Local voters will decide next month whether to move forward with a Paducah and McCracken County government merger. WKMS News held a debate this morning with two men on either side of the issue. Speaking for the measure was Paducah businessman John Williams Jr., and against it, McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry. Williams says bigger is better when it comes to getting support for the area. He says,
Centre College alumni living in western Kentucky plan to host watch parties in honor of the Vice Presidential debates held on the school’s campus Thursday. Alumni in Paducah, Madisonville, Erlanger and Glasgow in Kentucky will participate with local events for Centre graduates and their families.
Members of the Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Education meet today at Murray State University. Legislators are on campus today to hear presentations about educational programs in far western Kentucky.
Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen says the McCracken County Clerk’s Office violated state statute in 2011. According to the annual audit report, the McCracken County Fiscal Court failed to set a maximum county clerk salary order, which the clerk uses to hire deputies and assistants and provide fringe benefits.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says no immediate evidence of wrongdoing by the Department of Children’s Services has been found in the deaths of 31 children. He calls the deaths, which included ten infants with open case files, distressing. Haslam reviewed the reports and says the D-C-S took appropriate action in the cases.
Owensboro officials will appeal its case involving an open records dispute with The Messenger-Inquirer. City commissioners voted yesterday to appeal a circuit judge’s decision that the city must hand over two internal investigations opened last year against former police spokeswoman Marian Cosgrove.
The Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of a smoking ban Tuesday with Mayor Dan Kemp casting the deciding vote. The ordinance can’t take effect, however, until a second reading is approved. Mayor Kemp says the move puts Hopkinsville in line with neighboring cities that also have smoking bans in place. Opponents of the ban say they don’t want to take away business owners’ rights.