Society

Roads
7:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Illinois to Spend over $9 Billion on Roads in Next Six Years

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state will repair 2,300 miles of road and 500 bridges over the next six years as it uses money from a massive public-works program. The latest update to the road plan calls for spending $9.2 billion dollars by the year 2018. That includes the last dollars from Illinois Jobs Now, which has pumped money into construction projects to create jobs. The plan includes $4 million dollars for repairs to the I-24 Ohio River Bridge as well as numerous resurfacing and smaller bridge replacements throughout the southern part of the state. 

Severe Weather
7:52 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Deadline for FEMA Assistance Approaching

fema.gov

Kentucky residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes a couple of months ago have until Monday to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. Such assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, replacement of essential household items and clothing and other programs to help people and business owners recover. U.S. Representative Hal Rogers says registration is also necessary to apply for Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to pay for losses not covered by insurance.

Society
7:34 am
Tue May 1, 2012

New Resource for Dealing with Disabled Crime Victims

Kentucky is offering a new resource guide to professionals who may encounter crime victims with disabilities. "Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities: A Kentucky Resource Guide" is now available to law enforcement, victims' services, disability-related services and other professionals from allied fields.

The Bridge
4:00 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Workers Begin Construction of Eggners Ferry Replacement Span

Workers assemble the Eggners Ferry replacement span.
KYTC

Workers for Hall Contracting of Kentucky have started assembling the trusses for the replacement span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge. Steelworkers assembled the flooring frame of the new truss section and partially assembled the deck support structure over the weekend. Once the span is complete a barge will transport it upriver to the bridge site to be placed on the existing piers. The bridge has been closed since a cargo ship struck it in late January, destroying a 300 foot section. Hall expects to complete the repairs by May 27th.

Crime
6:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Motorcycle Theft on the Rise in Clarksville

wikipedia.org

So many motorcycles in Clarksville, Tennessee have been reported stolen that police have formed a task force to fight the problem. Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley says officers are being "proactive and reactive" in their investigation of the spike in thefts. He says motorcycle owners should take precautions and urges anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it. The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports there have been 59 motorcycles stolen in the city in the past year with a combined value of more than $400,000.

Society
6:36 am
Mon April 30, 2012

New Test for Kentucky Motorcyclists

wikipedia.org

Kentuckians wanting a motorcycle operator's license will face a new rider skills test starting this week. The Kentucky State Police Driver Testing Branch will start using the new test tomorrow which was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It's designed to better determine if operators possess sufficient safety skills for riding motorcycles in traffic. The new test expands Kentucky's current motorcycle skill test from two to four exercises. The changes apply to both two-wheel and three-wheel motorcycle tests.

American Quilter's Society
2:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Quilting During the Civil War

hancocks-paducah.com

The American Quilters Society’s annual show is winding down in Paducah, and quilters have seen nearly every fabric, design and stitch associated with the art of quilting. The city has been covered in quilts. Yet, as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues, Casey Northcutt investigates a time when fabric was scarce and quilts were relief supplies sent to soldiers.  Of the quilts women did manage to piece together, only a portion remains today, serving as a testament to the hardships of the time.

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Crime
9:22 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Graves County Murder Case Heads to Grand Jury

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A Graves County murder case is headed to a grand jury. District Judge Deborah Crooks yesterday forwarded a murder charge against Lisa Elliott to the grand jury, which meets June 14.

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Fiscal Court
9:17 am
Thu April 26, 2012

McCracken Fiscal Court Discusses Animal Shelter Funding

The McCracken Fiscal Court tentatively plans to spend about $364,000 dollars next year to cover expenses at the county's animal shelter.

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Health & Welfare
7:44 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Conway Coming to Talk About Drugs

Attorney General Jack Conway will make stops in Paducah and Murray today to warn school kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. During his two terms in office, Conway has traveled throughout the state to tell children and teens about the potential consequences of abusing painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs. Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law earlier this week aimed at identifying people who go from doctor to doctor seeking excessive amounts of prescriptions.

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