McCracken County

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State police have issued a warning about counterfeit bills being circulated in western Kentucky.

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McCracken County has seen a spike in fatal drug overdoses. The Paducah Sun reports the county coroner's office says there were nine overdose deaths in 2015. In 2016, overdose fatalities in the county climbed to 15 deaths. 

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Tammy Thompson of McCracken County is the new board secretary to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. 

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The McCracken County Public Library Board of Trustees has named Susan Baier the new library Director. 

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Kentucky's 'Atomic City' cleared a hurdle this week with the U.S. Department of Energy to sell depleted uranium from a former enrichment plant to re-enrich at a future nearby facility. A one-billion dollar GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment facility will re-enrich tails left in the cylinders at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in McCracken County.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public input for an environmental impact statement on projects at the coal-fired Shawnee Fossil Plant.

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A McCracken County based program aimed at combating domestic violence received two grants totaling $750,000 dollars Monday. Governor Matt Bevin presented the Merryman House in Paducah with a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 to go towards their capital campaign. 

Residents in wet precincts across McCracken County will no longer be forbidden from buying alcohol on Election Day.

The McCracken Fiscal Court voted unanimously Monday to repeal the county's longtime ban.

Commissioner Bill Bartleman says the ban originated in the 1920s or 1930s, when most voting locations were in bars or saloons and some candidates would bribe voters with alcohol before they entered the voting booths.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court plans to convene next week to hear oral arguments in six cases including one about free speech.

A statement from the high court says justices will hear a case out of Fayette County asking them to decide whether an ordinance that bans begging and soliciting on public streets is a violation of free speech.

Justices will also hear cases out of Hardin, Jefferson, McCracken and Rockcastle counties that deal with a variety of issues including questions about medical malpractice and imminent domain.

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A motorcyclist has died after a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel struck him on a McCracken County road. 

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