Traffic
10:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Semi Dumps Lumber on W-K Parkway as Accident Ceases Traffic for Hours

Lumber litters the bridge following the crash.
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An early morning crash on the Western Kentucky Parkway near the Muhlenberg and Ohio County line closed both the east and west bound lanes to traffic. 

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says a truck loaded with plywood crashed into a bridge abutment near mile-marker 65. The driver is reported to have only minor injuries.

Drivers have been detouring around the site via U-S 62 between Beaver Dam and Central City. 

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Business
7:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure

A bill that would permit private corporations to partner with government to finance infrastructure projects is one step closer to becoming law.

House Bill 407 filed by Rep. Leslie Combs passed the chamber by a 27-9 vote, and includes an amendment that would prohibit tolls from being used to fund the controversial Brent Spence bridge in Northern Kentucky.

Democratic Sen. Perry Clark voted against the bill, citing a Brookings Institute study that says public private partnerships, or “P3’s,” aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

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Government
7:23 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House

The Kentucky House has passed the much-debated juvenile justice reform bill.  Proponents say it could lead to state savings of $25 million over a five year period by reducing incarceration for "low level offenders".

House Judiciary Committee Chair John Tilley championed the bill on the floor Thursday. 

"This bill will, contrary to what some have said, put greater emphasis on family involvement and involving families at the k-stage and earlier stages of intervention and we think this will present better outcomes for Kentucky's youth and their families," said Tilley.

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Education
7:19 am
Fri March 28, 2014

McCracken County Schools Name New Superintendent

The  McCracken County School Board voted unanimously to hire Lyon County Superintendent Quin Sutton to be the district's next superintendent during a special meeting Thursday.

Sutton praised the district mentioning its distinguished status and a highly successful athletics program.

“The board already has the goals set," he said. "They want to be a top 100 high school in the country and they want to be a top 2% district in the state of Kentucky. How do you get there? The main way of getting there is making sure kids know they are they’re cared for that they’re loved for everyday they walk in that building,”

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Government
4:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ky. Agency Ordered to Pay Newspapers $300K for Records Violation

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services must pay more than $300,000 in attorneys’ fees to the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader after violating the state Open Records Act.

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Government
3:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Budget to Restore Number of Mine Inspections

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The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding to conduct coal mine inspections in the state budget.

Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.

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Law Enforcement
3:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Funding is Key in Texting while Driving Enforcement

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In April, a statewide campaign to crack down on texting while driving will put to work methods that Kentucky Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says produced 350 distracted driving citations in four test counties over just three months. That is more than the whole state issued in the law’s first year, 2011. These practices involve one driver and one spotter in an unmarked vehicle, watching for drivers using mobile devices.

Despite these practices’ success, Kentucky may not be able to afford it, for now, beyond one month.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

WashPost: Rand Paul Has 50-State Network in Place for 2016

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Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul has become the first Republican presidential hopeful to assemble a 50-state network, a little less than two years before the 2016 primary season begins.

The Washington Post reports that Paul has more than 200 people on his team nationwide.

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Business
12:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Downtown Paducah Hotel Franchise Announcement Could Come Within a Week

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority plans to reveal the franchise for a new downtown hotel. 

PRDA Executive Director Steve Doolittle says the city wants to release the franchise with an architectural rendering. But the rendering could delay the roll-out. 

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Datebook
10:31 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Datebook: March 27 - Sarah Vaughan's Birthday

The UTM University Trio performs new music at a lunchtime concert tomorrow at 12:15 in Blankenship Recital Hall. Flutist Charles Lewis, clarinetist Elizabeth Aleksander, and pianist Elaine Harris perform two works composed in 2013 by Eric Ewazen and Donald Draganski. The public is invited to the free performance. 

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