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Calloway County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m.

Calloway County Coroner Ricky Harris says preliminary autopsy results indicate Jennifer Hicks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

Kentucky State Police Post 1 public affairs officer Michael Robichaud confirms the body of Jennifer L. Hicks was found Thursday in a storage unit at Garland Rental Boat & Mini Storage on Kentucky 94 East in Murray. Hicks' car was also found inside the unit.

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Farmers, fishermen, business owners, park managers and government officials from Kentucky counties along the Mississippi River met Thursday at Columbus-Belmont State Park for a National Geographic workshop on geotourism, which focuses on the distinctive geographical character of a place. 

It's increasingly likely that the next time you have an encounter with a police officer, he or she will be wearing a body camera. And depending on how things go, you may be left wondering: "Can I get a copy of that video?"

There's no single answer to that, or other pressing questions, such as whether you can tell an officer you don't want to be recorded. In the year and a half since the Ferguson, Mo., protests, police departments have been rushing to adopt the cameras.

But when it comes to body camera policies, departments are all over the map.

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The Graves County Clerk’s Office is in the process of validating around 1,300 petition signatures turned in to bring a referendum on alcohol sales within Mayfield city limits.

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division is replacing the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq. 

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The board behind the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Corporation (CCC) has decided to self-manage the Julian Carroll Convention Center.

This move negates a prior arrangement to let Owensboro’s LinGate Hospitality run the convention center. LinGate are developing the nearby Paducah Riverfront Holiday Inn, set to open sometime in 2017.

Amid low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans are driving more than ever before, with new federal government figures showing traffic volumes are at an all-time high.

However, there is a downside to this resurgence of driving: increased traffic congestion and pollution.

New data from the Federal Highway Administration show that Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles last year — that's the equivalent of traveling from Earth to Pluto and back 337 times.

Should You Leave Your Lights On At Night? It Depends

Feb 23, 2016

You're about to go to bed. You flip off the light switch. It's pitch dark. As you stumble your way through the living room, you glance at your neighbor's house where light is peeking through the windows.

You stop in your tracks and wonder: Would a burglar choose to break into your dark house or your neighbor's brightly lit house?

Scouring through online forums will give you two contradictory answers: Leave your lights on, and burglars will think someone is home; turn your lights off, then burglars won't be able to see what they're doing.

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Overdue infrastructure maintenance and several years of stagnant revenue have several water providers in western Kentucky raising their rates. Murray, Cadiz, and Caldwell County water systems are all in the process of raising their rates.

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Western Kentucky’s Polar Plunge raised $89,231 for the Special Olympics over the weekend. But event organizer Laura Miller says the total amount raised could exceed this year's goal of $100,000 once online donations clear and sponsors fulfill their commitments. 

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