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As a heavy rain came down over Marshall County Tuesday evening, citizens were at the polls voting to make the county wet, allowing packaged and by-the-drink alcohol sales.

The county clerk confirmed shortly after 7 p.m. all 25 precincts had reported totals. The measure for the county to go wet narrowly passed 6,431 votes to 6,229 - a difference of 202 votes.

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An effort is underway in Owensboro to help prevent drunk driving. 

A program called SafeRide provides free rides to people who have consumed too much alcohol at restaurants and bars, or any venue that serves alcoholic beverages. 

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Kentucky has seen the highest percent change in alcohol use compared to any other state, according to a report from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington .

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Marshall County alcohol sales petitioners are close to reaching the required number of signatures for a local option election this summer. 

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With about 6 weeks before deadline, the Marshall County Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has around 60 percent of the signatures it needs to put alcohol sales to a vote.

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Marshall County citizens who, once again, want to put alcohol sales to a vote are collecting a steady stream of petition signatures.

When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events.

On any given weekend, some teenagers receive three to four text messages about parties, says Bettina Friese, a public health researcher at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.


The Paducah City Commission will license restaurants, hotels, and motels to sell alcoholic drinks. City Clerk Tammy Sanderson says the commission’s amendment falls more in line with state law and opens alcohol sales to a wider range of businesses.

There's no question that alcohol is a factor in the majority of sexual assaults on campus. And alcohol is abundant and very present at most colleges today.

In fact, federal health officials say more than 80 percent of college students drink. And about half say they binge drink. This means more than four drinks for women and more than five drinks for men, within a two-hour time frame.

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Messages technology addressing designated driving are working to lower drunken driving crashes in Kentucky according to Director of the state's office of highway safety, Bill Bell, who admits the drop in recent years has been slim.