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C1 3 causing a deadly wrong-way crash on the interstate.

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Act christy sot tz hello and welcome in... i'm tom kenny.

And i'm veronica jean seltzer.

C1 3 a woman accused of causing a deadly interstate wreck is now facing new charges.

That's tonight's top story at 6.

Full mug:charges upgraded <none> <none> according to lexington police... charges against 42 year old tammy rodriguez were upgraded today... she's now facing three counts of murder, plus an assault and wanton endangerment charge.

L3: top story white charges upgraded against dui crash suspect i-75, lexington police say she drove the wrong way on i-75 for a mile, earlier this month, before crashing into two other vehicles.

Police say one passenger in rodriguez's truck was killed... along with two people in one of the cars she hit.

According to arrest records... rodriguez was charged with dui's in multiple counties over the last few years... and police say she was driving without a license at the time of this crash.

Now to a developing story we've been following all week... twenty-two days with no rain... has created dangerous fire conditions... and put nearly half the state under burn bans.

Fayette county joined that growing list today... and so did woodford county.

Abc 36's alexus larson has more on cost of not following the burn ban.

"when it's this hot and dry and there's little moisture in the ground the fire management chief with the division of forestry says a controlled fire can quickly get out of hand."

"you could start the fire and in 5 minutes or less the fire could have creeped into dry grass or dry leaf little in the forest and it's out of your control."

The fire management chief, brandon howard says it's not normal for september to be this dry or for this many counties to be under a burn ban.

On average - he says the driest and busiest month for fires is october.

"once the leaves start to come off the trees, more sunlight gets to the forest floor, the humidity's going to start dropping as we get further into fall and that's when we really get into a bad situation."

Howard said the last time it was extremely dry was in 2016... a year he describes as catastrophic for fires.

During that year... the division of forestry responded to over a thousnd wild fires that burned more than 71,000 acres.

The next year - there over 800 fires, and 2018 had 360.

So far this year - there's been more than 400 fires.

Under a burn ban.... you're not allowed to set any fire outside until the ban expires.

That includes cooking over a campfire and construction debris fires.

Howard says if you don't take burn bans seriously..... it could cost you.

"if they do let a fire escape and it happens quite often when we respond they will be responsible for suppression costs."

Reporting in lexington, alexus larson, abc36 news.

Overview: the heat continues into the second half of the work week with upper 80s to low 90s expected.

Models hints towards very spot showers across the bluegrass for friday however with dry air in place and strong high pressures ridging expect any showers development to most likely evaporate before it hits the ground otherwise known as virga.

The weekend ahead looks to be above average once again with temperatures in the low 90s.

Relief from this heat will be arriving late in the weekend as a cold front slips south into the region.

Hopefully this front will also produce some much need rain.

Lexington has only recorded a trace of precipitation all month!

Tonight: partly cloudy skies with lows in the lower to middle to upper 60s friday: mix of sun and clouds and hot conditions with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

A pop-up afternoon shower could be possible too but don't most of us will stay dry.

Saturday: partly sunny to mostly sunny and hot with highs in the lower 90s sunday: partly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms late into the overnight hours, highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Monday: chance of showers with highs in the low to middle 80s tuesday: mostly sunny skies, highs in the lower 80s wednesday: partly cloudy skies with showers developing, highs in the low to mid 80s.

Thursday: showers likely, high in the upper 70s to low 80s.

C1 3 employees are safe... after an early morning fire at a battery c1 3 manufacturing plant in madison county.

According to the richmond fire department... it happened at just before two this morning..

At enersys on eastern bypass in richmond.

Firefighters say 75 workers were inside the building when the fire broke out... but luckily none of them were hurt.

They say it took an hour to knock the fire down... because there was electricity running to the area... which had to be cut off, first.

Ots image:left death penalty debate death penalty.jpg kentucky's supreme court heard arguments today... over whether or not the death penalty should be an option for defendants... between the ages of 18 and 21.

A lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty in those cases would be an "unconstitutionally disproportionate punishment."

It could still be several months before the court rules.

