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Heartland Expressway to cost over $500M

GERING, Neb. – A long-delayed highway linking Denver to Rapid City, S.D., by way of the Nebraska Panhandle is estimated to cost more than $500 million and take 20 years to complete, according to preliminary estimates for the project.

The so-called Heartland Expressway would be a four-lane highway spanning 498 miles from Limon to Rapid City and also connect to Interstate 25 in Wyoming.

Once complete, the highway would serve as the central piece of the Great Plains International Trade Corridor extending from Canada to Mexico.

Preliminary estimates for the Heartland Expressway break the project into four five-year segments, with each costing between $95 million and $259 million, the Scottsbluff (Neb.) Star-Herald reported. The total for the project is estimated at $542 million.

Georgia

Daughter of pastor tells police father hit her

ATLANTA – The 15-year-old daughter of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told authorities her father choked and punched her, and hit her with his shoe during an argument over whether she could go to a party, according to a police report.

Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter corroborated most of her sister’s story, but Dollar disputed it, telling a sheriff’s deputy he was trying to restrain her when she became disrespectful. When she began to hit back, he wrestled her to the floor and spanked her, according to the police report.

Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta. His World Changers Church International has 30,000 members in the Atlanta area, and the ministry has satellite churches across the U.S.

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He has been released from jail and his lawyer said he is expected to preach Sunday.

Kentucky

Murder suspect tells newspaper he’s guilty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A man accused of killing three women wrote in a letter to a Kentucky newspaper that he will accept the death penalty because “after all, I am guilty.”

William Clyde Gibson is being held in the Floyd County Jail. The 54-year-old man wrote The Courier-Journal in response to a request for an interview. The newspaper reported the contents of the letter Saturday. He wrote that he told the prosecuting attorney that he would plead guilty, “just to save some more heartache.”

Not-guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf and his attorney, chief Floyd County public defender J. Patrick Briggs, told the newspaper he intends to “vigorously defend him.”

Prosthetic leg lost at sea, returned to Florida owner

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A fisherman was surprised when he hauled up a prosthetic leg from the Gulf of Mexico, and even more surprised when he was able to find its owner.

The leg is emblazoned with the logo from the University of Kentucky and the school’s wildcat mascot. Fisherman Matt Willingham said he contacted the manufacturer about finding the leg’s owner.

WKYT-TV in Lexington reported that it belonged to Fred Robinson, who played on the school’s football team in the 1980s and had lost his leg in a work accident five years ago.

Robinson said he was shocked to find out someone found his $30,000 prosthetic leg.

Robinson, who now lives in Florida, said he lost the prosthetic while swimming over the Memorial Day weekend.

Associated Press

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