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Education
11:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

KDE Announces Nov. 2 Test Score Release Date

Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education releases state test scores November 2. KDE has warned for months to expect lackluster scores from Kentucky's new public school assessments. Students in the state's 174 school districts took the inaugural Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress tests last spring.

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Society
6:55 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Whistleblower barred from job at animal shelter

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The man who conducted an undercover investigation leading to charges against two employees of the McCracken County Humane Society has been banned from his job at the facility. Humane Society Board President James Shumaker told The Paducah Sun that the board would likely decide on Jeremiah Robertson’s employment today. Robertson gave video and audio recordings to the sheriff's department that helped detectives investigate euthanasia specialist Beau Anderson and office manager DaLena Hall. Hall was found guilty of 10 counts of euthanizing an animal without a proper license.

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Government
6:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Calls for End of Death Penalty

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The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is calling on the state to end the use of the death penalty, saying it is often applied unfairly against minorities and the poor. The commissioners, who enforce state and federal civil rights laws, urged Kentucky lawmakers in a resolution last week to repeal the law that allows the use of the death penalty in some murder cases. The commission’s resolution will be submitted to Governor Steve Beshear and to each state legislator. As of April 1, Kentucky had 35 inmates on death row. Kentucky last executed an inmate in 2008.

Society
6:50 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Assault Victim Says Basketball Player's Punishment is "Too lenient"

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Lance Allison, goracers.com

A Kentucky man run over by a Murray State basketball player in a Wal-Mart parking lot says he's angry about his attacker's proposed sentence. Jason Clement of Murray told WPSD that a 30-day jail sentence for Racers guard Zaveral "Zay" Jackson is too lenient. Jackson pleaded guilty earlier this month to wanton endangerment. He admitted to running down Clement and his wife September 9th. Clement says the fall left him with little mobility in that arm but has not been able to afford medical attention.

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Society
6:38 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Clarksville Police Call Multi-Car Pileup "Crash Fest"

Tennessee police are trying to determine what caused an eight-car pileup they are calling "crashfest." Clarksville Police Officer Jim Knoll says the wrecks happened at about 8 p.m. Friday, resulting in injuries to 12 people. Knoll says the wrecks started when a 2001 Dodge Intrepid swerved all over Fort Campbell Blvd., ran multiple red lights and crashed into several vehicles stopped at a red light. Knoll says the crash created "an almost pool ball-like effect" as the Intrepid sideswiped some vehicles and forced others to crash into each other.

Politics
6:36 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Deadline for Kentucky Write-In Candidates This Week

People who want to be considered as write-in candidates in the Nov. 6 election in Kentucky must have their paperwork and filing fee turned in this week. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the deadline is 4 p.m. Eastern Time Friday. Write-in candidates for offices that file with the county clerk must file by 4 p.m. local time Friday. Grimes says under Kentucky law, write-in candidates have to file a declaration of intent and pay a filing fee. Write-in candidates for president and vice president must file a list of presidential electors pledged to the candidates.

Government
6:31 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Area Code Meeting in Henderson

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West Kentucky residents have a chance today to give their opinions on a new area code that will be needed in the region during a meeting in Henderson. The Kentucky Public Service Commission is holding meetings in several cities on the issue prior to its implementation in early 2014. The PSC says area code 364 could be applied as an overlay, meaning it would be used in all of western Kentucky in addition to the existing 270 area code. The other option would divide western Kentucky and assign either area code to specific areas. The meeting is at 6 p.m.

Government
12:55 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Hopkinsville Smoking Ban Takes Effect in January

Hopkinsville begins a citywide smoking ban in January. The Kentucky New Era reports Mayor Dan Kemp broke a 6-6 tie on the city council at last night’s meeting. The council passed the measure despite vocal opposition that sought to quash it.

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Society
7:36 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Social Media Sensation Dies of Cancer at 13

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The western Kentucky boy known for his thumbs-up campaign has lost his battle with cancer. The announcement of his death was posted on his Facebook page, which had 369,000 followers. 13-year-old Lane Goodwin from Beech Grove died Wednesday. The Thumbs-up for Lane campaign has social media fans from all over the world including country music stars, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and The Turtleman, Lane’s favorite celebrity. Lane was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and fans held signs supporting Lane during the baseball playoffs.

Politics
7:16 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Firs Lady BeShear Announces Grants for Western Ky. Trails

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First Lady Jane BeShear has announced several grants that will create or improve walking trails throughout western Kentucky. Beshear delivered a $50,000 grant to Trenton for a 3,000 foot-long concrete trail that will run along U.S. Highway 41. Democratic Representative Martha Jane King joined BeShear at the Thursday presentation, which has drawn some criticism from Republicans who claim Governor Steve BeShear and his wife have been traveling under the guise of official business to campaign for Democratic legislative candidates.

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