently, family members living on a military base are counted there as residents, but if a soldier is deployed away from the base, he is not counted as a base resident.

The amendment would count the deployed soldier as a member of the base -- a potentially helpful change for Kentucky. Kentucky has two major Army bases, Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. 

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Local News
3:51 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Unmanned Drones To Be Tested In Indiana Airspace

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with SpaceAge Control air data probe mounted.
BAE Systems

Indiana is bringing unmanned drones to the state for testing, as a part of a plan to market the state’s defense operations more aggressively throughout the U.S.

Indiana’s National Center for Complex Operation, which was established at the beginning of this year,uses the state’s military bases to test military equipment and technology that before it is put into practice.

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Politics
11:09 am
Fri August 10, 2012

AWOL Soldier Sentenced to Life for Bomb Plot

An AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky who was convicted of planning to blow up a restaurant full of Fort Hood troops has been sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Texas.

PFC Naser Abdo received the punishment today (Friday) in Waco.

Abdo told authorities he planned to make bombs as part of a "massive attack" against Fort Hood soldiers last year. He was convicted in May on six federal charges, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The 22-year-old represented himself at the sentencing.