Duke Brigade starts arriving at Knox

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) - Fort Knox reached a milestone as part of
the military's base realignment with the partial arrival of its
first active brigade available for combat deployment since the
mid-1990s.
The arrival of the first wave of troops from the unit nicknamed
"Duke Brigade" is part of a transition expected to add about
11,500 residents - soldiers, civilians and their families - in the
Fort Knox and surrounding areas in the next two years, The
Courier-Journal of Louisville reported.
The brigade of about 3,400 troops is moving from Fort Hood,
Texas. About 1,000 brigade members are now stationed at Fort Knox,
and an additional 2,400 troops are scheduled to arrive by summer
2010.
Brigade commander Col. Chris Toner said about half of his troops
are veterans of recent operations in Afghanistan. The other half
includes new soldiers or members of other units, he said.
At a recent ceremony at Fort Knox, the Army recognized the six
battalions for their work in Afghanistan, which included building
hospitals, schools and roads along with fighting the Taliban. Red
roses, delivered on horseback, were given to the families of
soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This is a great day, an historical day - not only for Fort
Knox, but for our surrounding communities and the state of
Kentucky," said Maj. Gen. James M. Milano, commanding general of
the post's Armor Center.
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Northern Ky. man gambles on area's casino history
NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky man is rolling the dice
on the idea that there's public interest in the area's history as
"sin city."
Larry Trapp opened the Kentucky Gambling Museum earlier this
month in Newport, displaying a collection of gambling gear dating
back to Newport's heyday from the 1930s through the 1960s as a
center for wagering and vice, the Kentucky Enquirer reports. The
museum features poker chips, dice, menus and other relics from
long-closed establishments.
"I love the stories," Trapp said. "I can't tell you my
favorite one, though. I'd get sued."
Trapp, 66, grew up in Newport and worked at his family's
restaurant, Peyton Place, until it closed this month. He opened the
museum in a building he owns near the restaurant and ran an antique
shop there once, but it has been vacant for several years. He
amassed his collection over the past 40 years.
The history of his hometown has always fascinated Trapp,
including stories of mob-run, star-studded casinos that flourished
in Newport. Other businesses, including a Newport mobster walking
tour and several books devoted to the subject, have come along in
recent months, the Enquirer reported.
So far, traffic has been light in the museum. It costs $5 to
view his collection.
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New apartments planned for WKU students
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Western Kentucky University's
nontraditional students will have a chance to feel like they're
living on campus with a new set of planned community apartment
complexes near the school.
Work has been completed to clear a neighborhood block for an
estimated 60 units for students who are married, taking graduate
classes, returning from military duty or are otherwise of
nontraditional status, the Daily News in Bowling Green reported.
The independent program, which funds and renovates student
housing, will take on the estimated $6 million project with revenue
from student living costs, said Brian Kuster, director of the
university's Student Life Foundation.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and will take part
in phases so the buildings can be paid for with cash, he said. The
one- and two-bedroom apartments are expected to open in August
2011, he said.
Kuster said the department recently selected Ross Tarrant
Architects of Lexington, which is also working on the university's
College of Business building and the city's Southern Kentucky
Performing Arts Center.
Kuster said the university conducted a marketing study in the
spring that indicated a need for graduate and family housing. He
said while the university has had minimal apartment offerings in
the past, it has been about 12 or 15 years since there was a good
number of units available.


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