Murray, KY – The Paducah City Commission will receive updates tomorrow on the search for a new police chief. City Manager Jim Zumwalt tells the Paducah Sun an outside consulting firm will present roughly a dozen candidates to the commission tomorrow. That field will eventually narrow to five possibilities the commission will interview in person. Zumwalt believes the city will hire a new police chief before the end of the year. Sandy Joslyn is serving as interim Chief through January 31. She is not seeking the permanent position.
Madisonville, KY – A soldier from Madisonville, Kentucky has died in Iraq. The Defense Department says 27-year-old Sgt. William P. Rudd died Sunday after being hit by enemy small-arms fire while on combat patrol in Mosul. Rudd was based in Fort Benning Georgia, and, according to the Madisonville Messenger was on his fifth deployment to Iraq.
Murray, KY – Two Hopkins County Businessmen are challenging their county's recently enacted smoking ban. Thomas Richardson and James Haulk claim the ban, adopted by the Hopkins County board of health, to be unconstitutional. The men have filed a formal lawsuit to prevent the ban from going into effect. The suit claims the board did not have the legal authority to enact or enforce the regulation and acted outside its authority. It also claims the ban does not establish explicit standards for the regulation's application and enforcement.
Nashville, TN – Belmont University in Nashville is basking in the spotlight as the site of the second presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry went to Belmont and spoke with administrators and students to learn about the intense preparation that has gone into the event.
Calvert City, KY – Late yesterday morning, a chemical release at Calvert City's Arkema Chemicals plant caused Marshall and Livingston county officials to urge their residents to seek shelter. A power outage caused the release of vapor from one of the plant's production columns. The vapor was a combination of hydrochloric acid and a refrigerant product known as 142-b. There were no on-site injuries or illnesses related to the release, and the building was not evacuated. The leakage lasted for around 35 minutes.