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4:03 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Resigns

Credit Marshall Co Emergency Management Agency Logo

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Frank Murphy resigned his post this week, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Government
3:14 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Shultz Park Paducah Riverfront Project Delayed; Contractor Bids $1M Overbudget

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Overbudget bids are delaying a project to develop a Paducah riverfront recreation area and dock.  

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority accepted contractor bids this week for the second phase of renovations to Shultz Park, which involves building a gangway and transient fueling dock as well as adding new sidewalks, stairs and lighting around the park.

A $10 million bid topped the proposals and a $7.8 million dollar bid, from New Albany, Ind.-based Mac Construction and Excavating, was the lowest.  

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Government
2:54 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Circuit Judge Dennis Foust Is Retiring

Circuit Judge Dennis Foust
Credit Foust's office

Circuit Judge Dennis Foust is retiring after 18 years of presiding over cases in Calloway and Marshall counties.

Foust, who was just elected to a third eight-year term last November, will announce his decision Friday. He said he feels it’s time for a change, but he would accept some temporary judge assignments if needed.

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Government
8:29 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission to Hire New Director

Credit lrc.state.ky.us

Kentucky legislative leaders said on Wednesday that the Legislative Research Commission will move forward with seeking a new director.

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Government
9:14 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Kentucky Highways Would Have Lost $291 Million Without the Gas Tax Freeze

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 12:29 pm

Amid tumbling gas prices earlier this year, the Kentucky General Assembly created an artificial “floor” to the state’s fuel tax to try and mitigate dwindling tax receipts into the state road fund.

On Tuesday, transportation officials said recent legislative action ensured that the state didn’t miss out on about $291 million in fuel tax revenue.

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Government
6:51 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Consultants: Kentucky Pension System Can’t ‘Invest Its Way Out’ of Crisis

State Sen. Joe Bowen says there aren't many potential solutions to Kentucky's pension crisis.
Credit LRC Public Information

Analysts say Kentucky will need to hire more state employees or have them pay more into the retirement system in order to reverse the state’s pension crisis, painting a grim portrait of Kentucky’s main public pension system.

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Government
7:32 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Heroin Law Oversight Panel to Assess Impact of Legislation

Rep. Denver (Denny) Butler is co-chair of a new heroin task force.
Credit LRC Public Information

Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law.  The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.

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KYCIR
10:14 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Police In Kentucky Ship Mentally Ill Man to Florida, Defying Judge's Order

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:02 am

CARROLLTON, Ky.—Adam Horine leaned on the courtroom podium, wept and begged.

He called himself “crazy,” but insisted that he could represent himself. He said he was dying.

The April 22 hearing before Carroll District Judge Elizabeth Chandler stood out from Horine’s many other court appearances over the years for an array of mostly minor offenses.

In a rambling, sometimes confusing dialogue with the judge, the 31-year-old defendant said, his voice cracking, that he loved Kentucky but “they are trying to force me out.”

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Government
9:35 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

City Council Approves Transfer of Rescue Vehicle/Equipment to Hospital EMS

Credit Rob Canning

The city of Murray and Calloway County have moved closer to a new deal to make the Murray-Calloway County Hospital's paramedics the primary provider of extrication services in the event of a vehicle accident within or outside the city. 

Thursday night, the City Council approved 8-4 the transferring of the Murray Fire Department’s rescue and vehicle extrication equipment to the Hospital’s EMS unit.  

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Health
3:55 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Federal Panel Observing Rural Health Issues in Kentucky

Credit Medi-Share (http://blog.medi-share.org)

  A central Kentucky community hospital is playing host this week to a federal panel studying ways to increase life expectancy in rural areas.

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