A new setback will impact almost every kentuckian.

We told you last night...the state has put a hold on delivering new i-d's you'll need if you want to drive, travel, or go on a military base.

The federally required cards started rolling out in a pilot program over the summer in franklin and woodford counties..

And the state said they'd be available for everyone by the end of the year.

Abc 36's christy bollinger tells us why that might not be the case.

Plane another delay for the new real i-d driver's licenses.... 'i would just like to see em get it done."

..could affect those who travel.

Plane "so i travel probably two weeks out of each month, twelve months of the year."

Rob stevenson knows for all his work travel...he'll need an updated i-d by october 2020.

He thought he'd be able to get one soon because the state started offering them this summer, but now, that's on hold...kentucky saying it overestimated the workload for staff in cirucit clerk's offices.

'if they don't get it done and get it out then how am i going to be able to travel in and out and if they don't get it done then i think my only other choice is to get a passport which would be kind of costly."

This isn't the first time kentucky has had a problem getting the i-d's up to new federal standards.

The state didn't want to comply at first...when congress decided in 2005 everyone would need a more secure i-d.

After several extensions...we're getting close to the new deadline.

Christy " due to federal law here in kentucky this driver's license will not allow you to fly domestically come october of next year."

Now, some are concerned the state won't even be able to meet that.

I was there this summer when the franklin county circuit clerk office started giving out the i-d's.

People told me they were waiting in line for over two hours.

But the clerk's office said then it was just because it was new.

Now, the state says it was too much work so the transportation cabinet is hoping to set up regional offices just dedicated to issuing the licenses.

'not everybody has time and can take time off to go do something like this."

The cabinet believes this is the fastest and most efficient path going forward...but it hasn't given details yet.

Stevenson says he's just waiting to find out what he needs to do next.

Christy bollinger, abc 36 news.

You know what can help a quarterback get comfortable in his first start ever?

C1 3 an offensive line that won't let any defender touch him.

Going into the florida game, the florida defense had 15 sacks.

They were number one in the nation.

They still are, but no thanks to kentucky.

Against teh cats...they had one.

Only one sack.

Here's offensive eddie gran on how good they played.

Coming up later in sports, we begin to preview our high school highlight game of the week between lexington c1 3 coming up later in sports, we begin to preview our high school highlight game of the week between lexington catholic and l-c-a..

Also terry wilson is on the road to recovery.

All that later in sports.

Tom and v-j, back to you.

Coming up later... democrats in congress are asking questions about a whistleblower report.

L3: coming up white whistleblower complaint against the president we'll tell you what a u-s intelligence agent reported... against president trump.

Weather reopen second half of the work week with upper 80s to low 90s expected.

Models hints towards very spot showers across the bluegrass for friday however with dry air in place and strong high pressures ridging expect any showers development to most likely evaporate before it hits the ground otherwise known as virga.

The weekend ahead looks to be above average once again with temperatures in the low 90s.

Relief from this heat will be arriving late in the weekend as a cold front slips south into the region.

Hopefully this front will also produce some much need rain.

Lexington has only recorded a trace of precipitation all month!

Tonight: partly cloudy skies with lows in the lower to middle to upper 60s friday: mix of sun and clouds and hot conditions with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

A pop-up afternoon shower could be possible too but don't most of us will stay dry.

Saturday: partly sunny to mostly sunny and hot with highs in the lower 90s sunday: partly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms late into the overnight hours, highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Monday: chance of showers with highs in the low to middle 80s tuesday: mostly sunny skies, highs in the lower 80s wednesday: partly cloudy skies with showers developing, highs in the low to mid 80s.

Thursday: showers likely, high in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Tomorrow night... it's the knights versus the eagles... for lexington bragging rights.

After the break... we'll have a preview of our high school football game of tomorrow night... it's the knights versus the eagles... for c1 3 lexington bragging rights.

After the break... we'll have a preview of our high school football game of the week.

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Beshear: we'll put our people first.

C1 3 quarterback terry wilson went down with a torn patellar tendon.

