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Jim Sayre, who impersonates Abe Lincoln, recently performed and reenacted the life of Lincoln, for Murray Elementary School second and third grade students and Murray Middle School fourth grade students. Funded by a Murray Independent Foundation for Excellence library mini-grant, Sayre’s performance is collaborated through The Kentucky Chautauqua program, a statewide service of the Kentucky Humanities Council. More than a year goes into the preparation of each dramatic program.  Kentuckians who successfully audition for Chautauqua meet with historians, drama specialists, and costume consultants to insure the quality of these programs. The presenter also interacts personally with the students and takes questions at the end of the 45 minute drama.   Dr. Duane Bolin introduced Lincoln to the students. Dr. Bolin is an MSU history professor, member of the KY Humanities Council, and sponsor of Telling Kentucky’s Story.

On November 1, Land Between The Lakes will close nine wildlife refuges to human entry and all activities including hunting, fishing, and boating. These areas will remain closed through March 15. The wildlife refuge closures include portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake; Fulton and Honker Bays on Lake Barkley; the western one-third of Energy Lake; and Long Creek Refuge at the back of Elbow Bay. These areas are marked with buoys or signs. Entry is prohibited from November 1 to March 15. Hematite Lake and Honker Lake, two inland bodies of water, also carry the November 1 to March 15 closure dates for fishing and boating. Trails around these two lakes remain open for hiking and wildlife viewing during the refuge period. All of Energy Lake and Bards Lake are closed to hunting; however, the eastern two-thirds of Energy Lake and all of Bards Lake remain open to fishing. Hunters should be aware that no hunting is permitted within 150 yards of any Land Between The Lakes facility, and waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 200 yards of a refuge boundary.

Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate. And by a 47 to 39 percent margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.  According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Republicans hold advantages on top issues like the economy and protecting the country. Yet, relatively few voters have a positive view of the party. About 7 in 10 are dissatisfied by its leaders in Congress. At the same time, impressions of the Democratic Party among likely voters have grown more negative in the past month.  The economy remains the top issue for voters. Also considered deeply important: health care, terrorism, the threat posed by the Islamic State group and Ebola. 

Kentucky's booming bourbon industry is helping to fuel the state's economy in agriculture, tourism and taxes.  According to a study released Tuesday by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute, the bourbon industry employs more than 15-thousand people, nearly doubling its workforce in the past two-years.  It also contributes three-billion-dollars in gross state product to the economy each year, up 67-percent from 2012.  Kentucky is responsible for the production of 95-percent of all bourbon in the world. 

A Daviess County company that makes material-handling equipment for fertilizer and grain industries is expanding.  Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that Castlen Welding and Manufacturing will spend nearly four-million-dollars on the project and create up to 30 new jobs.  The new facility is expected to be operational sometime next year.  The existing location will still be used for custom fabrication and welding repair. 

One of the state's most popular sporting goods stores is closing its doors after nearly 40-years in business.  Uncle Lee's has been a staple of Greenville since 1975, but owner Lee Fauntleroy says he wants to relax and enjoy his family, so he's retiring.  Fauntleroy says he explored selling the business, but couldn't find a serious buyer. 

A former Shawnee Academy teacher is off to prison for having sex with a student.  Casey Kays was sentenced yesterday to ten years behind bars for rape and sodomy.  Kays was convicted this month of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl who played for him on Shawnee's volleyball team. 

Louisville's so-called "Funeral Robber" will spend nearly three decades in prison.  Michael Bennett was sentenced yesterday to 27 years behind bars for burglary and related charges.  Bennett scoured newspaper obituaries to find homes to target for break-ins, then took jewelry, money and guns. 

The death of Jefferson County's chief deputy sheriff is being investigated as a suicide.  Barren County sheriff's deputies say Colonel Mike Hettich died this week of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Hettich was found dead in his room Monday during a break at a law enforcement training course. 

The Lexington Police Department is looking to replace the aging guns carried by its Emergency Response Unit.  The Urban County Government will start accepting bids later this month so it can buy ten submachine guns, ammunition and other accessories.  A spokesman says only SWAT officers will have access to the new guns and the old ones will be locked away.