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3:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Justice Cabinet Makes Minor Changes to Lethal Injections

Kentucky is one step closer to resuming executions. The state Justice Cabinet Thursday sent its proposed changes to the state's lethal injection process to the legislature. A state judge more than a year ago ordered Kentucky to halt executions until it switches from using three drugs to just one drug. The proposal makes some changes based on input from a public hearing in September.

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Roads & Highways
11:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Ledbetter Bridge Restricted to One Lane Beginning Friday

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Continuing repair work on the Ledbetter Bridge restricts traffic to one lane starting Friday. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says the lane restriction will be in effect around the clock for about two weeks to repair concrete on the bridge. Todd says drivers should expect 5 to 7 minute delays.

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Government
8:21 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Owensboro Officials Looking for Highway Access

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Owensboro officials hope a recent study will put them in the path of a new highway running from Tennessee to Michigan. The report found the proposed Interstate 67 could attract 16 to 30 thousand vehicles a day along most of its length when it’s completed in 2035. The study projects higher volumes along the Kentucky section.

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Government
8:19 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Large Number of 2010 Henry County Property Taxes Outstanding

Property taxes owed for 2010 are delinquent on more than 1,400 pieces of Henry County property. The Post-Intelligencer reports Clerk and Master Mary Burns says that number is four times higher than previous years. Burns is requesting an additional $14,000 to pay postage for summons notices for delinquent property owners.

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Crime
4:28 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Court Must Determine if Man Accused of Killing Mother Competent

A judge must determine if a Murray man charged with killing his mother is fit to stand trial. Michael Joseph Burke recently underwent a psychological evaluation at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange. The Paducah Sun reports Karen McClellan died from at least 25 stab wounds on July 9th.

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Government
11:41 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul

Adam Edelen
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Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday.

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Roads & Highways
11:21 am
Wed November 14, 2012

KY 121 Bypass Closed for Roadwork

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A road contractor plans to close a section of the KY 121 Bypass around Mayfield Thursday and Friday. The closure begins after the morning school bus run finishes at 8 a.m., and it’s expected to last through Friday evening.

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Government
7:31 am
Wed November 14, 2012

State Statute Allows Weapons on City and County Property

A change in state statutes means permitted handgun owners can carry their weapons on city and county property. The Tribune-Courier reports Marshall County Judge-Executive broke the news to county commissioners at their fiscal court meeting. Miller says the new law makes it a misdemeanor for local governments to restrict a resident’s right to bear arms on county property.

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Government
4:23 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Livingston Co. Clerk's Audit Notes One Non-Compliance Violation

The Kentucky auditor’s office noted one violation in its report on the Livingston County Clerk’s 2011 financial statement. The auditor’s office found the county clerk bookkeeper controlled all the financial records without a second person reviewing them.

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Crime
11:54 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Walker Pleads Guilty to Tampering With Evidence, Gets Probation

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Jerry Wayne Walker, Jr., pled guilty this morning to tampering with evidence in the 1998 Murray State dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger. The Calloway County Circuit Clerk’s office reports Walker will serve five years unsupervised probation for six tampering with evidence charges. His plea deal also mandates Walker write an apology letter for fabricating evidence, and perform community service at Murray State’s Michael Minger memorial.

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