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Environment
8:49 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Drought Hurts Corn Mazes

This year’s drought hasn’t just lessened corn crops in our region. It’s also left stalks too low for the fall tradition of corn mazes.

Sam Brown of Mayfield’s A-Maize-ing Farms says instead of the usual 20-acre corn maze, it will offer other activities such as a petting zoo and paintball. The owners of Paducah’s Blooms ‘N Gardens say if it hadn’t been for their irrigation system, they would’ve lost their 8-acre maze.

Government
8:44 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Democratic Attorneys General Association names Conway Co-chairman

The Democratic Attorneys General Association has named Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway as its co-chairman. Conway is in his second term in state office and will serve alongside California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Delaware Attorney Beau Biden. Conway is also on the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.  He is co-chairman of their consumer protection and substance abuse committees.

Business
8:40 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Clarksville Semiconductor to Start Production in 2013

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A Clarksville, Tenn., semiconductor company should begin production of a critical base component of solar energy panels in 2013. Hemlock Semiconductor Director of Contract Manufacturing Terry Strange says construction has gone well on the $1.2 billion first phase of the project.

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Crime
8:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Hopkinsville Men Found Guilty of Murder

Two men with alleged ties to a Clarksville, Tennessee gang are facing five decades in prison after a Hopkinsville, Kentucky jury found them guilty of the 2008 murder of Shyarra Olavarria. Her remains were found in a remote area of Christian County in May of that year. 

Politics
8:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

10th District House Candidate Admits Email Mistake

A 10th District House seat candidate says he made a mistake asking the Earlington city clerk to send an email regarding his campaign rally. Earlington mayor Mike Seiber tells The Madisonville Messenger he inadvertently asked her to send the message, which was about his upcoming political rally featuring House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Sieber says he realized his mistake the next day when he received a forwarded copy of the original email carrying the clerk’s email address. Seiber is a Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent Ben Waide.

Crime
8:22 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Attorney Strengthens Efforts for Jackson Plea Bargain

Lance Allison, goracers.com

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship plans to intensify efforts to reach a plea bargain for Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson. Blankenship says he is concerned social media comments about the case have affected the Calloway County jury.

Police allege Jackson struck two people with his car in Murray’s Walmart parking lot Sept. 9. Blankenship says the offer to Jackson will include conditions of jail time, restitution to the victims and anger management.

Government
3:47 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Critics Find Issues with Proposed New Ky. Execution Policy

Critics of Kentucky's proposed new death penalty method have asked officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out now that the state is switching to a one- or two-drug lethal injection. During a hearing Tuesday in Frankfort, public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said the rules Kentucky wants to put in place have multiple problems, including that condemned inmates aren't allowed access to their attorneys on the day of execution.

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Society
12:48 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Kentucky Joins Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaigns

Several states hard hit by prescription drug abuse will work together to develop strategies to combat what authorities say is an ever-growing problem. Kentucky will join Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia in the initiative.

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Business
3:06 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

N. Y. Company Buys Interest in Ellis Park

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a bid from Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. to purchase a minority interest in Ellis Park.

The Gleaner reports Saratoga, which owns Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will pay $4 million in the deal that calls for a 30-percent ownership stake and oversight of all activities at the track, including the newly installed instant racing machines.

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Environment
2:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Spinach Recalled at Kroger Stores

Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination.

The Fresh Selections Tender Spinach was sold in 10-ounze packages and had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. The grocer said Wednesday that if customers did buy the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.

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