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CITY COUNCIL MOVES FALWELL REZONING FORWARD
The Murray City Council met in regular session last night and approved a Planning Commission recommendation authorizing the city attorney to draft an ordinance rezoning Falwell Estates Subdivision from R-2 to R-1. The Council also heard from attorney Linda Ain who works with a large number of Kentucky communities, including Murray, regarding Cable Franchises.

MFD REMAINS ON FIRE SCENE
Murray Fire Department units and personnel remain on the scene of Wednesday's early morning structure fire. Small rekindles of the fire continue to be a concern. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Streets in the immediate vicinity of the businesses affected by the fire remain closed.

SIMMONS WINS AWARD
Vicki Simmons received the 2014 Outstanding Business Teacher Award Thursday from the Kentucky Business Education Association at the Kentucky Association of Career and Technical Education state meeting. Simmons is the Business Teacher at Calloway County High School.   


CALLOWAY ANNOUNCES STOP TIPLINE
Calloway County Schools has announced the implementation of the “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline.  The STOP! Tipline is designed for use as an "online" reporting/prevention tool which is provided free to the district by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. Calloway County Superintendent of Schools Steve Hoskins says that by giving students a way to report concerns anonymously using their tablets, computers or smart phones, they can improve communications and then take the necessary steps to address any problems before they escalate. The process for using the tip line involves locating and clicking the STOP Tipline logo on the Calloway County Schools District homepage. Starting immediately, students or any community members can report bullying, cyber-bullying, violence, risky behavior or other safety concerns to school personnel by using an online form which does not require identification of the person making the report.   Tips can be left or students may choose to have someone contact them. 

BARNARD INDICTED
Former Marshall County High School Head Football Coach Ron Barnard was indicted Thursday on charges stemming from his alleged involvement with a student. A Marshall County Grand Jury indicted Barnard on charges of solicitation of the use of a minor in a sexual performance; use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities; sexual abuse first degree; and distribution of obscene matter to minors. Barnard was arrested on June 4 following a six-month investigation which began after authorities were contacted by the school in December of last year. Barnard's arraignment is set for August 4. Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Prather has been apponted as Special Prosecuter in the case.  

MINOR INJURIES IN CYCLE ACCIDENT
Just after 7pm Thursday, Kentucky State Police received a 911 call of a Motorcycle accident on KY 1949, south of Symsonia.  According to State Police, 44-year old Kevin Bohanon of Paducah was riding his motorcycle north on KY 1949, when a turkey crossed  into his path. Bohanon collided with the turkey causing him to lose control of his motorcycle and crash. Mayfield Graves County/EMS transported Bohanon to Baptist Healthcare in Paducah, for minor lacerations.  

FERRY CLOSED
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed due to a malfunctioning ramp motor. Captain Ed Floyd says there is no way to determine how long repairs might take.  The ferry is out of service until further notice. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

WHITFIELD COMMITTEE MEETS
The Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday on “Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies.” The subcommittee is chaired by Firstr District Congressman Ed Whitfield. The hearing examined the economic impacts from the differing energy policies of the various states, as well as how federal policies may impact states. The panel also discussed what Congress can learn from state policies, and what should be copied or encouraged at the federal level. Chairman Whitfield concluded that Washington should be learning from these state successes and applying the same pro-energy policies to federally-controlled lands and offshore areas. 

IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between June 2013 and June 2014, while three county rates went up, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Kenton County, 5.8 percent; Campbell, Larue and Woodford counties, 6 percent each; Caldwell and Shelby counties, 6.1 percent each; Simpson County, 6.2 percent; and Daviess, Fayette, Oldham and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each. Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.5 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15 percent; Harlan County, 14.5 percent; Leslie County, 13.6 percent; Letcher County, 13.1 percent; Knott County, 12.4 percent; Bell County, 12.3 percent; Clay County, 12 percent; McCreary County, 11.9 percent; and Fulton County, 11.5 percent. 

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says the death penalty is a state issue.  The Republican said more than half the country's death row inmates are black or Latino.  Paul is going to speak to the National Urban League's convention today to propose restoring voting rights to some felons. 

Families in Kentucky are going to get refunds from Kentucky insurers.  An average of 43 dollars will be awarded under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.  The money will be sent in checks from four health insurers in the state. 

Kentucky State Police report a crackdown is failing to stop texting drivers.  More than three-million are cited every year and distracted driving accidents are on the rise.  Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts calls it an epidemic. 

An ultra-high speed Internet system could be up and running in Louisville by early next year. Metro Council signed off yesterday on agreements with three companies that want to run fiber optic lines through the city.  Officials say faster Internet service will boost economic development.  Taxpayers are not on the hook for the project. 

Holiday Worldin Santa Claus, Indiana is getting into the major thrill ride business.  Theme park officials unveiled plans yesterday for "Thunderbird," a mammoth steel roller coaster in which riders sit on wings extending from the track.  Thunderbird is already under construction and will open to thrillseekers when Holiday World opens for the 2015 season. 

Lincoln County cattle owners are experiencing the Old West crime of rustling.  Beef prices are soaring and thieves want to cash in.  William Coleman reports rustlers took 23 head of cattle worth 40-thousand dollars while he was in the hospital.  Cattle dealers don't have to provide proof of ownership, which makes it difficult to nab thieves at a stockyard. 

More jobs are coming to Montgomery County.  On Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear announced plans by Data Dimensions Corporation to open a data processing center in Mt. Sterling, creating 100 new jobs.  The company is investing three-point-two-million-dollars into the project.  Hiring is expected to start this Fall. 

Flags at Woodford Reserve Distillery are at half-staff in honor of Elijah, one of the best-known and most-beloved bourbon ambassadors.  The distillery cat passed away June 30th after calling the barrelhouse "home" for two-decades.  Elijah was named for bourbon pioneer Elijah Pepper, the first distiller on the site in Woodford County. 

Three-months after a mother and daughter were found murdered in their Nelson County home, a 25-hundred-dollar reward is being offered for the capture of their killer.  Police haven't released details about the crime scene, but family members say Kathy Netherland and 16-year-old Samantha Netherland were violently killed.  According to investigators, a black Chevy Impala caught on surveillance video heading away from the home the night of the slayings is likely the key to solving the case. 

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed over TennCare.  The suit, filed today by three nonprofit legal firms, alleges Tennessee has failed to provide certain health care services as required under federal law.  Attorneys for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Tennessee Justice Center, and the National Health Law Program say they represent Tennesseans who were denied coverage after the state ended face-to-face assistance for people applying for TennCare.