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9:59 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Zay Jackson Case Goes to Grand Jury

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The Zaveral “Zay” Jackson case goes to a grand jury. The Paducah Sun reports the Murray State point guard turned down a plea-deal in a Calloway Circuit Court hearing yesterday. The deal had offered a one-year-jail sentence and the possibility of shock probation.  Jackson is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment. Two Paducah residents claim the 20-year-old basketball player from Hammond, La., hit them with his car in September.

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9:22 am
Thu November 22, 2012

State Police Charge Eddyville Man with Attempted Murder

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 An Eddyville, Kentucky, man will be eating his Thanksgiving dinner in the Caldwell County jail today. Kentucky State Police say 45-year-old Robert Kevin Burchett fired shots at a home in Kuttawa, then fled to the Bandana community of Ballard County where they caught up with him. They’ve charged Burchett with attempted murder.

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Society
11:34 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Clarksville Community Reaches Out to Soldiers, Veterans, Families

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A Clarksville, Tenn., pastor says communities need to do more to reach out to soldiers and their families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide.

Steve Estep is senior pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene. He’s part of a movement to get more community members to recognize combat stress and soldiers at risk for suicide.

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Society
10:01 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkeys can Pose Fire Hazard

Thanksgiving is often the biggest, most complex home cooked meal of the year, which means there are a lot of mistakes. It can also be a busy day for firefighters.   The National Fire Protection Association says Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires. 

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Society
6:26 am
Wed November 21, 2012

KY National Guard Meets Recruiting Goals

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More than 7,300 soldiers are now a part of the Kentucky Army National Guard. That number exceeds the original goal set by the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. this year by a hundred.

This is the ninth year in a row the Kentucky National Guard has met or exceeded recruiting expectations, and Major Fred Bates, Commander for 2nd of the 75th Recruiting & Retention Battalion with the Kentucky Guard, says that speaks highly of Kentuckians' support for the military.

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Society
6:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Army Corps of Engineers Signs Agreement with Indian Tribes for Handling Remains

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Memphis District and six Indian tribes signed an agreement Tuesday about the disposition and handling of human remains. Corps archaeologists have identified nearly 250 archaeological sites in the 11,000 acres of the floodway that are most susceptible to flood damage. Dr. Robert Dunn is an archaeologist with the Corps. He says his organization consulted with tribal leaders to reach an agreement that calls for the respectful treatment of human remains.

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Society
5:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Slight Uptick in Holiday Travel This Thanksgiving

Motorists this Thanksgiving Week are apt to see congested interstate highways around Kentucky.  Holiday travel is anticipated to increase slightly for the five day period.  Triple-A spokesman Christopher Oakford says that’s been the trend in recent years.

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Society
3:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Beer sales see rapid growth in Murray

Package sales of beer are skyrocketing in Murray, according to one of the region's largest distributors. Golden Eagle Distributing transports all Anheuser-Busch Products in the Purchase area. The company is already having to extend its sales routes to almost triple the amount of locations. Company president Mark Meisenheimer  says the company has never seen this large an increase in sales and expects business will only keep growing.

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Society
7:51 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Ky. State Police See 'All-Time High' in Meth Labs

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Kentucky State Police officials say they’ve seen an all-time high of meth labs in the past two years. So far in 2012, police have seized more than 1,200 labs.

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7:33 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Man Dead in Southern Ill. Mining Accident

A worker has died after being trapped in machinery Saturday at a Saline County, Ill., mine. The incident happened at Willow Lake Mine.  The operation, which employs about 460 people, is run by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation. Peabody Spokesperson Meg Gallagher says 30-year-old Chad Meyers of Goreville died after being pinned by a continuous mining machine he was operating.

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