And it looks like he is on his first step to recovery.

The quarterback tweeting this photo with doctor darren johnson on thursday saying quote new knee, same me baby..

Ready to get this rehab rolling!!

Wilson undergoing surgery to fix that tear.

Mark stoops has said they expect wilson to make a full recovery.

I'm sure all solid blue fans wish him a speedy recovery.

One guy terry wilson will miss throwing the ball to this year?

Ahmad wagner.

Against florida, he likely had one of the best catches you'll see all year.

At 6 foot and 235 pounds...he's a monster.

Once upon a time though, wagner was a force on the basketball court for the iowa hawkeyes so...what made him want to come and play football for kentucky?

For the u-k men's basketball c1 3 team...thursday was picture day.

A chance for solid blue fans to see the newest cats and some old ones...in solid blue.

Important dates for solid blue fans.

Big blue madness is set for october 12th.

The blue white game as well as alumni weekend will be october 18th.

And the cats will hit the floor for an opponent other than themselves on sunday october 27th against defending the n-a-i-a national champions georgetown college.

It is time to begin to preview our high school highlight reel game of the week.

L-c-a hosting lexington catholic.

The lexington catholic knights go into this one 3 and 1.

Their only loss, a one-point heartbreaker to covington catholic...the number one ranked team in 5-a.

The knights play in 4-a.

It's not a secret their strength is on offense with u-k commit quarterback beau allen leading the way.

And while he cares more about how they can get better, head coach nigel smith knows his offense is really good.

The l-c-a eagles also enter this game with one loss.

They c1 3 were taken down by belfry in the second game of the season.

Belfry the third ranked team in 3-a.

Same story as the knights...the eagles play a level down in 2-a.

The eagles offense is no slouch either, averaging 36 points after four games.

While the players may circle this one, first year head coach doug charles knows there are many more big ones after this friday night.

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C1 3 democratic lawmakers are demanding more answers about a whistleblower complaint... against president trump.

It reportedly involves a promise the president made to another world leader.

Rachel scott has the latest in tonight's nation view.

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Adam schiff (d) california l3: nation view white democrats demand answers about whistleblower l3: nation view white shane harris washington post l3: nation view white democrats demand answers about whistleblower l3: nation view white rachel scott abc news democratic lawmakers hoping to dig into a whistleblower complaint - left with many questions - but very few answers?

Sot adam schiff "this shows how someone is trying to manipulate the system to keep urgent matters away from congress."

Some lawmakers pressing to know more about a complaint - that a member of the us intelligence community felt so strongly about that they went to the inspector general.

The specifics - still a mystery?

But in a series of letters between the office of the director of national intelligence and congress - the exchanges confirm the inspector general deemed the complaint as quote 'of urgent concern' - and one that might require notification to congress.

The justice department though - advised otherwise?

An administration official confirms to abc news that the department's legal counsel said that complaint did not need to be passed on to congress in the week after it was filed?

Because it did not concern conduct by a member of the intelligence community.

But the chairman of that committee - outraged calling it unprecedented and issuing a subpoena to the director for the information.

Sot adam schiff this shows how someone is trying to manipulate the system to keep urgent matters away from congress next week in an open hearing - the acting director of national intelligence will brief congress.

But today behind closed doors - the inspector general meeting with lawmakers did not provide any additional details.

A report by the washington post - not confimred by abc news - says president trump is at the center of the complaint sot wapo journalist on view "we found out it's the president and a conversation he had with a foreign leader, and some promise that was troubling enough and disturbing enough to make this official go and tell higher authorities so it could be investigated.

" the president taking to twitter to deny that report - calling it all fake news.

Tag: and congressman schiff told reporters today this is beyond president trump - he believes the impact of the justice c1 3 department's decision puts the protection of all whistleblowers in danger.

Rs abc news washington a last check of your forecast... next.

Break 4 c1 3 that's all the time we have world news tonight with da >>> tonight, as we come on the air, the flash flood emergencies playing out right now.

More than three feet of rain.

Homes and cars underwater.

Hundreds have

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