Murray, KY – A Calloway County grand jury indicted four people charged in connection to the beating death of a Murray man today. Michael Lynch, Timothy Adams, Tiffany Adams, and Jessica Johnson all pled not guilty in Circuit Court. Lynch is accused of murdering Carl Douglas McGowan; the other three are charged with complicity. Family members reported McGowan missing October 11. His body was found near the side of a road the next day. The defendants are scheduled for a hearing December 14.
Clarksville, TN – Montgomery County, Tennessee is adjusting its budget to cover the unforeseen, rising cost of health insurance. The County Commission's Budget Committee unanimously approved an amendment yesterday to cover nearly $1 million in increased rates of its employees' coverage plans. The county operates its own insurance co-op, which pays 85 percent of benefits, while employees pay the remainder. The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports the budget amendment still has to be approved by a full County Commission vote next month.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Senate Republicans will meet privately Friday to elect a new majority leader. Senator Dan Kelly of Springfield has resigned the post. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Educational Television has a new executive director and CEO. The network announced yesterday Shae Hopkins will be the fourth leader in KET's 41-year history, succeeding Malcolm Wall, who is retiring. KET Authority Chair Hilma Prather says Hopkins is the right person for the job.
"The manner of doing KET's business is changing daily as we move into the digital format and Shae knows that aspect of the business plus her heart and her passion are in education and that's what KET is all about."
Sedalia, KY – A missing fifteen-year-old girl who apparently ran away from home Tuesday turned herself in to police last night. The Kentucky State Police is calling off a search for 15-year-old Christine Rae Bounds of Sedalia. Police had been on the lookout for Bounds in the Paducah-area based on her cell phone activity. It was not believed she had been abducted.
Paducah, KY – More than $100,000 may be missing from charitable bingo funds that were to benefit Reidland High School. McCracken school board attorney Gorman Bradley says the money is unaccounted for in an account maintained by the school's booster club. Auditors discovered the discrepancy yesterday during a routine inquiry. The Paducah Sun reports a large number of checks were made out to cash' and little expense documentation has been found. The Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming is investigating the discrepancy.
Frankfort, KY – The debate over expanded gambling in Kentucky is again front and center, with the planned introduction of gaming amendments by two, high-profile Senate Republicans. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.
Mayfield, KY – Mayfield City officials expect to implement a nearly one million dollar grant to update their wastewater system early next year. Mayfield Electric and Water General Superintendent Marty Ivey says the project will update eight-thousand feet of pipes and manholes. Ivey says this will reduce contamination in the system from storm water drain-off. Funding comes from a federal stimulus grant. Ivey says the work will create temporary construction jobs and result in a more efficient system.
Calloway County, KY – Kentucky 80 from Mayfield to Murray is scheduled to open next week. Governor Steve Beshear is expected to attend a long-awaited ribbon cutting ceremony next Wednesday. Calloway County Judge-Executive Larry Elkins says the new road will be drivable, but road crews will be putting on finishing touches through the end of the year.