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Some travelers wonder why years later... the state is still having problems getting kentuckians new licenses they'll need in just a year.

Plus... alexus 5sec: "burn bans have been issued all across the state.

I'll tell you what you can and can't burn."

Good afternoon, i'm tom kenny... and i'm veronica jean seltzer..

We begin with breaking news..

Lexington police say charges have been upgraded against a woman accused in a deadly wrong-way collision on i- 75 that killed three people.

Investigators say 42-year-old tammy rodriguez, of louisville, is now charged with three counts of murder, assault and wanton endangerment.

She was initially charged with d-u-i and driving without a license.

Police say on the night of september fourth...rodriguez was driving the wrong way on i-75 north...for nearly a mile while trying to get away from winchester police who tried to pull her over for suspected driving under the influence.

Investigators say after passing at least one vehicle...her pickup truck collided with a car...killing the two sisters from georgetown inside...they say an s-u-v was also hit and rolled over...but that driver survived.

A passenger in rodriguez's pickup also died.

Rodriguez was inititally hospitalized...but was taken straight to jail when she was discharged...where she remains.

Now in our top story at five... twenty-two days with no rain... and there's a chance we won't being seeing any soon.

That's created dangerous fire conditions... and put nearly half the state under a burn ban.

Fayette county joined that growing list today.

So did woodford county.

Abc 36's alexus larson has more on the 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.

Power has been restored for most people in lexington, after a massive outage earler today.

This is a live look at the kentucky utilities' power outage map.

According to emergency management..

Kentucky utilities officials say the outage was triggered by a 'transmission line disruption'...and that caused power substations to go dark as a safety feature.

This is what the outage map looked like around one this afternoon, from emergency management.

The outage left some traffic signals dark and homes without power, in parts of downtown lexington and the versailles road area.

According to emergement management, at one point, at least six- thousand customers were without power.

A battery manufacturing plant is damaged after an early morning fire in madison county.

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

At enersys on eastern bypass in richmond.

Authorities say the fire started in the area where they charge the batteries according to firefighters..

75 workers were inside the building when the fire broke out.

They say no one was hurt.

According to fire fighters... it took an hour to get the fire knocked down because there was electricity running to the charging area.

They say that had to be cut off before it could be sprayed down.

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?

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 at 5:30, hear from mark stoop as the cats continue work to c1 3 prepare for mississippi state this weekend.

Tom and v-j, back to you.

Still to come ..

In health news..

The bad habits that could be adding some years to how we age..

And after the break..

Flooding in texas..

The latest on the heavy rain that's left some cars and streets under water.

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##### c1 3 rain continues to hit areas already dealing with extreme flooding.

Marci gonzalez has the latest on the damage and rescues underway.

Script: with water up to mailboxes?this is the only way out of some texas neighborhoods today?

Sot" the water was this high up to my waist it was dark and it was scary" the remnants of tropical storm imelda?

Nat rain dumping more than 5 inches of rain an hour in some places- creating a dangerous flooding emergency in areas around houston and beaumont wettest tropical cyclone in us history- harvey was the worst the storm - toppling the roof of this post office- injuring several people at houston's airport this bus - submerged mayorturner-sot- wherever you are, stay where you are and staff at beaumont tv station kmbt - finding the story- right there in their own newsroom ktrk 10:31 i didn't think it was gonna be like this drivers?across the area left stranded by the rising water new sot: "the rain has been relentless and we just can't escape.

Its like we're on an island here."

Video from twitter: @texasgamewarden rescuers - spending the day on air boats nat airboat and dump trucks--according to harris county officials: already bringing more than a thousand people and pets to dryer ground.

And today- in baytown tx, they are cleaningup after the storm spawned this tornado?

Nats "woah dude there's a tornado literally next to me."

It tore through the community leaving a path of devastation.

Sot sheriff ed gonzalez/harris co.

Sheriff's office "everything's destroyed but everyone's alive."

Tag- flash flood emergency through 7 tonight etc etc.

The rain expected to continue at least through tomorrow tag- flash flood emergency through 7 tonight etc etc.

The rain expected to continue at least through tomorrow overview: the heat continues into the c1 3 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.

Coming up..

A luxury e-scooter is on the c1 3 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.

