CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) - Mammoth Cave National Park has upgraded a trail as part of a coordinated effort by the National Park Service to increase accessibility to disabled visitors. The Echo River Spring Trail reopened earlier this year after a $1.1 million transformation from a rutted gravel footpath to an 8-foot-wide concrete path. National Park Service accessibility chief Jeremy Buzzell says nine parks across the U.S. have received more than $10 million in federal funding to design and build accessibility projects.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The driver of a Missouri duck boat that sank and killed 17 people is being remembered as a longtime pastor at a Rhode Island church. WPRI-TV reports Robert Williams was a pastor and founder of Cathedral of Life in Providence, now called King's Cathedral. His son-in-law, Bishop Jeffery Williams, described the 73-year-old as a "prince of a man, loving, kind and generous." He said the loss to the family is "incalculable."
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A special judge has voided a southwestern Indiana city's sweeping ban of coal mining within three miles of its city limits. The judge was appointed to hear Alcoa Corp.'s lawsuit challenging Boonville's coal mining regulations. He recently issued a ruling that in part voided the city's coal mining ban within three miles of its city limits. But he upheld Boonville's ban on blasting within 1,000 feet of city infrastructure, and its regulation of mine water discharges.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An official says storms have caused minor damage in a southern Indiana county. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Gregory Reas (rees) says some homes received minor damage to roofs and eaves and some trees fell on power lines Friday. Reas says he has no doubt that at least one tornado hit the county along the Ohio River. The National Weather Service says golf ball-sized hall fell in Madison.
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