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3:34 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

MCVB Gets Student Help Revamping Freedom Fest

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The Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes ideas generated by Murray State students revamp the annual Freedom Fest celebration.

The Fourth of July weekend event is coming up on its 26th year in Calloway County. Murray CVB Executive Director Erin Carrico says the event has struggled with financing and community image, and organizers wanted new ideas for the future.

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8:31 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Marshall Co. Jury Convicts Woman of Manslaughter

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A Marshall County jury will be back in session Tuesday to recommend a sentence for a 20-year-old woman convicted last week of second-degree manslaughter, wanton endangerment and drunken driving in a 2011 traffic death. After three days of testimony and more than four hours of deliberation the jury returned the verdict against Tiffany Pittman.

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8:11 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Farmington Man Missing

Credit Kentucky State Police

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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7:11 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Trigg Co. Car Accident Kills Four

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A driver and three teenagers are dead after a Saturday morning car accident in Trigg County. David Shoaf of Cadiz was driving north on Kentucky 274 when he collided with a farm tractor driven by Carl Calhoun. The 30-year-old Shoaf, along with Dalton McDougall, Kimberly Shafer, and Lindsey Sholar, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

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12:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Madisonville-Hopkins County Library Board Looks to Sell Buildings

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The former downtown Madisonville-Hopkins County Library location may be up for sale soon. Library Board finance committee chair Bill Smith says the two buildings that housed the library have become financial burdens. The buildings were abandoned in 2009 because they are structurally unsound. Smith says repairs and renovations would cost more than 1 million dollars.

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7:53 am
Fri December 7, 2012

TN Health Clinics Offer Free Flu Vaccines

Tennessee's county health department clinics are offering free flu vaccines to people of all ages until supplies are depleted. The state Health Department says seasonal influenza is already widespread in Tennessee. The department operates clinics in 89 of the state’s 95 counties.

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6:36 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Murray, Hazel Test Sirens

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Storm sirens in Murray, Hazel, and on the Murray State campus will be tested today at about 9 a.m.  The MSU sirens will be tested first, followed by city sirens in Murray and Hazel.  If severe weather threatens this morning, the test will be postponed. 

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8:40 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Cell Phone Scams Double in IL

A consumer advocacy groups says scams adding charges to people’s cell phone bills have almost doubled in Illinois this past year.  The Citizens Utility Board says scammers target cell users as wireless communication increases and new laws forbid cramming land lines. Cramming refers to third-party charges added to customers’ bills for services they never ordered.

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8:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

IL Joins Network to Track Prescription Drug Abuse

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An Illinois medicine-monitoring program joins a national data-sharing network to further prevent prescription drug abuse. The Department of Human Services is linking its prescription monitoring program to a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy network. By joining the national network, Human Services will be able to better identify people who have been issued multiple prescriptions across state lines.

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8:17 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Unemployed KY Youth Skyrocketing

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A nonprofit group says the number of young adults in Kentucky and around the nation not in school unemployed has skyrocketed since 2000. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report Monday blaming the problem on competition from older workers due to the recession and not being ready for college after high school graduation.

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