GM auto workers vote to allow strike in state
FRANKFORT (AP) — Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout.
Union members voted overwhelmingly to give union leaders the green light to call a strike if necessary. About 800 union workers were eligible to vote, and more than 90 percent of those casting ballots backed the strike authorization, said Eldon Renaud, president of United Auto Workers Local 2164
Renaud said issues involved were safety and quality control.
He said there have been several “near misses” that could have resulted in serious injuries for assembly line workers at the Bowling Green plant. The union also worries that the elimination of quality control positions will affect the integrity of the plant’s quality procedures, he said.
Renaud said he was confident the strike-authorization vote would get the “immediate attention” of management, resulting in stepped up negotiations.
49 dead horses removed from farm
FALMOUTH (AP) — A Pendleton County man has been cited after animal control officers removed 49 horse carcasses and 15 emaciated horses from his farm.
Kentucky State Police said they cited Larry Browning on Monday with 49 counts of not disposing of an animal carcass in 48 hours and 15 counts of cruelty to animals.
“In nine years, this is the worst case of animal cruelty I’ve seen,” Scott Pracht, the county’s equine investigator, told The Kentucky Enquirer .
Browning told the newspaper that people drop horses off at his farm and he is left to deal with them. He estimated that 100 had been left on his property in the two years.
“I have not done one thing wrong,” he said. “I just know they came in here and said there were some thin horses, which there were,” Browning said. “They took some of them and put them in different farms (Monday).”
Browning told police that he had planned to sell the animals to either private owners or slaughterhouses outside the U.S. by May.
Work underway to recover last Corvette from hole
BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
The last car buried is a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette. The vehicle is upside down, about 40 feet beneath the surface.
Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli says the workers hope to recover the car Wednesday or Thursday.
The prized cars were swallowed by the sinkhole that opened up in February beneath part of the domed section of the museum in Bowling Green.
Frassinelli says the damage has been progressively worse as each car was pulled out in recent weeks.
The eight cars will be on display at the museum through August. They will be shipped to a General Motors plant in Michigan to be repaired.
Trial set for man charged with online threats
LEXINGTON (AP) — A trial date has been set for a Kentucky man charged with threatening to kill the state’s governor, first lady and their family in a series of Facebook postings.
U.S. District Judge scheduled 22-year-old William Collin Bordt of Lexington to face a jury on June 5 in Lexington. Bordt has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Federal agents believe Bordt may have also posted threats to a former employer and a political figure in South Carolina.
Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Romagnoli wrote in an affidavit that Bordt posted “Your both dead if he doesn’t step down” and other messages on the governor’s Facebook page.
Kentucky State Police arrested Bordt in March.