Coming up..

A luxury e-scooter is on the c1 3 way for some riders..

And also ahead..

A new way to pay for amazon orders.

What you can do now..

If you're 'not' checking out with a 'credit or debit' card.

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Beshear: we'll put our people first.

C1 3 bad habits you may be doing...that could make you appear older.

Mandy gaither explains..

In today's your health.

--reporter pkg-as follows-- stopping wrinkles starts at night -- the first thing you should do to prevent aging -- sleep on your back -- dr. barbara joy jones, primary care physician side sleepers in the middle of the night you're getting actually a pulling of your skin over time can form wrinkles prematurely."

Northside hospital gwinnett's doctor barbara joy jones also says night time is the right time to nuture your eyes -- part of that -- putting down the cell phone so they aren't strained further and -- dr. barbara joy jones, primary care physician thinnest skin on your body so you want to make sure you put a good eye cream and moisturize underneath."

And if you enjoy a hot shower or bath-- stop -- jones says it could be aging you.

Dr. barbara joy jones, primary care physician actually deplete your skin of its moisture and its water so when you're taking showers make sure they are lukewarm to warm."

Stress will age you more than anything, jones says-- find ways to lessen stress before bed -- which brings up the next point -- getting a good night's sleep.

Dr. barbara joy jones, primary care physician enough sleep the blood vessels actually become leaky and therefore you show it on your face in the form of undereye circles and swelling and dark circles and bags."

Changing bad habits now -- can help bring good health in the future.

For today's health minute -- i'm mandy gaither.

In today's business report..

At&t may be looking to get out of the satellite t-v business.

The wall street journal says its exploring options for splitting off direc-t-v, which at&t bought four years ago, for just under 50 billion dollars.

At&t has about 23 million customers who pay for t-v service, including direc-t-v subscribers.

But that number is down from 26 million four years ago.

Amazon says it will 'now' accept cash payments from customers with the help of western union.

The online retailer announced shoppers can now use its payment plan called 'amazon paycode.'

With the plan-- customers can select to receive a code and a number when they check out online.

They can then use that code to pay cash for their purchases at a local western union.

According to amazon... shoppers will then have 24- hours to send the money.

Mercedes-benz is looking to add some luxury to the electric scooter industry.

The german automaker is teaming up with a swiss scooter maker to create the two- wheel ride.

The mercedes-benz e- scooter is expected to hit the market sometime next year.

Now the frankfort toyota 'live' traffic report.

Non-injury collision: greentree rd at armstrong mill rd.

Inner loop new circle rd at newtown pike.

Outbound n broadway at old paris rd.

Berea rd at eastern bypass in madison co: non-injury collision involving a school bus with students on board.

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Communication is the key to helping us repair your vehicle.

We rely on you.

Just think, you know your vehicle way better than we could ever know your vehicle.

When it's running correctly you know exactly how it feels and how it should, so whenever there's a speed bump or a ding or a ding, and it starts to make a little bit more noise than usual, there's probably an issue that might need to be looked at.

That's your vehicle sending you a warning sign.

Use all of your senses whenever you're checking for symptoms your car is trying to tell you.

Whenever your brakes are squeaking, there might be a drip in your driveway, is the noise consistent or is it periodic?

Does it do it at all speeds, under acceleration or deceleration?

When did the problem first start?

How long has it been since you've actually had someone take a look at it?

If you're not driving, maybe take a video of the noise and bring it in and show us.

Any information that we can get is very, very helpful.

It'll help pinpoint the issue and cut down on your time spent in the shop.

Once you're in the shop, be fully prepared to describe the problems and symptoms you may have been noticing.

Never be embarrassed to ask any kind of questions.

There's no stupid questions.

And that is this week's s&s tire tip of the week, under the hood.

Speaker 3: now at s&s tire, buy four continental or general tires and get four free oil changes.

George thank you.

And... thank you for watching abc 36 at five.

C1 3 justin thank you.

And... thank you for watching abc 36 at five.

C1 3 woman arrested after a deadly accident on i-75 in lexington.

L3: now at 5:30 white fire investigation continues and... what officials are saying..

After an early morning fire..

At a battery manufacturing plant in richmond.

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