Society

LBL
2:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

LBL Officials Host a Series of Public Meetings to Determine Future of Park Services

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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area officials are looking to the public for ways to cope only half of their normal maintenance budget. Tonight is the first of a series of public meetings on maintenance budget cuts.  LBL spokesperson Jan Bush says the meetings will help Forest Service staff determine how to distribute the park’s limited resources.

“We get ideas from everybody ‘cause this is a serious thing that we’re going through, we’ve lost 50% of our maintenance budget, that’s quite a bit, and we don’t see it improving anytime soon.”

Hester Hall Fire
2:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Attorney Seeks Confidential Pre-Trial Hearing Ahead of Dorm Fire Trial

The Commonwealth Attorney prosecuting the man accused of starting a Murray State dorm fire 14 years ago wants some of the pre-trial proceedings held behind closed doors.

Jerry Wayne Walker faces charges related to the 1998  fire in Hester Hall  that killed fellow student Michael Minger. 

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Society
12:47 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Rural Homelessness in Western Kentucky

It’s one of those cold gray days in Paducah where the rain doesn’t seem to ever stop. For many that means curling up in their homes. For Carrie Brown, that means her new trailer. It’s the first place she’s had to call her own since her uncle passed away last June. Carrie worked as a caretaker for her uncle. But when he died, that meant she lost her job. Soon after, she lost her house and was living out of her car.

“Everybody is just one paycheck away from not having a place to live if you don’t have family.”

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Roads and Highways
4:04 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Spike in Motorcycle Accidents Prompts Social Media Campaign from KSP

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With a 69% spike in motorcycle accidents so far this year, Kentucky State Police are turning to social media to counter the problem.  KSP spokesman Trooper Michael Webb says the agency is launching a weeklong campaign urging both motorcyclists and drivers to be careful. He says,

“Our message for motorcycle safety is simply to be more proactive and vigilant in the upcoming months. Summer is closely upon us and we know that more motorcyclists will be on the roadway during that time.”

Wet Dry Vote
12:09 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Marshall County Alcohol Vote Coming this Summer

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Marshall County will likely hold a vote on whether to allow alcohol sales July 17th. County Judge Executive Mike Miller says he'll recommend the date at the fiscal court meeting next Tuesday.  County Clerk Tim York sent Miller a verified petition from the group “Marshall 1st” last week to hold a local option election. York says his office quit counting after verifying 2,160 signatures. That's nearly 100 more than were required.  Murray will also hold a local option election on July 17th. 

Tennessee
8:38 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Clarksville Police drop pads for ticket printers

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Clarksville’s Police Department is going paperless in an effort to cut down times for traffic stops and help the City Court become more efficient.  Police Chief Al Ansley tells the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle he hopes to have the paperless traffic stops in place soon.  He says it will cut down the time it takes to issue a citation from fifteen minutes down to five and eliminate time-consuming data entry for city clerks.  Ansley also says the paperless system will save the department money on ticket books.  He says the department has ordered 148 printers, one for each patrol officer, that pri

Illinois
8:32 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Coroner: 2 Women Dead after Car Submerges in Lake

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Jackson County, Illinois officials say two women are dead after their car submerged in a lake near Carbondale.  The coroner’s office says the accident happened just after 3 a.m.

Tennessee
8:27 am
Mon April 9, 2012

TN Bills Encourage Parental Involvement

Tennessee is among the few other states that have enacted or are proposing legislation aiming to push parents to get more involved in their children’s school performance.  One bill advancing in the Tennessee legislature encourages school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, while another proposes what are commonly called parent report cards.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the contract legislation is similar to a Michigan proposal passed in 2001, and Louisiana is also considering legislation to grade parent participation.  Tennessee Governor Bil

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Crime
6:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship on Kentucky's "Stand Your Ground" Law

The so called “stand your ground” law cited in the media recently as justification for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is under scrutiny now. Kentucky has a similar law. Where essentially someone could use deadly force against a person who is threatening their life. To help shed more light on this law in Kentucky Chad Lampe spoke with Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship. He serves Calloway and Marshall Counties.

KY Lane Restrictions
11:42 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Kentucky Lane Restrictions

A lane restriction begins tomorrow for work on the US 60 Ledbetter Bridge. Crews will work through April 13th to install a deck expansion as part of ongoing repairs to the bridge.  Highway officials say delays will be less than five minutes. Traffic on Interstate 69 will also see lane restrictions in Caldwell County starting Monday April 9.

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