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Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police embarked Friday on what officials are calling “the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history"—but the state ACLU suggests that the busts are misguided.

Dubbed “Operation Black Friday,” state police were targeting nearly 500 people were being  targeted for arrest across the state on charges mostly related to drug trafficking, KSP spokesman Sgt. Richard Saint-Blancard said.

Kentucky State Police have launched a new program to help train school officials on how to respond when gunshots are fired on campus.

The active shooter program was developed by a number of stakeholders over the past several months and police say it’s a direct response to shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

KSP spokesman Paul Blanton says schools can select from four participation levels in the program, ranging from simple local district visits and discussions to live role-playing seminars that include the firing of simulated shoots.

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The Kentucky State Police and State Fire Marshall are investigating foul play surrounding two Marshall County house fires that occurred within hours of each other Tuesday night. 

Illinois' legalization of medicinal marijuana takes effect January 1st and sets up a 4-year pilot program for state-run dispensaries and cultivation centers. While Illinois is predicted to enact some of the strictest regulations in the nation, law enforcement officials and prosecutors from neighboring states worry about transport of the drug over state lines. 

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A Fulton County man is in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital following an exchange of gunfire with police late Sunday night.  Fulton and South Fulton city police, along with a Kentucky State Police trooper, responded to a 9-1-1 call of shots fired at a Fulton County apartment complex.  They found 56-year-old Keith Dildine barricaded inside his apartment refusing to come outside.  After a brief stand off, Dildine came out of the residence and fired at the responding officers.  The police returned fire, striking Dildine, who then went back into the apartment. 

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Kentucky State Police have identified Patricia Bohne, 32, as the victim of a Wednesday morning house fire in Hazel.

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Kentucky made it through the New Year holiday without any highway fatalities. Kentucky State Police say seven people died in seven separate crashes between Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, but preliminary statistics show none of those occurred during the New Year’s holiday. That time period ran from 6 p.m. Dec. 28 through New Year’s Day.

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The Kentucky State Police is looking for a missing Farmington man. 28 year-old Joshua Kennedy was last seen at his home Dec. 7. His mother noticed he had left their home in a brown 1997 GMC Sonoma pickup truck. Kennedy is white, approximately 5 feet 8 inches and 160 pounds. He has hazel eyes, brown hair and a tattoo of a wolf on his upper right arm. Kennedy was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

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This month, voters in Colorado and Washington elected to legalize marijuana in their states. And this week, the superintendent of the Indiana State Police told his state’s lawmakers that he supports legalizing and regulating marijuana.

The traditionally hard-line stance American officials have held against marijuana is relaxing in some places -- but don't expect Kentucky law enforcement to follow along.

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A South-central Kentucky man believed to be the leader of a conspiracy to grow more than 1,200  marijuana plants at his home has pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Bowling Green. Seventy-year-old Dallas Norris pleaded guilty to manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance, money laundering and possession of firearms by a felon. Prosecutors say Norris and 10 co-defendants operated a sophisticated marijuana growing operation that was discovered by Kentucky State Police at his Glasgow home last November. A police investigation determined that the operation started in 2008 a

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