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WOMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT
At approximately 12:30 am yesterday, MPD officers made a stop at 12th and Chestnut on a vehicle matching the description of one involved in some area thefts.  In the vehicle was 20-year old Samantha Williams of Murray.  Following a brief investigation, it was determined that Williams was in possession of approximately $1600 in property that had been reported stolen from a parked vehicle on Tuesday.  Williams was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Operating on a Suspended License, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Cancelled Operator’s License, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Williams was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.  The investigation is ongoing, and further charges are expected in this case.

MSU REGENTS MEET TODAY
The Murray State University Board of Regents will conduct their regular quarterly meeting today at 1 pm in the Jesse Stuart Room of Pogue Library. Among the agenda items will be swearing in ceremonies for new regents J. Daniel Kemp and Michael Dobbs, and an election of a Vice Chair and Secretary. Committee meetings begin this morning. 

DAY OF PLAY CANCELLED
The 2014 National Day of Play community event scheduled for September 27 in Central Park has been cancelled for this year. The cancellation is the result of circumstances beyond the control of the organizing committee and leadership. The organizing committee fully expects Murray Kentucky's National Day of Play, and all of its events, to resume in September of 2015.

MSU NAMED A TOP VALUE
Looking for a college with more bang for the buck? According to the 2014 Washington Monthly college guide and rankings released on Monday, Murray State University offers just that. MSU took its place at 17th in the “Best Bang for the Buck” category among all schools. The rankings by Washington Monthly also were broken down into five sections — national universities, liberal arts colleges, master’s universities, baccalaureate colleges and affordable elite colleges. Murray State came in at 9th place on the “Master’s Universities” list of “Best Bang for the Buck” schools, and was the only public college in Kentucky to be recognized on the “Best Bang for the Buck” list.

CROSSTOWN ADDS ALS CHALLENGE
Calloway County and Murray Independent schools are challenging a community fundraiser for ALS during the Crosstown Classic football game Friday night at Stewart Stadium.  Murray High and Calloway County High are raising money for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a little friendly competition. Both school principals have agreed to take the ice bucket challenge at the third quarter break based on the amount of money raised.  Representatives from each school will pass buckets to collect money for ALS during the game until half time.  After the money is counted to see which school raised the most based on the percentage of students at each school, the principal with the highest percentage of money collected from his fans will get to dump the bucket of ice water on the other principal’s head between the third and fourth quarters. All donations from both schools will go to ALS. Kick-off for game is 7 p.m. With airtime 5:30 on WNBS and Froggy 103.7.

KYTC SEEKS CALLOWAY INPUT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking public input for construction of a new bridge on KY 893 in Calloway County. KYTC is providing public notice that it is in the design and environmental phase for replacement of the KY 893 bridge over McCullough Fork.  The project is along KY 893 near mile point 23, nearly 4 miles east of Hazel. Traffic may be reduced to one lane with flagger control during the tie-in of the approaches at the beginning and end of the project. About 500 vehicles travel this section of KY 893 in an average day.  Anyone with questions about this project should contact Blake Beyer at (270) 898-2431.

IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky to new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr joined Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and state House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins to announce a federal grant spread out among the state's eight public colleges and universities. The money will pay for researchers to explore new ways to generate energy from plants and chemicals. Beshear and Barr said the grant would complement the coal industry, which generates about 90 percent of the state's electricity. 

Kentucky Senator Dennis Pratt is "definitely considering" a run for state agriculture commissioner next year.  The Democrat says he will make a final decision whether to enter the race within the next few weeks.  Jean-Marie Lawson Spann has already announced her plans to run on the Democratic ticket.

Walgreens is expanding its program that makes commonly used controlled substances inaccessible to criminals.  The company says the drugs will be kept in time delayed safes at every pharmacy in Kentucky and Indiana.  Once the safe is activated by a pharmacist, it's designed to remain locked for several minutes.  A spokesman says there's been a significant decrease in pharmacy robberies in other states where the safes have been installed.  

Police in Laurel County are investigating the discovery of 59 meth labs at house near London. Officials say at least one of them was still active.  Paris Karr Road was reportedly shut down Wednesday night while the labs were dismantled.  Details on what led police to the home are expected to be released today. 

The Madisonville Fire Department is one of four fire stations across the country to get free life-saving equipment.  A national company called Streamlight selected Madisonville to receive 25-hundred-dollars worth of new lights to go on their gear that will help them when they fight fires with limited visibility.  The company says they chose Madisonville because of their continued support in the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run. 

Assembly of the next generation Cadillac SRX is moving from Mexico to the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  The automaker also announced yesterday that it will invest 185-million-dollars to build new small gasoline engines at the plant that'll be used by five GM brands in 27 models by the 2017 model year.  The Spring Hill plant currently makes the Chevrolet Equinox. 

Nashville is the most "American" city in the United States.  According to a new study by WalletHub, out of the nation's 366 largest metropolitan areas, Nashville most resembles America overall, based on demographics such as age, income, race, household makeup and household tenure.  Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Charleston and Jacksonville are also in the top five.