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STRING FESTIVAL IS FRIDAY
The 68th annual Quad State String Festival, hosted by the string unit of Murray State University’s department of music, culminates in a concert featuring the Murray State orchestra and four school-age student orchestras on Friday at 5 pm in Lovett Auditorium. A longstanding musical tradition in Murray, the festival will be attended by 400 string students from five states for the all-day event. The students will gather to rehearse, attend a master class and perform. The Showcase Concert will be held at Lovett Auditorium at 1 p.m. and the master class will be held in Farrell Hall in the Doyle Fine Arts Center at 1:40 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

JUDGE FAVORS BOARD IN CUBA CASE
A judge issued a ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed over the closure of Cuba Elementary School. According to Judge Phillip Shepherd, the Graves County Board of Education's decision to close the school was within its authority, adding that the board acted in good faith and had a sound and reasonable basis for deciding to close the school.  Shepherd said low enrollment, significant maintenance needs and the availability of classroom space at other schools nearby all were reasonable factors in closing the school. His conclusion was that the board's decision was not arbitrary and was not an abuse of discretion.  

IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
More than 3.1 million Kentuckians will appear on the voter rolls for the November 4 General Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today. The total number of registered voters – 3,147,157 – constitutes a new record, beating the 3,105,349 registered for the Primary Election held in May. The difference is an increase of 1.4%, or 41,800 voters, over five months. Each of the political parties has seen an increase in registered voters since the May 20 Primary Election. Approximately 53% of registered voters are women and 47% are men, which is consistent with the May Primary Election. Democrats now make up 53.46% of Kentucky voters, while 38.73% are Republicans. 7.80% of voters are identified as “Other.” 

According to Politico.com, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to go back on the air in Kentucky after the party has been encouraged by new polls suggesting the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is within reach. The party committee is reserving $650,000 in airtime to boost Alison Lundergan Grimes after reviewing recent internal and public polling suggested that undecided voters are moving in the Democrat’s direction.

Governor Steve Beshear is offering tax breaks to corporations settling in Kentucky.  He signed a bill yesterday to exempt tax on personal property during sales at the Future Farmers of America convention.  The event takes place next week. 

Anheuser-Busch is suing for the immediate approval of the company's application for a distributor's license in Owensboro.  According to the lawsuit filed in Franklin County, the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control administration has by law, 60-days to approve or reject an application, and theirs has been pending for longer than that.  Independent wholesalers say if Anheuser-Busch is allowed to buy a beer distributorship in Owensboro, they could be driven out of business and consumers would have fewer choices. 

Kentucky is already showing signs of flu activity.  The state Department for Public Health says three cases have been confirmed.  Kentucky's flu season typically begins in October or November and most commonly peaks between January and March. 

Kentucky Kingdom is challenging a lawsuit that claims two children were hurt at Hurricane Bay's Water Park.  Felicia Evans and Brandon McClellan say they were given the wrong size inner tubes and were injured when the tubes tipped over.  A spokesman for the amusement park says weight restrictions were ignored and the kids went down the slide without the approval from the lifeguard on duty. 

Keeneland is moving forward with plans to build a race track in southeastern Kentucky.  Officials say an agreement is in place to buy Thunder Ridge's racing license.  Keeneland wants to move the track from Prestonsburg to Corbin and race Quarter Horses, plus install an instant racing betting parlor.  The track could be up and running by 2016. 

A German Shepherd who allegedly attacked a Lexington police officer is dead.  A spokesman says an officer responded to a 9-1-1 call early Wednesday morning and as the homeowner opened the front door, the 100-pound dog ran out and lunged at the officer.  The animal allegedly attacked the officer several times before the officer was forced to shoot it. 

An eleven-year-old boy reported missing in Nashville is safe.  Officials say Nathan Long was found in downtown Atlanta Tuesday morning, but he wasn't identified until Wednesday because he gave police a false name.  Long claims he traveled to Atlanta on a Megabus.  A spokesman for the bus company says they've launched an investigation because policy requires all children under the age of 17 to be accompanied by an adult. 

Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital is expanding.  The 100-million-dollar project includes adding four floors atop the existing hospital.  The "Growing to New Heights" fundraising campaign for the expansion kicked off on Wednesday.  The hospital hopes to raise 30-million-dollars over the next three-years to fund the project.